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BATT of Virginia.
[From Pedigrees of Yorkshire Families, West Riding, collected about 1666-67, with additions made 1702.]
Batt of Okewell, near Birstall in the Wapentake of Agbrigg and Morley, bears Arg. a chev. betw. 3 reremice displayed sable,
Henry Batt of Okewell in Birstall, lived in the reign of K. Henry VIII., Edw. VI., and until second year of Q. Mary; was witness to the last Will and Testament of Sir Henry Savile of Thornhill, Kat of the Hon. Order of the Bath, and had forty shillings yearly annuity for life given him out of his lands, by the said will, and the keeping of his courts. He purchased the manors of Birstall, Heckmondwyke and Heaton, in Bradford dale, with other lands. dau. of.... and had issue-Henry,
Henry Batt (son & heir of Henry) married .., dau. & co.-h. of Mr Richard Wilkinson of Bradford, and had issue-Henry (s. p.), Robert, Richard who lived at Spenn in Gomershall, married to Mr Geo. Parry, married to Mr Tho' Crowle, and Margaret married to M2 Anthony Hopkinson of Birstall.
Robert Batt (son & heir of Henry) was fellow and vice master of University College, Oxford, married Mary, daughter of Mr. John Parry, of the Golden Valley in Herefordshire and had issue-John, William and Henry3 (both lived in Virginia), Robert, Mary married 1st to M' Reresby Eyre, afterward to Mr Henry Hirst, Elizabeth married to Richard Marshe Dr of Divinity, Dean of York, Rebecca unmarried, Catherine married to Mr Philip Mallory. The said Mary survived her husband and was afterwards married to Mr Richard Rawlinson of Rotheram.
John Batt Esq. (son and heir of Robert) was captain of a foot company in the Regt of Agbrigg and Morley, & Justice of Peace in the West Riding; married Martha, daughter of Mr Thomas Mallory, Dean of Chester, and had issue-John, drowned in the Irish Seas coming from Virginia with his father, William, Thomas and Henry in Virginia 1667, and Martha. William Batt Esq. (son & heir of John) is captain of a foot company in the same Regt, Justice of the Peace 1667; married Elizabeth daughter of Mr William Horton & hath issue-William, Gladdhill, John, Thomas died young, Elizabeth, Martha and Judith.
John Batt Esq. (third son and h. of William) is now living 1702; married.... daughter of .... Metcalfe.
Harl. MS. 4630, page 26.
[A partial genealogy of Batte of Virginia was published in the Richmond Standard, June 4th, 1881, a copy of which is in the library of the New England Historic Genealogical Society.
The following grants of land are of record to the name:
John Batte and John Davis, 750 acres in Charles river county (now York), April 2nd, 1667, Book No. 1, p. 638.
William Batt, 220 acres on Mobjack bay, September 5th, 1643, Book No. 1, page 901 182 acres on 66 Chipoke Creek, called by the natives in the Indian, Paco Jacke, in James Cittie county, April 11th, 1649, Book No. 2, p. 161.
Thomas and Ileary Batte, 5878 acres 'on the south side of James river in Appamattock in Charles Cittie county," August 29th, 1668, Book No. 6, p. 126. William Batt, 700 acres in Charles City county, April 22d, 1670, Book No. 6, p. 285.
Henry Batte and John Sturdivant, 3528 acres in Charles City, October 28th, 1673, Book No. 6, p. 480.
Thomas Batt and John Bevill, 400 acres in Henrico county, October 25th, 1690, Book No. 8, p. 122.
Henry Batt, 700 acres in Charles City county, and 200 acres in Bristol parish, do., Book No. 8, p. 44.
William Batte, 250 acres in Prince George county, March 22d, 1715, Book No. 10, p. 280.-Va. Land Records.
Henry gave his estate in England and Virginia to his brother William. The descendants of the last in Virginia include the names of Cox, Poythress, Eppes, Colley, Gilliam, Russell, Maddox, Hinton, Ritchie, Poindexter, French and Friend.— R. A. B.]
