Giles Badger (1610 - 1647) MP

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Birthplace: Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England, (Present UK)
Death: Died in Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
Managed by: Thomas Edward Shirley
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About Giles Badger

Giles Badger, son of John and Anne, was born about 1610 in the City of Gloucester, County Gloucester, England, in the Parish of St. Mary de Lode. He was to receive an inheritance from his father of a dwelling house, but it is presumed that he took a loan on this property in order to book passage to New England.

The story begins in France, with Edmund Greenleaf [b. abt 1670/1]. It was reported that his family fled from France to England in the 16th century. They resided in Ipswich, England. It is believed that the ancestors of Edmund were Huguenots, the name being a translation of the French "Feuillevert." As the name has not been found among the English parishes, other than at Ipswich, County of Suffolk, England, it is believed that the family (Feuillevert) came as French refugees to England with many other Huguenots, who fled from their homes on account of their religious principles, and settled in England some time in the sixteenth century. Edmund Greenleaf was a silk-dyer by trade; a trade that does not appear among the English industries until about the time of the coming of the French refugees.

It is believed that Giles Badger with his brothers, Richard and Nathaniel, and Nathaniel's wife, Hannah, left Whitehall, England, along with others of the New England Council, on the ship, "Mary and John", which sailed with eight others, including the "Jonathan", the "Beaver" and the "Mary Rose" in the spring of 1639 (?)

Giles, Richard, Nathaniel Badger, and Edmund Greenleaf were listed in the original 91 proprietors of Ould Newbury, in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1635. Among others of the 91 were manes including Greenleaf, Clarke, Browne, Merrill, Chandler and Knight, all of whom have since been linked with the Badger Family. Edmund Greenleaf was the first proprietor and the wealthiest, having been granted 122 acres.

The Will of Giles Badger is quite interesting, as every hat and coat, every pig and calf, every spoon and plate is enumerated, along with piles of flax and pounds of dung. Giles married about 1642 Elizabeth Greenleaf, the daughter of Capt. Edmund Greenleaf and Sarah Moore. The Giles Badger book calls her Sarah Dole. Elizabeth was baptized January 16, 1622 which according to the custom of the time would likely be about eight days after her birth. Giles and Elizabeth were married in 1642, seven years after they came to America. She was twenty years old. They had at least one son, John Badger, our ancestor, born in Newbury on June 3, 1643. 3 The History of Coventry, CT lists two, pg 85.

We cannot say much about Giles and his activities because he did not live long in the New World. He died at Newbury July 10, 1647.5 (LDS says July 17, 1647)

There follows a copy of Giles will and the inventory of his estate for such gives some idea of his occupation and his interests.

The 29th day of june in the yeare of our Lord 1647 I Giles Badger of Newbury being sick in body but of pfect memory thankes be given to God and I doe ordaine and make my last Will and Tesment in mann. and forme as followeth first I give and bqueathe my soule to God and my body to the earth to be buried in hope to be raised againe in the resurrection by Jesus Christ my savior secondly I give and bequeath to my wife two parts of my estate if she remaine unmarried and my will is that my child should have one part of which part is to be paid to my sonne when he is 18 years of age the benefit of it to be improved for bringing vp vntill he be 18 years of age. Likewise my will is that if my wife doe marry againe that then my wife shall have the one halfe and my sonne the other halfe to be paid to him when he is 18 years of age and likewise the benefit of it to be improved for his maintenance. Likewise

I doe desire my Christian friends my father Greenleff Daniel Perce and Henry Short and Richard Knight to divide my estate between my wife and child. Signed Giles Badger.

Witness; Richard Knight, William Ilesley, Henry Somerbe

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Giles Badger's Timeline

1610
1610
Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England, (Present UK)
1642
1642
Age 32
MA, USA
1643
June 30, 1643
Age 33
Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
1644
1644
Age 34
Newbury, MA, USA
1647
July 17, 1647
Age 37
Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
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Wotten, Gloucestershire, England, (Present UK)