Robert Peel Wakeman.

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PART 11.

The statement as to the Bishop's arms is in-
correct, for both in the Herald's College and in Bed-
ford's " Blazonry of Episcopacy," it is controverted,
showing that the Bishop '$> personal arms were Party per
fesse indented, sable and argent, three doves rising

Here follows the Patent of the Grant of Arms to
Bishop John Wakeman.





Omnibus Christi Melibus has presentes litteras Inspecturis aut
audituris, Thomas Hawlay, alias Clarencieulx principalis Her-
aldus et Rex Armorum partium Australium occidentalium et
orientalium hujus Regni Anglie a Rivola Trent, versus Austrum
cum debita commendacione salutem.

Equitas vult et Racio postulat quod homines virtuosi laudabilis
dispositionis et vite honorabilis sint per eorum merita honorati et
remunerati in suis personis existentes in hac vita mortali tam
brevi et transitoris et in quolibet loco honoris pre ceteris exaltati
demonstrando signa et exempla virtutis ac etiam humanitatis vi-
delicit scutum cum Insigniis honoris ea intencione ut per eorum
exempla alii magis conentur eorum vitam exercere in operibus
et factis clarissimis quibus assequantur et impetrent famam
antique nobilitatis. Et ideo ego predictus, Thomas Hawlay, alias
Clarencieulx Rex Armorum partium predictarum non solum ex di-
vulgata fama verum etiam ex meo et ceterorum Nobilium fidedig-
norum testimonio sum veraciter instructus et informatus quod
Reverendissimo in Christo pater dominus Johannes Wakman sacre
Theologie Baccalarius Episcopus Gloucestren, diu in virtute
claruit bene discrete et Religiose se ipsum gessit et gubernavit
adeo ut mereatur et dignus sit in omnibus locis honorum admitti
honorari reputari numerari acceptari et recipi in numerum et con-
sortium aliorum veterum illustrium virorum. Igitur ob memorium
ejus tante virtutis et humanitatis per auctoritatem et potestatem
mihi Clarencio Regi Armorum officioque meo per verba in litteris
patentibus per illustrissimum Dominum Regem concessis speciali-
ter expressa ordinavi et assignavi prefato Reverendissimo Domini
Johanni Wakman Scutum cum insigniis honoris ut Inferius
gallice declaratur: " Cest a dire Sable et Argent indente per fece
troys demy Aigletz volans entrechangez du champ en chef ung


Crosyer dor entre les deux Aigletz, le baston Dargent ;" ut latius in
scuto hie depicto apparet; " Habendum tenendum et occupandum
eidem Revereudissimo Domino Johanni Wakman et ut ille in
his ornatus sit ad ejus honorem in perpetuum."

In cujus Rei testimonium Sigillum meum ad arma cum sigillo
officii mei Regis Armorum presentibus apposui et manu mea
propria subscripsi.

Datum Londini primo die Martii Anno Domini, Millesimo quin-
gentissimo quadragesimo primo et Regni Regis Henrici octavi

As to the arms of the See we find in Bedford's
" Blazonry of Episcopacy," " Azure two keys in Sal tire
Or" (Authority, " Hardy's Le Neuve "). Woodward's
' ' Ecclesiastical Heraldry" says as to the Arms of the See,
" Gloucester Azure two keys in Saltyre, wards in chief "
(plate xxii. p. 3,) the Pauline Sword was added to the
keys of St. Peter in early times but latterly dropped out
of use as appears by some old carvings in the Cathedral.
It is hoped that it may be restored to its place ere long.
The original arms of the See are said to have been those
of the old Earls of Gloucester (the Clare family).

The above genealogical matter is inserted be-
cause of its historic interest to our family, but we can-
not consider ourselves descended from either the bishop,
who was a celibate, nor from Sir Richard Wakeman,
whose arms are our frontispiece. The theory of our
descent from Roger Wakeman (seepages 10 and 11) is the
only trace we have of our ancestry prior to Francis, of
Bewdley. Yet there is probably not the slightest doubt
of our descent from one of the brothers of the bishop or
from one of his father's brothers. This would make
Sir Thomas (before mentioned) our direct ancestor.




SAMUEL WAKEMAN, son of Francis, of Bewdley,
Worcestershire, England, came to New England in
November, 1631, in the ship Lion, Captain Pierce, and
settled in Roxbury, November 2, 1631, and was made
freeman the seventh of August following, being one of
the founders of the first church in Roxbury.

He probably removed to Cambridge, and was repre-
sentative at the May session, 1635, and removed with
Governor Haynes, or rather, as his forerunner, to Hart-
ford, in April, 1636.

He was made constable and was engaged in adjusting
the bounds of the first settlement of Windsor and
Wethersfield. He was killed in the summer of 1641,
with Captain Pierce at Providence in the Bahamas, as
told by Winthrop, vol. ii., p. 43. His estate was, in
December, 1645, settled on Nathaniel Willett, who had
married his widow, Elizabeth, but he was to pay ^40
to the son when twenty-one years of age, and ^20 to
each of the three daughters on their arriving at the age
of eighteen years. They were all young, for the church
records of Roxbury inform us that he buried his only
child at sea coming over, and his first born here by
Elizabeth was Elizabeth, who married Joseph Arnold;
Joanna married Francis Hacleton, and Grace married
John Kelly.

