Ancestors of Tim Farr and Descendants of Stephen Farr Sr. of Concord, Massachusetts and Lidlington, Bedfordshire, England


Robert ALDOUS [Parents] was born about 1479 in of Fressingfield, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. He was buried on 20 Jan 1559/1560 in Fressingfield, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. Robert married Elizabeth ALDOUS.

Robert had a will on 4 Apr 1558 in Fressingfield, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. His will was probated on 13 Dec 1560 in Fressingfield, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.

From records in the posession of Tim Farr.

ROBERT and ELIZABETH ALDOUS

The earliest known record of Robert Aldous, born about 1479, is dated 1500, when he was apparently of age and named, with his father, William Aldous, in a deed by which they received property from his grandfather, Thomas Warner, property in Fressingfield, Suffolk, England, where they already resided. In 1502 another gift-deed in­cludes Robert's mother Johan (Joan). There is also a 1518 deed about Robert and his parents deeding property to Robert's brother Thomas.
Robert, his father, and brothers Thomas and Richard appear on a tax list (subsidy) of 1524. In 1528 Robert and his daughter Johan (Joan) are named in Robert's father's will.
Robert and his wife Elizabeth became the parents of at least seven children; that number grew to adulthood, and there could have been others who died young.
Robert's will is dated 4 April 1558, and he calls himself “Rob­ert Aldous thelder of Fresingfelde.” He had fairly extensive land holdings, and lived comfortably.
In his will his first concern is for his wife. “I will and geve to Elisabethe my wiffe all my lands and Tenements bothe Free and bonde/--Except onlye my Tenement wt the lands belonginge ther­unto called Gorhffrs together wt all my milche keene horses mares geld­yings & Colts wt all my howsholde stuffe Come & other movables from the Feaste of Seynt Michaell tharchangell next after my decease unto thend and terme of thre yeres.” This bequest has one condition, which is “that my sayd wiffe do not Labour traveyle go or ryde out of the sayd towne of Fresingfelde.” The will continues, “And after the sayd terme of thre yeres expired then I will that my sayd wiffe shall have the parlor and the chamber over the parlour in the sayd howse for terme of her naturall liffe together and the Browerne w~ the soller over the same! And to have the easment of the chymney in the olde hall and the easment of the Oven in the backhowse when and as ofte as she will duringe hir liffe/: And also I will that Elisa- bethe my wiffe shall have halfe the Frute growytige of and upon the Tenement and lands the whiche I have geven unto my sonne Will!!! together wt the goynge or pasture and sufficient wynter meate for foure mylche keene in the lands whiche I shall geve hereafter heryn to my sonne Willm with my sayd howse/.” Additionally, Robert requests that Elizabeth, since she will have the family home, accept the responsibility of “keping therwithe hospitalitye and sufferinge my sonnes suche as be singlemen to have the newe chamber in the howse wherin I nowe dwell duringe the tyme that they be single and unmaryed.” Later in the will Robert mentions that sons William, John, and Robert are the unmarried ones and adds that they should have their chamber “so longe as they or anye of them shalbe unmar­yed.” Also, Elizabeth is to have “all her Apparrell ornaments & Jowells belongynge to her bodye.”
Robert stipulates that after the said term of three years his son William is to receive for his own "my Tenement wherin I nowe dwell called Bournys wt all suche lands as be nexte adioyninge and belongynge . . . And also my horse mylle wt the stones and other Apprtenncs therunto belonginge Except the sayd parlor and Chamber for terme of my wyves liffe!: And after the decease I will the same parlour and Chamber shall remayne to my sayd sonne Willm.” In addi­tion to “Bournys” William is, after the three years, to receive “my Close called Bardenes in Fresingfeld aforesayd and all that my Tene­ment sometyme buylded called Cotwyns wt all the lands therunto be­longinge . . . Except twoo pecs percell of the same hereafter . geven . . . to my other sonnes/.”
For the privilege of inheriting the specified lands, Robert requests certain obligations of William, all after he comes into possession. The first obligation is that he shall pay his mother an “Annuytie or yerlye Rente” of thirty-three shillings three pence. The second is that he shall, “duringe the naturall liffe of my sayd wiffe delyver or cause to be delyvered . . . foure Combes of good wheate and fyve Combes of good malte readye grounde in good pure meale to bake and brewe! The sayd meale to be delivred evrye weeke A quantytye therof as my sayd wiffe shall have nede to have and occupye therof/.” Also he should "wtin thre monethes next after the sayd terme of thre yeres expyred and ended make or cause to be made in the tresens betwene the hall and the parlor in the howse wherin I nowe dwell, for A quyetnes betwene my sayd wiffe and my sayd sonne A payre of Steyres wt A dore goynge out of the sayd hall up into the Chamber over the sayd hall!.”
