Ancestors of Tim Farr and The Descendants of Stephen Farr


Thomas GRIGGS 1 was born 2 about 1585 in England, United Kingdom. He died 3 on 23 May 1646 in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States. Thomas married 4, 5 Mary about 1615 in England, United Kingdom.

EARLY GRIGGS FAMILIES OF MASSACHUSETTS
By H. MINOT PITMAN, F.A.S.G. of Bronxvllle, New York

There were four Griggs families in and around Boston before 1640. So far as has been ascertained there was no connection between any of them. Something has been written about each one but in every account there have been omissions or errors. The purpose of this article is to correct these. The research on which this account is based has not been exhaustive in that only published material has been consulted.

THOMAS, b. 1619/20; d. probably unmarried before July 1655 since he was not mentioned in his father's will. Clarence Bowen's History ofWoodstock, Conn., vol. 6, p. 96, states that he married MARY____ and was buried in Roxbury 29 Nov. 1639. A footnote says that according to family records he d. 29 Nov. 1632. All these statements are in error. The person who was buried 29 Nov. 1659 was Mary, not Thomas Griggs (The Vital Records of Roxbury. vol. 2, p. 540), who was the wife of another Thomas Griggs of Roxbury, with which place the family of George Griggs had no connection. Obviously Thomas, son of George, could not have died in 1652 since he came to Boston three years later in 1635.

THOMAS GRIGGS of Roxbury, born perhaps about 1585, died in Roxbury, Mass., 23 May 1646 (Vital Records of Roxbury., Mass., vol. 2, p. 540) where he "lay in a long affliction of sickness and shined like gold in it, greatly magnifying his grace in Christ" (Boston Record Commissioners: Rox bury Church Records, p. 173). He married, first, about 1615, probably in England, MARY who died in Roxbury, Mass., 29 Nov. 1639 (Vital Records of Roxbury, Mass., vol. 2, p. 540). He married, secondly, in Roxbury, 26 Aug. 1640 (ibid., p. 182) Mary GREEN, probably widow of John Green who died in 1638/9. She married (3) in Roxbury, 8 June 1651, Jasper Rawlins.

Thomas Griggs was in Roxbury by 1636 when he owned twelve acres there.
It is suggested by J. W. Linzee, Jr., in his Ancestors and Descendants of Peter Parker and Sarah Ruggles, 1913, p. 475, that Thomas was a son of John and Martha Griggs of Boxted, co. Suffolk, England, born in 1585 whose ancestral chart is reproduced on page 475 from Joseph James Muskett's Suffolk Manorial Families, 1900, vol. 1, p. 265. However, there seems to be no proof whatever of the identity of the two Thomases. It might equally well be claimed that George, son of John and Martha Griggs of Boxted, given in the same chart as born in 1595, was the George, subject of the first part of this article. The age very nearly corresponds. The latter George, however, is given in the shipping list as of Landon, Bucks. A search of the wills or estates of John and Martha Griggs of Boxted might reveal the validity or falseness of either or both of these assumptions.

Clarence Bowen in his History of Woodstock, vol. 6, states that this Thomas Griggs was born in 1603 (which might well he) and that he came to New England in 1635. He claims also that Thomas  first wife was Grace Wells (not Mary ). This writer has been unable to determine the source of such statements, but, because much of Bowen s account of the Griggs families is erroneous, not much reliance can be placed on any of the statements about the Griggs families.

Printed from NEHG Register, Volume 123, July 1969,© New England Historic Genealogical Society & Broderbund Software, Inc., Banner Blue Division, May 15, 2001

Mary died 1, 2 on 29 Nov 1639 in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States. She was buried in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States. Mary married 3, 4 Thomas GRIGGS 5 about 1615 in England, United Kingdom.

They had the following children.

  F i Mary GRIGGS was born in 1618. She died on 21 Aug 1680.
  M ii John GRIGGS was born in 1622. He died on 23 Jan 1691/1692.
  M iii Joseph GRIGGS was born about 1624. He died on 10 Feb 1714.
  F iv
Miss GRIGGS was born about 1633 in Boxted, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. She died 1 in 1645 in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States.

John GRIGGS [Parents] 1 was christened 2 on 27 Mar 1658/1659 in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States. He died in 1723. John married Elizabeth CASE on 6 Jun 1682 in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States.

Elizabeth CASE. Elizabeth married John GRIGGS 1 on 6 Jun 1682 in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States.


Stephen FIELDER. Stephen married Mary GRIGGS in 1682 in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States.

Mary GRIGGS [Parents] was christened 1 on 27 Jan 1658/1659 in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States. Mary married Stephen FIELDER in 1682 in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States.

Other marriages:
SEARLE, John


John SEARLE. John married Mary GRIGGS on 21 Oct 1713.

Mary GRIGGS [Parents] was christened 1 on 27 Jan 1658/1659 in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States. Mary married John SEARLE on 21 Oct 1713.

Other marriages:
FIELDER, Stephen


Samuel COOK. Samuel married 1 Abigail GRIGGS on 14 Nov 1681 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Abigail GRIGGS [Parents] was christened 1 on 22 Sep 1661 in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States. She died 2 on 28 Jan 1714/1715. Abigail married 3 Samuel COOK on 14 Nov 1681 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.


