William Boreman, grandfather of Thomas Boardman of Ipswich, MA. was of Claydon, England, but his sons Nicholas, William and Christopher do not appear in the Claydon Register, and probably settled elsewhere. His inventory taken on the day of his burial, indicates that he was in comfortable circumstances in life, with an estate somewhat larger than his father's and his occupation seems to have been exclusively husbandry.
William Sanderson, whose name appears as a witness to his will, and to four other of later dates, was doubtless the Curate of Claydon, and the writer of the wills he signs as witness. These dates from 1593 to 1631 showing that he was minister of the parish for at least 3 years. His predecessor was probably Christopher Polley or Poley, witness to the will of the first Thomas Boreman in 1576, who signs himself, "Curate and writer herof." It is quite possible that the various Christopher Boremans were namesakes of the old Curate. William Boreman's will is:
"In the name of God Amen the xii daye of December 1610 I William Borman of Cleydon in the Countie of Oxford, husbandman sicke in bodye but of prfecte minde & memorye, thanks be given unto Allmightie God, do ordayne & make this my last will & testament in maner & forme following. First I bequeath my soule unto Allmightie God my maker & redemer by whose merritts deathe & passion I trust to be saved & by no other meanes & my body to be buried in the church or church yard of Cleydon at the will of my executors. And as concerning my worldly goods I gyve & bequeath them in manner & fourme following. First I gyve & bequeath to the repayre of the church in Cleydon thre shillings & foure pence. Itm I give to these poore men herein named vid. a pece that is to saye to William Dun, William Wadye, John Kylbe, John Francklyn, John Clyfford, Christopher Homes, Thomas Bowler, & Leonard Bradford, to Annis Stockly, Francys Shakerly & Alice Grenewood ijd a pece. Itm I gyve to evrye of my god children hereunder named vid. a pece that is to say to William Pratt, William Ellys, John Edmonds, William Claridge, John Poley, Elizabeth Nichols & hester Gyldinge & to William Borman my Godson one shepe. Item my will is & uppon condicon that Thomas Boreman my sonne do prmitt & suffer my executorr in this my will named to have take & enjoye all & singular my moveable goods chattels & cattell which I now have in my possession in that part of my Tenement wherein I & my sayd sonne Thomas do dwell, then my will is these condicons beinge pformed I do gyve unto my sayd sonne Thomas Borman these pcells of goods following that is to saye the Cubberd the Table the male myll the furnace the Doo kevers the yeelinge fatt & meshinge Iome & the greate (s) pitt which be in his use & possession & also I gyve & bequeath unto my said son Thomas Borman his children the fyve poundes which he oweth me to be equally divided among them & also I gyve to his wyffe one payre of Sheetes & Xs. Item I gyve to my sonne Nicholas Borman three poundes ten shillings a cowe a payre of sheets & the brewing kettle & the presse. I give unto Christopher Borman my sonne xxs. I give unto William
Borman my sonne xxs. I give unto Annis Clarridge my daughter two shepe & one payre of sheets & xxs. I gyve unto Alice Browne my daughter one cowe & xxs. I give unto Jone Heynes my daughter two sheepe & one payre of sheets alsi I gyve unto my daughter Heynes her children equally to be divided amongst them xxs. I gyve unto Annys Blackwell my servante one sheepe. The rest of all & singular my goods Chattels Cattells money plate armor & weapons I gyve & bequeathe unto John Borman my sonne whome I ordayne & make my sole & onely executor of this my last will & Testament revoking all former wills by me made in witness hereof I have here signed this with my mark the daye and yeare fyrst above written
Witnesses Charles Hatten, Proved April 13, 1613
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