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Lineage: Beulah14, William13, Silas12, Robert11, Stephen10, Robert9, Robert8, John7, John6, John5, John4, John3, John2, John1

  WASHBURN, c.1500-1980
Related Families: Bushell | Stephens | Moore | Taylor | Mitchell | Cooke
| Mahieu | Lapham | Packard | FobesFarnum | Wethy | Jones
| Manley | Stoodley | Lane | Stokes | Jenkins

Migration:  Bengeworth, ENG>Plymouth, MA>Bridgewater, MA>Plainfield, CT>Preston, CT>Saratoga Co., NY>Schoharie Co., NY>Jefferson Co., NY


        (1)  John Washbourne, born about 1500, is the earliest ancestor which can be supported by existing documentation.  Although for well over a century, genealogists have claimed he was the son of John Washburn and Joan Mytton of Bengeworth and Wichenford, and thus of royal lineage through his mother, there is no concrete documentation of such a relationship.  In 1538, when registration became compulsory, John Washbourne and his wife, Emme, appear recorded as residents of Bengeworth, a suburb of Evesham, six or eight miles northeast from Little Washbourne and about 20 miles southeast of Wichenford in Worcestershire, England.  In his will, 1546, John describes himself as “John Wassheburne, husbandman.”  He had fields in Bengeworth and a house and buildings in town, enough for the comfortable living of the family but not for luxuries.  The arms of the Wichenford Washbournes were blazoned on the south window of the church as benefactors.  In his will he directs that his “body be buried in ecclesiastical sepulture of my parish church of Bengeworth and brought to sepulture with solemne dirge and mass for my soul and all Christian souls”.  He bequeaths to the church aforesaid two strikes of wheat and two of barley, after which follow bequests of small domestic and farm belongings, of his lands and houses to his eldest son John, of small annuities to the other children, and trifles to his grandchildren.  His chattels inventory 26-8-8.
        Of John’s wife, Emme, it is only known that she lived with her husband until her death in 1547, bore him children and made a will disposing of her property at her death.  Her will reflects more the religious feelings and customs of the times.  She says:

“I bequeathe my soul unto Almighty God, the glorious virgin Saynt Mary, to the company of all the blessed Angels and Saynts in hevyn, and my body to be buried within the Churchyard of Bengeworth”.
These were the popular thoughts and expressions in the last two years of Henry VIII, “Defender of the Faith”, and the year of Martin Luther’s death.  John and Emme left two married sons and two married daughters, Katherine, wife of Danyell Hide, and Alis, wife of Robert Martin.  The sons were John and William.  All these names are gleaned from wills, as the Bengeworth registers were non-compulsory, and hence incomplete, until 1538.  John’s burial is recorded 8 January 1546 and Emme’s 13 May 1547.

Children (provided by John Maltby):

  1. John, mentioned below
  2. William, the second son, who married Margaret Harward on 2 October 1541 in Badsey, Worcestershire, which adjoins Bengeworth only a couple of miles to the east, and they settled in Bretforton, which is just on the other side of Badsey in Worcestershire. William Washborne was buried in Bretforton on 21 April 1588. His will and inventory are in folio #55 for 1588 in the Worcester Probate Registry. Margaret was probably the one buried on 3 June 1592 in Bengeworth.
  3. Alice; married Robert Marten, glover, died testate in Bengeworth in 1555, and his will is folio #18 for 1555 in the Worcester Probate Registry.  From Emme Washborne's will we learn that Alice had at least three children: John, William, and Margaret Marten.
  4. Katherine, who married Daniel Hide. They had one son by 1546, who was not named in the wills. A Daniel Hyde, who was Vicar of Haselor died testate in 1571, may be the same person.


        (2) John Washborne; married on 21 April 1542 Jone Bushellin Bengeworth, Worcester, England. She died in 1556-7 and was buried in Bengeworth on 4 April 1557 and John remarried to Jone Whitehead, presumably the widow of William Whitehead who died in 1559 in Bengeworth, and the daughter of John Shepey, of Bengeworth, on 8 March or May 1561 in Bengeworth.  She was buried on 23 April 1567 in Bengeworth.  The imperfect records do not show with certainty that he had children by either wife, though he and his wife officiated as godparents at half a dozen baptisms of the children of the Ordeways, Dacles, Bennetts and other well-to-do families.  He, however, certainly had one child.  John apparently married a third wife before 1577-78 by whom he had three children, “Radigone Washborn, daughter of John Washbourne bap. Feb  21st 1579”;  “Daniell, sonne of John Washborn bap. June 17, 1582”;  “Mary, daughter of John Washborn bap. December 7, 1584”.
        John Washborne died intestate in 1593. He was buried on 13 October 1593 in Bengeworth; the inventory of his estate was dated 20 September 1593, according to Davenport, and administration of his estate was granted to his son and heir John Washburne, who had been baptized on 31 January 1551 in Bengeworth. The administration and inventory is in folio #58b for 1593 in the Worcester Probate Registry.

(3) John Washborn, was baptized in 1566 according to the register of Bengeworth baptisms:  “Item;  the first daye of August - Wasborn . . . ;  willm Roberts, Evans Marten godfathers and Agnes Horton godmother.”  John was grown and received letters of administration at his father’s death in 1593.  He married 6 July 1596 Martha Timbrell Stephens and had at least two sons and also a daughter who married Isaacke Averell;  and another, Jane, who probably died unmarried.  John Washbourne was esteemed a man of weight and worth in Bengeworth.  He was a member of the first board of Burgesses appointed by King James when he first granted a charter to Evesham, including Bengeworth in it as a suburb in 1605, and granted the town two representatives in Parliament.  Towards the close of his life John was blind, as is shown by the following passage from his will:

Martha made her will on 29 September 1625 and apparently died and was buried on the same day.  Her will was proved on 9 May 1626.

        (4) John Washburn, was baptized 2 July 1597; married on 23 November 1618 Margery Moore, baptized 3 November 1588, daughter of Robert Moore and Ellen Taylor. On 18 December 1624, Margery's father made his will and he mentioned her in it. On 3 October 1619, Mary, daughter of John Washbourne, was baptized. No further record of her is found, and as she did not accompany her mother to America she probably died before that event. On 26 November 1620 John, son of John Washbourne, and on 2 June 1622 Phillip, son of John Washbourne, were baptized Phillip died on the 7th of the same month. The Phillip who emigrated is not recorded. A blank of 30 years occurs after 1622, and, altogether, for the 17th century the records are very badly kept. John was a church warden in 1625. He was 26 years old or more at the death of his father in August 1624 when he was made executor and charged to settle the estate within six years, paying off the legacies to the other children, while he came into possession of the real estate. As John, his father, was a husbandman with considerable holdings of land and over 200 pounds worth of chattels to dispose of, with his mother dying two years later and leaving property to be looked after, he could hardly have closed up the estate and disposed of his own rights and possessions much before 1630. It seems probable that in that year or the following he emigrated to New England. The following transciption may fittingly complete the English record of the family:

"XII Aprilis, 1635 In the Elizabeth and Ann, Mr. Roger Coop bound for New England pr. cert. from the Mayor of Evesham in Co. Worcester and from the minister of the parish of their conformity -- Margery Washborn 49; John Washborne 14, Phillipp Washbourne 11, 2 sonnes."
        It is not certain in what year John emigrated to New England. His father died in 1624 leaving most of his property to him as eldest son, and made him executor of his will. His mother, Martha, died the following year, and her will was proved 9 May 1620. Between this time and January 1632, he had settled up the family estate, sold out his possessions, emigrated and been living long enough in the New World to have been involved in a civil court case.
        In 1629, thirty-five families arrived in Plymouth from Leyden, Holland; and in 1630 sixty more came over, while others from England, like the Winslows, and some from the Massachusetts Bay Colony, like Deacon Samuel Edson, joined the old Colony. By 1631 the crowding and livestock had so increased in Plymouth, that owners of stock were obliged to move out of the town, at first for the summer only, and later permanently. Duxbury, the first Plymouth off-shoot, began to be settled in 1632 and wa sincorporated in 1637. In 1634, John Washburn purchased from Edward Bumpus "The Eagles Nest," a palisaded homestead with lands beyond Eaglenest Creek. On 3 April 1635, his wife, Margery, and his two sons, John and Philip, received emigration certificates and permission to sail in the Elizabeth and Ann, and in due time joined John in Plymouth.
        Several years later, in 1644, when the population of Duxbury was estimated at over 400, a movement began to be made toward opening up a new inland settlement in what was to be Bridgewater. John Washburn, Sr., and John, Jr., Miles Standish, John Alden, William and John Bradford, Love Brewster, Experience Mitchell, Edmond Chandler, William and John Paybody were among 54 purchasers from Massasoit of the town of Bridgewater, a tract of land extending 7 miles on each side from a certain fixed center. The Company paid for it 7 coats, 1 and 1/2 yards in a coat, 9 hatchets, 8 hoes, 20 knives, 4 moose skins and 10 & 1/2 yards cotton (cloth). The transaction was signed by Massasoit for the Natives, and by Standish, Samuel Nash, and Constance Southworth for the colonists 23 March 1649 after seven years consideration by the Colonial Court, the purchasers, and the Natives. The Washburns did not move to Bridgewater for many years; John and the two sons were registered in Duxbury in 1643 as able to bear arms, and John, Sr., as road surveyor in 1649 and 1650. They had, however, settled in Bridgewater before 1665 where John the father died between 1666 and 1670. Nothing is known about the death of his wife, Margery. The Duxbury town records and also those of the Church from their beginning until 1666 were consumed in the burning of a dwelling. A few of the first leaves of the Plymouth records were worn off and also lost, so that much early information about the colony and individuals has irretrievably perished. Parents of:

