FAMILY GROUP RECORD OF

ISAIAH WATTS AND
ANNE BOREMAN


Isaiah Watts was christened 22 September 1649 in Cropredy, the son of Richard Watts and Margaret Moss. Isaiah married Anne Boreman, the daughter of John and Elizabeth Boreman of Claydon, Oxfordshire.

The Watts family lived on Creampot Lane (#34) in Cropredy, and had lived there at least four generations. They were husbandmen. Their neighbors were the Truss (#33) family and the Hentlowe (#35)  family


Cropredy map

The Watts lived at #34 on the map of Cropredy



Anne died as a widow and was buried 17 September 1718 in Cropredy.

Anne Watts burial

Burial record for Anne Watts in Cropredy:
"Anne Watts of Cropredy widdow was buryed on the seventeenth day of September, 1718"


Anne left a will dated 28 May 1714 and proven in 1719:


Anne Watts will


In the name of God Amen, the eight & twentieth day of May according the accomplused in in Great Britaine one thousand seven hundred & fourteen, I Anne Watts of Cropredy in the County of Oxon, widow, being at the time of the time of the publicaton hereof infirme of body but of sound & perfect mind, memory & understanding (thankes be to God for the same) doe make & ordaine this my last will & testament in manner following (that is to say), Imprimis, I commend my soul into the hands of God that I gave it and my body I commit to the Earth in hopes of a joyful resurrection to be decently & Christianly buried at the care & charge of my executors, and as for such worldly estate as it hath pleased God to blesse my with, I give & dispose of the same as followeth: Impris, I give & devise unto my eldest son Isaiah Watts the lease of my house in Cropedy aforesaid to have & to hold the same to him & his heires for & during & unto the full end & expiraton of the said lease, he discharging my funeral expenses & paying the legacies herin after mentoned. Item, I give unto my daughter Martha Dingley the sume of twenty shillings of lawfull money of Great Britaine to be paid her by my executors herein after named within space of one year next after my decease. Item I give to my granddaughters Anne Giles & Anne Ward & to my daughter Mary Watts the sume of twenty shillings a piece of like lawfull money to be paid my to granddaughters by my executors herein after named in the space of one year next after my decease. But if either of them shall departe this life before their said legacie or legacies shall become due, I give the legacie or legacies of them or either of them soe dyeing as aforesaid to the next brother or sister of either of them so dyeing as aforesaid. Item, I give unto my daughter Mary Watts the sume of twenty shillings of like money my great chest & biggest pewter platter the said twenty shillings to be paid her by my executor herein after named within the space of one year next after my decease. Item, I give to my son in law Thomas Tims the sume of thirty shillings of like money to be paid him by my executors herein after named within the space of one year next after my decease. Item, I give to my son Richard Watts tenne shillings of like money to be paid him by my executors herein after names within the space of one year next after my decease. Item, I give to my son in law John Parker one shilling. Item, all the rest of my goods & chattels & implements of household & wareing apparel not herein before disposes of I give & bequeath the same to my sons & daughters Isaiah Watts, Richard Watts, Martha Dingley, Anne Giles, Margaret Tims, Sarah Ward & Mary Watts to be equally devided amongst them, share & share alike. Item, my will is that my son & daughter Richard Watts & Mary Watts shall dwell & reside in my house in Cropredy aforesaid soe long as they shall keep themselves unmarried if they are minded soe to doe. And I doe hereby make & ordaine my said son Isaiah Watts full & sold executor of this my last will & testament, hereby revoakeing, disannulling & making void all former & other wills heretofore by me made. And doe publish & declare this for & as my last will & testament. In witnesse whereof I have to this my last will & testament sett my hand & seale the day & year abovesaid.

Anne Watts signature

Signed, sealed, published & declared by the said testator Anne Watts as her last will & testament in the psense of us attested too by us in the psense of the said testator.

Hanah Lord
Sarah Page, her marke
Matth: Page

Anne also left an inventory:

Anne Watts inventory


A true and perfect inventory of all and singular the goods, credits and chattels of Anne Watts, late of Cropredy in the County of Oxon, widow, deceased, taken, valued and apprised by Willliam Toms and Isayah Watts as followeth:

Impris, her wearing apparel and money in purse    02-00-00
In the rooms abovesaid two beds and bedding, five coffers and cupboard  01-00-00
The pewter and linnen   01-00-00
Item in the room belowe stairs:
Three chaires and tubs, two barrells  00-06-00
The lumber  00-04-00
                     04-13-00


Isaiah and Anne had the following children:

1. Martha, christened 21 April 1676 in Cropredy; married Mr. Dingley; mentioned in mother's will of 1714.

2. Elizabeth, christened 1 July 1677 in Cropredy.

3. Anne, christened 19 April 1679 in Cropredy; married Edward Giles 1 October 1702; mentioned in mother's will of 1714. A note is found in the parish register, dated 2 September 1687: "A certificate granted to Isiah Watts of Cropredy for his daughter Anne Watts to be touched of the evill." "The royal touch (also known as the king's touch) was a form of laying on of hands, whereby English monarchs would touch their subjects, regardless of social classes, with the intent to cure them of various diseases and conditions." (Wikipedia) From the time of Elizabeth I the king's touch was intended to cure a person of scrofula, and a certificate was required from the vicar. The king in 1687 was James II. Scrofula is a tuberculosis infection of the lymph nodes in the neck. (medlineplus.gov)

*4. Margaret, christened 1 April 1681 in Cropredy; married Thomas Tims in about 1706; mentioned in mother's will of 1714; died 6 May 1716 in Cropredy; buried 6 May 1716 in Cropredy.

Margaret Watts
 
Baptism record for Margaret Watts in Cropredy: "Margaret the daughter of Isaiah Watts and Ann his wife was baptized the first day of April 1681".


5. Sarah, christened 24 December 1682 in Cropredy; married Mr. Ward; mentioned in mother's will of 1714.

6. Isaiah, christened 30 January 1687 in Cropredy; mentioned in mother's will of 1714.

7. Richard, christened 8 June 1689 in Cropredy; mentioned in mother's will of 1714.

8. Mary, christened 29 March 1691 in Cropredy; buried 23 May 1691 in Cropredy.

9. Mary, christened 13 December 1692 in Cropredy; mentioned in mother's will of 1714.

 
SOURCES: Cropredy parish register; will of Anne Watts, 1714 on www.findmypast.co.uk; will of John Boreman of Claydon, 1679.



FAMILY GROUP RECORD OF
RICHARD WATTS AND
MARGARET MOSS



Richard Watts was christened 9 March 1623 in Cropredy, the son of Arthur Watts and Anne Warner. Richard's father died when Richard was only one year old. In a tax assessment for Cropredy in 1641 Richard was listed as the taxpayer although only 18 years old. Thomas Watts was the only other Watts listed in Cropredy. Richard married Margaret Moss 27 May 1647 in Cropredy.

Richard Watts marriage

Marriage record for Richard Watts and Margaret Moss in Cropredy:
"Richard Watts and Margarit Mos weare maried the xxvii day of May"


Richard's occupation was husbandman. Margaret was christened 26 December 1624 in the neighboring parish of Wardington, Oxfordshire, the daughter of Isaiah Mosse and Elizabeth Hill.


Richard was taxed on one hearth in the 1663 Hearth Tax, and on 2 1/2 yardlands in the 1669 Tithe tax. He signed, using his mark, on the will of his father-in-law Isaiah Mosse in 1668, and was appointed one of the executors for the will.

Richard Watts marke


Richard died and was buried 25 June 1676 in Cropredy. The index for Cropredy wills lists the will of Richard Watts of Cropredy, husbandman, in 1677.

Richard Watts burial 1676

Burial record for Richard Watts in Cropedy: "Richard Watts was buried the 25th day of June 1676"


Richard and Margaret had the following children:

1. Richard, christened 5 March 1648 in Cropredy.

*2. Isaiah, christened 22 September 1649 in Cropredy; married Anne.

Isaiah Watts

  Christening record for Isaiah Watts in Cropredy: "Isaiah Watts the sonne of Richard Wats and Margaret his wife was
  baptized the xxii day of September"


3. Elizabeth, christened 7 August 1651 in Cropredy.

4. Ann, christened 18 March 1653 in Cropredy.

5. Arthur, christened 21 September 1655 in Cropredy.

6. Job, born 12 October 1657 in Cropredy; christened 18 October 1657 in Cropredy; married Sarah Gardner 5 February 1686; buried 16 February 1716 in Cropredy.

7. John, christened 2 September 1660 in Cropredy.


SOURCES: Cropredy parish register.


FAMILY GROUP RECORD OF
ARTHUR WATTS AND
ANNE WARREN


Arthur Watts was christened 8 September 1588 in Cropredy, the son of Rychard and Anne Watts. He appeared on a list of scholars at the Williamscot school in 1598, along with his brothers Richard and William.


Arthur married Anne Warren in 19 November 1616 in Cropredy.

