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Washburn/Washbourne Family

I am putting this down for my own use, and that of any family members who may want it. It's as complete as I could get it as of 2014 when I prepared it. It traces my mother's family on the Washburn side back to the year 680 AD in Romsdalen, Norway, then into France, then into England, and across the Atlantic Ocean to America with John Washburn Jr. born on July 2, 1597 in Bengeworth, Worcestershire, England, who died on Nov 12, 1686 in Bridgewater, Plymouth, MA, USA, having married Margery Moore (b. 1588). John emigrated to America in 1631 where he changed the spelling of the Washburn surname from Washbourne to Washburn.)

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Washbourne - Washburn Descendency

Heytir Heytsson
b. 680 in Romsdalen, Rauma, More og Romsdal, Norway
d. ? in Rauma, More og Romsdal (or Raumsdal), Norway
m. ?

Svidri Heytsson
b. circa 710 in Romsdalen, Rauma, Norway
d. ? in Norway
m. ?

Sveide "The Sea-King" Sviadrasson
b. 740 in Romsdalen, Rauma, More og Romsdal, Norway
d. ?
m. ?

Hingmar (Ivar)
b. Betw. 768 & 828

Arailt (Harold)
b. 856
d. ?
m. ?

b. Est. betw. 847 & 861
d. ?
m. ?

b. Est. before 847
d. ?
m. ?

b. ?
d. ?
m. ?

Hialti Seigneur de Hauteville
b. ~ 852 in Hauteville-la-Guichard, Manche, Lower Normandy, France
d. 888
m. Unknown

Guiscard Seigneur de Hauteville
b. ~ 888 in Hauteville, Manche, Normandy, France
d. ~ 940
m. Unknown

Tancred Seighneur de Hauteville
b. ~ 910 in Hauteville, Manche, Normandy, France
d. ~ 980
m. Unknown

Gerard Tancred Seighneur de Hauteville
b. ~ 920 in Hauteville, Manche, Normandy, France
d. ~ 1001
m. Unknown

Rabel Tancred de Hauteville
b. circa 955 in Hauteville-sur-Mer, Manche, Lower Normandy, France
d. 1021 in Coutances, Manche, Lower Normandy, France

Gerald de Tankerville (d'Abitot)
b. circa 990 in Tancarville, Seine-Maritime, Upper Normandy, France
d. Unknown

Almeric de Abitot
b. 1020 in Normandy, France
d. Date/location unknown
Children: Urse d'Abetot

Urse d'Abitot (or d'Abetot) (1040 - 1108)
b. Circa 1040 in Le Havre, Normandy, France
d. 1108 in Worcestershire, England, UK
m. Aeliza d'Abitot
Children: Roger d'Abetot & Emmeline d'Abetot de Beauchamp

Urse d'Abitot begins this descendency but I am not going into his history here. He married
Adelise (or Aeliza) and was the 2nd Earl of Worcestershire. See below for more. This information
is taken from "Washburn Family Foundations in Normandy, England and America" by
Mabel thacher Rosemary Washburn, 1953.

I. Roger D'Abitot, son of Urse d'Abitot and the latter's wife Adelise, was the 2nd Earl
of Worcestershire. He lost his rank and he great properties after he "slew the
King's servant," and appears indicated as identical with "Ernaldus" who was living
in Wales in the 1140s. The latter haed son sons: Walter, William, Roger, and Urse.
To his son William Ernaldus gave a charter for a fief in Herefordshire near to places
in Worcestershire which were connected with the family, one branch of which became
surnamed de Washbourne. Roger d'Abitot had inherited from Urse d'Abitot feudal
possession of Herefordshire Manors.

