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and principal legatary of the deceased, to administer &c. according to the
tenor and effect of the said will &c. Berkley, 346.

[The place of residence of William Read, the testator of the above will, was
not declared, but the Probate Act Book foi the year 1656 shows it to have been
Newcastle upon Tyne (Northumberland). According to Savage he was of Dor-
chester (Massachusetts), a passenger in the Defence 1635, aged 48, with wife
Mabel 30, George 6, Ralph 5 and Justus 18 months, had at Dorchester Abigail
baptized 30 Dec. 1638, was freeman 14 March 1639 ; removed probably first to
Rehoboth, or perhaps lived at Woburn. His sons George and Ralph seem to
have lived in Woburn. Henry F. Waters.

An account of William Reed, the testator, and his descendants forms Chapter
IV. (pages 61 to 150) of the " History of the Reed Family," by Jacob Whitte-
more Reed, published iu 1861. The author of this book states that this William
Reed was the oldest of any of the Puritan emigrants to New England by the
name of Reed, and that his wife Mabel's maiden surname was Kendall. He
also states that he removed from Dorchester to Scituate, aud thence to Woburn.
He does not name Rehoboth as a residence. — Editor.

William Read, or Reed, for some years lived in Woburn, and is the common
ancestor of most of the Reed family here. July 7, 1648, Nicholas Davis of
Charlestown sold to William Reade of Muddy River a house and lands iu
Woburn, described in a bill of sale recorded in Suffolk Deeds, Book 1, page 93.
This estate passed from William Reed to Samuel Walker, senior; and, in
1674, the latter gave a deed of it to his sou Samuel Walker, who, in 1662, mar-
ried Sarah, daughter of said William Reed. In this deed the estate isreferred
to as that purchased of William Reed, and it remained in the Walker family
until 1847.


According to the Woburn Records William Reed remained in Woburn as late
as 1652. lie returned to England shortly after that date with his wife Mabel
and their youngest children. After her husband's death, in 1656, the widow
Mabel returned to Woburn, and, as administratrix of her husband's estate,
caused ancillary administration to be taken out in Middlesex County, Feb. 17,
1661-2. The original papers brought from England are missing from the pro-
bate files at Cambridge, but the official record of the will and the letter testa-
mentary are still preserved there. This record varies slightly from the wording
as given above by Mr. Waters, but the only important difference in the two copies
is, that the name Abigail in Mr. Waters's transcript appears as Michael in the
record at the Probate Office at Cambridge. Abigail is undoubtedly correct; for,
apart from the supposed reference to Michael in the fathers will, as recorded at
Cambridge, there is no evidence of his existence. Abigail married Francis
Wyinan of Woburn, and together with her brothers, George and Ralph, lived
and died in Woburn. Among the court files in the clerk of court's office at Cam-
bridge, can be found a suit, of date 1658, which gives an interesting but un-
publishable episode in the histories of the two families of Ralph and George
Reed. The latter gave his age in court, in 1659, as " 30 years or thereabouts."
The widow, Mabel Reed, married Henry Summers, senior, of Woburn, Nov.
21, 1660, and died in Woburn, in 1600, aged 85.

William Cutter, a witness to the above will of William Reed, came to New
England, but afterwards returned to Newcastle-upon-Tyne, his former home.

The will of Thomas Reede, given above, adds three names to the sons of
William Reed, hitherto unknown to us, and for this reason is of special interest
to the Reed family in this country. Edward F. Johnson.]

