Last updated 11 Sep 2021 in Spear–Johnson Family.
Born: in , Wighton, Norfolk County, England
Died: May 1595
Spouse/Partner: Mary Wetherell (? – 1618)
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 (? – ?)
Will (signed): 7 May 1595
Will (proved): 19 May 1595
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]
Research Notes (Conflicts/Spelling/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)."
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