Origins of the Washburn Families of
(1.) JohnC Washborne, of Bengeworth, Worcestershire, England, was born, say, 1485 in England. It has been claimed that he was a younger son of John Wasshborn, of Wichenford, Worcestershire, who died testate in 1517, and grandson of Norman Washbourne, of Knights Washbourne and Little Washbourne, Worcestershire, but John Wasshborn of Wichenford did not name a son John in his will, nor was a son John named in the inquisition post mortem of John Washborne, of Wichenford. (See appendix A for a full transcription of the 1517 will of John Wasshborn, of Wichenford.)
†††††††† St. Egwin, Bishop of Worcester, who died in the year 717, probably founded the original Abbey at Evesham in about 714, and the Benedictine monastery at Evesham was established before 1066. The town of Evesham grew up around it. Bengeworth was a preplanned burgage of Evesham laid out in the 12th century, just across the Avon River from Evesham, in Worcester County, to the east of the city, and is part of the Borough of Evesham. The Battle of Evesham, on 4 Aug. 1265, in which the royal forces led by King Henry IIIís son, Prince Edward defeated the knights led by the kingís own brother-in-law, Simon de Montfort, Earl of Leicester, Bishop Walter de Cantilupe of Worcester, and several of the wealthy Worcester land owners, was a turning point in the history of the area. When Edward became the king in 1272, he instituted a strong reign over the area, which brought difficult times for the county of Worcester, and de Montfort became a folk hero to those of later generations. The Tudor period of the 16th century finally brought stability and prosperity to Worcester County, and the area around Evesham was known as a center for the growing of fruit and vegetables, especially apples and pears, where they produced a beverage called perry. Evesham was finally incorporated as a borough in 1605, by which time the manufacture of cloth was also an important industry there.
†††††††† The church in Bengeworth was St. Peters, while there were two churches in EveshamóAll Saints, and, later, St. Lawrence. They were part of the Deanery of Evesham in the Diocese Worcester. There is evidence the Washbornes were settled as tenants under the Abbot of Evesham at least 200 years before the first John Washborne, above, and the Bengeworth branch probably descends from these earlier Washborne families.
†††††††† John Washborne, of Bengeworth, possibly had a broth≠er, Thomas Wasborne, who was buried on 23 Feb. 1539/40 in St. Peterís Parish, Bengeworth, Worcestershire. This same Thomas Washborne was probably the one who received a bequest in the will of Edward Steynrodde, of Bengeworth, in 1530, and may have been a son‑in‑law of Edward Steynrodde. On 4 Aug. 1539 a William Washborne married Elizabeth Clybery in All Saints Church, Evesham. He may have been another, younger brother of this John Washborne, but no children were found baptized to William Washborne in Evesham or Bengeworth.
†††††††† John Washborne, of Bengeworth, married EmmeC (___). The I.G.I. has a marriage date of 6 May 1516 in Bengeworth, Eng≠land, which is reasonable, but the St. Peterís Parish Registers do not start until 1538, so this date cannot have been taken from the church records, and cannot be verified. Her surname has not been discovered. John Washborne farmed and raised livestock in Bengeworth, and was relatively well off for the times. He died testate in 1546/7, and was buried on 8 Jan. 1546/7 in Bengeworth. His will was dated 27 Dec. 1546, and was witnessed by Thomas Shreve, Thomas Marten, William Clente, and Thomas Trewelove. In his will he mentioned his wife, Emme, as executrix; sons John Washeburne, the eldest son and main heir, and William Washeburne; the 2 children of John my son, the 2 children of William my son, the 3 children of Robert Marten my son-in-law, the one child of Daniel Hide my other son-in-law; my daughter Alice Marten, and my daughter Catherine Hide. (See appendix B for a full transcription of his 1546 will.)
†††††††† Emme Washborne died testate in 1547, and was buried on 13 May 1547 in Bengeworth. Her will was dated 1 May 1547, and probated on 15 June 1547. She named her son John Wasborn her executor, and also mentioned Danyell Hide and Katherine Hide, her daughter, Alis Merton, her daughter, John Míten, William Merten, and Margarete Merten, presumably her grandchildren, Willm Wasborn, her son, and Katherine and Agnes, his daughters, and left additional bequests to Willm Blaklowe, Eme Ruttr, Agnes Ordeweye, Johane Davis, and Eme Gowgzht? The will was witnessed by Richard Phelps the elder, Richard Phelps the younger, Robert Ordewey, and Rev. William Payne, curate of the church. (See Appendix C for a full transcription of her 1547 will.)
