THE WOLCOTT FAMILY OF SOMERSET, ENGLAND
Revised - February 2018
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SOMERSET WOLCOTTS AND WOOLCOTTS:
It was once believed that the Wolcott family of Somerset were descendants of the Walcot family of Shropshire. Later it appeared that the Somerset Wolcotts descended from the Woolcott family of Devonshire, which dates back to the 13th century. DNA evidence now makes both very unlikely. It now appears that they descended from a separate male ancestor who took his surname from a hamlet or property called Woolcott, in the parish of Brompton Regis, Somerset.
Various 13th century deeds mentions land in the manor of Brompton Regis called Wlfetecote and Wolfirtecote held by the Cridel family. The manor of Brompton Regis was the property of Barlinch Priory from the 12th century until 1637 when it was taken by the Crown. A document listing the property of the priory in 1339, included land in “Wlfletecot”, given to the priory by John de Forestarius: all land that Walter Cridel and heirs have in Wlfletecot and Blakedon, all land and tenements that Robert de Wlfletecot has in Wlfletecot being a half furlong in Wlfletecot and a half furlong in Blakedon, land that Jordan Wlfletecot has of Robert of Radashangre being a half furlong in Wlfletecot and a half furlong in Blakedon, land that Richard Kichenoch has in Wlfletecot; and the service that Nicholas de Wlfletecot and his heirs owe for land of Hurscombe. Hurscombe is a farm adjacent to Woolcotts, now covered by Wimbleball Lake. Gilbert Scut held lands in Wolfetecote and Westcote in Brompton Regis in 1359, which his daughter, Joan quit-claimed to her sister, Alice, and Alice's husband, Walter de Wolferdcote, in 1368, one of the witnesses being William de Wolferdecote. In 1399 John Davy sold land in the manor of Brompton Ralph to John Wolfcote, who, in turn, sold land to Walter Withers the same year. On 6 April 1401 Richard Bagheton and Adam Westcote, brother of John Wolfcote, sold land at Brompton Regis to John Wolfcote and Thomasine his wife. On 23 April 1463 John Wolfcote, son and heir of John Wolfcote sold land at Brompton Regis to William Grenning. By this time it seems to have become a proper surname rather than the name of a residence.
This indicates that the surname, Woolcott, dates back to the 13th century, and that it is not derived from the sheep wool industry as has been suggested, but rather from the Anglo-Saxon given name prefix, "Wulf", and “cot” or house. In 1316, part of the manor of Brompton Regis was held be Geoffrey de Besiles. An inquisition taken at Dunster in 1406 at the death of Katherine, widow of Sir Thomas de Besiles, states that she held one third of the manor of Brompton Regis for life, a house and 34 acres at Hestercombe, and a toft (a house with outbuildings) and 16 acres in Wollcote, from Peter de Besiles, lord of the manor of Kings Brompton. Peter died in 1426, leaving his manor of Kings Brompton to Barlinch Priory as perpetual alms.
We have known for some time that the names of William and Thomas "Wolcot" appear on the 1524/5 Lay Sybsidy tax roll for the parish of Tolland. Heads of households and individuals age 16 and over were taxed on either their land, goods or labor, whichever was greatest, but those with less that 1L per year were not taxed. One pound was the normal valuation of a farm laborer. Each individual was only taxed once even though he had property in more than one location. Thomas Wolcot was taxed on land at Tolland valued at 5 pounds per year with a tax of 2 shillings 6 pence, and William Wolcot on land at Tolland valued at 3 pounds per year with a tax of 18 pence.
The 1524/5 Somerset tax roll has never been published. I recently ordered the subsidy roll for Freemanors Hundred, which included Brompton Regis, Dulverton, Brompton Ralph, and other parishes. This document was only partially preserved and Brompton Regis was unfortunately missing and Dulverton incomplete. I did, however, find three Wolcott familes listed: John Wolcot of Kilton with land valued at 8L with a tax of 3 shillings, John Wolcott of Stogumber, for wages worth 20 shillings 6 pence taxed at 4 pence; and John Wolcot of Monksilver, for wages worth 20 shillings taxed at 4 pence. Due to the condition of the records, I was unable to determine if there were still Wolcotts in Brompton Regis. There were probably other Wolcotts in the missing pages and surrounding Hundreds, but this subsidy roll indicates that Wolcotts had been in the area for some time and had spread to nearby parishes.
The will of a William Wulcote of Dulverton, a market town 6 miles from Brompton Regis, was written in 1500 and proved in 1530. William 's will mentions his wife, Elizabeth, and several godchildren, but no children. William Wolcote of Dulverton, husbandman, was a defendent in 1525 when Christopher Clogge sued William Wolcote, Alice William, widow, and Christopher, Thomas, and John Chilcott, all of Dulverton for trespass.
A record of pews in the Brompton Regis church show that in 1629 a pew in the women’s section was assigned to Higher Woolcott and John Hiller of Hosworthy. Another row in this section was assigned to the family of John Greenslade at Woolcott. John Greenslade at Woolcott also had a row in the men’s section. Row 1 of the side aisle, another women’s section, was the pew for Lower Woolcott. In another section for women were the seats for Widow Hurford of Woolcott and behind it a pew for Witherow of Nether Woolcott. Outside of John Greenslade, the women of Woolcotts were apparently all widows. Woolcott was apparently at that time four separate properties, Woolcott, Higher Woolcott, Lower Woolcott, and Nether Woolcott.
In an 1819 covenant deed Woolcotts is listed as two distinct properties, Woolcotts and Denis' Woolcott. The latter was owned by the Dennys/Denys family of Barnstable and Tiverton in the 18th century. In 1875, Lower Woolcott Farm in Kings Brompton, containing 217 acres, was occupied by William Corner. Today there are two farms in Brompton Regis: Higher Woolcott, a 15th century five bedroom house, and Lower Woolcott, a 3 bedroom 18th century farmhouse. There is now a two bedroom holiday rental, a converted barn, called Woolcotts Cross Cottage.
WOLCOTTS OF TOLLAND:
Among documents which belonged to Henry Wolcott, the immigrant, is an ancient manuscript dated 1618, conveying to Henry's brother, Christopher Wolcott, land in the parishes of Tolland and Lydiard St. Lawrence in the county of Somerset "which now are or lately were parcel of the Manor of Gauldon." Henry Wolcott inherited these lands when Christopher died in 1639. American Wolcotts came to believe that the property Henry Wolcott inherited from his brother was the principle residence at Tolland known today as "Gauldon Manor". An Inquest Post Mortem, taken at the time that Christopher Wolcott died, however, shows that the property purchased by Christopher was only part of the manor of Gauldon, consisting of two houses and a mill. One of these houses, with the adjacent mill, was the home of Henry's father and grandfather, and probably Henry's birthplace. This house is now a residence called Watersmeet Farm owned by Chris Butler.
In the fourteenth century, the manor of Gauldon was given by Andrew de Bovedon to Taunton Priory, a house of the Augustinian monks. The Priory still owned the manor when the Wolcotts first appeared there in 1525. In 1539, Taunton Priory surrendered all its lands, including the manor of Gauldon, to Henry VIII. In 1544, the manor was sold by the Crown for 212L to William Standish of London, with remainder to his daughter, Alice, and her husband, Francis Southwell of Norfolk, and their heirs, and failing such heirs, to John Mynne and his heirs. William Standish died in 1553, and the manor went to his daughter, Alice Southwell, who died childless. Gauldon then went to the Mynne family in accordance with the purchase deed.
The manor of Gauldon never had a conventional manor house with a resident "lord of the manor." Instead, the Priory at Taunton leased out the properties and collected the rents. In 1520 John Selleck leasde from Taunton Priory the principal farm in the manor and a fulling mill adjoining it for life, with successive leases to his wife Agnes and their sons, John and Henry Selleck. This is the house known today as "Gauldon Manor". In 1525, John Selleck and John Stodden were the largest landowners in the Tolland parish. Selleck paid a tax of 26 shillings, and Stodden 30 shillings. John Stodden left the parish soon after, but the Selleck family stayed on. John's grandson, Robert Selleck (1554-1623), lived in the house that had been his grandfather's. In 1581, the "Manor of Gawlden" was held by Robert Selleck from George Mynne. Robert married Elizabeth Blake, aunt of Elizabeth Saunders, wife of Henry Wolcott, the immigrant. Robert Selleck was also a witness to the will of Roger Wolcott in 1592, and acted as an agent for George Mynne's son, Robert, when Robert sold a portion of Gauldon manor, two houses and a mill, to Christopher Wolcott in 1618.
Most of the remainder of the lands that once were the manor of Gauldon, including "the capitall mesuage and farme comonly called or knowne by the name or names of Gawldon or Gawldon Farme, now or late occupied by Robert Sellake in the parishes of Tolland and Lydeard St. Lawrence, a fulling mill adjoining, and Gawldom Wood of twelve acres", and two enclosed lots of eight acres, was purchased from Robert Mynne by John Turberville of Sampford Peverell, Devon, in 1615. In 1640, with the death of Robert Selleck Jr., the Sellacks' lease expired, and John Turberville, Jr., moved in and refurbished the house with the ornate plaster decorations with the Turberville coat of arms that distinguish the house today. The house remained in the Turberville family until 1689, when it was purchased by Edward Galhampton and his wife, Elizabeth Wolcott. An old tradition that says the house was occupied by Bishop James Turberville is without foundation. The house is known today as Gauldon Manor and has recently been renovated and landscaped. For several years it was open to the public on certain days for a fee, but that has been discontinued.
The names of William and Thomas "Wolcot" appear in 1525 on the earliest existing tax roll naming residents of Tolland. Both William and Thomas Wolcott's names also appear on the Tolland subsidy rolls of 1535 and 1539. The 1535 and the 1539 tax rolls are nearly identical, with the exception that the tax for William Wolcott was substantially reduced, from 17s 1/2d in 1535 to 1s 5 1/2d in 1539, while Thomas, like most others, paid the same tax each time; in his case, 8s 1 1/2d. William apparently increased and then decreased his Tolland holdings. The Sellacks and Wolcotts were the only surnames from 1525 that remained the same on the Tolland tax rolls of 1535. The 1539 tax roll is the last time William Wolcott's name appears at Tolland, so he either died or left Tolland soon after this. We do not know his relationship to Thomas. He was probably Thomas' father or brother. Thomas appears to have been the ancestor of all other Tolland Wolcotts.
(1) Thomas Wolcott, c.1500-c.1555, a "tucker", listed with William Wolcott on the 1525, 1535, and 1539 tax roll, is the only Wolcott listed on the Tolland tax rolls in 1550. Tucking and fulling were names for the finishing process of cloth making, in which newly woven wool cloth was prepared for sale by soaking and beating, usually by means of a water driven mill. Gauldon Farm and a tucking mill adjacent to it were leased to John Selleck in 1520, above. Thomas Wolcott's name is also found in several wills of the period. The will of Elizabeth Hervye of Tolland, dated 1550, has Thomas Wolkot as a witness. The will of William Howe of Tolland, dated 1551, has Thomas Wolcott, the elder, as a witness, and mentions a debt due from John Wolcott for eleven yards of raw cloth. The will of John Seller of Tolland, dated 1553, also has Thomas Wolcott, the elder, as witness. Thomas was a property owning adult in 1525 and still alive in 1553, so he was probably born sometime around 1500. The information in the 1986 Wolcott Genealogy that he was born in 1487, died 5 June 1554, and was married to a Margaret Welling, appears to be fabricated, as he left no will, and birth, marriage, and death records don't begin at Tolland until 1598. Thomas appears to have been the father of all of the next generation of Tolland Wolcotts, Thomas Jr., John, Henry, and Roger Wolcott, who were all adults living in 1572.
The will of Elizabeth Woolcott of Lawrence Lydiard, widow, is dated 1565 and was proved 26 September 1565. In it, Elizabeth asks that she be buried at Tolland, and bequeaths all her property to Thomas Winter, her servant, who she appoints executor of her will. No one else is mentioned. She may have been the widow of Thomas or William, above.
(2) Thomas Wolcott,"the younger", c.1525-1572, a tucker like his father, was a witness to the will of John Toven of Tolland, dated 1551. The will of Alice Howe of Tolland, dated 1565, mentions her godfather, Thomas Woolcott, and also Henry Woolcott, and has Thomas Woolcott and Thomas Venn as overseers. The will of Thomas Wolcott, tucker, of Tolland, dated and proved in 1572, bequeaths 10 pounds to his son, John Wolcott, the elder; an ewe sheep each to his son, Simon, and two unnamed daughters, 4 pence each to several unnamed god-children, and the remainder to his wife Alice. He appoints John Dawe, his brother-in-law, and John Wolcott, his son, as overseers of the will.
(3) John Wolcott, c.1545-1589, the eldest son of Thomas Wolcott, was a successful clothier. As a cloth merchant he probably purchased wool and farmed it out for spinning and weaving. John Wolcoot leased from Sir Thomas Standish a tenement and land at Tolland for a term of the lives of John, Elizabeth his wife, and their son, Henry, which was relinquished by Henry in 1624. John's eldest son, Henry, was born in 1565, and his fourth son, Richard, in 1580, according to depositions they gave as adults. When John wrote his will in 1585, Henry was old enough to act as his father's executor, but the other eight children were all minors. John's will bequeathed 30 pounds to his son, William; 50 pounds each to his sons John, Edward, Richard, and Nicholas; 66 pounds each to his daughters Elizabeth and Agnes; 60 pounds to his son David, and the remainder to his son, Henry, who he named executor. The custody of John's children, except for Henry, was given to his uncle, Henry Woolcott of Elworthy, Christopher Nation of Bishops Lydiard, and his brother, Simon. John is mentioned in several other wills. The will of John Seller of Tolland, dated 1572, has John Woolcott and John Dawe as witnesses. Another will of John Seller of Tolland, dated 1581, appoints John Wolcotte the elder and Thomas Dawe of Tolland as overseers, and mentions a debt of 21 shillings owed to Roger Wolcott of Tolland and a debt of 20 shillings owed to widow Wolcotte.
Thomas and John Dawe, sons of John Dawe of Tolland, husbandman, at the time of Thomas' marriage to Mildred Beydon in 1569, leased land at Tolland from John Warre. John Dawe, Sr., was apparently brother of Thomas Wolcott's wife Alice, and John Wolcott's uncle.. As these are mentioned in the two Seller wills along with John, the clothier, and John Seller was a witness to his father, Thomas Wolcott's, will, it seems likely that the Sellers were also relatives of John.
(4) Henry Wolcott, 1565-c.1642, was a prosperous clothier at Tolland. Henry was the eldest of John's sons, and was executor of his father's will in 1572. He was executor of the will of his cousin, Thomas Dawe in 1592, and is on the Tolland tax rolls for 1593, 1597, 1610, 1622 and 1623. In 1606 he served as church warden at Tolland, and was tithingman there in 1623 and 1629.
A survey of the manor of Brompton Ralph made in 1615, records that Henry Wolcott held by copy of the court rolls dated 1602, for a term of 99 years, or for the term of the lives of Henry Wolcott, and Henry and John Wolcott his sons, four fenced meadows, called Rode Meade, Rodemeadehill, Flaxhaye, and Longmeade or Wester Longmeade, containing 10 acres, valued at 13L 6s 8d per year. No house or tenement is mentioned, so this was probably land for grazing sheep. In 1609, Edward Warr of Chipleigh, esq., son of John Warre, above, leased to Henry Woollcott of Tolland, clothier, for 248L, a messuage and tenement in East Towne in the parish of Tolland, to hold for 99 years or the lives of Henry, John, and George, sons of the said Henry. Henry relinquished this property in East Tolland in 1621. In 1618 Henry Woolcott acted as an agent for Robert Mynne in the sale of land in Gauldon Manor to Christopher Woolcott of Wellington. This was apparently the Henry listed on the manor roll as "Henry Woolcote for one cottage in length 80 ft. and in breadth 80 ft. upon the waste of the lord of Tolland in the King's Highway there called the Church House next the rectory there, formerly of Robert Selleck and the late Elizabeth Selleck, by grant of David Selleck". Henry may have moved there when he gave up his lease of Burts Tenement. In 1631, a Special Commission of the Exchequer held an investigation at Taunton "in distraint of knighthood". In order to raise money, King James was requiring that all men with lands or goods valued at a certain amount be knighted, for which honor they were required to pay a large sum of money into the Exchequer. Many men tried to avoid this dubious honor. On the list of men examined by this commission appears the name of Henry Woolcot, followed by the notation, "not seized". On a later list, the same name appears, with the notation, "will plead". The first note meant that Henry did not hold land directly from the King, and the second note that he would appear before the commission at a later date. Henry successfully avoided this "honor".
(5) Henry Wolcott, Jr., c.1595-1650, is named in a manor roll of 1630: "Henry Woolcott junior of Tolland for one cottage with appurtenances standing by the end of Tonebridge called le Dye House in the tithing of Mullane, formerly of Elizabeth Nichols, by grant of Richard Nicholas. Fine 13s d4." In 1633, Henry Woolcott and George Woolcott were appointed attorneys to deliver seizin of Grove tenement in Tolland. Henry and his brother, George, were defendants in extensive litigation which took place in 1636 in the Chancery case of Rogers v. Wolcott, following. In 1637 he purchased from Edward Warre of Chipley the property in which he was then living, in East Tolland, together with a cottage occupied by William (Spicer?). It was probably the same property that his father leased from 1609 to 1621. Henry's wife, Joan, is buried under the large stone tomb in the Tolland churchyard. The Tolland parish register for 1637 reads: "7 April - Joan wife of Henry Woolcott the elder buried". She is buried with her eldest son in the tomb which bears the inscription:"The body of John Wolcot 21 Mar 1618 Here also lieth the bodie of Johne Woolcot mother of the saide John Wolcot who deceased the 5th of April 1637." This tomb is next to a similar one on which the inscription has been obliterated, which probably covers Joan's husband, Henry. Henry Wollcot of Tolland, gent., was the overseer of the will of Giles Locke of Nynehead, written in 1644. "Henrie Wollcott" acted as an attorney for Henry Wolcott of New England in 1650.
(6) Joan Wolcott, c. 1630-1684, m. Robert Proctor. Their children, Ann Proctor Gale, Henry Proctor, and Joan Proctor Thurston, are named in the will of Joan's brother, John Wolcott, dated 1699.
