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Captain (Richard?) Wollaston arrived at Braintree, MA in 1624.

Captain (Richard?) Wollaston arrived at Braintree, MA in 1624. Genealogist have often sough to connect this man to the Williston family in America. It is only recently that we have made any headway into who he actually might have been. The first mention of a Captain Wollaston is in the Virginia records quoted below, which indicate that his first name is Richard, that he was sailing on the ship the "Unity" and that he was heir to his uncle Hugh who died in Virginia. That relationship isolated means that he probably he did not come from the Staffordshire family. I assume he was at least a young adult in 1624, when the Virginia Company Court in London tells us he intended to go to Virginia. He was on board the Ship Unity that set sail from London, that landed first in Canada, then Cape Ann, Massachusetts. There is a long description of this voyage in court records because a disagreement arose between the ship's Master and one of it's passengers, Capt. Marten. Capt. Marten hired another ship in Cape Ann to take him the rest of the way, as he became convinced that this was all some plot on the part of the Virginia Company to kill him. Marten may have just been paranoid, but I think it's safe to say Captain Wollaston must have had continued business dealings with the Virgina Company. It's unclear if the Unity continued to Virginia or not, but it was in 1624 that a Captain Wollaston helped found a settlement near modern day Braintree and Quincy, MA. They set up on a hill that is still called Mt. Wollaston. His First name is generally not listed with regards to the settlement at Mt.Wollaston in 1624. A first hand account was done by Thomas Morton, who was there at the time. It was published under the Title "New English Canaan" (1637). Morton tells us that after about a year, Captain Wollaston left for Virginia, never to return. Morton continued there, and Mt. Wollaston became known as Merry Mount. Riffling around for some further mention of a Captain Wollaston we find an entry from The Public Record Office in London and Kew, Richmond, Surrey (PRO:E190//43/6) which states: In 1639: "10 April- 7 May. John Cullett, Richard Wooleston and William Bowditch shippers of goods in the Susan And Helen (or Ellen and Susan), Mr. Edward Paine bound from London to New England with planters and passengers." (Interestingly, I can find no mention of this while searching National Archives, London online.) There is mention of a Richard Wollestone in Suffolk Deeds for 1641 "Samel Wade of Linne,New England, records that he owed a dept to Wollestone." It also indicates that William Ting was Wollestone's attorney in Boston.Linne is actually in Essex co., not Suffolk, so it would seem that Richard just took the opportunity to conclude some business while visiting Boston. This is the last mention I can find of him, except for the curious fact that what is now known as the Danvers River, Near Salem, MA was at first called Woolestone River. So there is evidence that that Capt. Wollaston was still sailing to the colonies as late as 1639, and probably had something to do with a deed in MA in 1641. Also, the river near Salem is also very close to Cape Ann, where he was known to have docked in 1624. After this we lose all sight of him. There are several Richard Wollaston's at the time from the Staffordshire family, none of whom particularly seem to have had anything to do with America. Mostly they were too young, dead, or a fish monger instead. The remaining 2 possibilities would be Richard Wollaston the Gunner, and Major Richard Wollaston. But these are extra Richards that rose to prominence at the time and no one can decide where they came from, or where they went. The Wollastons of Losbey and Wormley were founded by a Richard, but he was born in 1635. His origins are not well understood, so it may be that he was the son of Capt. Wollaston. In this case, there are simply too many Richards to choose from. Could he have been from the Shropshire Branch? “Quincy was created from Braintree, and in 1977 the Quincy Historical Society reported that its hunt for Captain Richard Wollaston's family background had been "fruitless" and that there were "virtually no leads from which to start" (H.Hobart Holly, "Wollaston of Mount Wollaston," American Neptune 37(1977]:21). A Virginia clue has now been found. Hugh Wollystone (also Wolleston, Willastone), gentleman, arrived in Virginia about September 1608 in the second supply (Philip L. Barbour, ed., The Complete Works of Captain John Smith (1580-1631) , 3 vols. (Chapel Hill, 1986), 1:241, 2:190; H.R. Mcllwaine, Minutes of the Council and General Court