†††††††† John and Emme Washborne left only two married sons and two married daughters:
†††††††† 4††††††† iii†† Alice Washborne, married Robert Marten. They had 3 children by 1547, when her father wrote his will. He was a ďGlover,Ē or manufacturer of gloves, in Bengeworth, and he died testate in 1555 in Bengeworth. They had children, as mentioned in the will of their grandmother, Emme Washborne, in 1547:
a. John Marten
b. William Marten
c. Margaret Marten
†††††††† 5††††††† iv†† Katherine Washborne, married Daniel Hide. They had one child by 1547, when her father wrote his will, and possibly others later. The surname was also spelled ďHyde.Ē
a. (Unknown) Hide
JohnB Washborne (Jr.), eldest son and
heir of (1) JohnC
Washborne, of Bengeworth,
†††††††† John Washborne (Jr.), died intestate in 1593 in Bengeworth, and was buried on 13 Oct. 1593 in Bengeworth. His eldest son, John Washborne, was granted administration of his estate. The inventory of his estate was dated 20 Sept. 1593, and was appraised by John Dacle, Thomas Ordway, John Hall, and John Smythe, and was valued at £132 4 s. 10 d. (See appendix E for a transcription of his Letters of Administration.) From other baptisms in St. Peterís Parish, Bengeworth, it is apparent that the Washbornes were close friends with the Ordways, Dacles, Hydes, Martens, Smiths, Shorthasells, Phelpes, and others in Bengeworth, to whose children the Washbornes sometimes appeared as godparents of. The Martens and Hydes were presumably of John Washborneís sistersí families. Some of the others may have been related to Emme Washborne or Jone Bushell. In addition, John Washborne was an appraiser, with John Dacle and Edward Phelps, of the estate of Robert Ordway, Sen., of Bengeworth in 1580.
†††††††† John Washborne had 6 children by Jone Bushell:
†††††††† 6††††††††† i†† Margarett Washborne, baptized on 12 June 1543 in St. Peterís Parish, Bengeworth, married John Bushel on 7 Oct. 1569 in Bengeworth. No children were found baptized to them in Bengeworth, and no probate records were found for John Bushel in Worcestershire, England, nor was Bushel mentioned in the intestate probate records of John Washborne.
†††††††† 8††††††† iii†† Agnes Washborne, baptized on 6 Aug. 1547 in St. Peterís Parish, Bengeworth, marriage not found. She was a godmother for the baptism of Darety Bee on 24 Apr. 1573 in St. Peterís Parish, Bengeworth, at which time she was presumably still unmarried.
†††††††† 9††††††† iv†† Katherin Washborne, baptized on 4 Oct. 1549 in St. Peterís Parish, Bengeworth, marriage not found.
†††††††† 11††††† vi†† Jane Washborne, baptized on 26 Sept. 1556 in St. Peterís Parish, Bengeworth, marriage not found.
William Washborne, second son of (1) JohnC Washborne, of
†††††††† William Washborne died testate in 1588, and was buried on 21 Apr. 1588 in Bretforton. His will was dated 6 May 1587, and probated on 1 July 1588 in Worcester. He mentioned his wife Margaret, whom he named as his executrix, his son William, his son John, his daughter Margaret Townsend, and left a bequest to ďevery one of his grandchildren and godchildren.Ē He also named his brother John Washborne, of Bengeworth, and his son-in-law John Smith as overseers. (See appendix D for a full transcription of his 1588 will.) Margaret may have been the Margarett Wasborne who was buried on 3 June 1592 in Bengeworth.
†††††††† William Washborne and Margaret Harward had children:
†††††††† 12††††††† i†† John Washborne, baptized on 30 July 1542 in Bretforton, buried on 28 Aug. 1542 in Bretforton.
†††††††† 13†††††† ii†† Agnes Washborne, baptized on 6 July 1543 in Bretforton, married John Smyth on 24 Jan. 1564/5 in Bretforton. He was buried on 2 Feb. 1597/8 in Bretforton, but no children were found baptized to them in Bretforton. Agnes Washborne, daughter of William, was named in the will of her grandmother, Emme Washborne, of Bengeworth, in 1547.
†††††††† 14††††† iii†† John Washborne, baptized and buried on 16 Mar. 1544/5 in Bretforton.
†††††††† 15††††† iv†† Katherine Washborne, baptized on 30 Mar. 1546 in Bretforton, married Robert Bowcor on 10 Nov. 1573 in Bretforton. Katherine Washborne, daughter of William, was named in the will of her grandmother, Emme Washborne, of Bengeworth, in 1547.
†††††††† 17††††† vi†† Jone Washborne, baptized on 6 Apr. 1550 in Bretforton, married Henry Byrde on 15 July 1573 in Bretforton. She may have been his second wife, as there were 5 children baptized to Henry Byrd in Bretforton from 1562 to 1570, but no wifeís name was mentioned. There were 4 different Jone Byrds buried in Bretforton from 1580 to 1587, with no indication which, if any, might have been the wife of Henry Byrd. Jone (Washborne) Byrd evidently had 4 children:
b. William Byrd, baptized on 11 Jan. 1576/7 in Bretforton.
d. Mary Byrd, baptized on 15 Nov. 1585 in Bretforton.
†††††††† 19†††† viii†† Elinor Washborne, baptized on 25 Mar. 1553 in Bretforton, buried on 11 July 1553 in Bretforton.
+†††††† 21††††† x†† William
Washborne (Jr.), baptized on
†††††††† 22††††† xi†† (Probably) Anthony Washborne, buried in 1558 in Bretforton.
†††††††† 23†††† xii†† John Washborne, baptized on 14 June 1562 in Bretforton, marriage not found.
†††††††† 24†††† xiii†† Elinor Washborne, baptized on 27 Oct. 1567 in Bretforton, buried on 1 June 1568 in Bretforton.