(6) Henry Wolcott III, c. 1635-1670, apparently never married, and died relatively young leaving a sizeable estate, said to be worth 4,000L. His will bequeaths to his sister Joan Proctor, his nieces, Ann Gale and Joan Proctor, and his nephews Henry and Robert Proctor 200 pounds each; to his cousin Joan, daughter of his uncle George, of Tolland, recently deceased, 100 pounds; to Mr. Francis Colby, minister of Tolland ten pounds; to his godson, Henry Newton ten ewe sheep; to Anne Gardner 10 pounds; to William Newton, butcher, my tenant, 10 pounds; to each of my household servants 20 shillings; to each of my covenant ship servants 20 shillings; to George Woolcott of Greenway, 5 pounds; to Richard and George Woolcott, sons of Richard Woolcott late of Bishops Lydiard 5 pounds each; and "all the rest of my goods and chattels, parts of ships and plantations beyound sea, I do give and bequeath unto my brother John Woolcott."
Henry's bequest to his cousin Joan Wolcott was the basis of a legal dispute between Henry's brother, John, and Joan's half brother, John Walsh. John Walsh complained that "Henry Woolcott late of Tolland, gentleman, deceased, being in his lifetime possessed of a very great personal and testamentary estate consisting in goods chattels ready money jewels plate vessels household stuffs etc. to the value of 4,000L and more left in his will among other legacies and bequests unto one Joan Wolcott his cousin germain, daughter of his uncle George Woolcott of Tolland, late before deceased, the sum of 100L.... John Woolcott, his brother and executor... did scruple the payment of the aforesaid 100L and questioned the validity of the deceased passing the right to her legacy to John Walsh ...."
(6) Helen, daughter of Henry and Joan Woolcott, 1637-1638, Tolland.
(6) Infant daughter of Henry Woolcott, 1639-1639 Tolland.
(6) John Wolcott, 1640-1700, was the residual heir of his brother, Henry, who died in 1670. A ship mentioned in Henry's will was probably the ship, Adventure, mentioned in a deposition taken in 1682: "About four months since came into this harbor the ship Adventure, Morgan Byneham master, of which John Woollcots of Tolland was part owner and was loaded with wine brandy linen cloth and salt. The salt entered and paid duty at Minehead but the wine brandy and cloth all run and was a considerable parcel for there was not less than thirty men at work between two and three hours delivering the same." Whether or not John Wolcott was a party to this smuggling operation is unknown. The will of John Wolcott was proved in 1700. It leaves 20L to his kinswoman Frances Procter, widow of Henry Proctor, gent; 30L to Henry Proctor, his godson; 15L to Frances Proctor; 20L to Ann Gale his kinswoman, wife of Thomas Gale, Esq.; 20L to Robert Gale his Godson; and 10L each to Thomas, Henry, Ann, and Joan Gale; 20L to Joan, wife of Edward Thurston Esq., and 20L to Joan Thurston, his goddaughter; and to all the other children of Joan and Edward Thurston, 60 pounds be equally divided. The will mentions his land called Lambrooke lying in the parish of West Monkton, which would go to John Galhampton when he reached the age of 21, and land in Tolland in the possession of Christian Rossiter which would go to his daughter, Joan, for life after the decease of the said Christian Rossiter and then to John Galhampton. Property called Burts Tenement, and meadow called Watkins Meade and four acres of ground at Tolland he left to Joan Galhampton for life and then to John Galhampton. Certain furniture in his dwelling house he left to Ann and John Galhampton. His cattle, sheep, swine, and grain he left to his daughter, Joan. To his kinsman, Samuel Date, was bequeathed two guineas, and unto such servant maid living with him he left 20 shillings. All other lands and properties he bequeathed to his grandson, John Galhampton, naming Edward Galhampton and John Webber, the elder, of Stogumber as executors.
(7) Joan Wolcott, b. 1670, married Edward Galhampton of Lydiard St. Lawrence about 1690. She may have been the Joan Woolcott who leased a house and 14 acres in Hoccombe Manor in Lydeard St. Lawrence from John Turbervillle in 1691. Joan and Edward had children, John, Ann, Joan, Mary, and Margaret. Edward Galhampton purchased the house called Gauldon Farm at Tolland in 1699, and died in 1703. His son, John, was deceased in 1720 when his sisters sold Gauldon.
Joan, widow of Edward Galhampton, married Benjamin Wolcott of New England at Tolland in 1719. Benjamin was the great-grandson of the Henry Wolcott who emigrated to America in 1630. Benjamin had returned to England attempting to settle a disputed inheiritance of the family's land at Tolland. Henry, the emigrant, had entailed the property to his male heirs, a common practice in those days. His grandson, Henry Wolcott, having no sons, bequeathed the property in England to his two daughters, Benjamin's cousins, in 1718. Benjamin was not successful in his attempt to claim the family lands, but his visit to England did result in his marriage to Joan Galhampton. By her he had a son, Henry, baptized at Tolland in 1721, who apparently died in infancy.
(8) Henry Wolcott, b. 1713 Tolland.
(5) John Wolcott, c.1595-1618, is buried in a tomb in the Tolland churchyard, d.s.p..
(5) George Wolcott, 1599-c.1668, was baptized at Tolland in 1599. He was at Tolland on the tax roll of 1642, but later lived at Taunton. In 1640, George Woolcott witnessed a deed of land at Tolland by Henry Standish to to William Doble. In 1647, George Woolcott of Taunton, merchant, was appointed overseer of the will of Robert Matthew alias Proctor of Rushton, Somerset, the husband of his niece, Joan Wolcott. In 1654 George Woolcott of Taunton, gent., was named overseer of the will of his cousin, William Woollcott of Lydiard St. Lawrence.
(6) Joan Wolcott, b. c.1630. The will of her cousin, Henry Wolcott, dated 1670, leaves a bequest of 100 pounds to "my cozen Joane Woolcott, daughter of my Unckle George Woolcott of Tolland lately deceased". She probably died unmarried.
(4) William Wolcott, c.1567-c.1635, was churchwarden at Tolland in 1627. A lease by John Venn of Lydiard St. Lawrence to William Selleck of Plainsfield, gent, of six Messuages, occupied by William Wolcott and six others, cites an earlier undated lease to William Wolcott of closes called Bromecrofte, Burrage Crofte, Great Hill, Little Hill, Butts, and ground in John Venn's orchard, for 99 years or the lives of William Wolcott, Richard Wolcott, and John Govier.
(5) William Wolcott Jr., c.1600-1645, married a Katherine, perhaps Katherine Locke, and lived at Lydiard St. Lawrence. In his will, dated 1644, Giles Locke of Nynhead bequeathed seven pounds in money and a coffer to the daughter of William Woolcott of Lydiard St. Lawrence, twenty marks and a chest to William Woolcott, his godson, three pounds and a coffer to George the son of William Woolcot, and the residue of his estate, after other bequests, to his kinswoman, Katherine Wollcott of Lydiard St. Lawrence. Henry Wollcot of Tolland, gent, was named overseer of this will. William's name is on the Protestation Returns for Lidiard St. Lawrence in 1641. The will of William Woollcott, clothier, dated 1645, leaves 20 shillings each to Edward Buckrom, John Fliewood, and Frances Lanrum; household effects, clothing, tools, and 20 pounds to his son, William; 20 pounds and use of his house in Lydiard St. Lawrence and household effects for life to his wife, Katherine, after which the house would be his son, William's; the remainder of his goods to be divided between his children, George and Agatha; and appoints George Woollcott of Taunton, gent., and Thomas Stanfast of Lydiard St. Laurence to be overseers.
(6) William Wolcott III, c. 1625-1646, died shortly after his father, apparently unmarried and chidless. The will of William Woolcott of Lydiard St. Lawrence, clothier, dated 1646, leaves 10 pounds to Robert Collens of Rod, 10 pounds and all his clothing to his "kinsman",William Lock, 50 shillings to Dorothy Gower, one pound to his goddaughter, Sally Totendell, 30 pounds to Joan, daughter of Robert Collens; and the remainder to his mother, Katherine Woollcott; with Robert Collens and William Lock as overseers.
(6) Agatha Wolcott is mentioned in her father's will dated 1635.
(6) George Wolcott, b. 1631, was baptized at Lydiard St. Lawrence in 1631. He is mentioned in his father's will dated 1635.
(6) Edith Wolcott, b. 1637, daughter of William and Katherine Wolcott, was baptized at Lydiard St. Lawrence in 1637.
(4) John Wolcott, b. 1568, was a clothier, and lived at Tolland. John Wollcott served as churchwarden at Tolland in 1605; m. Joan Sweeting 1596 Bicknoller. John leased the property in Tolland called Greenway from Edward Warre in 1639, to be held for 99 years or the lives of John and his sons, George and Thomas. In 1654, Edward Warre's daughter, Mary Lottisham, sold Greenway to John Turberville of Tolland. John Woolcott of Greenway served as churchwarden of the Tolland parish church in 1640.
(5) John Wolcott Jr., b. 1603, d. 1612, buried Bicknoller.
(5) Elizabeth Wolcott, b. 1605, daughter of John & Mary Woollcott, was baptized at Tolland in 1605.
(5) George Wolcott, 1608-c.1670, was baptized at Tolland in 1608. George served as tithingman at Tolland in 1631 and was churchwarden there in 1636. George Woolcot made his mark as churchwarden at Tolland in 1662, and George Woolcot, yeoman, is listed on the Tolland tax rolls in 1663. The names of George Wolcott, Sr. and George Wolcott, Jr., appear on the Tolland tax roll of 1664. Only one other Wolcott appears on this tax roll, Joan Wolcott, widow, probably the widow of George's cousin Henry Wolcott. George Woolcott, the elder, of Greenway, was bequeathed five pounds by Henry Wolcott of Tolland, his cousin's son.
(6) George Wolcott Jr., b. 1636, appears on the Tolland tax roll of 1664.
(6) John, son of George and Elizabeth Woolcot, 1638-1638 Tolland.
(6) John Wolcott, b. 1641 Tolland.
(5) Elinore Wolcott, b. 1608 Tolland; m. Roger God 1629 Tolland.
(5) Joan Wolcott, 1613-1613 Tolland.
(5) Thomas Wolcott, c.1615 Tolland -1669 Milverton; m. Catherine Saunders 1641 Milverton.
(5) Thomas, son of Thomas and Catherine Woolcott, 1642-1643 Milverton.
(5) Joan, daughter of Thomas and Catherine Woolcott b. 1644 Milverton.
(5) Thomas, son of Thomas and Catherine Woolcott, 1651-1663 Milverton.
(4) Edward Wolcott, b. c.1570 Tolland, d. 1651 Axbridge; married Mary Phippen at Axbridge in 1598. Mary died in 1619. Edward Wolcott of Axbridge, linen draper, and Sarah Hill of Axbridge, widow, were married at St. Cuthbert's, Wells in 1619. Edward Wolcott was mayor of Axbridge in 1623, and in the same year was a witness to the will of his brother in law, Hugh Norman. In 1629 his occupation was that of mercer. In 1638 Edward Wolcott of Axbridge was involved in the settlement of the estate of John Woolcott of Glaston, below. The will of Edward Woolcott, draper, of Axbridge, dated 1650 leaves 20L to daughter Sarah Woolcott, 3s 4p to Sarah Bonnatt, and remainder to son, Edward, proved 1652.
(5) John Wolcott, 1599-1638, was baptized at Axbridge in 1599. John Woolcott of Axbridge, woolen draper, married Mary Wrentmore of St. Johns, Glastonbury, in 1621. In a quitclaim dated 1634, John Wolcot of Glaston, yeoman, filed a quitclaim to the mayor of Axbridge for a house and land called Tennys Court in Axbridge, which had been held by his father, Edward Wolcot, by deed dated 1610. In 1634 John emigrated to America on the Recovery which sailed from Wemouth 31 March 1634. John Woolcott of Glaston, England, planter and yeoman, was admitted a freeman at Waterford, Massachusetts, in 1634. He owned property in the neighboring township of Cambridge in 1635, and purchased and resold the Higginson-Roger Williams house in Salem that same year. His first wife died in England, and shortly after his arrival in America he married Winnifred Longman Crawford, a widow, by whom he had a son, John, and a daughter, Sarah.
(6) Elizabeth Wolcott, b. 1620, was baptized in1622 at St. John's, Glastonbury. In 1638 Elizabeth and Mary Wolcott, filed a petition to have their uncles, Richard Vayle (or Nayle) of Glaston and Christopher Atkins, mercer, act as guardians of their lands at Glaston. These lands were apparently entailed to the children of John and Mary Wrentmore. Elizabeth Wolcott married David Offley, and later, as a widow, sold the lands at Glaston to Edmund White. In the notebooks of Thomas Lechford, lawyer, of Boston, there is an entry, "Elizabeth and Mary Wolcott, daughters of John Wolcott of Glaston, Somerset, England, appoint their uncles, Richard Vayle and Christopher Atkins of Glaston, attorneys". A note in the margin reads, "Write to Henry Wolcott of Windsor, New England, and Edward Wolcott of Axbridge, Somerset."
(6) Mary Wolcott, b. 1624, was baptized at St. John's, Glastonbury, in 1624. She apparently went to America with her father and was living in 1638 when she was co-heiress to lands at Glastonbury.
(6) Martha Wolcott, 1626-1626, died in infancy.
(6) Martha Wolcott, b. 1628 was baptized at Axbridge in 1628. Martha probably died young for she was not an heir to her father's property.
(6) John Wolcott Jr., b. c.1635 MA, d. 1690 Brookfield MA; m. Mary Thurlay 1653 Newbury MA.
(6) Sarah Wolcott, b. c.1637 Newbury MA, d. 1676 Watertown MA; m. Thomas Chadwick 1674 Newbury MA.
(5) Elizabeth Wolcott, b. 1603, was bapt. in 1603 at Axbridge.
(5) Marie Wolcott, b. 1608, was bapt. in 1608 at Axbridge.
(5) Joan Wolcott, 1620-1637, was bapt. in 1620 at Axbridge and died at Axbridge.
(5) Anne Wolcott. b. 1621, was baptized at Axbridge in 1621.
(5) Edward Wolcott, b. 1624, was bapt. in 1624 at Axbridge. The wife of Edward Wolcott, Jr. d. in 1649 at Axbridge, Edward m. (2) Ann _____. In 1662 John Vannam of London leased to Edward Woolcott of Axbridge, draper, Ann his wife, and sons John and Edward Wolcott, a tenement called Southwoods at Bourton in Wick St. Lawrence parish. In 1672 his home at Axbridge was registered as a Baptist meeting house. In 1719 Calthorp Long leased the Bourton property to Edward Woolcott of Axbridge. There is a Woolcott Lane in Bourton.
(6) John Wolcott, b. c. 1655.
(6) Edward Wolcott, b. c. 1657
(5) William Wolcott, 1626-1626, was bapt. and bur. at Axbridge.
(5) Agnes Wolcott, b. 1628 was bapt. in 1628 at Axbridge.
(5) Sarah Wolcott, 1628, was bapt. in 1628 at Axbridge.
(5) James Wolcott, 1633-1633, was bapt. and buried atAxbridge.
(4) Elizabeth Wolcott, b. c.1573, m. David Ingram, and by him had two daughters, Elizabeth and Joan. Joan married Humphrey Cordwent, and had two children, John and Elizabeth. Elizabeth, born about 1607, married Daniel Rogers about 1629, causing a series of suits between Daniel and the Wolcott family over her money. In 1630, Daniel claimed that when his wife, Elizabeth, was single, she had personal estate worth 400L, including lands worth 30L per year. She had used Henry Wolcott, Jr., as her man of business, as did her sister, Joan, then wife of Humphrey Cordwent. Evidence was given by Richard Woolcott of Bishops Lydiard, age about 56 years. He stated that he had known Daniel Rogers for about 5 years, Elizabeth Rogers, Henry and George Wolcott, and the Cordwent children from childhood, and Humphrey Cordwent for about 15 years. He did not know what estate Elizabeth had five years ago when she married, but had heard that she was then worth about 103L in goods, money and debts owing.
(4) Agnes Wolcott,
b. c.1576, m. Hugh Norman of Orchard Portman in 1596. Hugh Norman's will,
dated 1623, leaves bequests to his wife, Agnes, and to their children Phillis,
Ann, Hugh, and William, all under age, and appointed his "cousin",
Henry Woolcott, and his "cousin", Richard Sweeting, as overseers of
his will. The will of John Wolcott, the clothier, had Richard Sweeting as a
witness and bondsman, and in 1644, George Saunders, writing to his uncle Henry,
son of John, the miller, also mentions "cousin" Richard Sweeting. Joan Sweeting married John Woolcott at Bicknoller in 1596
Hugh Norman's eldest son, Hugh, emigrated to Plymouth, New England. He married Mary White of Plymouth, October 1639. He later abandoned his family and returned to his English home at Orchard, near Taunton. A deposition of Thomas Allyn in 1654 states "Being requested by goodman White to relate in what condition I found Hugh Norman to bee in att my last being in ould England; which was about five yeares sence, ...I tooke a Journey of purpose to speake with him being att Orchyard a little Parisse about 2 or 3 miles from Taunton where hee lived in a great house that had been plundered; and as I was credably Informed hee kept there with 2 or 3 whores and none else in the house and had spent all hee had that hee had not clothes to were fiting to companie with men soe that I could not come to speake with him; Wheruppon haveing understood that Mr Richards lived ther abouts I went unto him hee being his Cozen and brought him over to New England soe hee tould mee of his wickednes and his bad life hee then lived in as I had been tould of by many; And the yeare before his mother Died and left him sixty pounds in money and a tennement hee sould for an hundred pounds all which hee spent in less then a yeares time; Mr Richards was Divers times with him hee tould mee; and pswaded him what hee could to reclame & to send somthing to his wife and children but could not gitt soe much as sixpence from him and tould him that hee had noe wife and would not owne her nor would goe more unto her...." The will of Hugh Norman of Orchard left 50L each to daughters Phillis and Ann.
(4) Richard Wolcott, b. c.1579 Brompton Ralph, d. c.1652, tithingman at Tolland in 1604, 1628 and 1633, and church warden there in 1613 and 1628. In a deposition taken in 1636 in the Chancery Proceedings, Rogers v. Wolcott, he is described as Richard Wolcott of Bishops Lydiard, clothier, age 56. Richard moved from Tolland to Bishops Lydiard some time between 1633 and 1636. The Protestation returns for 1641 show Richard Wolcott residing at Bishops Lydiard. In 1652, an investigation was held into a dispute concerning a house at Bishops Lydiard known as "Willcott's tenement" in the tenure of Richard Willcotts, who claimed that he held in right of Magdalen Nation of East Comb, widow. Ownership of the property, worth 15 shillings per year, was declared to have reverted to the Crown, for lack of proof of tenure.
