First Generation in
Washburn, the immigrant ancestor to Plymouth Colony, lived in the part of
John1 Washburn (4th), second son
and heir of (10) JohnA Washborne (3rd), (2)
(Jr.), (1) JohnC; born in Bengeworth,
Worcestershire, England, in 1597,
married Margery1 Moore, daughter of RobertA
and EllenA (Taylor) Moore, of Bengeworth, England, on 23 Nov. 1618
She was born ca. 1586,
married Elen Taylor on
Washburn (4th) was a Churchwarden of St.
Peter’s Parish, Bengeworth, in 1625-1626.
He sailed to
On 5 Jan.
1635/6 John Washborne purchased a “house and palisado” from Edward Bompass in
Plymouth Colony, “beyond Eagle Nest Creek,”
presumably on the “Duxborrow” side of
1643 John Washborne Sen., John Washborne Jun., and Phillip Washborne were
listed among those able to bear arms, aged 16 to 60 years, in “Duxborrow.”
John Washburn, and his son, John Washburn Jr., were among the original 54
proprietors, or purchasers, of the new town of
Washburn served on several juries in Plymouth Colony, beginning on
(Moore) Washburn apparently died shortly after arriving in New England,
presumably in Duxbury, and John Washburn eventually moved to
John and Margery Washborne had 4 children:
42 i Mary Washborne, baptized on 6 Oct. 1619 in Bengeworth, Worcestershire, possibly died in England before 1635, as she was not brought to New England with her mother and brothers, or she may have been the Mary Washborne who married Richard Hyde on 5 May 1634 in St. Lawrence Parish, Evesham, Worcestershire, England.
+ 43 ii John2 Washborne (5th), baptized
44 iii Philip Washburn, baptized on
+ 45 iv Philip2 Washburn, born in ca. 1624 in Bengeworth,
came to New England in 1635 with his mother, and married Elizabeth2 Irish,
daughter of John1
and Elizabeth (Risely[?]) Irish, of
Second Generation in
The two sons of John Washburn married
and remained in the Duxbury-Bridgewater part of Plymouth Colony. Son John
Washburn had a large family in
JohnB Washborne (Jr.)
JohnA Washborne (3rd)
John1 Washburn (4th)
John2 Washburn (5th)
(43.) John2 Washburn (5th), eldest son of (28) John1 Washburn (4th), (10)
JohnA (3rd), (2)
(Jr.), (1) JohnC; born in
Bengeworth, Worcestershire, England, in 1620,
sailed to New England with his mother and brother in 1635, and settled first in
Duxbury, Plymouth Colony. He married 1.) Elizabeth2 Mitchell,
daughter of Experience1 and Jane2 (Cooke) Mitchell,
of Duxbury, on
In 1638 Abraham Sampson was presented to the court “for striking and abusing John Washburn the younger in the meeting house on the Lord’s day.”
Narragansett War broke out in 1645, the town of
Washburn (5th) was made a freeman in
Plymouth Colony on 6 June 1654,
and he was elected constable of Duxbury on 7 June 1659.
On 29 July 1661 Experience Mitchell acknowledged that he had given his son‑in‑law,
John Washburn, some land between the brook and the
Washburn (5th) and his father joined with
several residents of Duxbury in the formation of the new town of
(Mitchell) Washburn died by ca. 1685, and John Washburn remarried to 2.) Elizabeth1 (____) Packard, widow of Samuel1 Packard, of
Washburn died testate on
On 1 Apr. 1700 the heirs of John Washburn, of Bridgewater, namely James Washburn, John Washburn, Thomas Washburn, Joseph Washburn, Samuel Washburn, Jonathan Washburn, Samuel Kinsley and wife Mary, widow Elizabeth Selee, and John Ames and wife Sarah, sold land in Bristol Co., MA, to John Rogers. Elizabeth (Packard) Washburn died sometime after 1687, but presumably by 1700.
