Ancestors of Tim Farr and The Descendants of Stephen Farr


Phineas MUNTER was christened 1 on 23 Feb 1566/1567 in St Mary the Virgen, Dover, Kent, England, United Kingdom. He died about Sep 1620 in Buckland, Kent, England, United Kingdom. He was buried in Buckland, Kent, England, United Kingdom. Phineas married Katherine in England, United Kingdom.

PHINEAS MUNTER of Dover, Kent, England, is the first of the name found in the records of Kent. The name is probably Dutch and means minter or coin maker. It eventually became Anglicized and was spelled as Mynter or Minter, especially in later generations. He was probably the son or grandson of Dutch immigrants to Dover. A John Mynter, "from the domain of the emperor  ‘,i.e., the Franco-German empire, was naturalized 16 September 1549 (Patent Rolls). This might have been the father of Phineas. Where in England John lived is not stated. This is the earliest instance of the name so far found in England. Or possibly this was the John Mynter of Saint Saviour's in Southwark, Surrey, who died in May or June 1585 leaving a wife Margery, but no children mentioned in his will.
Phineas was baptized 23 February 1566/7 in the church of Saint Mary the Virgin, Dover, his parents not named.
Also in the records of this church is the marriage of Elizabeth Munter to Edward Powell on 6 October 1584. Six children were born to them between 1585 and 1595. Perhaps she was an elder sister to Phineas. The Henry Munter who married Sarah Baker on 10 January 1582/3 at nearby Folkestone, was perhaps his brother. Katherine, wife of Phineas Munter, was buried 13 April 1605 at Saint Mary's in Dover. Exactly two weeks later, on 27 April, he remarried to the widow Elizabeth Johnson, also of Dover. Then a month later, on 27 May, their marriage was recorded again at Saint Paul s in Canterbury. In this last record he is listed as a blacksmith.
In 1615 the Munters were living in Faversham which is 8 miles west of Canterbury, for: 16 May 1615 Elizabeth Munter wife of Phineas Munter, lately of Dover now of Faversham, Plaintiff vs. Christian Barnacle wife of Henry Barnacle of Dover, defendant defamation. (Cathedral & Archives Library J/J 19/135)

From Faversham Phineas moved to Buckland which is less than two miles northwest of Dover. Here he died and was buried 9 September 1620. On 15 November following letters of administration were issued to his widow. His inventory follows.

A true Inventory of the goods of Finnis Munter, blacksmith, of the parish of Buckland, lately deceased.
In prixnis - his purse, his girdle and his gloves -
all his wearing apparel
a table
a pair of andirons
a bedstead
a featherbed, two coverlets and a blanket, two bolsters and a piilow
a chest and a court cupboard
two hammers and three pair of tongs, and other working tools
a pair 0f bellows and a anvil and a beakhorn which he sold some two months before he deceased and left to receive of the money. - -
six pieces of pewter, three platters and three pewter dishes
3 pair of sheets and a table cloth and 4 napkins two pewter candlesticks and a pewter pot, two salts and a porringer
a brass kettle, a stew pan and a warming pan -
a frying pan and a gridiron
all other lumber
Sum is £5. 13s. 8d.
The appraisers: Robert Hatten, John Hatcher This same inventory of the goods was made and exhibited by Elizabeth, relict of the aforesaid deceased. Bond with same and John Ray of Canterbury, Carpenter, - £10.

Katherine was born about 1565 in England, United Kingdom. She was buried 1 on 13 Apr 1605 in St Mary the Virgen, Dover, Kent, England, United Kingdom. Katherine married Phineas MUNTER in England, United Kingdom.

They had the following children.

