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Richard Willard

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Tonbridge, England
Death: Died in Horsmonden, Kent, England
Place of Burial: Horsmonden, Kent, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Symon Thomas Willard; Symon Willard; Elizabeth Willard and Elizabeth Willard
Husband of Margery Willard; Catherine Willard; Margery Willard and Joan Willard
Father of Margery Davis; Simon Willard; Simon Willard; Richard Willard; Thomas Willard and 7 others
Brother of Thomas Willard II; William Willard 1560; Mary Bolde; Thomasine Willard; Bolde Willard and 2 others

Occupation: yeoman, Yeoman
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About Richard Willard

Richard Willard

  • Birth: 6 FEB 1568 in Goudhurst, Kent, England 1
  • Parents: uncertain
  • Christening: 12 APR 1579 Horsmonden, Kent, England 1
  • Married: Catherine, Margery, Joan Morebread
  • Death: 12 FEB 1617 in Horsmonden, Kent, England 1
  • Burial: 20 FEB 1617 1
  • Will: 8 MAR 1616 Will Proved 12 FEB 1616 1

Richard Willard married Catherine ----- who died at Horsmonden, March, 1597-8. His second wife was Margery ---, who died at Horsmonden, December, 1608. His third wife was Joan Morebread, who survived him but a few days. His children were: Mary, Thomas, Elizabeth, Richard, Margery, Simon, Catherine, Edward, John and George.

Note: "Early New England People...Some Account of the Ellis, Pemberton, Willard, Prescott, Titcomb, Sewall...": In the south-westerly part of Kent, within a few miles of the borders of Sussex, in the hundred of Brenchley and Horsmonden, in the lathe of Aylesford, lies the quiet and retired parish of Horsmonden. (Note: No one of the name of family of Willard remains at Horsmonden, where, as well as at Brenchley, they at one time formed a considerable part of the population.) Here lived in the latter part of the sixteenth century, Richard Willard. "The parentage of Richard," says Mr. Joseph Willard in the "Willard Memoir," from which the following account is taken, "has not been ascertained beyond all question. The absence of registers previous to the Reformation shuts out investigation." Richard Willard married Catherine ----- who died at Horsmonden, March, 1597-8. His second wife was Margery ---, who died at Horsmonden, December, 1608. His third wife was Joan Morebread, who survived him but a few days. His children were: Mary, Thomas, Elizabeth, Richard, Margery, Simon, Catherine, Edward, John and George. Richard Willard died at Horsmonden, February, 1617. In his will, which was proved March 14, 1616-17, he makes special provision for the "virtuous bringing up of his children." He left all of his real estate to the three children of the second marriage, viz.: Margery, Simon, and Catherine. To Simon he gave the lands call the "Hooks," the messuage and lands purchased of "Evenden and Paynter," and the lands and tenements call "Weesbines." To Margery and Catherine he gave the messuage, barn, close, two gardens and orchards, bought of "Wood." Mrs. Willard had a life interest in a part of the estate. Sources: Title: Pamelia T. Emerson of San Diego, CA - descendant of Asa Stevens, Sr. Repository: Call Number: Media: Book Title: "Early New England People...Some Account of the Ellis, Pemberton, Willard, Prescott, Titcomb, Sewall..." by Sarah Elizabeth Titcomb, 1882 Page: 57-58,82 . RICHARD WILLARD [do fr. early ne people!3 was born on 6 Feb 1583 in Goudhurst, co. Kent, England. He died on 20 Feb 1616/17 in Horsmonden. co. Kent, England. He has Ancestral File number WVKW-TH.4 He signed a will. It was proved 14 Mar 1616-7. In his will, he makes special provision for the "virtuous bringing up of his children." He left all of his real estate to the three children of the second marriage, viz.: Margery, Simon, and Catherine. To Simon he gave the lands call the "Hooks," the messuage and lands purchased of "Evenden and Paynter," and the lands and tenements call "Weesbines." To Margery and Catherine he gave the messuage, barn, close, two gardens and orchards, bought of "Wood." Mrs. Willard had a life interest in a part of the estate. SOURCES 1. Samuel P. May. The Decendants of Paul Sares (Sears) of Yarmouth, Mass. 1638-1888. Albany, N.Y.: Joel Munsell's Sons [1890]. :44. 2. Edited by Nathaniel B Shurtleff, M.D.. Records of Plymouth Colony: Births, Marriages, Deaths, Burials, and Other Records, 1633-1689. 1001 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, Maryland 21202: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. [1997] ISBN 0-8063-0701-3. :182. 3. Sarah Elizabeth Titcomb. Early New England People. Some Account of the ELLIS, PEMBERTON, WILLARD, PRESCOTT, TITCOMB, SEWALL and LONGFELLOW, and Allied Families. Boston: W. B. CLARKE & CARRUTH, PUBLISHERS, 840 Washington Street.[1882.]. 4. various. Genealogical Records. Salt Lake City, Utah: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 5. Samuel P. May. The Decendants of Paul Sares (Sears) of Yarmouth, Mass. 1638-1888. Albany, N.Y.: Joel Munsell's Sons [1890]. :44. 6. RootsWebWorldConnect, RootsWeb.com, Inc. Jeremiah Burnham . also: Ancestry of Bob and Mary Beth Wheeler on Ancestry.com Entries: 61472 Updated: Sun Aug 19 13:20:35 2001 Contact: Mary Beth Wheeler Home Page: Ancestry of Bob and Mary Beth Wheeler Sources: World Family Tree CD #7, Pedigree #2687 NEHGS "Register," Vol 42, pg. 285 & "The Willard Genealogy," Charles Henry Pope, 1915 NEHGS "Register," Vol 46, pg. 399 "Willard Memoir," Joseph Willard, 1858 Note: This Willard family resided in the southwesterly part of Kent, in the hundred of Brenchley and Horsmonden, the latter being about 40 southeast of London. The name is common in that area of Kent and just over the border in Sussex.

Richard Willard, yeoman, of Kent Co., England married 3 times. According to "Willard Memoir," Joseph Willard, 1858, Richard's first wife was Catherine, buried 11 March 1598; Margery was the second, buried 12 Dec. 1608; Joan Morebread, widow, was the third, md. 17 Jan. 1610 and buried 25 Feb. 1617, a few days after her husband.

The information regarding the marriage of Richard and Margery Humfrie, quoted as follows, is printed in the "Register," Vol 46, pg. 399: "Willard, Richard, of Horsmonden, yeoman, and Margery Humfrie of Marden, virgin, at Westgate, Sept. 23, 1601." Margery was the mother of Margery, Simon and Catherine.

The will of Richard Willard is dated 12 Feb. 1616 and was proved before Edward Pope, vicar general, 8 March 1616. In it he bequeathed to the poor of Horsmonden, to his wife Joan, to her son Francis Morebread; to his son George Willard six silver spoons and a silver and gilt cup, to be delivered to him after his mother's death; to his four daughters, mary, Elizabeth, Margery and catherine, his household stuff except that bequeathed to his wife; to his son Richard Willard the income from certain lands; to his daughter Elizabeth a sum of money; to his kinsman Thomas Bolde some woodland; refers to his late brother Thomas Willarde; mentions "Thomas Humferie, my brother in lawe;" "Robert Goure of Stapelhurste, yeoman, my brother in Lawe;" son-in-law John Tyboull (also named executor); to daughters Margerie & Catherin a barn, close, gardens and orchard which he bought of Wood; to son Symon Willarde, all the rest of his 'messuages and lands when he shall come of age;' and "Thomas Rayne, my Kindesman..." (from "Willard Genealogy," Charles Henry Pope, 1915)

"Canterbury Marriage Licenses, first series" lists the following: "Gooer, Robert, of Staplehurst, husbandman, and Ellen Reynes, same parish, widow, May 16, 1593."

The will appears to confirm that Richard Willard's wife Margery Humfrie died sometime before the date of his will in 1616; that he'd remarried, a widow, Joan Morebread; and finally that, perhaps, he'd been married one more time, to a Goure or Reynes. From information in the "Willard Genealogy" regarding Richard's father, it appears that Richard had a sister who'd married a Mr. Bolde, hence the reference to Thomas Bolde is his will was likely to his sister's husband or a nephew, that sister's son.

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Sources

  1. Ancestral File #: 9JVZ-3L

Richard Willard Birth 10 Mar 1561 inHorsmonden, Kent, , England Death 20 Feb 1616 inHorsmonden, Kent, , England

Parents


Simon Thomas Willard 1530 – 1584


Elizabeth Waterman 1532 – 1587


Show siblings Spouse & Children


Catherine Durkin 1572 – 1598


Mary Willard 1590 –


Elizabeth Willard 1594 – 1616


Richard Willard 1596 – 1616 Other Spouse & Children


Margery Humphrie


Mary Willard

– 1616

George Willard 1600 –


Margery Willard 1602 – 1656 Major Simon Willard 1605 – 1676


Catherine Willard 1607 – 1650


George Willard 1614 – 1656 Other Spouse & Children


Joan Morebread 1585 – 1616


John Willard 1611 – 1613


George Willard 1614 – 1656


Richard Willard 1616 –

( View details ) 1561 10 Mar Birth Horsmonden, Kent, , England 6 source citations 1583 17 Nov Age: 22 Baptism Horsemonden, Kent, England 2 source citations 1590 3 Dec Age: 29 Marriage to Catherine Durkin Cuxton, Kent, , England 1601 23 Sep Age: 40 Marriage to Margery Humphrie Westgate, Kent, , England 2 source citations 1609 17 Jan Age: 47 Marriage to Joan Morebread Horsmondent, Kent, , England 2 source citations 1616 20 Feb Age: 54 Death Horsmonden, Kent, , England

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"THE WILL OF RICHARD WILLARD OF HORSMONDEN.

"Extracted from the Registry of the Consistory Court of the Lord Bishop of Rochester.

"In the name of God Amen the xijth day ffeburary ano dmi 1616 accordinge to the computacon of the Church of Englande I Richard Willard of Horsmonden in the Countie of Kente Yeoman in good & a It is an exact transcript, except in the marks, for abbreviated words. These would require types cast for the purpose.

pfecte rememberance (thankes be geven to Almightie God) doe make & ordaine this my pnte Testament & last Will in manner & forme followeinge ffirste & principallie I comend my soule to Almightie God my maker & redemer by whoose death & passion I surely truste to have foregevinis of all my sinnes & to be an inheritor. of the kingdome of Heaven and my boddy to Christian buriail the order thereof I comytte to the dyscrecon of my executor vnder namede "Itm. I geve & bequeth vnto the poore of Horsmonden aforesayde the sum of twentie shillings of lawfull money of Englande to be dystrubuted vnto them wthin three monethes nexte comeinge after my decease by my executor vndernamed & the overseers of the poore of the sam Horsmonden "Itm. I geve and bequeth vnto Joana my wyfe six pewter porringers six pewter saussers one pewter basson one pewter plattr., ij pewter ( ) candelstickes one doubbell pewter salte sellar j pewter pote ij pewter cuppes xij pewter sponnes . . . , j pewter bottell vsed for aquavitae j great Iron pole j great Iron kettell j one chayer j Joyned stoule vj table clothes x tabell napkines ij towells j shreddinge knife j morter j Iron pestell j tosteinge Iron, one bason & ever of pewter j cleaver the halfe of all my Maulte dryed & to drye so muche meeat butter & chease as shall serve her torne and my childeren vntyll the weeke after easter next after my decease "Itm. my will & mynd is that the sayd Joan my wyfe shall have the vse & occupacon of my preese -- my cupbord table in my parlor frame & ij formes wch standeth in my nowe dwellinge house for & dureinge her naturall lyfe and my will is that the same shall remayne in my nowe dwellinge house for them that shall inioye the same after the decease of the sayd Joan my wyfe "Itm I geve and bequetb vnto the sayd Joan my wyfe the sum of twentie pounds of lawful money of Englande wch Thomas Rayner my kindesman doeth owe vnto me to be payed vnto her or her assignes a He married, for his third wife, Widow Joan Morebread, Jan. 17, 1610. She survived her husband but a few days, and was buried on Tuesday, Feb. 25th 1617. Catherine, who, I suppose, was the first wife, was buried 11th March, 1598; and Margery, the second wife, 12th December, 1608. The latter was mother of Margery, 1602; Simon, 1605; and Catherine, 1607.