Thomas Reede of Newcastle upon Tyne, yeoman, 2 January 1G56,
proved 25 November 1657. To my son Charles Errington one thirty
second part {%. e. one fourth of my eighth part) of the coal mines and
colliery called the Woodside Colliery in the parish oi Riton, Durham.
My grandchild Anne Errington. To my brother Henry Reede's two sons
live pounds apiece to put them to apprenticeships. To William Lisle five
pounds, hoping he will be careful to be aiding and assisting unto my wife
Anne Reede in and about the managing of my estate. And for my little
cousin Thomas Reede, son of my brother John Reede deceased, I leave
him to the disposing of my wife Anne Reede, having had full experience
of her charity, respect and good will towards him. The rest to my wife
Anne, so long as she continue my widow. In case she intermarry with any
other person then I give and bequeath unto my daughter Ann Errington
five hundred pounds out of such estate. My wife to he executrix if she
do not intermarry &c, otherwise my daughter Ann Errington. Reference
to an indenture between Mark Errington of Westdenton Esq. and the
testator. Charles Errington, son of said Mark. Gilbert Errington, son
and heir of the said Mark.

Proved by Ann Errington, conditional executrix. Ruthen, 469.

Valentine Moretoft of London, gen 1 ., day of 1641,

proved 24 September 1 041 . To be buried in the church of Great St.
llellens in London and a little small monument to be provided and such a
one as is the monument of Sir Richard Cock which standeth near the
Clock house in Westui 1 . Abbey, with a gravestone and sub inscription
thereupon to be provided and laid upon me. Wife Margaret. Eldest son
William Moretoft. A gold ring that was his mother's. Son Francis.
Daughter Margaret Moretoft. All these children at twenty one. My
brother in law M r . John Glover. My nephew William Crane. My nephew
Robert Crane. My brother Colchester. My brother Havers. My nephew


George Aldrich. My loving friends Alderman Gore, Alderman Addams,
Mr. Francis Flier, my brother Mr. Gilbert Havers, my cousin Mr. Richard
Glover. Mr. Thomas Vinar, Mr. Rice Williams and Mr. John Greene,
mercer. Valentine Aldrich son of my nephew George Aldrich. My
niece Sturtivant. My cousin Francis Mortoft and my cousin William
Mortoft of Itringham in Norfolk and their children. My brother John
Crane's children, William, Thomas, John, Robert. Henry, Valentine,
Frances. Richard Crane, my niece Mary Foulkes, Anne Crane, Dorothy
Crane, my niece Phillis Ilildar and Fliza Crane. My Lady Hamersley,
my mother in law. My brother in law Sir Thomas Hamersley. My sister
Cogan. My sister Benthall. My brother Smith. My brother Masters.
My brother William Hamersley. My sister Elisabeth Glover.

Commission issued "20 May lG74to Margaret Fyneux ah Moretoft, a
daughter, to administer, the executors John Crane and Margaret Moretoft
being dead. Evelyn, 113.

[See Glover wills, Register vol. 38, p. 423; vol. 47, pp. 499-504 {ante, pp.
772-78). See also Vis. of Loudon, 1633-4, Vol. II., p. 113.— H.F.W.]

Jerman Maior of Faiths, citizen and draper of London, 1 October 1GG0,
with a codicil dated 10 April 1GG1 and a second 2G September 16G1, proved
5 October 16G1. I have fully advanced in marriage my daughters Dorothy
Swanwicke and Deborah Wood. In this will I give to my wife Deborah
and my son and heir Thomas Maior, to each of them a greater estate than
they or either of them can or may claim by the Laudable Custom of the
City of London. My son in law Thomas Swanwicke, who married my
daughter Dorothy, is indebted unto me four hundred pounds, for the secur-
ing whereof he hath engaged an Annuity of twenty pounds issuing out of
the several houses at Horsey Down which I formerly gave my daughter
his wife. This sum I give to and among the four children of my said
dauglner, viz 1 . Deborah, Dorothy, Maior and Samuel Swanwick. To my
daughter Deborah Wood, wife of John Wood silkman, one hundred pounds
in performance of my promise to her husband that I would give him that
sum within six mouths after my decease. To the three children of my said
daughter, viz' Deborah, Mary and Dorothy Wood, three hundred pounds.
To my grandchildren Samuel and Deborah Leadbetter, each one hundred
pounds. All these grandchildren under twenty one. To my brother
Thomas Maior ten pounds. To my cousin Mauley's wife, to my cousin
Ann Jones (now in New England) to each of them live pounds apiece.
To my partner Josuah Pordage five pounds to buy him a mourning cloak.
To my servant Anne Leete twenty pounds. Mr. Jackson minister of the
parish wherein I lived. My two brothers in law Thomas St. Nicholas and
John St. Nicholas. The poor of Preston, Bucks, where I was born. My
cousin Sandford, widow. I will that mourning shall be given at my funeral
to my wife, children, grandchildren and servants and to no others, and the
" soiempiiity of my funerall " shall be performed without any great cost,
only a gold ring and no more to every one that shall be at my funeral.
The residue to wife and son Thomas, who shall be joint executors. My
two sons in law Thomas Swanwick and John Wood to be overseers. To
my kinswoman Katherine Gladen twenty shillings. The first codicil recites
(among other things) that Deborah Leadbetter had since the will been
otherwise provided for in a more plentiful manner. The legacy of five
pounds to cousin Ann Jones (now in New England) is revoked.

