John Washbourne

John WASHBOURNE (1566 – 1624) was Alex’s 13th Grandfather; one of 16,384 in this generation of the Shaw line.

William Washburn Coat of Arms

John Washbourne was baptized on 1 Aug 1566 in Bengeworth, Worcestershire, England. His parents were John WASHBOURNE and Jone (Jane) WHITEHEAD. He married Martha TIMBRELL on 6 July 1596 in Evesham, Worcestershire, England.   John died on 3 August 1624 at the age of 58 in Bengworth, Worcestershire, England.

Martha Timbrell was born circa 1578 at England.  She was the widow of a Mr. Stevens. Martha made her will on 29 Sep 1625 at Bengeworth, Wickenford Parish, Worchestershire, England. Martha departed this life before 9 May 1626 at Bengeworth, Wickenford Parish, Worchestershire, England when her will was probated.

Children of John and Martha:

Name Born Married Departed
1. John Washburn bapt.
2 Jul 1597
Bengeworth, Worchestershire, England
Margery (Margaret) Moore
23 Nov 1618
Elizabeth Stream
Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusetts
2. Jane Washburn bapt.
2 Dec 1599
Bengeworth, Worcestershire, England
Isaacke Averell Not mentioned in her father’s
3 Aug 1624 will
20 Oct 1636 in Bengeworth, Worcestershire, England
3. William WASHBURNE 9 Nov 1601 in Bengeworth, Worcestershire, England Jane NICHOLS
1621 in Worcester, Worcestershire, England.
30 Oct 1658 Hempstead, Queens, NY.
4. Joane Washburn bapt.
11 Apr 1604
Bengeworth, Worchestershire, England
John Shorthazel
May 1626
Bengeworth Par, Evesham, Worcester, England
5. Daniel Washburn 1605
Bengeworth, Worchestershire, England

John’s father John WASHBURNE was born circa 1520 at Bengeworth, Wickenford Parish, Worchestershire, England. John married Jane Busell on 21 April 1542 at Bengeworth, Wickenford Parish, Worchestershire, England. He and Jane were blessed with 4 children. The family resided at Bengeworth, Worchestershire, England. John’s wife, Jane, died before 4 April 1557 in Bengeworth, Wickenford Parish, Worchestershire, England,, leaving him a widower. John married second  Jone WHITEHEAD on 8 May 1561 at Bengeworth, Wickenford Parish, Worchestershire, England.  John’s wife, Jone, died before 23 April 1567 in Bengeworth, Wickenford Parish, Worchestershire, England,, leaving him a widower. John was buried 13 Oct1593 at Bengeworth, Wickenford Parish, Worchestershire, England.

John’s grandfather John WASHBURNE was born circa 1467 at Worchestershire, England. John married Emme [__?__] at England. He and Emme were blessed with 4 children. John settled at Bengeworth, a few miles from Little Washbourne, probably at the time of his father’s death in 1517. John made his will on 27 December 1546.

He bequeathed his soul to Almighty God , and directed that his body be buried in the Churchyard of Bengeworth, after Solemn Mass. He appointed Eme his wife , to be sole Executrx, 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 children of each of these sons; the three children of Robert Martin, “ his son-in law, husband of the testator’s daughter, Alice; the child of Daniel Hyde “Hide” his son-in-law husband of the testators daughter Katherine; and left the remainder of his estate” to his wife “ Eme”.

John was buried 8 Jan 1546/47 at St Peter’s Bengeworth, Wickenford Parish, Worchestershire, England.

John’s will from The Washbourne Family of Little Washbourne and Wichenford, 1907.

In the name of God Amen the xxvij day of December the yere of or lord mcccccxlvj, & in the xxxviij yere of the Rayne of or Souaygne lord Henry the viij 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 wtin the dioces of Worcester beynge sike in body nev’thelesse of good & perfecte mynde & memorie thanks be to God therfore do ordeyne & make this my testament & last will in forme & manr folowing–

first I bequethe my soule unto Almyghty God, & my body to be buryed wtin 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 sonne supvisors or ov’sears 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 ij strike of whete & ij 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 ij children of Willm my sone & to the ij children of John my sone evy one of them iis.

