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Nicknames: "William (Wardell) Wardwell"
Birthplace: Alford, Lincolnshire, England
Death: Died in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Occupation: Tavern keeper - arrived 1633 on The Griffen, (Immigrant)
Managed by: Thomas Edward Shirley
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About William Wardwell

William Wardwell

  • chr.4 Jan 1606/07 Alford, Lincolnshire, England
  • d.bet 18 Apr 1670 and 25 Apr 1670 Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
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  • 'The Greene family and its branches from A.D. 861 to A.D. 1904 (1904)
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  • In the Appendix it is told that a young woman of this Welsh Pierce family, prior to 1500, married an Ithell. Their son, Pierce Ithell, had a daughter Mary who married an Englishman, Richard Wardwell. One of the Wardwells' sons married a Huguenot refugee's daughter, Meribe Lascelle.
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  • About A. D. 1480, one ___ Ithell, of North Wales, married a Miss Pierce. They had a son, Pierce Ithell, whose daughter Mary was m. about 1540, to Richard Woodall, Udall, Woddall, Worrell, or Wardwell, of Warwick, England. One of their sons. Dr. John Wardell, and a grandson, who crossed the ocean in 1594, had much to do with early Virginia settlements. An older son, William, was married by 1565 to Meribe Lascelle, the daughter of a French couple, Gershom and Meribe Lascelle.
  • Reading between the lines of the records, it is evident that the Frenchman came to England with his wife and family of grown children about 1560 at the first muttering of the storm that finally broke into bloody wrath against the Huguenots, or French Protestants. Gershom had many namesakes for more than a century, and Meribe, her name anglicized into Meriba or Meribah and Meribeth, still has her namesakes scattered over New England. The next two generations of the family intermarried with the Slocums, Kings, Waites and Hills. Their names were so peculiarly odd and Frenchy, that they can almost be traced by that alone. Anteres, another daughter of these Huguenot refugees, married a Pierce. There is more about her line in Chapter XXIV.
  • There was a good deal of restlessness in the blood of these allied families. Before the New England settlement some of the Pierces and Wardwells went to Virginia, where the older generation of the Wardwell's had investments. Some of these then drifted to the Barbadoes, where later we read of one of the Pierces owning many acres of land and 80 slaves. All of the Lascelle-Wardwell line seem to have been Independents in religious matters, and under religious oppression quite ready to cross the sea for conscience's sake. Some of the Pierces were in Plymouth in 1623. And rebelling against Laud's tyranny about a score of the allied families of this line came to Mass. in 1633-5.
  • There were three great-grandsons of Gershom Lascelle and Richard Wardwell among these. Two of them, 'William4' and Thomas4 were brothers, sons of Lascelle Wardwell3. The other was their cousin, William4, son of Gershom Wardwell3. The fathers of these men, Lascelle and Gershom, were sons of William2 and Meribe Lascelle the younger, mentioned in a preceding paragraph. William, son of Gershom, went to Portsmouth, R. I., and became a Friend. Two of his daughters married Anthonys, one of them, Frances, who married John Anthony, became the fore-mother of Susan B. Anthony.
  • Thomas of Boston was the father of Samuel5. This Samuel's wife, Sarah Hawkes, in a fit of religious enthusiasm, in order to "mortify the flesh," appeared at church one day in the costume that Eve wore in the garden of Eden. The town authorities had her soundly whipped for it. When
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  • the witchcraft excitement broke out in 1692, Sarah Hawkes-Wardwell and her daughter were both arrested as witches. Badly frightened, they said it was Samuel, the husband and father, who had been bewitching people. He denied it, but was hung Sept. 20, 1697, as "an impenitent witch and possessor of a familiar spirit."
