William Washburne

William WASHBURNE (1601 – 1658) was Alex’s 12th Grandfather; one of 8,192 in this generation of the Shaw line.

William Washburn Coat of Arms

William Washburn was born in 9 Nov 1601 in Bengeworth, Worcestershire, England and was christened at the parish church of St. Peter, Bengeworth, Wickenford Parish, Worchestershire, England. His parents were John WASHBOURNE and Martha TIMBRELL.  He married Jane NICHOLS  in 1621 in Worcester, Worcestershire, England.  Evidence includes the will of William’s son John which mentions “my uncle Isaac Nichols.”

It is often reported that William  married Jane Whitehead.   In 1653 he purchased land in Oyster Bay on Long Island. Dan Whitehead was one of the other purchasers and there is evidence that he was the brother-in-law of William Washburn giving some to believe that his wife’s name was Jane Whitehead.

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. 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.

Washburn Map

Jane Whitehead was born in 1603 in Bengeworth, Worcestershire,  England. Jane died in
1713 in New York.

Jane Nichols was born 3 Nov 1603 in Bengeworth, Worcester, England. Her parents were Francis NICHOLS and Frances WIMARKE. Jane died 16 Feb 1667 in Hempstead, Long Island, New York.

Children of William and Jane:

Name Born Married Departed
1 Sarah WASHBURNE 26 Mar 1626
Bengeworth, Worchester, England
c. 1646
1693 or 1695
Queens County, Long Island, NY
2. John Washburn 1627
Bengeworth, Worchester, England
Mary Butler
7 Jun 1655 Stratford, Fairfield, CT
30 Oct 1658
Hempstead, NY
3. Mary Washburn 1629 Bengeworth, Worchester, England. Richard Willitts
1649 Hempstead, Nassau, NY
17 Nov 1713 Hempstead, Long Island, NY
4. Agnes Washborne? (See below) 1631 Bengeworth, Wickenford Parish, Worchestershire, England. Robert Jackson
c. 1647
5. Martha Washburn 1631 1631
6. Phebe Washburn 1633 John Ashman
1654 Hempstead, Nassau, NY
New York
7. Hope Washborne 1636 Mary Stiles 1696
8. Martha Washbourne 18 Dec 1637
Bengeworth, Worcestershire, England
Edmund Titus
(Son of Robert TITUS)
bef 29 Sep 1657 Westbury, NY
17 Feb 1727 Westbury, NY
9. William Washborne 1641 1731
10. Patience Washborne 1643
Bengeworth Par Evesham, Worcester, England
11. Hester Washborne 1645
12. Margaret Washborne? (See below) 1646
Stratford, Fairfield, CT
Isaac Nichols??
25 Feb 1646 or 1656
Strafford, CT
Stratford, CT

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 ofConnecticut, 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.

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

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.

William also acquired land in Oyster Bay and was appointed magistrate in 1653.

Washburn – Oyster Bay Deed

William made his will on 29 September 1657.

“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

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.

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.

After the death of her husband, William, Jane is sued in court by several persons.

l) Thomas Hicks, 2nd husband of Mary Butler, widow of her son John for the inheritance that belonged to John Washburn Jr. (grandson of William).
2) Richard Style sued for money that William had agreed to pay him for work done when he hired Richard away from a Mr. Seaman.
Richard Butler, father of Mary Butler at one time also demanded of William what he had done with the Washbourne land in England. William said in effect that it was none of his business and he would dispose of it as he wanted. William had said that the land would go to his son Hope but , in fact, it was given to John, the son of John (his grandson and step son on said Richard Style)


Washburn – Children

1. Sarah WASHBURNE (See Robert WILLIAMS‘s page)

2. John Washburn

John’s wife Mary Butler was born 1635 in Cambridge, Suffolk, Mass. Her parents were Richard Butler and Elizabeth Bigelow.  After John died, she married Thomas Hicks. Mary died 12 Sep 1689 in Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut.

John purchased land in Oyster Bay in 1653. In 1655, he was a resident of Hempstead.

Richard Butler, father of Mary Butler at one time also demanded of William what he had done with the Washbourne land in England. William said in effect that it was none of his business and he would dispose of it as he wanted. William had said that the land would go to his son Hope but, in fact, it was given to John, the son of John (his grandson )

Thomas Hicks sued his wife’s ex-mother-in-law Jane Washburne for the inheritance that belonged to John Washburn Jr. (grandson of William).

3. Mary Washburn

Mary’s husband Richard Willitts was born 1618 in England. His parents were Andrew Willett and Jacobina Goad. Richard died 9 Jun 1665 in Hempstead, Long Island, New York.

Alternatively, Richard married Mary’s sister Martha Washburne.