  F i
Elizabeth MUNTER was christened 1 on 27 Jan 1590/1591 in St Mary the Virgen, Dover, Kent, England, United Kingdom.
  F ii
Jeane MUNTER was christened 1 on 1 Apr 1593 in St Mary the Virgen, Dover, Kent, England, United Kingdom. She was buried 2 in Apr 1593 in St Mary the Virgen, Dover, Kent, England, United Kingdom.
  F iii
Elizabeth MUNTER was christened 1 on 17 Feb 1595/1596 in St Mary the Virgen, Dover, Kent, England, United Kingdom.
  F iv Susan MUNTTER was born in 1597. She died on 7 Mar 1689.
  F v Jeane MUNTER was christened on 23 May 1599.
  M vi
Thomas MUNTER was christened 1 on 5 Oct 1600 in St Mary the Virgen, Dover, Kent, England, United Kingdom. He was buried 2 on 1 Jul 1602 in St Mary the Virgen, Dover, Kent, England, United Kingdom.
  F vii
Kathren MUNTER was christened 1 on 27 Apr 1602 in St Mary the Virgen, Dover, Kent, England, United Kingdom. She was buried 2 on 8 Sep 1603 in St Mary the Virgen, Dover, Kent, England, United Kingdom.
  M viii Phineas MUNTER was christened on 29 Dec 1603.
  M ix
Nicholas MUNTER was christened 1 on 2 Nov 1606 in St Mary the Virgen, Dover, Kent, England, United Kingdom.
  F x
Alice MUNTER was christened 1 on 13 Apr 1609 in St Mary the Virgen, Dover, Kent, England, United Kingdom.

Edward JOHNSON [Parents] was christened 1, 2, 3 on 18 Feb 1620 in Canterbury, Kent, England, United Kingdom. He died on 15 Sep 1692 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Edward married 4, 5 Katherine BAKER on 10 Jan 1649 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Katherine BAKER. Katherine married 1, 2 Edward JOHNSON on 10 Jan 1649 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.


George JOHNSON [Parents] was christened 1, 2 on 3 Apr 1625 in Canterbury, Kent, England, United Kingdom. He died in 1681 in Somerset, Maryland, United States. George married Katherine.

Katherine. Katherine married George JOHNSON.


James PRENTICE. James married 1 Susanna JOHNSON in 1655 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Susanna JOHNSON [Parents] was christened 1, 2 on 1 Apr 1627 in Canterbury, Kent, England, United Kingdom. Susanna married 3 James PRENTICE in 1655 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.


John AMES. John married 1, 2 Martha JOHNSON on 18 Mar 1649/1650 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Martha JOHNSON [Parents] was christened 1, 2 on 1 May 1631 in Canterbury, Kent, England, United Kingdom. Martha married 3, 4 John AMES on 18 Mar 1649/1650 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Other marriages:
EAMES, James


James EAMES. James married Martha JOHNSON.

Martha JOHNSON [Parents] was christened 1, 2 on 1 May 1631 in Canterbury, Kent, England, United Kingdom. Martha married James EAMES.

Other marriages:
AMES, John


Matthew JOHNSON [Parents] 1 was christened 2, 3 on 30 Mar 1633 in St George's, Canterbury, Kent, England, United Kingdom. He died 4, 5 on 19 Jul 1696 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Matthew married 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 Hannah PALFREY on 12 Nov 1656 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Other marriages:
WISWALL, Rebecca

TESTIMONY of Edward and Susan Johnson, June 71664 [attested copy:
Middlesex Court Files, HLS #2584; Busiel p.296, Box 1664-16651

Edward Johnson aged abt. 65: and Susan Johnson aged about 66. testifie that Peeter Palfray of Redding, comeing to our house to mak up the match between our sonne Mathew Johnson, and his Eldest daughter Hannah Palfrey, the which wee could not formerly agree unto, Hee said Hee was desirous the match should go on, and there fore although Hee could give but little at present (his estate being mixed with his wife) yet at the day of his death Hee should have fifty pounds out of his estate which was accordingly accepted: and thereupon the marriage was
accomplished.      Edward Johnson         Susan Johnson
                              his marke
21.4.64    Sworne in Court by Capt. Johnson, and Susanna his wife
as attests Thomas Danforth R:               Vera Copia Th. Danforth, R.