Itm I bequethe unto the iij 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 wt all my howses lands & grownds therto belonging lyinge wtin 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 viijd & the sayde Willm my sone shall pay for the same yerely to Alice Marten my daughter duryng theyer ij lyves to gether ij 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 ij daughters Aloise & Katheryn being alive then will I that the longer lyvr of my sayd ij sones shall pay unto my ij 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 vijs 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 xxvijli viijs viijd

(Source: The Washbourne Family of Little Washbourne and Wichenford, 1907.).

In the name of God amen the 1 day of may the yere of or 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 ij couple of shippe a quarter of whete & another of barley a flaxen shete & ij hurden shets

— Itm I bequethe to Katherine Hide my daughter a redd curtell my best gowne my best cappe my fetherbedde my best kamiccs a bolster a potte a lande of whete at the weathis a baknhogge a coffer that I bought of Thoms Swerdebrake and iij stiks of whight clothe

— Itm I bequethe to John M’tenij coples of shepe & a newe pewter dishe

— Itm I bequethe to William Marten ij cowpulls of shippe & a platter.

Itm I bequethe to Margarete M’ten ij 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 & ij 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 ij striks of barley

— Itm I bequethe to the yonge mens lyght ij 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 xvjd 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 ou’soules 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’ Junij anno dm 1547 qui iurat etc. Exhibuit Inventarm etc. ad suma xvijli xvijs xd

Note from Kathy & Larry McCurdy.

It appears to us that the published genealogies of the Washburn families are well done works. We are however concerned with the John Washburns in the generations following Norman and Elizabeth Knivton. We are not aware of clear evidence in the generations that follow. Admittedly, we have not had the privilege of examining all of the documents of the time, but from what we have had available, we are uncertain of the line of descent thru the John Washburns that follow Norman and Elizabeth.

In analyzing the data and information available to us, we are even more concerned about the linkage of John Washburn of Bengeworth to the earlier Washburns of Little Washborne and Wichenford. Dates and life spans are a concern as well as the content of the will of John Washburn written in 1517. Some historians have been able to rationalize and have given explanations as to the inconsistencies, while others have admitted that there is no proof of the linkage of John Washburn of Bengeworth to the John Washburn of Wichenford, mentioned above. We are of the opinion that the John who wrote the will of 1517 had one wife, Elizabeth, and only the children mentioned in his will. It appears that this John died at a rather young age with a relatively young family with 3 children who were minors, and a son of age who probably was just past his age of majority. This may or may not be a correct theory, but there are two many inconsistencies to make a link between the two mentioned Johns. It is of course highly probable that John, whose will was written in 1546, was a member of the Washburns of Little Washborne and Wichenford, but at this time we do not see any proof other than the geographic closeness to assume the actual relationship. We will continue our research and if we find anything new, we will post it here. We welcome any comments or ideas. Thank you for stopping at our site.

Back to John

John Jr. was one of the twelve principal Burgesses mentioned in the Charter granted by King James to Evesham and Bengeworth in the third year of his reign [1605] constituting them a Borough, granting the town two representatives in Parliament. Evesham is a market town s situated on a horse shoe shaped peninsula almost completely surrounded by water in a meander of the River Avon between Stratford-on-Avon and Tewkesbury. The modern town encompasses Bengeworth and Greater and Little Hampton, which were originally independent villages on the opposite bank of the river.

On May 25, 1608 and October 2, 1610, John Washbourne signed the Corporation Minutes. He resigned the Council on August 30, 1614, probably because of his health, and his resignation is recorded in the Corporation Minutes on that date.

Later in life, John lost his eyesight. John made his will on 3 August 1624.