Arthur Watts marriage

Marriage record for Arthur Watts and Anne Warren in Cropredy:
"Arthur Wattes & Anne Warren weare married the xixth daye of November, 1616"


Arthur's occupation was husbandman. The family is mentioned in The Town of Cropredy: "The Watts house down Creampot Lane had a constant supply of adult sons and daughters taking turns to help their widowed mother, eldest brother Arthur and Richard Hall to run the farm. Then came the dreadful winter of 1623/4 when all those siblings taking their turn at home died. By 1624 the reduced household had only Richard Hall, the young widow Ann Watts (Arther's wife) and George Watts surviving and they took on John Clifford and Alice Page as staff." In four months, from October 1623 to January 1623/4, five members of the family died, and their burials are listed in the Cropredy parish register - in October William Watts died, in November Anne Watts died, in December Joanne Watts died, and in January both Anne Watts and Arthur Watts died. Arthur's mother Anne died January 16, and Arthur died six days later, and was buried 22 January 1624 in Cropredy.



Arthur Watts burial

Burial record for Arthur Watts in Cropredy: "Arthur Watts was buried the xxijth daye of January"



Arthur left an inventory dated 5 April 1624.



Arthur Watts inventory


A true and pfect inventorye of all the goodes, cattles and chattles that Arthur Watts late of Cropredy in the Countie of Oxon, husbandman died possessed of, taken and praised the fifth daie of Aprill 1624 by John Hunt, William Battle and John Trusse as ffolloweth:

Imprimus, all his weareinge apparrell  2-0-0
Item, in the hall seaven piece of pewter  0-6-8
Item, two brasse potts, two kettles and a posnet  0-16-0
Item, in the lower chamber a oulde cubborde, one little table and a frame  0-5-0
Item, woole two tods and a half  2-0-0
Item, in the upper chamber one shaudinge bed with furniture belonging to it   1-0-0
Item, one coffer, nyne paire of sheets, six napkins, two tables with other small lynnenns  2-6-8
Item, one cradle, two other coffers, two boulsters, one hillinge with other small implements in the same roome  1-3-4
Item certayne wollen yarne  0-1-0
Item, one cowe and eighteen sheepe  6-3-4
Some total  16-11-0

Anne was left a young widow, with a six year-old daughter, four year-old daughter and not quite one year old baby boy. Two years later she married Richard Hall, yeoman farmer, 20 September 1626 in Cropredy. Richard was Anne's daughter Hanna's godfather.


Anne Watts Hall marriage

Marriage record for Anne Watts and Richard Hall in Cropredy:
"Richard Hall & Anne Watts weare married the xx daye of September: 1626"


Richard and Anne are mentioned in The Town of Cropredy: "As a widow played no part in parish affairs, Arthur's widow Ann Watts (who still had Richard Hall farming the land as her late husband and mother-in-law had done) could not help with the manor court, the church or parish work. Richard Hall as a bachelor was also prevented from doing so until he finally marries the young widow Ann. From that time onward he is in charge as head of the household and would be called upon to help with town business. He dies a yeoman, whereupon the young Richard Watts takes up his rightful place with his mother farming the Watt's land."



Richard and Anne did not have any children, and Richard died and was buried 8 January 1633 in Cropredy. He left a will, written 14 February 1627 and proven 9 April 1634:

Richard's will mentions:
"My sister Elizabeth Ffrench"
“Item I give and bequeath to my god daughter Hanna Watts the daughter of Arthur Watts eleven pounds
"Dorothy Hall the daughter of John Hall twenty shillings"
"To all the rest of my godchildren twelve pence apeece"
Item I give and bequeath to Elizabeth Watts daughter of the said Arthur Watts tenn pounds
Item I give to the said Elizabeth Watts and Richard Watts her brother too ewe sheepe apiece.
"Item I give and bequeath to my kinsman George Watts ten pounds.
"Item I give and bequeath unto Anne my nowe wife my house and land in Banburye which is nowe in the occupation of John Hoole and Thomas Baker dureinge the minoritye of Richard Watts her sonne halfe the rent and benefit of the said house and land from such tyme as he shall accomplish the age of one and twentye years, until Anne my now wife dye or marry. Item the other halfe of the rent and benefit of the said house and land I give to Anne my said wife dureinge her naturall life, if she continue soe longe a widdowe. Item after the death or marriage of my said wife I give and bequeath the said house and land unto the said Richard Watts and to his heires and assignes for ever. Item all the rest of my goods, cattles and chattles unbequeathed, my debts and legacyes beinge paid and funeral expenses discharged I give and bequeath unto Anne my said wife whom I make sole executor of this my last will and testament houly and honestly to pforme it according to my true meaneinge herein sett downe and declared. And for the better pformance hereof I will and desire my welbeloved brother John Hall and my loveinge neighbor Ambrose Holbech to be the overseers of this my said last will and testament
A note is added to the bottom of the will in 1633 and witnessed: "Anno Dom 1633 the first daye of Jannuarie: My will is I give George Watts ten pounds."