Deacon Samuel KIDDER [Parents] was born 1 on 7 Jan 1665/1666 in Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He died 2 on 4 Jul 1724 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Samuel married 3, 4 Sarah GRIGGS on 23 Oct 1689 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Sarah GRIGGS [Parents] was born 1 on 9 Aug 1666 in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States. She was christened 2 on 19 Aug 1666 in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States. She died 3 on 15 Nov 1738 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Sarah married 4, 5 Deacon Samuel KIDDER on 23 Oct 1689 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.


James GRIGGS [Parents] was christened 1 on 17 Dec 1671 in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States. He died in 1752. James married Abigail DRAPER.

Abigail DRAPER. Abigail married James GRIGGS.


Edmund FREEMAN [scrapbook] was born 1 about 1570 in of Pulborough, Sussex, England, United Kingdom. He was buried 2, 3 on 6 Jun 1623 in Pulborough, Sussex, England, United Kingdom. Edmund married 4 Alice COLE on 1 Jan 1591 in Pulborough, Sussex, England, United Kingdom.

Edmund had a will 5, 6 on 20 May 1623 in Pulborough, Sussex, England, United Kingdom.

Many have extended this line but without factual evidence. The Freeman line ends here.

EDMUND FREEMAN, born about 1570; buried in Pulborough church June 6, 1623; married (date not found) Alice Coles, bapt. (date not found); buried at Reigate, county Surrey, Feb. 14. 1651/2; sister of George Coles of Amberley, county Sussex.

Edmund Freeman appears to have been a well-to-do yeoman of Pulborough. His will, dated 30 May, 1623. To be buried in Pulborough church; to my wife, £200 and benefit of copy-hold wherein I dwell and thirds of my lands for life, etc.; to my daughter Alice Beauchamp, £50; to my son John Freeman, three tenements, in Pulborough now in occupation of the widow Sommers, Wepham and named Fouks in fee, also £100; to my youngest daughter Elizabeth, £300; to my seven grandchildren, viz,; my sons and daughters children, £20 apiece; to my sister Harte, £5; to kindred, 20/ apiece; to the poor of the parish £5; to servants and others; to George Coles my wives brother, £5. Edmund Freeman and William Freeman, my two eldest Sons, to be my executors; rest of goods and lands to my executors; to Ligh church at Chichester, 6d. Nicholas Bell of Arundel and George Coles of Amberley to be overseers and to have £5. My wife to have benefit of the lease for her life of the "brookes." Testator made his mark; administration to the executors, June 18, 1623. (P. C, C., Swann 59.)

Alice COLE was born in 1576 in of Pulborough, Sussex, England, United Kingdom. She was buried 1, 2 on 14 Feb 1651 in Reigate, Surrey, England, United Kingdom. Alice married 3 Edmund FREEMAN on 1 Jan 1591 in Pulborough, Sussex, England, United Kingdom.

Alice had a will 4 on 13 Nov 1650 in Pulborough, Sussex, England, United Kingdom.

The will of Alice Freeman of Rigate, co. Surrey, widow, dated Nov. 13, 1650. To my son Edmond Freeman and his wife, £4; to my son William Freeman, £3; to my sons Edmond and William Freeman, my house in Pulborough, bedstead, etc.; to my son John Cuddington and Elizabeth his wife, 40/ apiece; to my daughter Elizabeth Cuddington, the use of all the goods she hath of mine for life, and then to Alice Cuddington and Elizabeth Cuddington her daughters; to my grandchildren George, Richard and Edmond Beauchamp, 40/ apiece; to my grandchildren Alice Dogett, Mary Woolsley and Elizabeth Beauchamp and to Sarah Beauchamp and Alice Beauchamp her daughters, 40/ apiece; to my son William Freeman's children that he had by his last (late!) wife, the beds their mother fetched out of my house in Pulborough; to William Fisher, 20/; to the poor of Pulborough p‘sh, £3; to poor of Rygate p‘sh, 40/. Rest of my goods to John Beauchamp of Rygate, Surrey, esq., and Alice his wife,, and they to be executors. (Testatrix made her, mark,) Proved 5 Mar, 1651/2 by John Beauchamp, one of the executors; power reserved to Alice Beauchamp, the other executor, (Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Bowyer 56.)

Children: Edmund, bapt. July 25, 1596, m. Bennett Hodsoll, second Mrs. Elizabeth Perry; William, bapt. 1598?, m. Christian Hodsoll, second Mrs. Jane Gratwick; Alice, bapt. at Pulborough April 15, 1601, m. John Beauchamp; Eleanor, bapt. Aug. 25, 1603 at Pulborough, buried there April 7, 1618; John, bapt.Jan. 24, 1606/7, at Pulborough, was there in 1623, probably emigrated to Sudbury in New England; Elizabeth, bapt. Aug. 27, 1609 at Pulborough, m. John Cuddington.

They had the following children.