  • ' William, of Boston, brother to Thomas, was born in 1610. Came to the colonies in 1633, as "Our brother, Edmund Quincey's servant," (Church records.) He married Alice ___ and had 5 children, of whom the second was Uzel (Lascelle), b. April 7, 1639. When the church banished Rev. Mr. Wheelwright for heresy, William, for being too friendly with him had his arms and freeman's privileges taken from him for a time. William died either at Wells or Boston in 1670. One of the entries in the Wells records gravely assigns a pew in the church to him, " To sitt in ye sixth of ye men's long seats in consideration that his son Elihu sitt in ye same seat."
  • ' William of Boston's two sons, Uzel and Elihu Wardwell, both served in King Philip's War, 1675-6, as the Mass. archives show. Uzel, the ancestor of all of Lieut. John Greene's line (of Chapter XV) served under Capt. Nicholas Paige, and the state of Mass. still owes him for his services, 5L, 10s ($25.00). [Mass. Archives, vol. 68.]
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   WILLIAM WARDWELL
   ORIGIN: Alford, Lincolnshire
   MIGRATION: 1633 [came with brother Thomas and his sister in law Elizabeth]
   FIRST RESIDENCE: Boston
   REMOVES: Exeter 1639, Boston 1640, Wells by 1649, Boston by 1657
   OCCUPATION: Tavern keeper. At Wells he was drawing wine in 1649 [MPCR 1:135]. On 29 April 1661 William Wardell was allowed to draw beer at Boston for the year ensuing [BTR 2:2]. The license was renewed 1662-69 [BTR 2:7, 15, 21, 25, 30, 35, 48]. For 1668-69 he was also licensed to keep a house of public entertainment [BTR 2:41, 48]. On 25 April 1670 both these licenses were issued in the name of "Widow Wardall" and continued through 1679 when "Widow Wardl, she putting a man to the satisfaction of the court to sell beer & cider," was licensed through 1681, and to sell "strong waters out of doors" in 1684 [BTR 2:54, 60, 68, 76, 87, 95, 100, 128, 139, 145, 171, 178]. On 27 October 1690 Eliza[beth] Wardell, widow, and "her daughter Mann" were licensed, and renewed in 1691 [BTR 2:205, 208].
   CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: "Willyam Wardall one of our brother Edmund Quinsey's servants" admitted to Boston church 9 February 1633/4 [BChR 17]. On 6 January 1638/9 he was dismissed with other Wheelwright supporters to the "Church of Christ at the Falls of Paschataqua if they be rightly gathered and ordered" [BChR 23].
   FREEMAN: Acknowledged submission to the government of Massachusetts at Wells, 14 September 1653 [MBCR 3:333].
   EDUCATION: Signed the Exeter Combination by mark, 4 July 1639 [NHPP 1:133]. His inventory included "a Bible, a psalm book, 4 other small books, a concordance," valued at 13s.
   ESTATE: On 20 February 1636[/7] William "Wardall" and others were allowed two acres apiece at the Mount "only for their present planting" [BTR 1:15]. On 19 February 1637[/8] William Wardall was granted a great lot at the Mount for three heads [BTR 1:32].
   In December 1639 at Exeter "William Wardell" was granted a parcel of land of ten acres and ten poles, as well as two parcels of meadow of 120 poles each [Exeter Hist 436-37, citing Exeter TR Volume One].
   In his will, dated 18 April 1670 and probated 4 June 1670, "William Wardell of Boston" bequeathed to "my dear wife Elizabeth Wardell the one-half of my now dwelling house in Boston" during her natural life and also all moveables in the house, "out of which she shall pay unto my daughter Rachel Wardell" £25; to "my wife's daughter Hannah Gillet" £21; to "my wife's daughter Deborah" £20; to "my eldest son Uzall Wardwell the other half of my now dwelling house," and the whole house to be his at the decease of William's wife, Uzall to pay to "my son Elihu Wardell" £40; to "my daughter Leah, wife to Will[iam] Tower," 10s.; to "my daughter Meribah, wife to Francis Pitfield [sic] of Wells," 10s.; to "my daughter Mary, wife to Nathaniel Rust," 10s.; residue to son Uzall Wardwell, he to be sole executor; "my loving friends James Everill & Will[iam] Bartholomew" to be overseers [SPR 7:35-36].
   The inventory of the estate of William Wardwell was taken 30 April 1670 and totalled £382 13s. (offset by £164 6d. in debts), including a "dwelling house, the house & land" valued at £180 [SPR 7:94-97].
   On 8 November 1673, in his deed to Thomas Clarke, "Uzall Wardall" mentioned the dower rights of "my mother Elizabeth Wardall, widow, late wife of William Wardall" [SLR 8:259-60].