More: Roger or Ernaldus De Powis D'Abitot was born D'Abitot, Earl of Worcestershire and its Sheriff as he succeeded to this title from his father. He was deprived of his estates through the heavy indignation of King Henry because in his headlong fury he commanded one of the King's servants to be killed. The lands were then bestowed upon his sister Emeline who had married Walter de Beauchamp. Roger could no longer stay in the area because he was in danger from the king so he sought safety elsewhere. He was probably living in Wales and had special reliance on the friendliness of the Over-Lord of his Herefordshire land, Ralf de Toeni, (one of the most powerful of all the great nobles in England) He was then given possession of a tract of land in Herefordshire from this Ralf de Toeni and apparently took the name of Ernaldus de Powis to avoid anyone who might be searching for him because of his disfavor in the king's eyes, and bestowed this land upon his son William. Also witnessing this transfer and agreeing to it is found his sister Emeline and her husband de Beauchamp. In effect, he was given authority over property that his sister now owned. (Ralf de Toeni was an Over-Lord for the family holdings). Powis was a principality in North Wales.

Roger or Ernaldus De Powis de Abitot (these two men are probably one and the same man)
b. ~ 1060 in Worcestershire, England

II. William de Estham is believed to have been William son of Ernaldus who received the fief
in Herefordshire, William de Estham signing this charter with his Seal.


III. Samson was named as son of William (son of Ernaldus) in the aforesaid charter. This Sampson
("Sansom"), also sealed the aforesaid charter.


IV. William, son of Samson, was said by historian Thos. Habingdon, a friend/neighbor of
the family of Washbourne from whom descends the Washburn family of America, to have been
Lord of Washbourne in the reign of King Henry II (1154-1189).

b. ~ 1090 in Estham, Worcestershire, England
d. ? in England

V. Sampson De Estham, who had a son, Roger, who, in the 1200s gave to Henry Estel a charter of Kyre.

b. 1120 in Eastham, Worcestershire, England
d. ? in Washbourne, Worcestershire, England

VI. Sir Roger, Lord of Washbourne (son of Samson and grantor of Kyre, it scarcely can ge
questioned was Sr. Roger de Washbourne, who lived in the 1200s and was Lord of Washbourne.
He is the only Roger found, of right period and circumstances to have been grantor of Kyre,
being born not later than the 1220s.

b. ~ 1219 in Little Washbourne, Worcestershire, England
d. After 1299 in England

Note: [Sir Roger, Lord of Washbourne] is the first known authentic ancestor of this family.
He is mentioned in an Inquisition of 1259, concerning William de Stutevil, and in the
Subsidy Roll of 1280 he is described as of Little Comberton and of Washbourne,
as well as of Stanford. Stanford was on the other side of Worcestershire from Washbourne,
about twenty-five miles in direct line. He was living in 1299.

Also, "The family of "Washbournes were lords of Stanford, and that Sir Roger de Washbourne held
in Stanford what his father, Sir John de Washbourne, formerly held. Stanford passed to
John Solway in his marriage to Isolde Washborne about 1400 A.D."

(beginning 1231 in Bengeworth, Worcestershire, England)

1. Sir Roger, Lord of Washbourne
b. ~ 1231
d. After 1299
m. Joan of Washbourne (b.~1231 d.?)

2. John de Dufford Washbourne
b. ~ 1259
d. Before 1319
m. Isabella Karsey (b.~1263 d.After 1295)

3. Roger De Washbourne
b. ~ 1295
d. After 1358
m. Margaret of Washbourne (b.1295 d.1385)

4. John De Washbourne
b. 1319
d. 1358
m. Isabelle (b.1319 d.1416)

5. Peter Washbourne
b. 1334
d. 1360
m. Isolde Hanley (b.1333 d.1360)

6. John Washbourne
b. 1356
d. May 13, 1454
m. Margaret Le Poher (b. 1378 d.1427)

Note: John Washborne was twice married; by his first wife Joan, daughter and heiress
of Sir John Musard, he had one daughter - Isolde - who married John Solway and carried
with her the Stanford Estates. He married 2nd Margerey Poher (or Power), daughter of
Lord John Poher, by whom he inherited large estates at Wichenford in 1397.
After his marriage with Margerey Power, John Washborne lived at Wichenford Court
and died there May 13, 1454. The Washborne family continued to live at Wichenford for
six generations.

