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Hope Washburn (abt. 1635 - 1693)

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Hope Washburn
Born about in Bengeworth, Evesham, Worcestershire, Englandmap
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Husband of — married about in Stratford, Connecticut Colony, New Englandmap
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Died in Derby, New Haven, Connecticut Colony, New Englandmap
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ABT 1660 Stratford, Connecticutt Colony

Maltby on GenForum

The below is a post by John Maltby himself, on April 13, 2002. [1]
  • In reply to: "Wm. Washburn and wife Jane Whitehead"

The wife of William WASHBURN was Jane NICHOLS, not WHITEHEAD. She was baptized on 3 Nov. 1603 in Sedgeberrow, Worcester Co., England, the daughter of Francis NICHOLS and his wife Frances WIMARKE, who were married at Sedgeberrow on 24 Jan. 1599/1600. See the excellent article about this family by Neil D. Thompson, CG, FASG, in "The American Genealogist", Oct. 2000, pp. 267-271, entitled "The English Origin of Sergeant Francis Nichols of Stratford, Connecticut."

William and Jane (NICHOLS) WASHBURN lived in Bengeworth, in the parish of Evesham, Worcester Co., England, which is only a couple of miles from Sedgeberrow. Unfortunately most of the baptismal records for the time period when their children were born have not survived. A few years of Bishop's Transcripts have survived, and from these meager records and the will of William WASHBURN in Hempstead, Long Island, we can piece together their children:

  1. Sarah WASHBURN, baptized in St. Peter's Church, Bengeworth, England, on 26 Mar. 1626, married Robert WILLIAMS in ca. 1645.
  2. (Another daughter), born say about 1627 or 1628, married, as his second wife, to Robert Jackson in ca. 1652.
  3. Mary WASHBURN, born say about 1628 or 1629, married Richard WILLETS in ca. 1649.
  4. John WASHBURN, born say about 1630 or 1631, married Mary BUTLER on 17 June 1755 in Stratford, CT.
  5. Martha WASHBURN, born probably about 1632 or 1633, buried in Bengeworth on 14 Feb. 1636.
  6. Hope WASHBURN, a son, born say about 1634 or 1635, married Mary STILES in ca. 1660.
  7. Martha WASHBURN, baptized in St. Peter's Church, Bengeworth, on 18 Dec. 1637 married Edmund TITUS in ca. 1657.
  8. Phebe WASHBURN, born say about 1641, married John ASHMAN in ca. 1661.
  9. Patience WASHBURN, named in her father's 1657 will.
  10. Hester WASHBURN, named in her father's 1657 will, supposedly died in 1659 in Connecticut.

Connecticut Colony and Hempstead, Long Island

~~ First Generation in America ~~
  • From John Maltby:

Hope Washburn, second son of William and Jane (Nichols) Washburne, born in Bengeworth, Worcestershire, England, in about 1635,[2] married Mary Stiles, daughter of Francis and Sarah Stiles, of Windsor, Connecticut Colony,[3] in ca. 1660 in Stratford, CT.[4] Hope Washburn settled first in Stratford, Fairfield Co., CT, until 1685, when they moved to Derby, New Haven Co., CT. His name was on the list of inhabitants in Stratford dated 28 Mar. 1668, as one of the “outlivers,” and his cousins Isaak Nickolls and Caleb Nickolls, and brother-in-law, Ephraim Styles, were also listed as inhabitants of Stratford in 1668, without being designated as “outlivers.”[5] He was a freeman in Stratford in 1669,[6] and he was the main heir of the estate of his father, William Washburn.[7] The home lot of Hope Washbans was laid out in Derby, CT, on 22 Dec. 1685, containing 4 acres,[8] and his name was frequently spelled “Washban” in the Derby town records.

Hope Washburn died in ca. 1693 in Derby, CT,[9] and his heirs, namely his widow Mary Washban, Will Washban and Samuell Washban, Mary Washban and Jane Washban, the children of Hope Washban, agreed to divide the lands that had belonged to their father in Derby on 16 Nov. 1696, the eldest son William Washban to have the house that Hope Washban died in and the home lot and all the land in the field above the hill, son Samuell Washban to have the house and homestead that was formerly John Grivens or Grifins, and the land belonging to that house, and all the land below the hill with all the rest of the land, along with what division lands were due to him to be divided equally between William Washban and Samuell Washban, reserving the liberty for the widow Mary Washban to dwell in which house she pleases, and to have the use of one third part of all the land during her widowhood. All debts due from the estate to be paid half by William Washbon and half by Samuell Washbon, signed by Mary Washban, the relict, William Washban, the eldest son, Samuell Washban, Sarah Washban, and John Johnson.[10] The widow Mary Washburn was steated at a Derby town meeting on 26 Dec. 1707,[11] and she died a widow on 11 Jan. 1712 in Derby.[12]

Hope Washburn and Mary Stiles had children, including:
  • Sarah Washburn, born on 16 Dec. 1661 in Stratford, CT, married Ensign Samuel Riggs, son of Edward and Elizabeth (Roosa) Riggs (Jr.), on 6 May 1713 in Derby, CT.
  • John Washburn, born in May 1666 in Stratford, CT, died young.