  F i
Ellen FREEMAN was christened 1 on 30 Jul 1592 in Pulborough, Sussex, England, United Kingdom.
  M ii Edmond FREEMAN was christened on 25 Jul 1596. He died on 21 Jun 1682.
  M iii William FREEMAN was christened on 18 Nov 1598. He was buried on 16 Sep 1666.
  F iv Lady Alice FREEMAN was christened on 15 Apr 1601. She was buried in Feb 1651.
  F v
Elinor FREEMAN 1 was christened 2, 3 on 25 Aug 1603 in Pulborough, Sussex, England, United Kingdom. She was buried 4, 5 on 7 Apr 1618 in Pulborough, Sussex, England, United Kingdom.
  M vi John FREEMAN was christened on 29 Jan 1605.
  F vii Elizabeth FREEMAN was christened on 27 Aug 1609.

John HODSELL [Parents] 1, 2 was born about 1555 in of Cowfold, Sussex, England, United Kingdom. He died on 16 Nov 1617 in England, United Kingdom. John married Anne MAUNDY 3 about 1579 in Sussex, England, United Kingdom.

John had a will 4 on 1 Aug 1617 in Cowfold, Sussex, England, United Kingdom. His will was probated 5 on 26 Nov 1617 in Cowfold, Sussex, England, United Kingdom.

Other marriages:
MOORER, Faith (Bacon) (Bareham)

In addition to being a mariner. Bennett (Hodsoll) Freeman's father was a major supplier of planking and other wood products to the Royal Navy. John Hodsoll was given the use of the Navy's utility vessel George, a large barge, for carrying such products to the naval shipyards at Dartmouth.Hi He had his own wharf downstream and on the opposite side of the Thames. 21 In addition, he evidently was the John Hodsoll listed as an investor in the Virginia Colony (3rd Charter of 1612).


Will of John Hodsoll
of Cowfold, Sussex [Ex Kent]

Source: Prerogative Court of Canterbury 1617
Transcribed by Maureen Rawson

In the name of God Amen the first daye of August Anno Dm 1617 And in the yeares of the raigne of our Soveraigne Lord James by the grace of God King of England France and Ireland defender of the faith etc the Fifteenth, And of Scotland the one and Fiftieth, I John Hodsoll of Cowfolde in the Countie of Sussex gentleman, being at this p’nte in good and perfect health mynde and memory laude and praist I therefore give unto Allmightie God, and consideringe with my self the mutability of this p’nte life and the Certeyntie of death and to the end I may be the better prepared and settled in my mynde whensoever it shall please God to call me out of this transitory life, I doe therefore by the permission of God make and declare this my p’nte Testament wherein is conteyned my last Will in manner and forme followinge That is to saye, First and above all thinges I commend my soule into the hands of Allmightie God hopeinge and assuredly beleiving through the death and passion of Jesus Christ to be saved and to have free remission and forgivenes of all my synnes, my body I comitt to the earth from whence it came to be buried in such decent manner as to the discretion of my Executors hereunder named or some of them shall seeme most meete, By whence I will that all such debts as in right and conscience I shall owe to any p’son or p’sons shall be well and truly paide or order taken for the same in due and convenient tyme after my decease

Item I give and bequeath to and amongst the poore people inhabitinge in the parish where it shall please God I shall be buried the somme of Fyve pounds of lawfull money of England to be paide them on the day of my buriall
Item I give and bequeath to and amongst the poore inhabitants of the parish of All St Barkinge in London and to and amongst the poore inhabitants of the parish of Stansted in the County of Kent And to and amongst the poore inhabitants of the parish of Ashe in the same County to everie of the said parishes for the releife of the poore Three pounds sterlinge a peece (if it so happen that I shall not be buried in any of the same parishes) And if it soe happen that I shall be buried in any of the said three parishes Then I give and bequeath only to the other two of the same parishes where I shall not be buried the summe of three pounds sterling apeece

Item I give and bequeath unto Faith Hodsoll my wellbeloved wife the somme of three hundred pounds of lawfull money of England to be paid in manner and forme following viz’t within one moneth next after my decease one hundred pounds therof And within sixe monethes next after my decease the other two hundred pounds, And I doe also give unto my said wife all such mares kyne and calves with all such hay corne fodder and provision of victualls for houshould as shalbe belonginge unto me at the tyme of my decease, And I will that my said wife shall freely enioye to her owne use all such leases plate and houshold stuffe as I had in preferment with her at the tyme of my late intermarriage with her with her weddinge ringe and one paire of Braceletts of goulde w’ch I lately gave her and one ringe of myne with a deathes heade lately belonginge to my first wife

More I give and bequeath unto the said Faith my wyfe the lease of the two houses or tenements with their appurtenances which I hould in Beerelane in London togeather with all my estate and interest of in and to the same shee payinge and performing the rent and covenants conteyned in the same lease, All w’ch said legacies before mentioned to be given to my said wife, I doe will and bequeath unto her upon Condicon that my said wife shall release and quite clayme unto my heires executors and assignes as well all such title of dower w’ch she hath or maye clayme or challenge of in or to any of my lands or tenements whatsoever as well freehold and coppyhold within the Realme of England as all such right and interest as she hath or may challenge to have of in or to all and any other of my goods and chattlells whatsoever (other then such as are by me to her given in and by this my last will and testament) And that she shall also become bounde to my Executors hereunder named in and by one obligation in due forme of lawe to be made sealed and delivered in the somme of Fyve hundred poundes of lawfull money of England with condition to discharge and save harmeles my said executors of from and concerninge the goods chattells and debts of all her late deceased husband against all p’son and p’sons and of and from all acco’ns suits costs charges judgements and demands whatsoever, concerning the same w'ch said Release and obligation if my said wife upon request and tender thereof to her to be made shall refuse to seale unto my said Executors
Then I will that all and every the legacies and bequests by me to her given in and by this my last will and Testament shall cease and be utterly voyde and my said Executors shall not be charged with the payment thereof

