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Peter Branch[1]

Male 1596 - 1638  (42 years)


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  • Name Peter Branch 
    Born 27 Feb 1595/96  High Holden, Kent County, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 16 Jun 1638  Atlantic Ocean Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Peter was buried at sea leaving a 10 year old son.
    Person ID I103428  My Genealogy

    Father John Branch, (2),   b. Abt 1573, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1608, Kent County, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 35 years) 
    Family ID F45081  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth [Gillame] Branch,   d. 9 Aug 1632 
    Married 13 Jan 1624/25 
    Children 
     1. John Branch, (3),   b. 1628, High Holden, Kent County, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 May 1711  (Age 83 years)
    Last Modified 24 Jan 2013 
    Family ID F45073  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Left for America in 1638, Mass. Died on the trip.
      "More than two centuries ago... England was growing jealous of her colonies, and decided to stop emigration. Therefore, in 1638, when eight ships were preparing to sail for America, laden with supplies and passengers, it was reported that they were to be detained. The captain of one of these ships, called the "Castle", hearing of the report, hastened his passengers aboard and set sail before being officially detained."
      Peter Branch and his son, John, were passengers on board this boat. Peter was destined never to see the land that he planned to make his home. He died on the voyage and was buried at sea, leaving his ten year old son to the care of Thomas Wilborne, and old friend from Kent County who was residing in Scituate, Massachusetts

      Peter's Will;
      The last will and Testemaent of Peter Branch late of Halden in Kent of owld England Carpenter, being weake in bodye but of good perfect sence and memorye. I will and bequeath and comitt uto Thomas Wilborne, late of Fonterden in Kent in owld England, my sonne, John Branch to have the charge of him providing for, and overseeinge him always a carefull, and faithful ffaafeere, during the terme of eleven yeares from benceforth Dated the sixteenth Daye of June 1638. And also I comitt unto his hands, duringe the terme of yo time of eleven yeares, my whole estate to use this whole terme of time payinge the sayde estate at the end of this terme to the sayde John Branch, sonne of the aforesayd Peter Branch, or the worth thereof, in good and lawful monye, beinge equally preised, by Judiciall men, but my minde and will is that the sayd Thomas Wilburne shall discharge all my debtes out of the afore-mentioned estate which I leave in his hands further more my will is , that if my sonne shall dye before he come to the end of this time, that then the saide Thomas Wilborne shall give to widowe Igleden the late wife of Stephen Igelden, or to his children, or to her children she had by him, the full some of five poinds of good and lowfull monye.
      Item, I will and bequeath to Thomas wilborne for the keepinge of my sonne the full some of eight pounds of good and lowfull monye, if that my sonne John shall dye before the term of the first fower years be expired, but if that he dye not within this term of fwewer years but afterwards within the term of eleven yeares, that then it shalbe im loyed as is before, and shalbe after.
      Item I will and bequeath if that my sonne John shall dye before the terme of eleven years be expired, that then what remaynes in the hands of the said Thomas Wilborne, shalbe given to the use of the pore of those three congregations, of Concord of Sittuate & to that congregation whicha Company that goes in the Shipp called the Castle, if there be a company of them if not then to be devided the aforesd two congregations, only provided that the sayed Thomas Wilborne shall have the use of the said eight pownds till the eleven years be expired, though he dye not within the fewer years, I do also ordeine my sonne John Branch sole Executor, & Thomas Wilborne my feafeer to whom I comitt the oversight of this my last will and testament.
      Probate Court
      A true copy, attest, Arthur W. Sullivan, Register.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1644] Andy Lane.