Saturday, July 23, 2011


[Ancestral Link: Marguerite Anderson (Miller), daughter of Hannah Anderson (Anderson), daughter of Mary Margaret Edmiston (Anderson), daughter of Martha Jane Snow (Edmiston), daughter of Sarah Sawyer Hastings (Snow), daughter of Jonathan Hastings, son of Mary Hartwell (Hastings), daughter of Sarah Wheeler (Hartwell), daughter of Sarah Davis (Wheeler), daughter of Simon Davis, son of Margery Willard (Davis), daughter of Richard Willard.]

Richard WILLARD was born on 10 Mar 1560 in Horsmonden, Brenchley, Kent. He died on 20 Feb 1616. Children:
George WILLARD b: BEF 4 DEC 1611 in Horsemonden, co. Kent, England
*Margery WILLARD b: 6 NOV 1602 in Horsemonden, co. Kent, England
Elizabeth WILLARD
Major Simon WILLARD b: BEF 7 APR 1605 in Horsemonden, Co. Kent England
Catherine WILLARD b: 30 AUG 1607 in Horsemonden, Co. Kent England
Richard was married three times and had 12 children. One of those two children, by Richard's second wife Margery Humphrey, was the original Willard emigrant to America.
i. Simon: b: 1605 in Horsemondon.
ii. George: b: in Horesemonden. George emigrated to Massachusetts with his brother Simon and first lived in Cambridge. He later removed to Scituate where he was a planter. His wife's name is unknown but he had three children.
Richard's will tells us something about what was considered to be valuable personal property during his time, and provides insight into why his son Simon may have emigrated to the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Richard's will was written on 12 February 1616. In it he bequeathed to "Joan ( also known as Jean Morebread) my (third) wife six pewter porringers six pewter saussers one pewter basson one pewter plattr. ij pewter candlesticks one doubell salte sellar j pewter pote ij pewter cuppes Xij pewter sponnes..."
He had two sons who emigrated to America, Simon, the Stephen ancestor, and George. George received six silver spoons and a silver and gilt cup to be delivered to him after his mother's death. To 10 year old "Symon" he left all the rest of his houses, outbuildings and lands not bequeathed to his stepmother, brothers, and sisters, and made provisions that he should receive them when he came of age. It also instructed that Symon be placed "with some honest man" where he could learn a good trade.
FYI -- The towns of Benchley, Goudhurst and Horsemonden adjoin and a man often held land in two or all three of the townships. The Town of Horsemonden is also spelled Horsmonden.
Richard WILLARD and Margaery HUMPHRIES were married on 23 Sep 1601.
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