John Washburn had children, all by Elizabeth Mitchell:
+ 56 i John3 Washburn (6th), born ca. 1646, probably in Duxbury, Plymouth Colony, married Rebecca Lapham, daughter of Thomas and Mary (Tilden) Lapham, of Scituate, MA, on 16 Apr. 1679 in Bridgewater. (Continued in Plymouth Third Generation.)
+ 57 ii Thomas3 Washburn, born in ca. 1648, probably
in Duxbury, married 1.) Deliverance2 Packard, daughter of Samuel1 and Elizabeth1 Packard,
in ca. 1680 in
+ 58 iii Samuel3 Washburn, born in ca. 1651, probably in Duxbury, married Deborah2 Packard, daughter of Samuel1 and Elizabeth1 Packard, in ca. 1677 in Bridgewater. (Continued in Plymouth Third Generation.)
+ 60 v Jonathan3 Washburn, born in ca. 1655, probably
in Duxbury, married Mary Vaughan, daughter of George and Elizabeth (Hinchman)
61 vi Benjamin3 Washburn, born in ca. 1658, probably in
+ 63 viii Elizabeth3 Washburn, born in ca. 1664 in
+ 64 ix Jane3 Washburn, born in ca. 1670 in Bridgewater, married William Orcutt (Jr.), son of William and Martha (Lane) Orcutt, of Scituate, MA, in ca. 1691. (Continued in Plymouth Third Generation.)
+ 66 xi Sarah3 Washburn, born in ca. 1675 in Bridgewater, married John Ames (Jr.), son of John and Sarah2 (Willis) Ames, of Bridgewater, on 12 Jan. 1696/7 in Bridgewater. (Continued in Plymouth Third Generation.)
(45.) Philip2 Washburn, youngest son of (28)
Washburn (4th), (10) JohnA (3rd), (2)
(Jr.), (1) JohnC; born in
Bengeworth, Worcestershire, England, ca. 1624,
sailed to New England with his brother and mother in 1635 aboard the “Elizabeth and Ann,” and he married Elizabeth2 Irish, daughter of John1 and Elizabeth1 (Risely[?]) Irish, of Duxbury, Plymouth Colony,
in, say 1663, and they probably also settled eventually in
John1 Irish was born ca.
1609 supposedly in Clisdon Parish, Somersetshire,
England, supposedly a son of JonathanA
and ElizabethA (Kirby[?]) Irish,
and had come to Plymouth Colony in ca. 1630 with Timothy Hatherly, from
Somersetshire. John Irish was a proprietor of
Washburn never became a freeman like his father and brother, and by 8 May 1685
he was found incapable of taking care of himself, at which time his nephew,
Joseph Washburn, agreed to take care of him. He was still living on 19 Aug.
1700, but probably died soon after, presumably in
Phillip Washburn and Elizabeth Irish had children:
+ 67 i Elizabeth3 Washburn, born say 1664, probably in Duxbury or Bridgewater, married Joseph3 Amory, of Little Compton, Plymouth Colony, son of Rebecca2 Amory, in ca. 1682. (Continued in Plymouth Third Generation.)
+ 68 ii Deacon John3 Washburn, born ca. 1672 in Duxbury or
+ 69 iii Margery3 Washburn, born in ca. 1678 in Duxbury or Bridgewater, married Josiah3 Leonard, son of John2 and Sarah Leonard, on 1 Nov. 1699 in Bridgewater. (Continued in Plymouth Third Generation.)
+ 70 iv Mary3 Washburn, born say 1681 in Duxbury or Bridgewater, married Daniel3 Pratt, son of Benajah2 and Persis2 (Dunham) Pratt, as his second wife, on 1 Oct. 1706 in Plymouth. (Continued in Plymouth Third Generation.)
© 2002 John A. Maltby,
 Bishop’s Transcripts from St. Peter’s Parish, Bengeworth, Worcestershire, England, from FHL Microfilm #0246641; Index of Wills and Administrations at the Probate Registry at Worcester, England, 1601-1652, Robert More, of Bengeworth, glover, folio #130 for 1626.
