William Merbury (Marburie/Marbury) Will, 1581

Connection to Olney-Hooker Family:  William Merbury/Marbury, Esq. was the 8x Great-grandfather of Eliza Jane Olney through his son, the Reverend Francis Marbury, his grandson, John Scott, and his 3x great-grandson, Discovery Olney.


Header on the first page of William Merbury's wll

Header on the first page of William Merbury’s wll

Below is a transcription of the will, as I have been able to make it out, formatted to make it easier to follow.  Some spellings may not be letter for letter with the original; spell check can be a devil to avoid.  A scan of the will is available for download from the British National Archives at:   Will of William Merbury of Grimsby, Lincolnshire

Note:  Though the British Archives lists the will this way, saying he was from Grimsby, the will itself says Grisbye, which I assume would now read Girsby.  Girsby is a hamlet in the parish of Burgh on Bain, where the family held a manor.  I am guessing William died in Girsby, not Grimsby.


In the name of god amen. The xxvi (26)th daie of Januarye in the yere of our lorde god after the romputation? of Englande a thousand fyve hundrethe and fowerteone, I William Merbury of Grisbye in the countie of Lincolne esquier, beinge whole of minde and of perfecte memorye (thankes be allmightie god) doe make and ordeyne this my testament and laste will, in manner and forme folowinge,

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Eleazer Olney – Petition to Congress for “relief as a British refugee”

Connection to Olney-Hooker Family:  Eleazer Olney was the brother of my ancestor, Coggeshall Olney.  Martha Seamans was his wife, Susanna’s, mother.


 

Eleazer Olney Refugee Petition p1

Eleazer Olney Refugee Petition p1

Eleazer Olney Refugee Petition p2

Eleazer Olney Refugee Petition p2

Eleazer Olney Refugee Petition p 3

Eleazer Olney Refugee Petition p 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

While doing broad searches on my Olney family members recently, I happened to search for Eleazer Olney on the Library of Congress website, in the ‘American Memory’ section under Government and Law (don’t ask, no idea why) – and I discovered a little gem:

“Journal of the Senate of the United States of America, 1789-1873
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 1803.

…Mr. Worthington presented the petition of Eleazer Olney, of Marietta, late a resident in the province of Nova Scotia, praying to be entitled to the benefits of the “Act for the relief of the refugees from the British provinces of Canada and Nova Scotia,” for reasons stated in the petition; and the petition was read.

Ordered, That it be referred to the committee appointed on the 27th of October last to consider the petition of Martha Seamans and others, to report thereon to the Senate.”

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Nels & Ane Jonasen Sommer – Their Story via Treelines

Connection to Sommer-Jonasen Family:  Nels and Ane Jonasen Sommer were the immigrant ancestors for the Sommer-Jonasen branch of the family.


Nels Sommer's Gravestone

Nels Sommer’s Gravestone

Last year, I tried a new genealogy on-line software program called Treelines, which helps genealogists create visual stories to illustrate their ancestors’ lives.  My first attempt at using the software was to create the story of Nels and Ane’s lives.

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North Molton, Devonshire, England to Devonshire Hollow, Lafayette County, Wisconsin

Connection to Short-Harford Family:  Mary Leworthy (1821/22-1892) and William Short (1824-1899) were the grandparents of Mary Ursula Short (1878-1965), who married Washington Keegan (1869-1944).


 

Travel Route taken by the North Molton emigrants

Travel Route taken by the North Molton emigrants

On the 26th of March, 1851, a group of 12 people left North Molton, Devonshire, England headed for Plymouth Harbor to take ship for North America.  The group consisted of three generations of an extended family, as well as some friends, all going to start a new life in America that they hoped would hold more opportunity than the difficult lives they led in the mines, sheep pastures and wool manufacturing factories of mid-19th century England.

Uniquely, one member of the group, John Cockings, kept a travel diary of their journey, and many letters have survived that were sent both from the migrants and those left behind.  These primary sources provide fascinating insights into the complicated decision about whether to migrate, a glimpse of what life was like for the pioneers, as well as those left behind, and an idea of what the physical journey of migration was like at the time.

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Stephen Agard, Esq. (~1513-~1563) of Broughton, Northamptonshire

Connection to Olney-Hooker Family:  Stephen Agard was the brother of Katherine Agard, m. Kinsman, the 4x great-grandmother of Alice Dexter (1705-1779), wife of William Olney (1706-after 1777).


Stephen Agard Will page 1

Stephen Agard Will page 1

Stephen Agard Will page 2

Stephen Agard Will page 2

 

 

 

 

When starting the transcription of Stephen’s will, I thought Katherine Agard was the daughter of Stephen.  Upon closer study of the information and dates, and based upon relationships noted in Stephen’s will, I have revised my family tree to make Katherine a sister of Stephen.

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Henry de Sutton, Esq. (-~1416) – Sources & Ancestry

Connection to Olney-Hooker Family:  Henry Sutton was a 10x great-grandfather of Alice Dexter (1705-1779), wife of William Olney (1706-after 1777).


UK National Archives sources (index):
Debt owed to Henry, £200, at the time of his death, 1418, noting Geoffrey Allesley as an executor:  http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C9534076

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George Agard, William Boughton, a Court Case & a Muddy Ancestry (Revised post)

Connection to Olney-Hooker Family:  George Agard was a 6x great-grandfather of Alice Dexter (1705-1779), wife of William Olney (1706-after 1777).  Henry Sutton was George’s 2x great-grandfather.


 

George Agard, William Boughton court case document

George Agard, William Boughton court case document

 

 

 

 

Agard Boughton Court Case Transcription Rev 1

This post focuses on the pedigree of the Sutton-Malory-Boughton-Allesley-Agard family in the legal document above (Available from UK National Archives: reference C 1/1495/7, Boughton v Malory), which was provided by George Agard and William Boughton in support of their lawsuit against Joan Malory in about  1495/1510.  I have attached my only half successful transcription for your use.

First, I will explain what I think the document says, and secondly, I will explain what I think the actual pedigree is, as I don’t think they are exactly the same.

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