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Martha Timbrell Washbourne

  • Birth 1558 Offenham, Wychavon District, Worcestershire, England
  • Death 29 Sep 1625 Evesham, Wychavon District, Worcestershire, England
  • Burial Unknown
  • Memorial ID 88030159

1625 Will of Martha Washborne

This is a full transcription of the 1625 will of Martha (Timbrell) (Stevens) Washborne, widow of John Washborne, of Bengeworth, England, the parents of the Washburn immigrant ancestors John Washburn, of Bridgewater, MA, and William Washburn, of Hempstead, NY.

From the Bishop's Transcripts of Bengeworth, was the burial entry for "the weddow Wasbon" on 29 Sept.? 1625.

Since Martha's husband John Washborne already gave his house and land to his eldest son, John Washburn, in his 1624 will, his widow Martha had only her personal belongings to give. Her inventory was valued at 24 Pounds, 13 shillings, 8 pence, and consisted of her bed, sheets, linens, cushions, a table, cupboard, chair, pewter, candlesticks, platters, brass pots, copperware, etc.

The transcription printed in Rev. James Davenport's "The Washbourne Family of Little Washbourne and Wichenford," 1907, has been used as a guide for the Will, since several parts of the will on the microfilm are unreadable, particularly in the beginning and along the left margin.

The microfilm is LDS #0098030, "Wills of the Consistory Court of Worcester, Diocese of Worcester, England, 1626," film #3 for that year, folio #210:



"In the name of God Amen the nine and tentie daye of Septtember 1625 and in the furst yeare of the Raine of our Souvange lord Charles by the grace of God Kinge of England, France and Ireland Defender of the Fayth & of Scotland the lviiiith? I marthae wasburne of Bengworthe widdow in the burroghe of Evesham in the contie of Worster beinge verie weake & sicke in body but of a good & perfett memory thankes be to God I doe ordaine this my laste will & testament in manner & forme followinge ffirst I bequiathe my soule in to the hand of Al mighty God no thinge doutinge but that through His infanit mercies in Christ Jesus he will receiuve it. Itm I give unto my dautter Jone Washborne all the nue clouth and the best of all my houshus stufe and the rest of stoufe to be at my brouther John Tembrel dispousing."
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The will was proved on 9 May 1626. The appraisers of her personal estate were John Timbrell, Richard Moore and Richarde Haye.

From the simplicity of the will, one would imagine that Martha was breathing her last few breaths as she dictated her simple wishes to the three witnesses. She evidently died and was buried the same day, assuming that "tentie" means twenty.

According to the Bishop's Transcripts of Bengeworth, in March, 1626, Jone Washeburne married John Shortazel. This was almost certainly the daughter of John and Martha Washborne, of Bengeworth. Unfortunately, neither Isaack Averell nor his wife were mentioned in Martha's will, which could possibly mean that Isaack had married one of John Washborne's two daughters by his first marriage; either Radegonno Washborne, bpt. on 21 Feb. 1578/9 in Bengeworth, or Mary Washborne, bpt. on 12 Dec. 1584 in Bengeworth. Jone Washborne, the youngest daughter, was bpt. on 11 Feb. 1604 in Bengeworth.

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