May, 1G0.


Joshua Pordage (residence not given) 17 February 1690-1, proved
18 June 1691. Certain household stuff to wife which she brought to me
as a part of her portion. Sorry my condition is such that I cannot further
in this my will express my love to her. To my loving sister Mrs. Susan
Davis of Bristol ten pounds. If my son George Pordage of Boston in
New England do make up a fair and honest account with my executor of
all moneys and goods he has of mine in hands on the commission account
and do also clear and pay what he owes me on his own particular account
I do then give and bequeath unto him the sum of forty pounds. I give
unto my son Sam: Pordage now also beyond the seas the sum of ten pounds.
To my kinswoman Mrs. Ann Mason five pounds. If any remainder of
estate I bequeath it equally between my two sons George and Sam: Pordage,
or the survivor, though I gave my son George a considerable portion at his
first going over and, in regard his solicitations were earnest for his brother's
coming to him, I expect he will consider my circumstances and take the
care of him. And I do make my loving kinsman Thomas Major sole
executor, to whom I give five pounds as a token of my love and respect.

Vere, 103.

[In the Probate Act Book for the above year (1691) the testator is styled late
of the parish of St. Boltolph's Bishopsgate, London.— H. F. W.

George Pordage or Portage, merchant, resided in Boston as early as 1685.
By his wife Elizabeth, daughter of Simon Lynde, he had children born here
from 1685 to 1696. He is'mentioned frequently in the " Diaries of Benjamin
Lynde and Benjamin Lynde, Jr." (Boston, 1880), they being his brother-in-law
and his nephew. His daughter Hannah married James Bowdoin, and was
the mother of James Bowdoin, governor of Massachusetts. (See Savage's
Genealogical Diet., vol. 3, p. 459; Boston Town and Church Records, 1630-
1699, published by the Record Commission.) — Editor.]

John Piggott, citizen and grocer of Loudon, 26 September 1639, proved
30 September 1639. My body to be buried in the West side of Hackney
churchyard, Middlesex, where I now live, with a stoue to be laid over me.
To my wife Garthred Pigott three thousand pounds. To my cousin John
Evelne (Evelin) of Godstone, Surrey, Esq. one thousand pounds within a
year &c. To Susanna, Anne and Sarah Barcock daughters of Edmund
Barcock two hundred pounds apiece within a year &c. To the said Ed-
mund Barcocke and Alice his wife ten pounds apiece. To Thomas Steven-
ton citizen and grocer of London for the good of his son John Steventon
two hundred pounds within a year &c. To Margaret Lambert, now ser-
vant unto the aforesaid John Evelin Esq., five pounds. To Elinor now
servant unto young Mr. Evelin forty shillings. To Fill now servant unto
Mrs Thomasine Evelin forty shillings. To Mr Eveliu's youngest daughter's
nurse and unto her now servant forty shillings apiece. Similar bequests to
the falconer, clerk, coachman, groom, bailiff, dairymaid and others in the
service 0^ Mr. Evelin. To the poor of Godstone five pounds. To John
Smithiman of Booking, clothier, and his wife ten pounds apiece aud to his
eldest son ten pounds. To Doctor Downinge now vicar of Hackney five
pounds. To my cousin Hatton and his wife now living at Dynton in Sur-
rey ten pounds apiece. The poor of St. Peters Cornhill and of St. Bennet
Fincke. To my father Goodwine and his wife ten pounds apiece. To
my brother Stone and his wife five pounds apiece. To my sisters Elizabeth
and Sara Goodwin five pounds apiece. To my brothers Matthew, Peter
and James Goodwin five pounds apiece. To Mr. Eveliu's four children
now living two hundred pounds apiece. To my auut Jeunye ten pounds.