(5) Richard Wolcott, c.1603 Bishops Lydiard, d. 1658 Stogumber; fuller and tucker. He and his sister-in-law, Agatha Wolcott, widow, were involved in a legal dispute with the Carse family in 1634 regarding a bakehouse, a tucking mill adjoining, a plot of ground on which two racks stood, a garden plot, and one half acre of meadow adjoining the mill, at Stogumber. In about 1623, Richard and Hugh Wolcott, sons of Richard Wolcott, deceased, "being then but children", were given a lease of the property, except for the bakehouse and two rooms above it, for 21 years at 3L per year by John Carse of Poughill, Devon. In 1634, the Carses complained that the rent was one year in arrears, the premises going to decay, and the racks broken, so they were claiming forfeiture of the Wolcott's 40L bond. Richard Wolcott, fuller, died at Stogumber in 1658. His will leaves 20 pounds to his son, Richard, and 5 shillings each to his five children; 5 pounds each to his grandchildren, John, Richard, and Thomas Webber and 10 pounds to Elizabeth Webber, all under age 21; 10 shillings to his grandson, Richard Wolcot; 10 shillings to Christopher Goodin of Murber; and the remainder to John Webber his son-in-law; m. Redigan Briant 1636 Brompton Ralph; m. Redigund Briant 1636 Brompton Ralph.
(6) Richard Wolcott, c.1637-c.1670 Bishops Lydiard. In his father's will dated 1658 he and his five children are mentioned, of which Joan, Hugh, Richard, and George are known. In 1670, Henry Woolcott of Tolland left bequests to Richard and George Woolcott, sons of Richard Woolcott, late of Bishops Lydiard; m. Joan ____, who d. 1667 Monksilver.
(7) Richard Wolcott, b. c.1660 Bishops Lydiard; mentioned in the 1658 will of his grandfather, Richard Woolcott; m. Mary ____.
(8) Richard Wolcott, b. c.1684, d. 1726 Enmore; lease to Richard Woolcott of Lynde, yeoman, of a house and land called Dick's in Enmore 1719; m. (1) Catherine Standard 1705 Enmore, m. (2) Ann Dibble 1720 Taunton.
(9) Thomas Wolcott, 1706-1706 Enmore.
(9) Mary, daughter of Richard Woolcott Jr., 1710-1711 Enmore.
(9) Jane Wolcott, c. 1712-1723 Enmore.
(9) Richard Wolcott, c. 1710-1753 Enmore; his fathers property called Dick's granted to Richard Woolcott of Enmore in 1626Richard Woolcott of Enmore, yeoman, on 1733 Enmore poll book; action of ejectment of Richard Woolcott of Enmore from a cottage at Enmore 1733; m. (1) Jane Pyne 1732 Taunton, m. (2) Elizabeth Flory 1744 Taunton, m. (3) Mary ____..
(10) Robert, son of Robert and Joan Woolkit, b. 1730 Enmore; m. Ann Castleman of Langport1754 Somerton.
(10 Richard, son of Richard and Mary Woollcott, b. 1745 Langport.
(11) Uriah Woolcott, b. 1755 Bridgewater, d. 1828 St. James Clerkenwell Workhouse; apprenticed to Thomas Cogle, butcher, of Bridgewater, paid land tax at St. James Clerkenwell 1815.
(11) John, son of Robert and Ann Woolcot, b. 1757 Bridgewater.
(11) Ann Woolcott, b. 1770 Bridgewater.
(11) Elizabeth Woolcott, b. 1770 Bridgewater.
(10) Grace Woolcott, b. 1749, d. 1804 Langport.
(10) John, son of Richard and Mary Woollcott, b. 1754 Langport; m. Hannah Witts 1776 Langport..
(9) Sarah Wolcott, b. c.1725
(8) Robert Wolcott, b. c.1690, perhaps Robert Woolcott who died 1730 Stogursey.
(7) George Wolcott , b. c.1656 Bishops Lydiard; mentioned in the 1670 will of Henry Wolcott.
(6) Joan Woolcott, b. 1639; m. John Webber. Her children, John, Richard, Thomas, and Elizabeth Webber are mentioned in her father's will.
(6) Joan Wolcott, b. 1639, daughter of Richard and Reddigund Woolcott, was baptized at Bishops Lydiard in 1639.
(5) Joan Wolcott, b. 1606, was baptized at Bishop's Lydiard in 1606, probably in her mother's home parish.
(5) Hugh Wolcott, b. c.1608, d. 1632 Stogumber, m. Agatha Bishop 1628 Tolland. Hugh's will was proved at Taunton in 1632, but is missing. Agatha, his widow was a defendant in the legal suit given above, and was buried at Bicknoller in 1622.
(6) Joan Wolcott, b. 1628 Stogumber.
(4) Nicholas Wolcott, b. c.1581, was a child when his father died in 1589. Nothing further is known of him.
(4) David Wolcott, b. c.1583, m. Denise Clawsey at Tolland in 1605. Nothing further is known of him.
(3) Simon Wolcott, c.1558-1636, was probably quite a bit younger than his brother, John, for in their father's will dated 1572 he was left only one sheep, a bequest often made to a child. Simon settled at Heathfield, a village about 5 miles southeast of Tolland. The court books of Taunton Deane show that he was the miller there from 1585 to 1603, and was tithingman there in 1585. Robert, his son, took over the mill in 1603. Hi cousin, John Wolcott, who was miller at Tolland, in his will dated 1623, bequeathed "unto Symon Wolcott my kinsman now dweling wyth me ils vid in money". The will of Simon Wolcott of Heathfield was filed at the Taunton, but is now missing.
(4) Thomas Wolcott, c.1578-c.1603. The will of Thomas Wolcott of Heathfield was proved at Taunton in 1603, but has disappeared.
(4) Robert Wolcott, c.1580-1652, took over the mill at Heathfield from his father. The Court Books of Taunton Deane show him as miller at Heathfield from 1603 to 1636. He was overseer of the will of Thomas Chilcott of Heathfield in 1625. Robert Wolcott and his son, Robert, signed the 1641 Protestation return at Heathfield. Robert Wolcott of Heathfield paid a tax of 11s on the Lay Subsidy of 1642, which was the second largest tax paid by any Wolcott in Somerset on that tax roll, after Henry Wolcott, Sr. of Tolland, who paid 15s 2d. Robert's will, dated 1652, leaves 3 shillings 4 pence to his son, John; 5 pounds to his son, Richard; household furnishings to Agnes Marten; various household effects to his grandchildren, Agnes, Simon, and Robert Wolcott and to Lewis Wolcott and Elizabeth Oliver; and the remainder to his son, Robert, with Robert Wolcott, John Harris, and James Wolcott as witnesses; m. Katherine Wise 1598 Stogumber.
(5) Robert Wolcott Jr., c.1600-c.1665, signed the 1641 Protestation return at Heathfield, and was named executor of his father's will in 1652. m. Anne Langford. Anne, wife of Robert Woolcott, was buried at Heathfield in 1662.
(6) Agnes Wolcott, b. c. 1625 mentioned in the will of her grandfather in 1652.
(6) Simon Wolcott, b. c.1630 Heathfield, mentioned in the will of his grandfather in 1652.
(6) Robert Wolcott, b. c.1630-c.1700, mentioned in the will of his grandfather in 1652. In 1708 Hon. Alexander Luttrell, lord of Heathfield Manor, leased to William Woolcott, yeoman, a quarter acre with a house lately erected thereon by his father Robert Woolcott.
NOTE: The Luttrells were lords of Dunster Castle and of the manor of Heathfield. Col. Alexander Luttrell, 1663-1711, took up residence at Dunster in 1705. His widow Dorothy, managed the estates at Dunster and Heathfield until her son, Alexander reached his majority in 1726. Alexander's brother, Francis, 1709-1732, lived at Venn in Heathfield.
(7) William Woolcott, b. c.1660, leased from Alexander Luttrell in 1708 a house at Heathfield which had been built by his father, Robert Woolcott.
(8?) Isaac Woolcott, b. c.1690, d. 1759; tailor at Dunster, where the Luttrells lived. Isaac Woolcott of Dunster, tailor, took John Norris as an apprentice in 1723. There were no known tailors in the Heathfield Wolcott family, so Isaac probably served an apprenticeship to a tailor from about 1705 to 1712; Isaac Woolcott, tailor, witnessed a transfer of property at Dunster in 1735 and witnessed 6 weddings at Dunster 1754-1756; m. (1) Martha Beckham 1706 Nettlecombe, m. (2) Margaret Saunders 1712 Wiveliscombe, she d. 1762 Dunster.
(9) Edward Woolcott, bur. 1710 Dunster.
(9) Rebecca, daughter of Isaac Woollcott, b. 1712 Dunster; m. John Cotterell of Stowey 1739 Chelworth.
(9) Isaac, son of Isaac Woollcott, 1714-1748 Dunster; Isaac m. Mary Dulbridge 1740 Dunster.
(10) Thomas, son of Isaac and Mary Woollcott, b. 1740 Dunster.
(10) William, son of Isaac Woolcott, 1741-1748 Dunster.
(10) Agnes, daughter of Isaac Woollcott, b. 1744 Dunster; m. John Scott of Dulverton 1769 Dunster.
(10) Abraham, son of Isaac Woolcott, 1746-1747 Dunster.
(9) Jane, daughter of Isaac Woollcott, b. 1717 Dunster.
(9) John, son of Isaac Woollcott, b. 1720 Dunster.
(9) William, son of Isaac Woollcott, b. 1722 Dunster.
(9) Robert, son of Isaac Woollcott, b. 1725 Dunster. Robert Woolcott was witness to 8 Dunster marriages in 1755- 1759
(8) Agnes Wolcott, b. c.1695; m. Francis Luttrell 1716 Dunster. Francis was probably born out of wedlock by a Luttrell father.
(7) Abraham, b. abt. 1665 Heathfield; nothing known of him other than he was named in 1719 as father of Abraham Woolcott who m. Katherine R, and was of an age to be a brother of William, son of Robert Wolcott of Heathfield.
NOTE: Baptismal, marriage, and burial records for Heathfield begin in 1716, where the first Wolcott mentioned is an Abraham Wolcott who would have been born about 1690. All later Wolcotts at Heathfield appear to be Abraham's descendants.
(8) Abraham Woolcott, c.1690-1743 Heathfield, miller. In 1719, Hon Mrs Dorothy Luttrell widow, leased Whibble's Cottage at Heathfield to Abraham Woolcott miller; Abraham apprenticed his son Isaac to Francis Luttrell in 1731; m. (1) ____, m. (2) Katherine R. ____ 1719 Heathfield.
(9) Isaac Woolcott, b. c. 1716 Heathfield; son of Abraham Woolcott, of Heathfield, was apprenticed in 1731 to Francis Luttrell of Venn, Somerset, 1731. Francis Luttrell of Venn, brother of Alexander Luttrell, lord of Dunster Castle and of the manor of Heathfield, died 1732. He was probably the Isaac who m. Mary Wood 1740 Taunton.
(9) John, son of Abraham Woolcot, b. 1718 Heathfield.
(9) Ann, daughter of Abraham and Katherine Woollcott, 1719-1729 Heathfield.
(9) Jacob, son of Abraham and Katherine Woolcott, 1722-1723 Heathfield.
(9) Robert Woolcott, 1724-1763 Heathfield; lease for two lives in Whibble's cottage in Heathfield to Robert Woolcott, cooper; m. Elizabeth Hurford 1754 Taunton.
(10) Robert Woolcott, c. 1750-1798 Bishops Lydiard; 1798: "Mr. Robert Woolcott, master-cooper of Bishops Lydeard. He got up as usual about 6 o'clock in the morning, went out into a back-house, and cut his self in so dreadful a manner that he almost instantly expired"; m. Elizabeth ____ 1771 Heathfield.
(11) Robert, son of Robert and Elizabeth Woollcott, b. 1774 Bishops Lydiard.
(11) Susanna, daughter of Robert and Elizabeth Woolcot, b. 1776 Bishops Lydiard.
(11) Mary, daughter of Robert and Elizabeth Woolcott, b. 1779 Bishops Lydiard; m. William Wood 1807 Bishops Lydiard..
(11) Ann, daughter of Robert and Elizabeth Woollcott, b. 1781 Bishops Lydiard.
(11) John, son of Robert and Elizabeth Woolcott, 1785-1874 Bishops Lydiard; general shopkeeper at Bishops Lydiard 1841-1874; will proved 1874 by James Woolcott, draper, and Jane Woolcott, spinster, his children; m. (1) Sarah Hall 1808 Bishops Lydiard, m. (2) Katherine Dyer 1811 Bishops Lydiard.
(12) Charles Woolcott, 1809-1809 Bishops Lydiard.
(12) John, son of John and Katherine Woolcot, 1812-1826 Bishops Lydiard.
(12) James, son of John Woolcott, cooper, and Catherine Woolcott, b. 1815 Bishops Lydiard, d. 1896 Ballarat, Australia; shopkeeper, grocer and linen draper at Bishops Lydiard 1841-1891; m. Martha Harriet Newton 1845 Crowcombe; after her death he joined his children in Australia.
(13) James, son of James Woolcott, shop keeper, and Martha Woolcott, b. 1846 Bishops Lydiard.
(13) Katherine Mary, daughter of James Woolcott, draper, and Martha Woolcott, b. 1848 Bishops Lydiard.
(13) James Dyer, son of James Woolcott, draper, and Martha, b. 1850 Bishops Lydiard.
(12) Jane, daughter of John and Katherine Woolcot, b. 1816 Bishops Lydiard; unm..
(11) Elizabeth, daughter of Robert and Elizabeth Woollcott, 1786-1829 Bishops Lydiard.
(11) Samue, son of Robert and Elizabeth Woolcott, b. 1788 Bishops Lydiard
(11) Abraham, son of Robert and Elizabeth Woollcott, b. 1791 Bishops Lydiard
(11) Samuel Woolcott, 1796-1857 Bishops Lydiard
(11) Isaaac, son of Robert and Elizabeth Woollcott, b. 1798 Bishops Lydiard
(10) Ann, daughter of Robert and Elizabeth Woolcott, b. 1753 Heathfield. An undated reference says that Anne Woolcott of Bishops Lydiard, spinster, 20 years of age, grandaughter of John Langford of Oake, was born at Heathfield but was residing with her brother, Robert Woolcott, cooper, of Bishops Lydiard.
(10) Abraham, son of Robert and Elizabeth Woolcott, 1755-1814 Wiveliscombe; he was a cooper at Heathfield in 1793; m. Catherine Turner 1770 Repton, Derby, m. (2) Betty Battell of Wiveliscombe 1793 Wiveliscombe, m. (3) Hannah Athercote 1800 Bishops Lydiard.
(11) Isaac, son of Abraham and Catherine Woollcott, b. 1770 Heathfield, bur. 1772 Bishops Hull.
(10) John, son of Robert and Elizabeth Woolcott, 1758-1781 Heathfield.
(9) Sarah, daughter of Abraham and Catherine Woolcott, b. 1728 Heathfield.
(9) Isaac Woolcott, b. 1730 Heathfield; m. (1) Rachel ____, m. (2) Agnes Tuttle 1744 West Monkton, m. (3) Elizabeth Stacey 1774 Heathfield.
(10) Rachel, daughter of Isaac and Rachel Woollcott, b. 1745 Cheddon Fitzpaine; m. Henry Hoyle 1778 West Buckland.
(10) Elizabeth, daughter of Isaac and Agnes Woolcot, b. 1748 West Monkton; m. John Palmer 1776 Hill Farrance.
(10) Isaac, son of Isaac and Agnes Woolcot, 1762-1816 West Monkton; m. (1) Sarah Beer 1790 Cheddon Fitzpaine, m. (2) Mrs. Mary Tucker 1812 West Monkton.
(11) Mary, daughter of Isaac and Sarah Woolcot, b. 1795 West Monkton.
(11) Ann, daughter of Isaac and Sarah Woolcot, b. 1796 West Monkton.
(11) Agnes, daughter of Isaac and Sarah Woolcot, b. 1800 West Monkton.
(11) Isaac, son of Isaac and Sarah Woolcott, b. 1802 West Monkton.
(11) Rachel, daughter of Isaac and Sarah Woolcott, b. 1805 West Monkton.
(11) Henry, son of Isaac and Sarah Woolcott, b. 1808 West Monkton.
(11) Henry, son of Isaac and Mary Woolcot, b. 1813 West Monkton.
(10) Mary, daughter of Isaac and Betty Woollcott, b. 1775 Heathfield; m. Thomas Musgrave 1798 Heathfield.
(10) Abraham, son of Isaac and Elizabeth Wollcott, b. 1779 Heathfield.
(10) Isaac, son of Isaac and Elizabeth Wolcot, 1762-1816 West Monkton; m. (1) Sarah Beer 1790 Chedon Fitzpain, m. (2) Mrs. Mary Tucker 1812 West Monkton.
(11) Mary, daughter of Isaac and Sara Woolcot, b. 1795 West Monkton.
(11) Ann Woolcott, b. 1796 West Monkton.
(11) Agnes Woolcott, b. 1800 West Monkton.
(11) Isaac Woolcott, b. 1802 West Monkton, d. 1887 Clapham, Surreycheesemonger Drury Lane, London 1841, cheesemonger at St. Anne, Westminster 1851, 1869-1883 at Clapham, Surrey where he had a house and cheese shop; m. Charlotte Hockings 1837 St, Mary Lambeth, Surrey.
(12) Thomas Culverwell Woolcott, b. 1840 Bloomsbury, provision salesman; m. Mary Louisa Glisson.
(12) Isabella, daughter of Isaac Woolcott, cheesemonger, b. 1842 Holborn; m. Edward Henry Brown 1865 Clapham, Surrey.
(12) Isaac William, son of Isaac and Charlotte Woolcott, b. 1844 Bloomsbury, cheesemonger; m. Kate Jane Glisson 1882 Bath.
(12) Edward, son of Isaac and Charlotte Woolcott, b. 1846 Bloomsbury.
(12) Charlotte Fielder, daughter of Isaac and Charlotte Woolcott, b. 1848 Bloomsbury.
(11) Rachel Woolcott, b. 1805 West Monkton.
(11) Henry Woolcott, b. 1808 West Monkton.
(9) Abraham Wolcott, c.1730-1778 Heathfield; wittnessed numerous weddings at Heathfield 1756-1774, including Robert Woolcott and Elizabeth Farthing in 1771, and Isaac Woolcott and Elizabeth Stacey in 1774; m. Elizabeth Lee 1738 Compton Bishop, to which Thomas Musgrave, husband of Mary Woolcott was witness.
(10) Elizabeth, daughter of Abraham Woollcott, b. 1750 Heathfield.
(10) Mary, daughter of Abraham Woollcott, b. 1752 Heathfield; m. John Dyer 1777 Heathfield..
(10) Jacob Woolcott, 1754-1824 Heathfield; m. Patience Brown 1780 Hill Farrance, Somerset.
(11) John, son of Jacob and Patience Woolcott, b. 1781 Heathfield.
(11) Jenny, daughter of Jacob and Patience Woollcott 1783-1786 Heathfield.