Richard Willits, the emigrant and founder of the Willits family in America, resided, in the year 1657, in the town of Hempstead, on Long Island, althought he was probably there at an earlier period.  In 1659 he was surveyor of highways.  Richard   died about 1664, and in all probablility never was a “Friend.”  In fact, in 1658 and 1659 he was connected with the court that enforced the laws enacted to suppress the spread of Quakerism.  After his widow, who survived him mnay years, removed with her children to Jericho.  She became a “Friend” and a minister, and reared her children in that faith.  Mary died 17 Nov 1713, aged about eighty-four years.

4. Agnes Washborne

Agnes’ husband Robert Jackson was born 1620 in Scrooby, Nottinghamshire, England. His parents were Richard Jackson and Isabella Maltby. Robert died 1684 in Hempstead, New York.

In many genealogies found on the web and in published works as well, Agnes Washbourne is given as a wife of Robert Jackson. This has been found to be an error and was analylized very effectively by Harry Macy Jr. From his work it has been made clear that Robert married a daughter of William Washbourne (no first name ever mentioned) who died leaving Robert as a widower. He then married Agnes, the widow of Robert Pudington. William Washbourne, in his will, mentions his deceased daughter, wife of Robert Jackson. Robert, in his will mentions his wife, Agnes. Public records of New Hampshire and Hempstead, Long Island establish that Robert’s wife, Agnes, is the widow of Robert Pudington.

Robert was among the first settlers of Hempstead where he was a large land owner. It is not known whether he was married when he reached Long Island or brought her with him. No matter, the name of his first wife has not been discovered.  They had 4 children.   Robert married 2nd Miss (?) Washbourne, circa 1653 at Town of Hempstead, Long Island, New Netherlands. He and (?) were blessed with 2 children, one not named. Robert married 3rd widow Agnes Puddington before 10 April 1660. He is found on rate lists in 1662 & 1666. Robert made his will on 25 May 1683 at the Town of Hempstead, Queens County, Long Island, New York. He left to his wife, Agnes, half the home lot next to George Hewlett, goods, etc. 4 pounds to son, Samuel, a gift to his wife, and each of his children a piece of eight. Live stock to Nathaniel Cole, Jr., a son of my daughter, Martha, deceased. Residue to son, John, who is executor. Witnesses: John Carman, John Smith, Samuel Embree & Joseph Smith. Robert died before 13 October 1685 at Hempstead Town, Nassau County, Long Island, New York. His will was probated on 13 Oct 1685 at the Court of Sessions.

6. Phebe Washburn

Phebe’s husband John Ashman was born 1626 in Westbury, Nassau, New York or maybe in England. His parents were xx. John died in 1686.

7. Hope Washborne

Hope’s wife Mary Stiles was born 1640 in Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut. Her parents were Francis Stiles and Sarah [__?__]. Mary died 12 Jan 1712 in Derby, New Haven, Connecticut.

8. Martha Washbourne

Martha’s husband Edmund Titus was born 1630 at St. Catherines, Herts, England. His parents were Robert TITUS and Hannah CARTER.  Edmund died 7 Feb 1715 Westbury, NY.

Edmund came to the colonies at an early age before reaching his majority and apparently lived with his brothers in Seaconk. When he came of age about 1650, he removed to Long Island.  He settled in Hempstead, Nassau Co., NY by 1658 when he was given 10 acres on a list compiled on Nov. before moving to Westbury, Nassau Co., NY.  The land that he settled on in Westbury remained in the hands of his descendants, all bearing the name of Titus, at least until 1860.

Edmund was living in Hempstead as early as 1658 and took up a 200 acre tract of land on the north of Hempstead Plains where he lived until his death. He is said to have suffered from being a Quaker [he became one early]. His last words, “I have put away all my filthyness and superfluity of Haughtness. I have received the meekness ye engrafted word that is able to save the Soul.”

31 Aug 1698 – An unknown person and his wife, [ROF:Hempstead Town] were listed on the Hempstead Town Census. Enumerated in this household were Edmund Titus, Martha, Peter, Silas, Hannah, Patience. Edmund departed this life the 7th day of the 2nd month 1715 at age 85 years at Hempstead Town, Nassau County, Long Island, New York. Edmund was laid to rest in Hempstead Town, Nassau County, Long Island, New York.

Martha and Edmund were married in a Quaker wedding ceremony in Westbury, New York.  The Westbury Friends continue to meet today at 550 Post Avenue Westbury, NY 11570 (On the corner of Post Avenue and Jericho Turnpike And 1/4 mile north of Northern State Parkway Exit 32.)

The first worship in 1671 in the homes of Henry Willis & Edmund Titus; first Meetinghouse built in 1702, second built in 1801, burned & rebuilt in 1902.

The Westbury Friends first met in the home of Edmund Titus. Today’s meeting house was built in 1902.