JohnA Washborne (3rd), son and
heir of (2) JohnB Washborne (Jr.), (1) JohnC; born in Bengeworth,
†††††††† John Washborne (3rd) was one of the 12 Capital Burgesses mentioned in the Charter of Incorporation granted by King James I in 1605 to the borough of Evesham, Worcestershire, which included the parish of Bengeworth. On 26 May 1608 and on 2 Oct. 1610 John Washborne signed the Corporation Minutes. He resigned the Council on 30 Aug. 1614, probably because of his health, and his resignation is recorded in the Corporation Minutes: ďAlso att the same tyme Mr. John Washbourne one of the Comon Councell and a Capitall Burgesse of the said Burrough being willing did resigne his said place for many causes and impedyments unto the said Maior Aldermen and Burgesses to the end there may be one other able and sufficyent man to be elected for supply of the said Company in the Roome of him the said John Washeborne.Ē
†††††††† Edward Timbrell died testate in 1614, and mentioned his sister Martha Washborne, and her four children in his will, dated 1 Apr. 1614. Martha Washborne received 20 shillings in his will. (See appendix F for a full transcription of the 1614 will of Edward Timbrell.) No probate records were found for John Timbrell in Worcestershire.
†††††††† John Washborne (3rd) died testate in 1624, and was buried on 5 Aug. 1624 in Bengeworth, Worcestershire, aged about 73 years, ďold and blind.Ē His will was dated 4 Aug. 1624, and probated on 26 Feb. 1624/5. He mentioned his loving wife, his son-in-law Isaacke Averell, his daughter Joane Wasborne, his brother-in-law John Timbrell, his son William Wasborne, his son and principal heir John Washborne, whom he also appointed as executor, and his granddaughter Jane, daughter of Isaacke Averell. It was witnessed by John Balam, John Tymbrell, and Joseph Phelps. His inventory was appraised by Joseph Phelpes, John Tymbrell, and Thos. Ordway, and was valued at £215, 3 s. (See appendix G for a full transcription of his 1624 will.)
†††††††† Martha (Timbrell) (Stevens) Washborne died testate in 1625, and was buried on 29 Sept. 1625 in Bengeworth. Her will was dated 19 Sept. 1625, and was probated on 9 May 1626. She mentioned only her daughter Jone Washborne and her brother John Tembrel, and it was witnessed by Ales Watsone, Ales Orwaye, and Annes Hale. Her inventory was appraised by John Timbrell, Richard Moore, and Richarde Haye, and was valued at £24, 13 s., 8 d. (See appendix H for a complete transcription of her 1626 will.) John Timbrell, of Naunton, Gloucestershire, died testate in 1626, and left a will, dated 30 Sept. 1626, which mentioned John Wasborn, his brother William Wasborne, and his sister Joane, among others. (See appendix D for a full transcription of his 1626 will.)
†††††††† John Washborne had 3 children by his first wife, and 4 more children by Martha (Timbrell) Stevens:
†††††††† 25††††††† i†† Radegonne Washborne, baptized on 21 Feb. 1578/9 in Bengeworth, no further record.
†††††††† 26†††††† ii†† Daniel Washborne, baptized on 22 June 1582 in Bengeworth, presumably died young. He was not named in his fatherís will in 1624.
†††††††† 27††††† iii†† Mary Washborne, baptized on 12 Dec. 1584 in Bengeworth. She may have married Isaacke Averell by 1624, who was named as a son-in-law in the will of her father, but who was not named in the will of his widow, Martha Washborne, in 1625, nor in the will of John Timbrell in 1626, but no marriage record has yet been found for her in Bengeworth or Evesham.
+†††††† 28††††† iv†† John1 Washborne (4th), baptized on 2 July 1597 in Bengeworth, received 7 shillings in the will of Edward Timbrell in 1614, married Margery Moore, daughter of Robert and Ellen (Taylor) Moore, of Evesham, Worcestershire, on 23 Nov. 1618. (See Washburn of Plymouth Colony.)
†††††††† 29†††††† v†† Jane Washborne, baptized on 2 Dec. 1599 in Bengeworth, received 20 shillings in the will of Edward Timbrell in 1614. She presumably died between the 1614 will of her uncle, Edward Timbrell, and the 1624 will of her father, unless she was the unnamed wife of Isaacke Averell, mentioned as a son-in-law in her fatherís will, but not mentioned in her motherís will or her uncle John Timbrellís will.
+†††††† 30††††† vi†† William1 Washborne, baptized on 9 Nov. 1601 in Bengeworth, was the godchild of Edward Timbrell, and received 30 shillings in his will in 1614. He married Jane Nichols, daughter of Francis and Frances (Wimarke) Nichols, of Sedgeberrow, Worcestershire, in ca. 1625. (See Washburn of Hempstead.)
†††††††† 31†††† vii†† Jone Washborne, baptized on 11 Apr. 1604 in Bengeworth, received 20 shillings in the will of Edward Timbrell in 1614. She married John Shortasell in Mar. 1626 in Bengeworth, but she died in 1636, and was buried on 20 Dec. 1636 in Bengeworth. He remarried to Mary Phellps on 29 Apr. 1639 in Bengeworth. No children were found baptized to John and Jone Shortasell in Bengeworth, but the Bishopís Transcripts for St. Peterís Parish, Bengeworth, are missing for the years 1627 to 1635. John Shortasell had a daughter by Mary Phellps:
a. Mae Shortasell, baptized on 16 Mar. 1639/40 in Bengeworth.