(11) Isaac, son of Jacob and Patience Woolcott, 1785-1785 Heathfield.
(11) Jacob, son of Jacob and Patience Woolcott, b. 1787 Heathfield, d. c.1860, laborer; m. Mary Harris 1821 Crowcombe, Somerset. Recorded at Cannington and Nether Stowey 1841, and Bedford in 1851.
(12) Jane, daughter of Jacob and Mary Woolcot, b. 1823 Crowcombe.
(12) Mary, daughter of Jacob and Mary Woolcot, b. 1826 Crowcombe; m. Thomas Holland 1852 Crowcombe.
(12) John, son of Jacob and Mary Wilcott b. 1832 Triscombe in Crowcombe; miller, emigrated to the US 1868; m. Emma Pritchard.
(12?) Anna Woolcott, 1833-1834 Heathfield.
(12) Jacob Woolcott, 1841-1844 Heathfield.
(11) Joseph, son of Jacob and Patience Woolcott, b. 1790 Heathfield.
(11) Elizabeth, daughter of Jacob and Patience Woollcott, b. 1792 Heathfield.
(11) Mary, daughter of Jacob and Patience Woollcott, 1794-1796 Heathfield.
(11) Mary, daughter of Jacob and Patience Woollcott, b. 1797 Heathfield; m. Robert Baker 1821 Heathfield.
(11) Isaac, son of Jacob and Patience Woolcott, b. 1800 Heathfield, d. Halse c.1855; m. Mary Chorley, marriage witnessed by Abraham Woolcott, 1822 Heathfield. Moved to Halse c. 1840 where his brother Benjamin had settled earlier.
(12) Elizabeth, daughter of Isaac and Mary Woolcott, b. 1829 1Heathfield; m. John Brown 1852 Halse.
(12) Sarah Woolcott, b. 1830 Somerset; with parents at Halse 1841.
(12) Isaac Woolcott, b. 1831 Somerset, laborer; with parents at Halse 1841-1851.
(12) Samuel Woolcott, b. 1834 Halse, laborer; with parents at Halse 1841-1861.
(11) Penny, daughter of Jacob and Patience Woollcott, b. 1802 Heathfield.
(10) Benjamin Woolcott, b. 1754 Heathfield, d. 1825 Halse, Somerset, shoemaker at Halse 1802; m. Mary Hancock of Halse 1781 Halse. Halse is 7 miles east of Heathfield.
(11) John, son of Benjamin and Mary Woolcott, b. 1781 Halse, d. c.1840 Winsham; believed to be John of Winsham because both born the same year and one's father was a shoemaker and the other's son was a shoemaker; laborer; m. (1) Susannah ___, m. (2) Hannah ____. Hannah was a widow at Winsham, with six children in 1841. In 1843 she was senced to Wilton Gaol, probably for debt.
(12) John, son of John and Susanna Woolcot, b. 1808 Winsham, Somerset, d, 1892 Tatworth, a village 2 miles from Chard; agricultural laborer at Chard 1841-1871, drillman 1879; administrator of the estate of brother Richard 1879; m. Mary ____ .
(13) Edmund, son of John Woolcott, sexton, and Mary Woolcott, b. 1831 Winsham.
(13) Susanna, daughter of John Woolcott, laborer, and Mary Woolcott, b. 1834 Winsham
(13) Mary, daughter of John Woolcott, laborer, and Mary Woolcott, b. 1834 Winsham, d. y..
(13) Samuel, son of John and Mary Woolcott b. 1838 Winsham; with uncle John Woolcott 1841-1851 Chard; agricultural laborer at Chard, Somerset 1861-1871, at Tatworth 1875-1882, at Chard 1901; m. Jemima Baulch of Chard 1865 Chard.
(13) John Woolcott, b. 1843 Tatworth, Chard, d. 1892 Tatworth, Chard; farm laborer; m. Mary Ann Vanstone 1864 Charlstone.
(12) Mary, daughter of John Woolcott, laborer, and Susanna Woolcot, b. 1814 Winsham; m. James Hardyman, carpenter.
(12) William Woolcott, b. 1816 Winsham, d. 1893 Uplyme, Devon; master shoemaker; 1841-1891 Uplyme; m. Marina Symes.
(13) Marina Symes Woolcott, b. 1848 Uplyme; m. John Hill 1871 Uplyme.
(13) Ann Woolcott, b. 1850 Uplyme, d. y..
(13) William Richard Woolcott, b. 1851 Uplyme; farrier at Camden, Middlesex 1871-1881.
(13) John Thomas Woolcott, b. 1856 Uplyme, d. 1884 Halifax, Nova Scotia; railroad porter Halifax 1881, unm, estate admiunistered by father.
(13) Charles Edward Woolcott, b. 1857 Uplyme, d. Barcaldine, Australia; railroad signalman; immigrated to Queensland, Australia 1889; m. Jane Elizabeth Pope 1881 Didsbury, Lancastershire, m. (2) Mary Jane Blake 2889 Maryborough, Australia.
(13) Edmund Cross Woolcott, b. 1862 Uplyme.
(13) William Woolcott, 1867-1868 Uplyme.
(12) Richard Woolcott, b. 1818 Winsham; sexton at Winsham 1841, and farm laborer at Winsham 1851-1871; administration of estate of Richard Woolcott, bachelor, granted to brother John of Chard, drillman, 1879.
(12) Charles, son of John Woolcott, laborer, and Hannah Woolcot, b. 1828 Winsham; m. Ann Sirl 1855 Chillington.
(12) Elizabeth Woolcott, b. 1828 Winsham, with brother, Richard at Winsham 1861, d. 1891 Taunton unm..
(12) Thomas Woolcott, b. 1831, at Winsham 1851.
(12) George Woolcott, b. 1833 Winsham, d. 1861 Taunton; laborer and carter at Taunton 1861; m. Esther ___.
(12) Hannah Woolcott, b. 1835 Winsham.
(12) Mary Ann, daughter of John Woolcot, sexton, and Hannah Woolcott, b. 1836 Winsham.
(12) Samuel, son of John Woolcot, laborer, and Hannah Woolcott, b. 1838 Winsham.
(11) Jane, daughter of Benjamin and Mary Woolcott, 1784-1806 Halse.
(11) Sarah, daughter of Benjamin and Molly Woolcott, 1786-1787 Halse.
(11) Robert, son of Benjamin and Molly Woolcott, b. 1788 Halse.
(11) Sarah, daughter of Benjamin and Molly Woolcott, b. 1790 Halse.
(11) Benjamin, son of Benjamin and Molly Woolcott, 1793-1793 Halse.
(11) Eliza, daughter of Benjamin and Molly Woolcott, 1794-1796 Halse.
(11) Maria, daughter of Benjamin and Molly Woolcott, b. 1797 Halse, d. 188 Grahamtown, South Africa; m. William Roberts 1815, moved to South Africa 1820.
(11) Benjamin, son of Benjamin and Molly Woolcott, 1800-1802 Halse.
(10) Joseph, son of Abraham Woolcott, b. 1757 Heathfield; m. Elizabeth___.
(11) John, son of Joseph and Elizabeth Woolcott, 1781-1781 Heathfield.
(11) Ann, daughter of Joseph and Betty Woollcott, b. 1782 Heathfield, d. 1809 Bishops Hull.
(11) Isaac, son of Joseph and Elizabeth Woolcott, b. 1783 Heathfield.
(11) Sarah, daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Woolcott, b. 1785 Heathfield.
(11) Abraham, son of Joseph and Elizabeth Woolcott, b. 1786 Heathfield; m. Hannah ____.
(12) Isaac, son of Abraham and Hannah Woolcott 1802-1804 Heathfield.
(12) Elizabeth, daughter of Abraham and Hannah Woolcott b. 1802 Heathfield; m. John Cattle 1824 Heathfied.
(12) James Allercott, son of Abraham and Hannah Woolcott, b.1804 Heathfield.
(12) Abraham, son of Abraham and Hannah Woolcott, b.1805 Heathfield; carpenter and millwright, moved to Milverton about 1824; m. Mary Musgrave 1824 Heathfield.
(13) Mary Woolcott, b. 1826 Milverton; m. John Palfrey.
(13) James Woolcott, b. 1826 Milverton; in 1861 he was an unmarried agricultural labor at Bedminster.
(13) Elizabeth Woolcott, b. 1830 Milverton; in 1861 she was a cook at London.
(13) Thomas Woolcott, b. 1831 Milverton.
(13) Abraham Woolcott, 1831-1900 Milverton, unm., living with sister Mary 1891.
(13) Frances Woolcott, b. 1834 Milverton.
(13) John Woolcott, b. 1837 Milverton; in 1851 he was a servant with the Pring family at Bishops Hull.
(13) Benjamin Woolcott, 1838-1869 Milverton.
(13) Martha Woolcott, b. 1840 Milverton.
(11) Elizabeth, daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Woolcott b. 1788 Heathfield.
(11) Mary, daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Woolcott b. 1791 Heathfield.
(11) Joseph, son of Joseph and Elizabeth Woolcott b. 1794 Heathfield, d. 1832 Spaxton; laborer at Spaxton, Somerset, a parish that now includes the nearby villages of Aisholt and Charlinch; m. Betty ____ b. 1796 Spaxton, d.1857 Charlinch..
(12) Harriet, daughter of Joseph and Betty Wolcott, 1821-1821 Spaxton.
(12) Ann, daughter of Joseph and Betty Wolcott, b. 1823 Spaxton; m. George Powell, laborer, 1847 Spaxton; lived Cannington.
(12) Mary Wolcott, 1826-1829 Spaxton.
(12) Martha, daughter of Joseph and Betty Wolcott, b. 1828 Spaxton.
(12) Jane, daughter of Joseph and Betty Wolcott, b. 1830 Spaxton; m. Henry Hooper.
(12) Theresa Amelia, daughter of Betty Woolcot, "base born" 1834-1837 Charlinch.
(12) Caroline Wolcott, b. 1838 Charlinch, with mother at Spaxton 1841, servant in Warwickshire 1871.
(12) William Wolcott, b. 1841 Charlinch, with mother at Spaxton 1841, laborer at Fiddington 1861, at Brighton 1871-1881 with wife, Ann, and children.
(5) John Wolcott, b. c.1608 Heathfield, mentioned in his father's will dated 1652.
(5) Richard Wolcott, b. c.1610 Heathfield, d. c.1660 Heathfield, signed the 1641 Protestation return at Heathfield; mentioned in his grandfather's 1652 will. The only Wolcott on the Heathfield tax roll in 1671 was a Joan Wollcott, who may have been Richard's widow.
(4) Richard Wolcott, c.1580-c.1645. His brother, Robert's, will mentions James and Lewis Wolcott, his grandchildren. These names are found in the records for Holford, located on the east side of the Quantock Hills, a mile north of Doddington. Richard Woolcott was a churchwarden at Holford in 1640; m. Dorothy ____.
(5) James Wolcott, b. c.1605, m. Mary ____ c.1630. James Wolcott married his second wife, Alice Hall, at nearby Doddington in 1634.
(6) James Wolcott, c.1630-1700 of Shearstone Farm in North Petherton left bequest of 5L per life to his daughter, Elizabeth.
(7) Henry Wolcott, b. c.1655, d. 1718 North Petherton. Will of Henry Woolcott, of West Newton in North Petherton, yeoman, his 1717 will leaves 50L to kinswoman Elizabeth Galhampton, underage, to kinsman Richard Galhampton a house called Cole House in West Newton, from my father's will I am obliged to pay my sister Mary Galhampton, wife of Richard Galhampton recently deceased 5L yearly for life now to be paid by my executor, with the remainder to my brother James Woolcott of Shearstone, my sole executor; signed 1717, proved 1818. Shearston Farm in North Petherton is also called Woolcotts. It was purchased in 1772 by James Woolcott, "whose family had been tenants there since the 17th century".
(7) Mary,daughter of James Woollcott, b. 1663 North Petherton, heir of her father and brotherbrother; m. Richard Galhampton 1694 North Petherton.
(7) James, son of James Woolkott, b. 1667 North Petherton; on tax roll 1733: James Woolcott of Shearstone, very old; m. Joan ____.
(8) Mary, daughter of James and Joan Woolcot, b. 1699 North Petherton.
(8) James, son of James and Joan Woolcot, b. 1701 North Petherton; Shearstone Farm, also called Woolcott's, was sold in 1772 to James Woolcott "whose family had been tenants since the 17th century"; in 1777, Woolcott sold it to Thomas Pyke.
(9) William Woolcott, b. c.1720 North Petherton; moved to London about 1750, m. Mary Dudderidge 1745 North Petherton. Lease to Robert Laxton of Camden Town, and his wife, Mary, widow of William Woolcott, of a house, coach house and stable in Portland Street.
(10) Elizabeth, daughter of William and Mary Woolcott, b. 1746 North Petherton.
(10) Mary Wolcott, b. c.1646; m. George Chilcott 1765 North Petherton.
(10) Joan Wolcott, b. c.1747; m. Francis White 1766 North Petherton.
(10) Sarah, daughter of William and Mary Woolcott, b. 1748 North Petherton.
(10) Rebecca, daughter of William and Mary Woolcot of North Petherton, b. 1753 St. Pancras, Middlesex.
(10 Elizabeth, daughter of William and Mary Woolcott, b. 1760 Middlesex; registered Non-conformist.
(10) John, son of William and Mary Woolcott, writer of North Petherton, 1760-1760 Lying in Hospital, Holborn, London; registered Non-conformist.
(8) John, son of James and Joan Woolcott, b. 1703 North Petherton; a North Petherton mortgage of 1787 mentions John Woolcott, former owner of adjascent property, now deceased; m. Elizabeth Gould 1746 North Petherton.
(8) Henry, son of James and Joan Woolcott, b. 1704 North Petherton; apprenticed to William Alford of Chard, Somerset, clothier, 1720; m. Hannah ____.
(9) George Wolcott, b. c. 1730, d. 1765 North Petherton.
(10) George Wolcott, d. 1792 North Petherton.
(10) Fanny Wolcott, d. 1792 North Petherton.
(9?) John Woolcott, d. 1741 North Petherton.
(6) Richard Wolcott, 1632-1632, son of James and Mary Woolcott was baptized and buried in 1632 at Holford.
(6) Lewis Wolcott, b. 1635, son of James and Alice Woolcott was baptized in 1635 at Holford. Lewis was mentioned in the will of Robert Wolcott of Heathfield in 1652.
(6) Elizabeth Wolcott, b. 1640, daughter of James and Alice Woolcott was baptized in 1640 at Holford. In 1661 Elizabeth married Hugh Sherwood at Holford.
(5) Elizabeth Wolcott, b. 1615, daughter of Richard and Dorothy Woolcott , b. 1615 at Holford; received a bequest in the will of her uncle, Robert Woolcott; m.Walter Oliver at Norton Fitzwarren 1637.
(2) John Wolcott, c.1525-1571. John was another son of Thomas Wolcott the elder. Like his brother, Thomas, he was a miller. There were two mills at Tolland, a tucking mill attached to Gauldon Farm, and a grist mill south of it. John's uncle Thomas seems to have run the former and John's father the latter. John's eldest son, John, born in 1547, said in a deposition that he had lived at Elworthy from infancy until about 1560. John and Thomas' younger's brother, Henry, lived at Elworthy from about 1555. It appears that John may have been a miller at Elworthy before moving to Tolland.
John's name appears with his father,Thomas the elder, in the will of William Howe dated 1551 as owing William for raw cloth. John must have been an adult at that time, so was probably born somewhere around 1525. He married Agnes who apparently died in 1606, for Tolland parish records show that Agnes Woollcot, widow, was buried there on 6 November 1606. The will John Woolcot of Tolland, miller, leaves 4 pence to John Howe of Tolland, a kettle and a bullock to his son, John; 10 pounds and household items to each of his unmarried daughters, Alice and Mary; a sheep to Agnes Meyn; and the remainder to his wife, Agnes, with his brothers, Henry and Roger Woolcote as overseers.
(3) John Wolcott Jr., c. 1547-1623, was the miller at Tolland. The court books of Taunton Deane record the name of John Wolcott or Wulcott as miller at Tolland from 1585 until 1603, and show that he was elected tithingman for Tolland for 1585/6. After 1603 the names of Henry Wolcott and John Wolcott alternate as miller until 1636. The mill was part of the property that John's son, Christopher, purchased freehold in 1618. John's other son, John, operated the mill after Henry, emigrated to America in 1630.
"John Wolcot and Agnes Crosse al. Aishe" were married at Lydiard St. Lawrence in 1579. Agnes may have been a widow, and Ash the name of her first husband. The will of Thomas Crosse of Tolland, husbandman, dated 1583, requests that "his good friend" John Woolcot be one of his overseers. The will of Francis Crosse of Tolland, dated 23 January 1588 also has John Woolcott as overseer, and John and Henry Wolcott as witnesses. These men must have been Agnes' relatives, and they were all probably related to Walter Crosse, AB, who was the Tolland parish priest from 1480 to 1517, and John Crosse, AM, who was the Tolland parish priest from 1517 to 1554. John Crosse was replaced as rector at Tolland in 1554 when about one fifth of the parish priests in England were replaced by order of Queen Mary, most of them because they were married. A John Crosse of Tolland left a will dated 1544 which was proved at Taunton, but has since been destroyed. Another member of the Crosse family, William Crosse, was rector at Stawley, a village 5 miles south of Wivilscomb, from 1515 until his death there in 1531. Henry Howe of Stawley, who died in 1528, left a bequest to William Crosse, his curate, and the will was witnessed by John Crosse, parson, probably the rector of Tolland.
In 1592, John Woollcott of Tolland was executor of the will of Robert Goodgrome of Nettlecombe, his brother-in-law. Robert left 40 shillings to his sister, Avis Denborowe, and 20 shillings to each of her 3 children; 30 shillings to his sister Agnes Cross; 20 shillings to each child of his brother-in-law Thomas Duddridge, 20 shillings each to the 4 children of John Woollcott, and the remainder to John. Another will, that of Walter Washer of Lydiard St. Lawrence, dated September 1592, has John Wolcott as overseer. He is probably the John Woolcott involved in a dispute with the rector of Lydeard St. Lawrence in 1607. Witness testified that John had owned three or four acres in Lydiard St. Lawrence for ten years, which he, his son, and servants and laborers used "for tiling or healing stones to cover houses." He had kept two, three, or four horses or mares " to carry his heling or tyling stones to be sold," sometimes at Tolland and sometimes at Brompton Ralph. In 1612, John Woolcott of Tolland, husbandman, made a deposition on behalf of Robert Sellack of Tolland. He said he had lived at Tolland for about 50 years, and before that at Elworthy since infancy, and that he was born at Tolland and was age 65 or thereabouts (b. c. 1547). His son, John Woollcott, junior, of Tolland, yeoman, also testified, saying he was age 30 of thereabouts and had lived at Tolland since birth.
