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William was an early settler (before 1664) of Hempstead, southwestern Nassau County, on Dutch-ruled western Long Island, as the town was founded by English colonists after purchase from natives in 1643, and then under a patent from New Netherland
The earliest record of William Washburn in Hempstead is in 1646 when “William Wasbandt” testified in court that he had sold a sow to a Mr. Stickley, the defendant, in a lawsuit brought by Tonis Nyssen, which was settled on 18 Oct. 1646 at Ft. Amsterdam in the New Amsterdam Colony.
He was first found in 1647* in Stratford, Connecticut, where he was one of the thirty five men who accepted the invitation of the first seventeen settlers to join them. Settled 1647* Stamford, CT.
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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:
William Washburn, the immigrant ancestor to Connecticut Colony, and later Hempstead, Long Island, did not join his brother John Washburn in Plymouth Colony. He remained in England, where he raised a large family, and finally sailed with his in-laws to Connecticut, eventually purchasing land and moving out to Long Island.
William Washburn, third son of John Washborne and Martha Timbrell, born in Bengeworth, Worcestershire, England, in 1601, married Jane Nicholls, daughter of Francis and Frances (Wimarke) Nicholls, of Sedgeberrow, Worcestershire, in ca. 1625, probably in Bengeworth, Worcestershire. She was baptized on 14 Nov. 1603 in Sedgeberrow, a granddaughter of John Nicholls, of Sedgeberrow. They sailed to New England and settled first in Stratford, Connecticut Colony, with the Nicholses. On 5 Dec. 1679 John Washburn, of “Corberry upon Long Island,” eldest son of William and Jane Washburn, gave a receipt to his uncle, Isaac Nicols, of Stratford, for £22 1s 8d “which was the whole amount sent over to me in the year sixteen hundred and seventy seven I do acknowledge by these presents that I have received the sum and I do forever requit discharge exonerate my said uncle and all his executors administrators of the said sums or any demans upon that amount from me or my heirs executors or assigns…” proving that there was some kinship between the family of Isaac Nichols and John Washburn.
In about 1645 William and Jane Washburn moved to Hempstead, Long Island, supposedly with “Rev. Mr. Leverich.” The earliest record of William Washburn in Hempstead is in 1646 when “William Wasbandt” testified in court that he had sold a sow to a Mr. Stickley, the defendant, in a lawsuit brought by Tonis Nyssen, which was settled on 18 Oct. 1646 at Ft. Amsterdam in the New Amsterdam Colony.
As one of the first purchasers in Hempstead, William Washburn was chosen as a deputy from Hempstead, along with John Seaman, Robert Coe, and John Hicks, to appeal to the British about the Dutch government from the Colony of New Netherlands, assuming jurisdiction over Long Island, and Washburn carried a remonstrance to the Dutch Governor, Peter Stuyvesant, in New Amsterdam, in 1653, regarding the English colonists’ concerns.
In 1653 William Washburn and his son, John Washburn, both purchased land at Oyster Bay, Long Island, from the Indians, as joint purchasers along with Anthony Wright, Robert Williams, Thos. Armitage, Dan. Whitehead, Ric. Holbrooke, William Leverich, and Samuell Mayo. The deed was recorded 27 Mar. 1667 in New York. Also in 1653 William Washburn was a witness to an Indian Deed in Oyster Bay, Long Island, in 1654 he was called “of Hempstead” in a New Haven Colony court record, and in 1654-1655 he was a member of the Assembly at Hempstead.
William Washburn died testate in 1659 in Hempstead, Long Island. His will was dated 29 Sept. 1657, and was presented for probate by his widow, Jane Washborne, on 11 June 1659. He mentioned his sons Hope and John, daughters Patience, Hester, and Phebe, who were as yet unmarried, son-in-law Robert Williams’ children, son-in-law Edward Titus, Sara the daughter of Robert Jackson, and son-in-law Richard Willets. His wife had died sometime before him.
