New England Genealogy Notes

Research notes on ancestors and relatives from early New England, including Boston Irish and Massachusetts Bay Puritan families.

Twelfth Generation

3072 William FITCH65, 9G Grandfather. Will dated on 20 Jan 1595 at St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England. Will proved on 17 Dec 1576.

William Fitch of St. Albans is the earliest known ancestor of the Massachusetts immigrant Zachary Fitch. Roscoe Conkling Fitch transcribes William's will in its entirety and reports all that is known about him.65

He married Margaret _____65, 9G Grandmother.

They had the following children:
1536 i. Hugh (bp. 1563-)
ii. William65 (-~1576)
iii. Thomas65
iv. Joan65

3073 Margaret _____65, 9G Grandmother.

3074 John SMITH65, 9G Grandfather. Died bef 27 Jan 1601.

He married Joane ROISE65, 9G Grandmother, on 13 Oct 1566 in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England.

They had the following children:
1537 i. Anne (Agnes) (bp. 1567-)
ii. Elizabeth65 (bp. 1569-)
iii. Margaret65 (bp. 1579-)
iv. John65 (bp. 1583-)

3075 Joane ROISE65, 9G Grandmother. Will dated on 27 Jan 1601 at St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England. Buried on 4 Jun 1602. Will proved on 21 Jun 1602.

Roscoe Conkling Fitch transcribes Joane (Roise) Smyth's will in its entirety.65

3096 Thomas WYMANT69, 9G Grandfather.  Born abt 1565-1570.

According to Threlfall's GMC5069, Thomas Wymant "was born about 1565-70, probably at Barkway, Hertfordshire. There on 8 November 1593, he married Joan Cressal, i.e. Chrishall. Her surname is derived from the parish of Chrishall in Essex just five miles to the northeast of Barkway. He may be the Thomas Wymant, widower, who married 13 March 1632 at Saint Albans, Jane Thorington (or Thornton), a widow of Saint Peter's parish. He left no will.

"Thomas was probably the son of an earlier Thomas Wymant of Barkway wo married there 17 September 1562, Ellen Brand. This senior Thomas and Ellen (Brand) Wymant were parents of a son William who had a daughter, Ann, baptized in 1599. The senior Thomas was in turn probably the son of a still earlier Thomas Wymant, born about 1515, and probably the father of Henry, baptized 4 March 1542/3 at Barkway, of Richard who had a daughter, Katherine, of Ciceley, who married 30 November 1559 Robert Gue of Ardeley, and of Thomas as deduced. Thus, there were apparently three generations of Thomases."

He married Joan CHRISHALL69, 9G Grandmother, on 8 Nov 1593 in Barkway, Hertfordshire, England.

They had the following children:
1548 i. Francis (ca1595-)
ii. Edward69 (bp. 1600-)
iii. Elizabeth69 (bp. 1602-)
iv. Susan69 (bp. 1607-)

3097 Joan CHRISHALL69, 9G Grandmother.

3098 Thomas RICHARDSON69, 9G Grandfather.  Born abt 1565-70. Buried on 7 Jan 1633/4 in Westmill, Hertfordshire, England. Will dated on 4 Mar 1630/1 at Westmill, Hertfordshire, England. Will proved on 31 Jul 1634.

According to Threlfall's GMC5069, "THOMAS RICHARDSON was born about 1565-70. On 24 August 1590 [Threlfall gives this date as 25 August on p. 536] at West Mill, Hertfordshire, he married Katherine Duxford of that parish. The marriage record states that he was of Standon, which is the next parish to the south. She was the daughter of Richard and Joan Duxford, and was born about 1565-70. They settled down in West Mill.

"Katherine was buried 10 March 1630/31 [Threlfall gives this date as 1631/32 on p. 536] at West Mill. Thomas was buried there 7 January 1633/4. An abstract of his will follows."

Thomas Richardson's son Ezekiel had been comprehensively documented in Anderson's GMB68 where it is noted that "Samuel Richardson and Thomas Richardson, brothers of Ezekiel, arrived in New England by 1635; Francis Wyman and John Wyman, sons of Ezekiel Richardson's sister Elizabeth, also came to New England [Sarah Hildreth Anc 25-27]."

Thomas Richardson and Katherine Duxford are ancestors to U.S. Presidents Bush, Coolidge, Hoover (probably), and Pierce,78 and to suffragist Susan B. Anthony.94

He married Katherine DUXFORD69, 9G Grandmother, on 24 Aug 1590 in Westmill, Hertfordshire, England.

They had the following children:
1549 i. Elizabeth (bp. 1593-)
ii. John69 (bp. 1596->1630)
iii. James69 (bp. 1600-1633)
iv. Samuel69 (bp. 1604-1658)
v. Ezekiel68 (~1604-1647)
vi. Margaret69 (bp. 1607-)
vii. Thomas69 (bp. 1608-1651)

3099 Katherine DUXFORD69, 9G Grandmother.  Born abt 1565-70. Buried on 10 Mar 1630/1 in Westmill, Hertfordshire, England.

3100 Michael NUTT69, 9G Grandfather. Buried on 24 Nov 1630 in Barking, Suffolk, England.

According to Threlfall's GMC5069, "MICHAEL NUTT probably grew up in or near Barking, Suffolk, England, for in that parish on 23 May 1586, he married Elizabeth Jackaman. On 5 February 1617/18, she was buried in the same parish. They apparently lived there during the thirty two years they were married, for here their several children were baptized. He married again in 1619 at Old Newton, Suffolk, Christian Godard. Michael Nutt was buried on 24 November 1630 at Barking, Suffolk, 'an oulde man of Needham', and she, 'a poor widow of Needham' was buried on 29 June 1631, also at Barking. Barking is about one mile southwest of Needham and Old Newton, where he married his second wife, is about five miles north of Needham."