The Captain Pierce referred to above went with others
to relieve English colonists in the Bahamas who were
suffering from the cruelties of the Spaniards.


(The above account is from Savage's Genealogical
Dictionary of first settlers in New England, p. 387.)

The following is from John Winthrop's " History of
New England from 1630 to 1640":

One Samuel Wakeman, a member of the church at
Hartford, who was sent with goods to buy cotton, cast
himself down by him (Captain Pierce) and presently a
great shot took them both. Mr. Pierce died within an
hour, the other (S. W.) having only his thighs tore,
lived ten days.

This Samuel Wakeman left one son, referred to
above, whose name was Esbun or Ezbon. The follow-
ing notice of him is from Savage's " Dictionary ":

"Wakeman, or Wakman, Esbun or Isbun, Stratford
among the freeman, 1669, son of Samuel at Hartford,
had lived at New Haven 1653, married at Guilford,
Hannah Jordan, but before 167 1, had purchased estate
at Fairfield, Conn., where he died 1683, leaving only
daughter, Abigail, who married Thomas Hill."

There is one mention made of his name on the re-
cords of New Haven Colony, 1653 to 1665, p. 391, where
his name is spelled Esburne.




JOHN WAKEMAN was an early member of the
Colony of New Haven. The first time we find his
name mentioned is in the list of Freemen "of the
Courte of Newhaven," held June 4th, 1639.

p.* There are seventy names on the list, the fortieth
of which is " John Wakeman."

17, 18. The next is an autograph signature to the
articles of agreement for both church and state of the
Colony of New Haven, which are in the language fol-
lowing :

" W hare as, there was a fundamental agreement made inagen-
erall meeting of all the free planters of this towne, on the 4th day
of the fowerth moneth called June that church members only
shall be free Burgesses, and they only shall chose among them-
selves magistrates and officers to h[ve] the power of transacting
all publique ciuell affayres of this plantatio: of makeing and re-
peli[ng] lawes, deviding inheritances, deciding of differences
thatt may arise, and doeing all things and businesses of like
nature. Itt was therefore ordered by all the said free planters
thatt all those thatt hereafter should be received as planters into
this plantatio should also submit to the said fundumentall agree-
ment and testifie the same by subscribing their names vnder the
names of the aforesaid planters as followeth."

Here follows the names of the signers, of whom John
Wakeman was one.

4.1. " Att a generall court held at Newhaven the
2nd of 7th M., 1640," John Wakeman and fourteen
others " were appoynted to view the Meadowes, to sett

*The figures at beginning of paragraphs in this chapter refer to the pages
on which the matter printed may be found in the New Haven Colony
Records, 1638 to 1649.


down before lotts be cast what allowance is equall to be
cast into the acre where the meadowes are bad. "

58. He was chosen deputy of " Newhaven Planta-
tion," October 27, 1641.

62. "Gen 1 "' 11 Court the 25th of 12th mon, 1641.
Bro. Thompson, bro. Clarke, bro. Miles, bro. Wake-
ma, bro. Atwater, bro. Francis Newma, bro. Perry
and bro. Craine are desired to know the minds of their
severall quarters, how many are contented to exchange
their land in the neck for land in the oxe pasture."

6g. "At a Generall Court, the 6th day of the 2nd
moneth, 1642, Mr. Malbon, Mr. Gregson and Mr.
Wakeman chosen deputyes for the halfe yeare next en-

7^. " Att a court held at Newhaven 4th of the 3rd
moneth, 1642, Two of bro. Wakeman's men is excused
fr5 watching for the present, because of their employ-
ment at Powgassett." (Powgassett was the Indian
name of Derby.)

J 8. "A Gen'r'll Court of Elections, the 26th of the
8th moneth, 1642, att Newhaven.

"Mr. Malbon, Mr. Gregson, Mr. Gilbert and Mr.
Wakeman are chosen deputyes for the ensueing yeare
to assist in the Courts by way of advice, butt not to
have any power by way of sentence."

yg. " Att a Court held at Newhaven the second of
Neum, 1642,

Forasmuch as the causeway to the west side, beyond the
bridge, is damaged by the cows going thatt way, before the work-
men had fully finished the same, It is therefore ordered that
John Wakeman, Joshua Attwater, John Clarke, and Anthony
Thompson, shall view the damage and sett down what, in their
judgmts, they conceive is for the workmen to have in the way of
satisf actio."

The bridge named above was at Westville, where
there was a tract of land called the " Cow pasture."

85. John Wakeman "Chosen Deputie for the next
half yeare."



Online LibraryRobert Peel WakemanWakeman genealogy, 1630-1899 : being a history of the descendants of Samuel Wakeman, of Hartford, Conn., and of John Wakeman, treasurer of New Haven colony, with a few collaterals included → online text (page 4 of 32)