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John Washbourne, II
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Birth: Jan., 1480
Worcestershire, England
Death: Jan. 8, 1546
Worcestershire, England

John Washbourne (9)(~1478-1548)

Wife: Eme or Emme Washburn


William Washbourne
John Washbourne, ancestor of our Washburn lineage and Executor of his mother's Will
Alice Washbourne
Katherine Washbourne

John Washbourne was the second son of Sir John and Lady Joan Mitton Washbourne. He was born in January 1478.

There was apparently a break in peaceful family relationships after Sir John's (this John's father) marriage to Elizabeth Monington, although the trouble may not have been directly caused by the marriage. When Sir John made his will in 1517, he mentioned only three of his six sons in the will. This son, John, along with the fourth son, Francis, and the fifth son, Anthony, were not mentioned in the will. Francis may have died before the date of the will as there is no evidence that he was alive after the death of his father.

John Washbourne moved from his father's home, Wichenford, by 1538, to Bengeworth, Worchester, England, doubtless because of the break in family relations. Bengeworth lies on the south side of the River Avon, in the southeastern part of the County of Worcester, about eighteen miles from Wichenford, which is in northwestern Worcestershire. It is across the River Avon from Evesham. The Parish of Bengeworth Saint Peter is included in the Borough of Evesham. Located here is the famous Grammar School, where the boys of the Washburn ancestors in England received their education. The Grammar School still exists.

Formerly in a window of the chancel of Saint Peter's Church in Bengeworth was the coat of arms of the Washbourne family. The coat of arms was mentioned in the book History and Antiquities of the Abbey and Borough of Evesham, (William Tindal, A.M., 1794) as being located in the west window on the south aisle and listed two benefactors of Saint Peter's Church, "John Washbourne and Richard Cowie."

John Washbourne was living in Bengeworth by 1538. He farmed and raised livestock in Bengeworth and was rather well off for the times. He made his Will there on December 27, 1546, and was buried on January 8, 1548. In his Will, he bequeathed his soul to Almighty God and directed that his body be buried in the Church Yard of Bengeworth, after Solemn Mass. He appointed his wife Emme to be sole Executrix and named Thomas Shreve of Hampton and his son, William Washbourne, to act as Overseers of the Will. Legatees were his sons, William and John; the two sons of each of the sons; the three children of Robert Martin, his son-in-law; the child of Daniel Hyde, his son-in-law and husband of his daughter, Katherine; and left the remainder of his estate to his wife, Emme.

The maiden-surname of John Washbourne's wife is not known. He called her "Eme" in his Will. However, in her own Will dated May 1, 1547, she is named "Emme." Her baptismal name may have been Emma or Amy. She did not live long after her husband and was buried on May 13, 1547 in Bengeworth. They were possibly married on May 6, 1516, in Bengeworth, England.

1546 Will of John Washburne

This is a transcription of the 1546 will of John Washburne, of Bengeworth, Worcestershire, England, the great-grandfather of John Washburn, the immigrant ancestor to Plymouth Colony, and of William Washburn, the immigrant ancestor to Hempstead, Long Island. It was taken from Rev. James Davenport's "The Washbourne Family of Little Washbourne and Wichenford in the County of Worcester," published in London in 1907. Rev. Davenport's transcription is literal, and very carefully done. It shows that John and Emme Washburne had two sons, John and William, and two daughters, Alice, who married William Marten, and Katherine, who married Daniel Hide.

The will is in the Worcester Probate Office in folio #93 for the year 1546. It is very readable for its age if one accepts the tediously long sentences with patience. Roman numerals were used for numbers. Monetary units are in pounds, shillings and pence, i.e. viiiL = 8 pounds; viiis = 8 shillings; viiid = 8 pence.