DEATH: " MEMENTO MORI." "FUGIT HORA."
" Here lyes y body of Lieutenant Matthew Johnson, aged 62 years died luly 19, 1696." Lieut. Matthew Johnson, son of Capt. Edward Johnson, the author of "The Wonder-working Providence of Sion's Saviour in New England," and foremost among the founders of Woburn, was born in England, and came from Charlestown to Woburn to reside, where he was taxed in 1666, and had a share of common lands assigned him in 1668. Was a carpenter by trade. Represented Woburn in the General Court, 1686-89, 1690, 1691, and 1692. Repeatedly one of the selectmen, etc., and much esteemed. He married Hannah Palfrey and Rebecca Wiswell. ( Vide Sewall's History.)

Hannah PALFREY was born 1 about 1634. She died 2 on 1 Aug 1662 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Hannah married 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 Matthew JOHNSON 8 on 12 Nov 1656 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

BIRTH: Daughter of Peter Palfrey.


Matthew JOHNSON [Parents] 1 was christened 2, 3 on 30 Mar 1633 in St George's, Canterbury, Kent, England, United Kingdom. He died 4, 5 on 19 Jul 1696 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Matthew married 6, 7, 8, 9 Rebecca WISWALL on 23 Oct 1662 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Other marriages:
PALFREY, Hannah

TESTIMONY of Edward and Susan Johnson, June 71664 [attested copy:
Middlesex Court Files, HLS #2584; Busiel p.296, Box 1664-16651

Edward Johnson aged abt. 65: and Susan Johnson aged about 66. testifie that Peeter Palfray of Redding, comeing to our house to mak up the match between our sonne Mathew Johnson, and his Eldest daughter Hannah Palfrey, the which wee could not formerly agree unto, Hee said Hee was desirous the match should go on, and there fore although Hee could give but little at present (his estate being mixed with his wife) yet at the day of his death Hee should have fifty pounds out of his estate which was accordingly accepted: and thereupon the marriage was
accomplished.      Edward Johnson         Susan Johnson
                              his marke
21.4.64    Sworne in Court by Capt. Johnson, and Susanna his wife
as attests Thomas Danforth R:               Vera Copia Th. Danforth, R.

DEATH: " MEMENTO MORI." "FUGIT HORA."
" Here lyes y body of Lieutenant Matthew Johnson, aged 62 years died luly 19, 1696." Lieut. Matthew Johnson, son of Capt. Edward Johnson, the author of "The Wonder-working Providence of Sion's Saviour in New England," and foremost among the founders of Woburn, was born in England, and came from Charlestown to Woburn to reside, where he was taxed in 1666, and had a share of common lands assigned him in 1668. Was a carpenter by trade. Represented Woburn in the General Court, 1686-89, 1690, 1691, and 1692. Repeatedly one of the selectmen, etc., and much esteemed. He married Hannah Palfrey and Rebecca Wiswell. ( Vide Sewall's History.)

Rebecca WISWALL. Rebecca married 1, 2, 3, 4 Matthew JOHNSON 5 on 23 Oct 1662 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.


John JOHNSON [Parents] was christened 1, 2 on 10 May 1635 in Canterbury, Kent, England, United Kingdom. He died 3 in 1720 in Canterbury, Windham, Connecticut, United States. John married 4, 5, 6 Bethia READE on 28 Feb 1657 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Bethia READE died 1 on 2 Dec 1717 in Canterbury, Windham, Connecticut, United States. Bethia married 2, 3, 4 John JOHNSON on 28 Feb 1657 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Surname may be Reed


Ralph WISWALL [scrapbook] 1 was born in 1570 in England, United Kingdom. He was christened on 10 Jan 1572 in Hale, Childwall, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom. He died 2 in 1631 in England, United Kingdom.

RALPH WISWELL (John, probably), a locksmith, was born about 1570 according to the Inquisition Post Mortem taken on the estate of his brother Thomas in 1619 at which time, Ralph was the next heir, aged 49 and more. At the time of his death he resided in the town of Haydock which is part of the parish of Winwick, Lancashire, and is about 6 miles north of Warrington, where his children were baptized. In the Win-wick Parish Register are the following records. Probably Ralph was the child baptized in 1569.

