The accompanying notes were gathered chiefly at the Principal Probate Registry, Somerset House, Strand, the Public Record Office, Fetter Lane, and the British Museum, Bloomsbury, while on a visit in London during the summer and fall of 1879. They were written mostly with a pencil, and done in great haste in order to cover as much ground in as short lime as possible. No claim therefore is made for entire accuracy, though it is hoped that very few essential mistakes will be found. They are put forward rather as hints and clues, with a view to promote further research and in the hope that they will lead to additional discoveries that shall result in the inter-weaving of new strands into the great bond of kinship which unites the New World to the Old.

In order that those interested in the various names referred to may know where to look for the full text of any record of which an abstract is here given, the reference, in almost every case, is appended to such abstract, indicating, if a will, the book and leaf, and, if an inquisition or fine roll, the regnal year and part and number. Most of the wills examined were recorded in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury; a few extracts were made from the records of the Consistory and the Commissary Courts of London, and the references in these latter cases indicate which Registry is meant; where no such indication is given the registry of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury is to be understood. Besides the wills thus referred to, a very slight examination was made of the old Pichmondshire wills (now kept in Somerset House), the Devonshire wills (at Exeter) and the Yorkshire wills (at York).

Appended to some of these abstracts will be found more or less copious notes made up from the (rather scanty) resources at hand in Salem, and added with the hope of exciting an interest in other investigators who may have larger means or better opportunities to extend these investigations.

English Gleanings

Surname Page Link
Alley 2 View Page
Aspinall 2 View Page
Balch 3 View Page
Baldwin 7 View Page
Bankes 8 View Page
Bartole 9 View Page
Bartram 10 View Page
Bickford 10 View Page
Bigg 11 View Page
Birchmore 11 View Page
Bolde 55 View Page
Bordman 11 View Page
Bradstreet 12 View Page
Bradstreet 53 View Page
Bray 12 View Page
Bridges 13 View Page
Brisco 17 View Page
Calef 17 View Page
Cash 17 View Page
Champernon 17 View Page
Chever 19 View Page
Choate 19 View Page
Coffin 19 View Page
Collins 20 View Page
Converse 22 View Page
Cotton 22 View Page
Curwen 23 View Page
Daniel 24 View Page
Davison 25 View Page
Downing 26 View Page
Downing 149 View Page
Draper 26 View Page
Edes 27 View Page
Eppes 8 View Page
Evance 27 View Page
Evans 27 View Page
Fenwick 47 View Page
Fielder 34 View Page
Firmin 35 View Page
Firmyn 34 View Page
Fiske 39 View Page
Flint 39 View Page
Fogg 8 View Page
Foster 40 View Page
Gardner 40 View Page
Gilbert 40 View Page
Greenleaf 50 View Page
Guppie 51 View Page
Hacker 51 View Page
Hancock 51 View Page
Haskett 51 View Page
Hassam 53 View Page
Hathorne 53 View Page
Hathorne 48 View Page
Heath 55 View Page
Higginson 56 View Page
Hollock 57 View Page
Holyoke 57 View Page
Ingersoll 59 View Page
Ives 60 View Page
Jefferay 27 View Page
Kemble 62 View Page
Kitchen 62 View Page
Kitteridge 62 View Page
Lillie 62 View Page
Linton 62 View Page
Long 63 View Page
Lord 72 View Page
Manning 73 View Page
Mansfield 77 View Page
Mason 78 View Page
Merry 79 View Page
Newell 79 View Page
Newhall 79 View Page
Norman 84 View Page
Normanton 85 View Page
Northend 85 View Page
Norton 89 View Page
Osgood 98 View Page
Patch 98 View Page
Peache 101 View Page
Pepperell 51 View Page
Phippen 102 View Page
Phips 52 View Page
Pickering 102 View Page
Pilgrim 102 View Page
Poore 103 View Page
Potter 103 View Page
Prince 103 View Page
Putnam 104 View Page
Ruck 105 View Page
Sage 105 View Page
Sargent 107 View Page
Sedgwicke 54 View Page
Sheafe 107 View Page
South 112 View Page
Sparhawke 113 View Page
Stanton 116 View Page
Stileman 118 View Page
Sylvester 55 View Page
Tidd 120 View Page
Traske 121 View Page
Tredwell 121 View Page
Warnett 45 View Page
Washbourne 13 View Page
Waters 121 View Page
Way 130 View Page
West 130 View Page
Wheatland 130 View Page
Whipple 131 View Page
Wilkinson 132 View Page
Willard 131 View Page
Willows 133 View Page
Woodcock 13 View Page
Source: Emmerton, James A. and Waters, Henry F. <cite>Gleanings from English Records about New England Families</cite>. Historical Collections, Essex Institute, Volume XVII, No. 1. Salem: Salem Press. 1880.