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John Wollaston, Sir

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  • Name John Wollaston 
    Suffix Sir 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1658 
    Person ID I42  Wollaston
    Last Modified 8 Aug 2016 

    Father Edward Wollaston,   b. 1552, Penn, Stafford, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1595  (Age 43 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Wollaston,   d. 1616 
    Family ID F14  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Rebecca,   d. 1660 
    Last Modified 8 Aug 2016 
    Family ID F16  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • He was knighted at Hampton Court by Charles I. on 3d Dec. 1641
      Lord Mayor of London 1644
      A member of the church of England, but was Puritanically inclined.
      Wollaston was wellknown at Court, and in Aug. 1618 the wife of Sir Walter Raleigh was committed
      to his custody by the King's command.

      SIR JOHN WOLLASTON OF LONDON, KNIGHT AND ALDERMAN. Will dated 15 April 1658
      To be buried in the Chapel of Highgate, Middlesex, under or near my pew. To my wife
      Dame Rebecca, one clear half of my personal estate. To the poor of St. John Zachraue in
      London, where I now dwell, £5, of Highgate and Homsey £10, of Finchley .£5, and of Tettenhall,
      co. Stafford, where I was born ,£5. To my sister Sarah Edlyn, widow, £100. To my
      sister-in-law Eleanor Wollaston, for the use of her daughter Ann Perkins, widow, ,£20. To my
      four nieces Elizabeth, Sarah, Mary, and Judithl, daughters of my brother William Wollaston,
      deceased, £50 each. To Stephen Bowtell and Susan his wife, £100 each. To my cousin
      John Wollaston, son of Richard Wollaston, late of London, Fishmonger, deceased, £30. To
      John Wollaston, son of Christophert Wollaston, .£30. To William Perryy of Bromwich, co.
      Stafford, .£5. To MalY Phillips. daughter of Richard Ockald, deceased, .£50; and to her sister
      Ann Honychurch, her dwelling·house, where she now dwells, rent free during her widowhood.
      Item. To Master Josepht Caryll, Master George§ Gri.ffith, Master Thomas Brooks,Master Humphrey* Vernon, Master Ambrose Parry, Master Edmond Broome, Master Ithiellf
      Smart, and Master Thomas! Willesby, Ministers of the Gospel, £10 a peece, as a rememberance
      of my love to them.
      To Ann Foster, daughter of Edward Foster of Admaston, co. Stafford, and grandchild to
      Humphrey§ Wightwick, late of Coventry. deceased, £10 legacies to servants. The residue of
      my personal estate to my said wife Dame Rebecca, whom I appoint with Matthew Mason and
      Thomas Dickins my executors. ,
      Whereas by deed, dated l:!th April Hi02, I disposed of all my manors, lands, and tenements
      in Middlescx and the City of London to Phillip Wiggs and John Holloway, as trustees, to the
      use of myself for life, and then to the use of my said wife for life, and then for such uses as I
      should by Will appoint, I do now appoint the same as follows:
      The two messuages in St. John Zachary to go, after my wife's death, to the Company of
      Goldsmiths, in tru!lt, to pay the Hospital of Bethlehem £20 per annum for ever, The GateHouse
      at Highgate and the tolls taken there, and' the little park' at Hornsey, to go to the same
      Company upon trust, to pay an annuity of £100 p.a. to Emmanuel College, Cambridge, for ever;
      and also a like annuity of£lOO p.a. to Christ's Hospital, of which I am President. My executors
      in the mean while to pay to the said hospital £12 p.a. for the same uses as I have given the
      same every year in my lifetime. My farm at Finchley to my kinsman William Wilkins of ColeOrton,
      Leicestershire, and his wife Elizabeth, the eldest daughter of my late brother William
      Wollaston deceased, for their lives, with remainder after the death of the survivor of them to
      their eldest son John Wilkins, remainder to his first and other sons successively in tail male,
      remainder to my own right heirs. To the Governours of the Free School of Highgate the six
      almshouses which I have built there in trust for the use of six poor men or women of Homsey
      or Highgate; also an annuity of £18 10,. per annum out of the meadows adjoining my capital
      messuage at Highgate where I live, upon trust to pay to each of the six aImspeople 50 shillings
      a year, and 20 shillings a year to provide for the repairs to the almshouses, and also 50 shillings
      a year for a collation to the Governours at their meeting.
      The two messuages, &C. in Homsey-lane, now in lease to my kinsman John Brett of London,
      grocer, to be sold. The residue of all my real estate to my said wife Dame Rebecca for
      life, with remainder to my nephew William Edlyn also Wollaston, son of my sister Sarah Edlyn,
      widow, for his life; remainder to his first and other sons successively in tail male; remainder
      to the four daughters of my late brother William Wollaston, viz. Elizabeth, Sarah, Mary, and
      Judith. and their heirs as tenants in common and not as joint heirs.
      Item. To Alexander§ Wightwick of Wightwick, co. Stafford. Esq.. William Bendy of
      Shutend Esq .• Henry Stone of Walsull Esq., John Birch of Cannock Esq., William Pinson of
      Wolverhampton Gent.. Edward Jorden of Dnnnesley Gent .• and William Hayes of Wolverhampton.
      ironmonger, their heirs and assigns, all that the donation, advowson. and patronage
      of the church and rectory of Wombourne. and of the chappell of Tresull, and either of them. in
      the connty of Stafford. And I desire their care to present a learned and painful preacher, honest, in life and conversation, to the said living as often as it shall become voyd, whereby soules may
      be gayned to Christ. And I do will the three last survivers shall make choyse of new Trustees
      to be added to them successively, to present to the said living a fitt Minister qualifyed as abovesaid,
      as often as the said church shall become voyd. And I give to the said Trustees twenty
      shillings a peece to buy every of thcm a ring.
      Whereas my uncle Henry Wollaston of London, draper, hath formerly given fifty-two shillings
      per annum to the poor of Tettenhall aforesaid, I now make up the same to .£10 per annum.
      My loving friends Samuel Wightwick Esq. and William Gibbs Esq. to be overseers of my Will.
      Will proved in C.P.C. 14th May 1658 by the relict Dame Rebecca Wollaston, power being
      reserved to the other executors. [248 Wotton.]
    • Wollaston took no part in the various schemes of colonial enterprise in which
      so many of his contemporaries risked their lives and fortunes, although the VicePresident
      of the Council for New England, Captain John Mason, was his intimate
      friend and his wife's brother-in-law. Mason was the proprietor of what is now the
      State of New Hampshire in the United States of America, and this province was
      granted to Wollaston in trust for him on 22d April 1635; but he had no beneficial
      interest in the grant, and reconveyed it to Mason six weeks afterwards.