To Jane Goo-hvine, widow, five pounds. To Mrs Eveliu now wife of John
Evelin Esq. of Godstone two hundred pounds. To my aunt Brushe five
and twenty pounds. To my cousin Woodward and li is wife ten pouuds
apiece. To Mrs. Lawrence now wife of John Lawrence ten pounds and
to all his children five pounds apiece. To my cousin Windsor, widow, ten
pounds and all Mr. Ilatton's (aforesaid) sons and daughters ten pounds
apiece. To my brother Thomas Piggott fourteen pounds a year during his
life, which will make up with six and thirty pounds per annum, which I am
to pay by bond, fifty pounds a year. The rest to my wife Garthred whom
I make sole executrix. Harvey, 146.

Peter Goodwyn citizen and Salter of London, 28 October 1661, proved
17 December 1661. To be buried near wife in parish church of St. Mar-
garet " Pattones," London, not expending thereon above two hundred
pounds. To my sons in law Maurice Abbott, Esquire, John Osborne and
William Elwood forty shillings apiece for three rings. To my grand-
children Susanna, John, James, Elizabeth, Abigail and Peter Stone, or to
so many of them as shall be put forth to trades or preferments, ten pounds
apiece. To the poor of the parish forty shillings and to the reparations of
the church ten pounds. To the Company of Salters ten pounds and also
the sum of one and twenty pounds or thereabouts which I disbursed long
since for the Plantations in Ireland. To certain almsmen of the Company
&c. To my daughter Gartred the wife of Maurice Abbott Esq. one an-
nuity of ten pounds per annum. To my daughter Susanna Stone, widow,
another annuity of twenty pounds. To my daughter Sarah wife of Wil-
liam Elwood Junior another annuity of ten pounds. These annuities pay-
able out of my lands and tenements in St. Michael Cornhill. To my eldest
son Matthew Goodwyn the dwelling house in St. Margaret " Patternes,"
in or near Tower Street, my lands in Trinity Lane in the parish of Trinity
the Less, and my lands, tenements &c. in Poplar alias Blackwall in the
parish of Stebunheath alias Stepney, Middlesex. To my second son Peter
certain lands, tenements &c. in St. Michaels Cornhill, three of the tene-
ments being by the street side and all the rest behind them in an Alley
called Harp Alley; certain annuities payable out of them. To my youngest
son James six tenements in St. Margaret Pattens adjoining to the East side
of my dwelling house there. Lands in the manor of Hackney to my eldest
son Matthew. To those other my grandchildren, viz* the children of Gar-
tred, of Matthew, of Sarah and of my son James, to each of them five
pounds. Matthew, Peter and James Goodwyn to be executors.

The will was proved, as above, by the oath of James Goodwyn son and
one of the executors, power reserved for Matthew and Peter the other
executors &c. May, 198.

[The pedigree of this familv of Goodwin will be found in the Visitation of
London, 1GS3-4-5 (pub. bytheHarl. Soc), vol. 1, p. 325. The will of Robert
Goodwin, the father of Peter (whose will is given above"), appeared in my
Gleanings for October, 1893 {ante, p. 771). The match of John Pigot (or
Pigott) with Gartrude, a daughter of Peter Goodwin, is shown on the pedigree.
It is evident that she afterwards was married to Maurice Abbott, Esq.