imediatly after my decease vppon this condicon that ffranncs Morebread her sonne shall seale & for his acte delivr vnto my executor imediatly after that he shall come to his full age of xxitie yeres one release or generall acquictance in & by the wch he shall acquicte & discharge my sayd executor & his executors of all debets duties & demands whatsoevr wch the sayd Franncis may have or require of or againste my sayde executor for any manner of debte or other cause "Itm I geve vnto George Willarda my sonne my six sylvr sponnes & my sylvr & g ... cupe when be shall com to his full age of xxjt yeres but my will & mynd is that the sayd Joan my wyfe sha[ll] have the vse & occupacon of the sayd six sylvr sponhes & sylvr & gylte cupe for & dureinge her naturall lyfe "Itm I geve & bequeth vnto, my fower daughters namely Maryb Elizabethc Margeryd & Catherinee all my householde stufe & impelments of housbolde (not before willed nor bequethed) beinge in fower pts equally devydede by my executor vndernamede & fower other indyfferente men to be delivred vnto evry one of them imediatly after my decease. "Itm I doe geve & bequeth vnto Richard Wyllardf my sonne the sum of forety shillings of lawfull money of Englande evry yere dureing the first two yeres nexte comeinge after my decease out of all my messuags & lands in Horsmonden halfe yerely to be payed as also the sum of fower pounds eury yere out of my sayd lands & tenements for & duringe the naturall lyfe of Mary nowe wyfe of John Davy

a George was the youngest son. He was baptized on Sunday, Dec. 47 1614. As he came over to New Ergland, he will be more particularly mentioned in the sequel. b The baptism of Mary is not found in the parish register of Horsmonden. c Elizabeth was baptized on Sunday, Jan. 5,1695. d Margery was Simon's own sister. She was baptized Nov. 6, 1602, according to Mr. Lower's list. But this date fell on Saturday. She accompanied her brother to New England. e Catherine also was Simon's own sister. She was baptized on Sunday, Aug. 30,1607. f The parish register of Horsmonden contains several of the name of Richard, viz., Richard, son of Richard, baptized May 7, 1591; Richard, son of Richard, baptized Sept. 5, 1596; Richard, son of Richard, buried Sept. 6, 1596; Richard, son of Richard, baptized Sept. 4, 1597; Richard, son of Richard, baptized April 9, 1616. This last Richard follows too closely upon George to be the veritable one. We may pretty safely take the one who was born in 1596 or 1597. Besides, I should infer that the one named in the will was in early manhood.

my Syster in Lawe halfe yerely to be payede at the feastes of th'annciacon of the virgine Mary & of St. Michell And from & after the decease of the sayde Mary I doe geve & bequeth vnto the sayd Richard Willard my sone out of all my said mesenags & lands the sum of tenne pounds of lawfull money of Englande evry yere for & dureinge the naturall lyfe of him the sayd Richard Willard half yerely to be payed at the feastes of th'annuciacon of the virgine Mary & of St. Micheall th' archangell by equall porcons And to destraine for the same on the. sayd lands if yt shalbe vnpayed after any of the sayde feasts by the space of xij dayes nexte comeinge after any of the sayd feasts "Itm. I doe geve & bequethe vnto the sayd Elizabethe Willard my daughter the sum of thirtie pounds of lawfull money of Englande to be payed vnto her wthin fower monethes next cominge after my decease "Itm. I doe geve & bequethe vnto Thomas Bolde of Horsmonden aforesayd housboundman my kindesman one oke wch groweth in my lands called Weest binnes against the Streate their And my mynde & will is yt the sayd Thomas Bold shall have full power authorytie by this my last Will to feell & cute downe so much tymber & woods from my lands called Weestbines as shall come to three or fower & thirtie pounds when yt is cute & corded towards the payemet of my Debts and Legazes geveinge an accompt vnto my executor of such money as the sam tymber shall come to when yt shalbe solde & deliued sayd Thomas Bolde & his ( ) assignes beinge payed for the cutting of the same by them that shall have & bvee the same . . . tymber "Itm I will & my ( ) is that my Executor vnderrnamed his executor or assignes shall well & justly satysfye, contente & Paye all suche legazes as are yet for to be payed in & by the laste will & testamete of Thomas Willardea my late Brother deceased accordinge to the true meaninge of the sam his sayd will "Itm I do forgeve & release vnto Thomas Humferie my Brother in Lawe all that sum of xixs vjd of money wch he oweth vnto me The resydewe of all my moveable goods corne cattell & chattells

a The testator's brother, Thomas of Horsmonden; an elder brother I think, and probably the Thomas whose will appears on a subsequent page. He died July, 1601.

(note before willed nor bequethed) I will shalbe solde imediatly after my decease by John Tyboull of Marden in the said countie my Sonne in Lawea whom I ordain & make my sole Executor of this my laste will & testamete Roberte Goure of Stapelhurste in the said Countie yeoman my brother in Lawe & by Thomas Bolde of Horsmoden aforesayd my kinsman or by any two of them for & towards the paymete of my debts legazes and virtuouse bringeinge up of my childeren "The disposicon of my sayd lands & tenemets is as followeth that is that I do will geve & bequeth to Maregerie & Catherin & to their heires for eu'r my mesuag barn cloase ij gardines & orchards wch I bought of Wood vnto SYMON WILLARD my sonne to his heires & assignes for evr all the reeste of my sayd mesuags & lands when he shall come to his full age of two & twentie yeres But yf the sayd SYMON my sonne shall decease wthout heire or beires of his boddy lawfully begotten Then I will my lands called the hookes purchassed of Richard Wood of Charte gent to the sayd George Willard my sonne & to the heires of his boddy lawfully begotten And my mesuage & lands wch was purchased of Evenden & Paynter vnto my sayd sonne Richard Willard his heires & assignes for evr And my lands & ten'ets called weesbines purebassed of Hodgkine vnto my sayd fower daughters & to their beires & assignes for evr equally to be devydeed between them "Itm I do will & bequeth vnto my said fower daughters the yerely pfecte of all my said messuage & lands vntyll SYMON WILLARD my sonn shall come to his full agee of xxijty. yeres equally to be devided between them & to be payed vnto as they shall come to their seurall ages of xxjte yeres by the sayd John Tyboull my executor his executor or assignes wch shall have & receave the sayd pfects of the sayd lands and tenemets excepte such pfectes as I have geven out of the sam lands vnto the sayd Richard my sonne vnto the sayd Richard Willard my sonne (sic in orig.) "Itm my will & mynde is that my executor shall place the sayd SYMON my sonne wth some honeste man wher be may learne some good trade wherby he may geete pte of his lyveinge & to allowe him that a Quere, husband of Mary or Elizabeth? There is nothing in the Horsmonden record to resolve this doubt.

shalbe his master some porcon that he maye be the better instructede Wytnes hervnto ( ) Salomon Were senr -- John Perrine -? John Smeed his mke X ?- "RICHARD WILLARD

"Probatu fuit pns testm cora mro Henrico Barnewell dico Surrogo venlis viri mri ( ) Edv Pope legu doris vicarij generalis &c viiij Martij 1616 iurto exoris cui comittitur administro &c. de bene &c quo tempe Salomon Were iurm prestitit de verite testi et ( ) interlinea. in codem &c que fee fuerunt p eum ex mandato testatoris &c"a

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This will shows that Richard Willard of Horsmonden was a man of very good landed estate. He gave his wife a life interest in the dwelling?house, and twenty pounds on a certain condition; and bestowed upon her and his four daughters his household furniture. He directed that all his remaining goods, corn, cattle, and chattels be sold for the payment of debts and legacies, and "the virtuous bringing up of his children." To George he gave six silver spoons and a silver gilt cup, on his coming of age. To Richard, 40s. a?year for two years; then ?4 a year during the lifetime of Mrs. Mary Davy, the testator's sister?in?law; and, after her decease, ?10 a?year during life. To Elizabeth he gave ?30, in addition to her portion of the personal estate, and a contingent interest with the other daughters in Weesbines.

a This abbreviated probate, in Latin, may read as follows: " This present will was proved before Master Henry Barnewell, appointed surrogate of that venerable (venlis, venerabalis?) man Master Edward Pope, doctor of laws, vicar general, &c., 9th March, 1616, by the oath of the executor, to whom is committed the administration, &c. (i.e., of all and singular the goods, &c.), de bene, &c. At which time Salomon Were made oath to (of) the truth of the will, and the interlineations in the same, &c., which were made by him by the direction of the testator, &c."

It will be observed that be gave all his real estate to his children by the second marriage, -- Margery, Simon,. and Catherine : to Margery and Catherine the messuage, barn, close, two gardens, and orchards, bought of Wood; and all the rest of his messuages and lands to Simon, his heirs and assigns, on his arriving at the age of twenty?two years ?- in 1627. This latter devise seems to have comprised the greater part of his landed estate, viz.: 1. The lands called the "Hookes," purchased of Richard Wood, of Charte, gent. 2. The messuage and lands purchased of "Evenden and Paynter." 3. The lands and tenements called "Weesbines " (or "Weestbinnes"), purchased of Hodgekine. Should Simon die without heirs of his body, then the "Hookes" estate was devised to George and the heirs of his body; the "Evenden and Paynter " estate, to Richard, his heirs and assigns; and the "Weesbines estate, to his four daughters, their heirs and assigns." The devise to Simon and his heirs, with devises over to Richard and George, should Simon die without heirs of his body, created an estate tail in the latter. It was the clear intention of the father to preserve the estate at Horsmonden in Simon and his descendants. Perhaps there may have been some little feeling of family pride in this matter: if so, it resulted in disappointment, like many other efforts of the kind both before and since. The scheme, if such it were, was broken up by Simon's removal to the New World; and no tradition of Kentish possessions has come down in any branch of the family. Probably after he became tenant in tail in possession in 1627, and before transferring his household goods to New England, he "suffered a recovery," and disposed of his inheritance at Horsmonden.

a A "feigned or common recovery" is a mode of conveyance by legal process, very technical in form; the effect of which is to bar the entail, and all remainders or reversions dependent upon it, and to enable the tenant in tail in possession to alienate the estate in fee simple. This process, which was very common in Massachusetts in provincial times, fell into disuse after the statute of March 8, 1792, authorizing the tenant in tail to bar the entail, &c., by conveying the estate in fee by deed executed in presence of two witnesses, and acknowledged and recorded. In England it was abolished after Dec. 81, 1833, by statute 3 and 4 William IV., which provided a simple form of proceeding.

His father seems to have been very solicitous for the careful training of this son, whom he designed to succeed him as the principal landholder in the family. Hence the direction ?- probably an unusual one ?- that Simon's master should receive some special remuneration, as an additional inducement to the better instruction of the youth. To what mystery or pursuit he was trained cannot be certainly stated; but judging from his course of life in the new world, it is reasonable to infer that he was brought up to active business. The parentage of Richard has not been ascertained beyond all question. The absence of registers previous to the Reformation shuts out investigation in that quarter; while the number of the name of Richard in Brenchley, in the immediate neighborhood of Horsmonden, as well as at Horsmonden, and the many identical names at both places, serve to perplex the inquirer. It may be pretty safe, however, to assign either Horsmonden or Brenchley as the birthplace of Simon's father. An opportunity of collating a series of Kentish and Sussex wills in the sixteenth century -? not mere imperfect abstracts, like those in the subsequent text ?- would probably afford new light. Indeed I scarcely entertain a doubt that a thorough examination of these wills, together with the various registers of the neighboring, parishes, and the names and marriages of the sons?in?law, husbands of the daughters, would enable us to cross the "great gulf" of the Reformation, and identify the grandfather, and perhaps the great grandfather, of Simon. Richard, senior, who died at Horsmonden in 1577, and his widow Elizabeth, who died in 1592, might be found in the true line; not omitting Richard,a William the elder, and Thomas, who respectively died at Brenchley

a See some remarks following the abstract of the will of Richard of Brenchley, proved 1558. This will is very significant.

in 1558, 1559, and 1573; Thomas, who died at Tunbridge in 1502; and William, who died at Horsmonden in 1604. Besides those named in the will, I suppose there were other children of our Richard who died early, viz., one or two named Richard; Thomas, baptized 6th May, 1593, buried 15th January, 1608 (1609); Edward, baptized 22d March, 1611 (1612), buried 6th April following; John, baptized 3d March, 1612 (1613), buried 20th June, 1613. The time between the baptism of Edward and John may point to another Richard, as the father of one of them; or it may be that Edward was not baptized until a considerable time after John. The abstracts and extracts of several wills, which I shall soon introduce, are of interest; as they have a tendency to establish either Brenchley or Horsmonden as the birthplace of Richard; and to these places especially the future inquirer should look, and, as I already have remarked, by a critical collation of all the wills of all the Willards in these and other localities in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, endeavor to solve the doubts which now involve the subject in the constant recurrence of similar names ?- Richard, Thomas, William, and George ?- in the parish registers of Horsmonden and Brenchley, as well as in the following wills.a The earlier investigations, perhaps, would lead to Sussex as the original home of the race. It will be observed that the name does not appear on the Subsidy Rolls of Kent before the reign of Henry VIII.; but, then, it should be remembered, as a satisfactory explanation of this fact, that, "after the early Sussex Rolls, there are no accounts from Sussex or Kent in which the names of individuals are given."b

a These excerpts were made by Mr. Lower, with the permission of the office, He seems to have considered it a great favor that he was permitted to make them. "These offices," he says, "allow you legally to copy nothing, and require large fees for copies;" and, he might have added, for abstracts, however meagre. b Mr. Hunter's letter, Oct. 23, 1844.