7. Norman Washbourne
b. 1420
d. 1479
m. Elizabeth Knivton (b.1420 d. May 1454

8. John Washbourne or Washburn
b. 1451
d. May 6, 1517
m. Joan Mitton or Mytton (b.1455 d.1517)

9. John Washbourne (Wassheburne, husbandman) *
b. Jan 8, 1478/79 (? about 1500 ?)
d. Jan 8, 1546
m. Emme (b.~1479 d.May 13, 1547)

(* John Washbourne, born about 1500, is the earliest ancestor which can be supported by existing documentation. Although for well over a century, genealogists have claimed he was the son of John Washburn and Joan Mytton of Bengeworth and Wichenford, and thus of royal lineage through his mother, there is no concrete documentation of such a relationship. In 1538, when registration became compulsory, John Washbourne and his wife, Emme, appear recorded as residents of Bengeworth, a suburb of Evesham, six or eight miles northeast from Little Washbourne and about 20 miles southeast of Wichenford in Worcestershire, England. In his will, 1546, John describes himself as "John Wassheburne, husbandman." He had fields in Bengeworth and a house and buildings in town, enough for the comfortable living of the family but not for luxuries. The arms of the Wichenford Washbournes were blazoned on the south window of the church as benefactors. In his will he directs that his "body be buried in ecclesiastical sepulture of my parish church of Bengeworth and brought to sepulture with solemne dirge and mass for my soul and all Christian souls". He bequeaths to the church aforesaid two strikes of wheat and two of barley, after which follow bequests of small domestic and farm belongings, of his lands and houses to his eldest son John, of small annuities to the other children, and trifles to his grandchildren. His chattels inventory 26-8-8.

Of John's wife, Emme, it is only known that she lived with her husband until her death in 1547, bore him children and made a will disposing of her property at her death. Her will reflects more the religious feelings and customs of the times. She says:

"I bequeathe my soul unto Almighty God, the glorious virgin Saynt Mary, to the company of all the blessed Angels and Saynts in hevyn, and my body to be buried within the Churchyard of Bengeworth".

These were the popular thoughts and expressions in the last two years of Henry VIII, "Defender of the Faith", and the year of Martin Luther's death. John and Emme left two married sons and two married daughters, Katherine, wife of Danyell Hide, and Alis, wife of Robert Martin. The sons were John and William. All these names are gleaned from wills, as the Bengeworth registers were non-compulsory, and hence incomplete, until 1538. John's burial is recorded 8 January 1546 and Emme's 13 May 1547.)

10. John Washbourne *
b. March 16, 1518/19
d. Oct 13, 1593
m. 1) Jone Bushell (d. 1556-7)
2) Jone Whitehead (nee Shepey) (b.1520 d.~Apr 23, 1556-7)

(* John Washborne; married on 21 April 1542 Jone Bushellin Bengeworth, Worcester, England. She died in 1556-7 and was buried in Bengeworth on 4 April 1557 and John remarried to Jone Whitehead, presumably the widow of William Whitehead who died in 1559 in Bengeworth, and the daughter of John Shepey, of Bengeworth, on 8 March or May 1561 in Bengeworth. She was buried on 23 April 1567 in Bengeworth. The imperfect records do not show with certainty that he had children by either wife, though he and his wife officiated as godparents at half a dozen baptisms of the children of the Ordeways, Dacles, Bennetts and other well-to-do families. He, however, certainly had one child. John apparently married a third wife before 1577-78 by whom he had three children, "Radigone Washborn, daughter of John Washbourne bap. Feb 21st 1579"; "Daniell, sonne of John Washborn bap. June 17, 1582"; "Mary, daughter of John Washborn bap. December 7, 1584".

John Washborne died intestate in 1593. He was buried on 13 October 1593 in Bengeworth; the inventory of his estate was dated 20 September 1593, according to Davenport, and administration of his estate was granted to his son and heir John Washburne, who had been baptized on 31 January 1551 in Bengeworth. The administration and inventory is in folio #58b for 1593 in the Worcester Probate.)