Henry F. Waters.]

Thomas Grene of Stanford Ryvers Essex, yeoman, 23 March 1534,
proved 12 January 1537. To be buried in the chancel of the parish church
of Stanford Ryvers if it fortune me there to die. And if I " happ " to die
in the parish of Cotred in Hertfordshire then I will my body to be buried


in the chancel of the church there before the image of Our Lady. A
tenement called Colyns in Cheping Onger. A croft lying in Shelley. A
pasture and meadow in High Onger. The poor of Kelvedon, Stondon,
High Onger, Shelley, Bobyngworth and Grynsted. My lauds and tene-
ments in Much Parndon, Essex. I will have a good honest and discreet
priest secular to sing and pray for my soul &c. within the parish church
whereat my body shall be buried by the space of twenty years next ensuing
my decease. And I bequeath to the same priest every year yearly during
the same twenty years for his salary or wages six pounds thirteen shillings
four pence, to be paid by the hands of William Lake former of my manor
of Belhouse, or the farmer for the time being, out of the yearly rent of ten
pounds thereupon arrented and reserved. And the three pounds six shil-
lings eight pence yearly residue of the said yearly rent of ten pounds I give
and bequeath unto Elizabeth my wife during her life. After the end of the
said twenty years all the said manor of Belhows &c. shall remain to Richard
Elyott, sou and heir of the said Elizabeth my wife &c. Remainder to my
right heirs. My brother William Grene. The said Richard Elyot shall
have a certain tenement and free lands in Lughborowe in the Co. of Lei-
cester and all my lands in Cotred that I bought of Raufe Wilson. An
obligation to John Bolles Esq. and diverse other gentlemen friends of the said
Elizabeth. William Cammeswell, which married ray wile's suster, and Agnes
his daughter. John Bacon, which married my wife's suster, and his wife.
John Fisher which married my wife's daughter. Thomas Bedell my ser-
vant. Others. Thomas Herde. John Herde and George, his brother.
John and Thomas, sons of William Lake. Cheping Ongar where I was
bom. My daughter Alice. My bastard daughter Joane, at day of mar-
riage. My brother Richard Barley. My cousin Richard Sharp and
Agnes his sister and Joane Engolde his sister's daughter. Robert and
Thomas Sharp sons of John Sharp, brother to the said Richard. Three
children of my sister, late wife of William Banaster. My cousins John Sayer,
Thomas Sayer and Nicholas Seyer. Robert Parnell my first wife's son.
William Stokes of Much Badfield (Bardfield?) late husband to Joane,
daughter of my second wife. John Parke, Margaret Hunt, Amye Spore
and Margaret Pease, children of my second wife. John. James and Robert
Fynche sous of Thomas Fynche of Theydon Mount. Alice Alsopp,
Thomasin Tynian, Christian Reynoldes, Clemens Bardall, Margaret Pule
and Beatrice Monk, daughter to Thomas Monk late of Stanford Ryvers.

Dyngeley, 13.

George Ei.lyot of Stertford, Herts, Esq., 12 January 1548, proved
29 January 1554. My body to be buried in such place as it shall please
Allmighty God to provide and ordain for me. My burial to be decent and
honest without any manner of pomp or pride of this world. I will have
the "lest" (least) bell rung one hour for me at the time of mine exequies.
I bequeath to my eldest brother John Eliott five pounds. I bequeath to
John Eliott my youngest brother five pounds. To my brother Robert Eliott
five pounds; and more to the said Robert four pounds by the year during his
]ife as appeareth out of the manor of Upweke. To my brother Thomas Eliott
five pounds. To and amongst my said four bretheru, indifferently between
them to be divided, all such and as much of mine apparell as I shall leave un-
bequeathed. To my sister Johan Ileynes five pounds. To William Pereson,
citizen and scrivener of Loudon, my best gown furred with martens. My
household stuff and plate shall be divided equally between Magnus, George


ami Kateryn Sparoke my children. And to George Eliott my sou two hun-
dred pounds of mouey current. The residue to Magnus and George my
children, equally between them to be divided, and to be delivered when
thev. or either of them, shall accomplish and come to their lawful age of
twenty one years. And of this my present testament &c. I make John
Sparke and John Eliott of London mercer and William Thomson citizen
and draper of London, my executors, and I give to every of them five
pounds. And I make my friends Thomas Bonde, mercer, John Eliott of
Stertford and the aforesaid William Person mine overseers.