        (5) John Washburn, son of John Washburn and Margery Moore, was born in Bengeworth parish Evesham, England, and baptized 28 November 1621. He accompanied his mother, Margery, in emigrating and in the settlement of the family in Duxbury. He was a tailor by trade. John was one of the six men who went first from Duxbury in an expedition to quell an uprising of the Narragansetts and their allies and was elected constable in 1659. He moved to Bridgewater somewhat later, where he was the second largest landholder in town, having "four proprietary shares" located in the east, south and west quarters of the town, and rights in the undivided lands equivalent, altogether, to about one twelfth of the original purchase from Massasoit. He sold the land his father gave him at Green’s Bay in Duxbury in 1670. He married in 1645 Elizabeth Mitchell, "a youth of the goodly company of Leyden," and a granddaughter of Francis Cooke of the Mayflower and his wife Hester le Mahieu.
        John and Elizabeth had seven sons and three daughters. Of the sons, Benjamin went as a soldier in the expedition of Sir William Phipps against Port Royal in 1690 and never returned. John’s children’s names are gathered from his will; the number of his sons is made certain by a sentence in a letter from Thomas Mitchell of Amsterdam, Holland, to his cousin Elizabeth.
        John made his will in 1686 and died November 12 of the same year.

Children of John Washburn and Elizabeth Mitchell:

  1. John, mentioned below
  2. Thomas
  3. Joseph
  4. Samuel
  5. Jonathan
  6. Benjamin
  7. Mary
  8. Sarah
  9. Jane
  10. James
  11. Sarah


        (6) John Washburn, son of John Washburn and Elizabeth Mitchell, was born probably in Duxbury or Bridgewater about 1646 and died in Bridgewater in 1719, aged 73 years. John married in Bridgewater 16 April 1679 Rebecca Lapham, baptized in Scituate 15 March 1645, died in Bridgewater about 1717. In a deed dated 1 July 1697, John Washburn of Bridgewater sold land in Bridgewater to Thomas Snell, Sr., mentioning his (John’s) brothers-in-law Joseph and Thomas Lapham.
        On 28 November 1716, John Washburn gave to his son, John Washburn of Bridgewater, land in Bridgewater, it being part of his "house farm."  On 17 February 1718/19, John Washburn, yoeman, sold to his son John Washburn of Bridgewater, yoeman, his homestead house where he was living and other lands in Bridgewater.  On 6 April 1719, John deeded two acres of land to the " . . . Inhabitants of the Southerly part of Bridgewater . . . to build them a meeting house on . . . ." He died the same year. No Plymouth County probate record record has been found for John Washburn.  In a deed dated 11 April 1724, acknowledged in June 1731, John and Rebecca’s children, Josiah and William Washburn and Abigail Leonard quitclaimed to brother John Washburn.  In a deed, dated and acknowledged 5 September 1720, John Washburn is named as "Jr.". Despite the fact that the deed of 5 September 1720 reads John Washburn, Jr., it must refer to John Washburn, son of John and Rebecca, even though he should at that time have been referring to himself as John Washburn, rather than John Washburn, Jr., since his father had died in 1719.

Washburn Family Plot
First Cemetery, Summer & Plymouth Sts., Bridgewater, Mass.
© Mark A. Wentling, 27 September 2003.

John Washburn's & Rebecca Lapham's headstones, with Bridgewater State College in background.

John Washburn's & Rebecca Lapham's headstones silhouetted against the current meeting-house.

John's headstone reads: "John Washburn 3d was born 1646, married Rebecca Lapham 1679, died 1719, aged 73 years.
He gave the land for this Burying-yard and meeting-house."

Rebecca's stone reads: "Rebecca, wife of John Washburn, died about 1717, her age is unknown. She was the first
person buried in this yard."

Children of John Washburn and Rebecca Lapham:

  1. Josiah, born 11 February 1679/80
  2. John, mentioned below
  3. Joseph, born 7 July 1683; presumed dead by April 1724, as he did not participate in the deed mentioned above.
  4. William, born 16 February 1686
  5. Abigail, born 2 June 1688


        (7) John Washburn, son of John Washburn and Rebecca Lapham, was born in Bridgewater 5 April 1682 and died in Bridgewater 6 July 1746, in his 65th year. In Bridgewater on 16 February 1709/10, John was married to Margaret Packard, born probably in Bridgewater in the period 11 December 1682-10 December 1683 (calculated from age at death), died in Bridgewater 10 December 1743 in her 61st year, daughter of Nathaniel Packard of Bridgewater and Lydia (Smith?/Kingman?). The will of Nathaniel Packard, yoeman, dated 24 April 1720, proved 12 March 1723, names daughter Margaret [surname not given] together with other children.
        In a "love and affection" deed dated 25 November, acknowledged 28 November 1716, John received from his father 50 acres of land, being parte of my home farme."
        The will of John Washburn of Bridgewater, Gentleman, dated 3 April 1746. proved 8 July 1746, names sons John, Nathaniel, Robert and Abishai, daughters Jane and Content and ". . . the heirs of my daughter Margarett Holmes deceased." Son Nathaniel was the sole executor.

Children of John Washburn and Margaret Packard:

  1. John, born 9 July 1711
  2. Nathaniel, born 3 September 1713
  3. Robert, mentioned below
  4. Abraham, born 19 April 1717, died before 3 April 1746
  5. Margaret, born 22 August 1718, married Ephraim Holmes
  6. Abishai, born 16 June 1720
  7. Jane, born 28 March 1722, married Thomas Tomson
  8. Content, born 22 April 1724


John's headstone reads: "In memory of Lieut. John Washburn, who departed this life July ye 6th, 1746,
in ye 65th year of his age.

Margaret's stone reads: "In memory of Mrs. Margaret Washburn, wife to Mr. John Washburn, who deceasd Decem. ye 10th,
1743, in ye 61st year of her age."


        (8) Robert Washburn, son of John Washburn and Margaret Packard, was born 23 May 1715. He married in Bridgewater 6 May 1739/40 Mary Fobes, born in Bridgewater, 1 March 1717. Robert and Mary were the first in this line of Washburns to permanently leave Bridgewater since John Washburn, the immigrant, settled there. Robert first bought land in the town of Plainfield, Windham County, Connecticut, from Isaac Cory of Providence County, Rhode Island, on 27 February 1753. In the deed, he is called "Robert Warshburn of Bridgewater . . . yoeman". On 8 June 1753, Robert sold land in Plainfield to Curtis Spaulding, in which deed he is called "Robert Washburn of Plainfield," indicating that he and his family had established residence in Connecticut by the summer of 1753. In two separate transactions, he again sold land on 4 February 1754 to Thomas Pierce and Thomas Stevens. Robert and Mary had altogether seven children. The name of one of them has been lost.
        The entire family, except sons Calvin and Robert, the eldest, moved sometime soon after 1754 to Livingston Manor, Columbia County, New York. The county records show a John Washburn, fence viewer, in Taghkanic, 1803, wife Jane, and a Luther Washburn of the town of Canaan made his will, 1813, in which he mentions sons Stephen, Zadock and daughters Susan, Cady and Sarah Kinne.

Children of Robert Washburn and Mary Fobes:

  1. Robert, mentioned below
  2. John, born 1743
  3. Calvin, born 1745
  4. Luther, born 1747
  5. Martin, born 1750
  6. Betty, born 1752
  7. a son, name unknown


        (9) Robert Washburn, born 9 January 1740 in Bridgewater, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts, died 24 April 1831, buried in Wilton, Saratoga Co., New York.  He married first on 9 February 1764, in Plainfield, Lucy Farnum. Their only child, recorded in the vital records of Plainfield, was Stephen, born 28 February 1766. Their marriage was a short lived one -- Lucy died on 7 April 1766, just two months after Stephen's birth. Robert married secondly on 16 February 1769, Adah Bennet[t], born 3 January 1744, died 28 November 1816, probably of Preston, New London County, Connecticut. Robert married third Mary E. Bates on 24 October 1829, according to the DAR bible records of Mrs. John Sarle of Schuylerville, New York.  Preston records show that on 15 January 1770, Mr. John Bennet, presumably Adah's father, sold land to "Robert Washburn of Plainfield". Robert later sold land in Preston back to John on 31 May 1771, Benjamin Coit witnessing.  Robert and Adah share the same headstone "erected by affectionate son Rev. Robert Washburn."