Son Thomas is already married, and to him his father gives “Imedyatlye after my decease all that my Tenement called Gorhms wt all the lands belongynge therunto lyenge and beynge in wetinghm [a hamlet in Fressingfield]! . . . Also . . . at thend of the terme of the sayd thre yeres the greater parte or pcell of my Closse called
Bellysuale Closse as it ys devyded and severed wt an hedge lyeinge next unto Gochis Closse Fyndinge halfe the deade Fence devydinge the same Close!.”
To son John, Robert bequeaths “at thend of the sayd thre yeres all that my medowe called Chepenhale grene medowe withe thapprtenncs conteynynge by estyma~on two Acres be yt more or lesse! And the two gardyn plotts next adioyninge to the sayd medowe, parcell of the whiche sayd medowe was and ys pcell of the sayd tenement Cotwyns before excepted And my medowe conteynynge by estymaron halfe an Acre be yt more or lesse wt thappttenffcs as yt lyethe next the med­owe of my brother Thomas Aldous thelder called the Brydge medowe! And also all that my Close lyenge nexte the olde parke conteynynge by estymacon fyve Acres be yt more or lesse/ . . . all that my parte of the woode called Bellisuale woode conteynynge xxtie Acres togeth­er wt the sponge lyenge up to Bellisuale Closse lyenge next unto the pightells of John Owles Fyndynge teother halfe of deade Fence devyd­inge this his parte from the foresayd parte before geven to my sayd sonne Thomas!.”
Son Robert is to have “at thende of the sayd terme of thre yeres all my Closse called Carlowe wt thapprtenffcs and all that my Closse wt th apprtenncs called Androcks fylde with A litle medowe therunto adioynynge called grenes medowe conteynynge by estymacyon one Acre be yt more or lesse whiche sayd medowe was and ys thother parte or pece belongynge to the Tenement Cotwyns before excepted and halfe an Acre of land called Wallys slade and also one Acre of land lyenge in the parke Closse in Fresingfylde.”
There were three daughters in the family. Two of them were married before Robert made his will; they, Agnes Barbor and Johan Foxe, are bequeathed four marks each. The unmarried daughter, Alice, is to receive twenty marks “to be payd to her at the daye of her marryage or elles when she shalbe of thage of xxxtie yeres At whiche of the sayd tymes shall happen soneste!.” Three years following her father's decease Alice is to receive “foure mylche keene.”
After the same three years John and Robert are required to pay annuities to their mother Elizabeth. John's amount is twenty shil­lings, and Robert's is thirteen shillings four pence.
If the sons fail to live up to the requirements their father makes of them their mother can “entre into all my lands and tene­ments and everye pcell therof . . . and there . . . leade, dryve carye awaye with her or her assigneis to deteyne and kepe untill my sayd wiffe or her Assigneis shalbe of the sayd Anuyties or yerelye Rents and the sayd wheat and malte and everye parte of them and th arrerrages of the same yf anye shalbe fullye contented satisfyed and payd/.”
At the end of the three years, when Elizabeth is to give up the property, Robert provides that she should have “my graye mare and foure of the beste of my keene to be then taken at her choyse!.” At the same time daughter Alice and sons William, Thomas, John, and Robert are to each receive “foure mylche keene.” Additionally, Wil­liam is to have “my baye mare,” John “my blacke Colte,” and Robert “my graye balde Colte.” Then, too, half of the “houshold stuffe” that Elizabeth has been using is “to be taken and parted indiffer­entlie.” The “other halfe of my howsholde stuffe” is to be “parted and devyded evenlye amongeste” sons William, John, and Robert, and “doughter” Alice.
Robert concludes with, “The resydue of all my goods Cattells moneye plate come and movables not afore geven & bequethed I putt them to the disposycon of my Executors whom I ordeyne & appoynte my wiffe Willm and John my sonnes they to paye my debts and performe therwith this my laste will and Testament and honestlye to burye me!.”
After Robert's will was written, his and Elizabeth's daughter Agnes, in 1558 the widow of Robert Barbor, prepared her will in which she names her brothers Thomas “Alldowes” and John “Aldowes,” as well as her children.
Two and a half years after preparing his will Robert died. He was buried 20 January 1559/60. Undoubtedly his wishes were carried out, with mother, daughter, and sons living at Bourneys and carrying on the farm tasks much as before. After two years daughter Alice died, and after three years the sons came into their possessions. William probably built, as directed, the stairway from the hall (the main room of the house) up to the hall chamber (the room above the hall). Apparently the already existing stairway was in the parlor (large bedroom and living room combined) and went up to the parlor chamber (another bedroom). These two rooms became exclusively Eliz­abeth's. The sons, still all three unmarried, used the hall (or main room of the house) and hall chamber. Or, since Robert lived more than two years after preparing his will, there is the possibil­ity that he finished the stairway to the chamber above the hall, which chamber was new at the date of the will. Elizabeth likely received her wheat and malt from William, and the annuities from him, John, and Robert.