Arthur and Anne had the following children:

1. Hanna, christened 14 September 1617 in Cropredy.

2. Elizabeth, christened 29 June 1619 in Cropredy.

3. John, christened 7 July 1621 in Cropredy; may have died young.

*4. Richard, christened 9 March 1623 in Cropredy; married Margaret Moss in Cropredy; buried 25 June 1676 in Cropredy.

Richard Watts baptism 1623

Baptism record for Richard Watts in Cropredy: "Richard Watts the sonne of Arthur Watts and Anne his wife was baptized
the ixth daye of March 1622"



SOURCE: Cropredy parish register.



FAMILY GROUP RECORD OF
RYCHARD AND ANNE WATTS



Rychard Watts was born in about 1560 of Cropredy. He married Anne. He was a husbandman. Rychard died and was buried 25 June 1602 in Cropredy.

Richard Watts burial 1601

Burial record for Richard Watts in Cropredy: "Richard Watts was buried the xxvth day of June"


Richard left a will:


Rychard Watts will 1602


In the name of God Amen, the foure and twentith day of June in the yeare of our Lord 1602, and in the three and fortieth yeare of the rayne of our Soveraigne Ladie Elizabeth Queene, I Richard Watts of Cropredie in the countie of Oxon, husbandman, sicke in bodie but pfect in memory, thanks be to God doe ordeyne and make this my last will and testament in manner and forme followinge: ffirst bequethinge my soule to almightie God hopinge to have full remission and pardon of all my sinnes by the death and passion of Jesus Christ and I will my bodie to be buried in the churchyard of Cropredie. My goods I doe give as followeth to every of my children I give three poundes six shillings & eight pence apiece of lawfull English money desiring my wife to take the care and education of my said children at her charges until they may be otherwise honestly pvided for. The rest of all my goods, chatels and cattles I give wholy unto Anne Wats my wife whom I make and ordeyne executor of this my will and testament, shee paying my debts and be all the decent charges of my buryall.


Rychard also left an inventory:


Rychard Watts inventory 1602


A true inventory of all the goods chattels and cattles of Richard Watts, late of Cropredy in the countie of Oxon, husbandman, deceased taken the fourth day of August in the xviijth yeare of the raingne of our soverainge Ladie Queen Elizabeth, prised by Willm Lillie, Edmund Timms and Willm Watts as followeth:

Imprimus, all his apparel  xls
Item, eight beasts, iij calves  xis
Item, iiij horses and mares vl vis xiijd
Item, ij carte, one plow, ij harrowes, plow tymber & dung cart with the drafte  xiiijd
Item, xxi sheepe and ij lambs  iijl
Item, the hay  viijl
Item, the crop of corne in the ffeild  xxl
Item, the wood about ye ground   xls
Item, the horse geares, a cart & a syth  xiijs viijd
Item, the horse cart, leases, bease standerd & seven borde  viijs
Item, a string vall & house ____  viijs
Item, an hayne and a winnow sheet  viijs
Item, the tules and a little wood lying about them  xijs
Item, iij ladders & the pultrie  xijs
Item, all the brasse  xs
Item, the pewter   xijs
Item, the lead & ye malt mill  xxs
Item, the bulting whitch & the dough trough  xs
Item, the dishes, boles ___ spoones and trenchers  iijs
Item, the cowpery ware  xs
Item, ye __ cubbarde & pott hangers  ijs vid
Item, a black bitt fork, hatchet & ye old iron  vijs
Item, iiij barrels  vs
Item, the tables, frames, benches, stoles and chayres   xijs
Item, the cubbard and a little safe  vis
Item, certain coffers   vis viijd
Item, a garner & old chest   vis viijd
Item, iij wheales
Item, an iron bar and ye grate  vs
Item, certain bed timber  vs
Item, certain bedsteds and a cradle   xijd
Item, the ___ bottles, and a little yeason    vjs
Item, the presse, hosecart * certain bords  vs
Item, ye wooll ___ vs
Item, the wooll   xvis
Item, the bedding  iijl viijs
Item the flaxkett & big kett  xijd
Item, the napine ware   vijl
Item, a painted cloath   ijs
Item, the frying pan, gridiron & a lantern  ijs


In 1618 the Watts appeared in a list of Easter oblations:

Richard hall
Wyddow watts
arthur watts...ux
wam somerfield,,,,,,ijd
wam watts...............ijd
joane watts .............ijd
ane watts ................ijd



