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Anne Bill (Montford)

Birthdate: (52)
Birthplace: Muchli, Wenlock, Shropshire, England
Death: May 3, 1621 (52)
St Faiths, London, Middlesex, England
Place of Burial: London, Middlesex, UK
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Thomas Mountford and Agness Mountford
Wife of John William Bill
Mother of James Bill

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About Anne Bill

Buried in St. Faith's under St. Paul's.

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  • Full text of "Encyclopedia of Connecticut biography, genealogical-memorial; representative citizens;"
  • BILL, William Coe,
  • Manufacturer and Importer.
  • The Bill family of England has an ancient and honorable record, extending back almost to the beginning of the use of surnames in that country. The name means a kind of weapon, and the progenitor doubtless took his surname from his occupation in war, a bill-man. A bill was a kind of battle-ax. The family came originally from Denmark, according to the best authority and located in Shropshire. England, where for some five centuries it has been numerous and prominent, and also in Wiltshire and Stafifordshire. Dr. Thomas Bill, born 1490, a prominent physician, was an attendant of Princess Elizabeth. John Bill, born 1576, was a well-known publisher of London, "publisher to King James I., Most Excellent Majestic" in 1613, and one of the first books that he published was written by the king. After he received his royal license his place of business became known as Printing House Square, by which it is still known. 'John Bill married Anne Mountford, authoress of a book entitled "Mirror of Modestie," published in 1621. She died May 3, 1621, aged thirty-three years'. He married (second) Joan Franklin, of Throwley, County Kent. He made his will in 1630; was buried at St. Anne's, Blackfriars. London. He left a legacy to the parish of Much Wenlock, where he was born. Children by first wife : John, mentioned below ; Anne ; Charles, who succeeded his father as publisher ; Henry; Mary.
  • The Bill coat-of-arms is described : Ermine two wood-bills (battle-axes) sable with long handles proper in saltire a chief azure, a pale or, charged with a rose gules between two pelicans' heads erased at the neck, argent. There was a William Bill buried at Westminster Abby and the coat-of-arms are engraved on his tomb.
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  • Historic homes and places and genealogical and personal memoirs ..., Volume 4 edited by William Richard Cutter
  • Pg. 1910
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From the History of the Bill Family:

She was the author of a work entitled, " Mirror of Modestie " [8vo], which was published in London, 1621. In a subsequent edition, published in 1719, long after her death, by the well-known printer Bindley, of London, —whose works are highly esteemed as models of the typographic art—was an additional poem, dedicated to her memory, together with an engraved plate on steel of a "Monument of Mortalitie." This work is very rare. There are copies to be had in England occasionally, but only at fabulous prices. At the time of its publication, in 1719, even, it was sold at £3 16s. per copy, sterling. She was a lady of some celebrity, greatly skilled in music, possessing eminent virtues, and was held in high esteem.

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Anne Bill's Timeline

Muchli, Wenlock, Shropshire, England
Age 24
Ringstead, Northamptonshire, England
May 3, 1621
Age 52
St Faiths, London, Middlesex, England
May 1621
Age 52
London, Middlesex, UK