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William Washburne

Also Known As: "William Washbourne"
Birthdate: (56)
Birthplace: Bengeworth, Worcestershire, England
Death: October 30, 1658 (52-60)
Hempstead, Long Island (Present Nassau County), New Netherlands (Present New York)
Immediate Family:

Son of John Washbourne and Martha Washbourne
Husband of Jane Washburn
Father of Second Wife of Robert Jackson; Sarah Williams; Mary Willets; John Washbourne; Agnes Washbourne and 8 others
Brother of John Washburn; Jone Shorthazel; Daniel Washbourne and Jane Washborne
Half brother of John Washbourne; Radegonne Washborne; Daniel Washborne; Mary Averell and John Washburn

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About William Washburne

A few Internet trees add another daughter to this family - Margaret Washburn and marry her to her uncle, Isaac Nichols, brother of Jane Nichols Washburn. This is likely an incorrect interpretation of a statement by one of the sons of Jane Nichols Washburn, calling Isaac Nichols, of Stratford, "uncle".

I have chosen to rely upon what other sources found in primary documents, supporting the wife of William Washburn being Jane NICHOLS (sister of Isaac Nichols, of Stratford), not Jane WHITEHEAD. And the children of William and Jane Washburn being those listed below, without the addition of Margaret.

Children with Jane Nichols

  1. Sarah (Washburn) Williams, baptized in St. Peter's Church, Bengeworth, England, on 26 Mar. 1626, married Robert WILLIAMS in ca. 1645
  2. Unknown (Washburn) Jackson (Another daughter), born say about 1627 or 1628, married, as his second wife, to Robert Jackson in ca. 1652
  3. Mary (Washburn) Willets, born say about 1628 or 1629, married Richard WILLETS in ca. 1649
  4. John Washburn Sr., born say about 1630 or 1631, married Mary BUTLER on 17 June 1755 in Stratford, CT
  5. Martha Washburn, born probably about 1632 or 1633, buried in Bengeworth on 14 Feb. 1636
  6. Hope Washburn, a son, born say about 1634 or 1635, married Mary STILES in ca. 1660
  7. Martha (Washburn) Titus, baptized in St. Peter's Church, Bengeworth, on 18 Dec. 1637 married Edmund TITUS in ca. 1657
  8. Phebe Washburn, born say about 1641, married John ASHMAN in ca. 1661
  9. Patience Washburn, named in her father's 1657 will
  10. Hester Washburn, named in her father's 1657 will, supposedly died in 1659 in Connecticut

See: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Nichols-2802 for discussion and sources.


Alt spelling: Washburne

Hempstead, Long Island, Nassau, New York or Hempstead, Queens, New york

Nassau is on the western border of Queens. Wikipedia gives Nassau as the current county of record for Hempstead.

Could be a difference of where the borough lines were in earlier days.

In the Register of Bengeworth, Baptisms, 1556 . . . the following occurs: "Item; the first day of August - Wasborn . . . ; wllm Roberts, Evans Marten godfathers and Agnes Horton godmother." William Washburn, baptised November 9, 1601, married Jane . . . . Of this family we find a daughter bearing the name of Agnes (married Robert Jackson) who no doubt was named for her great aunt Agnes Washburn, baptised August 6, 1547, who in turn probably named for her godmother Agnes Horton. Another daughter, Mary Washburn (. . . . 1629; died Dec. 17, 1713; married Richard Willetts) may have been named for her great aunt Mary Washburn, baptised Dec. 7, 1584. Martha we may consider as having been named for her grandmother, Martha Stevens Washburn, who died in 1625 or 1626 as her will was dated September 29, 1625, and proved May 9, 1626. John, a son of William Washburn, was given the name of his grandfather. It was he who married Mary Butler, June 9, 1655. John, the son of Mary Butler and John Washburn, born November 20, 1657, married Sarah Cornell. The son of Sarah Cornell and John Washburn, named John also, married October 14, 1704, Hannah Hallett. This couple crossed Long Island Sound and took up their residence in what was known in those days as North Castle, Westchester County. It was their son, Richard, born June 27, 1730; died . . . . (who married Amy Birdsall, born March 4, 1723; died October 16, 1812, and is buried at Chappaqua in the old Burying Ground) that this book has stressed the genealogy of. On January 21, 1660, Richard Stiles sues Jane Washburn, widow, and says that in 1653 when he went from Seaman's; he then agreed with William Washburn to do his labor weekly according as wages were then given, he to be allowed for his diet and two days' labor in the week. The Court awarded, that he hath labored eight weeks or thirty-two days at 2 pounds, 6 pence per diem, by allowing four days' labor to the week, making 24 pounds, stating that he shall be paid in good current pay.

  • It will be noted that William evidently changed the spelling of the name Washbourne to Washburn."