Itm I doe release and discharge my sonne in law William Scates of those Eight and Thirtie pounds and tenn shillings of lawfull money of England w’ch he oweth me
Item I give and bequeath unto Elizabeth Scates my daughter wife of the said William the somme of one hundred pounds of lawfull money of England to be payed unto her within one yeare next after my decease (if she the same Elizabeth shalbe then livinge)
And if she the said Elizabeth shall happen to dye or dep’te this p’nte life before the same one hundred pounds shall growe due unto her accordinge to the true meaning of this my last will then I will that the same one hundred pounds shall remayne and come unto such child and children as my said daughter Elizabeth shall here after happen to have equally amongst them to be devided p’te and porron alike to be delivered to their father or his Executors for the use of the said children with in one yeare next after my decease (so as he doe give accompt therefore and sufficient securitie to my executors for the payment thereof unto the said children or the survivor of them vix’t to every one an equall p’te thereof when they shall accomplish there severall age and ages of twentie and one yeares or be married
And if my said daughter Elizabeth shall happen to decease without any children then I give the same one hundred pounds unto her said husband William Scates

Item I give and bequeath unto my cozen John Scates my godsonne sonne of my said daughter Elizabeth the somme of one hundred pounds of lawfull money of England to be paid unto his said father and the said Elizabeth his wife or the survivor of them within two yeares next after my decease, my Executors takinge their acquittance for the receipt thereof and they puttinge in good securitie to the liking of my said executors for the payment thereof unto their said sonne at his age of twenty and one yeares,
And if the said John Scate shall happen to dye or dep’te this life before he shall accomplish his said age of Twentie and one yeares then I will that the same one hundred pounds shall remayne and come to such other child and children as my said daughter shall hereafter happen to have equally amongst them to be divided p’te and porcon alike
And if my said daughter shall hereafter happen to have none other child or children then I will that the same one hundred pounds shall remayne and come unto the said Elizabeth Scates my daughter

Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Anne Sheffeild wife of Thomas Sheffeild the somme of three hundred pounds of lawfull money of England to be payed unto her within one yeare next after my decease (if shee the said Anne shall be then livinge)
And in case the said Anne Sheffeild my daughter shall happen to dye or dep’te this pre’te life before the same three hundred pounds shall growe due and payable unto her accordinge to the true meaninge of this my last will then I will that the same Three hundred pounds shall remayne and come to and amongst such child and children as my said daughter shall hereafter happen to have To be delivered to their said father or his Executors for the use of the said children within one yeare next after my decease (so as he doe give a receipt therefore and sufficient security to the liking of my brother Thomas Hodsoll for the payment thereof unto the said children or the survivor of them viz’t to every of them an equall part thereof when they shall accomplish their several age and ages of Twentie and one yeares or be married
And if my said daughter shall happen to have no children then I give the same three hundred pounds unto her said husband Thomas Sheffeild

Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Bennett Freeman wife of Edmund Freeman the younger the somme of one hundred pounds of lawfull money of England to be paid unto her within one yeare next after my decease
Item I give unto my said son in lawe Edmund Freeman the somme of forty shillings to make him a ringe

Item I give and bequeath unto Katherine Hodsoll and Christian Hodsoll my daughters to either of them Fyve hundred pounds of lawfull money of England a peece to be payed unto them at their severall ages of Twenty yeares or dayes of marriages first hapininge
And if either of them happen to dye or dep’te this pre’te life before they shall accomplish their said age and ages of Twentie yeares or be married as aforesaid Then I will that the said porcons to them hereby given shall remayne to and amongst all my children that shall be then livinge pte and porcon alike

Item I give and bequeath unto my sister Joane Whitehaire the somme of forty pounds sterlinge
Item I give and bequeath unto my brother in lawe Richard Moorer the somme of fortie shillings and to his wife fortie shillings to make them ringes
Item I give and bequeath unto my friend John Drewry (Mr under God) of the Carvile called the Anne the somme of three pounds of lawfull English money
Item I give and bequeath unto my lovinge friends William Burrell and Edmund Freeman forty shillings sterlinge apeece to make them rings
Item I give and bequeath unto Mr Anthony Woolton preacher Forty shillings sterlinge
Item I give and bequeath unto my loving friend Richard Greene Scrivener the somme of forty shillings sterling
Item I give and bequeath unto Faith Bacon my wives daughter the some of thirtie three pounds sixe shillings and eight pence of lawfull English money upon condicon that shee doe joyne wth my said wife in the release or acquittance by her before mentioned to be made