11. John Washburn *

b. Aug 1, 1566 (in Bengeworth, Worcs., England)
d. Aug 3, 1624 (in Bengeworth, Worcs., England
m. Martha Timbrell Stephens (b.1558 d.May 9, 1626)

(* John Washburn sailed to the Plymouth Colony in MA in the
17th century. He later married Elizabeth Miller who was the
granddaughter of Francis Cooke, who sailed to America on the

(* This John W. was the father of the first Washburn family
members in America - see next John below)

12. John Washburn Jr. *

b. July 2, 1597 (in Bengeworth, Worcs, England)
d. Nov 12, 1686 (in Bridgewater, Plymouth, MA, USA)
m. Margery Moore (b. 1588)

(* John immigrated to America in 1631 where he changed the spelling of
the Washburn surname from Washbourne to Washburn.)

(* In April 13, 1635, John's wife at that time was 49 years of age and she
came to America onboard the ship Elizabeth and Ann from London, England,
with their children, John, age 14, and Phillip, age 11. Mary, their older
daughter, was probably deceased by this time. They also had another son whom
they named Phillip that was baptized on June 2, 1622, and died five days later.)

(* John was a tailor in London prior to coming to this country and settled in the
Plymouth Colony upon reaching America. He likely became a proprietor in Plymouth
as well. John, along with his son John, became two of the original proprietors
of Bridgewater, Massachusetts, in 1645. The land for the town was bought
from the Indian Sachem, Massasoit, for an assortment of coats, implements,
skins and cotton. He was reported to have died in Bridgewater, Massachusetts
on November 12, 1686; however, another source gives his date of death as 1670.
John was the first member of this lineage of the Washburn family to immigrate
to America. He was followed a few years later by his younger brother, William.)

13. John Washburn III
b. Nov. 26, 1620(21) (in Bengeworth, Worcs., England)
d. Nov. 12, 1686 (in Bridgewater, Plymouth, MA, USA)
m. Elizabeth Mitchell (b.~1628 d.btwn. Nov/Dec. 1681)

(* John Washburn, son of John Washburn and Margery Moore, was born in Bengeworth parish Evesham, England, and baptized 28 November 1621. He accompanied his mother, Margery, in emigrating and in the settlement of the family in Duxbury. He was a tailor by trade. John was one of the six men who went first from Duxbury in an expedition to quell an uprising of the Narragansetts and their allies and was elected constable in 1659. He moved to Bridgewater somewhat later, where he was the second largest landholder in town, having "four proprietary shares" located in the east, south and west quarters of the town, and rights in the undivided lands equivalent, altogether, to about one twelfth of the original purchase from Massasoit. He sold the land his father gave him at Green's Bay in Duxbury in 1670. He married in 1645 Elizabeth Mitchell, "a youth of the goodly company of Leyden," and a granddaughter of Francis Cooke of the Mayflower and his wife Hester le Mahieu.

John and Elizabeth had seven sons and three daughters. Of the sons, Benjamin went as a soldier in the expedition of Sir William Phipps against Port Royal in 1690 and never returned. John's children's names are gathered from his will; the number of his sons is made certain by a sentence in a letter from Thomas Mitchell of Amsterdam, Holland, to his cousin Elizabeth.
John made his will in 1686 and died November 12 of the same year.)

14. Samuel Washburn
b. ~ March 1651 or '52 (in Duxbury , MA)
d. March 24, 1720 (in Bridgewater, Plymouth, MA)
m. Deborah Packard (b.~1655 d. After Jul 1, 1725)

15. Noah Washburn
b. Jul 11, 1682 (in Bridgewater, MA)
d. Oct 17, 1716 (in Bridgewater, MA)
m. Elizabeth Shaw (b. Sep 26, 1687)

16. Eleazar (or Eliezer) Washburn
b. Feb 8, 1713 (in Bridgewater, Plymouth County, MA)
d. Feb. 24, 1762 (in East Bridgewater, MA)
m. Anna Alden (b.Feb 19, 1718 or '19 d. 1788)