He married Elizabeth JACKAMAN69, 9G Grandmother, on 23 May 1586 in Barking, Suffolk, England.

They had the following children:
i. William?69
ii. Michael69 (bp. 1587-)
iii. Anne69 (bp. 1590-)
iv. Ambrose69 (Died as Child) (bp. 1591-)
1550 v. Miles (bp. 1598-1671)
vi. Ambrose69 (bp. 1601-)
vii. Mary69 (Died as Infant) (bp. 1604-)
viii. Francis69 (bp. 1607-)

3101 Elizabeth JACKAMAN69, 9G Grandmother.  was baptized on 29 Sep 1567 in Mendlesham, Suffolk, England. Buried on 5 Feb 1617/8 in Barking, Suffolk, England.

3120 William SYMONDS, 9G Grandfather.  Born abt 1541. Died on 27 Jul 1606. Buried in Winchester Cathedral, England.

Data from "Sworn into the merchant guild Oct. 26, 1565. Owner of lands at Chawton. Three times mayor of Winchester in 1575, 1585, and 1596."

He married Alice _____, 9G Grandmother.

They had one child:
1560 i. William (~1571-)

3121 Alice _____, 9G Grandmother. Died on 18 Jun 1601. Buried in Winchester Cathedral, England.

3128 William TODD4, 9G Grandfather. Born in 1569 in Pontefract, West Riding, Yorkshire, England. Died in 1617.

He married Isabel ROGERSON4, 9G Grandmother, on 24 Sep 1592 in Pontefract, West Riding, Yorkshire, England.

They had one child:
1564 i. John (1594-1656)

3129 Isabel ROGERSON4, 9G Grandmother. Born in 1571 in Pontefract, West Riding, Yorkshire, England.

3144 William BROWNE55, 9G Grandfather. Born in say 1505. Will dated on 5 Jan 1565[/6] at Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, England. Buried on 25 Jan 1565/6 in Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, England.

According to Smith,55 "William and Joan Brown were married and their children born before the commencement of the Sawbridgeworth registers, but their probate records describe their children and leave hints of more distant relatives. It is possible that William's eldest brother was Thomas, since William remembered Thomas' son, John, herhaps the 'heir male,' in his 1565 will. It is equally possible that the Thomas in question was William's own son and the John was William's eldest grandson." Smith includes a transcript of William Browne's will here, and continues (p. 170): "In her will eight years later, Joan did not mention three of William's sons, William, Thomas and Nicholas, leading to speculation that they might not have been her children. She did mention John and Laurence, and gave them duties but no legacies." Following a transcription of Joan's will, Smith concludes (p. 171): "These two wills indicate a comfortable household and hint at occupation for William, perhaps carried on by son Nicholas. The 'shoppe bord' could have been a table in their place of business, but we really have no indication that that business might have been."

He married Joan _____55, 9G Grandmother, in say 1530.

They had the following children:
i. William (1531->1565)
ii. Annis (1533->1573)
iii. Thomas (1535->1565)
iv. John (1537->1573)
v. Laurence (1539->1573)
vi. Alice (1541->1573)
vii. Nicholas (1543->1565)
viii. Margaret (1545->1573)
1572 ix. Edmund (~1547-)

3145 Joan _____55, 9G Grandmother. Born in say 1510. Buried on 7 Apr 1573 in Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, England. Will dated on 31 Mar 1563 at Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, England.

See under her husband William Browne for further details. Smith55 provides a transcript of her will.

3146 William CRAMPHORNE55, 9G Grandfather. Born in say 1530.

According to Smith,55 "In Trinity Term, 5 Elizabeth, William sold his land consisting of a messuage and land in 'Sabrichesworth' by fine to Edward Leventhorp, Esq., ('Feet of Fines for Hertfordshire,' The Herts. Genealogist and Antiquary, 1[1895]:337).

"This interesting family gave rise to a significant cluster of New England immigrants. Daughter Mary was mother of at least four Browne immigrants, as seen above, and son Thomas fathered three with Massachusetts Bay connections; Phebe, wife of John Perry of Roxbury, Mary, wife of William Heath of Roxbury, and Hester, wife of Thomas Miller, whose sisters immigrated.

"An early article on the Cramphorne family appeared in NYG&B Record 70[1939]:244, correctly identifying immigrants Daniel and Mary. Unfortunately, the same article incorrectly reported almost every date taken from the parish registers. The following presentation incorporates the correct dates. The Record author was also unaware of Mary1 Cramphorne's early death and her husband William Heath's remarriage to another Mary (Register 132[1978]:20)."

He married Jone PLOWE55, 9G Grandmother, on 21 Jul 1560 in Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, England.

They had the following children:
i. Thomas (bp. 1561-)
1573 ii. Mary (bp. 1562->1607)
iii. William (bp. 1564-)

3147 Jone PLOWE55, 9G Grandmother. Born in say 1538. Buried ? 2 Mar 1604/5.

According to Smith,55 she was "perhaps the Joan Cramphorn of Chandlers, widow, who was buried 2 March 1604/5."

3160 Richard FARNSWORTH60, 9G Grandfather. Born ca 1558 in Eccles (Farnsworth), Lancashire, England.

1580 i. Richard (~1584-)

3162 Jacobes MARSHE60, 9G Grandfather. Born abt 1554.

He married Alicia HEY60, 9G Grandmother.

They had one child:
1581 i. Elizabeth (1584-1623)

3163 Alicia HEY60, 9G Grandmother. Born abt 1554.

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