HENRY BENSKIN, lately arrived in England from the Plantation of Virginia, 26 September 1692, proved 19 October 1692. Touching the estate which I have in England (having already settled that which I have in Virginia before I left that place) I give & bequeath to my mother Benskin, Mr Alexander Roberts of Shadwell, shipwright and Mr Thomas Whitfield twenty shillings for rings. All the rest to my two daughters, Mary Harman, wife of William Harman of New Kent County, on York River, Virginia, and Frances Marston, wife of William Marston, living upon Shipperhominy River, in James City County, Virginia, equally between them. The said Mr Alexander Roberts and Mr Thomas Whitfield to be executors, &c. Wit: Benj. Jones, Thomazine Harris, Robert Sandford, servt to Mr Whitfield, Scr.
[I fail to find of record any grants of land in Virginia to the testator Henry Bunskin, or to any of his surname. The following grants may however be of interest in connection with the names of two of the legatees named:
llenry Harman and John Bishop, 168 acres, 3 perches and 23 poles in Charles City county, Sept. 20, 1683, Book No. 7, p. 305.
Robert Harmon, 1200 acres in New Kent county, April 20, 1687, Book No. 7, p.
Thomas Marston, 1300 acres on the north-east side of Chickahominy river, in James City county, Sept. 20, 1691, Book No. 8, p. 211.
Eliza Marston, 349 acres in St. John's parish, New Kent county, April 21st, 1696, Book No. 8, p. 249.- Va. Land Records.
The name Marston is quite a common one at the present day in eastern Virginia, while that of Harman is prominently represented in the Valley District.-R. A. B.]
GEORGE WHITTACRE, passenger aboard the good ship called the William, of London, bound from Virginia to London, 13 May 1654, proved 26 June 1654. Seven hogsheads of tobacco to my brother Edward Duckworth, living in the backside of St Clements Deanes hard by the new Inn, London, if the said Edward or his wife be then living. If not to be found, then to William Scott, who is made executor. Some sugar aboard Mr. Webber's ship.
Wit: Solomon Williams, Owen James.
[The Rev. Alexander Whittaker, "the apostle," who accompanied Sir Thomas Dale to Virginia in 1611; married and baptized Pocahontas in 1614, and was drowned in James river in 1616, may be mentioned in this connection. The following grants of land to the name in its various renderings are of record:
Edward Whittaker, 100 acres "adjoining the pallisadocs of middle plantacon," February 8, 1638, Book No. 1, p. 365.
Captain William Whitacre, 90 acres in James Cittie county, June 5th, 1656, Book No. 3, p. 381.
William Whitacer, 90 acres in James Cittie county, March 18th, 1662, Book No. 5, p. 157.
Richard Whittaker, 135 acres in "James Cittie" county, October 22d, 1666, Book No. 5, p. 153; 158 acres in Middlesex county, February 17th, 1667, Book No. 6, p. 275.
William Whitacar, 400 acres in James City county, April 20th, 1680, Book No. 7,
Richard Whicker, 300 acres on Knoll's Island, Currituck, Lower Norfolk county, April 20th, 1682, Book No. 7, p. 141.- Va. Land Records.
The descendants of one Richard Whitaker, a settler in Warwick county, Virginia, in the 17th century, are now quite numerous in and around Enfield, N. C.-R. A. B.]
JOSEPH WALKER of St. Margarets in the City of Westminster, gentleman, 13 February 1666, proved 27 February 1666. To my kinsman John Walker, now living or being in Virginia in the parts beyond the seas, ten shillings, provided he release & discharge my executors of & from all other claims &c. To my kinsman Andrew Walker, citizen & draper of London, ten shillings (with the same proviso) and to my kinsman Samuel Walker, seaman (under the same condition) ten shillings. All other property to my kinswoman Mary Snow, now the wife of Nicholas Snow, citizen and armorer of London, whom I nominate executrix. Carr, 33.
[Peter Walker was granted 150 acres in Northampton county, September 20th, 1645, Book No. 2, p. 44.
John Walker (probably him of the text), 1000 acres, and 150 acres on Ware river, Mobjack Bay," January 29th, 1651, Book No. 2, pp. 356 and 357. There are numerous subsequent grants to "Lieut. Collo." John, Henry, Richard and William Walker.- Va. Land Records. John Walker was a member of the Virginia Council, 1658-1660.—r. a. b.]
Charta Donationis Georgii Chauncey.