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Source:

WILLARD MEMOIR; or, LIFE AND TIMES of MAJOR SIMON WILLARD:

WITH NOTICES OF THREE GENERATIONS OF HIS DESCENDANTS, AND TWO COLLATERAL BRANCHES IN THE UNITED STATES; ALSO

Some account of the Name and family in Europe, from an Early Day. By JOESPH WILLARD.

BOSTON, LITTLE, BROWN, AND COMPANY 1913

Digital Edition ? 2001 Richard Bingham Oceanport, New Jersey

ISBN 1-930969-21-3

Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1858, by JOSEPH WILLARD, In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts.

Printers S. J. Parkhill & Co., Boston, U. S. A.[WILLARDEzra.FBK]

Note: "Early New England People...Some Account of the Ellis, Pemberton, Willard, Prescott, Titcomb, Sewall...": In the south-westerly part of Kent, within a few miles of the borders of Sussex, in the hundred of Brenchley and Horsmonden, in the lathe of Aylesford, lies the quiet and retired parish of Horsmonden. (Note: No one of the name of family of Willard remains at Horsmonden, where, as well as at Brenchley, they at one time formed a considerable part of the population.) Here lived in the latter part of the sixteenth century, Richard Willard. "The parentage of Richard," says Mr. Joseph Willard in the "Willard Memoir," from which the following account is taken, "has not been ascertained beyond all question. The absence of registers previous to the Reformation shuts out investigation." Richard Willard married Catherine ----- who died at Horsmonden, March, 1597-8. His second wife was Margery ---, who died at Horsmonden, December, 1608. His third wife was Joan Morebread, who survived him but a few days. His children were: Mary, Thomas, Elizabeth, Richard, Margery, Simon, Catherine, Edward, John and George. Richard Willard died at Horsmonden, February, 1617. In his will, which was proved March 14, 1616-17, he makes special provision for the "virtuous bringing up of his children." He left all of his real estate to the three children of the second marriage, viz.: Margery, Simon, and Catherine. To Simon he gave the lands call the "Hooks," the messuage and lands purchased of "Evenden and Paynter," and the lands and tenements call "Weesbines." To Margery and Catherine he gave the messuage, barn, close, two gardens and orchards, bought of "Wood." Mrs. Willard had a life interest in a part of the estate. Sources: Title: Pamelia T. Emerson of San Diego, CA - descendant of Asa Stevens, Sr. Repository: Call Number: Media: Book Title: "Early New England People...Some Account of the Ellis, Pemberton, Willard, Prescott, Titcomb, Sewall..." by Sarah Elizabeth Titcomb, 1882 Page: 57-58,82 . RICHARD WILLARD [do fr. early ne people!3 was born on 6 Feb 1583 in Goudhurst, co. Kent, England. He died on 20 Feb 1616/17 in Horsmonden. co. Kent, England. He has Ancestral File number WVKW-TH.4 He signed a will. It was proved 14 Mar 1616-7. In his will, he makes special provision for the "virtuous bringing up of his children." He left all of his real estate to the three children of the second marriage, viz.: Margery, Simon, and Catherine. To Simon he gave the lands call the "Hooks," the messuage and lands purchased of "Evenden and Paynter," and the lands and tenements call "Weesbines." To Margery and Catherine he gave the messuage, barn, close, two gardens and orchards, bought of "Wood." Mrs. Willard had a life interest in a part of the estate. SOURCES 1. Samuel P. May. The Decendants of Paul Sares (Sears) of Yarmouth, Mass. 1638-1888. Albany, N.Y.: Joel Munsell's Sons [1890]. :44. 2. Edited by Nathaniel B Shurtleff, M.D.. Records of Plymouth Colony: Births, Marriages, Deaths, Burials, and Other Records, 1633-1689. 1001 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, Maryland 21202: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. [1997] ISBN 0-8063-0701-3. :182. 3. Sarah Elizabeth Titcomb. Early New England People. Some Account of the ELLIS, PEMBERTON, WILLARD, PRESCOTT, TITCOMB, SEWALL and LONGFELLOW, and Allied Families. Boston: W. B. CLARKE & CARRUTH, PUBLISHERS, 840 Washington Street.[1882.]. 4. various. Genealogical Records. Salt Lake City, Utah: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 5. Samuel P. May. The Decendants of Paul Sares (Sears) of Yarmouth, Mass. 1638-1888. Albany, N.Y.: Joel Munsell's Sons [1890]. :44. 6. RootsWebWorldConnect, RootsWeb.com, Inc. Jeremiah Burnham . also: Ancestry of Bob and Mary Beth Wheeler on An 2 1 3 4 Change Date: 14 NOV 2004 at 20:08:24

Father: Simon WILLARD b: 1530 in Horsmonden, Kent, England, Documented Mother: Joan Elizabeth ROAD(RODE) b: 1532 in Horsmonden, Kent, England

Father: Simon WILLARD b: 1530 in Horsmonden, Kent, England, Documented Mother: Elizabeth WATERMAN b: 1532 in Goudhurst, Kent, England

Marriage 1 CATHERINE b: in England Married: in England Children

Mary WILLARD b: in England
Thomas WILLARD
Elizabeth WILLARD b: 5 JAN 1595 in Horsmonden, Kent, England
Richard , Jr. WILLARD b: Bef 4 SEP 1597 in Horsmonden, Kent, England

Marriage 2 Margery HUMPHRIE b: 25 MAY 1572 in Horsmonden, Kent, England c: 25 MAY 1572 in Horsmonden, Kentshire, England Married: 23 SEP 1601 in Westgate, Margate, Kent, England 1 Children

Margery WILLARD b: 6 NOV 1602 in Horsmonden, Kent, England c: 7 NOV 1602 in Horsemonden, Kent, England.
Simon WILLARD b: 7 APR 1605 in Horsmonden, Kent, England c: 7 APR 1605 in Horsemonden, Kent, England
Catherine WILLARD b: 30 AUG 1607 in Horsmonden, Kent, England c: 30 AUG 1607 in , Horsmonden, Kent, England

Marriage 3 JOAN b: in England Married: 17 JAN 1610 in Horsmonden, Kent, England Children

Edward WILLARD
John WILLARD
George WILLARD b: Bef 14 DEC 1614 in Horsmondon, Kent, England

Sources: Title: WILLARDEzra.FBK Abbrev: WILLARDEzra.FBK Note: Source Media Type: Other Text: Date of Import: Nov 19, 2002 Title: Pedigree Resource File CD 11 Publication: (Salt Lake City, Utah: Intellectual Reserve, Inc., 2000) Abbrev: Pedigree Resource File CD 11 Title: Pedigree Resource File CD 33 Publication: (Salt Lake City, Utah: Intellectual Reserve, Inc., 2001) Abbrev: Pedigree Resource File CD 33 Title: Pedigree Resource File CD 17 Publication: (Salt Lake City, Utah: Intellectual Reserve, Inc., 2000) Abbrev: Pedigree Resource File CD 17

Richard married (1) Catherine about 1590 in Horsmonden, Kent, England. Catherine was born in 1569. She died in Mar 1598 in Horsmonden, England. She was buried on Mar 11 1598 in Horsmonden, England.

They had the following children:

 21 F i Mary WILLARD. 
 22 M ii Thomas WILLARD was christened on May 6 1593. He was buried on Jan 15 1608.  
 23 F iii Elizabeth WILLARD was christened on Jan 5 1595.  
 24 M iv Richard WILLARD was born in 1596/1597.  

Richard married (2) Margery HUMPHRIE daughter of Raynold HUMPHRIE on Sep 23 1601 in Westgate, Kent, England. Margery was born before May 25 1572 in Horsmonden, Kent, Eng. She died in Dec 1608 in Horsmonden, Kent, Eng. She was buried on Dec 12 1608 in Horsmonden, Kent, Eng.

They had the following children:

+ 25 F v Margery WILLARD + 26 M vi * Major Simon WILLARD

 27 F vii Catherine WILLARD was christened on Aug 30 1607. She died in 1650.  

Richard married (3) Joane MOREBREAD on Jan 17 1610 in Horsmonden, Kent, England. Joane was born about 1585. She died in Feb 1617. She was buried on Feb 25 1617.

They had the following children:

 28 M viii Edward WILLARD was christened on Mar 22 1612. He was buried on Apr 5 1612.  
 29 M ix John WILLARD was christened on Mar 8 1613. He was buried on Jun 20 1613.  

+ 30 M x George WILLARD

------------------------- ID: I00702 Name: Richard WILLARD 1 2 3 4 5 6 Sex: M Birth: 1572 in of Horsemondon, Kent, England 7 Death: 20 FEB 1616 in Horsmonden, Kent, England 7 8 Military Service: Yeoman of Horsemonden, Kent, England 9 Reference Number: 713 Note: http://members.aa.net/~hallock/Ancestors_of_Simon/ances003.htm#id1090

Generation Three

12. Richard3 Willard (Symon2Willarde, Richard1Willard); married Catharine (--?--) before 1591 (1st marriage for Richard);(7) married Margery Humphrie before 1597 (2nd marriage for Richard);(7,8) married Joane (--?--) 17 January 1609 at St. Margaret's Church, Horsmonden, Kent Co., England, (3rd marriage for Richard);(9) died circa 19 February 1616/17 at Horsmonden, Kent Co., England;(10,3) buried 20 February 1616/17 St. Margaret's Church, Horsmonden, Kent Co., England.(11)

He, of Horsmonden, Kent Co., England, left a will dated on 12 February 1616/17 . It shows Richard owned land called "the Hookes" purchased from Richard Wood of Charte; he owned the messuage and lands purchased from Evenden and Paynter; he owned the lands and tenements called "Weesbines" or "Weestbinnes" purchased from Hodgekine.(12,13)

The child of Richard3 Willard and we-don't-know-which-wife:

16. i. Mary4 Willard; born at Kent Co., England.(14) She was mentioned in the will of Richard Willard on 12 February 1616/17 Horsmonden, Kent Co., England.(15,12,13)

Catharine (--?--) died in March 1597 at Horsmonden, Kent Co., England.16 She was buried on 11 March 1597 St. Margaret's Church, Horsmonden, Kent Co., England.(16) The four known children of Richard3 Willard and Catharine (--?--) were as follows:

17. i. Rycharde4 Willard; baptized 7 May 1591 at St. Margaret's Church, Horsmonden, Kent Co., England;(17) died before 1596 (his brother Richard was born 5 Sep 1596, so he must have died before then in order for the name to be free to bestow again).(17) 18. ii. Thomas Willard; baptized 6 May 1593 at St. Margaret's Church, Horsmonden, Kent Co., England;(18) died 15 January 1606 at St. Margaret's Church, Horsmonden, Kent Co., England, at age 12.(18) 19. iii. Elizabeth Willard; baptized 5 January 1594/95 at St. Margaret's Church, Horsmonden, Kent Co., England.(17) She was mentioned in the will of Richard Willard on 12 February 1616/17 Horsmonden, Kent Co., England.(19,12,13) 20. iv. Richard Willard; baptized 5 September 1596 at St. Margaret's Church, Horsmonden, Kent Co., England;(18) died 5 September 1596;(18) buried 6 September 1596 St. Margaret's Church, Horsmonden, Kent Co., England.(16)