John's will, dated and proved in 1623, leaves household items and 5 shillings 8 pence to Hugh, Agnes, and Mary, children of his son, John; 6 shillings 8 pence to each child of his son, Henry; 2 shillings 6 pence to "Symon Wolcott my kinsman now dwelinge wth me"; 2 shillings 6 pence to his servant, Giles More; 7 pence each to Richard Locke and Alexander Shattuck; 12 pence to John Sealey; 2 shillings to Maudlen Engram; and the remainder to his son, John; with Christopher and Henry Woolcot as witnesses.
(4) Henry Wolcott, 1578-1655, was baptized at Lydiard St. Lawrence in 1578. In 1594, Henry's great uncle, Henry Wolcott of Elworthy, clothier, granted a house and land at Holford tithing in the manor of Brompton Ralph to his "nephew", Henry, when he should come of age. This must have been this Henry, for his cousin who was also named Henry was to old to have been a minor in 1594. In 1596, when the elder Henry died, the land was given to John, father of the younger Henry, to hold until his son was 21 years old. Henry must have taken possession of this land in 1599 when he came of age. Beginning in 1603, the name of Henry Wolcott alternates with that of John Wolcott as miller at Tolland, and this continues until 1636. Apparently Henry continued to help his father and brother John operate the Tolland mill. In 1621, Henry Woolcott of Holford and Holford Carsley paid a tax or fee of 40s on property located in the parish of Tolland. This may have been a fine paid for taking over his father's property. On 9 Sept. 1630 a fine was registed in the manor accounts for vacating his property at Holford: "Henry Woolcott for licence to demise at farm and to dwell away from one messuage and one ferling of bondland in the tithing of Holford late of Henry Woolcott... for 16 years. Fine 26s 8d."
Henry Wolcott and Elizabeth Saunders were married at Lydiard St. Lawrence in 1607. Elizabeth was the daughter of Thomas Saunders of Lydiard St. Lawrence, and his wife, Anne Blake and was baptized at Lydiard St. Lawrence in 1584. Thomas Saunder's will, dated 1609, leaves, among numerous bequests,10 shillings to his daughter, Elizabeth Wolcott, and 20 shillings to her son John. His sons-in-law, Thomas Wrentmore alias Bond and Henry Wolcott of Ash Priors were named overseers of the will. Thomas' wife, Anne Blake Saunders, was the sister of Elizabeth Blake, wife of Robert Selleck who then lived in the Gauldon Manor house. The court records for the manor of Brompton Ralph say that in 1608 Henry Wolcott recorded a document in which he gave to Elizabeth, his wife, a jointure of 16L for life from a house and land in the tithing of Holford, to be paid after his death. Henry Woolcott and his wife, Elizabeth, were presented at the Diocesan Court in July 1609 for the offence of incontinence. "They weare marryed two yeeres agon and shee was delivered of childe within thirtye weekes after." At his time Henry and Elizabeth are described as residing at Lydiard St. Lawrence. When the hearing was held, in 1609, however, they were living at Ash Priors. They were admonished, and the case was dismissed.
On 20 March 1630, Henry and Elizabeth, with their sons Henry, Christopher and George, emigrated to America on the ship Mary and John. Apparently the family was motivated by strong Puritan religious beliefs. Henry may have been influenced also by Simon Venn of Lydiard St. Lawrence, who Henry later appointed as overseer of his property he inheirited at Tolland. Simon was a brother of John Venn of London, one of the partners in the Massachusets Bay Company in 1628 and 1629. The Wolcotts settled at Dorchester, Massachusetts where Henry was registered on the first list of freemen dated 19 October 1630. Their two daughters, Anna and Mary, and their younger son, Simon, joined them there sometime after 1631. In 1636 the family moved to Windsor, Connecticut. Henry was one of the first twelve men elected to the lower house of Connecticut's first General Assembly in 1637, and in 1643 he was elected to the Magistrates, the upper house of that assembly where he was a member until his death on 30 May 1665.
(5) John Wolcott, b. 1607 Lydiard St. Lawrence.. John remained in England when his family emigrated to America. A letter to Henry Wolcott, Jr., from his cousin in England dated 1631 says: "Your Brother John continues in his old course of living", whatever that means. Henry Wolcott, John's father, in a deed dated 1642 refers to his second son, Henry, as his oldest son, so John may have died between 1631 and 1642.
John may possibly have been the John Wolcott who lived at Brompton Ralph, but this is uncertain as there were other Johns in the area at that time. Mary, daughter of John Wolcot, was buried at Brompton Ralph in 1634, and John, the son of John and Mary Wolcot was baptized there in 1640. John Wolcot is also listed at Brompton Ralph on the Protestation Returns of 1641. On the 1642 Brompton Ralph lay subsidy roll, Henry Woolcott and John Wolcott are both listed, the first taxed at 3s 10d, and the latter at 1s 8d. The first was probably Henry Wolcott, Jr., the clothier, who leased property called Easter Gansted and Gozes at Brompton Ralph in 1626. The other was probably the before mentioned John. He may also have been the father of Christopher Woolcott, whose daughter Joan, was baptized at Brompton Ralph in 1638.
(6) Mary, daughter of John Wolcot, was buried at Brompton Ralph in 1634
(6) John son of John and Mary Wolcot, b. Brompton Ralph 1640.
(6?) Christopher Wolcott.
(7) Joan, daughter of Christopher Wolcott, b. 1638 Brompton Ralph. Note: "Father's name suspect".
(5) Henry Wolcott Jr. 1610-1680. The property at Tolland inherited by Henry Wolcott from his brother, Christopher, was deeded to his son, Henry, in 1642. His will leaves to his son, Henry, "housing and lands at Tolland now or late in the improvement of John Dart, land at Wellington called Longforth, eleven acres of land at Tolland now in the possession of John Wolcott after the termination of the estate that was granted by my uncle Christopher Wolcott unto John Wolcott, Sr., long since deceased." The properties at Tolland were eventually sold in 1787 for 850 pounds sterling by the Henry's daughters, Elizabeth Allyn and Sarah Chauncey.
(4) John Wolcott III, c.1580-1653. The family's copyhold at Tolland was held in the names of "John Wolcott the father, John Wolcott the son, and Christopher Wolcott". John operated the mill at Tolland, like his father before him. Elizabeth, wife of John Woolcot, was buried at Tolland in 1629. John must have remarried, as one of his letters to his brother mentions his wife, as does his will dated 1652. John was still operating the mill at Tolland in 1634, but by 1639 had moved to Bishops Lydiard, from where he wrote to his brother, Henry: " it hath pleased the Lord to take to his mersie the soull of our deare brother Christopher Wollcott of Wellington who decesed the 25th of March 1639: in the morninge he died untestat and tharby as I understand that his Land faleth unto yourself or your sonne which maketh me to write unto you to know your minde what you will have done in it I desire your answer as soone as maye be for I am informed that his land falleth unto you and all his prsonall estate falleth unto his wiffe and for my partt I shall have nothinge yeat you knowe deare brother that I have supported him by his breeding and his beinge in Fraunce and by byeing him lande by copie into Tolland Mill living and into John Greenslades living which never cost him a pennie and nowe in requitall of it I shall not have a pennie which greveth the verie harte of me that it should soe fall out for he did promise our father in his death bed that my sonne John Wolcott should be his heare unto Tolland Mill."
A letter from John's son, Hugh, written in 1642 from Wellington, says, "soe it is we are removed from Venns to Wellington at Micklemas last and my father and mother doth live in the house that was my uncles Chr Wollcott and I and my wife doth live with them." On the Lay Subsidy Roll of 1642, John Wolcott paid a tax of 2s 3d at Wellington. A letter from John, dated 1650, says: "at mickelmas 1649 I left of housekeping and myselfe and wife and Daughter Elizabeth doth rent 2 or three roomes of my sonne Hugh Wollcott in the house my sister did lieve and since that time my sonne did take Longforth of your Trustees...." Another letter from Hugh says: "my father is dead he died the 17th of februr 1652... and for Tolland mill there are som goods wch were my grand fathers and my fathers and now I preceaive by my Cozen Henrie you have noe Intent to Departe wth the Estate: you shall buy such household goods as I have there if you plese for I am loth they should be removed ."
John's will, proved in 1653, leaves 10 shillings each to his daughter, Agnes Kist, and her two daughters; household items and the balance unpaid on the marriage portion of 45 pounds to his daughter, Mary, wife of Richard Coomer; 10 shillings to his daughter, Elizabeth Roach; his interest in a house occupied by Thomas Mundy to his grandchild, Christopher Woolcott; 50 shillings each to the two daughters of his son, Hugh Woolcott; a brass pot to Alice Woolcott; 5 shillings each to George Bickeham and his two daughters; use of his house and land at Tolland to his wife for life; and the residue to his son, Hugh.
(5) John Wolcott IV, b. c.1610, was probably about the age of his cousin, Henry, who he refers to in a letter of 1631 as his "unseperable cousin." John may have then gone to sea, for in a letter of 1639 his father says, "my sonne John is not com home from the Indens", probably referring to the Indies. The Lay Subsidy Roll of 1642 lists a "John Woolcott at Mill", paying a tax of 6s 5d at Tolland, which may be this John, for his father was then residing at Bishops Lydiard. When his uncle, Henry Wolcott, deeded the Wolcott lands at Tolland to his son, he described it as land now or late in the possession of John Wolcott, except one estate that the said John Wolcott holds by copy of the Court Roll. John is not mentioned in his father's will in 1652, but Alice Wolcott, mentioned in that will, may have been John's wife or daughter.
(5) Hugh Wolcott, b. c. 1618, was living at Bishops Lydiard in 1641, and moved with his parents to Wellington in 1642. He leased the land called Longforth for 10L per year from his uncle Henry in 1649, and still held it in 1654, at which time he was also paying rent to his cousin Henry for Tolland mill. Hugh still held Longforth in 1670. He was Constable at Wellington in 1654. He married Elizabeth ___, who was referred to as "my cousin" by Mary Greenslade Wolcott in her will of 1644. Their son, Christopher, and two unnamed daughters were born prior to 1652. There are no Wellington birth records for this period but Woolcotts who married and died at Wellington in the next century are assumed to be Hugh's descendants
(6) Christopher Wolcott, b. c.1650 Bishops Lydiard, d, 1726 Wellington, m. (1) Elizabeth ____.
(7) Amos Wolcott, b. c.1680-1765 Wellington; m. Joan Poole of Wellington 1711 Wellington.
(8) Sarah Wolcott, b., d. 1712 Wellington.
(8) William Wolcott, b. 1713 Wellington, d. c.1797, London, carpenter; a deed of 1761 to William Woolcott of Wellington, carpenter, describes property as 'all those old walls or ruins of a house with a burgage in Milway in Wellington Borough' and has a schedule of deeds 1747-1761. By 1801 eight houses had been built on this site and by 1810 a workshop, warehouses and dying house had been 'lately built'. The property is first described as Woolcott Row in 1838. Deeds of 1763, 1767 and August 1801 also include a cottage and ¼ garden near Westford, the 1801 deed being endorsed 'called Stubb's'; m. (1) ___, possibly m. (2) Elizabeth Hartland 1741 St. Ann Soho, London, m. (3) Ann Drake 1780 Wellington, Somerset.
(9) George Wolcott, b. c.1735, d. 1783 Wellington, brazier 1773-1776 Wellington with apprentices ; m. Joan ____.
(10) Elizabeth, daughter of George and Joan Wolcott, b. 1755 Lydeard St. Lawrence, d. 1771 Wellington.
(10) Mary Woolcott, b. 1760 Lydeard St. Lawrence.
(10) __nas, son of George and Joan Woolcott, b. 1764 Lydeard St. Lawrence.
(10) Robert, son of George and Joan Woolcott, b. 1767 Lydeard St. Lawrence; m. (1) Sarah Humphries 1790 Stogumber.
(11) George Wolcott, 1792- 1856 Lydeard St. Lawrence.
(11) Mary Wolcott, b. 1795 Lydeard St. Lawrence.
(11) Sarah, daughter of Robert and Sarah Woolcott, b. 1796 Stogumber.
(11) Robert, son of Robert and Sarah Woolcott, b. 1796 Stogumber.
(11) John, son of Robert and Sarah Woolcot, b. 1796 Stogumber.
(11) Thomas, son of Robert and Sarah Woolcott, b. 1803-1805 Stogumber.
(10) George, son of George and Joan Wolcott, 1775-1775 Wellington.
(10) George Wolcott, b. c. 1777, d. c.1858 Lydiard St. Lawrence; an army pensioner living with Thomas and Ann Sealey at Lydiard St. Lawrence 1841-1851.
(11) Ann Wolcott, b. 1816 Lydiard St. Lawrence; m. Thomas Sealey c. 1833.
(9) William Wolcott, b. 1742, d. 1793 St. Marylebow, London, builder. See: Woolcotts of London.
(9) Jane Wolcott, b. c.1748; m. John Sutcliff 1773 St. Marylebone, London.
(8) John Wolcott, b. 1716 Wellington.
(8) Susanna Wolcott, b. 1720 Wellington; m. George Chappel 1748 Wellington.
(8) George Wolcott, b. 1724, d. 1732 Wellington.
(8) Joan Wolcott, b. 1727 Wellington.
(7) John Wolcott, b., d. 1684 Wellington.
(7) Christopher Wolcott, b. 1686 Wellington; m. Ann Hoyle 1715 Wellington.
(7) Henry Wolcott, b., d. 1691 Wellington.
(7) Hugh Wolcott, b., d. 1691 Wellington.
(7) Joan Wolcott, b. c.1692 Wellington; m. Richard Morish 1709 Wellington.
(5) Agnes Wolcott, b. c.1620, and her 2 daughters were mentioned in her father's will in 1652; m. ____ Kist.
(5) Mary Wolcott, b. 1624, was baptized in 1624 at Tolland; m. Richard Coomer. Her daughter, Elizabeth Coomer, was mentioned in her grandfather's will.
(5) Elizabeth Wolcott, b.1627, was baptized in 1627 at Tolland; m. ____ Roach.
(4) Christopher Wolcott, c.1583-1639, was the godson of his great-uncle, Roger Wolcott of Tolland, who bequeathed Christopher one sheep in his will dated 1592. A deposition taken in 1630 states that Christopher was born at Tolland, was then about 47 years of age, had lived at Wellington for the past 21 years, that is since 1609, and was a mercer, a dealer in textiles. A survey of the manor of Brompton Ralph, taken 3 March 1615, says that John Wolcott, 30, and Christopher Wolcott, 24, held by copy of the court roll dated 1602 three fenced properties called Greenmore, Redpitts, and Redpitts meadow. Christopher was a witness to a will at Wellington in 1614. By 1616 Christopher had acquired sufficient capital to purchase freehold, from Robert Mynne, for 220 pounds, property consisting of two messuages, one mill, three gardens, three orchards, eight acres of meadow, and seventy-four acres of pasture in Tolland and Lydiard St. Lawrence; land which John Wolcott, the father, John Wolcott, the son, and the said Christopher Wolcott held by copy of the Court Roll, and property held by William Pyke by copy of the court roll, all now or lately part of the Manor of Galdon. Robert Catford , William Selleck, and Edward Webber were witnesses. Christopher purchased another piece of land in 1624 called Nollands, or Rowlands, located in Wellington, for the remainder of a term of 60 years. In 1620, Christopher married Mary Greenslade Partridge, widow. She was one of nine children of John Greenslade of Wellington, who died in 1620. Mary was childless and she and Christopher had no children.
Christopher served as Constable of Wellington in 1627, resulting in Chancery Proceedings brought against him by Christopher Haddon. Christopher Haddon, yeoman, and Christopher Woolcott, mercer, both of Wellington, were chosen to serve as constables for the borough. Christopher Haddon was the senior, but since Christopher Woolcott was reputed to be a great monied man and was accustomed to handling money, Haddon asked him to take charge of collecting all taxes levied in the year and to make all necessary payments. At the end of the year, Christopher Woolcott was to present an account of his dealings and Haddon was to share the cost of any defecit. Haddon claimed that Christopher Wolcott collected 60L and paid out less than that, but gave a false accounting. This caused Haddon's arrest for a debt of 30L which Christopher Woolcott claimed was the defecit. Christopher Wolcott replied that he had collected only 30L 16s 4d and had paid out 63L 17s, mostly on conducting soldiers.
Christopher died intestate, in 1639. An Inquisition Post Mortem was taken in 1641. It states that by an indenture taken in 1619, John Greenslade, in consideration of the marriage of his natural daughter Mary Partridge to Christopher Woollcott, enfeeofed to the couple a house and lands at Wellington, and 11 acres of land called Longforth, to be Mary's during her lifetime, with remainder to Christopher Woollcott, his heirs and assigns, forever, to be held by male descent. Christopher also held in his own right field land called Brambles Land at Wellington. In addition, he held in capite, from the King, three messuages and tenements and 80 acres of land, meadow, and pasture, with appurtenances, at Tolland, in the tenure of John Woolcott, Sr., John Woolcott, Jr., and Valentine Date for the duration of their lives. Christopher also held one messuage and garden at Wellington in the tenure of George Spiring for his life; a house, garden and orchard, with free plowed meadow and pasture at Wellington in tenure of Christopher's wife, Mary, for her life; and another house and garden at Wellington called Crooke. Christopher had signed a deed of entail, which provided that the properties at Wellington were all to be his wife's until her death. The document states that Henry Woollcott, Christopher's brother and heir, was 50 years of age and more. After Christophers death, his widow remained at Wellington, where she paid a tax of 10s in the Lay Subsidy of 1642. Her will, dated 1644, leaves bequests to her siblings, and "to my Cosen Elizabeth Wulcot Hugh Wulcotes wife the cupboard and presse in the parlour & the bord & my best Serge petticote." John Wolcott was one of the witnesses.
(2) Henry Wolcott, c.1530-1596. Henry purchased a house and one furlong of land at Holford in 1555, and in 1556 was granted licence to "demise the same at farm for 21 years and dwell away from it." Henry then lived at Elworthy, about three miles northwest of Tolland. He is mentioned in the will of Alice Dawe, together with Thomas Wolcott the younger, in 1565, and is listed on the muster roll for Elworthy in 1569. He was the overseer of the will of his brother, John, in 1571.
He was also one of the overseers of the will of John, son of Thomas Wolcott the younger in 1589, and one of the guardians of John's children. He apparently had no children of his own.