Item I give and bequeath unto every one of my godchildren beinge of my kindred or aalyance or of the kindred or allyance of my late wife deceased tenne shillings sterlinge a peece
Item I give unto the widdowe Dallyn of Chigwell in Essex who nursed diverse Of my children three pounds six shillings and eight pence sterlinge in token of my good will
Itm I give unto my servant Cesar five pounds sterling

Itm I give and devise unto such child or children wherewith my said wife Faith nowe goeth or is with child of the rents and proffitts of my two leases of my tenements and wharffe at Ratcliffe in the County of Midd. w’ch I lately bought of Mr Heydon of Greenwich and the Lord Wentworth for and duringe the terme of one and twentie yeares to be reckoned and accompted from the daye of my decease (if the said child so longe shall live)
And if the said child shall be livinge at the end of the said one and twentie yeares then I will and devise unto the said child the lease and other writtings which I have concerning the said tenements and wharffe at Ratcliffe and all my severall estate interests terme and termes of yeares and demands of in and to the same
Item I give and bequeath unto my said child or children whereof my said wife is now with child the somme of one hundred poundes of lawfull English money to be paid unto such child or children when it or they shall accomplish the age of Twentie and one yeares or be married
And I will that the same one hundred pounds shall remayne in the hands of my Executors hereunder named untill the said child or children shall accomplish the said age of Twentie and one yeares or be married
And I will that my said wife shall have the bringinge upp of my said child or children wherewith shee nowe goeth, and receive and take of my executors the rents and proffitts of my said leases tenements and wharfe to the use of such child or children untill the same shall attayne to the age and ages of Twentie and one yeares or be married
And if it happen that my said wife is not with child or that this child or children shall dye or dep’te this life before the same shall attayne to the age of twentie and one yeares or be married That then in eyther of those cases I give and bequeath the said leases tenements and wharffe and all my estate and terme of yeares therein togeather wth the said one hundred pounds to my sonne John Hodsoll

Item I give the one moyetie or halfe pte of all my plate houshould stuffe and lynnen unto my sonne John Hodsoll and the other moyetie or halfe pte of all my said plate houshould stuffe and lynnen I give and bequeath unto and amongst all my daughters that shall be livinge at the tyme of my decease pte and porcon alike

Itm I give and bequeath unto my said daughter Anne Sheffeild all that my Tenement with the appurtenances situate and beinge in Ratcliffe in the County of Midd nowe or late in the occupacon of my tenant ... Baxster which I lately bought amongst others of Thomas Manley gent and all my estate interest terme of yeares and demand of in and to the same tenement she payinge from tyme to tyme the one moytie or halfe pte of the rent reserved upon the originall lease

Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth Scates the rents yssues and proffitts of all that my other tenement situate and beinge in Ratcliffe aforesaid nowe or late in the occupacon of my tenant ... Ricards to have and to hold unto my said daughter Elizabeth for and duringe the terme of her naturall life she payinge and discharging yearly duringe her life the somme of fifteen pence of lawfull English money beinge the one moytie or halfe pte of the rent reserved upon the originall lease
And I will that the lease of my said two tenements shall remayne in the handes of my Executors hereunder named duringe the life of my said daughter Elizabeth and that either of my said daughters shall have copyes of the same originall lease and after the decease of my said daughter Elizabeth I give the said tenement nowe in the occupacon of my said tenant Ricard and all my estate interest and terme of yeares then to come therein unto my sonne John Hodsoll

Itm I doe acquite and release unto my nephew John Hodsoll sonne of my late brother Robert Hodsoll all such some and somes of money as he oweth me upon a statute wch he did heretofore acknowledge unto me, and I will that the said statute shall be delivered him to be cancelled

The rest and residue of all and singular my goods and chattells debts and other my worldly substance whatsoever herein not given nor bequeathed I fully and wholy give and bequeath unto my said sonne John Hodsoll

And I doe make my brother John Gratwicke of Jarvyce in the parish of Cowfoulde in the County of Sussex yeoman and my said sonne in lawe Thomas Sheffeild Executors of this my last will and testament in trust, neverthelesse and to and for the onlye use and benefitt of all my said children, To which intent and for their paynes therein to be taken I give and bequeath unto either of my said Executors the somme of Twenty pounds of lawfull English money a peece they renouncing all such benefitt as by lawe or otherwise they may have or take to their owne use or uses as or by the execucon of my said will other then only of and for such legacies as are by me to them or either of them hereby given or bequeathed

And as concerning all my lands and tenements whatsoever freehold and coppyhold I will and devise the same in manner and forme following that is to saye
First I give and bequeath unto Elizabeth Scates my daughter and her heires for ever all that orchard with the appurtenances beinge coppyhould land and holden of the Mannor of Barking in the County of Essex nowe in the tenure or occupacon of William Scates her husband or of his assignes and wch was lately surrendered unto me by Peter Davis and his wife

Item I give and bequeath unto my sonne John Hodsoll and his heires for ever all those my lands tenements and hereditaments pcell of the farme called Bakers sett lying and beinge in the parish of Stansted in the County of Kent sometymes the lands of my father John Hodsoll deceased and wch to me descended and came by and after the decease of my late brother Henry Hodsoll
And also all that my lands and tenements sett lying and beinge in the parish of Stansted in the County of Kent wch I lately bought and purchased of Mr Broughton Merchantaylor
And also those my lands tenements and hereditaments called or knowne by the name of Longe Dowsetts sett lying and beinge in the parish of West Greenstead in the Countie of Sussex