of Colonial Virginia (1622-32, 1670-76], 2d ed. [Richmond, 1979],49, also see 25-26, 29, for Richard Wollaston). Hugh Willeston was also named in the 1609 second charter of the Virginia Company. The company court minutes in London for 2 February 1623/4 report a "Richard Willaston petyconinge likewise for the Lands Due unto his Uncle Hugh Willastone as his imeadiate heire who dyed in Virginia w[i]thout issue ... " (Susan M. Kingsbury, Records of the Virginia Company of London, 4 vols. (Washington, 1906-35), 2:511). Seven weeks after this petition, the Unity sailed on 23 March, bound for Virginia; but west of the Azores its leaders, Humphrey Rastall and Captain Richard Wollaston, diverted the ship to New England, where it "harbored" on 25 June 1624 (Holly, 14-18). Wollaston never reached Virginia, but we know that he intended to go there because the entry about his petition for land continues "as allso for his p(er)sonal Share and for one servant transported at his charge." This Hugh-Richard Wollaston link may have eluded researchers in the 1970s because the name Wollaston, Willestolle, etc., does not appear in the index to the Kingsbury volume." -American Genealogist Magazine Vol.68, page 207. A CLUE TO RICHARD WOLLASTON OF MOUNT WOLLASTON By William Thorndale, C.G., A.G. The early Virginia settlement at Jamestown is notorious in Colonial American history. Almost all of the colonists that arrive before 1610 died. It would seem likely that Hugh was one of the ones that didn't make it, given that he went in 1608. They were cut off from supplies and transport from England, and very few managed to eek out a living in the uncultivated lands they found upon their arrival. It comes as no surprise that this poor man perished, but we only hear of it in 1624. This leaves his exact death date unknown. The Virginia records call him a gentleman, so it would make sense to look for mention of his family in the Visitations. The spelling Willastone from the Virginia co. Court earmarks him as being from the Prees Shropshire family, and indeed there is a pedigree in the 1623 Visitation for this family, showing a Hugh Willaston, b.1551. A Quick search through the indexing available through familysearch.com gives us a Hugh Willaston in Prees,Shropshire at the time, but he does appear to have had children. However, they were girls, so did this fall to his male nephew to inherit? New English Cannan 1637: http://www.archive.org/stream/newenglishcanaa00adamgoog#page/n98/mode/2up Transcripts of ship's passengers 1620-40: http://www.olivetreegenealogy.com/ships/nengships1620-1640.shtml The Public Record Office in London and Kew, Richmond, Surrey (PRO:E190//43/6). Cannot find online at National Archives, London Essex Quarterly courts: Vol.5 p.246,247 Wooliston's river Salem MA: http://archive.org/stream/recordsfilesofqu06esse#page/246/mode/2up Vol.3 p.110 as Willistone's river: http://archive.org/stream/recordsandfiles02dowgoog#page/n117/mode/2up Suffolk Co,MA Deeds, Vol.1 Article 23, Oct.1641: http://archive.org/stream/suffolkdeeds01suff#page/n89/mode/2up "From Now to Domesday with the Wollastons" by Donovan Wollaston: http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/ivorjackson/donovan/072-loseby.html "The Chester of Chicheley" by Waters: http://books.google.ca/books?id=nqFCAAAAYAAJ&lpg=PA572&ots=eXpE0XfdRQ&dq=%22Wollaston%20of%20Shenton%22&pg=PP1#v=onepage&q&f=false Additional sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wollaston,_Massachusetts "In 1624, Thomas Morton emigrated from England to the Plymouth Colony, in the company of Captain Richard Wollaston. Unable to get along with the Pilgrim authorities in Plymouth Colony, Wollaston and Morton left the colony in 1625 with a company of 30 or 40 colonists. They cleared the land and built log-huts on the seaward slopes of the hills in what is now Merrymount. The present day Wollaston neighborhood is located west and northwest of the original location of the early colonial settlement." As to William Ting :"American Geneologist" vol. 50 p.92: http://www.americanancestors.org/PageDetail.aspx?recordId=138158599
Willistons of the Choctaw Tribe

We have found a group of Willistons who are members of the Choctaw people. They originally lived in the Mississippi River Valleys and built a nation in Oklahoma and others are the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, and the Jena Band of Choctaw Indians are the three federally recognized Choctaw tribes; Mississippi recognizes another band and smaller Choctaw groups are located in Louisiana and Texas. Our goal is to connect with this group of Willistons and more fully develop this tree to recognize their history.

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