In 1594, a grant of land was registered in the manor court of Brompton Ralph to "Henry Wullcote, son of John Wullcote, for a piece of bondland 20 ft. long and 10 ft. wide in the tithing of Holford by grant of Henry Wullcote, senior, uncle, to attract after it the rest of the messuage and land of the said Henry, vis. a messuage and ferlong of bondland in the said tithing, herriot a cow, price 33s 3d, on condition that he pays 40L as in the will of the said Henry, senior, and that if the said Henry Wullcote, senior, should die before the said Henry Wullcote, junior, is 21 then the said John Wullcote should have the same until he is aged 21. Fine 12s." The elder Henry died in 1596.
(2) Roger Wolcott, c. 1535-1615, was an overseer of the will of his brother, John, in 1571, and was named in the will of John Seller of Tolland in 1581. In 1575 a citation was issued against "Andrew Geffries, clerk, rector of Tolland, Roger Wulcotte of the same, John Gibbs, and Thomas Warmowthe of Lydyarde St. Lawrence, and Christofer Foweracres of Bradforde to answer concerning the goods of John Sellacke late of Tolland aforesaid who died intestate." Roger's name is found on the Subsidy Roll of 1581, and on the Tolland tax rolls in 1593, 1597 and 1610. He was a churchwarden at Tolland in 1599 and in 1611. Roger's wife, Alice, was the daughter of John Gibbs alias Hall, husbandman, of Lidiard St. Lawrence. Roger, Alice, and their daughters Marie and Elizabeth, are all mentioned in John Gibbs's will, dated 1579. Roger's will dated 1592 and proved in 1615, leaves certain household effects and 40 pounds to his daughter, Mary; 5 shillings to his wife's godson, John Jenkins; 12 pence to each godchild; a sheep to his godson, Christopher Woolcott; his house and the residue of his goods to Alice, his wife, and Elizabeth, his daughter; with Robert Sellack of Tolland, John White of Elworthy, and John Standfast of Tolland as overseers and Richard Wrentmore and John Standfast as witnesses.
(3) Mary Wolcott, b. c.1565.
(3) Elizabeth Wolcott, b. c.1565.
WOLCOTTS OF NORTH SOMERSET:
Another family of Wolcotts lived in northern Somerset. They have no known relationship to the Wolcotts who settled at Tolland. Some of the relationships are conjectural.
(1) Richard Wolcott, c.1510-60. Richard Wolcott of Selworthy and his descendants lived in and around Selworthy, a village on the north coast of Somerset, 4 miles west of Minehead, and about 20 miles northwest of Tolland. Little is known about Richard Wolcott except that he was living at Selworthy in 1560, and married Margaret. Richard's will, dated 1560, leaves 8 pence to the church of Selworthy and 8 pence to the poor of Selworthy; 8 pence to his god-son Hugh Bryant, 13 shillings 4 pence to each of his sons, Michael, John, Edward, Robert and William, with the stipulation that if any of them die before they were married their legacy was to be divided among the others; pans, spoons, platters and candle sticks to his daughters, Joan and Alice, after the death of his wife, Margaret; and the rest of his estate to his wife.
After Richard's death, Margaret apparently married someone named Colley, as she and some of her children used the name "Wolcott alias Colley". Chadwyck-Healey's History of West Somerset tells of a controversy that broke out in 1570 between a John Bowyer and Francis Hawley. This errupted into violence in Horners Wood in the manor of West Luccomb, a mile south of Selworthy. There William Wulcott, Mychell Colley and others, acting on behalf of the Hawleys, routed Boyers men. Another similar combat, based on the same quarrel, occurred in 1572. William Colley alias Wulcott was among the participants, and after the fight had broken up the house of Margaret Colley of East Luccomb was searched. A deposition was also taken from Margaret Colley alias Wulcott of Selworthy, widow, age 60 or thereabouts (b.c.1512), the mother of Michael Colley. Margaret Wolcott is also mentioned in another deposition taken in 1572, given in Somerset & Dorset Notes & Queries. It concerned a controversy between Joan Kympe and Jone Wood. Here she is called Margaret Collie alias Wolcott and Margaret Wolcott alias Colly, widow, age 55 years (born in 1517), of the parish of Elworthie (perhaps this should read Selworthy). The deposition states that she kept Joan Kympe, widow, the complaintant and her kinswoman, in her home.
(2) Michael Wolcott, 1534-. Michael, sometimes known as Michael Colley alias Wolcott, was Richard's living eldest son in 1560, as he was the first named child in his father's will. Michael was involved in the quarrel between John Bowyer and Francis Hawley in 1572. Depositions concerning this quarrel were taken, including one from Mychell Colley alias Wulcott, age 38 (born in 1534) of Buckland, servant of Francis Hawley, lord of the manor of Buckland. Buckland was in the parish of Durston, Somerset. He had no known children.
(2) John Wolcott, c. 1535-1587; sometimes known as John Colley als. Wolcott; m. Christian. John was the second son mentined in the will of Richard Wolcott of Selworthy, dated 1560. He lived at Wooton Courtney, a village three miles south of Selworthy. In 1562, John Wolcott was a witness to the will of Margaret Ritner of Wooton Courtney. The muster rolls of 1569 shows that John Ulcote of Wooton Courtney was to furnish arms, and that William Wolcott, possibly John's younger brother, was to serve as an archer. In 1581, John Wolcote was on the Subsidy Roll, taxed on land with an annual value of 20s, paying a tax of 16d. A wife or daughter of John Wolcot was buried at Selworthy 1577, but this record is partly illegible. John Wolkot was buried at Wooton Courtney 1587. His will bequeathed to his two sons and to Christian, his wife, one sheep apiece, and the residue to his daughter, Elizabeth, who he made his executrix; m. (1) ____ c.1555; m. (2) Christian ____.
(3) Elizabeth Wolcott, c.1555-. Elizabeth was mentioned in the will of Joan Folentine in 1565. She was the residual heiress of her father in 1585.
(4) Joan, 1580-1581. Parish records for Wooton Courtney show that Joan Wolcott, "notha filia" of Elizabeth Wolcott, was baptized there 1580, and that Joan Wolcott, probably the same child, was buried there 1581.
(3) Thomas Wolcott, c.1560-. Thomas was mentioned in the will of Joan Folentine in 1565 and in his father's will of 1587. Joan Wulkot, widow, buried at Wooton Courtney 1596, may have been his wife.
(4) Thomas Wolcott, c.1585. In 1626, Thomas Wolcott was named overseer of the will of William Leigh of Wooton Courtney. The Protestation Retun of 1641 for Wooton Courtney lists the names of Thomas Woolcott and William Wollcott, and the Lay Subsidy of 1642 lists Thomas and William Wolcott together at Wooton Courtney with property valued at 6s 6d per annum and a tax of 1s. Thomas Woolcott took an inventory of the estate of Mary Worth of Luccomb in 1649.
(5) William Wolcott, 1606-1685. William, son of Thomas Wolcote, was baptized at Wooton Courtney 1606. In 1637 orders were issued to reemburse William Woollcott, watchman for the tithing of Wooton Courtney, for expences incurred in apprehending felons. William Woolcott was the only Wolcott to pay the Hearth Tax at Wooton Courtney in 1664. His will was proved at Taunton in 1685.
(6?) William Woolcott, b. c.1650; was at Avell, Dunster, a village 3 miles east of Wooton Courtney, on the Lay Subsidy of 1642.
(7?) Isaac Woolcott,b. c.1680, d. 1759 Dunster; m. Martha Beckham 1706 Nettlecombe; he was of Dunster when he m. (2) Margaret Saunders of Bishops Lydiard 1712 at Wiveliscombe; a tailor of Dunster where he took an apprentice in 1724 and witnessd several weddings 1754-1759. Margaret died at Dunster 1762.
(8) Rebecca Woolcott, b. 1712 Dunster; m. John Cotterell 1739 of Stowey 1739 Chelworth.
(8) Isaac, son of Isaac Woollcott, b. 1714 Dunster, Isaac Woollcott, the younger, d. 1748 Dunster; Isaac Woolcott of Heathfield apprenticed 1731 to Francis Luttrell of Venn, who died 1733. Francis (1709-1732) graduated from Oxford University in 1731, and was brother to Alexander Luttrell, lord of Dunster Castle; m. Elizabeth Stacey 1774 Heathfield. Isaac m. Mary Dulbridge 1740 Dunster. Heathfield was a manor next to Dunster
(9) Thomas, son of Isaac and Mary Woollcott, b. 1740 Dunster.
(9) William, son of Isaac Woollcott, Jr., 1741-1748 Dunster.
(9) Agnes, daughter of Isaac Woollcott, b. 1744 Dunster; m. John Scott of Dulverton 1769 Dunster.
(9) Abraham, son of Isaac Woolcott, 1746-1746 Dunster.
(8) Jane, daughter of Isaac Woollcott, b. 1717.
(8) John, son of Isaac Woollcott, b. 1720 Dunster.
(8) William, son of Isaac Woolcott, b. 1722 Dunster.
(8) Robert, son of Isaac Woolcott, b. 1725 Dunster.
(7) Agnes Woolcott, b. c. 1695; m. Francis Luttrell 1716 Dunster. His relationship to the Luttrell lords of Dunster Castle is unknown, perhaps an out of wedlock birth. It appears to be the reason Francis Luttrell took Isaac Woolcott as an apprentice in 1731.
(6?) Robert Wolcott, b. c. 1635, d. 1694 Williton, Somerset. Robert Wolcott of St. Decumans, a village 1/2 mile from Watchet and 1 1/2 miles from Williton, was probably born about 1635. The name of Robert Woollcott of St. Decumans, is found on the Protestation Returns of 1641, and Robert Woolcot is mentioned in the will of Thomas Vicary, clerk, of St. Decumans Church, dated 1648. At Luccomb, two miles south of Selworthy, where the fighting involving Michael and William Wolcott occurred, the names of Robert and John Wolcott of Luccomb appear on the Protestation Rolls of 1641, John Wolcott of West Luccomb appears on the Lay Subsidy Roll of 1642 with a tax of 1s 9d, and the name of Robert Woolcott appears on the Hearth Tax Roll of 1664. Robert Woollcott is also listed on the tax rolls for Williton in 1670. The will of Robert Woolcott, Sr., of Williton, Somerset, dated 1676, leaves to the poor of the parish of St Decumans 40 shillings, to his son, Thomas, 20 shillings, to Thomas' wife 5 shillings, to Thomas' two children 10 shillings each, asks that his wife have his property known as Thrashers Tenement for six years to pay these legacies, and after that it is to go to Thomas for the remainder of the lease of it; to his son, Robert 50 pounds and after six years he is to have land called Holmescombe during the remainder of the lease of it; to his daughter, Mary, 200 pounds; to his son, John, after six years land at Streame called Durberough's Tenement; to his son, Bernard, 80 pounds and after six years land called Tenn Acres for the remainder of the lease of it; and the remainder to his wife, Joan, who he names as exexutrix; m. Joan Baker 1654 Luccomb.
(7) Rev. Thomas Wolcott, c.1655-1709 Fiddington. Thomas and his wife and two children were mentioned in his father's will in 1676. Thomas, age 17, son of Robert Woolcott of St. Decumans, Somerset, matriculated Balliol College 1666, BA 1672, MA 1673, rector of Fiddington 1682.
(8) Joan Wolcott, b. 1676 Williton.
(8) Ann Wolcott, b. 1677 Williton.
(8) Margaret Wolcott, b. 1679 Williton.
(8) Grace Wolcott, b. 1682 Williton
(8) Alice Wolcott b. c.1680; m. Gawin Teale 1706 Fiddington.
(8) Rev. John Wolcott 1687-1765; entered Balliol College, Oxford 1704, BA degree 1708, was ordained deacon 1710, and rector of Fiddington in 1711. He was rector of Fiddington for 53 years, until his death.
(9) Ann Wolcott, b. 1704 Fiddington
(9) Thomas Wolcott, b. 1713 Fiddington
(9) Gawen Wolcott 1715-1764 Fiddington, held Shuttlebridge in Fiddington; m. Elizabeth Strawbridge 1740 Stogursey.
(10) Gawen Wolcott, Jr., 1741 Stogumber-1766 Fiddington.
(10) Anne Wolcott, b. 1744 Stogumber.
(9) John Wolcott c.1720 Fiddington-1765 Fiddington; apprenticed to Henry Pritchard of St. Martins, London, joiner 1733; m. Mary ____.
(10) Henry Wolcott, 1743 St. Martins, London- 1819 Shoreditch, London; m. Mary Payne 1773 St. Martins, London
(7) Robert Wolcott, c.1655-. Robert is mentioned in his father's will of 1676. Robert Woolcott was buried at Luccomb in 1711.
(7) Mary Wolcott, c.1660-. Mary is mentioned in her father's will of 1676.
(7) John, c.1660-. John is mentioned in his father's will in 1676.
(7) Bernard Wolcott, c.1665-. He is mentioned in his father's will of 1676.
(3) John Wolcott, "the younger", is mentioned in the will of Joan Folentine in 1565, and in his father's will dated 1587.
(4) Christian Wolcott c.1555. Christian, daughter of John Wolcott, is mentioned in the will of Joan Folentine in 1565.
(2) Joan Wolcott, b. 1540 Nettlecomb; possibly m. ___ Folentine and died 1565. Joan was the eldest daughter mentioned in the will of Richard Wolcott, dated 1560. She was probably the Joan Folentine, widow, of Wooton Courtney, whose will dated 1565, bequeathed to Elizabeth, daughter of John Wolcott, one sow, 16 sheep, 2 brazen pans of 7 and 2 gallons, her best cupboard, one tub of timbers, one best standerd, a bed in the inner chamber with all its apparell, and a crook; and to Christian, daughter of John Wolcott, the same. She also left legacies to George Swetting, Thomas Wolcott, John Wolcott the younger, and to Thomas Boardman. The residue of her estate she left to John Wolcott the elder, who she named her executor; m. (1) ____ Folentine, m. (2) John Harrys 1562 Nettlecomb.
(2) Edward Wolcott, c.1540-c.1563, was the third son mentioned in Richard's will dated 1560. Joan Wolcott, widow, of Monksilver, another village on Exmoor, may have been Edward's wife because Edward's brothers, Michael, John and William, were apparently all living in 1563 when Joan wrote her will, and their brother, Robert, was married to Austis. The will of Jone Wulcott of Monksilver is dated 1563, and was proved in 1565. In it she leaves bequests to her son, Bartholomew, and her daughter, Jone.
(3) Bartholomew Wolcott, c.1560-. Bartholomew is mentioned in his mother's will dated 1563. Bartholomew Woolcott is also mentioned in a will of Christian Farthinge of Monksilver, widow, dated 1566, where he is bequeathed one sheep, a bequest often made to a child.
(4) Bartholomew Wolcott, Jr., c.1595-c.1650. Bartholomew is listed on the Protestation return of 1641 at Old Cleeve. Old Cleeve is a village five miles northwest of Monksilver.
(5) Michael Wolcott, c.1620-. In 1641 Michael Woolcott and Bartholomew Woolcott were listed at Old Cleeve on the Protestation Return list. Mihill (Michael) Wollcott married Sarah Poole at Norton Fitzwarren, a village 4 mi. south of Taunton 1648. Their children, were baptized at Norton Fitzwarren between 1649 and 1658. In 1649, Ursula Howe, widow, formerly of Luxborough, then of Sherrards, initiated a suit in Chancery against Michael Wolcott of Luxborough. Ursula stated that she owned property at Luxborough named North Colley, and Michael had rented part of it called Beereland, and a house at North Colley Hill. Michael claimed that he had rented it for 40 years at 10L for the first two years and 12L thereafter. Ursula retained two rooms, free access, cooking facilities, fodder for a horse, fuel, and two acres of wheat. Michael improved the property, and Ursula agreed to vacate it entirely for an additional 1L per year. In the suit, Ursula requested that her property be returned to her, claiming that she never said that she would lease the property for 40 years, only that she might do so, and that she had not leased Beerlands to Michael, but merely allowed him to use it. She also claimed that she had not agreed to vacate the house for 20 shillings, and if she had, Michael had never paid it.
(6) Michael Wolcott, Jr., baptized at Norton Fitzwarren in 1649.
(6) John Wolcott, baptized at Norton Fitzwarren in 1652
(6) Sarah Wolcott, baptized at Norton Fitzwarren in 1653.
(6) James Wolcott, baptized at Norton Fitzwarren in 1655.
(6) Agnes Wolcott, baptized at Norton Fitzwarren in 1658.
(3) Joan Wolcott, c. 1560-. She is mentioned in the will of her mother.
(2) Joan Wolcot, b.c.1540, d. 1565 Wooton Courtney; named in father's will. Joan Folentine, widow, of Wooten Courtney bequeathed to Elizabeth, daughter of John Wolcott, one sow, 16 sheep, 2 brazen pans of 7 and 2 gallons, her best cupboard, one tub of timbers, one best standerd, a bed in the inner chamber with all its apparell, and a crook; and to Christian, daughter of John Wolcott, the same. She also left legacies to George Swetting, Thomas Wolcott, John Wolcott the younger, and to Thomas Boardman. The residue of her estate she left to John Wolcott the elder, who she named her executor.m. ____ Folentine
(2) Robert Wolcott, b. c.1545. Robert was the fourth son mentioned in the will of Richard Wolcott dated 1560.
(2) William Wolcott, c. 1550. William was the youngest son mentioned in the will of Richard Wolcott in 1560. He was listed as an archer on a muster at Wooton Courtney in 1569 with his brother, John. He may have been the father of Michael and William Wolcott of Lynge.
(3?) Michael Wolcott, c. 1570-. A Michael Wolcott who was one of the witnesses to a will dated 1596 written at Lynge, a village 5 miles east of Taunton. This will is almost illegible, but the testator was not a Wolcott.
(3?) William Wolcott, c.1570-1624. The will of William Wolcott, Sr. of Lynge was proved in 1624 at the Taunton Probate Registry. A Widow Wolcott was taxed 8d on the 1642 Lay Subsidy at Stoke St. Gregory, a village 1 miles south of Lynge. She may be William's widow.
(4) William Wolcott, c.1590-. Another William Wolcott of Lynge, probably the son of William, Sr., was apprenticed in 1605 to a dyer at Bristol.
(5?) Elizabeth Wolcott, 1606-. Elizabeth Woolcott was baptized in 1606 at Ashill, a village 3 miles east of Lynge. She may be the Elizabeth Woolcott who married Michael Witheral in 1631 at Aller, a village 10 mi. east of Taunton.
