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Henry Smith (abt.1593-bef.1647)
Thomas Cooper (bef.1604-bef.1690)
Thomas Cooper III (1630-abt.1712)
Elizabeth (Cooper) Smith (1638-1690)
Henry Smith (abt.1626-bef.1676)
Nathaniel Cooper (bef.1643-bef.1676)
Judith (Hunt) Williams (1648-1724)
Cowper-Cooper in Hingham, Norfolk, Parish Registers

See Henry F. Waters, Genealogical gleanings in England, 2 vols., paginated consecutively (Boston, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1901), 2:1120-21 (Nicholas Stanton), 1121n, 1122n ; digital images, Hathi Trust.

Mention of the name in the two preceding wills also; then see the Whiting of Boxford pedigree chart at page 1123. For the pedigree chart, author cites "Harleian MS 6071, British Museum (the well-known Candler MS), fo. 196 (fo. 383 originally), "with such additions as I am warranted in making ...," referring also to wills of Joseph and Margaret Waite in Gleanings, July 1892 (Reg. Vol. 46, pp. 318-19; ante 588-589).--Henry F. Waters.

Nicholas Stanton of Ipswich, Suffolk, clerk, 9 November 1648, proved 14 February 1649. I will and bequeath to my executors all that land &c. which I lately purchased of Henry Stanton of Fritton, lying in the same town in the County of Norfolk, containing about thirty acres, to be by them sold for the payment of my debts and legacies, within one year after my decease, in the church porch of Stratton Mihills (Michaels) in the Co. of Norfolk, to such of those persons that live and have their abode in the said County, viz to my kinsman William Sabbourne twenty pounds, part of it a debt due from my father to him and part of it promised by my father to him as a gift and legacy from him, to my sister Margaret Stanton fifty pounds, being that portion of money which my father intended for her if his estate would reach it, to Mary my wife twenty pounds which I had of her, which she intended for the use and behoof of George Cooper her son. I give to the poor of Margaret's parish, Ipswich, ten pounds, five pounds of it to be laid out in bibles for distribution and five pounds in money. The poor of Stratton Mihills. To the Library in Ipswich five pounds. To my mother in law Elizabeth Stanton, now living in Hempnall, Norfolk, ten pounds. To my mother in law Whiteing, to Mrs. Elizabeth Stebbing of Brandeston and to Mr. Thomas Waterhouse, living there also, forty shillings apiece. To my kinsman William Sabborne ten pounds. To my cousin Stanton's son of Fritton forty shillings. To Daniel Ray the son of Daniel Ray of Ipswich forty shillings. To my aunt Cooper, living in Hingham in Norfolk, forty shillings. To Joseph Moyse or his wife, living in New England, forty shillings. To my kinswoman Judith Smith the late wife of Henry Smith, living in New England, ten pounds. To her five children Judith, John, Elizabeth, Henry and Daniel, forty shillings apiece. To Mary my wife twenty pounds to be according to her discretion laid out or distributed for the good of the Plantation of New England in the general or to such particular persons living there as she think fit. To my brother Robert Stanton, living in Norwich, or the heir male of his body, forty pounds. To my brother Samuel Stanton ten pounds. To my brother Henry Stanton thirty pounds. These brothers to release all their title in the lands in Fritton bequeathed to my executors. Mr. Christopher Vyn of Stratton Michills. To Henry Stanton my youngest brother all my houses and tenements, with all my free and copyhold lands in Stratton Peters and Stratton Michaells, Norfolk, upon condition that he pay the following gifts and legacies; to my sister Elizabeth, to my sister Judith, to my brother Robert, to my brother Samuel, to my sister Frances (sundry specified gifts). And the said Henry shall pay to Nicholas Stanton, eldest son of my brother Robert, thirty pounds, at his age of one and twenty years, and to the other two children of the said Robert twenty pounds apiece, at their ages of one and twenty. The children of my sister Judith. To George Cooper, my wife's son, all my printed books, when he shall accomplish the age of one and twenty. In the mean time I commit them into the hands of Mary my wife.
Wit: Matthew Lawrence, Ben Wade.
Pembroke, 31.