(21.) William Washborne (Jr.),
eldest surviving son and heir of (3) William
Washborne, (1) JohnC; born in Bretforton,
†††††††† William Washborne Jr. had 6 children by Frances Wagstaffe, and 4 more children by Agnes Marres:
†††††††† 32††††††† i†† William Washborne (3rd), baptized on 23 Sept. 1582 in Bretforton, buried on 14 Mar. 1596/7 in Bretforton.
†††††††† 33†††††† ii†† Margaret Washborne, baptized on 5 Oct[?] 1584 in Bretforton.
†††††††† 34††††† iii†† Thomas Washborne, baptized on 15 Mar. 1586/7 in Bretforton.
†††††††† 35††††† iv†† Agnes Washborne, baptized on 12 Mar. 1588/9 in Bretforton.
†††††††† 36†††††† v†† John Washborne, baptized on 19 Jan. 1591/2 in
He may have been the John Washbourne
who was the London Secretary to the
†††††††† 37††††† vi†† Mary Washborne, baptized on 7 Apr. 1594 in Bretforton, buried on 17 Mar. 1594/5 in Bretforton.
†††††††† 38†††† vii†† Richard Washborne, baptized on 18 Mar. 1594/5 in Bretforton, buried on 12 Sept. 1596 in Bretforton.
†††††††† 39†††† viii†† Phillip Washborne, baptized on 2 Jan. 1596 in Bretforton.
†††††††† 40††††† ix†† Mary Washborne, baptized on 20 Mar. 1599/1600 in Bretforton.
†††††††† 41†††††† x†† Frances Washborne, baptized on 28 Feb. 1601/2 in Bretforton.
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†††††††  Davenport, Rev. James, The Washbourne Family of Little Washbourne and Wichenford in the County of Worcester, Methuen & Co., London, England, 1907, [hereinafter Davenport, Washbourne Family], p. 35.
†††††††  Barnard, E.A.B., Some Notes on the Evesham Branch of the Washbourne Family, Evesham, England, 1914, [hereinafter Barnard, Notes], p. 45, quoting the antiquary, Sir Thomas Phillips, Bart., of Middle Hill, Broadway near Evesham, in a letter dated 30 Jan. 1857.
†††††††  International Genealogical Index, 1994, [hereinafter I.G.I.], from a marriage search of John Washborne and Emme, taken LDS temple records, from FHL [Family History Library] microfilm #1761119.
†††††††  William Whitehead married Joane Shepeye 17 Jan. 1545 in Bengeworth, from the Richard Savage Collection of parish transcriptions of the St. Peterís Parish Register, Bengeworth, at the Shakespeare Library, from FHL Microfilm #0504474. The will of William Whitehead is from the Index of Wills and Administration at the Probate Registry at Worcester, England, 1493-1652, folio #19 for 1559.
†††††††  St. Peterís Parish Registers from the Richard Savage Collection at the Shakespeare Library, from FHL Microfilm #0504474. The groomís name was unreadable to me in the microfilmed St. Peterís Parish Registers.
 The will of William Washborne of Bretforton is still coming...
†††††††  A
George Lea, who may have been their son, married Anne Savage in Oct. 1634 in
All Saints Parish, Evesham,
†††††††  Barnard, Notes, pp. 22, 26. The other Capital Burgesses were Sir David Fowles, Rev. Lewes Bayly, Vicar of All Saints Parish, Philip Gardiner Senr., Bartholomew Momford, James Mitchell, Edward Walker, Edward Bowland, Henry Smith, Richard James Senr., Gilbert Smith, and William Robins.
Bishopís Transcripts from St. Peterís Parish, Bengeworth,
†††††††  St.
Peterís Parish Registers, Bengeworth,
†††††††  St.
Peterís Parish Registers, Bengeworth,
†††††††  St.
Peterís Parish Registers, Bengeworth,
†††††††  Davenport, Washbourne Family, p. 49, ď1636: Jonne the wiffe of John Sharthasell buried the 20? of December.Ē I did not find this record in the Bishopís Transcripts, which were very hard to read on the microfilm.
Bretforton Parish Registers,
†††††††  Barnard, Notes, p. 60. Davenport, Washbourne Family, pp. 52-53, proved that the London Secretary of the Plymouth Company could not have been John1 Washburn, the Massachusetts immigrant ancestor, who was born in 1597 in Bengeworth, chiefly by the comparison of signatures.
A APPENDIX A: The Will of John Wasshborne, of Wichenford (1517): *
††† In the name of God Amen the thryde day of the moneth of May the yere of our lord God a thowsande fyve hunderd and sevyten, I John Wassborn Esquyer in the písence of Fraunces Folyatt, Phelipp Chatwyn, Walter Wasshborn my sone, Henry Durant, Robert Folyatt, Rogr Botill Sr, William Wyllis my Curatt, Roger Whiteley Town clerk of Worcestre, Thomas Clerk, John Hawkyns and Thomas Smart make my testament & last wyll in this manr folowing: First I bequeth my soule to Almyghtie God our blessed lady vurgyn and to all the holy company in hevyn and my body to be buryed in the chauncell of seant Mighell in Wychenforde. Itm I bequeth to the Modre Church of or blessyd Virgyn of Worcestre ten shillings. Itm to the high aultr of seant Mighell of Wychenforde fourtie pence. Itm I bequeth to the pisshons of Wychenford all the sylke of my red damaske gown to thentent that they make therof a copp to shue in the church of Wychenforde. Itm I bequeth to my sonnes Robert and Richard to ther fynding to scole xx ll. sterling to be paid by myn executours. The resydue of my goodes not bequethyd I putt theym to the disposicion of Elizabeth my wyff and of thíabovenamed Walt my sone whome I ordeign & make myn executours to se my body buryd when it is butt erth and my detts paide and to doo for my sole bettr than I have divised.