(2?) Richard Wolcott. Richard may have had another son who died prior to the writing of Richard's will in 1560. Luce Wolcott, whose husband had died some time before 1558 may have been his widow. Luce lived at Luxborough, a village on Exmoor located five miles south of Minehead. Luce Wolcott died here in 1558, apparently surviving her husband and daughter. She must have been born sometime before 1540. Her will, dated and proved 1558, leaves "my bodye to be buried in ye churche or Churchyard of Luxborowe Itm I bequeathe to my godchild Jane Sythwayne one shepe The resydewe of all my goodes and chattles as well moveable as unmoveable I do give and bequethe to the prshe Churche of Luxborowe ... for ye mayntennce of gods service & praie for my soule my housbande and my daughter wt the rest of my frendes."
WOLCOTTS OF NETTLECOMBE:
Nettlecombe is a village 5 miles northwest of Tolland
(1) _____ Wolcott, b. c.1515, m. Elizabeth. A survey of the manor of Woodadvent in Nettlecomb, Somerset, taken 1556 says "Elizabeth Wolcott for her widowhood by copy of 1522 holds two cottages, rent 7s 8d, fine 4L, reversion granted John Woulcott, Katherine his sister, and Wilmote Woulcotte by copy of Apr. 1545, fine 40s." This same property was held by John Woolkott in 1619. Elysabetha Woolcott died 1581 at Nettlecombe. The will of Elizabeth Woolcout of Nettlecomb, widow, dated 1579, was proved 1581 at Taunton Probate Registry. In it she left bequests to Mary Westlake, and to the children of John Wolcott, her son. The residue, she left to her son, James Wolcott, whom she appointed overseer of her will.
(2) Tattery Wolcott, b. c.1535, m. Peter Westlake 1551 Nettlecombe. Aparently she died that year and Peter married her sister.
(2) Catherine Wolcott, b. c.1535. Katheryn Woolcotte m. Peter Westlake 1553. Elizabeth Wolcott, her mother, left a bequest to Mary Westlake in her will of 1579
(2) Agnes Wolcott, b. c.1537. Agnes Woolcotte m. John Slade 1557 Nettlecombe. She is not mentioned in Elizabeth's will dated 1581, but may have been dead then.
(2) Joan Wolcott b. c.1540, m. John Harrys 1562 Nettlecomb. She is not mentioned in Elizabeth's will dated 1581, but may have been dead then.
(2) John Wolcott, c. 1547-1597 Nettlecombe. He had two or more children in 1579 when his mother, Elizabeth, died. John Woulcotte of Woodadvent Manor at Nettlecomb paid a tax of 23d in 1581. John Wolcott was mentioned in the will of James Woolcott dated 1588. He m. (1) Jane ____ who was buried 1569 at Nettlecombe. She and her daughters, Tomasine and Christian died within a month. John Collye als. Woolcott m. Jone Harrys 1569 at Nettlecomb. She was probably the sister of his brother-in-law. The will of Joan Woolcot of Nettlecomb was proved at the Taunton Probate Registry, some time between 1603 and 1644, but its dates and contents are unknown. She held two cottages at Nettlecomb from 1602 to c.1618.
(3) Thomyson, dau. of John Woolcote, d. 1569, Nettlecombe.
(3) Christian Wolcott, d. 1569 Nettlecombe.
(3) Elizabeth Wolcott, 1569-. Elizabeth, dau. of John Woolcote bapt. 1569 Nettlecombe; m. Harry Ottye 1591 Nettlecomb.
(3) John Wolcott, Jr., 1581-c.1640. John, son of John Wolcot bapt. 1581 Nettlecombe, Somerset. Three children of this John were baptized at Nettlecomb. A survey of the manor of Nettlecombe dated 1619 has John Woolkott, age 40, holding two cottages, late occupied by Johanna Woollcott, his mother, by copy of the court roll dated 1602, by the lives of him and his sons. John was churchwarden at Nettlecombe in 1623 and 1632. The will of Richard Chilcott of Nettlecombe, clerk, was proved 1628, and mentions his cousin John Woolcot. Richard Chilcot was rector of the church at Nettlecombe from 1604 until his death in 1628. In 1638, John Wolcott the younger, of Nettlecombe, husbandman, leased for 2 lives in reversion 2 messuages and 30acres in the manor of Woodadvent, Nettlecombe, from George Trevelyan, with a rent of 7s 8d.. The wills of John Woolcot of Nettlecombe, and of Joan Woolcot of Nettlecombe, were proved at the Taunton Probate Registry, probably some time between 1603 and 1644, but their dates and contents are unknown.
(4) Joan, daughter of John Woolcot, 1608-1608 Nettlecombe.
(4) Grace, daughter of John Woolcot, was baptized at Nettlecombe 1609.
(4) John, son of John Woolcot, 1611-1663 Nettlecombe. The name of John Woolcott appears on the Nettlecombe Protestation Returns of 1641. He was a churchwarden at Nettlecombe in 1663. John Woolcott, "the elder", was buried at Nettlecombe on 4 November 1663; m. Thomasin Juel at Milverton in 1638 with George Woolcott as bondsman; she died 1700 Nettlecombe; administration of the goods of Thomazin Woolcott of Nettlecombe, granted to her son John Woolcott,.
(5) Dorothy, daughter of John and Tamsin Woolcot, b. 1639 Nettlecombe.
(5) Joan, daughter of John and Thomasin Woolcott, b. 1641 Nettlecombe.
(5) Elizabeth, daughter of John and Thomasin Wolcott, 1643-1686 Netttlecombe; m. Simon Slade 1670 Nettlecombe.
(5) John Wolcott IV, c.1645-1716 Nettlecomb. John was administrator of the will of his mother, Thomazin Woolcott of Nettlecombe, in 1700; granted tenure of a tenement in Woodadvent 1702. John Woolcot of Nettlecombe granted household gooods to John Woolcott, son of his brother George, yeoman 1711 1746; m. (1) Joan Norman 1672 Nettlecombe, possibly m (2) Emlin Moore of Old Cleve, spinster, in 1673, with George Woolcott of Wivilscomb, yeoman, acting as bondsman.
(6) Joan, daughter of John and Joane WoolcottWolcott, b. 1673 Nettlecombe; m. (1) Nicholas Hurford 1694 Nettlecombe.
(6) Susanna, daughter of John and Joane Woolcott, 1675-1693 Nettlecombe,
(6) Mary, daughter of John and Joan Woolcott, b. 1676 Nettlecombe
(6) John, son of John and Joan Woolcott, 1679-1689 Nettlecombe.
(6) Thomas, son of John and JoanWoolcott, b. 1682 Nettlecombe.
(7?) Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas and Frances Woolcott, b. 1704 Old Cleeve.
(6) Hugh, son of John and Joan Woolcott, 1685-1690 Nettlecombe.
(6) George, son of John and Joan Woolcott, 1688-1690 Nettlecombe.
(6) George, son of John and Joan Woolcott, 1691-1724 Nettlecombe.
(5) George Wolcott, c. 1648-1724 Nettlecombe, yeoman. In 1684 George Woolcott was given a 6 year lease on Woodadvent farm; In 1700 George Woolcott of Nettlecombe, yeoman, was given a 21 year lease of Woodadvent farm, and in 1732 John Woolcott of Nettlecomb, yeoman, was given a lease for 2 lives in Woodadven; m. (1) Jane Evett of Old Cleeve 1679 Stogumber, m. (2) Florence Bowring 1669 Wiveliscombe..
(6) John, son of George Woolcott of Woodadvent, c.1680-1746 Nettlecombe. John, son of George Woolcott of Wooladvent, yeoman, witness to 1711 conveyance of the church at Nettlecombe to trustees, including John Woolcott, Sr.; received household goods from his uncle, John Woolcott 1711; granted 21 year lease for 2 lives for 2 messuages and 30 acrws in Woodadvent farm; had lease for 2 lives in 2 messuages and 30 acres at Woodadvent Farm in 1732; m. Joan ____. Letters of administration of the goods of John Woolcott of Nettlecombe, granted to his daughter Mary, wife of John Lyddon; John Woolcott of Nettlecombe, yeoman. In 1742 the Woodadvent property was leased to William Wood of Treborough, the Woolcotts having held it for nearly 150 years.
(7) Mary Wolcott b. 1714 Nettlecombe; m. John Lyddon 1740 Nettlecombe; articles of marriage affecting John Lyddon of Hookshill in Old Cleeve, yeoman, and Mary Woolcott, spinster, daughter of John Woolcott of Woodadvent, yeoman, affecting property, including Mills Tenement in Old Cleeve, 1740. Letters of administration of the goods of John Woolcott of Nettlecombe, granted to his daughter Mary, wife of John Lyddon, Taunton, 1746.
(7) John Wolcott c.1715-1715 Nettlecombe.
(6) George Woolcott, d. 1681 Nettlecombe
(6) Joan, daughter of George and Jane Woolcott, 1685-1714 Nettlecombe.
(6) Thomasine, daughter of George and Jane Woolcott, b. 1686 Nettlecombe; m. Aldred Dawe 1717 Nettlecombe.
(6) Emlyn, daughter of George and Jane Woolcott, b. 1689 Nettlecombe, m. Henry Slocombe 1728 Old Cleeve.
(6) Dorothy, daughter of George and Jane Woolcott, 1691-1715 Nettlecombe.
(6) Elizabeth, daughter of George and Jane Woolcott, b. 1694 Nettlecombe.
(6) George Woolcott, d. 1696 Nettlecombe.
(4) Conand, son of John Woolcott, 1613-1664 Nettlecombe; m. Mary ____.
(5) Diana, dau. of Conand Woolcott b. 1659 Nettlecombe.
(6) William, son of Diana Woolcott, b. 1697 Nettlecombe.
(4) Joan, daughter of John Woolcott, b. 1615 Nettlecombe.
(4) Elizabeth, daughter of John Woolcott, b. 1617 Nettlecombe.
(4) Mary, daughter of John Woolcot, b. 1620 Nettlecombe; m. John Cuff 1637 Taunton.
(4) Agnes, daughter of John Woolcot, b. 1624 Nettlecombe.
(4) George, son of John Woollcot, 1627-1681 Nettlecombe; m. Florence Bowrind, she d. 1668 Nettlecombe.
(5) Grace, daughter of George and Florence Woolcot, 1653-1673 Nettlecombe.
(5) George, son of George Woolcotte, 1656-1697 Nettlecombe.
(5) Thomas, son of George and Florence Woolcott, b. 1658 Nettlecombe; m. (1) Elizabeth who d. 1685 Nettlecombe; m. (2) Sedwell Williams 1686 Nettlecombe
(6) Hugh, son of Thomas and Sedwell Woolcott, b. 1686 Nettlecombe; m. Alice Joice 1714 Nettlecombe; m. Joan Sine 1720 Nettlecombe.
(7?) Florence Wolcott, d. 1723 Nettlecombe.
(7) Hugh Woolcott, son of Hugh and Alice Woolcott, 1720-1792 Nettlecombe.
(6) Mary, daughter of Thomas and Sidwell Woolcot, b. 1689 Nettlecombe. Probably Mary Woolcut d. 1705 Nettlecombe.
(5) Abraham, son of George and Florence Woolcott, b. 1660 Nettlecombe; m. Joan Shattock of North Petherton 1690 at North Petherton; she d. 1714 North Petherton.
(6) Elizabeth, daughter of Abraham and Joan Woolcott, b. 1691 North Petherton.
(6) Jacob Wolcott, b. c.1685; m. Mary ____.
(7) Jacob, son of Jacob and Mary Woolcot, b. 1714 North Petherton.
(7) Rachel, daughter of Jacob and Mary Woolcott, b. 1716 West Monkton; m. Joan Marks 1751 Taunton.
(7) Abraham,son of Jacob and Mary Wolcot, 1723-1768 West Monkton.
(7) Mary, daughter of Jacob and Mary Woolcott, b. 1725 West Monkton.
(5) Sarah Wolcott, b. c.1662 Wiveliscombe, m. George Taylor of Old Cleeve 1683 Nettlecomb.
(5) William Wolcott, c.1665-1673 Nettlecombe, son of George and Florence.
(3?) Thomasine Wolcott, b. c.1583; m. William Towill 1601 Nettlecombe.
(3) Joan Wolcott, b. c.1585; m. Samuel Joice 1603 Nettlecombe, m. (2) Conand Rice 1603 Nettlecombe. Her nephew Conand Wolcott b. 1613.
(2) James Wolcott, 1549 Nettlecombe-1588 Bicknoller. James Woolcott bapt. 1549 Nettlecomb. James lived at Bicknoller, a village 3 miles east of Nettlecomb. The will of James Woolcott of Berkenaller, husbandman, was dated 1588 and was proved at the Taunton Registry. In it James desires to be buried in the churchyard of Berkenaller. He leaves two sheep to John or Joan Harcome; one sheep to William Harcome, his son-in-law; one sheep, a tableboard, and a pan of white brass which was in John Dier's house in Nettlecomb to John Wolcott; one ewe sheep to Margaret Steadman; one ewe sheep to Grace Harcome; one sheep to John Harcome; and the residue of his goods to his wife, Agnes. Agnes Woolcot, James' widow, died 1622 Bicknoller.
(3?) Christian Woolcote bur. 1569 Nettlecomb.
(3) Joan Wolcott, c.1570-; m. William Harcome prior to 1588. They had children, Grace and John Harcome.
(3) Mary Wolcott, c.1570; m. Edward Jenkins 1590 Bicknoller.
(2) Thomasine Wolcott, 1551-1569 Nettlecombe.
Henry Woolcott, b. c.1660, d. 1729 Nettlecombe; m. Susan Stoddard, b. 1688 Nettlecombe.
Henry, son of Henry and Susanna Woolcott, b, 1688 Nettlecombe.
Also at Nettleconbe: George Woolcott, c.1690-1715 Nettlecomb; m. Grace ____ c. 1710, m. (2) Mary Thomas 1715 Nettlecomb. Lawrence, son of Grace Woolcott, 1714-1715 Nettlecombe, infant. Mary, daughter of Lawrence and Mary, 1716-1716 Nettlecombe.
WOLCOTTS OF WIVELISCOMBE:
Two families of Wolcotts, descended from Thomas and Robert Wolcott, probably brothers, lived at Wiveliscome, a town 4 miles west of Tolland
(1) Robert Wolcott c.1545-1592 Wiveliscombe; m. Austis Harris 1569 Wiveliscombe.
(2) Edward, son of Robert Woolcott, b. 1570 Wiveliscomb, d. 1641 Wiveliscomb; m. Meliora Cross 1594 Wiveliscomb.
(3) Robert, son of Edward Woollcott, b. 1599 Wiveliscombe.
(3) John Wolcott, b. 1599 Wiveliscombe, d. 1642 Wiveliscombe.
(3) Austis, daughter of Edward Wollcott, b. 1602 Wiveliscombe; m. Edward Thomas 1620 Wiveliscombe.
(3) Andrew, son of Edward Wolcott b. 1606 Wiveliscomb. He signed the 1641 Protestation return at Wiveliscomb; m. Joan Snow 1635 Wiveliscomb.
(3) Marie, daughter of Andrew and Joan Woolcott, b. 1635 Wiveliscombe.
(4) Agnes, daughter of Andrew and Joan Woolcott, b. 1637 Wiveliscombe.
(4) Wilmot, daughter of Andrew and Joan Woolcot, b. 1639 Wiveliscomb.
(4) Joan, daughter of Andrew and Joan Woolcott, 1641-1641 Wiveliscomb.
(4) Andrew, son of Andrew and Joan Woolcott, 1645-1719 Wiveliscombe; m. (1) Mary ____ 1670 Wiveliscombe, m. (2) Ann ___, d. 1719 Wiveliscombe.
(5) Ann Wolcott, b. c.1670, d. 1677 Wiveliscombe.
(5) Andrew, son of Andrew Woollcotte, b. 1675 Wiveliscombe, weaver; m. Jane ____.
(6) Mary, daughter of Andrew and Jane Woolcot, b. 1697 Wiveliscombe; m. Rogrt Venn 1725 Wiveliscombe, m. (2) Isaac Burnet 1732.
(6) Andrew, son of Andrew and Jane Woolcott, weaver, b.1700 Wiveliscombe, apprenticed to Joseph Horsford of Comsbury, cooper; James Dean of Huntspill apprenticed to Andrew Woolcott of Cannington, cooper 1736; m. Elizabeth Pole 1729 West Bagborough.
(7) Sarah , daughter of Andrew and Elizabeth, b. 1731 Wiveliscombe; m. William Woads 1747 Wiveliscombe.
(7) Betty, daughter of Andrew and Elizabeth, b. 1733 Wiveliscombe..
(7) Mary , daughter of Andrew and Elizabeth, b. 1734 Wiveliscombe; m. William Wills 1762 Cannington.
(7) Ann , daughter of Andrew and Elizabeth, b. 1737 Wiveliscombe.
(6) Ann, daughter of Andrew and Jane Woolcot, 1702-1703 Wiveliscombe.
(6) Robert, son of Andrew and Jane Woolcot, 1704-1726 Wiveliscombe.
(6) John, son of Andrew and Joan Woolcot, 1706-1707 Wiveliscombe.
(6) John, son of Andrew and Jane Woollcotte, b.1708 Wiveliscombe.
(6) Grace Wolcott, d. 1709 Wiveliscombe.
(6) James, son of Andrew and Jane Woolcott, b. 1711 Wiveliscombe.
(5) David Wolcott, b. c.1676 Wiveliscombe, m. Jane ___.
(6) John, son of David and Jane Woolcott, b. 1706 Wiveliscombe.
(5) Wilmot, daughter of Andrew and Ann Woolcott, 1679-1683 Wiveliscombe.
(5) Edward, son of Andrew and Ann Woolcott. b. 1680 Wiveliscobe; m. Elizabeth Bryant 1705 Wiveliscombe.
(6) Elizabeth, daughter of Edward and Elizabeth Woolcote, b. 1706 Wiveliscombe.
(5) Bernard, son of Andrew Woollcott, b. 1684 Wiveliscombe.
(5) Mary, daughter of Andrew WWoolcot, b, 1684 Wiveliscombe.
(5) Robert, son of Andrew and Ann Woolcot, 1687-1712 Wiveliscombe.
(2) Henry, son of Robert Woolcott, b. 1572 Wiveliscombe, probably twin.
(2) Humphrey, son of Robert Woolcott 1572-1573 Wiveliscombe; probably twin.
(2) Agnes, daughter of Robert Woolcott, b. 1574 Wiveliscombe; m. John Thompson als. Spicer 1605 Wiveliscombe.
(2) Robert, son of Robert Woolcott, 1576-1716 Wiveliscombe; m. Mary Story 1606 Wiveliscomb.
(3) Robert, son of Robert Woolcott 1609-1616 Wiveliscombe.
(3) Alice, daughter of Robert Woolcott b. 1611 Wiveliscombe; m. John Bayland 1634 Wiveliscomb.
(3) Judith, daughter of Robert Woolcott, 1613-1614 Wiveliscombe.
(3) Robert, son of Robert Woolcott, b. 1616 Wiveliscombe.
