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Elizabeth (Wiswall) Wadsworth (1670 - 1741)

Elizabeth Wadsworth formerly Wiswall
Born in Duxbury, Plymouth Colonymap
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Wife of — married 9 Dec 1694 in Duxbury, Massachusettsmap
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Died in Duxbury, Plymouth, Province of Massachusetts Baymap
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Elizabeth Wiswall was the only living child of Ichabod Wiswall, from a first marriage - wife referenced as Remember - which may have been a name or an instruction (remember).

She has been left off of his list of offspring because she is not a direct line to the Mayflower lineage - his other children are, through their mother, a Pabodie.

She married a Wadsworth, and one of her children married a Bradford - for some, there is a connection.

d. Jan 25 1741; had Elizabeth March 6 1695; Alice April 15, 1697 m Thomas Burton May 10 1722; Anne April 14, 1700; Abiah June 4, 1703; Patience Aug 20, 1706, m Saml Gray of K(ingston?) Dec 7, 1727; fear Aug 19, 1709; Wait Oct 23, 1714 (9)

A careful copy of the will and inventory, and of the probate proceedings, made from the original documents, is here printed, at the expense of two members of the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants, who have requested us not to publish their names. They are descended from Rev. Ichabod and Priscilla (Pabodie) Wiswall, through the daughter Priscilla Wiswall, who married Gershom Bradford.

Especial attention is called to the fact that "my Eldest daughter the wife of Elisha Wadsworth", mentioned in the will, was Ichabod's daughter Elizabeth, by his first wife. Elisha Wadsworth and Elizabeth Wiswall were married in Duxbury in December 1694.*

  • Pilgrim Notes and Queries 3:121

The original will, the original letter of administration and the original inventory are still in the probate files. [REV. ICRABOD WISWALL'S WILL] [From original will] I Ichabod Wiswall of Duiborough in ye County of Plimouth being weak olf body but of [sound mind and memory praised be God for ye Same Doe make this my last Will & Testament in manner & form following that is to say hrst I Comitt my body to the Earth to be decently Buryed when it shall Please God to take me hence & my soul into the hands of God my saviour in sure & Certain hope of a ,Joyfull Resurrection & Reunion through the precious Merritts of Jesus Christ my Lord & only Redeemer. And for the disposall of my outward Estate which God hath Graciously Given me my mind & will is the same shall be disposed as in this my Will is sett Down. first I have already Given to my Eldest Daughter the wife of Elisha Wadsworth her Portion of my Estate & is as much as I have to give to any other of My Daughters. Item I give & bequeath unto my welbeloved wife Presilla all my housing & lands Lying in the Township of Duxburough for & During the Terme of her Naturall Life or otherwise soe long as she shall Continue my widdow Item I give & bequeath to my son Peleg one half of all my lands & meadows both salt & fresh meadows to him & his heirs for Ever. lying at Scipican

  • Pilgrim Notes and Queries, 3:121

Rev. Ichabod Wiswall's Will 3 Item I give & bequeath unto my four Daughters mercy Hanah Prissilla & Deborah the other half of all my lands & meadows at Scipican Alias Rochester in Equall parts to them & their severall heirs for Ever. Item I give & bequeath to my said four Daughters all my lands at Sagetihock or Kenebeck in the Eastern parts of this Cuntry being one hundred acres be the same more or less to them & their Respective heirs for Ever. Item I give & bequeath to my son Peleg all my houses & lands uplands & meadows lying in the Township of Duxbury to be possesed & Injoyed by him after the decease of his Mother or her second Marriage to him & his heirs for Ever. Item I Give & bequeath to my son Peleg all my Books & tlirrty pounds in money towards his Education at the Collegde Item I give & bequeath all my other goods & Chattles & moneys to my well beloved wife Prissilla for the bring up of my Children & her support & Comfort during her life & at her discretion to bestow amongst my Children. Item I nominate & appoint my welbeloved wife Prissilla to be sole Executrix of this my last Will & Testament In Witness wherof I have hereunto set my hand & seale the 25t day of May 1700 Signed Sealed & Declared Ichabod wiswall (seal) by the above named Mr Icabod Wiswall to be his Last will & Testament in the prsence of us Alexander Standishe John Sprague Samuell Seabury John Wadsworth John Sprague Samuel Seabury & John Wadsworth three of ye witnesses here named Appeared before William Bradford Esqr Judge of probate on ye 19th day of August 1700 Arid made oath that they were present and Saw and heard mr Ichabod Wiswall the Testator above named sign Seal & declare this Instrument to be his last will and Testament And that to the best of their Judgment he was of Sound disposing mind and memory when he did the same Attest Sam1 Sprague Register On the back of the original will is written "The Last Will & Testanit of Mr Ichabod Wiswall To be opened after his Decease" [The will was also recorded, 1: 325.] 4 Rev. Ichabod Wiswall's Will [From original letter] Willyam Bradford Esqr Commissionated &c for ye Granting of Probate of Wills and Letters of Administration within the County of Plimouth &c To all to whome these presents Shall Come or may Concern Greeting know ye that on the nineteenth Day of August AnO Domini one thousand and Seven hundred Before me at Pliinouth The Will of mr Ichabod Wisewall late of Duxborough in the County aforesaid Deceased to these presents Annexed was proved Approved and allowed who having while he lived and at Ye time of his Death Goods Chattels Rights and Credits The said Deceased and his said will in any manner Concerning was Committed unto pricilla his wife Executrix in the same will named well and truly to Administer ~ same And to make a true and perfect Inventory of all and Singular the Goods Chattels Rights and Credits of the said deceased And the same to Exhibit Into ye Registers office of the said County according to Law Also to Render a true and Plaine account of her said Administration upon oath In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Ye Seal of ye said Office. Dated at Plimouth the 19th William Bradford (seal) day of August 1700: transcription


Rev. Ichabod Wiswalls Will (p. 2 The Mayflower Descendant, 1620-1920: A Quarterly Magazine of Pilgrim Genealogy and History, Volumes 18-19 (Google eBook)

Marriage Name: Elizabeth Wiswel Spouse: Elisha Wadsworth Marriage Date: 9 Dec 1694 Marriage Place: Duxborough, Massachusetts

  • marriage American Marriages Before 1699 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 1997.

Original data: Clemens, William Montgomery. American Marriage Records Before 1699. Pompton Lakes, NJ, USA: Biblio Co., 1926.

  • Ichabod Wiswall's Will here.

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