Peter’s Parish Registers, Bengeworth,
 Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 1, p. 6, from Stratton, Eugene Aubrey, Plymouth Colony, Its History & People, 1620-1691, Ancestry Publishing, Salt Lake City, UT, 1986, [hereinafter Stratton, Plymouth Colony], pp. 284, 386.
E.A.B., Some Notes on the Evesham Branch of the Washbourne Family,
} 2 sonns”
Also found in Hotten’s List
of Emigrants, 1874 edition, p. 57, as noted by Barnard, Notes, p. 33;
 Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 1, p. 33; Winsor, Justin, A History of the Town of Duxbury, Massachusetts, with Genealogical Registers, Boston, 1849, reprint, Clearfield Company, Baltimore, MD, 1995, [hereinafter Winsor, History of Duxbury], p. 333.
 Pulsifer, David, Records of the Colony of New Plymouth in New England, Vol. XII: Deeds, & C., 1620-1651 and Book of Indian Records for Their Lands, Boston, 1861, reprint, Heritage Books, MD, 1999, pp. 153-154.
 Mitchell, Nahum, History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater, in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, Boston, 1840, reprint, Heritage Books, Bowie, MD, 1983, [hereinafter Mitchell, History of Bridgewater], pp. 10-11. The other 52 original proprietors were William Bradford, William Merrick, John Bradford, Abraham Pierce, John Rogers, George Partridge, John Starr, Mr. William Collier, Christopher Wadsworth, Edward Hall, Nicholas Robbins, Thomas Hayward, Mr. Ralph Partridge, Nathaniel Willis, John Willis, Thomas Bonney, Mr. Miles Standish, Love Brewster, John Paybody, William Paybody, Francis Sprague, William Bennett, John Ames, Thomas Gannett, William Brett, Edmund Hunt, William Clarke, William Ford, Mr. Constant Southworth, John Cary, Edmund Weston, Samuel Tompkins, Edmund Chandler, Moses Simmons, John Irish, Philip Delano, Arthur Harris, Mr. John Alden, John Fobes, Samuel Nash, Abraham Sampson, George Soule, Experience Mitchell, Henry Howland, Henry Sampson, John Brown, John Haward, Francis West, William Tubbs, James Lendall, Samuel Eaton, and Solomon Leonard. Two more shares were added shortly after, to Rev. James Keith, their first minister, and Deacon Samuel Edson.
 Bowman, George Ernest, “Washburn Notes,” The Mayflower Descendant, Vol. 16 , p. 250. On that date John Washburne “Senir” and wife Elizabeth Washburne acknowledged the deed of his father John Washburne to Edward Southworth dated 17 Mar. 1670, so his father must have recently died. Robert Charles Anderson, in The Great Migration Begins, Vol. 3, p. 1938, believes that he died soon after 22 May 1671, because the deed, when it was first drawn up, called his son “Jr.,” but it was altered to “Sr.” soon after. In either case, his death occurred most likely in the spring of 1671, and quite possibly in the month of May. It is not known if he was at that time living still in Duxbury or in the new town of Bridgewater.
 Wakefield, Robert S., Plymouth Colony Marriages to 1650, p. 48, taken from Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 2, p. 94; Torrey, Clarence Almon, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1987, [hereinafter Torrey, New England Marriages], p. 783.
 Wakefield, Robert S., Plymouth Colony Marriages to 1650, p. 48, taken from Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 2, p. 94; Torrey, New England Marriages, p. 783; Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants, The Mayflower Descendant, Boston, Vol. 13, p. 86; Roser, Susan E., Mayflower Marriages From the Files of George Ernest Bowman At the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1990, [hereinafter Roser, Mayflower Marriages], p. 122.
 Underhill, Lora A.W., “The Mitchells of Plymouth,” Descendants of Edward Small of New England and the Allied Families with Tracings of English Ancestry, 1934, p. 510, which has Margaret’s surname translated as “Uochin” or “”Digehin” from the Dutch marriage record in Amsterdam of 9 May 1606 for Thomas Mitchell. In English, her name is throught to have acually been “Williams.”