††† And ou thise knowe almen that where I thabovenamed John Wasshborne by my deds indentyd have enfeoffyd Nicholas Folyatt, Fraunces Folyatt my above named sone Walter Wasshborn and othre to pforme my last wyll thentent of that Feoffament my wyll is thus that after my dicease my executours to be ? & takers of the rents issues & pffects of all my hole lands & tenements conteigned in the seide Feffament Furst to se my detts payde And my suyrties discharged agenst Thomas Acton Gentilman of Stanforde for the some of threscore pounds & ten sterling. Also I will that ther be paide & delyvíed to my doughtr Ann toward her fynding & pmocion a hundred mrcs sterling Salvyng alwey my wyffs right when it shall happen. These rents issues & pffects to be taken by my seid executours during the nonnage age of my Nevewse heyr John Wasshborn sone of Robert Wasshborne disceassyd. Wryttin and declaryd the day & yere aboveseid in the psence of the psons above rehercyd.
* Transcription from James Davenport, The Washbourne Family of Little Washbourne and Wichenford, 1907, pp.32-33.
B APPENDIX B: The Will of John Washeburne, of Bengeworth (1546): *
††† In the name of God Amen the xxvij day of December the yere of or Lord mcccccxlvj, & in the xxxviij yere of the Rayne of or Sovaygne lord Henry the viij by the grace of God Kynge of Englande fraunce & Ireland, Defendor of the faythe and in erthe of the churche of England & also of Irelande the supíme head. I John Wassheburne husbandman dwellynge in the pishe of Bengeworthe wthin the dioces of Worcester beynge sike in body nevthelesse of good & perfecte mynde & memorie thanks be to God therfore do ordeyne & make this my testament & last will in forme & manr folowingófirst I bequethe my soule unto Almyghty God, & my body to be buryed wthin the eccliasticall sepulture of my pishe churche of Bengeworthe aforenamed & soche temporall goods as my Lord God hathe lente me & to be orderyd & disposed as herafter folowethe to the true execucon wherof I do constitute & make Emme my wiffe my sole Executrice & Thoms Shreve of Hampton & Willm Wassheburne my sone supvisors or ovísears to the same. Itm I bequethe unto my pishe churche of Bengworthe aforesayd ij strike of whete & ij strike of barley. Itm I bequethe unto Willm my sone my bigger sestarne a carte brydle & a mattocke. Itm I bequethe unto John my sone my lesser sestarne, an ewtinge fatte, a carte bridle & a mattocke. Itm I bequethe unto the ij children of Willm my sone & to the ij children of John my sone evy one of them ij s. Itm I bequethe unto the iij children of Robte Marten my sone in lawe & to the one childe of Danyell Hide myne other sone in lawe evy one of them like wisse ij s. The Residue of my goods in this testament not bequethed I give & bequethe unto Emme my wiffe and Executrix above named wth all my howses lands & grownds therto belonging lyinge wthin the towe & filde of Bengeworthe aforesayd she to have the sayd howses lands & grownds duryng her naturall liffe & aftr her decesse I will John my sone shall inherite & have unto him & his eyre male for evr all my foresayd howses lands & grownds & he or his eyres to pay unto Willm my sone so longe as the sayde Willm shall lyve out of the sayd grownde yerely vi s. viij d. & the sayde Willm my sone shall pay for the same yerely to Alice Marten my daughter duryng theyer ij lyves to gether ij strike of whete to be delived one strike at Christmas & another at Aster, and John my sone shall pay unto Katherine Hide my other daughter yerly duryng her naturall life too strike of whete to be delived in the like manr & in case that eyther of my sons aforenamed happen to die my ij daughters Aloise & Katheryn being alive then will I that the lenger lyvr of my seyd ij sones shall pay unto my ij daughters the hole some of whete aforenamed or iff bothe my sones decesse then they to have the forsayde whete durynge theyer lifes out of my grounde aofrenamed and yf it happen that John my sone have no eyer male then I will that after his decesse Willm my sone & his eyer male yf he have any shall inherite the sayde howses lands & grownds for evr & in case that neyther of my sones John nor Willm have any eyer male then will I that the eldest daughter of John my sone shall inherite the sayd howses lands and grownds aofre specified to pay out of the same to the eldest daughter of Willm my sone duryng her naturall liffe yerly halfe the rent of the same wch is vij s. vj d. and then the forsayde howses lands & grownds to remayne to the eyer geníall for evr. This is my full testament & last will written the day & yere above specified. These beyng witnesse Thoms Shreve, Thoms Marten, Willm Clente & Thoms Trewelove wth other.
* Transcription from James Davenport, The Washbourne Family of Little Washbourne and Wichenford, 1907, pp 37-38.