Children of Robert and Lucy Washburn:

  1. Stephen, mentioned below
Children of Robert and Adah Washburn:
  1. John, born 1770, died 4 July 1848 in Wilton, Saratoga Co., New York; married Sophia Strong
  2. Noah, born 15 October 1773 in Plainfield, Windham Co., Connecticut
  3. Ephraim, born 1776 in Columbia Co., New York, died 10 August 1865 and is buried in Hudson Falls, New York; married in 1807 in Fort Ann, New York, Sarah Martin, died 24 January 1865, age 77, in Hudson Falls, New York
  4. Daniel, born 19 December 1779, died 11 August 1848 in Wilton, Saratoga Co., New York; married Hannah, died 3 May 1816, age 35.
  5. Luther, born 1781 in Dutchess Co., New York, died 22 August 1871 in Kingsbury, Washington Co., New York; married first Elizabeth Martin, born 1784, died 24 January 1825, age 41, buried in Kingsbury, Washington Co., New York; married second Mrs. Hannah Garrison
  6. Rev. Robert, born 15 January 1783 in Columbia Co., New York, died 25 May 1872, buried in Schuylerville, Saratoga Co., New York, as one of the town's oldest residents, according to his obituary.  The 1855 census for Northumberland said that Robert had lived in the town for 50 years as Clergyman of the Methodist Episcopal Church.  Married 1 March 1806 Mary H. Phelps; married second  on 24 October 1829 Mary E. Baker, born 1800 in Rhode Island, died 4 January 1870 in Wilton, Saratoga Co., New York; married last Mary H., born 10 February 1787, died 19 August 1827.


        (10) Stephen Washburn, son of Robert Washburn and Lucy Farnum, was born 28 February 1766 in Plainfield, Windham County, Connecticut. Stephen sold land in Preston to Reuben Partridge on 16 April 1790, Benjamin and Betty Coit witnessing. Stephen probably received this land from his father.
        Stephen married Salinda, daughter of Elijah Wethy and Mercy Jones, widow of Azariah Gates, of Preston, New London County, Connecticut, and four of their children’s names are known: Dyer, Schuyler, Robert and Elijah. Sometime between 1816 and 1820 they moved to New York, probably first to Albany or Columbia County, then later to Schoharie County where they both died. Several years of research by family and, most recently, a professional genealogist in Connecticut, has failed to uncover any legal documentation of marriage of Stephen and Salinda or the births of their children. For the present, we must rely on other evidence which confirms their union:
        In Hamilton Child’s Gazetteer of Jefferson County, New York: 1684-1890, published in Syracuse in 1890, a sketch of Robert Washburn’s family of Hounsfield opens: "Stephen Washburn lived and died in Schoharie County. His wife Salinda bore him seven children, among whom was Robert, who settled on a farm in this town about 1825. . . ." Child’s information can be considered reliable because in the book he profiles several Washburn families descended from Stephen and Salinda living in Hounsfield. At the time of Child’s writing in 1890, the children of Stephen and Salinda themselves had dozens of their own children living in Hounsfield; thus the people from whom Child got his information were likely right because they had received it from none other than the very children of Stephen and Salinda.
        Furthermore, in his will, Elijah Wethy calls his daughter "Selandy Washburn." While there were many Washburns living around Preston who would have been eligible for Salinda to marry, it seems more than coincidence that there was also a Stephen living in town at the same time, and that tradition names "Stephen and Salinda Washburn" as the immediate progenitors of the Hounsfield Washburns of New York.
        In addition, the naming patterns of the Washburns of Hounsfield incorporate the names of the immediate relatives of the Stephen Washburn and Salinda Wethy of Preston, Connecticut, in question, which, when taken together, are quite striking.  Sons Robert and Elijah bore the names of Stephen’s and Salinda’s fathers respectively.  The unusual names of their sons Dyer and Schuyler break the pattern and do not show up in the immediate genealogy of Stephen and Salinda; however, there are some possible explanations. The given name Dyer was the surname of a large old New England family and Stephen and Salinda may have been trying to honor friends by that name.  The appellation Schuyler became popular in the years following the American Revolution because of the successful military campaigns of General Schuyler in New York against the British; records show that many parents during that time named their children Schuyler and so were called many towns.  Stephen's half-brother, Rev. Robert Washburn was one of the oldest residents of Schuylerville, Saratoga Co., New York.  Judging from the fact that Stephen and Salinda named two sons Schuyler and Robert, it may be assumed that they had quite an emotional attachment to the minister.
        When Elijah Wethy died 7 February 1816, he left all of his substantial real estate to his daughter, Salinda. It seems likely that after Elijah’s death, Salinda stayed in Connecticut only long enough to settle the estate and sell off the property, for all evidence indicates that Stephen & Salinda’s family were in New York no later than 1820. Unfortunately, no records have been uncovered specifically mentioning a Stephen or a Salinda Washburn in New York State at that time, particularly in Schoharie County where they reportedly settled.
        However, a Schuyler Washburn is mentioned in the 1820 census of the town of Carlisle, Schoharie County, New York. He is the only Schuyler Washburn in all of New York State in that year, thus he was probably the Schuyler who was son of Stephen & Salinda Washburn. The fact that this Schuyler is not listed in the 1810 census, indicating that either he was not of age to be counted or that he was not yet residing in New York, makes it more likely that he was indeed the son of Stephen and Salinda, who was just 11 years old in that year and his parents were still living in Connecticut.
        Upon close inspection of federal census records, it seems likely that Stephen & Salinda lived at the home of their son, Schuyler. While the federal census did not include the names of every individual living in each home until 1850, the 1820 census recorded the ages of each person in each household. In 1820, one male and one female, each in the age category of "45+" years were reported as living in the home of Schuyler Washburn of Carlisle, Schoharie County. Himself 21 years old in 1820, Schuyler had no children yet. While the older couple may have been his wife Elizabeth’s parents, it has not been proven that he was married yet either. Both Stephen and Salinda were over 45 years of age in 1820, therefore it is probable that they were indeed in Schoharie County by 1820 and living in Schuyler’s home -- explaining why Stephen never appears as head of household in any census records. The 1820 census also lists two farmers in Schuyler’s house, but a recent search of county records failed to yield any land titles or record of transfer of land from when Schuyler left the county a few years later.
        Child’s history of Jefferson County indicates that Robert Washburn, son of Stephen and Salinda, moved to Hounsfield about 1825. Contemporary manuscripts, wills, land, census and cemetery records indicate that at least two brothers, Dyer & Schuyler, accompanied him and settled on adjacent properties. The brothers’ migration to Hounsfield suggests that Stephen & Salinda might have been dead by 1825, leaving no reason for their children, especially Schuyler if he was their caretaker, to remain in Schoharie County. By 1830, Schuyler was listed among the residents of the town of Hounsfield, Jefferson County, New York, in the federal census, with his brothers Dyer & Robert. Again, Schuyler is the only Washburn of that name in all of New York State for that year.
        During the years between 1810 and 1860, a Silas Washburn appears in the town of Jefferson, Schoharie County. Silas was Stephen’s distant cousin. The fact that Stephen and Salinda’s son, Robert of Hounsfield, named his son Silas provides further evidence that Stephen and Salinda brought their family to Schoharie County before 1825 (and probably knew Silas well).
        No death record, wills, or graves have ever been found for Stephen and Salinda Washburn.

Children of Stephen and Salinda Washburn:

  1. Elijah, born 1790 in Connecticut, died 23 July 1854 in West Troy, New York; married 1809 in First Congregational Church of Lower Griswold, Lydia Green, born 1794 in Lower Griswold (Preston), Connecticut, died 11 July 1859 in West Troy. (Information provided by Carla Mace).