Child of John Wiswell, baptized 11 November 1565
Child of John Wiswell, baptized 14 April 1569
Child of John Wiswell. baptized 4 December 1571
Child of John Wiswell. baptized 7 October 1573
Child of John Wiswell, baptized 19 April 576
Jane Wiswell, baptized 28 October 1577
Elizabeth Wiswell. baptized 2 January 1579/80
John Wiswell. baptized 24 January 1582/3

John Wiswell & Jane Barowe, married 11 February 1602/3

Thomas, son of John Wiswell. baptized 12 December 1605
Robert. son of John Wiswell, baptized 23 October 1608

John Wiswell, buried 30 December 1608

Wiswell is a place name deriving from the village of that name in the parish of Whalley, Lancashire. It means Wiswell, well being a spring, but what Wis means is lost to history. Wiswell is about 30 miles northeast of Haydock. Ralph Wiswell had a brother Thomas who lived in nearby Ormskirk and died on 10 April 1619, leaving no family. Ralph was the next heir as the Inquisition stated. An abstract follows.

INQUISITION taken at Preston, 7 September. 17 James [1619] before Edward Rigby, Esquire, Escheator. after the death of Thomas Wiswall. by the oath of the same Jurors, who say that Thomas Wiswall was seised in fee of 1 messuage and 2 acres of land, meadow and pasture, in Ormeskirke. which are held of William, Earl of Derby, in free socage by fealty and lad, rent, as of his manor of Ortneskirke, and are worth per ann. (clear) Es.Sd. Thomas Wiswall died 10 April last past (1619], and Ralph Wiswall, his brother and next heir, is aged at the time of taking this Inquisition 49 years and more. (Lancashire Inquisitions, p. 137, pub, by Record Society) Thomas married Alice Pickett on 20 October 1592 at Ormskirk, where she died in April 1618. She was buried in the church there on 12 April. Thomas was buried in the high chancell on 11 April 1619. Thomas had an illegitimate son, 7 Edward. baptized ‘on 7 March 1588/9 at Ormskirk, but the child must have Wed and he apparently had no children by his wife Alce. In addition. Ralph had a sister Anne who was apparently unmarried in 1632. She is mentioned in the inventory of his estate. James Wiswell. who died testate in 1603 leaving a widow Elizabeth. may have been another brother. He named a sister Elizabeth. children of his sister, and children of Sd Ralph Wiswell, altho he did not state the relationship of Ralph. An abstract of his will follows.

19 April 1603 - the will of James Wiswell of Wavertree in the parish of Childwall, county Lancaster, yeoman, being visited with sickness . . . to be buried in the parish church of Childwall . . . wife Elizabeth, son William    unto such child or children as shall be born unto me hereafter either by this my wife or another, but if none, then that third to my sister's children, viz. Margaret Houghe, Edward Merser, Thomas Merser, Alice Merser. all the daughters of William Dwaryhouse, all the children of William Diconson. Jane Merser, all the natural chtldren of William Wright. Margerie Mosocke, and Margaret Mossock, saving that I - -doe give unto the children of Rauffe Wiswall soe much as one of my said sister's children shall have for their porcon out of the said third part. Another third part to various bequests including to James Diconson, Edward Merser £10 which his brother John doth owe to me, etc. . . unto Jane Merser any remainder of this third to wife and son William . .to sister Elizabeth (Lancashire Wills pr. at Chester)

Ralph Wiswell died early in 1631/2, for the inventory of his estate was taken on 13 March following. Note that in the following Inventory of Ralph's estate, among the listed creditors was his son John. Then there was listed Thomas, first noted as another son, then changed to read as his brother. This must be an error, for his brother Thomas was clearly dead. Later Ralph's sister was noted originally as sister of  "the said John and Thomas Wiswell" and was then crossed out and corrected to read  sister of Ralph . Clearly the scribe was confused and John and Thomas were Ralph's sons, Anne probably his sister, or possibly a daughter.