In the name of God Amen the xxvii day of December the yere of o'r lord mcccccxlvi, & in the xxxviii yere of the Rayne of o'r Souaygne lord Henry the viii by the grace of God Kynge of Englande fraunce & Ireland Defendor of the faythe and in erthe of the churche of England & also of Irelande the sup'me head. I John Wassheburne husbandman dwellynge in the pishe of
bengeworthe w'in the dioces of Worcester beynge sike in body nevrthelesse of good & perfecte mynde & memorie thanks be to God therfore do ordeyne & make this my testament & last will in forme & mannr folowing--first I bequethe my soule unto Almyghty God, & my body to be buryed w'in the eccliasticall sepulture of my pishe church of bengeworthe aforenamed & soche temporall goods as my lord god hathe lente me & to be orderyd & disposed as herafter folowethe to the true execucon wherof I do constitute & make Emme my wiffe my sole Executrixe & Thoms Shreve of Hampton & Willm Wassheburne my sone supvisors or ovrsears to the same. Itm I will my body be honestly brought unto the sepulture wth solempne dirige & masse for my
soule & all christen soules. Itm I bequethe unto my pishe churche of bengworthe aforesayde ii strike of whete & ii strike of barley. Itm I bequethe unto Willm my sone my bigger sestarne a carte brydle & a mattocke. Itm I bequethe unto John my sone my lesser sestarne, an ewtinge fatte, a carte bridle & a mattocke. Itm I bequethe unto the ii children of Willm my sone & to the ii children of John my sone evy one of them iis. Itm I bequethe unto the iii children of Robte Marten my sone in lawe & to the one childe of Danyell Hide myne other sone in lawe evy one of them like wisse iis. The Residue of my goods in this testament not bequethed I give & bequethe unto Emme my wiffe and Executrix above named wth all my howses lands & grownds therto belonging lyinge wthin the towe & filde of bengeworthe aforesayd she to have the sayd howses lands & grownds duryng her naturall liffe & aftr her decesse I will John my sone shall inherite &
have unto him & his eyre male for evr all my foresayd howses lands & grownds & he or his eyres to pay unto Willm my sone so longe as the sayde Willm shall lyve out of the sayd grownde yerely vis viiid & the sayde Willm my sone shall pay for the same yerely to Alice Marten my daughter duryng theyer ii lyves to gether ii strike of whete to be delived one strike at Christmas & another at Aster and John my sone shall pay unto Katherine Hide my other daughter yerly duryng her naturall life too strike of whete to be delived in like manr & in case that eyther of my sons aforenamed happen to die my ii daughters Aloise & Katheryn being alive then will I that the
longer lyvr of my sayd ii sones shall pay unto my ii daughters the hole some of whete aforenamed or iff bothe my sones decesse then they to have the forsayde whete durynge theyer lifes out of my grounde aforenamed and yf it happen that John my sone have no eyer male then I will that after his decesse Willm my sone & his eyre male yf he have any shall inherite the sayde howses lands & grownds for evr & in case that neyther of my sones John nor Willm have eny eyer male then will I that the eldest daughter of John my sone shall inherite the sayd howses lands and grownds afore specified to pay out of the same to the eldest daughter of Willm my sone duryng her naturall liffe yerly halfe the rent of the same wch is viis vid and then the forsayde howses lands & grownds to remayne to the eyer gen'all for evr. This is my full testament & last will written the day & yere above specified. These beyng witnesse Thoms Shreve Thoms Marten Willm Clente & Thoms Trewelove wt other.
Pbat' cora dco Comiss die anno et loco pdict' qu' iurat etc. & exhibuit
Inventariu ad summa xxviiL viiis viiid.

1547 Will of Emme Washborne

This is a complete transcription of the 1547 will of Emme Washborne, widow of John Washborne, of Bengeworth, Worcestershire, England, taken from Rev. James Davenport's "The Washbourne Family of Little Washbourne and Wichenford in the County of Worcester," published in London in 1907. As with the will of her husband, John Washborne, many of the numbers are expressed in Roman Numerals, i.e. iis = 2 shillings, xvid = 16 pence, etc.