  2. Children:
    1. Lydia, born 1813, Lower Griswold, Conn., died 1890; married Adolphus Harrison, born 1805 in Braut, Erie County, New York
    2. Stephan F., born 30 November 1810 in Lower Griswold, Conn., died 10 August 1893 in 1417 Fourth Ave., Watervliet, NY; married 1839 Frances E., born 9 April 1821 in Westbrook, CT, died 9 March 1907 in Albany Hospital, Albany, NY
    3. Martha M., born 9 October 1815, Conn., died 29 September 1872, West Troy, NY; married Robert T. Noble, born 25 July 1839, West Troy, NY, died 31 August 1873, West Troy, NY
    4. Sarah Jane, born 1822, Albany, NY
    5. Elizabeth C., born 1825, Albany, NY, died 12 November 1892 in 320 Madison Ave., Albany, NY; married --- Hills, died 1859
    6. Frances A., born 29 June 1828, Albany, NY, died 29 March 1905, Watervilet, NY; married 20 September 1843, Watervilet, NY, Hewitt Chard, born June 1823, Ireland, died 15 December, 1911, West Troy, NY
    7. Jane, born 1829
    8. David E., born 6 December 1829, Albany, NY, died 27 January 1851, West Troy, NY
  3. Dyer Washburn, born 1790, Connecticut, died 23 October, 1861, buried Rice’s Corners Cemetery, Town of Adams, Jefferson County, New York; married Annie Bass, born 1789, Connecticut. (Information provided by Patti Wagner).

  4. Children:
    1. Annie Valitta, born New York, died 21 February 1899, Watertown, NY, buried Sulpher Springs; married James Harris. Parents of:
      1. Lonson Dyer Harris, (at right; photo provided by Mary Martin) born 8 June 1856, died 21 October 1936; married Effie Estelle Orchard, born 7 January 1862, died 26 August 1935, daughter of Benjamin Orchard and Armenia Barnes.
    2. Robert Washburn, farmer, born 1828 in Hounsfield, Jefferson Co., New York, died at age 84 years, 9 months, according to his obituary published 5 March 1913 in the Watertown Daily Times; married Lucy Warren.  He resided in Adams for the last 40 years of his life.  His funeral was held Friday morning at 11am, Rev. C.V. Havens officiating.  The remains were placed in the vault at Adams Center.  Parents of:
      1. Layton D., born in Adams, died 17 April 1929 at 4am in his daughter's home in Adams.  He owned and operated a farm in Adams for many years and was a life-long resident of the village.  His funeral was held Friday at 2pm at his daughter's home in Smithville.  Interment was in Union Cemetery, Adams Center.  In 1872 at the Clark home in Hounsfield, he married Angerine Clark, born 1 April 1855, died December 1938, daughter of Roswell and Amelia Clark.  The Rev. A. B. Prentice, pastorof the Seventh Day Baptist Church of adams Center officiated.  Her funeral services were held Thursday at 2pm from the Smithville Baptist Church with Rev. Ivan M. Cash, pastor, officiating.  She was buried in Union Cemetery, Adams Center.  Parents of:
        1. Eugene, resident of Black River, Jefferson Co., New York.
        2. Edith; married George Hess, and resided in Sackets Harbor.
        3. daughter; married Howard Phelps, and resided in Adams Center.
        4. daughter, died October 1937 in Adams Center; married Walter Squires.
      2. daughter; married Byron D. Walsworth, resided in Sackets Harbor.
      3. daughter; married E.D. Holloway, and resided in Dexter and Orleans Four Corners.
      4. Warren, resided in Adams, Jefferson Co., New York, and Syracuse, Onondaga Co., New York.
    3. Irene; married Merrick A. Manley
    4. Mabel; married Mr. Whittacker
    5. Schuyler,  (at right; photo provided by Patti Wagner), born 1823, died 29 June 1905 in town of Hounsfield, Jefferson Co., New york; married first in 1854 Sarah, born 1827, died 1864, buried in Sulpher Springs Cemetery, Hounsfield, Jefferson Co., New York; married second 30 November 1865 Susan Eveleigh, born 1843, died 14 January 1914.  He was a member and trustee of the Sulpher Springs Church for many years and his funeral was held there, Rev. C. Rathbun and Rev. Mr. Niles officiating, with the choir from Sackets Harbor singing.  He was buried in Sulpher Springs Cemetery.
  5. Schuyler, born about 1800, died 3 June 1854, buried Lakeside Cemetery, Sackets Harbor, New York; married Elizabeth, born 1799, died 30 August 1852, buried Lakeside Cemetery.  (Information provided by Patti Wagner).

  6. Children:
    1. Julia, born 1824, died 26 February 1846; married George B. Washburn
    2. Eliza, born 1832, died 28 June 1849
    3. Dyer, born 1821, died 10 August 1879; married Martha M.
    4. Luther, born 1831, Jefferson County, New York, died 11 October 1872; married Caroline Torrey
    5. Amy; married Samuel N. Dodge
    6. Jane; married 27 December 1854, Henry C. Crandall
    7. Maria O., born 1850, died 20 August 1853[?]; married George Parker
  7. Robert, mentioned below


        (11) Robert Washburn, son of Stephen Washburn and Salinda Wethy, was born about 1804, in Greenbush, Renssalaer Co., New York, died 18 September 1875, and buried in Sulpher Springs Cemetery, Hounsfield, Jefferson County, New York. He married Emeline Manley, daughter of Asa Manley. Robert's niece Irene Washburn married Emeline's younger brother Merrick A. Manley. Emeline was born in 1810 in Jefferson County, New York and she died 23 November 1887.
         In 1822, the first land transaction by this Washburn family in Jefferson County occurred when Dyer Washburn purchased land from his in-laws, Samuel and Catherine Bass of Northampton, Montgomery Co., New York. The property consisted of 100 acres of unimproved land with no dwellings, situated on Old Salt Point Road, between Sulpher Springs Road and The Town of Adams line, in the neighborhood known as Camp's Mills. Robert, by then about age 23 or 24, joined his brothers Dyer and Schuyler in clearing the lot and erecting homes.
        The first house was built on the east side of the road. As family members grew of age, they erected more homes in the vicinity. Land ownership maps from 1855 indicate that Dyer Washburn owned the main house in that year and Robert owned a house on the west side of the street, which today no longer stands. When land ownership maps were again made in 1864, they had traded homes, this time permanently.
The Washburns depended on one another for their livelihood. For over 150 years it was typical for each succeeding generation to live and die on the home farm. The house and farm were continuously inherited by the descendants of Robert and Emeline until it passed out of the family in the 1970’s. (The present owners encourage and receive frequent visits to the home by Washburns who still share fond memories of years spent on the farm with family.)
        The door of the house once contained a chime which would play a pleasant melody whenever the knob or a key was turned. Inside, the home had six bedrooms and a root cellar. The most spectacular room was the parlor which was guarded by solid wood double sliding doors. In this room the family spent most of its time. All the Washburn children in this line of descent were born there until 1916. When a family member died, they were laid out in the parlor and the memorial and funeral services were conducted there in the home with the whole family present, the last occurring in 1972.

The Robert Washburn house, built ca. 1825 in Camps Mills

        Robert Washburn did not leave a will and it seems that he was unable to. A document discovered recently among the land deeds of Jefferson County says the following:

"This Indenture made this 23rd day of March 1874 between Robert Washburn by Emeline Washburn & Theodore Washburn, Committee of the person and estate of said Robert Washburn appointed by the Jefferson County Court of the first part, and Randall Dingman of the Town of Hounsfield Jefferson County New York of the second part. Whereas at a Special Term of the said Jefferson County Court held at the Chamber of Hon. Azariah H. Sawyer in the City of Watertown said County, it was among other things ordered that the partys hereto of the first part be and they thereby were authorized and directed to sell the premises hereinafter described for the purpose of paying the debts of . . . the person and estate of Robert Washburn a lunatic . . . ."

The rest of the document spells out a transaction in which Randall Dingman (their son-in-law) pays $4,000 in exchange for hundreds of acres of land owned by Robert and Emeline in order to pay off debts which Robert apparently accrued. Interestingly, the land transferred in the document is described as "lot No.17 in Township No.1 in great lot No.5 of Macomb’s Purchase." Macomb was the proprietor who purchased all of what is now Jefferson County and opened it up for settlement at the turn of the nineteenth century.
        At any rate, the conclusion can be drawn that Robert was mentally incapacitated in his old age, thus requiring his wife and his son Theodore to make decisions for him regarding finances and real estate. The family farm was apparently a much larger tract of land at one time. Robert died a year and a half after the land was sold.
        After Robert's death, Emeline remained on the family farm, which by then had passed to son Silas. In the 1880 census, she was enumerated as "Evaline" Washburn in Silas's household. When she died, she was laid to rest next to Robert at Sulpher Springs Cemetery about two miles from their home.

Robert and Emeline's graves in Sulpher Springs Cemetery.