In the name of God amen, the iiid day of August and dni 1624 and in the xxiith year of the reign of Souagne Lord James by the grace of God, King of England, Fraunce, and Ireland defender of the faith of Scotland the Lviith.

I John Washbourne of Bengeworth in the Borough of Evesham in the countie of Worcester being very weak and sicke in bodie but of good and p’fect memory thanks to be to God doe ordain this my last will and testament in manner in forme following. first I bequeath my soul into the hands of the Almighty God nothing doubting but that through His infinite mercy in Jesus Christ he will receive it.

Item unto my son-in-law Isaacke Averell Thirty pounds of good and lawful money of England to be paid unto him in a mann. & form following vidit, that is to say Fifteene pounds within one year next after my decease and the other fifteen three years after my decease.

Itm I give to my daughter Joane Washbourne fifteen pounds of good and lawful money of England to be paid unto her one Halfe at her day of marriage & the other within the space of fouer years next ensueing after her day of marriage. Provided that she marry with the consent assent & good lyking of her mother and my brother-in-law John Trimbrel.

Item I give unto my sonne William Washbourne forty pounds the one half to be paid within six months after my decease.

Item I give unto my loving Wife household stuffe to be at her disposing. The residue of my Lands Carrells Cattells moveable & unmoveable I give and bequeath unto my sonne John Washbourne who I make Executor of this my last will and testament & whom I ordain & appoint to pay all the afforesaid bequeaths in the mann. & forme aforesaid.
Memorandum that before the signing hereof the above said John Washbourne did give and bequeath unto Jane the daughter of Isaacke Averall one Heyfer of a year old to be delivered her when she comes to the age of yeares.
In witness of which the said John Washbourne being blind and not able to see his hand has authorized his Brother John Tymbell for him and in his stead to subscribe to the psents with his name or mark the day and years first above written.
Read published and signed with his word [lands] interlined in the seaventeenth before the ensealing and signing hereof.
Before John Balam
John Trymball
Joseph Phelpes.

John departed this life before 11 December 1624 at Bengeworth, Wickenford Parish, Worchestershire, England. The inventory of John’s estate was taken on Wednesday, 11 December 1624.

The inventory indicates that John possessed a very productive holding of land, for he had stored in his house at the time of his death 82 pounds worth of wheat, barley and pulse; 32 pounds worth of cattle, sheep and swine; 39 pounds worth of horses; gears. carts. cows. amd harrows – his father kept 5 horses; 8-10-0 pounds worth of hay. The house was of one story with an attic, the latter used for the lodging rooms, granary, and general store room. the ground floor contained a “hall” or common living room, Kitchen and a “Chamber” or bedroom. The hall was furnished with “one little table board and its “frame”, one little table, forms, benches, and a “Join Chair”, one cupboard, shelves for cheeses, pewter, & brass vessels and other furnishings and implements. These latter according to his wife’s inventory, included eighteen pewter platers, twelve pairs of small pewters, three basins, one awer and six cushions.

The “chamber” or bedroom adjoining the hall was furnished with a bedstead, one feather bed with boulster a[nd pillows, a clothes press, a chest [of drawers] and three coffers. There were three other flock beds in the house, store of sheets of holl and, flax and hemp, napkins and two towels. In the kitchen was one table, three brass pots, and pans, kettles, ironware, posnet-porringer, one cabinet, pails, etc. The attic loft above the kitchen, hall and chamber contained four beds and furnishings, and besides serving as a granary and cheesery, served as storage for articles in occasional use.

For the inventory of the father, John Washbourne’s property in 1593, whichis much more minute than that of the son, we learn that the house had a rear yard with barns, ricks, and a place for the storing of timber and fuel; that the windows of the house, at least of the hall and chamber were glazed, for the glass is entered as a separate item, and that the household possessed numerous conveniences passed over or lumped in the later inventory. The wills and inventories together show that the family was bettering itself with every succeding generation, and was decidingly prosperous. No mention is made of the land and buildings; they passed by custom of the day to the eldest son John. It must have been a strong purpose indeed in the state of things in Worchestershire which made John and William Washbourne forsake “fat esteem” and become a pilgrim of the bleek and savage shore of New England of the Plymouth Colony.