   BIRTH: Baptized Alford, Lincolnshire, 4 January 1606/7, son of "John Wardale" [Alford PR 26].
   DEATH: Boston between 18 April (date of will) and 25 April 1670 (when his widow renewed the license on the inn [BTR 2:54]).
   MARRIAGE: (1) By 1636 Alice _____. (She was possibly Alice Pyce, a sister of John Pyce of Alford and a maidservant of Judith Quinsey of Boston [RIRoots 17:86].) She died by 1657.
   (2) Boston (contract) 4 December 1657 Elizabeth (Crow) (Perry) Gillet, widow of Arthur Perry and of John Gillet [SPR 4:176; NEHGR 12:275, 96:323; Annis Spear Anc 88]. She died Boston 22 February 1696/7 ("Mrs. Wardel, an ancient widow" [BVR 238]).
   CHILDREN:
   With first wife
   i MERIBAH, b. Boston 14 May 1637 [BVR 5]; bp. there 25 June 1637 [BChR 282]; m. by about 1658 Francis Littlefield (the younger of that name, son of Edmund Littlefield [Annis Spear Anc 82-84]).
   ii UZALL, b. Boston 7 April 1639 [BVR 8]; m. (1) Ipswich 3 May 1664 Mary (Kinsman) Rindge, daughter of Robert Kinsman and widow of Daniel Rindge [EPR 2:2]; m. (2) Grace _____ (eldest child m. in 1701 and second child b. 1684 [RIVR 6:Bristol:110; Annis Spear Anc 90]).
   iii ELIHU, b. Boston November 1642 [sic] [BVR 13]; bp. Boston 5 December 1641 [BChR 289]; m. Ipswich 26 May 1665 Elizabeth Wade, daughter of JONATHAN WADE.
   iv MARY, bp. Boston 14 April 1644 [BChR 295]; m. Nathaniel Rust (eldest known child b. Ipswich [blank] June 1664).
   v LEAH, b. Boston 7 [sic] December 1646 [BVR 23]; bp. 6 December 1646 [BChR 306]; m. by 1668 William Towers (eldest known child b. Boston 19 August 1668 [BVR 109]). (According to the published Boston vital records William Towers had two earlier children, born in 1665 and 1667, with wife Sarah; "Leah" might be misread as "Sarah," and so it may be that William Towers had only one wife [BVR 97, 105].)
   vii RACHEL, b. say 1650; living unmarried on 18 April 1670 (father's will).
   With second wife
   viii ABIGAIL, b. Boston 24 April 1660 [BVR 75]; d. Boston 23 August 1661 [BVR 80].
   ASSOCIATIONS: William's brother Thomas, baptized at Alford on 31 January 1603/4 [Alford PR 24], also came to New England.
   COMMENTS: As a Wheelwright supporter, William Wardwell was disarmed in 1637 [MBCR 1:212]. He went to Exeter in 1639, but apparently did not stay long, as his children were in succeeding years born and baptized in Boston. Son Uzall, whose birth is entered in the Boston records, may have been born in Exeter, as he is not baptized in Boston.
   On 18 October 1649 William Wardell witnessed the mark of Thomas Chabinock, the sagamore of Wells [SLR 11:245; YLR 1:128, 3:65]. In 1653, when the Bay took control of the lands now Maine, William Wardwell did not gracefully submit, and was reported to the court for endangering the welfare of his neighbors and the peace of the community [MBCR 3:335]. On 25 October 1653 William Wardwell was presented at York Court for "casting an aspersion upon the magistrates of the Bay"; he was admonished and paid a fine of 2s. 6d. [MPCR 2:22]. On 29 June 1654 "William Wardell" was presented for "denying the College to be any ordinance of God and therefore it was not his judgement to give anything to it, when there was something demanded of him for it" [MPCR 2:32].
   BIBLIOGRAPHIC NOTE: A great deal of nonsense has been written on the origin of William Wardwell, including claims of Huguenot ancestry. The alleged pedigree as published in 1904 by Lora S. LaMance has all the earmarks of a Gustave Anjou concoction [The Greene Family and Its Branches From A.D. 861 to A.D. 1904 (Floral Park, New York, 1904), pp. 275-78]. The first clues to the correct origin to appear in print were apparently found by Daniel W. Wardwell Sr., and may have come from an earlier manuscript compilation by Arthur S. Wardwell [George R. Staley and Daniel W. Wardwell Sr., The Wardwells in a World of Change (Rome, New York, 1950), pp. 14-15; Marjorie Wardwell Otten, "Some Further Notes on the Wardwells of Bristol," RIRoots 17:85-90]. The dates entered above from England have been taken from the published parish register of Alford, Lincolnshire [Reginald Charles Dudding, ed., The Parish Registers of Alford & Rigsby ... (Horncastle 1917), cited above as Alford PR]. The best treatment of William Wardwell and his family was published in 1945 by Walter Goodwin Davis [Annis Spear Anc 87-91].