Children (all born on the family farm at Camps Mills, Hounsfield, Jefferson Co., New York):

  1. Hiram, born 1832, died 19 July 1865, buried in Rice's Corners Cemetery, town of Adams, Jefferson Co., New York; married Mary.  Hiram served in the Civil War; the Town of Hounsfield Clerk's enumeration of veterans in 1865 indicated that Hiram "died or committed suicide by poisoning."
  2. Stephen, born 5 December, 1836, died 18 April 1873; married Mary Ann Evans, whose family gave its name to the present-day town of Evans Mills.  Parents of:
    1. John R., born 14 December 1860 in Camps Mills, died of pneumonia about noon on 27 November 1931 at his farm home in Hounsfield, age 71 (obituary published the following day in the Watertown Daily Times).  He was a member of Sulpher Springs Star Grange No. 9.  His funeral was held from the Sulpher Springs Methodist Episcopal Church Sunday at 2pm.  Services were held at the home at 1:30, Rev. A. Leslie Potter, pastor of the Dexter and Sulpher Springs Methodist Episcopal Church officiating.  Interment was made in the family plot at Sulpher Springs Cemetery.

    2.         In 1883, he married Kate Ressiguie, born 18 April 1861, daughter of Belden Ressiguie and Thurza Delavergne.  Parents of:
      1. daughter; married Mr. Eveleigh.  Parents of:
        1. Guy Eveleigh of Hounsfield.
  3. Silas, mentioned below
  4. Newton M., born 1841, died 1913; married Valtaline VanWinckel.
  5. George Herbert, born 1843, died 15 June 1928; married Mary Jane ---
  6. Wallace E., born 1848, died 10 November 1917; married 4 August 1885 Georgina Connelly.  His obituary, published 12 November 1917 in the Watertown Daily Times (p.5, col. 5), says "he was the last survivor of the family," however, his brother George Herbert appears to have died several years after him.  In the early 1880's, Wallace moved to Watertown where he engaged in various businesses, until his old age when failing health made it impossible for him to continue.  With G.C. Martin he opened the first store in what is now known as the Taggart block on Public Square un der the firm name Martin & Washburn, dealers in shoes.  Later he was in partnership with the late John Clark in the grocery business in the same block.  He was also at times in the employ of O.B. Cadwell and A. Bushnell & co.  In August 1885, he married Georgiana Connolly and took up residence at 157 Academy Street, which was his last residence.  He died at 3pm on Saturday, 10 November 1909, at the age of 69 years, after an illness extending over four years.  Parents of:
    1. Naama Washburn.  She willed her ornate grandfather clock to her nephew William, who gave it to his daughter Marjorie, where it is today.
  7. Lydia, born 1851; married Randall E. Dingman. In the 1880 census of Town of Lyme, Jefferson Co., New York, they were enumerated as residents of Three-Mile-Bay, he as a 32 year old farmer, and she as a 29 year old housekeeper; no children.
  8. Theodore, born 1845, died April 1912; married Jeanette Rice, born 1848, died 1919, daughter of Gen. Albert Rice of Adams, after whom Rice's Corners Cemetery is named.  Parents of:
    1. Albert R., (at right),  born 1875, died 1912; married Wedenesday, 11 September 1901 Winifred Armstrong Vincent of Point Peninsula, at her home, Rev. F.H. Richardson officiating.
    2. Arthur Davis, born 26 October 1879, died 7pm at his home on the Friday before 12 February 1938, when his obituary was published in the Watertown Daily Times; married in 1907 at Camps Mills, Gertrude Ethel Harris, born 9 September 1884 at Battersea, Ontario, Canada, died 6 July 1977 4:10am at the House of the Good Samaritan Hospital, Watertown, a daughter of Christopher Harris and Sarah Smith.  Her family immigrated to the United States about 1900.  The couple resided in Camps Mills all of their married life.

    3.         Arthur was a farmer all of his life on the Washburn homestead, Sackets Harbor-Adams Center Road.  He was a member of the Sulpher Springs Star Grange.  He had been in failing health since the July before his death and had suffered several strokes, finally succumbing to coronary thrombosis.  Funeral services were held in the family home the following Monday at 2pm.  Burial was in Union Cemetery, Adams, Rev. Paul Roy of the Dexter Methodist Church officiating.  After Arthur died, Gertrude removed to Adams Center.  Parents of:
      1. Mildred; married Carl Atwater, and resided at 1801 Holcomb St., Watertown.
      2. Margaret; married Mr. Pelton, and resided in Chicago, Illinois.  Her existence is only known from her brother John's obituary.


          (12) Silas Robert Washburn, born 21 May 1838, in Hounsfield, Jefferson County, was educated in the public schools and farmed the land inherited from Robert and Emeline until his death in February 1911. On 24 April 1863, Silas married Esther Stoodley, born 1841 in Hounsfield. Esther's family immigrated from Hawkchurch, Dorset, England, to Hounsfield a few years prior to her birth, and settled in Sulpher Springs adjacent to Silas' uncle, Schuyler Washburn, on what today is a section of the Eveleigh Road that no longer exists. Like several of her sisters, Esther was a school teacher.
        Silas inherited the family house and farm from his parents, and used it as his place of business even before thier deaths. In Child's 1864 Business Directory of Hounsfield is listed "Washburn, Silas R., (Sackett's Harbor) r 66, 13 cows, 150 sugar trees, farmer 90" which indicated that Silas participated in the dairy trade as well as in maple sugar production.
         In 1911, Silas died, leaving the homefarm to the care of his eldest son, William Wallace Washburn, then age 34.
         Esther died in August 1920 at age 79 yrs. 7 mos. 24 days. Her funeral was held at 1pm the following Tuesday "old time" at the Washburn residence in Hounsfield. Interment was in Union Cemetery, Adams Center, Jefferson County.


  1. William Wallace, mentioned below
  2. Homer T., (at right), born 1873, died 1924; he lived on the family farm until his death.
William Wallace Washburn
Homer Theodore Washburn


Homer & William Washburn at work on the home farm, ca. 1915



           (13) William Wallace Washburn, was born 26 October 1867, in the town of Hounsfield on the family farm; married 20 December 1905, Ada Stokes, born 8 October 1876. The ceremony was performed by Rev. W.H. Niles at her home in the town of Hounsfield, and on their honeymoon they rode the train from Watertown to Sackets.
Ada's father immigrated when he was four years old, from England, where his parents were natives of the same village as William's mother's family.
         The couple lived out their days on the Washburn family farm following their marriage.
       William was a member of Star Grange and of the Sackets Harbor I.O.O.F. and lived and farmed on the homestead for 75 years. He died at his home on the Adams Center-Camps Mills road at 11:10 the night of 16 May 1951 after a long illness. Funeral services were held at the home, as was family custom, Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock and burial was in Union Cemetery, Adams Center.

        Ada attended local schools and worked as a dressmaker in her younger years. She was a charter member and Golden Sheaf member of Star Grange, Sulpher Springs, and a member of the United Methodist Church and of the W.S.C.S. class of the church.
         Ada outlived her husband by more than 20 years, and relied on her children in her old age, particularly on her son Leon who stayed on to run to farm after his father's passing. She died at the age of 95 on 6 May 1972, Saturday evening, in Mercy Hospital, Watertown, where she had been a patient for two weeks; her death occurred on the birthday of her grandson, David Jenkins. The funeral was held Tuesday at 2 o’clock at the family home, Rev. Miles Hutchinson, pastor of Lorraine-Mannsville United methodist Church, officiating. Burial was in Union Cemetery, Adams Center. Arrangements were with the Piddock Funeral Home, Adams.


  1. Leon Silas Washburn, born 1906, died 1989.  He lived on the family farm until it was sold in the 1970's.
  2. Marjorie Washburn, died 29 September 2002; married Donald Gordonier.
  3. Esther Lydia Washburn, born 1910, died 13 December 2002; married Elmo Fee, born 1907, died 1997.
  4. Beulah Ethel, born 2 April 1916, died February 1980; married Donald Thorp Jenkins
William Washburn & Ada Mae Stokes with 
children Leon, Margery and Esther, about 1915.

"Down Home" 1940: From left to right, Beulah, age 24; Margery, age 28; Mickey; 
Don Gordonier; Leon, age 33; Ada in her rocking chair; father William on the porch.


The Washburn Homestead in summer 1997.


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1546 Will of John Washburne

This is a transcription of the 1546 will of John Washburne, of Bengeworth,
Worcestershire, England, the great-grandfather of John Washburn, the
immigrant ancestor to Plymouth Colony, and of William Washburn, the
immigrant ancestor to Hempstead, Long Island. It was taken from Rev. James
Davenport's "The Washbourne Family of Little Washbourne and Wichenford in
the County of Worcester," published in London in 1907. Rev. Davenport's
transcription is literal, and very carefully done. It shows that John and
Emme Washburne had two sons, John and William, and two daughters, Alice,
who married William Marten, and Katherine, who married Daniel Hide.

