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Richard WILLARD[1]


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  • Gender  Male 
    Died  UNKNOWN 
    Person ID  I465  My Genealogy
    Last Modified  13 Apr 2011 

    Family  Margery HUMPHRIES,   d. UNKNOWN 
     1. Simon WILLARD,   b. 1604, Horsmonden, Kent Co., England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Apr 1676, Charlestown, MA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F102  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • Richard Willard, the father of Major Simon Willard, married three times. His first wife was Catherine *and there are four children from this marriage, as recorded in the Willard Memoir: a daughter Mary named in Richard’s will; Thomas baptized May 6, 1593 and buried 1608; Elizabeth baptized January 5, 1594; and Richard born 1596 or 97 named in the will. He married second, Margery (Humphries), (spelled Humferie in the Willard Genealogy) Willard and by her had Simon, Mary, Thomas, Elizabeth and Richard Jr. His third wife was Joane (Morehead) Willard, “a widow” and with her he had Edward, John, and George. The Willard Memoir records that Edward and John died in infancy. George, halfbrother of Major Simon, had at least three children: Deborah, Daniel and Joshua. Of these children, both Daniel and Joshua (baptized at Scituate November 2, 1645) married in Massachusetts. (

      Richard Willard, the father of our Major Simon Willard, was buried at St. Margaret's Church, Horsmonden, Kent County, England on 20 February 1616/17. Joane, Richard's last wife and mother to George Willard, was buried there a few days later on 25 February 1616/17. From the will of Richard Willard (pg. 53 of Willard Memoir; or Life and Times of Major Simon Willard by Joseph Willard, 1858):
      "Joan my wyfe" is named, as is her son by her earlier marriage, "ffranncs Morebread," who wasn't yet 21 at the time the will was drawn up. We read of the legacy left to "George Willard my sonne", and Richard's "fower daughters namely Mary Elizabeth Margery & Catherine." There's also "Richard Wyllard my sonne." "Thomas Bolde of Horsmonden aforesayd housboundman my kindesman" was given rights in Richard's lands called "Weestbines". Richard mentions "Thomas Willarde my late Brother," and "Thomas Humferie my Brother in Lawe," along with "John Tyboull of Marden in the said countie my Sonne in Lawe." There's also "Roberte Goure of Stapelhurste in the said Countie yeoman my brother in Lawe."
      The bulk of the estate went to "Symon Willard my sonne... when he shall come to his full age of two & twentie yeres." If Symon "shall decease without heire or heires of his boddy lawfully begotten" then it should go to "George Willard my sonne". Some mesuage & lands was to go to "my sayd sonne Richard Willard." The executor [John Tyboull] was to place Symon "with some honeste man wher he may learne some good trade wherby he may geet pte of his lyveinge & to allowe him that shalbe his master some porcon that he maye be the better instructede." The will was signed "viiij Martij 1616". [Aside: Richard the son was 8 years older than Simon. There might have been property not named in the will which automatically would have gone to Richard Jr as oldest surviving son.]

  • Sources 
    1. [S02570], edited by Appletons Encyclopedia, (copyright 2001 Virtualology),