As described in the book, Adam and Anne Mott, Their Ancestors and Descendants,

“A meeting had been established at Westbury, when the place was still called Plainedge, on the 25d of 3d month, 1671. The meeting was to begin on the 25th of 4th month, and so every fifth First day, and was held at Westbury or ‘Plainedge,’ at the house of Edmond Titus. Other meetings were held on the intervening First days at other Friends’ houses in other neighbourhoods at Jericho, Bethpage, &c. After the coming of Henry Willis in 1677, the meetings were sometimes held at his house instead of the house of Edmond Titus in Westbury. In 1697, the Monthly Meeting revised the rule, and it was directed that ‘a meeting shall be held every five weeks, on the First day, to begin at Edmond Titus’, the next First day at Jerusalem, the next at Bethpage, next at Jericho, and next at Hempstead. Traveling ministers, when they reached Westbury, usually stopped at the house of Edmond Titus, and after the coming of Henry Willis they sometimes stopped with him.

References to Westbury/Westbury meeting house in early Friends Minutes:

{Verso of p. 141, refers to p. 142:} This is believed to be the earliest minute extract in America.   Sandwich (Mass.) Monthly Meeting has minutes from 25th of 4th Month {June} 1672.

In a cramped irregular hand. In writing of Henry Onderdonk Jr. “Woodedge i.e. Westbury”

at a mens meet the 23d day of 3d month {May} 1671.  It was agreed that the first dayes meetings be one day at oysterbay and another day at Matinacock: to begin at or about the 11th houre: and the weekly meeting to begin about the first houre in the aftertoone

It <was> allSo ageeded <agreed> ther Shall bee a meetting keept at the wood edege <Westbury> the 25th of the 4th {June} month and Soe ever {every} 5th first day of the weeke

At a Yearely meeting held at the meeting house in Flushing, beginning this 24th day of the 3 month {May} 1701

It wass spoken at this meeting concerning the Quarterly meeting that wass formerly at Henry Willisis [in Westbury]; it wass concluded that the Same meeting Should Contenew [continue] at Same plase Until Friends should See a Service in Removing the Same. It hath beane farther Spaken t[o] at this meeting Concening bulding a Meeting house Ne[ar the] Same plase which thing Is left to [the] next Quarterly meeting

Martha departed this life the 17th day of the 2nd month 1727 at Hempstead Town, Nassau County, Long Island, New York. She had been bedridden for several years prior to her death. Martha was laid to rest in Hempstead Town, Nassau County, Long Island, New York.

Genealogies of Long Island Families From the New York Genealogical & Biographical Record, Volume II: pages 346-347 – [New York Genealogical & Biographical Record, 1876, page 42]

In 1650, [Edmund] moved to Hempstead & a short time later to old Westbury. “Edmund Titus, one that Received ye truth many years since and lived and dyed in it. In his later days his Eyes grew dim that he could not see and thick of hearing, all which he bore very patiently. In the time of his last sickness his daughter Phebe field standing by him, he said, my Life is in Christ my God, with many more comfortable words. His last words were these: – I have put away all filthiness & superfluity & Hautiness. I have Received with meekness ye engrafted word that is Able to save the soul & soon departed this life in a quiet frame of Spirit senseable to the last ye 7d. 2d. mo., 1715 aged near eighty five years.” “His wife survived him twelve years and died the 17th of 2d mo., 1727 in ye ninetieth year of her age. Some years before her death she was helpless and kept her bed. Her natural faculties became much impaired; yet she retained a lively sense of the Divine goodness, and many times near her door, feeling the fresh springs of Divine life to well up in her soul, she would exhort her children and others to wait upon God, that they might there by be maid senseable of the workings of Truth in their hearts which was the way through obedience thereunto to find peace with God.”

10. Patience Washborne 

From William’s 1658 will … Allsoe I giue him two sowes, allsoe I giue to my daughter Patience three Cowes or Steeres,

11. Hester Washborne

From William’s 1658 will …  allsoe I giue to my daughter Hester three cowes or Steeres, and one mare between them bothe

12. Margaret Washborne

I have my doubts whether Margaret was really William Washburne’s daughter.  Margaret was not mentioned in her father’s 1658 will.  Many sources state that Margaret married Isaac Nichols either 26 Feb 1646 or 26 Feb 1656 in Stratford, Connecticut.  I don’t think this is possible because Margaret would be too young (a newborn or 10 years old) and Isaac was her Uncle.  He was baptized 27 Dec 1617 in England. His parents were Francis NICHOLS and Frances WIMARK. Isaac died 1695 in Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut.







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  8. This is amazing. Thank you so much for sharing it!

  9. Jane says:

    This is so helpful. So glad I came across this! Thank you.

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  11. Clara Drumm Spitzer says:

    Wow,,,This is so neat,,,, I am the GG granddaughter of Elizabeth Washburn that married Absalom Drumm.. her parents was Charles R. Washburn and Lydia A. Livingston…

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