C APPENDIX C: The Will of Emme Washborne, of Bengeworth (1546): *
†† In the name of God amen the I day of may the yere of our lord 1547 & in the firste yere of the raygne of our souaygn lord Edward the vi by the grace of god Kyng of England france & Ireland defender of the faythe & of the churche of England & also of Ireland on erthe the sup'me hed--I Emme Wasborn dwellynge in the pishe of Bengeworthe wthin the dioc of Worceter beyinge sike in body nevtheles of pfecte mynde & good memorie thanked by god do ordeyne & make this my testament & last will in forme & manr as herafter folowethe--first I bequethe my soule unto Almyghty god, the glorius virgin saynte mary & to the company of all blessed angells & saynts in hevyn, & my body to be buryed wthin the churcheyard of Bengworthe -- Itm I give & bequethe to Danyell Hide my best cowe ii couple of shippe a quarter of whete & another of barley a flaxen shete & ii hurden shets -- Itm I bequethe to Katherine Hide my daughter a redd curtell my best gowne my best cappe my fetherbedde my best kamiccs [footnote by Davenport says "That is, Cambrics. The Flemish name of Cambray is Kameryk."] a bolster a potte a lande of whete at the weathis a baknhogge a coffer that I bought of Thoms Swerdebrake and iii stiks of whight clothe -- Itm I bequethe to John M'ten ii coples of shepe & a newe pewter dishe -- Itm I bequethe to William Marten ii cowpulls of shippe & a platter. Itm I bequethe to Margarete M'ten ii couples of shepe my best hooke of silvr & a platter -- Itm I bequethe to Willm Wasborn my sone a browne cowe to his wiffe my best kertell & ii kercheffes -- To Katherine his daughter my best panne a platter & one couple of shepe -- To Agnes his daughter a panne & caudern a plater my best beads my second peyer of hoks & one couple of shepe. -- I bequethe to the churche of Bengeworth ii striks of barley -- Itm I bequethe to the yonge mens lyght ii striks of barley -- Itm I bequethe to Willm Blaklowe a hurden shete -- Itm I bequeth to Emme Ruttr a hurden shete -- Itm I bequethe to Agnes Ordeweye a hurden shete -- Itm I bequethe to Johane Davis a hurden shete -- Itm I bequethe to Emme Gowgzht a hurden shete -- I gyve & will that the xvid that is receaved for a certayne hade in the filde ev'y yere shalbe bestowed for my husbands soule & myne wthin the churche of bengeworthe ev'y yere onse to have dirge & masse for oursoules and all christen soules -- The residue of all my other goods and catall above not bequethed I give and put in the disposicon of John Wasborne my sone whom I do ordeyne & make my executore and he to dispose them for the welthe of my soule & all Christen soules as he thinkethe best to be done -- To this witnessithe Rich. felps the elder† Richard felps the yongr, Robte Ordewey† Willm Payge my curate & gostly father wth other. -- Dated the yere monethe & day above wryghtyn--
††† Pbatu etc. cora dco Comissio etc. apud Euishm xv die mens' Junii anno dm 1547 qui iurat etc. Exhibuit Inventarm etc. ad suma xviiL xviis xd.
* Transcription from James Davenport, The Washbourne Family of Little Washbourne and Wichenford, 1907, pp 38-40.
E APPENDIX E: Letters of Administration of the estate of John Washborne, of Bengeworth (1593): *
†† NoŻint Univsi p pŮtes me Johnem Wasburne de Bengeworth in comn Wigorn Yeoman teneri & firmitr obligari Richo Cosin legur Doctori Arthuro Purefay Artiu magro & Robto Warmstry norio pubco in centur libris legalis monete Anglie solvend eisdem Richo Arthuro & Robto executr vel admbs suis Ad quam quidem solucűem bene & fidelr faciend obligo me heredes executr vel admnes meos firmitr p pntes Sigillo meo sigillat Dat xii Die mensis Julii Anno RŮi DŮe Ůre Elize Dei Grat Angl Ffrauncie & HibŮie RŮe fidei Defensoris &c Tricesimo Quinto.
††† The condicon of this obligacon is suche that if John Washburne Administrator of the goods & chattles and detts of John Washburne his Father late decessed of Bengworth in the Dioces of Worcr Do & shall well and truly pay his detts so farre as his goods will extend & do yeild a true Account of his admnon made in & upon the sayd goods & chattells unto the Ordinary of the Dioces of Worcr for the time being or any other judge competent in that behalf when & wher as he shalbe thereunto required & also do & shall well & truly prforme the Decree of sayd Ordinary or like judge touchinge the disposinge of the sayd goods and chattells or anyt prte or prcell of them to any prson or prsons whatsoevr & also do & shall exhibit unto the sayd Ordinary or like cűpetent judge a true & prfect Inventory of all the sayd goods & chattells on thissid the feast of St. Michaell tharkangell next insuinge & also yf the sayd Administrator do & shall defend & save harmlesse the sayd Obligees & every of them always against all prsons for graunting sealing and deliveringe unto him Ltres of Admon or authority to administer the sayd goods & chattells & for all other causes wch may ensue by reason or occasion thereof that then this prsent obligacon to be voyd or ells to remayne in full force and strengthe.