His will was probated 29 feb 1625. His son, John, was his executor.


1. John Washburn

John’s wife Margery (Margaret) Moore was born in 1586 at England.   Her parents were Robert Moore and Ellen Taylor. In 1635, Margery immigrated on the ship “Elizabeth & Ann” Among the passengers listed was Margerie Washborn age 49 years, Phillipp age 11 years and John age 14 years.

John and his family immigrated in 1635. They resided in Duxbury, in the Plymouth Colony between 1631 & 1633.. They later removed to Bridgewater, Mass. After Margery died, he married married Elizabeth Stream.


1625 – John served as Bengeworth Parish Church Warden.

2 Jan  1633 – John Washburn sued Edward Doty for wrongfully taking a hog from him, but the court found Washburn’s case to be faulty and dismissed it.

1633 – John Washburn was assessed for taxes in Duxbury, MA.

1634 – He purchased from Edward Bumpus “The Eagles Nest,” a palisaded homestead with lands beyond Eaglenest Creek.

Mar 1635 – He purchased from Edward Bompasse, “his house & palisado…beyond ye creeke called ye Egls-Nest,” for consideration of “a milch goate, wth one ewe-lambe.”

1635 – London emigration records:

“XII Aprilis, 1635 In the Elizabeth and Ann, Mr. Roger Coop bound for New England pr. cert. from the Mayor of Evesham in Co. Worcester and from the minister of the parish of their conformity — Margery Washborn 49; John Washborne 14, Phillipp Washbourne 11, 2 sonnes.”

5 Mar 1639 – The Court ordered John to survey and repair the “heigh ways” in the colony.

Aug 1643 – John appeared on the list of male persons residing in Duxbury, Plymouth Colony, between the ages of sixteen and sixty years, able to perform military duty as shown by the official returns of an actual examination and inspection.

1644 – When the population of Duxbury was estimated at over 400, a movement began to start a new inland settlement in what was to be Bridgewater. John Washburn, Sr., and Jr., Miles Standish, John Alden, William and John Bradford, Love Brewster, Experience Mitchell, Edmond Chandler, William and John Paybody were among 54 purchasers from Massasoit of the town of Bridgewater, a tract of land extending 7 miles on each side from a certain fixed center. The Company paid 7 coats, 1 and 1/2 yards in a coat, 9 hatchets, 8 hoes, 20 knives, 4 moose skins and 10 & 1/2 yards cotton (cloth).

1645 – He served in the expedition against the Narragansets.

1645 – He served on the Grand Jury for Duxbury, MA (nee Mattakeeset, incorporated 6/7/1637). On June 2, 1646 John was admitted freeman at Duxbury, MA.

1649 – He served as Surveyor of Highways.

4 Mar 1650 – He was before the Court for neglecting to mend the highways.

1659 – He served as Constable.

3 Jun 1662 – He was granted land at Saconnet (Little Compton, Rhode Island) by virtue of his being both an ancient freeman and a former servant.  The first European settlers in Little Compton were Englishmen from Duxbury, Massachusetts in the Plymouth Colony who sought to expand their land holdings. After first attempting negotiations with Awashonks, they petitioned the Plymouth Colony, which granted them their charter. In a series of lotteries beginning in 1674 and ending in the early 1680s, they divided the land in Little Compton into lots of standard sizes and began settling there. Among these 32 original proprietors was Colonel Benjamin Church. Church was well known for his role in the late 17th-century conflicts with surrounding Native American tribes.

17 Mar 1671 – His son, John, was called “Jr.” & in May he is called “Sr.” John therefore died between that time in Bridgewater

2. Jane Washburn

Jane’s husband Isaacke Averell

3. William WASHBURNE (See his page)

4. Joane Washburn


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