The family is mentioned in The Town of Cropredy: "The Watts house down Creampot Lane had a constant supply of adult sons and daughters taking turns to help their widowed mother, eldest brother Arthur and Richard Hall to run the farm. Then came the dreadful winter of 1623/4 when all those siblings taking their turn at home died. By 1624 the reduced household had only Richard Hall, the young widow Ann Watts (Arther's wife) and George Watts surviving and they took on John Clifford and Alice Page as staff." In four months, from October 1623 to January 1623/4, five members of the family died, and their burials are listed in the Cropredy parish register - in October William Watts died, in November Anne Watts died, in December Joanne Watts died, and in January both Anne Watts and Arthur Watts died. "Going on down Creampot Lane to just one more farm we find the Watts household headed by Richard Hall and not widow Watts or her eldest son Arthur. Richard, we have to presume, had entered the lease on their farm when the widow was still young, enabling the family to carry on until the eldest son could take over at the start of the next lease. Arthur never did, for although he had already married and had three children he died during an epidemic, and never entered upon the lease. The same fever took the lives of his young adult siblings who came back possibly to nurse the sick and tragically endangered their own lives. The lists show that before that dreadful year the siblings took turns to be home acting as servants." (The Town of Cropredy)


Anne Watts, the mother and older widow died 16 January 1623/4.


Anne Watts burial 1623

Burial record for Anne Watts in Cropredy: "Anne Watts was buried the xvith daye of January 1623"
The burial record for her son Arthur is the next entry in the parish register.


 Anne left a nuncupative (verbal) will:


Anne Watts will


I Anne Watts of Cropredy in the Countie of Oxon, widdowe, doe give all my goods whatsoever unto George Watts my sonne and Elizabeth Wattes my daughter. This she published as her will nuncupative the daie above said in the presents of us.
Richard Read
Anne Watts and others


An inventory was also created for Anne:


Anne Watts inventory


A true and pfect inventory of all the goods, cattles and chattles that Anne Watts, late of Cropredy in the Countie of Oxon, widdowe, dyed possessed of, taken and praised the sixth daie of Aprill 1624 by John Hunt, William Cattell and John Crusse as ffolloweth:
Imprimus, all for weareinge apparel  1-10-0
Item, nyne peice of pewter and six peices of brasse  0-13-4
Item, fower paire of sheets, two tables, clothes and three napkins  0-13-4
Item, one bed furnished  0-16-6
Item, two hillinges  0-8-0
Item, one little box with small lynnens and other small implemenets  0-1-6
Item, certayne woolen yarne  0-2-6
Some total this inventorie  4-5-2


Anne's inventory is discussed in The Town of Cropredy: "In the more frugal household down Creampot Lane the fact that widow Watts had 33% of her belongings in clothes was not proof that Anne had a large and magnificent press and coffer full of the latest gowns. On the contrary, this lady having been a widow for twenty years and brought up a large family who went to school, had relinquished the farm years ago to Richard Hall, and now she and half her family were ill and dying. She has just an ordinary amount of clothes, nine pieces of pewter and six of brass, her bedstead, some sheets, two hillings, a little box and 2s-6d worth of woollen yarn, and the whole lot came to no more than £4-5s-2d. The reason now becomes clear why she appeared so well off for clothes. It has to be stated that she lived in her house with the family, and whatever calamity had befallen them, it happened while they still lived in a two and a half storey house with a chimney in the hall. It was not because she lived in a hovel. Her son Arthur also had two chambers and the hall was his, being presumed the head of the household, but he left only £16-11s when he died a week after his mother, at thirty-five. Of the stock on the homestall shared with Richard Hall he had one cow and eighteen sheep, with no corn at all."  


Rychard and Anne had the following children:


*1. Arthur, christened 8 September 1588 in Cropredy; married Anne Warner 19 November 1616 in Cropredy; buried 22 January 1624 in Cropredy.

Arthur Watts baptism
 
 Baptism record for Arthur Watts in Cropredy: "Arthur Watts the sonne of Rychard Watts and Anne his wyfe was christened the eight of September


2. Richard, christened 7 December 1589 in Cropredy.

3. William, christened 20 Aug 1591 in Cropredy; buried 12 October 1623.

4. George, christened 8 December 1592 in Cropredy.

5. Elizabeth, christened 1 January 1594 in Cropredy.

6. Annes, christened 14 January 1599 in Cropredy.


SOURCES: Cropredy parish register; will of Rychard Watts, 1602; will of Anne Watts, 1623, www.findmypast.co.uk






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