Elizabeth ALDOUS was born about 1495 in of Fressingfield, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. She was buried on 11 Feb 1575/1576 in Fressingfield, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. Elizabeth married Robert ALDOUS.

Elizabeth had a will on 4 Apr 1566 in Fressingfield, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. Her will was probated on 11 Apr 1576 in Fressingfield, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.

On the fourth day of April in 1566 Elizabeth's will was written. She is quite specific about what she gives to her heirs, which heirs include sons William, Thomas, John, and Robert; daughter Johan; and grandchildren Elizabeth Aldowes, Fraunces Aldowes, and John Aldowes. Cash bequests total thirty-seven pounds five shillings. Of furni­ture she mentions two beds, including "my posted bed in my plot with one fetherbed one bolster one paire of shets and one paire of blan­ketts one coveringe and two pillowes" and "my trundlebed that I lye in with A fetherbed one bolster one payre of blanketts one paire of shets and one coveringe." Bed linen given separately from beds con­sists of two pillows, two "beares [pillowcases]," four pairs of sheets, and "my red saye bedcloth." Two tables are listed--a "rownde" one, as well as the "table and form [bench] in the hail." Her four sons are to receive a tablecloth each. Other pieces of furniture named are a "greate hutche," a red coffer, a black coffer, and two chairs.
Quite a number of household containers, utensils, and dairy implements are named by Elizabeth. The following were probably all used at the fireplace: "my spete and Aundiron my Latten ladle and my keatle called Abbotts keatle . . . my fire pane and my gridiron and also my tongs." Dishes include "fyve greate pewtre platters," "two sasers," a "chafing dishe," "thre pewter Dishes," and "fowre porren­gets." Probably used in the preparation of food were these items:
"litle brasse potte . . . greate brasse potte . . . greate keatle coper keatle . . . keatle called tynkers keatle . . . two eared brasse pane . . . latche pan . . . spice morter . . . frienge pan." The dairy and other outbuildings likely are where the major­ity of the next items were kept and used: "lesser brasse mylke pans greate brasse pane . . . litle brasse mylk pan . . . great caldron . . . newe mylke tubbe . . . saltinge trough . . . one litLe keler [a keeler is a broad shallow tub] . . . great keler • . • flitch [probably indicating made of laminated pieces of wood] trough . . . charne . . . greate sallowin bouie . . . two great fatts [vats] . . . one greate printe • . . one breade . . • layer
• . . litle starte pane • . . brewenge tubbe . . • chese press . rest of my small fatts not before gyven." Some of these items were obviously used in the brewery, called "the Browerne" in Robert's will.
Elizabeth also bequeaths a candlestick and, of personal items, "corall beades," a "silke hatte," a "red mentyll," a "black mentyll, and twelve yard "kerchers [kerchiefs]." For working in flax and wool are a "hickle [hackle]," and three "towe combes." Three of Elizabeth's heirs are to receive a "mylche cowe" each. She also
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gives to specific family members her "plowecheynes," a "carte rope," and "all my planke and borde."
"To the Disposiron of my executors" Elizabeth gives "all the reste of my goods unbequeathed bothe come and haye and other my goods cattalls Implements utensills howsholde stuffe and moveabells," with the provision "that if my seid sones or Doughter or anie of them shall stryve againste my executors and not be contentid with the reasonable ptinge of theise my goods before gyven and bequethed then I will that he she or theye shall not have anie pte of theeise my goods gyven hym and them before."
Elizabeth lived for ten more years, her will being probated 11 April 1576.