And I doe hereby revoke and disalowe of all former wills and bequeath by me in any wise heretofore made and this to stand for and as my last will and testament
In Witness whereof to this my present testament and last will conteyninge wth this sheete fourteene sheetes of pa..? I the said John Hodsoll have sett my hand and seale dated the daye and yeares first above written - John Hodsoll - Sealed and published by the said John Hodsoll the testator the day and yeare first above written in the presence of us
Richard Greene Ser - William Fellgate and Rob. Kitchen servant to the same Ser
And since published in the presence of us
William Comber Ockenden Cowper Andrewe Smyth Jo Robts

Memorandum that whereas my daughter Katherine doth stande in my will for Five hundred pounds it is so that I have payd her one hundred pounds and have given my bonde for one other hundred pounds more which my meaninge is shall bee parte of the said five hundred pounds sette downe in my will
Also my daughter Bennett stands in my will for one hundred pounds My will is that she shall have one hundred pounds more paid her by my Executors besides that which is in my will
Also my will is that John Gratwicke of Jervis in Cowfolde shall be one of my executors with my sonne Sheffeild to the use of my sonne John Hodsoll according to my will And all that trust which I had committed to my brother Thomas Hodsoll I doe nowe committ unto the said John Gratwicke
Also my will is that my said brother Thomas Hodsoll shall onely receive his legacy and have no further to doe with my will, but that the said John Gratwicke shall stand Executor in his name together with my sonne Sheffeild as is aforesaid
And that this shall be annexed to my said will as a parcell thereof
In Witness whereof I have hereunto sett my hande the xvijth day of November 1617 By me John Hodsoll Signed in the presence of us
Andrewe Smyth Ockenden Cowper Jo Robts and Peter Burdin his marke with others
William Comber

Probate (in latin) 26 November 1617 to Thomas Sheffeild and John Gratwicke

Anne MAUNDY [Parents] 1 was born about 1560 in Sussex, England, United Kingdom. She was buried 2 on 15 Sep 1613 in All Saints Barking. London, England, United Kingdom. Anne married John HODSELL 3, 4 about 1579 in Sussex, England, United Kingdom.

They had the following children.

  F i
Anne HODSOLL 1 was christened on 27 Mar 1580 in All Saints Barking. London, England, United Kingdom. She was buried on 24 Dec 1581 in St. Dunstan Stepney, Sussex, England, United Kingdom.
  M ii
Thomas HODSOLL 1 was christened on 10 Dec 1584 in St. Dunstan Stepney, Sussex, England, United Kingdom. He died in BET 19 JUL 1607 AND 1 AUG 1917 in England, United Kingdom.
  M iii
Clement HODSOLL 1 was christened on 19 Dec 1585 in St. Dunstan Stepney, Sussex, England, United Kingdom. He died in BET 19 JUL 1607 AND 1 AUG 1617.
  F iv Anne HODSOLL was christened on 27 Jan 1586/1587. She died in BET 19 SEP 1620 AND 24 AUG 1625.
  F v Elizabeth HODSALL was christened on 24 Jan 1587/1588. She was buried on 3 Nov 1625.
  M vi John HODSELL was christened on 24 Nov 1589. He died on 12 Nov 1628.
  F vii Katherine HODSOLL was christened on 28 Jan 1591/1592. She was buried on 25 Feb 1636/1637.
  M viii
William HODSOLL 1 was christened on 1 Apr 1593 in All Saints Barking. London, England, United Kingdom. He died in BY 12 SEP 1615 in England, United Kingdom.
  F ix
Jane HODSOLL 1 was christened on 10 May 1595 in All Saints Barking. London, England, United Kingdom. She died in BY 1 AUG 1617 in England, United Kingdom.
  F x Bennet HODSOLL was christened on 23 Aug 1596. She was buried on 12 Apr 1630.
  F xi
Margaret HODSELL 1 was christened on 31 Oct 1597 in All Saints Barking. London, England, United Kingdom. She was buried on 10 Nov 1597 in All Saints Barking. London, England, United Kingdom.
  F xii Christian HODSELL was christened on 23 Apr 1602. She was buried on 24 Jul 1635.
  M xiii
William HODSOLL 1 was christened on 12 Sep 1615 in Cowfold, Sussex, England, United Kingdom. He died before 1 Aug 1617 in England, United Kingdom.

Stephen ALDOUS [Parents] was christened on 8 Mar 1578/1579 in Fressingfield, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. He was buried on 2 Jan 1627/1628 in Fressingfield, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. Stephen married Margaret ALDOUS about 1602 in Fressingfield, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.

Other marriages:
HARRISON, Margaret

From records in the posession of Tim Farr.

  Stephen Aldous and his second cousin, Margaret Aldous, fell in love and were married in about 1602.  Both had been born in the parish of Fressingfield, Suffolk, England, he in 1579 and she three years earlier.  They lived at a farm called Bourneys, which had been in Stephen's family for several generations.  Stephen had been only four years of age, the youngest child in his family, when his father died, and as he grew up he shared the home with his mother and four sisters.