Margery Humphrie died circa (11) December 1608 at Horsmonden, Kent Co., England.(7) She was buried on 12 December 1608 St. Margaret's Church, Horsmonden, Kent Co., England.(16,8) The four known children of Richard3 Willard and Margery Humphrie were as follows:

21. i. Richard4 Willard; baptized 4 September 1597 at St. Margaret's Church, Horsmonden, Kent Co., England, (his half-brother Richard had died the day he was baptized, 5 Sept 1596, so the name was once more free to be bestowed.(17) He was mentioned in the will of Richard Willard on 12 February 1616/17 Horsmonden, Kent Co., England.(20,12,13) + 22. ii. Margery Willard, baptized 6 November 1602 St. Margaret's Church, Horsmonden, Kent Co., England; married Captain Dolor Davis. + 23. iii. Major Simon Willard, baptized 7 April 1605 St. Margaret's Church, Horsmonden, Kent Co., England; married Mary Sharpe; married Elizabeth Dunster; married Mary Dunster. 24. iv. Catherine Willard; baptized 30 August 1607 at St. Margaret's Church, Horsmonden, Kent Co., England.(17) She was mentioned in the will of Richard Willard on 12 February 1616/17 Horsmonden, Kent Co., England.(21,12,13)

Joane (--?--) had her name spelled Joan in the Horsmonden Parish Register.9 She married (--?--) Morebread before 1609.(22) She was mentioned in the will of Richard Willard on 12 February 1616/17 Horsmonden, Kent Co., England.(23),12,13 She died circa 24 February 1616/17 at Horsmonden, Kent Co., England.(24) She was buried on 25 February 1616/17 St. Margaret's Church, Horsmonden, Kent Co., England.11 The three known children of Richard3 Willard and Joane (--?--) were as follows:

25. i. John4 Willard; baptized 3 March 1612 at St. Margaret's Church, Horsmonden, Kent Co., England;(17) buried 20 June 1613.(17) 26. ii. Edward Willard; baptized (22) March 1611/12 at St. Margaret's Church, Horsmonden, Kent Co., England;(17) died circa 4 April 1612 at Horsmonden, Kent Co., England;(17) buried 5 April 1612 St. Margaret's Church, Horsmonden, Kent Co., England.(17) + 27. iii. George Willard, baptized 4 December 1614 Horsmonden, Kent Co., England; married Dorothy Dunster.

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"Three Hundred Colonial Ancestors" Sup.II. - Page 14

"Richard Willard, of Horsemonden, Co. Kent, yeoman, who made his will February 12, 1616. He bequeathed to the poor of Horsemonden, to his wife Joan, to her son Francis Morebread; to his son George Willard six silver spoons and a silver and gilt cup, to be delivered to him after his mother's death; to his four daughters Mary, Elizabeth, Margery and Catherine, his household stuff excepting that bequeathed to his wife; to his son Richard Wyllard the income from certain lands; to his daughter Elizabeth a sum of money; to his kinsman Thomas Bodle some woodland; refers to his late brother Thomas Willarde, his brothers-in-law Thomas Humferie and Robert Goure and his son-in-law John Tyboull; to his daughters Margerie and Catherin a barn, close, gardens and orchard which he bought of Wood; to his son Symon Willard all the rest of his messuages and lands when he shall come to age; directs that Symon be placed with some honest man where he may learn some good trade and be instructed; gave to son Richard Willard land purchased of Evenden and Paynter; and in case of Symon's death before reaching maturity, George was to have the lands bequeathed to him..."

"The registers of the parish of Horsemonden give us the baptisms of part of the children of Richard Willard; Margery who married Dolor Davis at East Farleigh, Kent, March 29, 1624, and came to New England, was baptized November 6, 1602; Simon, April 7, 1605; and George, December 4, 1614. No records there tell of the marriage of either of these sons; the tradition that Simon's first wife was Mary Sharpe leads to an interest in the baptism of Mary, daughter of Henry and Jane (Feylde) Sharp, October 16, 1614, in the parish where Simon was born..."

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Genealogy.com New England Families Genealogical and Memorial: Volume IV Page 2030

(The Willard Line). The surname Willard was in use as a personal name from ancient times. Earlier than its use as a surname it was also a local or place name in England. The ancient coat-of-arms used by many branches of the family: Argent a chevron sable between three fish weels proper five ermine spots. Crest: A griffin's head erased or. Motto: Quadet patientia duris.

(I) Richard Willard, to whom the line is traced, grandfather of the American immigrant, was a yeoman at Brenchley, England, where he died leaving a will dated September 18, 1658, proved October 24, 1658. Children: Robert, Alexander, George, Richard. mentioned below: Andrew, Symon, Thomas, William, Alice. Agnes.

(II) Richard (2), son of Richard (1) Willard, resided at Horsmonden, county Kent, England. He married, January 17, 1610, Joan Morebread, who was buried February 25, 1617. His will mentioned children: George, Mary, Elizabeth, Margery Catherine, Richard; brother Thomas Willard; brother in-law Thomas Humphrey; son Symon; and sister-in-law, Mary Davy. Children: Richard, died young; Thomas, baptized May 6, 1593, buried January 15, 1608; Edward, baptized March 22, 1611-12, buried April 16, 1612; John, baptized March 3, 1612-13, buried June 20, 1613; George; Mary; Elizabeth; Margery, married Dolor Davis; Catherine, baptized August 30, 1707; Richard; Simon.

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Genealogy.com Hall Ancestry Author: Charles S. Hall Call Number: R929.2 H178 A series of sketches of the lineal ancestors of the children of Samuel Holden Parsons Hall and his Wife Emeline Bulkeleyof Binghamton, N. Y. Bibliographic Information: Hall, Charles S. Hall Ancestry. New York: The Knickerbocker Press. 1896. Page 45

"RICHARD WILLARD was born, and lived and died in the quiet and retired Parish of Horsemonden, in the southwesterly part of Kent within a few miles of the borders of Sussex. Here was born his son Simon, who attained such distinction in the military and civil service of Massachusetts, and his daughter-in-law, Mary Sharpe; and here died and were buried his three wives, Catharine, March 1597-8; MARGERY, the mother of Simon, our ancestor, December, 1608, and Joan Morebread, who survived him but a few days. He died in February, 1617, leaving all his real estate to the children of his second marriage, Margery, Simon, and Catharine. The "Hooks," being the messuage and lands purchased of Evenden and Paynter, and the lands and tenements called "Weesbines," he gave to Simon for his share."

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http://members.aa.net/~hallock/Ancestors_of_Simon/ances003.htm#id1090

12. Richard3 Willard (Symon2Willarde, Richard1Willard); married Catharine (--?--) before 1591 (1st marriage for Richard);7 married Margery Humphrie before 1597 (2nd marriage for Richard);7,8 married Joane (--?--) 17 January 1609 at St. Margaret's Church, Horsmonden, Kent Co., England, (3rd marriage for Richard);9 died circa 19 February 1616/17 at Horsmonden, Kent Co., England;10,3 buried 20 February 1616/17 St. Margaret's Church, Horsmonden, Kent Co., England.11

He, of Horsmonden, Kent Co., England, left a will dated on 12 February 1616/17 . It shows Richard owned land called "the Hookes" purchased from Richard Wood of Charte; he owned the messuage and lands purchased from Evenden and Paynter; he owned the lands and tenements called "Weesbines" or "Weestbinnes" purchased from Hodgekine.12,13

The child of Richard3 Willard and we-don't-know-which-wife:

16. i. Mary4 Willard; born at Kent Co., England.14 She was mentioned in the will of Richard Willard on 12 February 1616/17 Horsmonden, Kent Co., England.15,12,13

Catharine (--?--) died in March 1597 at Horsmonden, Kent Co., England.16 She was buried on 11 March 1597 St. Margaret's Church, Horsmonden, Kent Co., England.16 The four known children of Richard3 Willard and Catharine (--?--) were as follows:

17. i. Rycharde4 Willard; baptized 7 May 1591 at St. Margaret's Church, Horsmonden, Kent Co., England;17 died before 1596 (his brother Richard was born 5 Sep 1596, so he must have died before then in order for the name to be free to bestow again).17 18. ii. Thomas Willard; baptized 6 May 1593 at St. Margaret's Church, Horsmonden, Kent Co., England;18 died 15 January 1606 at St. Margaret's Church, Horsmonden, Kent Co., England, at age 12.18 19. iii. Elizabeth Willard; baptized 5 January 1594/95 at St. Margaret's Church, Horsmonden, Kent Co., England.17 She was mentioned in the will of Richard Willard on 12 February 1616/17 Horsmonden, Kent Co., England.19,12,13 20. iv. Richard Willard; baptized 5 September 1596 at St. Margaret's Church, Horsmonden, Kent Co., England;18 died 5 September 1596;18 buried 6 September 1596 St. Margaret's Church, Horsmonden, Kent Co., England.16

Margery Humphrie died circa 11 December 1608 at Horsmonden, Kent Co., England.7 She was buried on 12 December 1608 St. Margaret's Church, Horsmonden, Kent Co., England.16,8 The four known children of Richard3 Willard and Margery Humphrie were as follows:

21. i. Richard4 Willard; baptized 4 September 1597 at St. Margaret's Church, Horsmonden, Kent Co., England, (his half-brother Richard had died the day he was baptized, 5 Sept 1596, so the name was once more free to be bestowed).17 He was mentioned in the will of Richard Willard on 12 February 1616/17 Horsmonden, Kent Co., England.20,12,13 + 22. ii. Margery Willard, baptized 6 November 1602 St. Margaret's Church, Horsmonden, Kent Co., England; married Captain Dolor Davis. + 23. iii. Major Simon Willard, baptized 7 April 1605 St. Margaret's Church, Horsmonden, Kent Co., England; married Mary Sharpe; married Elizabeth Dunster; married Mary Dunster. 24. iv. Catherine Willard; baptized 30 August 1607 at St. Margaret's Church, Horsmonden, Kent Co., England.17 She was mentioned in the will of Richard Willard on 12 February 1616/17 Horsmonden, Kent Co., England.21,12,13

Joane (--?--) had her name spelled Joan in the Horsmonden Parish Register.9 She married (--?--) Morebread before 1609.22 She was mentioned in the will of Richard Willard on 12 February 1616/17 Horsmonden, Kent Co., England.23,12,13 She died circa 24 February 1616/17 at Horsmonden, Kent Co., England.24 She was buried on 25 February 1616/17 St. Margaret's Church, Horsmonden, Kent Co., England.11 The three known children of Richard3 Willard and Joane (--?--) were as follows:

25. i. John4 Willard; baptized 3 March 1612 at St. Margaret's Church, Horsmonden, Kent Co., England;17 buried 20 June 1613.17 26. ii. Edward Willard; baptized 22 March 1611/12 at St. Margaret's Church, Horsmonden, Kent Co., England;17 died circa 4 April 1612 at Horsmonden, Kent Co., England;17 buried 5 April 1612 St. Margaret's Church, Horsmonden, Kent Co., England.17 + 27. iii. George Willard, baptized 4 December 1614 Horsmonden, Kent Co., England; married Dorothy Dunster.

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Genealogy.com "History of Wethersfield" Volume II - Page 792

"WILLARD. This family is descended from an ancient family of Sussex and Kent Co.'s Eng., where the name was prominent. Richard Willard, father of the emigrant ancestor, d. in Feb., 1617, at Horsmonden, Co. Kent., Eng. His son Simon, bp. 7 Apl., 1605, at H.; m. there Mary (dau. of Henry & Jane Feylde)..."