   The Great Migration Begins
  1. Occupation:
  2. Note:
   Tavern keeper. At Wells he was drawing wine in 1649 [MPCR 1:135].
   On 29 April 1661 William Wardell was allowed to draw beer at Boston for the year ensuing [BTR 2:2]. The license was renewed 1662-69 [BTR 2:7, 15, 21, 25, 30, 35, 48].
   For 1668-69 he was also licensed to keep a house of public entertainment [BTR 2:41, 48].
   On 25 April 1670 both these licenses were issued in the name of "Widow Wardall" and continued through 1679 when "Widow Wardl, she putting a man to the satisfaction of the court to sell beer & cider," was licensed through 1681, and to sell "strong waters out of doors" in 1684 [BTR 2:54, 60, 68, 76, 87, 95, 100, 128, 139, 145, 171, 178]. On 27 October 1690 Eliza[beth] Wardell, widow, and "her daughter Mann" were licensed
  1. Event: Removes
  2. Note: Exeter 1639, Boston 1640, Wells by 1649, Boston by 1657
  3. Will:
  4. Note:
   In his will, dated 18 April 1670 and probated 4 June 1670, "William Wardell of Boston" bequeathed to "my dear wife Elizabeth Wardell the one-half of my now dwelling house in Boston" during her natural life and also all moveables in the house, "out of which she shall pay unto my daughter Rachel Wardell" £25; to "my wife's daughter Hannah Gillet" £21; to "my wife's daughter Deborah" £20; to "my eldest son Uzall Wardwell the other half of my now dwelling house," and the whole house to be his at the decease of William's wife, Uzall to pay to "my son Elihu Wardell" £40; to "my daughter Leah, wife to Will[iam] Tower," 10s.; to "my daughter Meribah, wife to Francis Pitfield [sic] of Wells," 10s.; to "my daughter Mary, wife to Nathaniel Rust," 10s.; residue to son Uzall Wardwell, he to be sole executor; "my loving friends James Everill & Will[iam] Bartholomew" to be overseers [SPR 7:35-36].
   The inventory of the estate of William Wardwell was taken 30 April 1670 and totalled £382 13s. (offset by £164 6d. in debts), including a "dwelling house, the house & land" valued at £180 [SPR 7:94-97].
   On 8 November 1673, in his deed to Thomas Clarke, "Uzall Wardall" mentioned the dower rights of "my mother Elizabeth Wardall, widow, late wife of William Wardall" [SLR 8:259-60].
  1. Event: father
  2. Note: 4 January 1606/7, son of "John Wardale" [Alford PR 26].
  3. Event: Pope, Charles Henry. The Pioneers of Maine and New Hampshire, 1623-1660. n.p., 1908. Pope, Charles Henry. The Pioneers of Maine and New Hampshire, 1623-1660. n.p., 1908.
  4. Note:
   William Wardell; Wardall; Waddell; Wardwell; Woddell servant to Edmund Quinsey, was admitted to the chh. of Boston 9 (12) 1633. Proprietor. Was dismissed to Exeter 6 (11) 1638. Proprietor; signed the combination. Rem. to Rhode Island, whence he was brought for trial in 1643 with Gorton and others, on charge of heresy, etc.; was confined at Watertown. Rem. to Wells, Me. When the commissioners of Mass. were summoning the inhabitants to take the oath of allegiance, he was charged with contempt of court, as dissuading neighbors from the act; but plead that he was absent from the meeting, endeavoring to get his neighbors to join in allegiance; he took the oath 5 July, 1653. [Bax. MSS.] Returned to Boston.
   Wife Alice died; he m. second, Dec. 5, 1657, Elizabeth, widow of John Gillitt, (Jellett,) with whom he contracted to bring up her daughter Hannah, then 2 years old, in consideration of the widow's house. [Suff. Prob.; Reg. XII, 275.]
   Children, Meribah, bapt. 25 (4) 1637, (m. Francis Littlefield,)
   Usal b. 7 (2) 1639,
   Elihu bapt. 5 (10) 1641,
   Elihu b. (9) 1642,
   Mary b. (2) 1644, (m. Nathaniel Rust,)
   Leah b. 7 (10) 1646, (m. William Tower,)
   Abigail b. April 24, 1660, d. 23 Aug. 1661.
   Will prob. 18 April, 1670, beq. to wife Elizabeth one half of the house in Boston for her life; to daus. Hannah and Deborah Gillett; to eldest son Uzzal and son Elihu; to daus. Leah, wife to William Tower, Meribah, wife to Francis Littlefield of Wells, and Mary, wife to Nathaniel Rust. [Reg. XLVIII, 458.]
   See Mingay.
   Anonymous
   Guiteras, Wardwell and allied families : genealogical and biographical
   New York: The Society, 1926, 170 pgs