  About twenty years after marriage Stephen prepared his last will and testament, written in extreme detail.  Since the house and grounds at Bourneys came to him and Margaret furnished and in use the premises probably did not change much in that twenty years. From the information in the will we can, in imagination, walk into the rooms of the house in which Stephen and Mrgaret lived, rooms where their two daughters and three sons were born and played; rooms where companionship was enjoyed, tears were shed; where there was talk (both pleasant and otherwise), laughter, and music.

  The nicest room in the house, the main room, was called the hall. In it was a "long Table," flanked by "two long Formes [seats or benches]." Against one wall was a "great Cubberd." There were several chairs, including a "back chayre [probably a small chair with a back on it]"; "great chaires Fwhich may have been a type of couch]"; and "one litle buffet stoole." Two "carpet cushions" are also mentioned. There was a "Round foult [folding or folded] Table," and a table on which stood the "virginalls." The latter was the forerunner of the piano, small and rectangular, with no legs, having one wire to a note. Though it was one instrument, it was often referred to in the plural. The keys were "played" or tapped as are piano keys.  Among the accessories in the room were Stephen's "birding peece [fowling gun]," "a laver [basin] of Brasse," a "great Bible," a "second Bible," and "one litle glass keeps."

  The "parlour" was apparently the master bedroom, for in it was the "best Bedstead" with "the Featherbed bouistr blanckets, and coveriett, therupon, and all things therunto belonging." There was also "one Trundle bedstead wth a Featherbed therupon.11 Additionally, the room contained a "wicker chayre," a "Table wth a longe Forme therto belongings," a "great hutche," one "trunck," a coffer, a "hatt keepe," and the family's "third Bible."

   The "parlour chamber," the room above the parlor (we learn from Stephen's grandfather's will), accommodated a "posted bedstead with the featherbed, boulster, blancket, and Covrlett therupon, and all things therunto belonging," in addition to a "long Table wth a forme therto belonging," "one buffett stoole," "One Truncke," and a "great Boxe."

   In the "hall chamber," over the hall, was another "posted bed stead" with its "Feathrbed boulster blanckets & coverlett" and "oth er things therto belonging," and another "Trundle bedstead wth a  flocke [tufted] bedbouister, blancket and Covrlett." This room had  a third bedstead ''marked with theis letters M:A: wth a Feather bed  boulster, and covering therupon," and, like other rooms, a "long Table & forme." Here, also, stood a "great hutchell and two coffers.  Both of the coffers are called "great," meaning large, and one is  specified as "where my lyning [linen] lye." For each of the beds in  the house mention was made of two pairs of sheets, a pillow, and a  "pillowbeere [pillowcase]." In this room, the hall chamber  ' with  the coffer for the household linen, was the "best Table cloath wth  6 Table napkyns," as well as a "second board cloathell and six "Table  napkyns."

   The fifth room in the house was the "butterye," or pantry.  The only furniture Stephen listed as being in it was the "plate cub berd." Specific cookware consisted of a "biggest brasse pott," a  "biggest brasse pott saving one For second biggest pot]." and a  "biggest kettle saving one." Dishes and utensils included "2 of my biggest pewter plattrs,,, five additional pewter platters (plates to  us?), some pewter "salts [individual salt containers]," a "best  pewtr pott, " and "two pewter saucers." There were also silver  spoons, some engraved with the letters "S.A." and some with "M.A."

   After the rooms of the house Stephen mentioned the "Browene,"  and in it the "great boulting hutche." The "Browernell was named in  the will of Stephen's grandfather Robert, on the same property called Bourneys, and in Robert's will the Browerne was said to have a "sol let" over it.  A bolting hutch would have been used to sift and sep arate the various sizes of grain particles into flour and meal, so perhaps we can imagine that the Browerne was a granary, with the cellar, or storage area, above it.

   Another important building on the Aldous farm was the "Back house or Dairy." From contents Stephen names in it we get the idea  that probably the family prepared cheese and other dairy products  for sale to fellow villagefolk. There was a "great Cheespresse,"  and also a "litle cheesepresse." There were "Cheese Boards," a  "great Caldiron," a "great kettle," a "great Milketubb," a "second  milk Tub," a "biggest keener [broad shallow tub]," a "litle keeler," a "biggest skillett," thirteen I'mylk bowleg", and "all the  shelves, planks and close Boards in the said Backehowse or dairy"  with everything "therto belonging."

   In the will Stephen did not reveal the extent of his livestock  or of his outdoor implements, but did mention "milche kene [milk  cows]" and "sheepe," as well as a "Carte wth the harnis belonging,"  a "plough and plough irons therto belonging," a "plough Trayce," and "one paire of Cart Trayce."