Father: Simon Thomas WILLARD b: 1530 in Norsmonden, Kent, England Mother: Joan Elizabeth ROAD b: 1532 in Horsmonden, Kent, England

Father: Simon Thomas WILLARD b: 1530 in Norsmonden, Kent, England Mother: Elizabeth Unknown

Marriage 1 Catherine Unknown b: 1550 Married: BEF 1591 Children

Rycharde Willard b: BEF 7 MAY 1591
Thomas Willard b: BEF 6 MAY 1593
Elizabeth Willard b: BEF 5 JAN 1595

Marriage 2 Margery HUMPHRIE b: 25 MAY 1572 in Horsmonden, Kent, England Married: 23 SEP 1601 in Westgate, Kent, England Children

Richard Willard b: BEF 4 SEP 1597
Margarey Willard b: BEF 6 NOV 1602 in Horsmonden, Kent, England
Simon WILLARD b: BEF 7 APR 1605 in Horsemonden, Kent, England
Catherine Willard b: BEF 30 AUG 1607

Marriage 3 Joane Morebread Married: 17 JAN 1609 in St. Margaret's Church, Horsmonden, Co. Kent, England Children

Edward Willard b: BEF 21 MAR 1612
John Willard b: BEF 3 MAR 1613
George Willard b: BEF 4 DEC 1614 in Horsmonden, Kent, England

Sources: Title: Willard Memoir or Life & Times of Major Simon Willard Author: Joseph Willard Publication: Phillips, Sampson & Company, Boston 1858 Repository: Note: Toledo/Lucas County Public Library, Toledo, Ohio Media: Book Title: Willard Family Association of America, Inc. Note: Numerous references and great documentation Repository: Note: Willard Family Association Web Site Media: Internet Title: Colonial Families of the United States Publication: Genealogical Publishing Co. Note: "Family History: Colonial Genealogies #1, 1607-1920" The Dewey family data is from Volume II Repository: Note: Genealogy.Com & Ancestry.com Media: Book Page: Page 482 Text: "...Margarey Willard, b. 1602, dau. of Richard Willard, of Horsemondon, Kent..." Title: Genealogical Records: Pilgrim Genealogies and Histories, 1600s-1900s Repository: Note: Genealogy.Com Media: Electronic Page: Page 14-15 Text: "Three Hundred Colonial Ancestors" Sup.II. - "Richard Willard, of Horsemonden, Co. Kent, yeoman, who made his will February 12, 1616..." Title: Three Hundred Colonial Ancestors Author: Elizabeth M. Leach Rixford Publication: Tuttle Company, Vermont. 1934 Note: This book contains three hundred colonial ancestors which includes Royal Ancestry and Mayflower lines. Repository: Note: Genealogy.Com Media: Book Page: Supplement 1 - Page 12S Supplement 2 - Page 14 Title: Directory of the Ancestral Heads of New England Families 1620-1700 Author: Frank R. Holmes Publication: The American Historical Society, Inc., Washington, D.C. & Genealogical Publishing Co, Baltimore Note: Also available at the Toledo/Lucas County Library in Toledo, Ohio #R929 Hol Repository: Note: Allen County Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana Media: Book Page: Page ccixiv Title: Three Hundred Colonial Ancestors Author: Elizabeth M. Leach Rixford Publication: Tuttle Company, Vermont. 1934 Note: This book contains three hundred colonial ancestors which includes Royal Ancestry and Mayflower lines. Repository: Note: Genealogy.Com Media: Book Page: Supplement 1 - Page 12 Title: Three Hundred Colonial Ancestors Author: Elizabeth M. Leach Rixford Publication: Tuttle Company, Vermont. 1934 Note: This book contains three hundred colonial ancestors which includes Royal Ancestry and Mayflower lines. Repository: Note: Genealogy.Com Media: Book Page: Supplement II - Page 14 Text: "will proved March 8, 1616" Title: Three Hundred Colonial Ancestors Author: Elizabeth M. Leach Rixford Publication: Tuttle Company, Vermont. 1934 Note: This book contains three hundred colonial ancestors which includes Royal Ancestry and Mayflower lines. Repository: Note: Genealogy.Com Media: Book Page: Supplement I - Page 12

 
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ID: I02793 Name: Richard WILLARD 1 2 3 4 Sex: M Birth: 1568 in Goodhurst, Kent, England 1 Death: ABT MAR 1616/17 in Horsmonden, Kent, England 1 Burial: 20 MAR 1616/17 Horsmonden, Kent, England 1 Event: Relationship Ancestor of Kianna Frost-Ohlsson Event: Relationship Ancestor of the Churches, Browns, Fays & Humphreys of Underhill-Jericho, VT Reference Number: C9856 Note: [Flora McKee.FTW]

!WILL: From "Willard Genealogy" ed. by Charles H. Pope, 1915, p. 2-3. Will written 12 Feb 1616 and proved 8 Mar 1616. Listed as yeoman of Horsemonden, co. Kent. Listed wife Joan, her son Francis Morebread; sons George, Richard, Symon; daughters Mary, Elizabeth, Margery, and Catherine; kinsman Thomas Bolde; late brother Thomas; brothers-in law Thomas Humphrie and Robert Goure; son-in-law John Tyboull. George RIN 199 was to get 6 silver spoons and a silver and gilt cup after his mother died but he was bequeathed no lands unless his brother Symon b. 1605 died before reaching maturity. !LIFE: From "History of Ancient Wethersfield Ct" by Henry Stiles, 1904, Vol. 2, p. 792. Willard is ancient family name of Sussex and Kent counties of England where the name is prominent. Richard RIN 217, father of emigrant ancestor, died Feb 1617 at Horsmonden Co. Kent, England. Rest of article discusses Simon who is not direct line.

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Note: 1 BIRT 2 DATE 1568 2 PLAC Brenchley, Kent, England, Documented 2 SOUR S016909 3 DATA 4 TEXT Date of Import: Nov 19, 2002 1 BIRT 2 DATE 10 MAR 1581 2 PLAC , Horsmonden, Kent, England 2 SOUR S016909 3 DATA 4 TEXT Date of Import: Nov 19, 2002 1 BIRT 2 DATE 10 MAR 1581 2 PLAC Horsmonden, Kent, England 2 SOUR S016909 3 DATA 4 TEXT Date of Import: Nov 19, 2002 1 BIRT 2 DATE 6 FEB 1583 2 PLAC Goudhurst, Kent, England, Documented 2 SOUR S016909 3 DATA 4 TEXT Date of Import: Nov 19, 2002 1 DEAT 2 DATE 20 FEB 1616 2 PLAC , Horsmonden, Kent, England 2 SOUR S016909 3 DATA 4 TEXT Date of Import: Nov 19, 2002 1 DEAT 2 DATE 20 FEB 1616 2 PLAC Horsmonden, Kent, England 2 SOUR S016909 3 DATA 4 TEXT Date of Import: Nov 19, 2002 2 SOUR S016909 3 DATA 4 TEXT Date of Import: Nov 19, 2002 1 BURI 2 DATE 20 FEB 1616 2 PLAC Horsmonden, Kent, England 2 SOUR S016909 3 DATA 4 TEXT Date of Import: Nov 19, 2002 1 BURI 2 DATE 20 FEB 1617 2 PLAC Horsmonden, Kent, England 2 SOUR S016909 3 DATA 4 TEXT Date of Import: Nov 19, 2002

Marriage 1 Margery HUMPHREY b: 1575 in Horsmonden, Kent, England Married: BEF 1602 in Horsmonden, Kent, England 1 Children

Simon WILLARD b: 7 APR 1605 in Horsmonden, Kent, England

Marriage 2 Joan ? b: in England Married: 17 JAN 1608/09 in Horsmonden, Kent, England 1 Children

George WILLARD b: 4 DEC 1614 in Horsmonden, Kent, England

Sources: Title: Canney/Peckham Genealogy Author: Susan P. Canney Publication: www.Ancestry.com World Tree - Database 'canney' Repository: Media: Electronic Title: D. B. Robinson's Genealogy Page Author: D. B. (David) Robinson Publication: Ancestry.com World Tree Repository: Media: Electronic Title: Doneva Shepard's family Author: Doneva Shepard Publication: Ancestry.com World Tree Repository: Media: Electronic Title: Humphrey.FTW Author: Wayne Gustav Ohlsson Repository: Media: Other

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"Richard Willard, father of Margery, the wife of Captain Dolar Davis, lived at Horsmonden, East Fairleigh, Kent County, England, it being claimed that he was a lineal descendant of Richard Willard, Baron of the Cinque Ports, in the time of Richard II.  The Willard family of Eastbourne, Sussex, England, originally named Villiard, came from Caen, Normandy," France. [from a history book about the Allegheny Valley.]

This Richard Willard was a descendant of Humbert, Count Bianchi Di Villard, 1240 in France. Humbert's son Othon had to flee to England where the King gave him the title, "Henri, Count Willard." Henri was the great-grandfather of Richard.

  • There were also several Villiards in French Canada. One of these Canadian families came from Germany: Germain Villiard (or Villliars), b abt 1700 in Germany; his father was Henri Villiard, b abt 1680 in Germany.
  • The was also a Dutch Willard family. Jan Cornelisse Willard (Willert) was born about 1692.
  • The German Willards (Nicolaus Vieillard) appear to have settled in the middle colonies of America; the English Willards settled in New England.

Richard is in this story:

John Willard, Convicted Witch of Salem Village Who was John Willard? We know a few things about him: (1) he was born no later than 1672, for it's unlikely to see a man younger than 20 in 1692 being married for as long as John was. (2) he was related to Henry-2 Willard and Benjamin-2 Willard. Here's the evidence: when he and his wife lived in Groton, there was an episode when he behaved weird and she became worried about him. She went to "Benjamin Willard" and "Henry Willard" for help and they brought him back. Our Henry-2 and Benjamin-2, brothers to each other and sons of Major Simon-1 Willard were the only Willards with those given names to have lived in Groton. Henry lived there for certain from 1674 to perhaps as late as 1682; and Benjamin lived there at least in 1690 when he married and may have lived there for a number of years both before and afterwards, though he was in Sudbury by 1693. Both boys married girls from Groton. (3) He was well-enough acquainted with someone in Lancaster in 1692 to choose to flee there when he was worried about being accused of witchcraft. Henry-2 Willard was living in Lancaster at least as early as 1685. Do we have any unaccounted for John Willards in the genealogy? No. Major Simon-1 Willard had one son named "John" who was born in 1657. But he was busy getting married and siring children starting in 1698 — long after John Willard, husbandman of Salem Village had been publicly executed. And Simon would not have recycled the name when the original recipient was still living. Of Major Simon-1 Willard's grandchildren:

    Josiah-2 Willard had a son John who was born in 1672 (just barely in time to be considered). And there's no additional data on him in the 1915 Willard Genealogy. But the editor of the upcoming revision to the Josiah-2 Willard Supplement says there is evidence that Josiah's John lived out his days in Connecticut. 
    Samuel-2 Willard had a son John who was born in 1673 (again the right time period) at Groton (ta da!). But this can't be our man as he left a record of activities post-dating the hysteria of 1692. Furthermore, the Rev. Samuel-2 Willard publicly criticized the trial proceedings, and even went so far as to help one couple "jump bail", so to speak, and escape. It is unlikely he would have allowed his son to go to trial and not attend it himself, or to fail to enlist his powerful friends on his son's behalf. 
    Simon-2 Willard had no sons named John. But he's mentioned because he lived at Salem (Salem town, not Salem Village) and as can be seen below, busied himself as one of the accusers of two different individuals: one went to trial and was hung the same day John Willard was, and the other was not brought to trial. (What must have Rev. Samuel thought of his brother's testimony?) 
    Henry-2 Willard had one son named John, born either in Groton or Lancaster (ta da!) but was too young. He was born in 1682. 
    Daniel-2 Willard had no sons named John, but he was the keeper of the Boston jail possibly as early as 1693, and perhaps also in 1692 when John Willard was incarcerated there. 
    Joseph-2 Willard, born in 1661, is a tad young to have had a son young enough to be our man. He did have a son named John, born in 1702. 

George-1 Willard, brother to Simon-1 Willard, though we have no record of him having a son named John, is a likely candidate for being the father to this John Willard for the following reasons: (1) We know so little of his whereabouts and his progeny there are ample holes in which to fit a John Willard who lived in Salem Village in 1692. (2) the youngest of the four known/suspected sons of George-1 Willard was born in 1652 when George was about 38, leaving plenty of time for another son to be born before his death in about 1656. ((3) being 1st cousin to "Henry Willard" and "Benjamin Willard" is perhaps a sufficiently close relationship to explain the episode in Groton and the receiving of shelter in Lancaster?

The following is from WFA Assistant Historian William L. Willard, Sr. Another Possibility:

    There was a third Willard who came to America in the 1630's.  Jonathan Willard, then 16, came to America via the West Indies aboard the William and John in 1635.  He was the Indentured servant to Thomas Price.  Thomas Price and Jonathan Willard both took the "Oath" at Saint Christophers.  He is on the list of residents at Salem in 1642. 
 