Ralph V., Jr., Francis Cooke of the Mayflower, The First Five Generations,
published as “Mayflower Families Through Five Generations, Volume 12,” Picton
Press, Camden, ME, 1996, [hereinafter MF5G: Cooke], p. 30. Jane Cooke came to
New England as a young woman with her mother, while Experience Mitchell came to
Torrey, New England Marriages, p. 783; Roser, Mayflower Marriages, p. 122; the marriage occurred
between 7 Nov. 1684 and 30 Oct. 1686. Some sources list her as a possible
daughter of John and Elizabeth (Whitman) Stream, of Wymondham, Suffolk Co.,
 Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts, To the Year 1850, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, MA, 1916, [hereinafter Bridgewater VRs], Vol. 2, p. 392; Barclay, Mrs. John E., “Rebecca Lapham, Wife of Samuel White or John Washburn?”, The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol. 115, pp. 83-85.
 Sherman, Robert Moody, and Vincent, Verle Delano, Mayflower Families Through Five Generations, Volume 2: James Chilton of the Mayflower, General Society of Mayflower Descendants, Plymouth, MA, 1978, p. 32; MF5G: Cooke, p. 73; Wakefield, Robert S., Sherman, Robert Moody, and Vincent, Verle Delano, Mayflower Families Through Five Generations, Volume Fifteen: Family of James Chilton, General Society of Mayflower Descendants, Plymouth, MA, 1997, [hereinafter MF5G: Chilton], p. 32, which gives his birth as Duxbury ca. 1652. I don’t know where this date comes from originally. The sources listed in the footnotes do not lead to this birth date.
 Bowman, George Ernest, Pilgrim Notes & Queries, Vol. 3, No. 7, [Nov. 1915], p. 102, letter from Thomas Mitchell, of Amsterdam, to his uncle Experience Mitchell, in Duxbury, dated 24 July 1662, which mentions the recent birth of a daughter to his cousin Elizabeth and her six sons, referring to the news relayed in a letter he had received from his uncle dated 23 Apr. 1661, so Mary Washburn was probably born shortly before 23 Apr. 1661.
 Wilbour, Benjamin Franklin, Little Compton Families, Little Compton, RI, 1967, [hereinafter Wilbour, Little Compton Families], p. 370, taken apparently from the Compendium of American Genealogy, Vol. 6, p. 785; FHL Ancestral File for John Irish and Elizabeth Risely, submitted by Larry S. Christiansen, of Tullahoma, TN, Fae S. Cobbley, of American Fork, UT, Robert A. Valentine, of Overland Park, KS, Scott A. Tracy, of Payette, ID, and many others. I have not been able to confirm her maiden name from reliable published sources or through original record research.
Anderson, The Great Migration Begins, Vol. 1, from an indenture dated 20
Apr. 1629 whereby John Irish, “of the parish of Clisdon in the county of
Summersett laborer,” agreed to serve Timothy Hatherly of the parish of St.
Olave in Southwark “at the town of Plimouth called New England” for a term of 5
years, but Anderson points out “there is no Clisdon parish in Somersetshire.”
Another source lists the parish as “Chidon,
 Wilbour, Little Compton Families, p. 370, taken apparently from the Compendium of American Genealogy, Vol. 6, p. 785; FHL Ancestral File, submitted by Robert A. Valentine, of Overland Park, KS, Scott A. Tracy, of Payette, ID, Helen B. Willden, of Sandy, UT, and many others. I have not confirmed this with reliable published sources or original records.
 Per the FHL Ancestral File, submitted by Michael D. Richards, of Cedar City, UT, J. Mark Hadley, of Brigham City, UT, Allan H. Whytock, of Federal Way, WA, and several others, but I have not confirmed this with reliable published sources or original records.
