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Edward Rainsford

Male Abt 1609 - 1680  (~ 70 years)


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  • Name Edward Rainsford 
    Born Abt Sep 1609  Staverton, Northampton, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 10 Sep 1609  Staverton, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 16 Aug 1680  Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 17 Aug 1680  Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1078  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 23 Mar 2019 

    Father Robert Raynsford,   c. 09 Jan 1566, Epping, ESS, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Apr 1629  (Age ~ 63 years) 
    Mother Mary Kirton,   d. Aft 20 Apr 1634 
    Married 14 Dec 1602  Croydon, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F484  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Mary ?,   d. Jun 1632, Boston, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Mary Rainsford,   b. 01 Apr 1632, Rainsford Island, Boston, Massacusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Apr 1694, Falmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
     2. Josiah Rainsford,   d. Sep 1632
    Family ID F480  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Elizabeth ?,   b. Abt 1607,   d. 16 Nov 1688, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 81 years) 
    Married Bef 15 Dec 1633 
    Children 
     1. John Rainsford,   b. 30 Jun 1634, Boston, Mass Bay Colony, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1688  (Age 53 years)
     2. Jonathan Rainsford,   b. Oct 1636,   d. 11 Mar 1671, Barbados Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 34 years)
     3. Ranis Rainsford,   b. 04 Jun 1638,   d. 02 Oct 1691, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years)
     4. Nathan Rainsford,   b. 24 Jul 1641, Boston, Mass Bay Colony, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 03 Apr 1676  (Age < 34 years)
     5. David Rainsford,   b. 28 Jul 1644, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Nov 1691, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 47 years)
     6. Soloman Rainsford,   b. 17 Oct 1646, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. 16 Jan 1693, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 46 years)
     7. Elizabeth Rainsford,   c. 25 Feb 1648, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. 25 May 1688, Copps Hill, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 40 years)
     8. Hannah Rainsford,   c. 12 Jan 1650, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. Ann Rainsford,   b. 01 Feb 1651, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 11 Apr 1690, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 39 years)
     10. Edward Rainsford,   c. 15 Oct 1654, 1st Church, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1688, Barbados Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 33 years)
    Family ID F483  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • BURIAL: King's Chapel, Boston "Here lyes the body of MR EDWARD RAYNFORD Senior
      aged 71 years departed this life Anno Domini 16 82 [sic]

      REF: Margaret Olson's Russell/Cole Ancestry
      http://worldconnect.genealogy.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=olsoneme&id=I4289

      Edward was Elder of the First Church of Boston; Freeman, 1637; married (2) Elizabeth Dildee or Dilloe (1607-88) - both are buried in King's Chapel burying ground, Boston; was a merchant. Baptised at Staverton, England 10 Sept 1609, Parish of St. John the Baptist, and was eighth child of Robert. His brother was Lord Chief Justice of England. Edward is mentioned in his father's will as the third son and is to receive 100 pounds when age 21. He emigrated to Boston, Mass. about 1630.Carl Flegal (cflegal@msn.com) offered via email 18 Jun 1999 re: ancestry of Edward back to Charlemagne:The best reference that I have is Gary Boyd Roberts, "The New England Ancestry of H.R.H. The Princess of Wales," NEHGR, 136, 85-103, 1982: "The second royal descent, compiled by H. J. Young from F. N. MacNamara, Memorials of the Danvers Family (of Dauntsey & Culworth) (London, 1895), William F. Carter, The Quatremains of Oxfordshire (Oxford, 1936), volume 8 of the Moriarty manuscript collection and a few other sources, is from Hugh Capet, King of France, d. 996, through counts of Hainault, Roucy, Montdidier, and Clermont, and the Clare, Wake, Duston, Grey of Rotherfield, Breton, Quatremain, Bruley, Danvers, Langston and Giffard families." "These kinships are explored in "The Mowbray Connection," 7: 162-166, 174, 175."Weiss gives the ancestry of Adelaide de Clermont.James A. Rasmussen, "Edward Raynesford of Boston," NEHGR, 225-315, July, 1985 gives the ancestry through Alice Danvers, her father Sir William Danvers of Colthrop, her grandmother Joan Bruley. "Further particulars on Alice's ancestry may be found in Samuel Barfield, Thatchem, Berks, and its Manors (Oxford, 1901), edited by James Parker."Details of these ancestries are found on the internet:One ancestry of Joan Bruley is given at (www.my-ged.com/db/page/scokin/04297). This fits with my reference. I have not entered this ancestry into my computer and can not send you a GEDCOMmyself. I'll be looking for it myself.Paul Bailey McBride carries the ancestry of Thomas de Grey (-1295) on back with many references, (www.tiac.net/users/pmcbride/rfc/gw30.htm#18518)Apparently many New England immigrants descend from Joan Bruley including Ann Mowbray Hutchinson. Joan Bruley's ancestry also appears to be correct at {ww.gendex.com/users/Enf_Bry/Enf_Bry/i372.htm#159565).I have not checked any of the cited references yet.