Many Indentured Servants were people that agreed to work for someone for a certain number of years in exchange for their passage to America, usually four or five. If this was the case, Jonathan Willard would be living in Salem as late as 1639 or 40 possibly longer.

 

There is no record of this Jonathan Willard after he reached America except in the four Volume History of Boston "there Was a Jonathan Willard who was a Harness Maker in Boston in 1665." Thomas Price was a Harness maker. None of Simon's children or descendants could have been this Jonathan.

 

I have yet to trace this Jonathan Willard in England. He departed from "Lands End" and did not put a place of residence on his application to take the Oath.

 
 

Since none of Major Simon's children or grandchildren fit the bill to have been the Witch, I attribute John Willard, the Witch, as a son of this Jonathan Willard. [Karen's Note: This Jonathan Willard would have been born about 1619 (1635 minus 16) and could easily have finished his apprenticeship (by 1641?) and had a son born by 1672 and thus old enough to qualify being the man convicted of being a witch.]

 

Based on John Willard knowing Benjamin and Henry (2) is it possible that this Jonathan was a relative to Simon and George?

 

Karen E. Willard continues the discussion: Could this Jonathan have been a brother to Simon and George Willard, or a nephew? Richard Willard, the father of our Major Simon Willard and George Willard, was buried at St. Margaret's Church, Horsmonden, Kent County, England on 20 February 1616/17. Joane, Richard's last wife and mother to our George Willard, was buried there a few days later on 25 February 1616/17. We might want to argue that Jonathan Willard's stated age of 16 when he boarded the William and John is two or more years too old, and look for him in the will of Richard Willard (pg. 53 of Willard Memoir; or Life and Times of Major Simon Willard by Joseph Willard, 1858) to see if he's mentioned.

    "Joan my wyfe" is named, as is her son by her earlier marriage, "ffranncs Morebread," who wasn't yet 21 at the time the will was drawn up. We read of the legacy left to "George Willard my sonne", and Richard's "fower daughters namely Mary Elizabeth Margery & Catherine." There's also "Richard Wyllard my sonne." "Thomas Bolde of Horsmonden aforesayd housboundman my kindesman" was given rights in Richard's lands called "Weestbines". Richard mentions "Thomas Willarde my late Brother," and "Thomas Humferie my Brother in Lawe," along with "John Tyboull of Marden in the said countie my Sonne in Lawe." There's also "Roberte Goure of Stapelhurste in the said Countie yeoman my brother in Lawe." 
    The bulk of the estate went to "Symon Willard my sonne... when he shall come to his full age of two & twentie yeres." If Symon "shall decease without heire or heires of his boddy lawfully begotten" then it should go to "George Willard my sonne". Some mesuage & lands was to go to "my sayd sonne Richard Willard." The executor [John Tyboull] was to place Symon "with some honeste man wher he may learne some good trade wherby he may geet pte of his lyveinge & to allowe him that shalbe his master some porcon that he maye be the better instructede." The will was signed "viiij Martij 1616". There's no mention of a Jonathan. [Aside: Richard the son was 8 years older than Simon. There might have been property not named in the will which automatically would have gone to Richard Jr as oldest surviving son.] 
    Looking at the Willards mentioned in the parish registers of Horsmonden as listed on pages 39-41 in the Willard Memoir, [we dearly need a transcription of the actual records rather than this 3rd hand list — any volunteers?] — for the baptisms one finds no Jonathans; in the list of marriages there are no Jonathans. [One does find Richard's brother Thomas marrying Alice Aleworth on "1608, 20 Sept."] In the list of burials we have no Jonathans. In fact, the earliest appearance of the given name "Jonathan" in the Willard Memoir is with Simon's son who was born in 1669 at Lancaster, modern Worcester county, modern Massachusetts. 

So we're still left with tantalizing clues as to how Jonathan Willard (emigrated 1635) connects to the American family, and equally tantalizing clues as to how John Willard the convicted witch of Salem might connect in.

Here's what has been gleaned from the records surrounding the witch hysteria of 1692:

 

John Willard married Margarett Wilkins, daughter of Henry Wilkins Sr, and granddaughter of Bray Wilkins, before 1692.1 Perhaps circa 1690 John Willard and Margarett Wilkins resided at Groton, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts Bay Colony. Groton is about 33 miles west of Salem Village.2 He and Margarett were living on a farm in 1692 just outside the limits of the village between Pout Brook and Beachy Brook and west of the Ipswich R, Salem Village (modern Danvers), Essex Co., Massachusetts Bay Colong.3 Their residence has been marked on the Upham map of 1692 Salem Village. Margarett's family home can be seen on that same map just a little ways away.

20 January 1692: 9 year old Elizabeth Parris, daughter of the minister of Salem, and 11 year old Abigail Williams began to exhibit strange behavior... Within a short time, several other Salem girls began to demonstrate similar behavior.4

1 March 1692: The first of the arrests begin, with the examination of Tituba, Sarah Good, and Sarah Osbourne. More follow on March 12, March 19, March 24, March 28.5

John Willard had been imployed to fetch in several that were accused; but taking dissatisfaction from his being sent, to fetch up some that he had better thoughts of, he declined the Service, and presently after he himself was accused of the same Crime, and that with such vehemency, that they sent after him to apprehend him; he had made his Escape as far as Nashawag, [the old name for Lancaster] about 40 Miles from Salem; yet 'tis said those Accusers did then presently tell the exact time, saying, now Willard is taken.6

----- The Arrest Warrant ----- An arrest warrant directs the Salem Constable John Putnam Jr, to bring in "the body of John Willard of Salem Village, husbandman" on 11 May 1692 at Salem Village (modern Danvers), (modern Essex Co.), Massachusetts Bay Colony, Constable Putnam went to John's house but couldn't find him. He asked around and was told that "he was fleed."7 [On May 14 Daniel Wilkins was stricken. This Daniel Wilkins may have been Margarett's brother. The interpretation of what happened was included in the John Willard arrest report delivered by George Herrick, Marshal]: "I have an accompt from thees whoos names are under written that on the 14th day of Instant May Daniell Wilkins about tenn of the clock in the morning was taken speechless and never spoak untell the 16th day in the intervale of time wee often Endeavoured to make him take something in A spoon but what hee took in which was but little hee spitt it out in our faces with that wee sent to the french Doctor but hee sent word againe that it was not a naturall Cause but absolutly witchcraft to his Judgment that same day two of the afflicted persons came up to vissett to Daniell Wilkins the last night beeing the 16th day Marcy Lewis and Mary Walkott beeing their both did see the said John Willard and Goodwife Buckly upon the said Daniell Wilkins and said that they would Kill him and in three hours after the said Daniell Departed this life in a Most dolful and solome Condition therefore wee humbley begg of Yo'r Honnors to Dispach A Returne for Examination to prevent any farther murther in the afflicted creatours who continue in a lemetable Condition and so wee Remaine yo'r Hon'rs most humble servants." G. Herrick

    This breeiffe accompt was taken from Benj Wilkins by the consent of wee whoos names are under written and sent by me Ezekiell Cheever, Geo. Herrick Marshall, Joseph Neale Coss'tt, John Putnam Coss'tt, Jonathan Putnam Constable, Nathaniel Putnam, John Putnam Sen, Jonathan Walcott, Thomas Flint, Edward Putnam, John Buxton, Thomas Putnam. Mr. pariss is gon to Salem.8 He was accused of causing the death of Daniel Wilkins on 16 May 1692 Salem Village (modern Danvers), (modern Essex Co.), Massachusetts Bay Colony, through witchcraft.9 
 

----- The Arrest ----- John Willard was found and brought back on 17 May 1692 from Nashaway, Worcester Co., Massachusetts Bay Colony. The fact that he was found so quickly gives rise to the suspicion that someone welched. "This day Goeing to Salem village by yo'r order I found all the five persons brought their which wee was in persute of we had no sooner secured them in the watch house but Counstable John Puttnam came in with John Willard haveing seized him att Nashaway [the old name for Lancaster in Worcester Co.] hee beeing att worke with a howe. He no sooner arrived butt the afflicted persons made such an out crye that I was forced to pinion him..." G. Herrick.10

 

----- The Trial ----- Court of Oyer and Terminer, Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts Bay Colony, THE EXAMINATION OF JOHN WILLARD 18 May 1692 (a lot of the accusations from the "afflicted" have been left out and only accusations unique to John Willard and the Wilkins family is presented) [COURT] ...Here is a returne of the warrant that you were fled from Authority. That is acknowledgment of guilt, but yet notwithstanding this we require you to confesse the truth in this matter.

[JW] I shall, as I hope, I shall be assisted by the Lord of Heaven, & for my going away I was affrighted & I thought by my withdrawing it might be better. I fear not but the Lord in his due time will make me as white as snow.

[COURT] ...Ben. Wilkins testifyed for all his natural affections he abused his wife much & broke sticks about her in beating of her. You had need to boast of your good affections.

[JW] There are a great many lyes told, I could desire my wife might be called.

[COURT] Peter Prescot testifyed that he with his own mouth told him of beating his wife... You cryed up your tender affections and here round about they testify your cruelty to man & beast, & by your flight you have given great advantage to the Law, things will bear hard upon you, if you can therefore find in your heart to repent it is possible you may obtain mercy & therefore bethink yourself.

[JW] Sir I cannot confess that I do not know.11

(Lydia Nichols and Margaret Knight v. John Willard)

The deposition of Ledia Nichols aged 46 yeares and of Margaret Knight aged 20 yeares who testefy and say. that the wife of John Willard being at her fathers house, [that's where she was when she told this story to Lydia & Margaret. Are they perhaps her sisters?] when the say Willard lived at Groton. she made a lamentable complaynt. how cruelly her husband had beaten her: she thought her selfe that she should never recover of the blows he had given her: the next morninge he was got into a litle hole under the stayres and then she thought some things extra ordinary had befallen him then he ran out at the dore and ran up a steep hill. almost impossible for any man to run up: as she sayde then she tooke her mare and rid away/fearing some evil had been intended agaynst her and when she came to the house of Henery or Benhamin Willard she told how it was with her and the sayd Henery Willard, or both went to looke after him and met him runninge in a strange destracted.12

(Henry Wilkins Sr v. John Willard)

The Deposition of Henery Wilkins sen aged 41 yeares who testifieth and sayth that upon the third of may last John Willard came to my house: and very earnestly entreated me to go with him to Boston which I at length consented to go with him. my Son Daniel comeinge and understanding I was goinge with him to boston, and seemed to be much troubled that I would go with the sayd willard: and he sayd he thought it were wel if the sayd willard were hanged: which made me admire for I never heard such an expression come from him to any one beeinge since he came to yeares of discretion but after I was gone in a few days he was taken sicke: and grew every day worse & worse where upon we made aplication to a phisitian who affirmed his sickness was by some preter natural cause & would make no application of any phisicke some tymes after this our neighbours comeing to visit my son Mercy Lewis came with them and affirmed that she saw the apperition of John Willard aflecting him... then my eldest daughter was taken in a sad manner & the sayd Ann saw the sayd Willard aflecting her... and this not but a litle tyme before his death.13

(Bray Wilkins v. John Willard)