 Per the FHL Ancestral File, submitted by Larry S. Christiansen, of Tullahoma, TN, Scott A. Tracy, of Payette, ID, Mary Bakeman, of Roseville, MN, and several others, but I have not confirmed this with reliable published sources or original records.
 Hodge, Harriet W., Mayflower Families Through Five Generations, Volume Five, John Billington of the Mayflower, General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1991, [hereinafter MF5G: Billington], pp. 60, 43-44.
 Davis, William T., Genealogical Register of Plymouth Families, reprint, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1994, originally published as Part II of Ancient Landmarks of Plymouth, Boston, 1899, [hereinafter Davis, Genealogical Register of Plymouth Families], p. 15, under Robert Barrow.
[A] The Will of Robert More, of Bengeworth, Worcester County, England (1624): *
In the name of god Amen. I Robert More of Bengworth;
First I bequeth my soul to god that gave it and had Redemed it wth the precous Blod of his der son my Blessed savyore and in whos only merecs I trust to be saved: And my body to be buryed in the church yard of Bengeworth: And as for my worldly goods that god hath blessed me weth: I thus desere of them: I give and Bequeth unto my welbeloved son Thomas More on hous or Tenement with all and singular: the apertenances setuat and Being .… in Evesham: And now in the … and … of an John Morton: To have and to hould the whol to Thomas More my son said to his heairs for ever: preuyd never the les: And my wel is That my son Thomas More shal pay or caus to be payed to Margaret Milner my dauter The ful sum of Twenty shillings yerly during the natural lif of the said margaret my dauter: Also i give to my said son Thomas mor anothr house or tenement setuat and being in the coustred in Evesham Between the hous of an Edward … on the north sid and the hous of an welyem Coten on the south sid: To have and to hould the said house unto my son Thomas More and his heires forever: But my wel is that my wel beloved wife shal in joy it the tim she is wedoud: Also I give to my son Thomas al my mars fols an gelding and All his form? to an Bras upou the Begoste that was my … But upon this condishon: That my son Thomas shall pay or cause to be payd to the 3 children of Margery Washborn the som of x P or soru … … to be equaly devided at the … of i D …. to pay to Margery the som of p vi yerly. And the Rest of my goods & chatels and cattel: …. of …. now or ….: I give to my beloved wife Elnor whom I make my sole executor of this my last wel and testament And I apoynt and ordain my welbeloved son in law Edward prs[?] And my wel beloved son Thomas More to be my overseers of this my last wil to se it performed acordinge to the tru intent and knowing ther in: in witnes therof …. ther unto set my hand …the day and year afor Retten ) Robart More : )
John B….. Edward heail Thomas Adames
An inventory of the goods chattels of and be?ols of Robert More late of Bengworth glover Desesed taken And Apraised The third of January Ano Dmi 1624 And in the Raine of The Kinge Majste James By the grace of god Kinge of England … the xxiith
By john Balam …. Edward godard Thomas More & John Mander[?]
* Transcribed with much difficulty by John A. Maltby from FHL [Family History Library] Microfilm #0098029 "Wills of the Consistory Court of Worcester, Diocese of Worcester, England, 1626," film #1 for that year, folio #130.
[B] The Will of John Washburn, of Bridgewater, Colony of New Plymouth (1686): *
These are to Publish and Declare to all to whome it may concerne that I John Washbourne Senr of Bridgwater in the Colony of New Plimouth being through the mercy of God of sound judgment and memory Do ordaine and make my last will and Testament in maner Following Vizt. Into the hands of God I commend my spirit Believingly resigning up my soul into the Everlasting arms of Gods mercy my Body to be Decently inburied at the Discresion of my Executor: And for my outward Estate I do will that after all my just Debts and funerall Expenses be fully paid my Lands and other movables be Disposed of as followeth:
Impris I Give to my wife Elizabeth Washbourne one Bed one Boulster one pillow two pair of sheets one Blanket one Coverlet two chests Six bushels of Indian Corne one bushell of Barley Farther with Respect to money which was my wives part whereof I have already laid out for her we are agreed that I should Returne to her two pounds and ten shillings which I have already Done.
