Thursday, January 29, 2015

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, Week 38, Thomas Mildenhall III (1630-1682)

Thomas Mildenhall III- My 11th Great Grandfather

Born: 1630 in Marridge Hill, Wiltshire, England

Parents: Thomas MIldenhall Jr. (1609-1673) &
              Anne (1609-1640)


1. Elizabeth (b. 1627)
2. Stephen (1628-1690)
3. Francis (1631-1673)
4. Jane (b. 1635)


Thomas married Joane Strode (1634-1682) on 12 Aug 1649 in Aldbourne, Wiltshire, England at the Aldbourne Parish Church- still exists today!!

Joane's parents were Colonel William Strode II (1589-1666) & Joan Barnard (1607-1649).

Thomas and Joane had 9 children, 5 of which immigrated to America (only 4 ended up staying in America):

1. Margery Mildenhall (1655-1742)- died in Concord, PA
2. Thomas Mildenhall IV (1657-1729)
3. John Mendenhall (1659-1743)- died in Newark, Delaware
4. Joane Mildenhall (1661-1731)
5. Benjamin Mendenhall (1662-1740)- died in Concord, PA
6. Stephen Mildenhall (1664-1721)
7. Moses Mildenhall (1666-1738)- immigrated, but moved back
8. Aaron Mildenhall (1669-?)
9. Mary Mildenhall (1670-1728)- died in Chester, PA

Thomas and Joane had a total of at least 46 grandchildren!!

I've read on other Member Trees that Thomas and his wife became Quakers because of the strict church of England. Thomas was arrested several times because of not tithing

Even though he was only 52 years old, Thomas must have known he was going to die because a month before he did pass, he made out a will: 

The Will of Thomas Mildenhall- from "Wills and Administrations at Somerset House, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Vol 371, cottle Vol. 3, 1682, folio 135.":

30 June 1682 Thomas Mildenhall of Maridge in parish of Ramsbury, Wilts, yeo, being aged and weak in body, etc. To eldest son THOMAS MILDENHALL of West Hundred in the county of Berkshire all manner of Thenth and Tythes of what sort so ever being and growing out of that messuage and tenement with the appurtenances here unto belonging which I now dwell in and is in my possession which I lately purchased of Henry Powle Esq and others; Item, I give and devise unto my sonne JOHN MILDENHALL and his heirs forever the fee simple of all that cottage and gardens in Maridge purchased of Thomas Stockbridge and one close of land or pasture by 5A or there abouts be it more or less lying in Marridge heath which I lately purchased of Nathaniel Stoneham, also all that close of are able pasture round heretofore parcell of grat Rashlett Coppice in parish of Ramsbury...7A and halfe and all the tenths and tithes the said 7A and half of ar able to pasture ground for and towards his better preferment in marriage and for his marriage portion. And upon this condition never the less that he the said JOHN MILDENHALL shall and will pay or cause to be paid to his brother BENJAMIN MILDENHALL the summe of (pound symbol) 40 lawful money of England at such time as the said premises before given shall come be in his now possession. All which premises by me given unto my said sonne JOHN I lately purchased of said Henry Powle Esq and others. Items I give and devise unto my son STEPHEN MILDENHALL all that messuage or tenement and two...of arrable land in Heath in parish of Chilton Folliott, Wilts, 30A with the appurtenances during the time of the lease thereof to me granted by John Parker wf Jane, upon condition nevertheless that he the said STEPHEN MILDENHALL his execrs and assignes shall and will yearly and every year pay unto his bro MOSES MILDENHALL (pound symbol) 5 p annum out of the said premises where he the said STEPHEN shall come to enjoy the same dureing the remainder of terme of the said lease. I give and bequeath to my dau MARY (pound symbol) 4 score one year decease. To dau MARGERY wf of Thomas Martin of Bedwin Magna 40 shillings. To dau JOANE wf of John Spier one shilling. And my will and meaning is that the said messuages lands tenements and premises herein before by me given and bequeathed to my said sonnes JOHN and STEPHEN shall remain and be in the possession of my now WF JOANE MILDENHALL during her natural life. And my will and meaning further is that in case there shall happen to be any losse or damage in recoverie or getting in of my debts and estate which shall be due and owing at the time of my decease, that my executors herein after named and such of my children and legatees afore said shall be his hers or their equal part and portion in the lott thereof out of their respective legacies and portions as to my overseers herein after named shall think meete and convenient. Item I give and devise unto my son MOSES the inheritance of that house and land in possession of Thomas Ellaway in or around the parish of Marridge afore said and which I lately purchased of Nicholas George of Whittenndish together with all the writings of the same premises which I order shall be delivered to my said son MOSES in a weeks time after my decease if he demands them. Rest to wife who is sole executor. I do give to each of them their care herein 5 shillings. 

Thomas died on 05 Jul 1682 in Sommerset, London, England- I don't know the cause of death.


Thomas and his wife are buried at The Church of Ramsbury in Ramsbury, Wiltshire, England- now called- Holy Cross Church. I seriously cannot wait until I can visit this church and pay my respects to my ancestors! It's such a beautiful church!!!

1 comment:

  1. How wonderful to have records going back so far! And, that would be a beautiful place to visit.