      He did get 3000 achers of Land in New England from John Mason's will, However.

      It is to be feared that neither Wollaston nor the Corporation of King's Lynn
      derived any substantial advantage from the bequests of Captain Mason's Will, for
      these grants of colonial territory were often illusory possessions. So long as they
      produced neither revenue nor profit, no one cared to dispute them; but so soon as
      the country became settled, and interests grew up which clashed with the rights of
      the proprietors, the occupiers disputed the legality of the King's letters-patent, and
      set the grantees at defiance. The proprietors suffered the proverbial fate of the
      absent, and were eventually glad to compromise for a small consideration their
      nominal dominion. Captain Mason's widow and grandson suffered constantly from
      encroachments, against which they protested in vain, and in 1659 Robert
      Mason was amongst the proprietors and inhabitants of the provinces of Maine and
      Laconia who appealed to the Parliament of the Commonwealth against the usurpation
      of the Government of Massachusetts, who were endeavouring by force and
      menaces to deprive them of their privileges and patents. Mason's heirs sold in
      1691 their seignorial rights to the provincial government of New Hampshire, with
      certain reservations, and in 1746 Colonel John Tufton Mason sold to a company
      for 15001. all that remained of the principality granted to his ancestor.

      CAPTAIN JOHN MASON of London Esq. Will dated 26 Nov. 1635.
      To be buried* in the Collegiate Church of St. Peter in Westminster. To the poor of Ports·
      mouth in the county of Southampton, £5. To my sister Dorothy Moore, ,£10 per annum for
      her life; and to each of her children, £6. To Beatrice Baldwin, £5. To my brothers·in·law
      Mr. Joshua Greene, Mr. Edward Lambert, Mr. Henryt Burton, and Mr. John Wollaston and
      their wives, and to my loving cousins Dr. Hobertt Mason of Greenwich and his wife and mother,
      Mr. Thomas Geere and his wife, Thomas Mason Gent., and Mr. Thomas Gippes and his wife,
      60 shillings each in rings.
      The residue of my estate to my wife for life, and after her death to my four grandchildren
      John, Anne, Robert, and Mary Tufton, in equal shares at their respective ages of 21 or marriage;
      and if my wife Anne die before they be 21, my brother-in-law John Wollaston is to receive the
      rents to the use of my grandchildren. My said wife to be my executrix, and the said John Wollaston to be overseer of my Will, and I give him my coach and horses. To the Corporation
      of King's Lynn, Norfolk, where I was born, 2000 acres of land in my county of New Hampshire,
      or manor of Mason Hall in New England. To my said brother·in·law ,John Wollaston, 3000
      acres there. To my grandchild Anne* Tufton, my lands at Cape Ham of Wagen, upon the
      south-east side of Sagadahock in New England, called Masonia, containing 10,000 acres, at 21 or
      her marriage. To my grandson Robert Tufton and his heirs, my manor of Mason Hall in
      New England at 21, when he is to take the surname of Mason. The rest of my estate in New
      England to my grandson John Tufton, with remainder to the said Hobert Tufton, remainder to
      my cousin Dr. Robert Mason, Chancellor of Winchester, remainder to my own right heir. All
      other lands to my said wife and brother-in-law John Wollaston during the joint lives of my
      daughtert Anne Tufton and her now husband, in trust for the separate use of my said daughter
      during her life. Joseph Tufton, the father of my said grandchildren, has placed .£1000 in my
      hands, &C.
      Will proved in C.P.C. 22 Dec. 1635 by the widow. [127 Sadler.]