I Give to my Son John four score acres of upland in the place where he hath already Built and what shall be found wanting of the fourscore acres in the said place shall be made up to him on the Easterly side of my Land next the South Brooke more I Give to him a lot of meadow in Cousters Kitchen lying between the lots of Samuel and james: More two Lots of Meadow Lying in the Great Meadow above the Great Island More I Give to him a whole purchase Right in the undivided lands. Further my Will is that my son John take Care of my Brother Phillip to provide for him and on that Consideration, I farther Give to my Son John half a purchase Right in my undivided lands and half a fifty acre Lot not yet laid out Further I Give to him the Improvement of a Lot of Meadow in the Great meadow Lying next to John Ames During my Brothers Life and after my Brothers Decease the one half of the lot Shall be to my son James and my Son John shall Enjoy the other half. To my son Thomas I have already Given twenty acres of upland which he hath Exchanged for Land where he hath built More I have Given him a Lot of meadow in Cousters Kitchen lying on the outside Northerly. I have also Given him half a purchase Right in the undivided lands of all which Lands I have formerly Given him Deed:
To my Son Joseph I have Given twenty acres of Land lying at Satucket pond and a lot of meadow lying at Black Brooke I have otherwise Done for him according to my abillity And my will is that he therewith Rest Contented.
To my Son Samuel I Give
thirty five acres of Land in the place where he hath already Built and a
To my son Jonathan I Give fifty acres of Land Lying on the outside of my land next the South Brooke and if he should Come to settle upon it within the space of two years after the Date of this my Will he shall Enjoy it as his own otherwise my sons John Samuel Benjamin and James Shall Enjoy the Land being Equally Divided betweene them Each of them paying to my son Jonathan fifty shillings in common pay more I Give to my son Jonathan a Lot of meadow lying in the Great Meadow joyning to a lot of Goodman Turners.
Also half a purchase Right in the undivided lands.
To my son Benjamin I Give fifty acres of Land which formerly was my fathers lot Also a lot of meadow lying up Satucket River and joyning to a lot of Samuel Wadsworths and half a purchase Right in the undivided lands. Also two young steeres a yong horse a cow a Bed an an iron pot.
To my Younger son James
when he shall Come to age I Give the land which Lyeth between my son John and
my son Benjamin butting on the River and Runing in Length till it meet with the
Butt of my son Samuels Land with my dwelling house and all out housing
thereunto belonging Also a Lot of meadow in Cousters Kitchen joyning to a lot
of Benjamin Willis. and half a purchase Right in the undivided Lands. a fifth
acre lot lying near Bear Swamp I Give to my two sons John and Samuel to be
Equally Divided between them. A lot of meadow lying in the mouth of Black
Brooke I Give to my three sons Samuel Jonathan and Benjamin to be Equally
Divided between them: to my Daughter Mary I Give ten acres of Land to be laid
out: and one Cow. To my Daughter
Further all my Right and
Interest in the lands Called the Majors purchase or in any other Lands without
the four mile my Will is that it shall be Equally Divided between my sons John
Thomas Samuel Jonathan Benjamin and james. My two old oxen I Leave in the hands
of my two sons John and Samuel to be sold when fit for sale and four pounds of
the money to be Disposed of for my Son Benjamin towards his building. I Leave
on the Land which I intend to my son James: one horse two oxen one Bull two
Cows with all the Furniture for husbandry to be Improved for the benifit of my
two yonger Children James and Sarah and my Will is that when these Children
come to age the principle be Divided between them. By principle I Intend the
horse oxen and other Cattell with the tooles and Furniture afore mentioned. For
my Trustees and overseers I Do nominate my kind friend Mr John
Signed and Delivered in John Washbourne
The presence of his: Joh mark (Seal)
This Instrument being Exhibited unto the Inferior Court of Common Pleas held at Plimouth the Eighth Day of june 1687 By John Washbourne therein named Executor Thomas Hayward and Joseph Alden the Witnesses above named personally appearing made oath before the said Court that the Testator John Washbourne Deceased in their presence Did signe seal and Declare this Instrument to be his Last Will and Testament and that he then was of a Disposing mind and understanding to the best of their judgments.