GEORGE CHAUNCEY Sen' of Barking in the county of Essex Esq. 28 November 1621, proved 25 August 1624. I grant, bargain & sell unto George Chauncey, my son, all my goods &c. on condition &c. He to pay, after my decease, to Edward Chauncey my son two hundred pounds, to be paid out of that one thousand pounds which Alexander Williams of Gilston in the county of Hartfordshire doth now owe unto me, to Charles Chauncey my son one hundred marks and Judith Chauncey my daughter three hundred pounds. To Frances Porter my daughter nine & twenty pounds yearly, to her hands and not to any other, for her sole use &c., and not to the hands of Ambrose Porter or to any other for his use. This annuity to be paid immediately after my decease, at Cranbrooke House in Barkinge in the said County of Essex, or at some other place that the said George, my son, and Frances Porter shall appoint the same to be paid. To William Chauncey my nephew five pounds within one year after my decease. To Alice Clarke twenty pounds yearly during such years as are to come in an annuity granted by me to one John Clarke deceased late husband to the said Alice.
If I the said George shall tender at any time during my life the sum of twenty shillings at my now dwelling house in Barking to the use of George Chauncey my son, that then and at all times after this present deed of gift to be frustrate and of none effect.
The witnesses were William Chauncy, Matthew Chauncey & Nathaniel Rowdon (by mark). There issued commission to George Chauncey, natural & lawful son of George Chauncey late of Barking in the County of Essex deceased. Byrde, 62.
JUDITH CHAUNCY of Yardley, in the County of Hertford, spinster, 2 December, 1657, proved 1 March, 1657, by Henry Chauncy and Mountague Lane.
"To my deare and lovinge brother Mr Charles Chauncy minister of gods word and nowe liveinge in newe England Twentie pounds of currant English money which I desire to haue paid and conveyed unto him as soone as
it may be safely done after my decease. And I doe likewise will and bequeath unto my loveinge Cousens Isaac Chauncy and Ichabod Chauncy, twoe of the sons of my said loveinge brother ffive poundes apeece. And I doe giue and bequeath unto the rest of my said brothers children which are nowe in newe England with him (and are sixe in number as I am informed) fforty shillings apeece to be paid to them as soone after my decease as it may conveniently and safely be done."
Bequests are made to loving cousin Mr Mountague Lane, cousine Mr Henry Chauncye the elder of Yardley and Mrs Anne Chauncy his wife, cousin George Chauncy the third son of the aforesaid Henry and godson of the testatrix, said godson's mother, his brother Peter Chauncy and his sisters Anne, Elizabeth and Mary Chauncy, cousins Henry, John and Peter Chauncy, three of the sons of cousin Henry Chauncy, cousin Alexander Chauncy the elder now living in the County of Kent, nephew M' John Humberston and his daughter Judith Humberston, Mr. John Sykes, clerk, and his son John Sikes, godson of testatrix, John Starr, son of Edmond Starr, late of London, dyer, and to Thomas Burges whom she had put an apprentice to a tailor. The residue she left to her cousins George Chauncy, Henry Chauncy the elder of Yardley and Mountague Lane. The witnesses were John Sykes, Hannah North (by mark) and Grace Couch. Wootton, 109.
ICHABOD CHAUNCEY of the City of Bristoll, Doctor in Physick, 19 March 1688, with codicil made 26 September 1690, proved 17 February 1691. My body to be laid near my children in St. Philip's church yard in the said city. To Nathaniel Wade Esq. Daniel Gwillim, merchant, and William Burgesse, grocer, property in trust. Wife Mary, sons Staunton, Charles & Nathaniel. To brother Nathaniel Chauncy's children. To brother Isaac and to cousin Oziell Chauncy, my cousins Charles, Elizabeth and Isaac Chauncy. Fane, 138.
Shia pro Valore Test' et Codicilli Ichabod Chauncey nuper civitatis Bristoll, in medicinis Doctor defuncti, Quod coram nobis in judicio inter Mariam Chauncey viduam relictam et executricem in Testamento sive ultima voluntate dicti defuncti nominatam, partem humoi negotium promoventem ex una et Stanton Chauncey minorem filium naturalem et legitimum dicti defuncti per Josephum Wetham ejus curatorem agentem partem contra quam dictum negotium promovetur etc.
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ISAAC CHAUNCY, having by the tender mercy of the most High been preserved in life unto an old age, 26 February 1712, proved 15 March 1711. To son & daughter Nisbet each five pounds. The House I live in, in Little Moorfields &c. Wife Jane Chauncy. To daughter Elizabeth Nisbet my gold non striking watch. To my daughter in law, the relict of my late son Uzziel Chauncy, five pounds. To my grand daughters by her two pounds apiece. To the widow & relict of my late son Charles Chauncy the sum of money due me from the African Company. Reference to the children of said son as infants. Brother Wally, Son Isaac. Wife Jane executrix. Son Nisbet & friend Richard Tailor to aid her. Barnes, 46.