RESIDENCE: Before 1647, Stratford, Connecticut. After 1647, Hempstead, Long Island, NY.

More About WILLIAM ( WASHBOURNE) WASHBURN: Baptism: November 09, 1601, Bengeworth, Borough of Evesham, Worcester County, England Probate: June 11, 1659, Hempstead Long, Island, NY (prob location) Will: September 29, 1657, Hempstead Long, Island, NY (prob location) Children of WILLIAM WASHBURN and JANE (???) are: 2. i. JOHN3 WASHBURN, b. Bet. 1601 - 1655; d. Bet. June 09, 1655 - February 19, 1659/60. ii. MARY WASHBURN, b. Aft. 1601; d. February 17, 1712/13; m. RICHARD WILLETTS, Bet. 1601 - 1667; b. Unknown; d. 1667.

More About RICHARD WILLETTS and MARY WASHBURN: Marriage: Bet. 1601 - 1667

iii. MARTHA WASHBURN, b. Abt. 1627; d. April 17, 1727; m. EDMUND TITUS, Bet. 1627 - 1727; b. Unknown; d. Unknown.

More About MARTHA WASHBURN: Baptism: 1627

More About EDMUND TITUS and MARTHA WASHBURN: Marriage: Bet. 1627 - 1727

iv. SARAH WASHBURN, b. Aft. 1601; d. 1695; m. ROBERT WILLIAMS, Bet. 1601 - 1695; b. Unknown; d. Unknown.

More About ROBERT WILLIAMS and SARAH WASHBURN: Marriage: Bet. 1601 - 1695

v. AGNES WASHBURN, b. Aft. 1601; d. Unknown; m. ROBERT JACKSON, Aft. 1601; b. Unknown; d. Unknown.

More About ROBERT JACKSON and AGNES WASHBURN: Marriage: Aft. 1601

vi. HOPE WASHBURN, b. Aft. 1601; d. Unknown; m. MARY STILES, Bet. 1601 - 1696; b. Unknown; d. 1696.

More About HOPE WASHBURN and MARY STILES: Marriage: Bet. 1601 - 1696

vii. PHEBE WASHBURN, b. Aft. 1601; d. 1665; m. JOHN ASHMAN, Bet. 1601 - 1665; b. Unknown; d. Unknown.

More About JOHN ASHMAN and PHEBE WASHBURN: Marriage: Bet. 1601 - 1665

William Washburne

Baptized: 09/Nov/1601 Bengeworth, Worcestershire, England

	Immigrant Ancestor

Married: Abt 1621 Bengeworth, Worcestershire, England


Died: Abt 1657 Will proved 11/June/1659 in Hempstead, Long Island, NY

WIFE: Jane


1, Sarah Washburne b. 26/Mar/1626 Bengeworth, Worchester, England

2. John Washburne b. Abt 1627 Bengeworth, Worchester, England

3. Mary Washburne b. Abt 1629 Bengeworth, Worchester, England

4. Hope Washburne b. Bet. 1631-1636 Bengeworth, Worchester, England

5. Martha Washburne b. Abt 1636 Bengeworth, Worchester, England

6. Martha Washburne b. 18/Dec/1637 Bengeworth Worchester, England

7. Agnes Washburne

8. Phebe Washburne

9. William Washburne

William Washburne (Washburn) was baptized in Bengeworth, Worchester, England in 1601 and lived there until 1637 when his daughter, the second Martha, was baptized. (Daughters Sarah, Martha and Mary's baptisms are in transcripts of the Bengeworth registers preserved in the Episcopal See at Worcester; these same daughters are named in the records of Hempstead.) He had married a Jane around 1621. He may have moved to London before emigrating as he did own land in London at the time of his death.

He was in Stratford, Ct in 1647. In 1653 he purchased land in Oyster Bay on Long Island. Dan Whitehead was one of the other purchasers and there is evidence that he was the brother-in-law of William Washburn giving some to believe that his wife's name was Jane Whitehead.

In Hempstead he is listed as the owner of nine and a half cows. (part owner of one?) He was an Elder of the original Board of Elders of the "First Church" of Hempstead.

He may have died in Hempstead around 1657. His will was proved there June 11, 1659. His son, John Washburn, named his "Loving Uncle Isaac Nicholls of Stratford" in his will giving some to reason that Jane's name may have been Nicholls.

Children of Francis and Frances Nichols:

The baptismal and burial dates for shown for children (with the exception of Caleb) are in the Sedgeberrow parish records.

a) John Nichols bp. 16 May 1601 m. (1) _____, (2) Grace _____; d. 1655. Children [32]: Hester Nichols, Elizabeth Nichols, Hannah Nichols; Isaac Nichols, Sarah Nichols, John Nichols, Samuel Nichols [ca. 1655].

b) Jane Nichols, bp 3 November 1603, m. William Washburn, son of John and Martha (Timbrell) (Stevens) Washburn [33]. Children: Sarah Washburn [1626], John Washburn, Mary Washburn [1629], Hope Washburn, Martha Washburn [1637], Agnes Washburn, Phebe Washburn, Patience Washburn, Hester Washburn.