      REF: The Olive Tree Genealogy
      The Abigail ship passenger list 1635
      Lists Edward Rainsford age 26

    • Roberts-Crosby-Turner, Rootsweb.com
      ORIGIN: London
      MIGRATION: 1630
      FIRST RESIDENCE: Boston
      RETURN TRIPS: Travelled to England and returned 1635 on the Abigail.
      OCCUPATION: Fisherman. On 14 October 1657 "Edw[ard] Rainsford" headed a list of thirteen "fishermen, humbly desiring that they may be exempted from trainings during the time of the fishing season, &c., the Court grants their request". The inventory of Edward Rainsford demonstrates that he had branched out from his fishing activities. He owned portions of several vessels, he owned a lighter, and he owned a warehouse "with privileges," presumably meaning dockside rights, indicating that he was trading with the ships that arrived in Boston harbor, and was reselling the merchandise which he obtained in this way.
      CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: "Edward Ransford" was admitted to Boston church as member #62, which would be in the winter of 1630-1 [BChR 13]. Deacon in the year 1666 and 1667. On 12 February 1668[/9] Edward Ransford and Jacob Eliot were dismissed as deacons "for setting their hands with other brethren to desire their dismission from the church because the church had chosen Mr. Davenport for their pastor". Rainsford then became ruling elder of the Third Church of Boston at its formation in May of 1669.
      FREEMAN: 17 April 1637 (as "Edward Rainsfoard").
      EDUCATION: On 12 August 1636 Edward Ransforde and other of the richer inhabitants of Boston gave 5s. for the maintenance of the free school master. He signed his deeds, as did his second wife Elizabeth. His inventory included "books" valued at 5.
      OFFICES: Petit jury, 1 December 1640.
      Committee to lay the planting ground at Long Island, 24 February 1639. Committee to draw instructions for the selectmen, 11 March 1660/1. Committee to set a rate, 17 March 1661/2. Selectman, 1662-70, 1672. Committee to study the common and wasteland, 21 April 1673. Committee to draw up instructions for the Deputies of the General Court, 14 May 1677.
      ESTATE: In the 1645 Boston Book of Possessions Edward Rainsford held one house and garden bordered by the cove on the south.
      On 9 April 1649 "Ed[ward] Rainsford" was one of the many men who agreed to pay 6d. an acre for their land on Long Island for the use of the school. On 22 February 1657[/8] "Ed[ward] Rainsford" was let a piece of ground behind his garden at 2s. per year.
      On 4 March 1671/2 "Edward Raynsford, fisherman," and Lt. Richard Cooke of Boston, merchant, deeded back to Peter Gee his dwelling house and lands.
      On 15 October 1674 "Elder Edward Rainsford of Boston" deeded to James Brading of Boston, ironmonger, one acre on Long Island in Massachusetts Bay called "Lug's Lot." Elizabeth released her dower.
      On 4 August 1676 Edward Rainsford and Elizabeth his wife deeded for "natural love, goodwill & affection" to "our loving sons John Raynsford, David Raynsford and Solomon Raynsford" a parcel of land and beach at the southerly end of the town.
      On 15 November 1675 Elder Edward Rainsford exchanged small parcels of land with the town.

