William Feake

Last updated 11 Sep 2021 in Spear–Johnson Family.

Individual

Born: in , Wighton, Norfolk County, England

Died: May 1595

Supporting evidence for:
name

book-new-england-register-v47-1893: Henry Fitz-Gilbert Waters (ed.), The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume 47; Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1893; book image (PDF), Google Books (https://books.google.com: accessed 29 July 2019) [The material used from this source includes will abstracts along with their signed and proved dates.]

Additional detail for reference: Page 516 (PDF page 545), line 1 (will of William Feake)

Comment: Source includes name (William Feake the elder).

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birth

book-palmer-families-in-america-1966: Palmer families in America, database with images, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com: accessed on multiple dates); citing "Horace Wilbur Palmer, Palmer Families in America; Neshanic, N.J.: Neshanic Print. Co., 1966"

Additional detail for reference: Page 15 (image 18), accessed 5 May 2007

Comment: Source includes location (Wighton, Norfolk Co. [, England]).

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death

book-new-england-register-v47-1893: Henry Fitz-Gilbert Waters (ed.), The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume 47; Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1893; book image (PDF), Google Books (https://books.google.com: accessed 29 July 2019) [The material used from this source includes will abstracts along with their signed and proved dates.]

Additional detail for reference: P. 516, lines 1,2 (will of William Feake)

Comment: Source includes date of will (7 May 1595) and proved date (19 May 1595) giving bounds on the date of his death. Rather than using the "between ..." syntax, this database just rounds this to May 1595.

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Family

Spouse/Partner: Mary Wetherell (? – 1618)

Married: ?

Supporting evidence for:
marriage

book-new-england-register-v47-1893: Henry Fitz-Gilbert Waters (ed.), The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume 47; Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1893; book image (PDF), Google Books (https://books.google.com: accessed 29 July 2019) [The material used from this source includes will abstracts along with their signed and proved dates.]

Additional detail for reference: Page 516 (PDF page 545), line 12 (will of William Feake); Page 517 (PDF page 546), line 25 (will of Mary Feake)

Comment: Source identifies Mary [Feake] as the (beloved) wife of William Feake.

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Child: Mary Feake (? – ?)

Child: William Feake [2nd] (? – ?)

Child: James Feake (? – 1625)

Child: Thomas Feake (? – ?)

Child: John Feake (? – ?)

Child: Edward Feake (? – ?)

Child: Sarah Feake (? – ?)

Child: Rebecca Feake (? – ?)

Miscellaneous Facts

Events

Will (signed): 7 May 1595

Will (proved): 19 May 1595

Supporting evidence for:
events

book-new-england-register-v47-1893: Henry Fitz-Gilbert Waters (ed.), The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume 47; Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1893; book image (PDF), Google Books (https://books.google.com: accessed 29 July 2019) [The material used from this source includes will abstracts along with their signed and proved dates.]

Additional detail for reference: Pages 516,517 (will of William Feake)

Comment: Source includes date (7 May 1595).

book-new-england-register-v47-1893: Henry Fitz-Gilbert Waters (ed.), The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume 47; Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1893; book image (PDF), Google Books (https://books.google.com: accessed 29 July 2019) [The material used from this source includes will abstracts along with their signed and proved dates.]

Additional detail for reference: Pages 516,517 (will of William Feake)

Comment: Source includes date (19 May 1595).

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General Notes and Anecdotes

William was a goldsmith in London and was quite wealthy when he died. In his will, he requsted to be "buried in the parish church of St. Edmund the King in Lumbard Street, London." [book-new-england-register-v47-1893]

His will stipulated either 10 or 20 gowns and the prices of a dinner to 30 of his "poorest" associates in the Company of Goldsmiths. It also stipulated a cloak or gown to his servants and his brethren's children (did he use this literally, as in his nieces and nephews, or was was it used in the sense of his peers in his company?). Of the remaining estate, after debts and funeral costs were discharged, one third went to his wife Mary, one third to his minor children Thomas, John, Edward, Sarah, and Rebecca, and the remaining third to "poor prisoners in seven prisons, the hospitals, poor and towardly[sic] scholars in Cambridge the Goldsmith's Comany . . . A house for six poor men or women at Wighton . . . poor goldsmiths' widows . . . The Governers of Bridewell." Part of this also went to the children of his deceased brother James, and those children of other of his siblings, that he had not previously given money. [book-new-england-register-v47-1893]

Supporting evidence for:
general notes

book-new-england-register-v47-1893: Henry Fitz-Gilbert Waters (ed.), The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume 47; Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1893; book image (PDF), Google Books (https://books.google.com: accessed 29 July 2019) [The material used from this source includes will abstracts along with their signed and proved dates.]

Additional detail for reference: Pages 516,517 (will of William Feake)

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Research Notes (Conflicts/Spelling/Followup)

FOLLOWUP

William was the son of James of Norfolk County, England. His brothers were James, Robert, and William. His brother James was a goldsmith in London, and married _____ Parnell. She died in 1593, but he died before that. The had children James, William, Judith, Margaret, and Anne. His brother Robert married Judith _____, had a son James, and died sometime after 4 Jul 1612. [book-palmer-families-in-america-1966]

William had brothers, James, Edmond, John, William, and Simon, and sister Jygg. [book-new-england-registry-v47]

William and Mary may have married 12 Nov 1564 at St. Mary Woolnoth[sp?], London, England.

A scan of a microfilmed copy of William's actual will is available in the England & Wales, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858 database on Ancestry.com, path "PROB 11: Will Registers > 1567-1598 > Piece 85: Scott, Quire Numbers 1-38 (1595)" images 600-603. Unfortunately, the text is difficult to read, at least for me, so I haven't researched it any further yet. The original data source is given as "The National Archives; Kew, Surrey, England; Records of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Series PROB 11; Class: PROB 11; Piece: 85: Scott, Quire Numbers 1-38 (1595)."

Supporting evidence for:
research notes

book-new-england-register-v47-1893: Henry Fitz-Gilbert Waters (ed.), The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume 47; Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1893; book image (PDF), Google Books (https://books.google.com: accessed 29 July 2019) [The material used from this source includes will abstracts along with their signed and proved dates.]

Additional detail for reference: Pages 516,517 (will of William Feake)

book-palmer-families-in-america-1966: Palmer families in America, database with images, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com: accessed on multiple dates); citing "Horace Wilbur Palmer, Palmer Families in America; Neshanic, N.J.: Neshanic Print. Co., 1966"

Additional detail for reference: Page 14 (image 17), accessed 5 May 2007

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