The Deposition of Bray Wilkins of Salem Village aged about eighty & one years with reference to John Willard of said Salem, lately charged with Witchcraft when he was at first complained of by the afflicted persons for afflicting of them he came to my house greatly troubled, desiring me with some other Neighbours to pray for him. I told him I was then going from home, & could not stay, but if I could come home before night I should not be unwilling, but it was near night before I came home & so I did not answere his desire, but I heard no more of him upon that account. Whither my not answering his desire did not offend him, I cannot tell, but I was jealous afterwards that it did. a little after my wife & I went to Boston at the last Election, when I was as well in health as in many yeares before, & the Election day coming to my brother Lft. richard Way's house, at noon there were many friends to dine there, they were sat down at the Table, Mr Lawson & his wife & severall more, John Willard came into the house with my sone Henry Wilkins before I sat down, & said Willard to my apprehension lookt after such a sort upon me as I never before discerned in any. I did but step into the next room, & I was presently taken in a strange condition, so that I could not dine, nor eat any thing, I cannot express the misery I was in for my water was sodainly stopt, & I had no benefit of nature, but was like a man on a Rack, & I told my wife immediately that I was afraid tha Willard had done me wrong, my pain continuing & finding no relief my jealousi continued: Mr. Lawson, & others there, were all amazed, & knew not what to do for me: there was a Woman accounted skilfull came hoping to help me, & after she had used means, she askt me whither none of those evil persons had done me damage. I said, I could not say they had, but I was sore afraid they had, she answered she did fear so too, as near as I remember. I lay in this case 3 or 4 dayes at Boston, & afterwards with the jeopardy of my life (as I thought) I came home, & then some of my friends coming to see me (& at this time John Willard was run away) one of the afflicted persons came in with them, & they askt whither she saw any thing: she said yes, they are looking for John Willard but there he is upon his grandfathers Belly (& at that time I was in grevious pain in the small of my Belly) I continued so in greivous pain & my water much stopt till said Willard was in chains, & then as near as I can guess I had considerable ease, but on the other hand in the room of a stoppage, I was vexed with a flowing of water, so that it was hard to keep my self dry. On the 5 July last talking with some friends about John Willard some pleading his innocency & my self & some others arguing the contrary, within about 1/4 of an hour after that I had said it was not I, nor my son Benja. Wilkins, but the testimony of the afflicted persons, & the jury concerning the Murder of my Grandson Dan. Wilkins that would take away his life if any thing did, & within about 1/4 hour after this was taken in the sorest distress & miser my water being turned into real blood, or of a bloody colour & the old pain returned excessively as before which continued for about 24 hours together.14

(Benjamin Wilkins, John Wilkins, and Nathaniel Richardson v. John Willard)

The deposition of Benjamin Wilkins aged 36 years and John Wilkins aged 26 years these deponents testifieth and say that Lidia Wilkins wiffe of John Wilkins was well delivered with child, and was well the next day after but the 2 day after shee was deleivered shee was taken with a violent feaver and flux as we supposed had in a litle time the flux abated but the feaver continued till she died which was about four dayes. Nathaniel Richardson tells of a Nashway man that speakes of a profound sleep that Willard was in.15

----- The Incarceration ----- John Willard was transferred on 18 May 1692 to the Boston Jail, Boston, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts Bay Colony, . (Mittimus for Roger Toothaker, John Willard, Thomas Farrar, and Elizabeth Hart) To: To the Keeper of Theire Majest's Goale in Boston

    You are in theire Majest's names hereby required to take into your care and safe Custody the Bodys of Roger Toothaker of Bilrica: John Willard of Salem Village, husbandman Thomas farrar of Lyn husbandman, and Elizabeth Hart the wife of Isaac Hart of Lyn husbandman, who all stand charged with Sundry acts of Witchcraft, by them and Every one of them Committed, on the Bodys of Mary Walcot Abigail Williams Mary Lewis Ann putnam and others of Salem Village or farmes, whom you are well to secure in order to theire tryall for the same. and untill they shall be delivered by due order of Law and hereof you are not to faile. 

Dated Salem May 18'th 1692 *John Hathorne *Jonathan. Corwin by order of the Goven'r & Councill.16

 

----- Further Accusations While He's In Jail ----- (Samuel Wilkins v. John Willard) The Deposistion of Samuell Wilknes aged about 19 years who testifieth and saith that sence Jno: willard has ben in prizson I have been afflected in a strange kind of maner for about the later end of June or begining of July as I was a weaveing the yarn broak exceeding fast: and as. I was a tying a thread I had a stroak on my hand like a knife the blood being almost Redy to com out and I was also pinched several times by an unseen hand: also Riding to marblehead Just as I came to forrist River Bridge I was immediatly seazed with a violent wait on my back and I saw a black. hate: and was immediatly pulled ofe my horse or mare and almost pulled into the Rivere: but holding fast at last I gott up againe: awhile after as I was once in the woods and agoeing hom & a little boy with me. I thought I must run: and I said: to the boy let us Run: and as soon as I Ran there was a black hate Run a long by me: a while affter one morning about an hour by sun I was afflected and I saw John willard or his Apperance with a darke collored coot and a black hate very like that hate which I formerly saw: a litle while affter this one night as soon as I was a bed John willard whom I very well knew or his Appearance came in to the Room where I was a bed: and another man and woman along with him which I did not know and they tould me they would cary me away before morning.17

(Rebecca Wilkins v. John Willard)

The testomony of Rebeckah wilkins aged ninteen years Doe testifie that 29'th July at night shee se John wilard seting in the Corner and hee said that hee wold afflick me that night and forthwith hee did afflick me and the nax day I ded se him afflick me soer by Choaking & Polling me ear into Peases the nex day being the Lords day I being Going to meting I se John wilard and hee afflickted me very soer.18

[The trial of George Burroughs was held at the Court of Oyer and Terminer in Salem. He was accused by 5 or 6 "afflicted" of causing misery to them; 8 of the confessing witches said he was the Head Actor; 9 accused him of extraordinary Lifting and such feats of strength as could not be done with the devil's assistance; miscellanous accusations totally in all about 30. Simon was one of the 9 who accused the Reverend George Burroughs of being supernaturally strong and gave the following testimony:]

 

John Willard's relative (a 1st cousin if John's father was George-1 Willard), who lived in Salem Town, testifies against a former Salem Village minister, while John is in Jail in Boston:

(Simon Willard and William Wormall v. George Burroughs)

The: Deposition of Simon Willard aged:about forty two years sayth: I being att the house of Mr Robt Lawrance: at falmoth in Casco Bay: in Septemb'r 1689 s'd Mr Lawrance was commending Mr George Borroughs his strength: saying that we none of us could doe what he could doe: for s'd he Mr Borroughs can hold out this gun with one hand Mr. Borroughs being there: sayd I held my hand here behind the lock: and took it up: and held it out. I s'd deponant saw Mr Borroughs:put his hand on the gun: to show us: how he held it and where he held his hand:and saying there he held his hand when he held s'd gun out: but:I saw him not hold it out then: s'd gun was about or near seven foot barrill:and very hevie: I then tryed to hold out s'd gun with both hands: but could not do it long enough to take sight

  • Simon Willard Jurat in Curia

Simon willard owned:to the Jury of inquest:that the above written evidence: is the truth Aug'st 3: 1692

(Wm Wormall v. Geo. Burroughs.)

Capt Wm Wormall Sworne to the above & that he Saw him Raise it from the ground, himselfe. Jurat in Curia

(Simon Willard v. George Burroughs)

The Deposition of Simon Willard [aged about 42] years saith I being at Saco in the year [1689] some: in Capt Ed Sarjants garison was speaking of mr George Borroughs his great strength saying he Could take:a barrill of mallasses out of a Cannoe or boat alone: and that he Could. take it in his hands or arms out of the Cannoo or boat and carry it and set it on the shore: and mr Borroughs being: there sayd that he had carryed one barrill of molasses.or sider: out of a cannoo that had like to have done him a displeasure: s'd mr Borroughs intimated: as if he did not want strength to do it but the disadvantage of the shore was such: that his foot slipping in the sand: he had like to have strained his legg

  • Simon Willard

Simon Willard ownd: to the Jury of Inquest, that the above written evidence is the truth. Jurat in Curia

[George Burroughs had been arrested on May 4, 1692 in Wells, York county, Maine. He was hanged the same day as John Willard on August 19. Burroughs was the most notable of the victims at Salem. A graduate of Harvard in the class of 1670, he preached in Maine for some years, and in 1680 became pastor at Salem Village, where he fell heir to a parish quarrel, and, becoming involved in it, found it wise to remove in 1683, Deodat Lawson was pastor in Salem Village from 1684 to 1688, followed by Parris in whose home the scandal began. Burroughs returned to Maine, and was a pastor there at Wells when his accusation by the "afflicted" at Salem caused his arrest. He was brought back to Salem on May 4, committed on May 9, and tried on August 5.].19

 

----- The Execution ----- John Willard was hung on 19 August 1692 at Gallows Hill, Salem Village (modern Danvers), Massachusetts Bay Colony, as a convicted witch.20 (Thomas Brattle wrote a letter criticizing the witchcraft trials. This letter had great impact on Governor Phips, who ordered that reliance on spectral and intangible evidence no longer be allowed in trials. Also, on October 29 Governor Phips dissolved the Court of Oyer and Terminer.)

LETTER OF THOMAS BRATTLE, F. R. S., 1692

... As to the late executions, [those of John Proctor, John Willard, Rev. George Burroughs, George Jacobs, and Martha Carrier] I shall only tell you, that in the opinion of many unprejudiced, considerate and considerable spectatours, some of the condemned went out of the world not only with as great protestations, but also with as good shews of innocency, as men could do. They protested their innocency as in the presence of the great God, whom forthwith they were to appear before: they wished, and declared their wish, that their blood might be the last innocent blood shed upon that account. With great affection [emotion] they intreated Mr. C. M. [Cotton Mather] to pray with them: they prayed that God would discover what witchcrafts were among us; they forgave their accusers; they spake without reflection on Jury and Judges, for bringing them in guilty, and condemning them: they prayed earnestly for pardon for all other sins, and for an interest in the pretious blood of our dear Redeemer; and seemed to be very sincere, upright, and sensible of their circumstances on all accounts; especially Proctor and Willard, whose whole management of themselves, from the Goal to the Gallows, and whilst at the Gallows, was very affecting and melting to the hearts of some considerable Spectatours, whom I could mention to you: but they are executed, and so I leave them.21

----- Account of Margaret Towne -- Case of John Willard ---- Topsfield Septemb. 13 1710 To the Honored committee appointed by the Honored Generall Court (to make enquiry into the dammage sustained by any persons in the year 1692 by reason of the great disturbance in our land from the powers of darkness) the Committee aforesaid being to meet at Salem Sept the 14. Margarett Town of Topsfield in the County of Essex in N. England, formerly Margarett Willard Relict of John Willard Late of Salem who suffered death in that hour of the power of darkness as if he had been guilty of one of the greatest of crimes that ever any of the Sons of Adams have been left of God to fall into,

Having been notified by order of the Generall court to appear before your Honors to give an account as near as I can what dammage my self together with my aforesaid former Husband did sustain in our Estate besides the fearfull odium cast on him by imputing to him & causing him to suffer death for such a piece of wickedness as I have not the least reason in the world to thinke he was guilty of I say besides that reproach & the grief & sorrow I was exposed to by that means I do account our dammage as to our outward estate to have been very considerable. for by reason of my said former Husband being seized by order of the civil Authority & imprisoned all our Husbands concerns were laid by for that summer we had not opportunity to plant or sow whereas we were wont to raise our own bread corn I Reckon (which your Honors may please more certainly to Inform your selves from the Records of those unhappy times & things that happened) I say according to my best Remembranc from the time of his first imprisonment to the time of his suffering was near upon half a year all which time I was at the trouble & charge to provide for him in prison what he stood in need of out of our own estate, my aforesaid Husband was 3 weeks a prisoner at Boston which occasioned me to be at yet more charge & trouble & altho I had after his sentence of death was past upon him obtained a Replevin for him for a little time which not coming as was expected at the time appointed I was forced to hire a horse at Salem & go to Boston to see what was the reason of the failure, I have nothing further to add but only to pray your Honors to guess at the dammage as well as you can by the Information I have here given & that God will direct you in & about what you are now concerned about, & so take Leave to subscribe my self Your Honors Humble & sorrowful servant the marke of Margarett Town

I Judge that my Loss and damage in my estate hath not been Less than thirty pounds, But I shall be satisfyed If I may have twenty pounds allowed me.

 

---- What WFA Learned at Danvers in 2000 ----

   The principal speaker at this year's annual WFA meeting was the Director of Education from the Salem Witch Museum. She described the events surrounding the witch hunts, trials and executions of 1692. Included in her remarks was a discussion of this John Willard who was hung in Salem Village (present Danvers). In response to a question by our WFA historian Ruth Willard about the ancestry of John Willard, Alison D'Amario said that it has been very difficult to collect information from the local families. This is because when the episodes were over, a curtain seemed to drop about the events. The clergy elsewhere in Massachusetts Bay Colony disapproved of the allowance by the judges in the court to allow testimony concerning apparitions seen only by the presumed victims of the alleged witches, and many of the ordinary citizens of the colony were more embarrassed by the events than frightened. 18th century families didn't include those relatives who'd been accused witches in their genealogies. She said that many researchers today experience great difficulty in actually connecting the accused positively to their family lines because of this. Interestingly, this reticence continues to be encountered. Up until the 1980s, present-day families of Danvers with connections going back to the events of Salem Village remained ill-at-ease discussing both accusers and accused who may have been ancestors, even with professional historians and historical sociologists. With everyone in the 1700s deliberately keeping quiet about what they knew concerning the participants in the tragedy and therefore not creating the kinds of records that have proved so helpful in genealogical research, we may be as close as we'll ever get to solving our puzzle as to John's lineage. 