I William Washborne doe appoint my well beloved friends and faithfull to be my Overseeres of this my Will and testament I give to my Sonn Hope my six oxen and fower cowes and one horse one mare, and all my Land and devisens with the meadowes belonging thereto, and Barne and home-lott with all instruments of husbandry except one third part of a meadow that my Son John please to have, then he shall paying costs for ye same: Allsoe I give him two sowes, allsoe I give to my daughter Patience three cowes or steeres alsoe I give to my daughter Hester three cowes or steeres and one mare between them bothe. Allsoe I give to my daughter Phebe three kowes or three steeres, these to be paid at their day of marriage yf they carry to the likeing of these my overseeres (yet not to be at theire disposeing). Allsoe I give to my Sonn Robert Williams children the like and to Edward Titus the like, Allsoe I give to Sara the daughter of Robert Jackson one yearling heyfer I give to my Sonn John Washborne one yearling and my morter & pestell at my death, or my wives I give to my beloved wife all the rest or remainder of my Cattle, wth my house and household goods to be at her disposeing, wth this Condition that yf shee remaine unmarried, But yf shee marry, then this is my will that these things shall be at my overseeres disposeing then this is my will, that she shall have fower Cowes, these Cowes to be wintered and summered free but not the increase to remaine to her Item I doe give her one mare & foale, and this howse or another built, Allsoe her firewood cut and brought home, fit for the fire free chardge. I give her ??? bushels of corne, fifteene of wheate, and fifteen of Indian and halfe an Accre of flax sowne and brought home, this to be donn yearly as long as she doth live, Allsoe she shall have all the householde goods at her disposeing, this gift to my Sonn Hope as yf he carry well & to the Likeing of my overseeres My overseeres that I appoint in this bueseines of wright is Mr Leverege, my Loveing wife, My sonn Robert Williams, Richard Willets my Sonnes-in law, I hope you will all of you accept of it, And be Careful yf God take mee Away by death: yf Hope accept of this gift from me he must be carefull (crossed out) be bound to Mannag the things for his mother. I give to my son John twoe ox pasture in the pasture, with five gates in the neck: This is my will and is not to stand in force till they heare of my death, this I acknowledge to be my owne will & testament. Witnessed by Michaell Chadderton, Richard Willets, John Washborne.
May 1659. Hempsted, Long Island, N.Y.
Note "He [William Washburn] was first found in 1647 in Stratford, Connecticut, where he was one of the thirty five men who accepted the invitation of the first seventeen settlers to join them. Later, he removed from Stratford to Hempstead, Long Island as his name appears as a "free holder" in 1647. William died 30 Oct 1658 in Hempstead, Queens, NY."
Miss Washburn, married to Robert Jackson is mentioned in court testimony regarding her father's Will. Robert Jackson "protested against the said will on behalf of his DECEASED wife and two female children, that are now living, had by the daughter of the aforesaid testator."
William Washburn was the second son of John and Martha Trimell Stevens Washburn. He was born in 1601 and baptized on November 9, 1601, in the Parish Church of Saint Peter in Bengeworth, England.
The exact date that William immigrated to America is not known. It is believed that he initially came to American and then returned to England before later returning. William was in Bengeworth, England, at least until December 18, 1637, when his daughter Martha was baptized at Saint Peters. Between that date and 1647, no records of William Washburn have been found. However, he probably moved to London, England, for a while before immigrating to America as he owned property in London at the time of his death.* It is possible that William and his wife, Jane Nichols Washburn, daughter of Francis and Frances Wilmarke Nichols, migrated from England to Connecticut Colony with the family of Jane's father, Francis Nichols, in about 1639. In 1647, William's name appeared in a list of proprietors of Hempstead, Long Island. In 1653, William bought land with others at Oyster Bay, Long Island from the indian Asiapum. He also was a deputy in Hempstead with John Seaman in 1653. William moved to Stratford, Connecticut, about 1655 with his two oldest sons, John and Hope. About two years later, he moved with his son John and family back to Hempstead, Long Island. William was an elder of the original Board of Elders of the old First Church of Hempstead. His name is listed with five others who were Elders of the church.
The proof of his lineage was supported by the research of the eminent British family historian, Sir John Bernard Burke (1814-1892) who listed OUR William Washbourne as the second son. He was christened on 09 November 1601 in St. Peter Church, Bengeworth, England. He became heir in his father's will on 04 Aug. 1624 in Bengeworth, Worcestershire, England. Strangely, William Wahbourne was NOT named in his mother's will dated 29 Sept 1625. 1
In December 1637 he was still living in Bengeworth, Worcestershire, England where is daughter Martha was baptised at St. Peter's.