They had the following children.

  F i Joane ALDOUS was born about 1520. She was buried on 15 Jul 1597.
  M ii William ALDOUS was born about 1522. He was buried on 4 Dec 1583.
  F iii
Alice ALDOUS was born about 1530 in of Fressingfield, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. She was buried on 10 Feb 1561/1562.
  F iv Agnes ALDOUS was born about 1522. She was buried on 5 Jan 1558/1559.
  M v John ALDOUS was born about 1533. He was buried on 5 Oct 1596.
  M vi Thomas ALDOUS Jr was born in 1535. He died in 1595.
  M vii Robert ALDOUS was born about 1535. He was buried on 22 Apr 1625.

Rufus Marmaduke MARSDEN. Rufus married Angelina ALDOUS on 30 Jul 1845.

Angelina ALDOUS [Parents] was born on 8 Feb 1821 in Kelsale, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. Angelina married Rufus Marmaduke MARSDEN on 30 Jul 1845.


John BRIGHAM [Parents] 1 was born in 1574 in Holme-on-Spalding-Moor, East Riding of Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom. He was christened on 10 Oct 1574 in York, St Martin Coney, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom. He died in 1621 in Hotham, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom. John married Constance WATSON on 30 Sep 1599 in Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom.

JOHN BRIGHAM (Thomas4, Thomas3, Thomas2, Thomas1) born in Holme on Spalding Moor about 1573, resided in his native parish and later in the adjoining parish of Hotham where lie died in 1621. His (eldest) son Henry and three other children (unnamed) were given legacies in the will of his great-uncle Henry3 Brigham of Seaton, dated 30 June, 1606, previously given. (P. and E. York Wills, vol. 30, fol. 165.) On 11 May, 1621, administration on the estate of John Brigham of Hotham, deceased, was granted to his widow Custance Brigham. (Adm. Act Books, P. and E. Court of York, Harthull Deanery.)

He married 30 Sept., 1599, Constance Watson, baptized 17 Aug., 1578, daughter of James Watson, and sister of Isabel Watson the wife of his brother Thomas5 Brigham; she is mentioned in the wills of her father, James Watson, dated 10 July, 1615, her sister Isabel Brigham dated 8 June, 1634, and her brother-in-law Robert5 Brigham, dated 5 Sept., 1640. (P. and E. York Wills, vol. 34, fol. 95, vol. 42, fol. 281, and original will for 1640.)

On account of the loss of the registers of Holme on Spalding Moor between 1601 and 1628, the baptismal record of only Henry6, the eldest child of John5 and Constance (Watson) Brigham, is now preserved; but the will of Robert5 Brigham (brother of John5), in 1640, previously given, names six others, William, John, Robert, Gillian, Margaret, and Phillippa, all "now in this land," thus clearly indicating there were others then out of England, evidently referring to Thomas6 Brigham who accompanied his own-cousin Anne6 (Brigham) Crosby, wife of Simon Crosby, to New England in the ship Susan and Ellen in April 1635, and Sebastian Brigham who emigrated to New England in the autumn of 1638 in the company led by Rev. Ezekiel Rogers of Rowley in Yorkshire, a parish about a dozen miles southeast of Holme on Spalding Moor. The order of births of these ten children is uncertain.