* Transcription from James Davenport, The Washbourne Family of Little Washbourne and Wichenford, 1907, p. 40. The Latin transcription in the first paragraph is a very rough approximation, many of the words being abbreviated.
F APPENDIX F: The Will of Edward Timbrell, of Offenham† (1614): *
†† In the name of God Amen the first daye of Aprill Anno dni. 1614 I Edward Timbrell of Offenham in the County of Worcester yeoman being sicke in bodye but of good and perfect memory thanks be unto God doe willinglie and with a free hart make and ordayne this my last will and testament in manner and form following That is to say ffirst I commend my sowle into the hands of God my maker hoping assuredly throughe the onely merits of Jesus Christ my Saviour and Redeemer to be made partaker of life everlasting in heaven and I comend my bodye to the earth whereof it is made And to be buried in the Churchyard of Offenham aforesaid. Item I give unto the pishe Church when I shall depart this life six shillings eight pence towards the buyinge of a Carpet or tablecloth which shall be most necessarie for the Communion table to be payed within one yeare after my decease. Item I give unto my brother John Tymbrell one close called the greate Elme close with thappurtenances for and duringe his naturall life and after his deceasse then my will is that William Tymbrell one other of my brothers shall have and hould the said close with thappurtenanses for and furinge his naturall life And after his deceasse then my will is That Thomas Tymbrell sonne of my said brother Thomas shall have and hould the said close called the greate Elme close with thappurtenanses to him and his heires for ever. Item I give and bequeath unto my sayed brother Thomas Tymbrell the sume of fortye shillings to be paid unto him within one yeare after my decease. Item I give and bequeath unto my cosen William Tymbrell and my cosen Thomas Tymbrell xx.s. to be equally divided between them to be paidd unto them within one yeare after my deceasse. Item I give and bequeath unto my cosen and goddaughter Margaret Tymbrell xx.s. And to my cosen Grase Tymbrell vii. Shillings to be payde unto them within one yeare after my decease. Item I give and bequeath unto my said brother William Tymbrell x.s. to be paidd unto him within one yeare after my deceasse. Item I give and bequeath unto my sister Elleoner Haines six children that is to say John Richard Thomas William Robert and Amey the some of vi.li. to be equallye divided amongst them to be paidd unto them within one yeare after my deceasse. Item I give and bequeath unto my sister Martha Washborn xx.s. Item I give and bequeath unto my cosen John Washborn vii. Shillings And unto my god-child and cosen William Washborn xxx.s. And unto my cosen Jane Washborn xx.s. And unto my cosen Jone Washborn xx.s. to be paidd unto them within one yeare after my deceasse. Item I give and bequeathe unto my cosen Elizabeth Tymbrell viii shillings to be paidd unto her within one yeare after my decease. Item I give and bequeathe unto my god-daughter Mary Smith vi.viii.d. to be paydd unto her within one yeare after my deceasse. Item I give and bequeathe unto the poore of the pishe where I shall depart this life xx.s. to be distributed within one yeare after my deceasse. Item all the rest of my goods and chattels moveable and unmoveable I give unto my brother John Tymbrell (my legacies and debts and funeralls discharged) and I doe also make my said brother John Tymbrell my sole and whole Executor of this my last Will and Testament And doe further make my brothers William Tymbrell and Thomas Tymbrell the overseers of this my last will and testament.†††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Robert Wheeler
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Thomas Morres
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Thomas Sprag
* Transcription from E.A.B. Barnard, Some Notes on the Evesham Branch of the Washbourne Family, 1914, pp.56-58.
G APPENDIX G: The Will of John Washborne, of Bengeworth (1624): *
In the name of god amen the iiiith day of august ano dm. 1624 and in the xxiith yeare of the rayne of or sovaryne Lord James by the grace of god King of England Fraunce & Ireland, Defender of the faith & of Scotland the Lviiith. I John Washborne of Bengeworth in the Borrough of Evesham in the countie of worcester being verie weake & sicke in bodie but of good & pfect memory thanks be to God doe ordaine this my last will & testamt in manner & forme following. First I bequeath my Soule into the hands of Almightie God nothing doubting but that through his infinite mercies in Christ Jesus he will receave it. Item I give unto my Sonne in law Isaacke Averell Thirty pounds of good & lawful money of England to be paid unto him in mannr & form following videlt that is to say Fifteene pounds wthin one yeare next after my decease & the other fifteen pounds wthin three yeares nxt after my decease. Item I give unto my Daughter Joane Wasborne fiftie pounds of good & lawfull money of England to be paid unto her the one Halfe at her Day of marriadge & the othr wthin the space of fouer years next ensueing after her Day of marriage, Provided that she marry wth the consent assent & good lyking of her mother & my Brother in Law John Timbrell. Item I give unto my Sone Wyllim Wasborne forty pounds the one halfe to be paid wthin six monthes after my decease & the other xxtie pounds wthin six yeares next after my decease. Item I give unto my loving wife all my houshoulde stuffe to be at her Disposinge. The residue of my Lands Cattells & Chattells moveable & unmoveable I give & bequeath unto my Sonne John Washborne whom I make Executor of this my last will & testamt & whom I ordaine & appoint to pay all the aforesaid bequeathes in mannr & forme aforesaid.