He moved to London sometime after this date. He was living in London the decade before 1647. He owned property in London, England at the time of his death in 1658 while he was a resident on Long Island Sound. 1
William Washbourne left London, England and emigrated to America before 1647 to first live in Massachusetts and then moved to Connecticut by 1647. William probably first came to live with his brother, John Washbourne VIII who was living in Plymouth Colony. He had land recorded as Proprietor of Oyster Bay in 1647 in Oyster Bay, Long Island, New York. 1
According to Long Island historian, Mary Bunker, "William and Jane Washbourne were among the earliest settlers of the Town of Hempstead." Their daughter Mary married Richard Willett on Long Island before 1650. Land records indicate the Washburn/Washbourne family were on Long Island by 1647. 1
Hempstead has been previously settled by a colony of English from Wethersfield and Stamford, Connecticut. The town was first settled around 1644 following the establishment of a treaty between English colonists, John Carman and Robert Fordham, and the Indians in 1643. Although the settlers were from the English colony of Connecticut, a patent was issued by New Amsterdam after the settlers had purchased land from the local natives. This transaction can be seen in a mural in the Hempstead Village Hall, reproduced from a poster commemorating the 300th anniversary of Hempstead Village. 1
Washburne, William ; came to L. I. with Rev. Mr. Leverich ; 1653, he, with John and Daniel at Oyster Bay ; 1653, witness to Indian deed, Oyster Bay ; 1654-5, signed petition with others ; Memb. of Assembly at Hempstead ; 1654, of Hempstead, in court at New Haven. 1
In 1653, delegates from each of the eight English towns on Long Island met and drew up a protest against Peter Stuyvesant's tyrannical methods. William and John Summers signed for Hempstead. In a Provincial Convention called in New Amsterdam, by writ of Governor Stuyvesant, December 11, 1653, John Seaman and William Washburne were Representatives. 1
William also acquired land in Oyster Bay and was appointed magistrate in 1653. 1 1
Washburn – Oyster Bay Deed. 1
William made his will on 29 September 1657. 1
"The 29 of September 1657 – I William Washborne doe appoint my welibeloved friends and faithfull (sic. "wife," evidently, is left out) to be my Ouerseeres of this my Will and testament J giue to my Sonn Hope my Six Oxen and fower Cowes and one horse one mare, and all my Land and deuisens (sic.Illegible. Perhaps "devisions," the "u" used for "v") with the meadowes belonging thereto, and Barne and home-lott (written on two lines with a hyphen) with all Instruments of husbandry Except one third part of a meadow yt my Son John please to haue, then he shall paying (sic.) . . . eates (sic. Probably "costs.".
A few words are illegible) for ye same: Allsoe I giue him two sowes, allsoe I giue to my daughter Patience three Cowes or Steeres, allsoe I giue to my daughter Hester three cowes or Steeres, and one mare between them bothe. Allsoe I giue to my daughter Phebe three kowes or three steeres, these to be paid at their day of mariage yf they Carry to ye Likeing of these my ouerseeres (yt not) to be at theire Disposeing. Allsoe I giue to my Sonn Robert Williams Children ye like And to Edward Titus the like, Allsoe I giue to Sara the daughter of Robert Jackson one yearling heyfer J giue to my Sonn John Washborne one yearling and my morter & pestell at my death, or my wiues I giue to my beloved wife all ye rest or remainder of my Cattle, wth my house and household goods to be at her disposeing, wth this Condition that yf shee remaine unmarried, But yf shee marry, then this is my will that these things shallbe (sic.) at my ouerseeres disposeing then this is my will, that she shall haue fower Cowes, these Cowes to be wintered and Summered Free But not ye Increase to remaine to her It (sic. At edge of page and torn. Perhaps "Item.") I doe glue her one mare & foale, and this how (torn) or another built, Allsoe her fire-wood Cut and bro (torn. Probably "brought") home, Fit for the fire free chardge. I giue her th (torn. Probably "thirty," "thirteen" or "three") bushells of Come, fifteene of wheate, and fifteen of Indian, and halfe an Accre (acre) of flax sowne and brought home, this to be donn yearly as long as she doth live, Allsoe she shall have all the householde goods at her disposeing, this gift to my Sonn Hope as yf he carry well & to ye Likeing of my ouerseeres My ouerseeres that I appoint in this bueseines of wright is, mr Leuerege: (Leverich) my Loveing wife, John (evidently an error for "Jane." At the beginning of the will it is also stated that the testator's friends and his "faithfull"— the word following evidently should be "wife," which, however, is left out of this old copy of the will made by the clerk.) Washborne, My sonn Robert Williams, Richard Willets my Sonnes- in law, J hope you will all of you accept of it, And be Careful! yf God take mee Away by death : yf Hope accept of this gift from me he must be careful! ["carefull" marked out] be bound to Mannag the things for his mother. I giue to my son John twoe ox pasture (sic.) in the pasture, with five gates in the neck: This my will is not to Stand in force till they heare of my death, this I acknowledge to be my owne will & testament.
(No signature appears.).
Witnes: Michael Chadderton, Richard Willets, John Washborne. 1
The aboue written will was brought vnto mee by mrs Washborne about Te (sic.an illegible word at edge of the page nd torn.) weeke (This may be "weeks.") after ye decease of her husband and it was made vp & sealed in the forme of A letter, and vpon ye Supscrip (sic. Incomplete, at edge of the page.) was written: This is my Will: William Wash- borne : I did then breake vp ye seale And did reade the aboue written Will in ye heareing of Mrs Washborne aforesd & Richard Willets : And this I testify to be ye very truth: Approued & recorded by ordre of Court before Specefyed June ye 11th 1659 teste.
John James. 1
William departed this life on Wednesday, 30 October 1658 at Town of Hempstead, Long Island, New Netherlands. His will was probated on 5 June 1659.
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