   He gives detailed descriptions of his lands.  The messuage Bourneys, also called Peaslye, adjoined the common called Hushawe Greene, and on that common the property had grazing rights for "Sixe great Beasts [cattle,etc.] at whitsontide [or starting the seventh Sunday after Easter] & five at michallmas [season starting at the feast of St. Michael, the archangel, 29 September] accordinge to the quantitye customer" "Two closes of pasture, usuaflie occupied wth  the said Messuage," were situated "betwene the lands of Thomas Al dous called the Home close, on the pte of the Easte And the lands of  the same Thomas called Parke bridge meadowe on the pte of the west." Towards the north and east were lands of Sir Thomas Baker, knight, and of the said Thomas Aldous.  On the south was "Cheapenhall mead owe."

   Another messuage (house with outbuildings and yard), called "Cotwaynes or Babilons" had with it twenty acres of land.  It had right of commonage "upon the said common called Hushawe Greene, for  4 great beasts, or other smale beasts accordinge to the quantitye custome."

   Stephen also held "messuage lands, and meadowes, aswell Free hold as coppiehold, or customary lying and being in Wittingham hamb lett of Fresingfield."

   With background, now, of house and properties, let us return to happenings in the Aldous family.  As has been stated, Stephen and Margaret became the parents of five children, first two daughters  and then three sons.  When the youngest of the sons was but two  years old Margaret passed away.  We can suppose that she likely died  at childbirth.

   For three years Stephen lived as a widower, and then, in Octo ber of 1617, married another Margaret, a widow whose first husband  had been a Harrison.  In June of 1619, less that two years later,  she died also, and again Stephen was a widower.

   The date of Stephen's will, which he signed on each of its ten pages with "Steaphan Alldous," was 16 June 1622.  It looks as though the original will was written before his eldest daughter, Elizabeth, married.  Then, after she was wed, and received most of her share of the estate, parts of the will were interlined and new things writ ten. Among the things scratched out was the instruction that part  of his assets be used "towards the Education and bringing upp of my  Three Sonnes and two daughters." Added was, "I give unto Eliz: Aldous my daughtr ij [two] carpet cushions, one of mv great chaires in  the hall & wth the overplus if any be upo condicon that Rich: Aldous  hir husband delivr into the hands of my executor all my goods &  houshold stuffe in his custoditie And also pay the rent agreed up on. "

   Stephen's eldest son, "Stephen Aldous Jun," when he reached the age of twenty-four, was to receive Bourneys, except for the "Back house or dayrie belonging to the said messuage." Son William was to have, also at age twenty-four, Cotwaynes, and "my Backhowse, or day rie before excepted, upon condicon yt he shall wth the leave and li cence of the Lord of the mannor of whom the said prmisss bene and  are holden, Remove and take awaye the said backhouse or dairy from  the place where it now standeth, and set it, and place it upon the  said Tenemt Cotwaynes." John, at age twenty-four, was to inherit  the messuage lands and meadows in Wittingham hamlet.  The furniture  and accessories in the house, Browerne, and dairy, were divided up.  Son Stephen was to have "the horse myll & furnitur upo condico that  he suffer his brothers to grind there." At specified times John was to receive twenty pounds "of lawful Englishe money" and daughter Mary "Five pounds of lawfull English money." After the specific legacies Stephen requested that "all the rest of my pewter, brasse, and lynninge not by me given . . . The rest and surplus (if any be) of all my goods, chattells, moveables, houshold stuff, utensills, plate, jewells, readye money, debts . . . [and] funerall expencs . . . shalbe equally devided betweixt my said three sonnes and two daughters."

   Stephen had faith in God, the preamble of his will being similar to others written in his time: "I Stephen Aldous of Fresingfield in the County of Suff yeoman, being both in good health and pfect Remembraunce, (thanks be unto Allmightie God) yet knoweing that there is nothing to man in this world more certaine than death, thend of all Fleshe, yet nothing more uncertain to the knowledge of man, then the tyme when god hath appointed it, Doe make, ordaine and declare this my last Will and Testamt. . . I comend my sould into the hands of Allmighty god, my Maker, hoping assuridlie, through the only meritts of Jesus Christe, my Saviour, to be made ptaker of life everlastinge,. . . my body to the Earth wherof it was made to be buried in such Christianlike and seamely sorte as shall by my welbeloved sonnes Stephen Aldous Jun and William Aldous . . . be thought fitt and Expedient."

   These two sons were appointed executors.  Stephen nominated "James Aldous my brothr in law Supravisor of this my last will & testament giving him xxs [twenty shillings] for his paymt hoping he will have a zealous care, and a love to procure peace and quietnes betwene my foresayd children."

   Stephen Aldous lived for several years after his original will was written.  He was buried 2 January 1627/8 in the Fressingfield churchyard.

Margaret ALDOUS [Parents] was christened on 15 Feb 1575 in Fressingfield, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. She was buried on 10 Oct 1614 in Fressingfield, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. Margaret married Stephen ALDOUS about 1602 in Fressingfield, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.

They had the following children.

  F i Elizabeth ALDOUS was christened on 5 May 1603.
  F ii
Mary ALDOUS was christened on 20 Jan 1604/1605 in Fressingfield, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.
  M iii Stephen ALDOUS was born in 1607. He was buried on 24 Apr 1637.
  M iv William ALDOUS was christened on 21 Jun 1610. He was buried on 2 Dec 1678.
  M v
John ALDOUS was christened on 16 Aug 1612 in Fressingfield, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. He was buried on 11 Apr 1628.

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