An abstract of this will was printed in Emmerton & Waters's Gleanings, pages 117 and 118. We copy from that book the following annotation:
"The mention made by this testator of his mother-in-law Whiteing identifies him as the Nicholas Stanton who is shewn in the Candler Mss. to have married Mary, one of three daughters of John Whiting of Hadleigh, Co. Suffolk, and sister of Ann, who, with her husband, came to New England and settled in Ipswich. It also enables us to suggest a probable misreading on the part of that eminent antiquary, Mr Joseph Hunter, or else a misprint in his article on Suffolk Emigrants in Mass. Hist. Coll., Third Series, Vol. X., p. 171; for it will be noticed that Mr. Stanton in his will mentions his wife Mary's son George Cooper, while according to Mr Hunter's paper Mrs. Stanton's first husband was a George Compe. Her brother Henry Whiting is said to have been Portman of Ipswich. It will be recalled that John Sparhawke of Great Coggeshall in his will (q. v.) speaks of his cousin Whiting of Ipswich. According to Gaudier (N. E. Hist. Gen. Reg., IV., 180), Henry Whiting, Portman of Ipswich, married Mary daughter of Robert Crane of "Coxhall" by wife Mary daughter of Samuel Sparhawke of Dedham.
The Mr Thomas Waterhouse, mentioned, had been educated at the Charter House, London, and afterwards at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, was a school- master at Dorchester (Mass.), 1639: by wife Ann daughter of John Mayhew of Coddenham, Co. Suffolk, had a daughter Ann born here, bapt. 7 March, 1641, returned to England, became master of the Grammar School at Colchester, remaining there until the close of 1647. He must next, as the will shows, have been at Brandeston, Co. Suffolk, but ultimately settled at Ash Bocking, five or six miles from Brandeston and within a mile or two of Coddenham. He was ejected by the Act of Uniformity 1662 and died at Creting 1679 or 1G80 at the age of almost eighty. The well-known "Salem family of Rea or Ray are descended from a Daniel Ray who was of Plymouth 1631 and removed to Salem. His son Joshua married Sarah Waters (not a. daughter of Richard, as Savage suggests). Bethia Ray a sister of Joshua became the wife of the famous Capt. Thomas Lothrop.
Joseph Morse was of Salisbury, N. E., where his wife Hannah died 1655. Henry Smith was entered as a passenger for New England In the Diligent, 1638, with his wife, three sons and two daughters (without naming either wife or children). The will supplies the deficiency. Mr. Smith was a freeman 1639, representative 1641, removed to Rehoboth ~1643 and died there 1649. His will dated 3 Nov., 1647 (Inventory taken 21-10mo-1649), mentions sons Henry and Daniel, daughter Judith and brother Thomas Cooper, and appointed his wife executrix. The witnesses were Stephen Paine, Thomas Cooper and Joseph Peck. The will of his widow, Mrs. Judith Smith, was dated 24 Oct., 1650, and named son Henry, daughter Judith, son and daughter Hunt, son John's three children, son Daniel and the three children of her son Hunt. The witnesses were John Pecke and Magdalen Smith. These two wills seem to account for all the five children named by their kinsman Stanton and brought over in the Diligent; for John Smith had married and got three children, and Elizabeth was probably the wife of a (Peter?) Hunt; Henry Smith, jr., also married and had Issue; while Daniel became a very important citizen, filling the offices of representative 1672, Assistant 1679, and Councillor in the government of New England under Sir Edmund Andros, 1687. He married 20 Oct., 1659, Esther daughter of Francis Chickering. Thomas Cooper, of Rehoboth, witness to the will of Henry Smith and appraiser of the estate of the widow Smith, came over also in the Diligent 1638 from Old Hingham, and was doubtless a relative of Mrs. Stanton's former husband and of the ' aunt Cooper ' spoken of by Mr Stanton as living in Hingham."

[The names Nicholas and Henry do not appear in the nomenclature of the early New England Stantons. There was a Robert Stanton, from Dorchester, a soldier in the King Philip war. Another Robert Stanton is on record at Newport, R. I., as a Quaker, from whom descended Edwin M. Stanton, U. S. Secretary of War, 1863-8. Thomas Stanton, of Connecticut, the famous Indian Interpreter, named his youngest Sons, Robert and Samuel. Joseph Moyse's name occurs among the 1639 settlers at Salisbury. "Henry Smith, living in New England," is the well known Henry of Dedham, where he was Freeman 1639 and representative 1041. An abstract of his will and of his widow's, Judith, may be found in the REGISTER, vol. iv., pp. 818-20. His son, Henry jr., dwelt at Rehoboth, was representative 1662, '67 and '68, and died 1676. His son, Daniel, was also of Rehoboth, where he was an influential citizen, representative 1672-8, Assistant 1672, and a member of the Council, 1687, under Gov. Andros. Dr. Nathan Smith, founder of the Medical department of Dartmouth College and professor at Yale and Bowdoln, was a descendant of this family.--Geo. A. Gordon.]

Research Notes

George Cooper. Mary's son George was not yet 21, so born after 1627. Two children, George are found baptized after 1627 in the Hingham register. See Cowper-Cooper in Hingham, Norfolk, Parish Registers. From the name given as her spouse on the pedigree chart, Mary's son George might have been the child baptized 14 May 1635, George, son of George Cooper & Mary.


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