17. Alden Washburn *
b. Oct. 28, 1758 (in Bridgewater, MA)
d. Apr. 14, 1826 (in Tamworth, Carroll County, NH
m. Sarah "Sally" Gannett (b.1762 - d. 1851)

(* Alden Washburn enlisted November 27, 1775 at Roxbury Mass in
Capt. Jacob Allen's Company, Col. John Bailey's Regiment in the
Revolutionary War. He was in the battle of Harlem Heights and was
discharged December 1776. He reenlisted February 1777 in Capt.
Joseph Eaton's Co., in Col. Baldwin's regiment and was discharged
February 15, 1779 in New Jersey. On April 27, 1818 while a resident
of Tamworth, NH he was allowed a military pension of $8 per month.)

18. (John) Alden Washburn *
b. 1797 (in Tamworth, NH)
d. Jul 8, 1847 (in Piscataquis, Maine in Boss Cemetery)
m. Sarah Pease (b. 1802 - d. 1889)

(* Alden Washburn was born in 1797, in Tamworth NH, to Alden Washburn and Sarah
Gannet, both born in Bridgeport, MA. He married Sarah Pease (1802-1889) from
New Market, NH and had two children in Tamworth, Rosamond Washburn # 64400408
(1827-1901) and Zaddock Washburn # 52732585 (1831-1907). The family moved to
Piscataquis, Maine between 1830 and 1836 where a third son, Rufus Alden Washburn
# 94217843 (1836-1927) was born. Alden Washburn is listed on the 1840 census
in Piscataquis Maine, with his wife and three children. From 1840-1846 he
owned the property at the junction of Dawes and Anderson Roads and is buried
there in Boss Cemetery. His father Alden Washburn was a revolutionary soldier
and the son of Eleazer Washburn and Anna Alden. (from "")

19. Capt. Zadock S. Washburn
b. June 1831 (in NH)
d. Apr. 1907
m. Catherine Wakefield in 1852

(* Capt. Zadock Washburn was a Civil War veteran, discharged on March 9, 1864
He fought in the Civil War (from Maine in the 15th Maine Infantry enlisted as
a Second Lieutenant with final rank of Captain) OR

He is buried in Pine Grove Cemetery in Lynn, MA (Essex County)
in Plot: Juniper Avenue, Lot-1502, Grave-3)

(In 1880, a patent was issued, patent #11,769, to Zadock S. Washburn, of
Chelsea, MA, and Lucius W. Washburn, of Boston, for "A car wheel." Patented
15th September 1880.")

20. Albert Z(adock) Washburn
b. Dec. 1868 in Hopedale, MA
d. _________ in Hopedale, MA
m. Laura Ellen Peart (b.Jan 1871, d. ?)

21A Frederick Washburn
b. Sept. 1892 (in MA)
d. April __, 1948
m. Francis Bucknam Ingersoll (b.Sep.28, 1891 d.Nov.23, 1976)

21B Roger Washburn
b. 1908 in MA
d. ?
m. ?

(* In household in 1940 Census: Ellen Washburn (34 yrs), Patricia
Washburn (8 yrs) and Laurie Washburn (68 yrs.)

22A Robert A. Washburn
b. 1919 (?)
d. 199_ (?)
m. Isabelle Marie Lally (Feb.28,1919 - ?)

22B Janet Washburn
b. Nov. 10, 1925
d. Nov. 23, 2001
m. Reese Brentford Lothrop

******** to here revised 10/3/14 ********

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I think I could turn and live with animals...
They are so placid and self-contained,
I stand and look at them sometimes half the day long.

They do not sweat and whine about their condition,
They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins,
They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God,
Not one is dissatisfied... not one is demented with the mania of owning things,
Not one kneels to another nor to his kind that lived thousands of years ago,
Not one is respectable or industrious over the whole earth.

~ [Walt Whitman, from "Leaves of Grass, No. 32"] ~


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