      In his will, dated 3 August 1680 and proved 28 August 1680, "Edward Raynsford Senior of Boston in New England, merchant, being sick and weak of body," bequeathed to "my loving and dear wife Elizabeth Raynsford" the use of all real and personal estate during her life; "my said dear wife shall have liberty" to give away by will the full sum of 100; "my dear wife may if she see cause before her decease give some part of my estate to such of my children that shall be in necessity for their present relief, which shall be deducted out of that child or children's portion"; "I hereby forgive my daughter Mary Parcyfull the debt of 10 more or less that her husband now oweth unto me, and also I give unto my said daughter Mary Parcyfull the sum of 10 to be paid unto her in goods"; to "my grandchildren, namely Jonathan, Dorothy and Mary, all children of my son Jonathan Raynsford deceased, the sum of 50 apiece to be paid unto them" at twenty-one, but if "my said grandchildren Dorothy & Mary do not carry themselves dutifully to their grandmother and take her and their Aunt Gording's advice in disposing of themselves in marriage that then such of them that so refuseth to do shall forfeit their legacy"; to "my son Solomon Raynsford ... all the land that I formerly laid out to him for an houselot"; to "my son David Raynsford ... all that piece of land which I formerly laid out to him"; "my son Edward Raynsford shall have that house that was my son Nathan Raynsford's, with all the land that belongs to it, he paying to my executrix 350"; after "my said wife's decease the full remainder of all my real and personal estate ... shall be equally divided amongst my children hereafter named, viz., John Raynsford, David Raynsford, Solomon Raynsford, Edward Raynsford, and Ramus Belchar, Elizabeth Greenough, & Anna Hough, and that if any of my children die before my said wife then my will is that their children shall enjoy the legacy hereby bequeathed to such child or children"; "if any of my said children die before my executrix childless, then the legacy hereby bequeathed unto them shall be equally divided amongst my grandchildren, that is to say the children of the children that have been born to me by my now wife"; "my said dear wife Elizabeth Raynsford the sole executrix"; "my loving friends Mr. Edward Willis and Mr. John Hayward both of said Boston" overseers
      The inventory of the estate of "Elder Edward Raynsford late of Boston deceased" was taken 3 September 1680 and totalled 1638 7s. 11d., including 810 in real estate: "dwelling house, barn, with the land as enclosed," 260; "house and land late belonging to Nathan Raynsford deceased," 300; "land upon Raynsford's Island," 10; "land upon Long Island," 10; and "a warehouse with privileges bought of John Phillips," 230. The warehouse shop had fish, but it also had dry goods such as thread, gloves, buttons and cloth. The inventory also showed that Rainsford owned much shipping: "three-sixteenth part of the ship [blank], Jeremy Cushen, commander," 150; "one-fourth of the ketch Mary, Jno. Gardner, commander," 100; "one-fourth of the ketch Swallow, Benj[ami]n Pickman, commander," 100; "one-sixteenth of ship Sarah, Tho[mas] Tuck, commander," 30; and a "lighter and canoe," 12. The inventory showed that Rainsford also possessed "1 negro boy Nat [and] 1 negro girl Nancee," valued at 40.
      In her will, dated 13 November 1688 and proved 14 February 1688/9, "Elizabeth Raynsford relict of Edward Raynsford of Boston deceased" bequeathed to "my grandchild Atherton Haugh" 40s.; to "my grandchild Nathan Raynsford, Solomon Raynsford his son," 40s.; to "my grandchild Newman Greenough" 40s.; to "my daughter Belcher the ten pounds which formerly I lent to her" and some moveables; to "my grandchild Susanna Raynsford daughter of my son John deceased" 5; to "my grandchild Edward Raynsford son of David Raynsford" a silver cup; to "my countryman Tillee" 20s.; to "my husband's daughter Mary Persevere" 40s.; residue of 140 (after legacies are paid) to "be equally divided among my own children now living and born of my body"; "my sons David Raynsford and Solomon Raynsford" to be joint executors.
      BIRTH: Baptized Staverton, Northamptonshire, 10 September 1609, son of Robert and Mary (Kirton) Rainsford. (On 29 December 1671 Edward Rainsford deposed that he was aged "about sixty years"; at his death he was seventy-one years old.)
      DEATH: Boston 16 August 1680 ("Here lies the body of Mr. Edward Raynsford Senior, aged 71 years, departed this life Anno Domini 1682 [sic]" [King's Chapel 37]; 16 August 1680: "Elder Edward Rainsford died, being old and full of days" [Hull 247]; from the Hobart Journal we learn that on 17 August 1680 "Mr. Ransford ruling elder to the Third Church in Boston [was] buried" .
      MARRIAGE: (1) _____ _____. "Wife of Edward Rainsford died" Boston June 1632 (no doubt as a result of the birth of her twins).
      (2) By 1633 Elizabeth _____. On 15 December 1633 "Elizabeth Ransford the wife of our brother Edward Ransford" was admitted to Boston church"; she died at Boston on 16 November 1688 (16 November 1688: "Mrs. Rainsford, the aged Mother, dies"; "Here lyeth buried the body of Elizabeth Raynsford aged 81 years deceased the 16 day of November 1688".