Constance WATSON [Parents] was born on 15 Aug 1578 in Holme-on-Spalding-Moor, East Riding of Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom. She was christened on 17 Aug 1578 in Holme-on-Spalding-Moor, East Riding of Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom. She died on 10 Jul 1615 in Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom. Constance married John BRIGHAM on 30 Sep 1599 in Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom.

They had the following children.

  M i
Henry BRIGHAM was christened 1 on 27 Dec 1599 in Holme-on-Spalding-Moor, East Riding of Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom. He died after 5 Sep 1640 in Holme-on-Spalding-Moor, East Riding of Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom.
  F ii
Gillian BRIGHAM was born 1 about 1601 in Holme-on-Spalding-Moor, East Riding of Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom.
  M iii Thomas BRIGHAM was born in 1603. He died on 18 Dec 1653.
  F iv
Margaret BRIGHAM was born 1 about 1605 in Holme-on-Spalding-Moor, East Riding of Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom.
  M v William BRIGHAM was born about 1607.
  M vi
Sebastian BRIGHAM was born 1 about 1609 in Holme-on-Spalding-Moor, East Riding of Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom.
  M vii John BRIGHAM was born about 1611.
  F viii
Phillippa BRIGHAM was born 1 about 1614 in Holme-on-Spalding-Moor, East Riding of Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom.
  M ix
Robert BRIGHAM 1 was born about 1615 in Holme-on-Spalding-Moor, East Riding of Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom.

John FAY. John married 1 Mary BRIGHAM in 1668/1669 in Marlboro, Essex, Massachusetts, United States.

Mary BRIGHAM [Parents] was born 1 about 1649 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. She died on 2 Aug 1676 in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Mary married 2 John FAY in 1668/1669 in Marlboro, Essex, Massachusetts, United States.


Robert ALDOUS [Parents] was born about 1565 in of Fressingfield, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. He was buried on 16 Jul 1630 in Fressingfield, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. Robert married Margaret ALDOUS about 1595 in of Fressingfield, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.

Margaret ALDOUS. Margaret married Robert ALDOUS about 1595 in of Fressingfield, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.


John BRIGHAM [Parents] was born 1 on 9 Mar 1644/1645 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He died on 16 Sep 1728 in Massachusetts, United States. John married 2 Sarah DAVIS in BY 1673 in Marlboro, Essex, Massachusetts, United States.

Other marriages:
HAYNES, Deborah Brown
BOWKER, Sarah

Sarah DAVIS. Sarah married 1 John BRIGHAM in BY 1673 in Marlboro, Essex, Massachusetts, United States.


John BRIGHAM [Parents] was born 1 on 9 Mar 1644/1645 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He died on 16 Sep 1728 in Massachusetts, United States. John married 2 Deborah HAYNES Brown after 1698.

Other marriages:
DAVIS, Sarah
BOWKER, Sarah

Deborah HAYNES Brown. Deborah married 1 John BRIGHAM after 1698.


John BRIGHAM [Parents] was born 1 on 9 Mar 1644/1645 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He died on 16 Sep 1728 in Massachusetts, United States. John married Sarah BOWKER on 22 May 1717.

Other marriages:
DAVIS, Sarah
HAYNES, Deborah Brown

Sarah BOWKER. Sarah married John BRIGHAM on 22 May 1717.


Gershom EAMES. Gershom married 1 Hannah BRIGHAM in BY 1671 in Marlboro, Essex, Massachusetts, United States.

Hannah BRIGHAM [Parents] was born 1, 2 on 9 Mar 1650 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. She died on 8 Dec 1719 in Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Hannah married 3 Gershom EAMES in BY 1671 in Marlboro, Essex, Massachusetts, United States.

Other marriages:
WARD, William


William WARD [Parents] was born 1 on 22 Jan 1648 in Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He died on 25 Nov 1697 in Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. William married Hannah BRIGHAM on 4 Aug 1679 in Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Extracted Birth from Sudbury, Middlesex, MA. Vital Records. Film #0185455    Spouses last name in the AF comes up as Johnson, Ames & Brigham.

Hannah BRIGHAM [Parents] was born 1, 2 on 9 Mar 1650 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. She died on 8 Dec 1719 in Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Hannah married William WARD on 4 Aug 1679 in Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Other marriages:
EAMES, Gershom

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