The will is located in the Probate Registry at Worcester, England, folio #26 for the year 1547:

In the name of God amen the I day of may the yere of our lord 1547 & in the firste yere of the raygne of our souaygn lord Edward the vi by the grace of god Kyng of England france & Ireland defender of the faythe & of the churche of England & also of Ireland on erthe the sup'me hed--I Emme Wasborn dwellynge in the pishe of Bengeworthe wthin the dioc of Worceter
beyinge sike in body nevtheles of pfecte mynde & good memorie thanked by god do ordeyne & make this my testament & last will in forme & manr as herafter folowethe--first I bequethe my soule unto Almyghty god, the glorius virgin saynte mary & to the company of all blessed angells & saynts in hevyn, & my body to be buryed wthin the churcheyard of Bengworthe -- Itm
I give & bequethe to Danyell Hide my best cowe ii couple of shippe a quarter of whete & another of barley a flaxen shete & ii hurden shets -- Itm I bequethe to Katherine Hide my daughter a redd curtell my best gowne my best cappe my fetherbedde my best kamiccs [footnote by Davenport says "That is, Cambrics. The Flemish name of Cambray is Kameryk."] a bolster a potte a lande of whete at the weathis a baknhogge a coffer that I bought of Thoms Swerdebrake and iii stiks of whight clothe -- Itm I bequethe to John M'ten ii coples of shepe & a newe pewter dishe -- Itm I bequethe to William Marten ii cowpulls of shippe & a platter. Itm I bequethe to Margarete M'ten
ii couples of shepe my best hooke of silvr & a platter -- Itm I bequethe to Willm Wasborn my sone a browne cowe to his wiffe my best kertell & ii kercheffes -- To Katherine his daughter my best panne a platter & one couple of shepe -- To Agnes his daughter a panne & caudern a plater my best beads my second peyer of hoks & one couple of shepe. -- I bequethe to the churche of Bengeworth ii striks of barley -- Itm I bequethe to the yonge mens lyght ii striks of barley -- Itm I bequethe to Willm Blaklowe a hurden shete -- Itm I bequeth to Emme Ruttr a hurden shete -- Itm I bequethe to Agnes Ordeweye a hurden shete -- Itm I bequethe to Johane Davis a hurden shete -- Itm I bequethe to Emme Gowgzht a hurden shete -- I gyve & will that the xvid that is receaved for a certayne hade in the filde ev'y yere shalbe bestowed for my husbands soule & myne wthin the churche of bengeworthe ev'y yere onse to have dirge & masse for oursoules and all christen soules -- The residue of all my other goods and catall above not bequethed I give and put in the disposicon of John Wasborne my sone whom I do ordeyne & make my executore and he to dispose them for the welthe of my soule & all Christen soules as he thinkethe best to be done -- To this witnessithe Rich. felps the elder Richard felps the yongr, Robte Ordewey,Willm Payge my curate & gostly father wth other. -- Dated the yere monethe & day above wryghtyn--
Pbatu etc. cora dco Comissio etc. apud Euishm xv die mens' Junii anno dm 1547 qui iurat etc. Exhibuit Inventarm etc. ad suma xviiL xviis xd.
The inventory was valued at 17 Pounds, 17 shillings, 10 pence, and probate took place on 15 June 1547. From St. Peter's Parish records of Bengeworth, the burial of Emme Washburn was on 13 May 1547.
Family links: 
  John Washbourne (1451 - 1517)
  John Washbourne (1544 - 1593)*
*Calculated relationship
John WASHBOURNE B: Abt 1479
(bengeworth), Worcester, , England
D: 8 Jan 1546

M: 6 May 1516
, Bengeworth, Worcst, England

Emme Mrs WASHBOURNE B: Abt 1479
Of, Bengeworth, Worcestershire, England
D: 13 May 1547

Note: spouse: Emme Mrs WASHBOURNE birth: about 1479 marriage: 6 May 1516 death: 13 May 1547 spouse: Joan (Jane) BUSHELL birth: 1520 marriage: 1539 death: 4 April 1557
Created by: Tammy Joy Tanner
Record added: Jan 25, 2012
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