The will is in the Worcester Probate Office in folio #93 for the year 1546.
In this transcription over e-mail, the unusual punctuation will be lost,
unfortunately, but I have done my best to render it in this format. It is
very readable for its age if one accepts the tediously long sentences with
patience. Roman numerals were used for numbers. Monetary units are in
pounds, shillings and pence, i.e. viiiL = 8 pounds; viiis = 8 shillings;
viiid = 8 pence. I cannot translate the Latin at the end of the will. Maybe
somebody else can?

 In the name of God Amen the xxvii day of December the yere of o'r lord
mcccccxlvi, & in the xxxviii yere of the Rayne of o'r Souaygne lord Henry
the viii by the grace of God Kynge of Englande fraunce & Ireland Defendor
of the faythe and in erthe of the churche of England & also of Irelande the
sup'me head. I John Wassheburne husbandman dwellynge in the pishe of
bengeworthe w'in the dioces of Worcester beynge sike in body nevrthelesse
of good & perfecte mynde & memorie thanks be to God therfore do ordeyne &
make this my testament & last will in forme & mannr folowing--first I
bequethe my soule unto Almyghty God, & my body to be buryed w'in the
eccliasticall sepulture of my pishe church of bengeworthe aforenamed &
soche temporall goods as my lord god hathe lente me & to be orderyd &
disposed as herafter folowethe to the true execucon wherof I do constitute
& make Emme my wiffe my sole Executrixe & Thoms Shreve of Hampton & Willm
Wassheburne my sone supvisors or ovrsears to the same. Itm I will my body
be honestly brought unto the sepulture wth solempne dirige & masse for my
soule & all christen soules. Itm I bequethe unto my pishe churche of
bengworthe aforesayde ii strike of whete & ii strike of barley. Itm I
bequethe unto Willm my sone my bigger sestarne a carte brydle & a mattocke.
Itm I bequethe unto John my sone my lesser sestarne, an ewtinge fatte, a
carte bridle & a mattocke. Itm I bequethe unto the ii children of Willm my
sone & to the ii children of John my sone evy one of them iis. Itm I
bequethe unto the iii children of Robte Marten my sone in lawe & to the one
childe of Danyell Hide myne other sone in lawe evy one of them like wisse
iis. The Residue of my goods in this testament not bequethed I give &
bequethe unto Emme my wiffe and Executrix above named wth all my howses
lands & grownds therto belonging lyinge wthin the towe & filde of
bengeworthe aforesayd she to have the sayd howses lands & grownds duryng
her naturall liffe & aftr her decesse I will John my sone shall inherite &
have unto him & his eyre male for evr all my foresayd howses lands &
grownds & he or his eyres to pay unto Willm my sone so longe as the sayde
Willm shall lyve out of the sayd grownde yerely vis viiid & the sayde Willm
my sone shall pay for the same yerely to Alice Marten my daughter duryng
theyer ii lyves to gether ii strike of whete to be delived one strike at
Christmas & another at Aster and John my sone shall pay unto Katherine Hide
my other daughter yerly duryng her naturall life too strike of whete to be
delived in like manr & in case that eyther of my sons aforenamed happen to
die my ii daughters Aloise & Katheryn being alive then will I that the
longer lyvr of my sayd ii sones shall pay unto my ii daughters the hole
some of whete aforenamed or iff bothe my sones decesse then they to have
the forsayde whete durynge theyer lifes out of my grounde aforenamed and yf
it happen that John my sone have no eyer male then I will that after his
decesse Willm my sone & his eyre male yf he have any shall inherite the
sayde howses lands & grownds for evr & in case that neyther of my sones
John nor Willm have eny eyer male then will I that the eldest daughter of
John my sone shall inherite the sayd howses lands and grownds afore
specified to pay out of the same to the eldest daughter of Willm my sone
duryng her naturall liffe yerly halfe the rent of the same wch is viis vid
and then the forsayde howses lands & grownds to remayne to the eyer gen'all
for evr. This is my full testament & last will written the day & yere above
specified. These beyng witnesse Thoms Shreve  Thoms Marten  Willm Clente &
Thoms Trewelove wt other.
 Pbat' cora dco Comiss die anno et loco pdict' qu' iurat etc. & exhibuit
Inventariu ad summa xxviiL viiis viiid.

 Provided by John Maltby via the WASHBURN-L listserv on 27 Sept. 1998


1547 Will of Emme Washborne

This is a complete transcription of the 1547 will of Emme Washborne, widow 
of John Washborne, of Bengeworth, Worcestershire, England, taken from Rev. 
James Davenport's "The Washbourne Family of Little Washbourne and 
Wichenford in the County of Worcester," published in London in 1907. As 
with the will of her husband, John Washborne, posted to the maillist Sept. 
27th, many of the numbers are expressed in Roman Numerals, i.e. iis = 2 
shillings, xvid = 16 pence, etc. 

The will is located in the Probate Registry at Worcester, England, folio 
#26 for the year 1547:

 In the name of God amen the I day of may the yere of our lord 1547 & in 
the firste yere of the raygne of our souaygn lord Edward the vi by the 
grace of god Kyng of England france & Ireland defender of the faythe & of 
the churche of England & also of Ireland on erthe the sup'me hed--I Emme 
Wasborn dwellynge in the pishe of Bengeworthe wthin the dioc of Worceter 
beyinge sike in body nevtheles of pfecte mynde & good memorie thanked by 
god do ordeyne & make this my testament & last will in forme & manr as 
herafter folowethe--first I bequethe my soule unto Almyghty god, the 
glorius virgin saynte mary & to the company of all blessed angells & saynts 
in hevyn, & my body to be buryed wthin the churcheyard of Bengworthe -- Itm 
I give & bequethe to Danyell Hide my best cowe ii couple of shippe a 
quarter of whete & another of barley a flaxen shete & ii hurden shets -- 
Itm I bequethe to Katherine Hide my daughter a redd curtell my best gowne 
my best cappe my fetherbedde my best kamiccs [footnote by Davenport says 
"That is, Cambrics. The Flemish name of Cambray is Kameryk."] a bolster a 
potte a lande of whete at the weathis a baknhogge a coffer that I bought of 
Thoms Swerdebrake and iii stiks of whight clothe -- Itm I bequethe to John 
M'ten ii coples of shepe & a newe pewter dishe -- Itm I bequethe to William 
Marten ii cowpulls of shippe & a platter. Itm I bequethe to Margarete M'ten 
ii couples of shepe my best hooke of silvr & a platter -- Itm I bequethe to 
Willm Wasborn my sone a browne cowe to his wiffe my best kertell & ii 
kercheffes -- To Katherine his daughter my best panne a platter & one 
couple of shepe -- To Agnes his daughter a panne & caudern a plater my best 
beads my second peyer of hoks & one couple of shepe. -- I bequethe to the 
churche of Bengeworth ii striks of barley -- Itm I bequethe to the yonge 
mens lyght ii striks of barley -- Itm I bequethe to Willm Blaklowe a hurden 
shete -- Itm I bequeth to Emme Ruttr a hurden shete -- Itm I bequethe to 
Agnes Ordeweye a hurden shete -- Itm I bequethe to Johane Davis a hurden 
shete -- Itm I bequethe to Emme Gowgzht a hurden shete -- I gyve & will 
that the xvid that is receaved for a certayne hade in the filde ev'y yere 
shalbe bestowed for my husbands soule & myne wthin the churche of 
bengeworthe ev'y yere onse to have dirge & masse for oursoules and all 
christen soules -- The residue of all my other goods and catall above not 
bequethed I give and put in the disposicon of John Wasborne my sone whom I 
do ordeyne & make my executore and he to dispose them for the welthe of my 
soule & all Christen soules as he thinkethe best to be done -- To this 
witnessithe Rich. felps the elder  Richard felps the yongr, Robte Ordewey 
Willm Payge my curate & gostly father wth other. -- Dated the yere monethe 
& day above wryghtyn-- 
 Pbatu etc. cora dco Comissio etc. apud Euishm xv die mens' Junii anno dm 
1547 qui iurat etc. Exhibuit Inventarm etc. ad suma xviiL xviis xd. 

The inventory was valued at 17 Pounds, 17 shillings, 10 pence, and probate 
took place on 15 June 1547. From St. Peter's Parish records of Bengeworth, 
the burial of Emme Washburn was on 13 May 1547. 

Provided by John Maltby via the WASHBURN-L listserv on 4 October 1998


1624 Will and Inventory of
John Washborne

The 1624 Will and Inventory of John Washborne, of Bengeworth, 
Worcestershire, England, transcribed from LDS Microfilm #0098025, 
"Wills of the Consistory Court of Worcester, Diocese of 
Worcester, 1624," and compared with the transcription of the same 
in Rev. James Davenport's "The Washbourne Family of Little 
Washbourne and Wichenford," London, 1907, pp. 42-44. 