(2) Joan, daughter of Robert Woolcott, b. 1578 Wiveliscombe.
(2) Alice, daughter of Robert Woolcott, 1580-1580 Wiveliscombe.
(2) Eleanor Woolcott, d. 1580 Wiveliscombe.
(2) John, son of Robert Woolcott, b. 1581 Wiveliscombe.
(3) Nathaniel, son of John Wolcott, 1601-1670 Wiveliscomb; m. (1) Alice c.1620; m. (2) Agnes Wolkote 1633 Wiveliscombe.
(4) Henry, son of Nathaniel and Alice Woolcott b. probably 1621, d. 1734 Wiveliscombe. The 1674 tax roll for Wivilscomb has Henry Woolcott of Nettlecomb and widow Woolcott of Croford and Nunnington tithing as having taxes assessed at Wivilscomb. A Henry Wolcott was granted licence at Taunton to marry Susana Stoden of Nettlecomb in 1685.
(5) Nathaniel, son of Henry Wolkott, b. 1664 Wiveliscombe.
(5) John, son of Henry Wolkott, b. 1666 Wiveliscombe.
(5) Grace, daughter of Henry Woollcotte, b. 1669 Wiveliscombe.
(5) Henry, son of Henry Wolkote, b. 1672 Wiveliscombe; m. Joan Shopland 1708 Wiveliscombe.
(6) Jane, daughter of Henry and Joan Woolcott, b. 1712 Wiveliscombe.
(4) Susan Wolcott, b. 1632 Wiveliscombe.
(4) Edward, son of Nathaniel Wolkot, 1633-1685 Wiveliscombe.
(4) George Wolcott, b. 1637 Wiveliscombe.
(4) Infant Wolcott, 1637-1637 Wiveliscombe.
(4) John, son of Nathaniel and Agnes Woolcott, 1642-1644 Wiveliscombe.
(3) Joan, daughter of John Wollcott, b. 1604 Wiveliscombe.
(3) Agnes, daughter of John Woolcot, 1607-1607 Wiveliscombe.
(3) John, son of John Woolcott, 1608-1642 Wiveliscombe.
(3) Henry, son of John Wolcot, b. 1611 Wiveliscombee; m. Cecilie Goodman 1631 Wiveliscombe. She died 1642 Wiveliscombe.
(4) Mary, dau. of Henry and Cicely Woolcott b. 1636 Wiveliscombe.
(4) John, son of Henry and Cecely Woolcott b. 1640 Wiveliscombe.
(5) Agnes, daugfhter of John Woolcott, 1617-1622 Wiveliscombe.
(2) Elizabeth, daughter of Robert Woolcott, b. 1585 Wiveliscombe.
(2) Thomas, son of Robert Woolcott, b. 1587 Wiveliscombe.
(3) Edward, b. 1604 Wiveliscombe; perhaps the Edward who married Grace Wilkins 1625 Exeter.
(2?) William Woolcott, b. c.1585; m. Marie Barrow 1605 Wiveliscombe. William and Robert Wolcott appears on the 1641 Protestation at Langford Budville.
(3) Marie, daughter of William Wolcott, b. 1606 Wiveliscombe.
(3) Alice, daughter of William Woolcott, b. 1607 Wiveliscombe; m. Edward Mylton 1631 Wiveliscomb
(3) Agnes Wolcott, b. Wivilscomb. 1609.
(3) William, son of William Wolcott, b. 1611 Wiveliscombe.
(4) Grace, daughter of William and Mary Woolcote, b. 1708 Wiveliscombe.
(4) Thomas, son of William and Mary Woolcot, b. 1717 Wiveliscombe.
(3) Wilmott, daughter of William Wollcott b. 1614 Wiveliscombe.
(3) Robert, son of Willliam Woolcott, b. 1616 Wiveliscombe.
(3) Anstis, daughter of William Woolcott, 1620-1620 Wiveliscome.
(3) Margaret, daughter of William Wolcott, b. 1623 Wiveliscombe.
(3) Joan, daughter of William Wollcot, b. 1626 Wiveliscombe.
(3 ) Anstis Woolcott, b. 1634 Wiveliscombe.
(1) Thomas Woolcott, b. c.1550.
(2) Henry, son of Thomas Woolcott, b. 1572 Wiveliscombe.
(3) Henry Woolcott, b. 1611 Wiveliscombe; m. Cecilie Goodman 1631 Wiveliscombe, she d. 1642 Wivekiscombe.
(4) Mary Woolcott, b. 1636 Wiveliscombe.
(4) John Woolcott, b. 1640 Wiveliscombe.
(1) Ann Wolcott;b. c.1560 Wiveliscombe; m. Stephen Treake als. Rogers 1583 Wiveliscombe.
(?) Agnes Wolkote, widow, was buried at Wivilscomb 14 Apr. 1630. Susan Wollcott, widow, was buried at Wivilscomb 23 Jan. 1663.
(?) Mary, daughter of Samuel and Agnes Woolcott, b. 1646 Wiveliscombe.
BROMPTON RALPH, a village 1/2 mile west of Tolland
(1) John Wolcott, b. c.1550.
(2) Richard, son of John Woollcott, 1577-1582 Brompton Ralph.
(2) Thomas, son of John Woollcott, b. 1579 Brompton Ralph.
(2) William, son of John Woollcott, b. 1580 Brompton Ralph.
(2) Joan, daughter of John Woollcott, b. 1582 Brompton Ralph.
(1) Thomas Wolcott, b. c.1550
(2) Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Woollcott, b. 1581 Brompton Ralph; m. John Briant 1598 Brompton Ralph..
(2) Alice, daughter of Thomas Woollcott, d. 1582 Brompton Ralph.
(2) Henry, son of Thomas Woollcott, d. 1582 Brompton Ralph.
(1) John Woolcott, b. c.1610; m. Mary Sealy 1632 Brompton Ralph. John Woolcott d. 1675 Brompton Ralph.
(2) Mary Wolcott, b. 1634.
(2) Maria Wolcott b. 1634.
(2) John, son of John and Mary Wolcot, b. 1640 Brompton Ralph.
(1) Henry Wolcott, b. c.1690, d. 1715 Brompton Ralph; m. Lucy Lurway 1707 Brompton Ralph, she d. 1739 Brompton Ralph. Possibly son of Henry Woolcott and Susan Stoddard, b. 1688 Nettlecombe.
(2) Elizabeth, daughter of Henry and Lucy Woolcott, b. 1708 Brompton Ralph; Elizabeth Woolcot d. 1727 Brompton Ralph.
(2) Mary, daughter of Henry and Lucy Woolcott, b. 1709 Brompton Ralph.
(2) George, son of Henry and Lucy Woolcott, 1712-1713 Brompton Ralph.
(2) John, son of Henry and Lucy Woolcott, b. 1715 Brompton Ralph. John Woolcott d. 1785 Brompton Ralph.
(3?) John Woolcott m. Mary Stone 1766 Brompton Ralph; William Lerway was witness to this and to the marriage of Mary Woollcott and Abraham Waterman in 1790. Henry Woollcott m. Lucy Lerway 1707. John Woolcott d. 1797 Brompton Ralph. Mary Woolcott d. 1798 Brompton Ralph.
(4) Mary, daughter of John and Mary Woolcott, b. 1772 Brompton Ralph; m. Abraham Waterman 1790 Brompton Ralph.
Richard Woolcott m. Redigund Briant 1636 Brompton Ralph, possibly rellated to John Briant, above.
Joan Woolcott d. 1702 Brompton Ralph.
Mary Woollcott d. 1783 Brompton Ralph.
CANNINGTON, a village 3 mi. northwest of Bridgewater:
1563 Nicholas Wolcot married Margaret Roswell here in 1563.
1644 The will of Wilmot Wolcott, widow, of Cannington, dated 1644, was proved at the Taunton Probate Registry, but has apparently been destroyed.
CLATWORTHY, a village about five miles West of Tolland.
(1) Matthew Wollcott, c.1600-1673; Matthew Wolcott of Clatworthy is listed on the 1641 Protestation Return and the 1642 Lay Subsidy Roll. His wife was buried at Dulverton in 1664. He was living at Brompton Ralph in 1673 when wrote his will. His will leaves to the poor of Exton 8 shillings; 30 shillings to any poor at his funeral; to his daughter, Margaret Skinner his land in the parish of Dulverton; to his grandson, Mathew Burston, 35 pounds; to Margaret's two daughters 10 pounds each; to his daughter Jane Burston, a brass pan, and to her sons 5 pounds each; to Elizabeth Turk's two children 5 pounds each; to his grandchild, Thomas Evett, houshold furniture and plowing equipment, and to his daughter, Elizabeth 5 pounds; to John Durborow the son of Agnes Durborow his grandchild 6 pounds; to his daughter Mary Evett, two pans, and to her daughter, Jane Evett 10 pounds; to Elizabeth Tyler his Goddaughter three pounds; with all the remainder to his three daughters Mary Evett, Jane Burston and Margaret Skinner, with his three son-in-laws, Thomas Evett, John Burston, and George Skinner as overseers.
(2) Mary, b. c. 1630-; m. Thomas Evett
(2) Jane; b. c.1630; m. John Burston
(2) Margaret, b. c.1630; m. George Skinner 1648 Dulverton
COMBE FLORY, a village 2 miles east of Lydiard St. Lawrence:
(1) Arthur Wolcott, b. c.1590.
(2) Mary, daughter of Arthur Wolcott, b. 1613Combe Flory.
(2) James, son of Arthur Wolcott, b. 1615 at Durston, a village 5 mi. east of Taunton.
(2?) Arthur; m. Mary
(3) Mary, daughter of Arthur Wolcott baptized at Combe Flory 1645.
(3) Joan, daughter of Arthur and Mary Wolcott, baptized at Combe Flory 1647.
(3) John, son of Arthur Wolcott baptized at Combe Flory 1652.
William Wolcott lived at Dulverton, just across the Devonshire border in West Somerset. He is the only other Wolcott known to be in Somerset prior to 1525. His will was copied from records at Wells before they were destroyed in World War II. It reads: "In dei nom Amen the second day of August in the yere of or lorde god mccccc I Willm Wulcote of hole mynde and pfett remembrance make my testament in this wyse ffirst I bequethe my soule to Almyghti god and my body to be buryed in the churchyarde of Dulvton. It. to Saynt Andrew of Wells iiijd and to evy one of my godchildren iiijd. It. to Allhallow a pounde of wax. It. to Saynt erasmus a pounde of wax. Item to Saynt xystopher a pounde of wax. to or ladye in the chapell a pounde of wax. It. to the high crosse iiiis iiijd. The residu of my goods not bequethed I give to my wif Elisabeth and her make my full executx to bestow my goods as it plese her for the welth of my sowle. This being witnesse John Skynnr John Kemplyn (or Rawlyn) wt others." This William could hardly have been the same William who was at Bovey Tracy in 1501, if the dates of the will were copied correctly. As Dulverton was a center for the cloth trade like Okehampton, it seems likely that this William may have been related to the Wolcotts of Okehampton. Having several godchildren, yet with no children of his own mentioned in his will, this William seems to have been an older man with no children. His will is said to have been proved in 1530 at the Bishop's Court at Wells, thirty years after it was drawn, which is unusual, as in those days most people made their wills on their deathbeds and wills were normally proved a year or so after the decease.
ENMORE, a village 3 mi. east of Bridgewater:
(1) Richard Wolcott, b. c.1640, bur.1726 Enmore. Possible wife Jane Woolcott bur. 1723 Enmore. Mary, wife of the late Richard Woolcott bur. 1736 Enmore.
(2) Richard Wolcott Jr., b. 1684; bur. 1753 Enmore; Action of ejectment from cottage on death of leasor against Richard Woolcott of Enmore 1737; m. Catherine Standard 28 Dec. 1705, she d. 1712.
(3) Thomas Wolcott, son of Richard Jr. and Catherine, b. 1706 Enmore, bur. 1706 Enmore.
(3) Mary, daughter of Richard Woolcott Jr., b. 1710 Enmore, d. 1711 Enmore.
(3) Richard Wolcott, the elder, b. c.1712, bur. Langport 1772, Richard Woolcott m. Elizabeth Flory 1744 Taunton.
(4) John Wolcott, b. 1754 Langport.
(4) Richard Wolcott Jr., b. c. 1765. Richard Woolcott of Langport Eastover, baker, mentions his widow Mary, and son James, a minor, with a messuage in Langport. Mary Woolcott, born 1781, was at Enmore in 1841.
(5) James Wolcott, b. c.1790: James Woolcott of Enmore m. Elizabeth Bishop 1818 Taunton.
(1) Uriah Wolcott, b. c.1640, bur 1712 Enmore; m. Ruth ____, who d. 1703 Enmore.
(2) Emlin Wolcott, b. 1662 Enmore.
(2) John, b. 1665 Enmore, bur. 1731 Enmore.
FITZHEAD, a village 3 mi. south of Tolland and 2 miles west of Milverton. The baptismal records for the following years are illegible: 1656-7, 1660-1, 1663-4, 1668-9, 1671-2, 1675, 1681-2, 1695-1704
(1) John Wolcott, b. c.1565.
(2) John Wolcott, b. c.1590: John Wolcotte the younger m. Grace Washer 1609 Fitzhead; she d. 1611 Fitzhead.
(3) Richard Woolcott, b. c.1610. Richard Woolcott of Fitzhead is listed on the Protestation Return of 1641.
(4) Elizabeth Woolcott, b. c.1625; m. John Webber 1645 Fitzhead.
(4) William Woolcott, b. c.1628, d. 1628 Fitzhead.
(4?) William Woolcott, b. c.1630; m. Joan____ who d. 1676 Fitzhead.
(5) William Woolcott, b. c.1655; (1) Joan Geanans 1673 Fitzhead, m. (2) Susanna ____ who d. 1723 Fitzhead.
(6) ____, son of William and Joan Wolcott, b. 1674. Name unreadable.
(6) William Woolcott, b. 1679 Fitzhead.
(6) Thomas Wolcott, b. c.1680; m. Susanna Greed 1709 Fitzhead.
(6) Jane, daughter of William and Hana Woolcott, b. 1682 Fitzhead.
(6) George Woolcott, b. 1684 Fitzhead; m. (1) Joan ____, m. (2) Elizabeth Williams 1720 Fitzhead; she d. 1747 Fitzhead.
(7) George, son of George and Joan Woolcott, b. c.1730; m. Ann Mollier 1755 Fitzhead, she d. 1793 Fitzhead.
(8) William, son of George and Ann Woollcot, b. 1756 Fitzhead.
(9) Mary Woolcott, b. c.1780 Fitzhead.
(10) George, son of Mary Woolcott, b. 1797 Fitzhead, "base born"; quarryman at Milverton 1841 next to Burston family; m. Mrs. Mary Seaman 1824 Milverton, with John Burston and Samuel Seaman as witnesses; her grandson William Seaman, b. 1837, lived with them in 1841.
(11) George Woolcott, b. 1827.
(11) Sarah, daughter of George and Mary Woolcott, b. 1830 Milverton.
(9) George Woolcott, b. 1783 Fitzhead; carpenter at Heathfield 1825, laborer at Milverton 1841-1851, at Bishps Lydiard 1861agricultural laborer at Bishops Lydiard 1861; m.(1) Mary Rowe of Stawley 1817 Bishops Hull, m. (2) Susan Slade 1842 Orchard Portman.
(10) Ann, daughter of George and Mary Woolcot, b. 1818 Wilton, Somerset.
(10) Mary, daughter of George and Mary Woolcott, b. 1821 Wilton.
(10) William, son of George Woolcot, carpenter, and Mary, b. 1824 Wilton.
(10) Mary, daughter of George and Mary Woolcott, b. 1824 Milverton; m. Thomas Voisey 1845 Wilton, m. (2) Robert Cousins, carpenter, 1859 Bishops Hull.
(10) Elizabeth, daughter of George and Mary Woolcott, carpenter, b. 1825 Wilton.
(10) Sarah, daughter of George and Mary Woolcott, b. 1830 Milverton.
(6) Susanna, daughter of William and Susana Woolcott, b. 1691 Fitzhead; m. Robert Herniman.
(6) Sarah, daughter of William and Susana Woolcott, b. 1691 Fitzhead.
LANGFORD BUDVILLE, 1 mi. south of Milverton: Robert and William Wolcott are listed at Langford Budville on the Protestation Return of 1641.
MONKSILVER: a village 3 miles west of Williton.
The will of Jone Wulcott of Monksilver is dated 1563, and was proved in 1565. In it she leaves bequests to her son, Bartholomew, and her daughter, Jone.
Hugh, son of Richard and Joan Wolcott, bapt. 1665 Monksilver.
Joan Woolcot of Treborough m. Richard Greed 1707 Monksilver. Treborough is near Dunster.
MILVERTON, a village 5 mi. west of Taunton: Elizabeth Wolcott married Robert Parris here in 1615. John Wolcot married Thomasine Juel here in 1638, This was probably John Wolcott of Nettlecomb. Thomas Wolcot married Catherine Saunders here in 1641. Thomas Woolcott of Milverton is listed on the Protestation return of 1641. Anne Woolcott married John Hodge here in 1654.
OLD CLEEVE: John Woolcott of Old Cleeve, a village 3 miles north of Nettlecombe and 3 miles south of Dunster, who married Florence Slocomb at Old Cleeve in 1703 and had 9 children there.
Wolcotts at Old Cleeve were:
Woolcott Alice St. Andrew 11 Sep 1711
Woolcott Elizabeth St. Andrew 18 Jul 1699
Woolcott Elizabeth St. Andrew 10 Jul 1704
Woolcott Emlyn St. Andrew 09 May 1711 Wife of John
Woolcott Hugh St. Andrew 18 Dec 1709
Woolcott Hugh St. Andrew 27 Aug 1711
Woolcott Joan St. Andrew 04 Jun 1783
Woolcott John St. Andrew 04 Apr 1762
Woolcott Mary St. Andrew 04 Nov 1781
Woolcott Susanna St. Andrew 30 Oct 1785 Daughter of John
PITMINSTER, a village 4 mi. south of Taunton: Elizabeth Wolcot married John Philpot here in 1573. Richard Wolcot, perhaps Richard, Jr. of Bishops Lydiard, married Christian Thorne here in 1640.
TAUNTON, the county seat of Somerset:
James Woolcot of Taunton St. James married Elizabeth Prowse of Bradford 1610 at Bradford.
Jane Woolcott married John Wood 1628 at Taunton St. James. f
William Woulcot married Edith Kent 13 Aug. 1632 at Taunton St. Mary Magdalen.
Florence Woulcot married John Tanner 1635 at Taunton St. James.
Thomas Woulcot married Elizabeth Hartley 1636 at Taunton St. James.
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