+ 93 iii William3 Washburn, born on 16 Mar. 1668/9 in Stratford, CT,[168] married Hannah2 Wooster, daughter of Edward1 and Tabitha (Tomlinson) Wooster, of Derby, CT,[169] on 20 Aug. 1696 in Derby,[170] and they also lived in Derby. (Continued in Children of Hope Washburn and Mary Stiles.)

+ 94 iv Samuel3 Washburn, born on 15 Mar. 1670/1 in Stratford, CT,[171] married Susanna (___) Wooster, widow of Sylvester Wooster, of Derby, CT,[172] on 30 Nov. 1714 in Derby,[173] and they also lived in Derby. (Continued in Children of Hope Washburn and Mary Stiles.)

95 v Ephraim3 Washburn, born on 31 Aug. 1673 in Stratford, CT,[174] married Sarah Partridge, and they settled in Medfield, CT, but he died in 1696,[175] and she may have remarried. He was not mentioned in the division of his father’s land in Nov. 1696, and he probably had no children.

+ 96 vi Mary3 Washburn, supposedly born in July 1675 in Stratford, CT,[176] married John Johnson, of Derby, CT, son of Jeremiah and Sarah (Hotchkiss) Johnson,[177] on 24 Sept. 1694 in Derby,[178] and they also lived in Derby. (Continued in Children of Hope Washburn and Mary Stiles.)

97 vii Jane Washburn, supposedly born on 6 Aug. 1678 in Stratford, CT,[179] chose her mother Mary Washburn as her guardian after her father died in 1696, marriage not found.[180]


  1. Maltby on GenForum
  2. The Bishop’s Transcripts for St. Peter’s Parish, Bengeworth, are missing for 1634 and 1635. His birth year was calculated from the date of his marriage in 1660.
  3. Torrey, New England Marriages, p.710: Francis Stiles.
  4. Torrey, New England Marriages, p. 783; Olney, Washburn, p. 2.
  5. “Early Settlers of Stratford, Conn.,” The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol. 27 [Jan. 1873], p. 63.
  6. Colonial Connecticut Records, Vol. 2, p. 522, the list of freeman dated 8th month 7th day ’69. Also appearing as freemen of Stratford were Isaac Nicholes, Caleb Nicholes, Samuell Stilles and Ephrim Stilles.
  7. Olney, Washburn, p. 3.
  8. Phillips, Nancy O., Town Records of Derby, Connecticut, 1655-1710, Derby, 1901, [hereinafter Phillips, Town Records of Derby], p. 144.
  9. His lands were divided in Nov. 1696 by agreement of his widow and children, but the “widow Washbon” was described in town meetings on 4 Dec. 1693 and 27 Feb. 1693[/4], from Phillips, Town Records of Derby, pp. 166, 168-169.
  10. Phillips, Town Records of Derby, pp. 270-271, witnessed by John Davies, Isaack Nicols, and Ebenezer Johnson, commissioner.
  11. Phillips, Town Records of Derby, p. 246.
  12. White, Lorraine Cook, The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records, Derby 1655-1852, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, [hereinafter White, Barbour Index of Derby VRs], p. 310, taken from Vol. LR3, p. 6, of the Derby Town Records; Orcutt, History of Derby, p. 774.
  • U.S., New England Marriages Prior to 1700]
  • U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900
  • Donald Lines Jacobus, Families of Ancient New Haven ([CD]Baltimore, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1981[originally]Rome, N.Y. and New Haven, Conn., 1922-1932), vol 5, p 1030.
  • Selected and Introduced by Gary Boyd Roberts, Genealogies of Connecticut Families From The New England Historical and Genealogical Register ([CD]Baltimore, Genealogical Publishing Co., 1983), vol 3, p 590.
  • R. Stiles, History of Ancient Windsor, Connecticut, CD-Local and Family Histories: CT, 1600's - 1800's, (Produced in collaboration with the Genealogical Publishing Company, 2000), vol 2, p 720. " ... of Stratford; then of Hempstead, L. I.; rem. to Derby, Conn., on it's settlement; was many years in business with his father at Oyster Bay, L. I.; had 7 ch."
  • Donald Lines Jacobus, History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield, CD-Local and Family Histories: CT, 1600's - 1800's, (Produced in collaboration with the Genealogical Publishing Company, 2000), vol 1, p 585.
  • Copied and compared with the original by Nancy O. Phillips, Sarah Riggs Humphrey Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, Derby, Connecticut Town Records, 1655-1710 (New Haven, CT, The Tuttle, Morehouse and Taylor Company, 1901.), pp. 270-1. . Will of Hope's wife Mary.
  • Donald Lines Jacobus, Families of Old Fairfield, vol 1, p 648.

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