Memorandum that before the signing hereof the above said John Washborne did give & bequeath unto Jane the Daughter of Isaacke Averell one Heyfer of a yeare old to be Delivered her when she comes to the age of five yeares.
In witness of all wch the said John Washborne being blinde & not able to sett to his hand hath authorised his Brother John Tymbrell for him & in his stead to subscribe to these prsents wth his name or marke the Day & yeare first above written.
Read published & signed wth this word (lands) interlined in the seaventeenth line before the ensealing & signing hereof
before†††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† John Washborne
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Probat wigorn 26 february
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1624 p Johnn Washborne
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† filius et executorem jurat"
†††††††††††††† "An Inventorie of all the goods & chattells of John Washborne of Bengworth late
†††††††††††††† deceased made the xith day of Decembr anno Domi 1624
Impris his wearing appell† -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- † £ 3
Item in the lower iner chambr one cubbord one pesse & one bed wth his furniture Barrells bed healings linnin & other implements ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- £ 22
Item in the Hall one table board wth his frame, formes & benches wth one cubbord & one little table wth one joyne chayer wth pewter & bras shelves cheeses & other implements ----------------------------------- £ 4†† 10 s
Item in the Kitchin & in the loft above one table board bras potts kettles pailes one cheesering towe beds & other implements ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- £ 2†† 3 s
Item in the loft above the Hall fowr bedds wheat barley & poulse coffers boards & cheeses & other implements -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- £ 15† 10 s
Item the horses geares carts plowes & harrowes ------------------------------------------------------------ £ 9 & 30
Item the Hay & talletts and Hay ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- £ 8†† 10 s
Item Timbr & wood & ladders & rackes ---------------------------------------------------------------------- £ 6
Item the wheate Barly & poulse ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- £ 82
Item the kine ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ £ 20
Item the sheep ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- £ 10
Item the swine ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- £ 2
Item the Heams Cartropes pig-troughes & Horsetroughe -----------------------------------------------------†††† 10 s
††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Suma totalis†† is†††††††††††††††† £ ccxv†† iii.s.
John Tymbrell†††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (additional writing in this area that is
Tho. ordway†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† dark and unreadableóevidently the
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† probate notation, probably in Latin)
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
* Transcription from James Davenport, The Washbourne Family of Little Washbourne and Wichenford, 1907, pp. 42-44, compared with the microfilmed original on LDS Microfilm # 0098025, "Wills of the Consistory Court of Worcester, Diocese of Worcester, England, 1624," film #3 for that year, folio #252.
H APPENDIX H: The Will of Martha Washborne, of Bengeworth (1625): *
†† In the name of God Amen the nine and tentie daye of Septtember 1625 and in the furst yeare of the Raine of our Souvange lord Charles by the grace of God Kinge of England, France and Ireland Defender of the Fayth & of Scotland the lviiiith?† I marthae wasburne of Bengworthe widdow in the burroghe of Evesham in the contie of Worster beinge verie weake & sicke in body but of a good & perfett memory thankes be to God I doe ordaine this my laste will & testament in manner & forme followinge ffirst I bequiathe my soule in to the hand of Al mighty God no thinge doutinge but that through His infanit mercies in Christ Jesus he will receiuve it. Itm I give unto my dautter Jone Washborne all the nue clouth and the best of all my houshus stufe and the rest of stoufe to be at my brouther John Tembrel dispousing.
witnes††††† ales watsone† and
††† ††††††††††† ales orwaye
††† ††††††††††† annes hale
* Transcription from James Davenport, The Washbourne Family of Little Washbourne and Wichenford, 1907, p 44, compared with the microfilmed original on LDS Microfilm # 0098030, "Wills of the Consistory Court of Worcester, Diocese of Worcester, England, 1626," film #3 for that year, folio #210.
D APPENDIX D: The Will of John Timbrell, of Naunton, Gloucestershire (1626): *
In the name of God Amen Then xxx daie of September in the yeare of our Lord God oneóthousand sixeóhundred twentie sixe being the second yeare of our gratious King Charles I John Timbrell of Nanton in the countie of glous- husbandman being sicke in body but in good and pfect memoury thankes bee unto God Doe make my last will and testament in forme and manner following First I bequeath my Soule into the hands of all mightie god my maker and my body to buried in christian buriall and all that worldly goods wch the lord in his mercie have bestowed on mee I give in manner following Item I give to the Church of Nanton xs Item I give to the poore of Naunton xs Item to John Pillmore xxxs Item I give to John Wasborn the lease of his house wch I have paying to his brother William Wasborne xte twelve yeares and I give to his Sister Joane xte thirteen yeares after my decease Item I give to my cosen John Simpfris all my household stuffe and the money wch he oweth mee and I give unto him that money which wth Poult of Norley oweth mee Item I give to my brother Thomas three Daughters sixete apeece to bee paid within three yeares after my decease Item I give to Robert House vite to bee payed fower yeares after my decease Item I give to Amy Burd vite vis viiid to bee payed two yeares after my decease Item I give to Edward Smith my Godsonne xs two yeares after my decease and all the rest of my goods ungiven I give to my brother William Timbrell and I make him my full and whole Executor of all the rest of my goods by this my last will and testament John Timbrell† John Simpres his marke Edward Smith
Probated in Dec.
1626 in the Prerogative Count of
* Transcribed by
John A. Maltby from the Prerogative Count of