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----- For Further Research ----- All information herein is taken from these online repositories: For a chronology of general events: http://www.salemweb.com/memorial/default.htm

Witchcraft in Salem Village (now Danvers, Massachusetts) This site introduces the infamous Salem Witch Trials of 1692, and is designed to provide accurate general information about these events, as well as information on other aspects of the history of Danvers (formerly Salem Village), Massachusetts http://etext.virginia.edu/salem/witchcraft/

Upham's 1866 map of Salem Village circa 1692:This map shows the locations of major landmarks, farms, land grants, physical features, and the dwellings of prominent and important residents in Salem during 1692. http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/salem/witchcraft/maps/

The Complete 1692 Verbatim Transcripts http://etext.virginia.edu/salem/witchcraft/texts/transcripts.html

The easiest way to see all of the documents that pertain to John Willard and Simon Willard and Samuel Willard is to use the index: http://etext.virginia.edu/salem/witchcraft/texts/nameindex.html.22

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  1. ID: I00132
  2. Name: Richard Willard 1 2 3 4 5
  3. Sex: M
  4. Birth: 6 FEB 1583 in Goudhurst, Kent, England 3
  5. Birth: 1568 in Brenchley, Kent, England, Documented 3
  6. Birth: 10 MAR 1581 in , Horsmonden, Kent, England 3
  7. Birth: 10 MAR 1581 in Horsmonden, Kent, England 3
  8. Birth: 6 FEB 1583 in Goudhurst, Kent, England, Documented 3
  9. Death: 12 FEB 1617 in Horsmonden, Kent, England 3
  10. Death: 20 FEB 1616 in , Horsmonden, Kent, England 3
  11. Death: 20 FEB 1616 in Horsmonden, Kent, England 3
  12. Change Date: 27 AUG 2000 3
  13. Will: 8 MAR 1616 Will Proved 3
  14. Will: 12 FEB 1616 3
  15. Burial: 20 FEB 1617 3
  16. Burial: 20 FEB 1616 Horsmonden, Kent, England 3
  17. Burial: 20 FEB 1617 Horsmonden, Kent, England 3
  18. Ancestral File #: 3ZZR-TK
  19. Ancestral File #: 1XH2-8QP
  20. Ancestral File #: 1ZQR-HLR
  21. Ancestral File #: 8NSD-39
  22. Ancestral File #: 9JVZ-3L
  23. Christening: 12 APR 1579 Horsmonden, Kent, England 3
  24. LDS Baptism: 5 SEP 1893 3
  25. Endowment: 25 JAN 1894 3
  26. Reference Number: 1119
  27. Note:
   Note:
   "Early New England People...Some Account of the Ellis, Pemberton, Willard, Prescott, Titcomb, Sewall...":
   In the south-westerly part of Kent, within a few miles of the borders of Sussex, in the hundred of Brenchley and Horsmonden, in the lathe of Aylesford, lies the quiet and retired parish of Horsmonden. (Note: No one of the name of family of Willard remains at Horsmonden, where, as well as at Brenchley, they at one time formed a considerable part of the population.) Here lived in the latter part of the sixteenth century, Richard Willard. "The parentage of Richard," says Mr. Joseph Willard in the "Willard Memoir," from which the following account is taken, "has not been ascertained beyond all question. The absence of registers previous to the Reformation shuts out investigation." Richard Willard married Catherine ----- who died at Horsmonden, March, 1597-8. His second wife was Margery ---, who died at Horsmonden, December, 1608. His third wife was Joan Morebread, who survived him but a few days. His children were: Mary, Thomas, Elizabeth, Richard, Margery, Simon, Catherine, Edward, John and George. Richard Willard died at Horsmonden, February, 1617. In his will, which was proved March 14, 1616-17, he makes special provision for the "virtuous bringing up of his children." He left all of his real estate to the three children of the second marriage, viz.: Margery, Simon, and Catherine. To Simon he gave the lands call the "Hooks," the messuage and lands purchased of "Evenden and Paynter," and the lands and tenements call "Weesbines." To Margery and Catherine he gave the messuage, barn, close, two gardens and orchards, bought of "Wood." Mrs. Willard had a life interest in a part of the estate.
   Sources:
   Title: Pamelia T. Emerson of San Diego, CA - descendant of Asa Stevens, Sr.
   Repository:
   Call Number:
   Media: Book
   Title: "Early New England People...Some Account of the Ellis, Pemberton, Willard, Prescott, Titcomb, Sewall..." by Sarah Elizabeth Titcomb, 1882
   Page: 57-58,82
   . RICHARD WILLARD [do fr. early ne people!3 was born on 6 Feb 1583 in Goudhurst, co. Kent, England. He died on 20 Feb 1616/17 in Horsmonden. co. Kent, England. He has Ancestral File number WVKW-TH.4 He signed a will. It was proved 14 Mar 1616-7. In his will, he makes special provision for the "virtuous bringing up of his children." He left all of his real estate to the three children of the second marriage, viz.: Margery, Simon, and Catherine. To Simon he gave the lands call the "Hooks," the messuage and lands purchased of "Evenden and Paynter," and the lands and tenements call "Weesbines." To Margery and Catherine he gave the messuage, barn, close, two gardens and orchards, bought of "Wood." Mrs. Willard had a life interest in a part of the estate.
   SOURCES
   1. Samuel P. May. The Decendants of Paul Sares (Sears) of Yarmouth, Mass. 1638-1888. Albany, N.Y.: Joel Munsell's Sons [1890]. :44.
   2. Edited by Nathaniel B Shurtleff, M.D.. Records of Plymouth Colony: Births, Marriages, Deaths, Burials, and Other Records, 1633-1689. 1001 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, Maryland 21202: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. [1997] ISBN 0-8063-0701-3. :182.
   3. Sarah Elizabeth Titcomb. Early New England People. Some Account of the ELLIS, PEMBERTON, WILLARD, PRESCOTT, TITCOMB, SEWALL and LONGFELLOW, and Allied Families. Boston: W. B. CLARKE & CARRUTH, PUBLISHERS, 840 Washington Street.[1882.].
   4. various. Genealogical Records. Salt Lake City, Utah: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
   5. Samuel P. May. The Decendants of Paul Sares (Sears) of Yarmouth, Mass. 1638-1888. Albany, N.Y.: Joel Munsell's Sons [1890]. :44.
   6. RootsWebWorldConnect, RootsWeb.com, Inc. Jeremiah Burnham <burnhamj@pacbell.net>.
   also:
   Ancestry of Bob and Mary Beth Wheeler on Ancestry.com
   Entries: 61472 Updated: Sun Aug 19 13:20:35 2001 Contact: Mary Beth Wheeler <mb@thewheelers.com> Home Page: Ancestry of Bob and Mary Beth Wheeler
   Sources:
   World Family Tree CD #7, Pedigree #2687
   NEHGS "Register," Vol 42, pg. 285 & "The Willard Genealogy," Charles Henry Pope, 1915
   NEHGS "Register," Vol 46, pg. 399
   "Willard Memoir," Joseph Willard, 1858
   Note:
   This Willard family resided in the southwesterly part of Kent, in the hundred of Brenchley and Horsmonden, the latter being about 40 southeast of London. The name is common in that area of Kent and just over the border in Sussex.
   Richard Willard, yeoman, of Kent Co., England married 3 times. According to "Willard Memoir," Joseph Willard, 1858, Richard's first wife was Catherine, buried 11 March 1598; Margery was the second, buried 12 Dec. 1608; Joan Morebread, widow, was the third, md. 17 Jan. 1610 and buried 25 Feb. 1617, a few days after her husband.
   The information regarding the marriage of Richard and Margery Humfrie, quoted as follows, is printed in the "Register," Vol 46, pg. 399: "Willard, Richard, of Horsmonden, yeoman, and Margery Humfrie of Marden, virgin, at Westgate, Sept. 23, 1601." Margery was the mother of Margery, Simon and Catherine.
   The will of Richard Willard is dated 12 Feb. 1616 and was proved before Edward Pope, vicar general, 8 March 1616. In it he bequeathed to the poor of Horsmonden, to his wife Joan, to her son Francis Morebread; to his son George Willard six silver spoons and a silver and gilt cup, to be delivered to him after his mother's death; to his four daughters, mary, Elizabeth, Margery and catherine, his household stuff except that bequeathed to his wife; to his son Richard Willard the income from certain lands; to his daughter Elizabeth a sum of money; to his kinsman Thomas Bolde some woodland; refers to his late brother Thomas Willarde; mentions "Thomas Humferie, my brother in lawe;" "Robert Goure of Stapelhurste, yeoman, my brother in Lawe;" son-in-law John Tyboull (also named executor); to daughters Margerie & Catherin a barn, close, gardens and orchard which he bought of Wood; to son Symon Willarde, all the rest of his 'messuages and lands when he shall come of age;' and "Thomas Rayne, my Kindesman..." (from "Willard Genealogy," Charles Henry Pope, 1915)
   "Canterbury Marriage Licenses, first series" lists the following: "Gooer, Robert, of Staplehurst, husbandman, and Ellen Reynes, same parish, widow, May 16, 1593."
   The will appears to confirm that Richard Willard's wife Margery Humfrie died sometime before the date of his will in 1616; that he'd remarried, a widow, Joan Morebread; and finally that, perhaps, he'd been married one more time, to a Goure or Reynes. From information in the "Willard Genealogy" regarding Richard's father, it appears that Richard had a sister who'd married a Mr. Bolde, hence the reference to Thomas Bolde is his will was likely to his sister's husband or a nephew, that sister's son.
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   "THE WILL OF RICHARD WILLARD OF HORSMONDEN.
   "Extracted from the Registry of the Consistory Court of the Lord Bishop of Rochester.
   "In the name of God Amen the xijth day ffeburary ano dmi 1616 accordinge to the computacon of the Church of Englande I Richard Willard of Horsmonden in the Countie of Kente Yeoman in good & a It is an exact transcript, except in the marks, for abbreviated words. These would require types cast for the purpose.
   pfecte rememberance (thankes be geven to Almightie God) doe make & ordaine this my pnte Testament & last Will in manner & forme followeinge ffirste & principallie I comend my soule to Almightie God my maker & redemer by whoose death & passion I surely truste to have foregevinis of all my sinnes & to be an inheritor. of the kingdome of Heaven and my boddy to Christian buriail the order thereof I comytte to the dyscrecon of my executor vnder namede
   "Itm. I geve & bequeth vnto the poore of Horsmonden aforesayde the sum of twentie shillings of lawfull money of Englande to be dystrubuted vnto them wthin three monethes nexte comeinge after my decease by my executor vndernamed & the overseers of the poore of the sam Horsmonden
   "Itm. I geve and bequeth vnto Joana my wyfe six pewter porringers six pewter saussers one pewter basson one pewter plattr., ij pewter ( ) candelstickes one doubbell pewter salte sellar j pewter pote ij pewter cuppes xij pewter sponnes . . . , j pewter bottell vsed for aquavitae j great Iron pole j great Iron kettell j one chayer j Joyned stoule vj table clothes x tabell napkines ij towells j shreddinge knife j morter j Iron pestell j tosteinge Iron, one bason & ever of pewter j cleaver the halfe of all my Maulte dryed & to drye so muche meeat butter & chease as shall serve her torne and my childeren vntyll the weeke after easter next after my decease
   "Itm. my will & 
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Richard Willard's Timeline

1568
1568
Horsmonden, Kent, England
1568
Horsmonden, Kent, England
1568
Horsmonden, Kent, England
1569
March 18, 1569
Tonbridge, England
1579
April 12, 1579
Age 10
Horsmonden, Kent, England
April 12, 1579
Age 10
Horsmonden, Kent, England
April 12, 1579
Age 10
Horsmonden, Kent, England
April 12, 1579
Age 10
Horsmonden, Kent, England
April 12, 1579
Age 10
Horsmonden, Kent, England
April 12, 1579
Age 10
Horsmonden, Kent, England