[33]Washburn Foundations in Normandy, England, and America. Greenfield, Indiana: Wm. Mitchell Printing Co., 1953. Jane and William probably married in Bengeworth, but the parish register for that period is missing.

c) Henry Nichols, bp 19 November 1605, bur. 21 December 1606.

d) Anne Nichols, bp. 18 October 1606, bur. 25 December 1606.

e) Margaret Nichols, bp. 4 January 1608/9.

f) Francis Nichols, bp. 25 August 1611 [34].

g) Joseph Nichols, bp. 31 August 1614, bur. 2 September 1614.

h) Jonathan Nichols, bp. 31 August 1614, bur. 4 September 1614

i) Sarah Nichols, bp. 12 November 1615, m. Richard Mills [35]. Children [36]: Samuel Mills, Mary Mills, Isaac Mills, Phebe Mills.

j) Isaac Nichols, bp. 27 December 1617, m. May 1646 Margery _____ [37]; d. 1695. Children: Mary Nichols [1647/8], Sarah Nichols [1649], Josiah Nichols [1651/2], Isaac Nichols, Jr. [1654], Jonathan Nichols [1655], Ephriam Nichols [1657], Patience Nichols [1659/60], Temperence Nichols [1662], Margery Nichols [1663], Benjamin Nichols [1665/6], Elizabeth Nichols [1668].

        4(k)  Caleb Nichols
           Children of Francis and Anne Nichols:

l) Anna Nichols m. ca.1676 Christopher Youngs, Jr., son of Christopher and Pricilla (Elvin) Youngs. Children: Hannah Youngs, Sarah Youngs.

William Washburn(e) was born in _____ _____, and died probably in New York about 1657. Jane _____ was born in _____ _____, and died probably in New York after 1657. They were married in _____ before 1628. She took the name Jane Washburn(e). An unknown number of children were born, but included:

i. Mary Washburn(e) [#589]: She was born in _____ in 1629, and died in Jericho, Long Island, New York, on February 17, 1713/4.

ii. Martha Washborne [#593]: She was born in _____ about 1643, and died in _____ on April 17, 1727.

William Washburne was one of the original proprietors of Hempstead, New York


World Family Tree, vol. 2, Ed. 1, Tree 3282

[Ancestry of Timothy Titus Robbins assembled by Gayle Ellingsworth]

Notes for WILLIAM WASHBOURNE: The Landed Gentry: William who settled at Hempstead, Long Island, in 1644 or 1645. Although actual documentary proof is lacking, there is very strong circumstantial evidence that he is identical with the younger son of the John Washbourne of Bengeworth, and brother of the John who went to America in 1632. --of Stratford as early as 1655; then (about 1655) of Hempstead, Long Island; then Derby, Connecticut;--perhaps did not go to Derby, Connecticut? --"The name Washburn is derived from two simple words, wash, which applies to the swift moving current of a stream, and burn or bourne, a brook or small stream." --"The origin of the family is in England. It is not known that the New England Washburns, the descendants of John, were of kin to William, Daniel, and John Washburn, who had land upon Long Island as early as 1653, but they were undoubtedly of the same family blood." Children of WILLIAM WASHBOURNE and JANE are: 6. i. JOHN5 WASHBURN, d. 1658. 7. ii. HOPE WASHBURN, d. 1696, Derby, New Haven, Connecticut. iii. SARAH WASHBURN, m. ROBERT WILLIAMS.

Notes for ROBERT WILLIAMS: --of Jerico, Long Island;

iv. DAUGHTER WASHBURN. v. DAUGHTER WASHBURN. 8. vi. MARY WASHBURN, b. 1629; d. 1713. 9. vii. MARTHA WASHBURN, b. Abt. 1637; d. Feb 1727.


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William Washburne's Timeline

November 9, 1601
Bengeworth, Worcestershire, England
November 9, 1601
Bengeworth, Worcestershire, England
November 9, 1601
Bengeworth, Worchestershire, England
November 9, 1601
November 9, 1601
Bengeworth, Worchestershire, England
Age 18
With brother John on Withrop's fleet to Plymouth, MA later settled in Bridegewater, MA and Oyster Bay, Long Island, NY
Age 22
Bengeworth, Worcestershire, England
March 26, 1626
Age 24
Bengeworth, Worcestershire, England
November 28, 1629
Age 28
Bengeworth, Worcestershire, England