This microfilm was dark and hard to read, and in addition the 
right hand side of Washborne's will and bottom of his inventory 
appear to have been water-damaged. I photographed both the will 
and inventory. The transcription by Rev. James Davenport is 
excellent and thorough, word for word, with the will. I am 
posting it to the Washburn mailling list for the sake of those 
who do not have access to Davenport's difficult-to-find book. (I 
hope the formatting comes out over your e-mail. I purposely left 
out the Pound sign in the inventory values.) 


"In the name of god amen the iiiith day of august ano dm. 1624 
and in the xxiith yeare of the rayne of or sovaryne Lord James by 
the grace of god King of England Fraunce & Ireland, Defender of 
the faith & of Scotland the Lviiith.  I John Washborne of 
Bengeworth in the Borrough of Evesham in the countie of worcester 
being verie weake & sicke in bodie but of good & pfect memory 
thanks be to God doe ordaine this my last will & testamt in 
manner & forme following. First I bequeath my Soule into the 
hands of Almightie God nothing doubting but that through his 
infinite mercies in Christ Jesus he will receave it. Item I give 
unto my Sonne in law Isaacke Averell Thirty pounds of good & 
lawful money of England to be paid unto him in mannr & form 
following videlt that is to say Fifteene pounds wthin one yeare
next after my decease & the other fifteen pounds wthin three 
yeares nxt after my decease. Item I give unto my Daughter Joane 
Wasborne fiftie pounds of good & lawfull money of England to be 
paid unto her the one Halfe at her Day of marriadge & the othr 
wthin the space of fouer years next ensueing after her Day of 
marriage, Provided that she marry wth the consent assent & good 
lyking of her mother & my Brother in Law John Timbrell. Item I 
give unto my Sone Wyllim Wasborne forty pounds the one halfe to 
be paid wthin six monthes after my decease & the other xxtie 
pounds wthin six yeares next after my decease. Item I give unto 
my loving wife all my houshoulde stuffe to be at her Disposinge. 
The residue of my Lands Cattells & Chattells moveable & 
unmoveable I give & bequeath unto my Sonne John Washborne whom I 
make Executor of this my last will & testamt & whom I ordaine & 
appoint to pay all the aforesaid bequeathes in mannr & forme 
Memorandum that before the signing hereof the above said John 
Washborne did give & bequeath unto Jane the Daughter of Isaacke 
Averell one Heyfer of a yeare old to be Delivered her when she 
comes to the age of five yeares.   In witness of all wch the said 
John Washborne being blinde & not able to sett to his hand hath 
authorised his Brother John Tymbrell for him & in his stead to 
subscribe to these prsents wth his name or marke the Day & yeare 
first above written. 
     Read published & signed wth this word (lands) interlined in 
the seaventeenth line before the ensealing & signing hereof 
before                                       John Washborne 
     John Balaw 
     John Tymbrell 
     Joseph Phelpes 
                                   Probat wigorn 26 february 
                                   1624 p Johnn Washborne 
                                   filius et executorem jurat" 


               "An Inventorie of all the goods & chattells 
               of John Washborne of Bengworth late 
              deceased made the xith day of Decembr 
                    anno Domi 1624 
Impris his wearing appell ---------------------------- 3 
Item in the lower iner chambr one cubbord one pesse 
& one bed wth his furniture Barrells bed healings 
linnin & other implements ---------------------------- 22
Item in the Hall one table board wth his frame, 
formes & benches wth one cubbord & one little table 
wth one joyne chayer wth pewter & bras shelves 
cheeses & other implements --------------------------- 4  10s 
Item in the Kitchin & in the loft above one 
table board bras potts kettles pailes one 
cheesering towe beds & other implements -------------- 2   3s 
Item in the loft above the Hall fowr bedds 
wheat barley & poulse coffers boards & 
cheeses & other implements --------------------------- 15 10s 
Item the horses geares carts plowes & 
harrowes ------------------------------------------- 9&30 
Item the Hay & talletts and Hay ---------------------- 8  10s 
Item Timbr & wood & ladders & rackes ----------------- 6 
Item the wheate Barly & poulse ----------------------- 82 
Item the kine ---------------------------------------- 20 
Item the sheep --------------------------------------- 10 
Item the swine --------------------------------------- 2 
Item the Heams Cartropes pig-troughes & 
Horsetroughe -----------------------------------------    10s 
                    Suma totalis    is             ccxv  iiis 
Joseph Phelps 
John Tymbrell                           (additional writing 
Tho. ordway                             in this area that is 
                                        dark and unreadable.) 
           26 february 1624" 

Remember that the calendar in use in England at this time changed years on 
March 25th, so February 1624 came after December 1624. 

 Provided by John Maltby via the WASHBURN-L listserv on 13 June 1998


1625 Will of Martha Washborne

This is a full transcription of the 1625 will of Martha (Timbrell) (Stevens) Washborne, 
widow of John Washborne, of Bengeworth, England, the parents of the Washburn 
immigrant ancestors John Washburn, of Bridgewater, MA, and William Washburn, 
of Hempstead, NY.

From the Bishop's Transcripts of Bengeworth, was the burial entry for "the
weddow Wasbon" on 29 Sept.? 1625.

Since Martha's husband John Washborne already gave his house and land to
his eldest son, John Washburn, in his 1624 will, his widow Martha had only her
personal belongings to give. Her inventory was valued at 24 Pounds, 13 shillings, 
8 pence, and consisted of her bed, sheets, linens, cushions, a table, cupboard, 
chair, pewter, candlesticks, platters, brass pots, copperware, etc.

I have again used the transcription printed in Rev. James Davenport's "The
Washbourne Family of Little Washbourne and Wichenford," 1907, as a guide,
since several parts of the will on the microfilm are unreadable, particularly in
the beginning and along the left margin.

The microfilm is LDS #0098030, "Wills of the Consistory Court of Worcester,
Diocese of Worcester, England, 1626," film #3 for that year, folio #210:


 "In the name of God Amen the nine and tentie daye of Septtember 1625 and in
the furst yeare of the Raine of our Souvange lord Charles by the grace of
God Kinge of England, France and Ireland Defender of the Fayth & of
Scotland the lviiiith?  I marthae wasburne of Bengworthe widdow in the
burroghe of Evesham in the contie of Worster beinge verie weake & sicke in
body but of a good & perfett memory thankes be to God I doe ordaine this my
laste will & testament in manner & forme followinge ffirst I bequiathe my
soule in to the hand of Al mighty God no thinge doutinge but that through
His infanit mercies in Christ Jesus he will receiuve it. Itm I give unto my
dautter Jone Washborne all the nue clouth and the best of all my houshus
stufe and the rest of stoufe to be at my brouther John Tembrel dispousing."
witnes   ales watsone  and
   ales orwaye
   annes hale

The will was proved on 9 May 1626. The appraisers of her personal estate
were John Timbrell, Richard Moore and Richarde Haye.

From the simplicity of the will, I would imagine that Martha was breathing
her last few breaths as she dictated her simple wishes to the three
witnesses. She evidently died and was buried the same day, assuming that
"tentie" means twenty.

You will also remember from the Bishop's Transcripts of Bengeworth that in
March, 1626, Jone Washeburne married John Shortazel. This was almost
certainly the daughter of John and Martha Washborne, of Bengeworth.
Unfortunately, neither Isaack Averell nor his wife were mentioned in
Martha's will, which could possibly mean that Isaack had married one of
John Washborne's two daughters by his first marriage; either Radegonno
Washborne, bpt. on 21 Feb. 1578/9 in Bengeworth, or Mary Washborne, bpt. on
12 Dec. 1584 in Bengeworth. I haven't yet been able to find Isaack Averell
or his wife in the parish registers around Bengeworth, so I don't know
where they lived or the name of his wife. Jone Washborne, the youngest
daughter, was bpt. on 11 Feb. 1604 in Bengeworth.

Provided by John Maltby via the WASHBURN-L listserv on 28 December 1998

1624 Will of Robert Moore

A transcription of the will of Robert More, of Bengeworth, England, glover,
from "Wills of the Consistory Court of Worcester" for the year 1626, packet
#130, from LDS Microfilm #0098029, Part II for 1626. The will is dated 18
December 1624. The date of probate is not listed. The inventory is dated 2 January
1624, which would have been 1624/5, or 1625 according to our calendar. The
burial of Robert More was on 14 January 1624/5 in Bengeworth, England. The
will is extremely hard to read. The handwriting is heavily slanted forward,
and the letter formation is much more difficult to decipher than most of
the wills around it. I have been working on it for several months, and have
enlisted the help of two English experts, one of whom teaches classes on
reading old English handwriting, and this is the best we've been able to
do. There are still some parts that trouble me, and the inventory,
particularly at the end, is almost impossible to decipher. The spelling, of
course, is atrocious, so try reading it phonetically. Many of the words of
the inventory, even though we could figure out the letters, did not make
sense as words. Read the word "on" as "one" or "an" according to context.
The folio contains two pages, the first being the will, the second being
the inventory. There is no total for the inventory.