Wit. John Eliot mercer, John Sparke, George Eliott, Thomas Eliott and
William Pyerson.

Then follows his last will (disposing of his lands) made 8 September
1551. My manor of Upweke Hall and lands &c. in Aldbery, Little
Hadham, Farneham and Stortford in Essex and Herts to Magnus Eliott
my son. To George Eliott my son my tenement called Telles and tene-
ment called Grenes and lands called Hallywell lands containing eighty one
acres and my tenement in Little Hadham and my tenement new-builded some
time called Francis and now called Eliotts new house, now in the tenure of
Simone Eliott. If both my sons Magnus and George Eliott die without issue
males of their bodies lawfully begotten I bequeath my manor aforesaid to
my daughter Katherin Sparke during her life, to remain after her disease to
John Elyott of London mercer and his heirs male &c, and for lack of such
heirs male to remain to the heirs male of Henry Eliott of Lanocke; and the
lands bequeathed to George I also give to my daughter Katherine, remainder
to Henry Eliott of Lanocke &c. then to the right heirs male of Joh-n Eliott
of London mercer. And for lack of heirs male of the said John and
Henry remainder to my right heirs forever. To my brother, Robert Eliott
of Hunsdon four pounds yearly during his life natural. To John Sparke
and Katerin his wife my messuage in Stortford that I now dwell in some-
time called the Bull. Sons Magnus and George in their nonage.

Wit. John Eliott of Wickham Hall, John Eliott of London, Richard
Fletcher curate and Richard Pilston.

In the original will there is a bequest to Peter Ellyot obliterated and the
word " ded " written above the obliteration. More, 12.

Thomas Elyot of Wydford 26 November 1551, proved 13 November
1554. My body to be buried in the church yard of the parish aforesaid.
Item I bequeath to the reparation of the said church two thousand tyles,
ready carried and laid in the church yard at the cost and charge of Thomas
Elyot my sou, at such time as the next reparations shall be done there.
Item I will and give to the poor mens chest six shillings eight pence.
Item I will the cupboard and table standing in the hall still to remain and
continue as implements of the house. Item I will the four chests, whereof
two of them are black the other two white, and also four bedsteads to remain
as implements to the household. Item I will and give to my son Thomas
Elyot and to his heirs male of his body lawfully begotten my house and all
my lands, being freehold, situate and lying in the said parish of Widford and
in the parish of Ware. And if the said Thomas die without issue male
lawfully of him begotten then I will the said house and lands to my son John
Elyot and to his heirs male of his body lawfully begotten. And for lack
of issue male as before mentioned of the said Thomas and John my
sons then I will the said house and lands lineally to descend to the next
heirs male of the .-train and kindred of me the forenamed Thomas Elyot


father to the said Thomas and John and also testator of the said house and
lands. Item I will also the two cobirons standing in the hall chimney
" thone being bygger then thother" to remain implements to the house.
Also I will and desire Thomas Elyot and John Elyot my sons to be my
executors and my son Symon Elyot overseer.

Witness Thomas Mylls, William Parnell John Isacke jun. John Coke
Sen. John Coke jun.

Book Garland, Com. Court of London
(Essex and Herts) fol. 25.

John Haynes at ye Mylles in the parish of Much Iladham, 20 July
1551. To be buried in the churchyard of Much Iladham. To George
my son all my houses, tenements, lands, rents, reversions and services, with
all the appurtenances that I have and of right ought to have, within the

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