[We have here abstracts of the wills of George Chauncy, the father, Judith, a sister, and Ichabod and Isaac, sons of the Rev. Charles Chauncy, president of Harvard College. Isaac and Ichabod Chauncy both graduated at Harvard College in 1651, and sketches of their lives, with lists of their publications, are to be found in Sibley's Harvard Graduates, i. 302-9. For a genealogy of the family, see REGISTER, x. 106-120, 251-62, 323–36; xi. 148-53. Tabular pedigrees will be found at x. 257 and xi. 148.-EDITOR.
Henry Chauncy, the half brother of Judith and of Charles the president of Harvard College, had a son Henry, who with his wife and children are all mentioned in the will of Judith. His wife was Anna, daughter of Peter Parke of Tottenham, co. Middlesex; their children were Henry, John, George, Peter, Anne, Elizabeth and Mary. Henry, the eldest of the sons, was the author of the History of Hertfordshire; he was admitted to Caius College, Cambridge, Eng., 1647; to the Middle Temple, 1649; Degree of the Bar, 1656; Justice of the Peace, 1661; called to the bench of the Temple, 1675, and the same year made Steward of the Borough Court in Hertford; Charter Recorder, 1680; Reader of the Middle Temple, 1681; the same year he was Knighted; in 1685, Treasurer of the Middle Temple; 1688, called by Writ to the State and Degree of a Serjeant at Law.
The details of the Chauncy family history have been gathered by a descendant, William Chauncy Fowler, and published as the" Chauncy Memorials." On p. 312 is given an account of the marriages and children of George; on p. 313, extracts from the will of Judith; on pp. 46, 337, pedigree of Isaac's descendants and his will in full; his grandson, Rev. Charles Chauncy, was the minister of the 1st Church of this city, and his name is perpetuated here by Chauncy Street, where the church was then located; on p. 78 is a pedigree of the descendants of Isaac. President Chauncy, like other early presidents of Harvard College, sacrificed his own and his family's pecuniary prospects by his devotion to the college interests; he had an estate of £60 income given him by a Mr. Lane-probably a relative, of Bristol, England. President Quincy wrote of the early presidents, that they experienced the fate of literary men of that day,-thankless labor, unrequited service, arrearages unpaid, posthumous applause, a doggerel dirge and a Latin epitaph."
The Chauncy family of England is referred to in the Histories of Hertfordshire by Sir Henry Chauncy, vol. ii. 400; Clutterbuck, pp. 60, 189; Harl. Soc. Pub. viii. 353; Norfolk Arch. So. i. 113; Histories of Northamptonshire, by Bridges, i. 119; Baker, i. 494.-See p. 312 of Chauncy Memorials.-JOHN COFFIN JONES BROWN.]
FRANCES HANHAM (or Hannam) of Boston in the County of Lincoln, widow, 4 April 7th of Charles (1631) proved by William Hastinges, brother & executor 13 June 1631. To be buried in the parish church of Boston. To the poor of Boston thirty shillings. To Mr. John Cotton and Mr Anthony Tuckney, the ministers, at Boston, to each of them as a token of my hearty affection and true respect unto them, to either of them the sum of twenty shillings, to be paid them presently after my decease. To my brother M' Ambrose Hayes twenty shillings, within three months &c., to make him a ring. To my brother Thornell ten shillings and to his wife twenty shillings, within three months &c. To my brother Mr William Hastinges of Asterby ten shillings to buy him a ring. To the wife of Mr Thomas Askham & to the wife of Mr Richard Westland ten shillings each within three months &c. To my daughter Pollixena all my rings & jewells & my taffety petticoat. To John Howseman my man servant my sorrel mare &c. To my sister the wife of the said Mr William Hastinges all my wearing apparell not before given. To the widow Yates six shillings eight pence presently.
Item I give to Jonas Horrax, nephew to M" Cotton, ten shillings to be presently paid after my decease. Item I give to Mr Thomas Leveritt & to his wife to be paid them within three months next after my decease either of them ten shillings. To Philip Hannam my son, in full of all legacies & bequests given him by the last will of his late deceased father, the sum of two hundred & fifty pounds (at full age of one and twenty). To