A true and wise lnventorie of alt the goodes, Cattell and Chattells of Raphe Wiswall late of Haidock in the Countie of Lancaster, Locksmith, deceased, taken and aprysed by Richard Worthington of Pemberton, yeoman, Richard Gerard of Windle in the said Countie, Locksmith. Richard Moulton of Brild in the said Conntie, Shoemaker, and Thomas Lasleden of Ashton in the said Countie, yeoman, the xiijth day of March Anno regni dni nri Caroli dei gracia Anglia, Scotie. ffrancie et Hibernie, Regs fidei Defensor &c septimo Anno gr dni, 1631
                                  £sd
one Steedie or Anvyl 1-10-0
one paire of Bellowes -   - - -    0-6-5
in hammers and pinchers  0- 2-4
two Troughes Ar one grindleston - - - -  0- 2-0
two vysses 0  4 0
two paire of Tongues, one Crachin, And a poker -  0- 0-8
in Lockstocks - -   - - - - -  0- 2-0
one Ladder, three Spades, a fewe Bords and -  0- 6-0
   other implements -   -   -
in Chaines for horse Treasses 53li weight - -  0-18-4
in Dore Bandes 147li weight  1-20-5
other iron ware of severall sorte 120  weight -  1 - 5-0
in Iron ware of severall kynde 50  weight - -  0- 4-2
in Cressitts, Bakespittles & other Ironware weighing 40li  0-11-9
in fflanders Tooles, vidht Chissells, ffyies and plaint Bitts 0-10-0
in Hang locks & plate Locks  0-15-8
eight paire of Cards - - - - - - -  0-4-4
foure dozen and an halfe of hooks at 3s the dozen  0-13-6
in Bands of severall sorte & other odde iron Ware  1-12-8
   weighing 59li
in Chafeing dishes and frying pannes - - -  0-5-6
fyve Latchells              - - - -   0 -3- 4
sixe Scythes     0-4-0
in hand sawe 0- 3-4
in newe Birmingham ware - - - - -  0- 7-li
in ould Locks of dyvers sorts and ould keyes -  0 -1- 8
seaven stocks Locks 0- 5-2
more In Lock, of severall sort 0- 7 -6
in Chest Locks 0- 6 -4
in Saddlers ware and other things more - -  0- 2-0
to Gimblett Bitts & wimble Bitts, patreing knyves
Shoomakers pinchers & shapeing knyves - - 0-4-6
in Tinfoile & Crab locks & other things  - - 0- 5~9
in horse locks, Can locks & horse Combes - - - 0-12-0
in Arrowe heads & girdles - - - -  - 0- 5.9
in Chissells & setting sticks 0- 3 -6
in Tainter hooks, one Beame Knyffe and)
   three pairs of Sheares -    )      0- 2 1
one dozen of Cnpbord locks 0- 5-9
in testeing pricks, basteing ladles, Dogge Cooples) 0-4-0
   and Chaines  -)
two paire of Ballance & other implem      0- 4-0
in ould Carpenters Toolts    0- 1-6
in Birmingham Cest locks for the insyde    0- 4-0
by Anne Wiswall naturall sister of the said
Ralph Viswall - -   - 0-15-0
by lsabell Richardson of Warrington - - - - 3- 0-0
by George Morris of Ashton, Bandsntith - - - 0- 4-6
by Mathew Turton of Ashton. Dawber - - - - 0- 0-6
by Thomas Massie of Wartington, Clothier  - - 0  7-6
Sum total debit Liiij li' vis ixd                          54- 6 -9

Soe remaining clearely all the said debts?}
last before menconed being distcharged}   xiijli ixs 0
out of the whole goods the some of}

Children, baptized at Warrington:
JOHN. son of Ralph. bapt. 20 Sept. 1601: he & his brother Thomas went to N.E.: he d. 16 Aug. 1687
2 THOMAS. son of Ralph. bapt. 20 Sept. 1601: he d. 6 Dec. 1683 per record ae 80 which must he off by 2 years if the same person: 10 ch.

Ref.: Lancashire Parish Registers as published; Lancashire Probate Files at Preston; Lancashire Inquisitions, published by Record Society

He had the following children.

  M i Thomas WISWALL was christened on 20 Sep 1601. He died on 6 Dec 1683.
  M ii John WISWALL was christened on 20 Sep 1601. He died on 16 Aug 1687.

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