First page

"In the name of god Amen. I Robert More of Bengworth; in the County of
Worseter glover, Beinge seck in Body, but of perfect memory The lord be
praysed; doo make and ordayn This my last wel and Testament: folowinge The
xviiith Day of Desember ano dom. 1624."

"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 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: an hous or
Tenyment with all and singular: the apertenances setuat and Being in nel?
hal? in Evesham: And now in the ??and ??. of on 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 Milnor my dauter The ful som of Twenty shillings yerly
during the natural lif of the said margaret my dauter: Also I give to my
said son Thomas mor anothr hous or tenement setuat and being in the
coustred in Evesham Between the hous of an Edward gudglygot? on the north
sid and the hous of on welyem Coten on the south sid: To have and to hould
the said hous unto my son Thomas More his heairs forever: But my wel is
that my wel beloved wif 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 formy? ter on Bras
upon the Begoste? that was my fa? But upon this condishon: That my son
Thomas shall pay or cause to be payd to the 3 children of Margery Wasborn
the som of x p[er] or soru??of ? to be equaly devided At the ?. of i A? ?
In the men tim to pay to Margery the som of p vi yerly: All the Rest of my
goods chatels and cattel: ?..ed 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 wel beloved 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"

Second page

"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 Ma tie James By the grace of god
Kinge of England .? the xxiith By john Balam minny ?. Edward godard
Thomas More & John Mander"

"In Bras And peuter
Imprs mus 3 bras pots 2 Bras pans & kettels
i chefindishe & I posnitt --------------- iii pound
Item xx pesos of poulter of Al__ ----------- i pound

In the halle
Item on pros on Tabel Bord adresinge
Bord Aform 2 chairs: 2 letol 1 ____ } xiii s iiii d

In the letol Chamber
Item on half hoded Bed on feather Bed
With Aiuor on Cofer -------- i pound i s 4 d

In the pres in the hall
Item on Coverlet on Blanket 3 pillows
3 yeards of cloth 4 Bob?? } i pound xvi s

In the Chamber wherhe lay
Item on hdyard Bed i trundel Bed
on hdyard pres 3 coffers I save and ____ } pound
Item 2 flock Boots i coverlet: i hollow holings?
3 Blankets And Arudge? ---------- } i pound iii s iii d
Item his workinge aparate? ------ } iii pound
Item viii pore of shels? 2 tabol clothes
_____ _____ iii poton Bras ---- } ii pound
Item in Coupper:war touls ____________ } i pound
Item Iron ware and ___________ ----- x pound iii s iiii d
Item on wedge with his foring lor? ----} iii pound

Inthe BarB sind?
___________________ iii pound"

(There are 4 more lines of inventory that are unreadable. There are also
about 7 lines written in the left hand margin in small handwriting from
"Item his workinge aparate..." to "Item on wedge.." that I am not able to
decipher at all. )

Remember, when looking at an inventory, most of the numbers are in Roman
numerals, "s" means shillings, "d" means pence. Unexpectly, pounds was
always written out, instead of using the English pound sign, and
occasionally Arabic numerals were used instead of Roman numerals.

The signature of Robert More is not his own--it is that of the clerk who
copied the will into the records after More died.

One last note, in case you could not figure it out, "mar fols an gelding"
is "mares, foals, and gelding," in other words, More had horses! "Bras" is
evidently "brass."

Provided by John Maltby via the WASHBURN-L listserv on 6 August 1999


Obituary of Robert Washburn, 1781-1872
From the Schuylerville News, May 9, 1872

In Memoriam

          Rev. Robert Washburn was born in Taghannock, Columbia County, New York on January 15, 1781, and was at  his death the eldest inhabitant of this vicinity, being over 91 years of age.  His great age, his high and qualitied  character, his relations in society and the state, and his usefulness multiplied labors as a minister, extending through a period of over 61 years, demand more than a simple mention of his decease.  When nine years old his parents moved  to Kingsbury, New York and from there to Wilton.  Here he married in 1806 Mary H. Phelps of Cambridge, and he also experienced religion here in 1808 or 1810.  He began to preach soon after he became a christian, pre-ordained a local deacon in the Methodist E. Church and four years later became a local elder.  Subsequently, in 1818 he moved to Albany where he resided for one year, thence he removed to Fort Miller, where he lived for three years, and then changed his residence to Saratoga where he remained for seven years, during which period he was Superintendent of Section #1 of the Champlain Canal.  In 1827, while in Saratoga he lost his wife.  In the spring of 1828 he moved to Fort Miller Bridge, and part of this time occupied the gate house and kept the bridge.  Here in 1831 his dwelling burned down and he lost all of his records of the past.  On October 2, 1828 he married Mary E. Baker of Schuylerville.  He remained at Fort Miller Bridge until 1859 when he removed to Schuylerville, to the house he occupied until his death.
          He had three children, two daughters and one son.  The daughters, Mrs. Beckwith and Mrs. Beldon only are still living.  He had sixteen grandchildren, nine of whom are living, and sixteen great-grandchildren, of whom ten are living, making four generations.
          He is also the oldest member of the Masonic Fraternity in this country, and was raised to the Master's degree during his residence in Wilton, about 68 years since, in Rising Sun Lodge.  During the Morgan excitement that Lodge went down.  He then joined Schuyler Lodge in this place, and when this also went down, he became a member of the order at large, and so remained until the organization of Home Lodge in 1856, of which he was a Charter member, and the first Senior Warden, and subsequently Chaplain to the time of his death.  Through all the Morgan excitement, and subsequent opposition to the order, he remained firm, unwavering in his loyalty, and frequently stood forth as its able, and resolute defender.  He felt that an institution based upon the Bible, with its every principle, and rule of conduct drawn from that sacred volume, could not foster, and abet evil, and could do no harm to his religious character.
          He was at the time of his death a member of Home Chapter at this place.
          He has also been and Odd Fellow for more than 20 years.  Soon after its institution he joined Buena Vista Lodge at Gansevoorts, and remained a member until his death.
          A great, and good man has fallen.  Great because he was good, and because of strong, commanding, natural endowments.  As a man he was genial, remarkably social, and companionable, full of kindly sympathy for trouble and sorrow.  He possessed that peculiar magnetic power that attracted, and held men under his influence and power for good.  He was positive in his beliefs, and a staunch, resolute defender of them.  In his dealing with error and sin, he allowed no compromise.  In many a battle with heresy, has error been made to blush, and her votarics retire in dismay  before the power of his withering sarcasm, his pertinent, forcible illustration, and trenchant destructive logic.
          As a preacher he was able, and eminently acceptable.  His control over the feelings of his audience was such at times he melted and swayed them at will.  His sermons were plain, forcible, practical.  He has preached and labored over a wide territory.  At times he has supplied the pulpit of the Reformed church of this village, when without a settled
minister.  He also supplied the pulpit of the M. E. Church at Greenwich, during the greater part of a year, after the death of the pastor.  He has preached more sermons, attended more funerals, and married more couples than any minister in the county.  Since 1817 he has solemnized 785 marriages.  He labored without salary, posecuting employment at the same time.  The amount of his donations received from the Masonic Order, Odd Fellows, and Citizens, will amount to several thousands of dollars, and private favors will amount to much more.
          His usefullness and success in building up the church, and winning souls, has been very great.  We know not how many have been converted through his instrumentality.  Thousands have already greeted him on the Shining shore as their spiritual Father.  Many linger here to receive his welcome bye-and-bye.  He died silent.  When a friend remarked to Rev. Mr. Whitefield, "Sir, I hope to hear you bear a glorious testimony in honor of Christ when you die," he replied, "No. I have borne so many testimonies while living, I shall die silent."  He fulfilled his prediction.
          Thus was it with our Brother Washburn.  But there was all through his Winter's confinement from injury to his shoulder, and his last sickness, a clear, lively, abiding trust in Christ, and the peace, and consolation of the gospel.  In response to inquiries if Jesus was precious, if he was able to lean upon his mercy, and find dying grace, he said, "Yes! Oh, Yes!" emphasizing very strongly.  He could only converse with a painful effort, hence his answers were laconic.  Of him we can say, "Death is swallowed up in victory." "Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright; the end of that man is peace."  We can use the stronger and more appropriate and comprehensive language, "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from henceforth.  Yea, saith the Spirit, for they rest from their labors, and their works do follow them."

Provided by Carole Lopienski via the WASHBURN-L listserv on 1 October 1998