Attest Nathaniel Thomas Clerk
That John Ames senr of Bridgwater appeared before the Inferior Court of Common pleas held at Plimouth Sept 19th 1687 and made oath that he was present with the other witnesses within named head the within named John Washbourne Deceased Declare this Instrument to which his hand and seal is put to be his last Will & Testament and that he then was of a Disposing mind and understanding to the best of his judgment.
Nathaniel Thomas Clerk
An Inventory of the
Goods and Chattels of John Washburne of the Town of
(The total value of the inventory was £142, 8 s.)
A true and fair prisall of the Estate of John Washburne according to our best judgment Taken by us ye 19th Day of november 1686.
As Witness our hands
* Transcribed by John A. Maltby from
[C] The Will of Benjamin Washburn, of Bridgewater, Colony of New Plymouth (1690): *
“On the 28th Day of july 1690: Benjamin Washbourn of the Town of Bridgewater….having Some Days since listed himself in order to Goe against the French Enemy and Considering the Difficulty of the voyage that therein it might please God to take him away Either by the sword or other ways and not having yet disposed of his Estate according to his will… The said Washbourne therefore desired that we whose names are here under written would take notice that his will is as followeth: I the said Benjamin Washbourne Do Give unto my Brothers Jonathan Washbourne and james Washbourne both of Bridgewater….my lot of Land in said Bridgewater being butted in the South Brooke to be Equally Devided between my said Brothers And my half of that lott lying on the Easterly side of the Burch plain in said Bridgwater; I Give unto my Brother Samuel Washbourne of Sd Bridgwater….also my lot of meadow lying on Setucket River joyning to a Lott of meadow now belonging to my Brother Joseph Washbourne of Sd Bridgwater. And also my half purchase of Undivided land being both within the Limits of sd Bridgwater the which Sd lot of meadow and Sd half purchase of undivided land I give unto my Said Brother Joseph Washbourne….And all the Remainder of my lands I Give unto my Said Brother James Washbourne….I do also give unto my Sister Jane Washbourne of Sd Bridwater a Brindled Cow which at this time wereth the Bell also two pound in money in my sd Brother Samuel his hands. I Give unto my Sd Sister and Brother jane and James to be Equally Divided between them two. I do also Give unto my Sister Sarah Washbourne of Sd Bridgwater one sheep and one lamp, and whatsoever Else shall appear to belong unto my Estate I Give unto my Sd Brother James Washbourne”
“Edward michell Thomas michel and John Field made oath before the County Court at Plimouth march 17th 1690/91 that on the Day of the Date first above written they were present and heard Benjamin Washbourne aforenamed verbally Declare the before written to be his will and that the Same was then written from his own mouth.”
The inventory was taken
“Samuel Washbourne made oath before the
County Court at Plimouth
“Joseph Washbourne and Samuel Washbourne[,] John Field Senr and Edward michel all of Bridgwater” gave a bond of £60 sterling, on 17 March 1690/1, “the Said Joseph Washbourne and Sam’l Washbourn as principles each of them in the Sum of twenty pounds, and the said John Field and Edward Michell as Sureties Each of them in the Sum of ten pounds….the sd Joseph Washbourne and Samuel Washbourne have obtained Letters of Administration to Administer upon the Estate of their Brother Benjamin Washbourne deceased”
The bond bears the autograph signatures of “Joseph Washburn” “Samuel Washburn” “John Field” and “Edward michell” also the autographs of the three witnesses, “John Haward” “Edward Fobes” and “Saml Sprague Clerk.”
* Transcription from George Ernest Bowman, The Mayflower Descendant, Vol. 16, p. 47-49, from Plymouth County Probate Records, Vol. 1, p. 94-95.