Married Second 15 DEC 1657 In Boston, MA, Elizabeth Crow, b. abt. 1604, d. Feb 12, 1697 in Boston, MA. She was the widow of John Gillet.

Emigration: 1633 To Boston, MA

Religion: 9 FEB 1634 Admitted to Boston Church.

Religion: 1639 Organized the Exeter, NH church.

Event: Migration 1638 to Exeter, NH

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http://boards.ancestry.com/thread.aspx?mv=tree&m=98&p=surnames.wardell

"William was admitted to the Boston church 1634. ...

Does anyone have proof of William's parents? I have seen his father listed as John Wardell in one place and Lascelle Wardell in another."

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http://boards.ancestry.com/surnames.wardell/98.103/mb.ashx

"Do not know a whole lot about William, but do have his christening in the Alford Parish records for Well, Linclolshire, England. He was christened on 4 Jan 1605/6. The son of John Wardell. Spelling in the Parish records vary from Wardale, ect. I decend from William's brother Thomas.

The parish records fit what is known of William and his brother Thomas who both immigrated with the Puritain group on the ship Griffin.

John's wife was Margaret Marshall. Burial date given for John is 15 spe 1642, and for Margaret 12 July 1642.

Above information directly out of Alford Parish Records."

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-------------------- Arrived in Boston from England 1633. Exeter, NH 1638. Of Boston 1642. Wells Maine 1649. Returned to boston in 1656 and was an innholder.

Possible came over on the "griffin", 1633. original name may have been spelled "wardale" --------------------

Birth: 1614      Suffolk,,Kent,England 1693

Death: May 2, 1693 Age: 79

Portsmouth,Newport,Rhode Island,USA -------------------- 1637- Name appeared in the records of Boston, MA.

1643, October 5- He had a grant of land in Portsmouth, RI.

1643, November 3- He was brought before the Court in Boston, MA and charged with heresy and sedition. He was ordered to cease preaching or die. He was sent to Watertown, MA, but not put in prison. He was banished from both Massachusetts and Watertown, MA the following March. He then returned to Portsmouth, RI. Rhode Island was far more tolerant of diverse religious opinions.

1655- Freeman of Portsmouth, RI.

1656-63: Commisioner.

1664-67, 1669-70, 1672-75, 1680-84, and 1686: Deputy.

1684- Chosen Assistant, but refused to serve.



      
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William Wardwell's Timeline

1605
1605
Alford, Lincolnshire, England
1607
January 4, 1607
Age 2
Lincolnshire, Parish Of Alford, England
1612
February 9, 1612
Age 7
1633
1633
Age 28
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
1636
September 1636
Age 31
Boston, Massachusetts
1637
May 14, 1637
Age 32
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
1639
April 7, 1639
Age 34
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
1642
December 5, 1642
Age 37
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
1642
Age 37
Ipswich, Essex Co., Massachusetts
1646
December 7, 1646
Age 41
Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, USA