Thomas Willett in England
was one of the proctors General of the Court of Canterbury of the Arches in the city of London, and citizen and Cloth worker of London. His wife's name was
He had a son
and a daughter
. He had a Manor in Walthamstow. He was probably buried in the cryptof the church that is still standing. Don and I went there and saw the church, butwith the passing of the years, Walthamstow has become part of the greater Londonand is now a city. There was no sign of the Manor house and the beautiful countryas it must have been in his time. The will was written on the 20th of October 1593.
Edward Willett had a son, Thomas Willett,
christened on the 5th of September 1571 at Saint Peter-Le-Poer,
Saint Peter-Le-Poer isamong the churches that were demolished in
The present block of ground lying between STONE and PEARL Streets,Coenties Alley and Hanover Square, which constituted, in the 17th century, thesmall track situated East of the STADT HUYS and between HOOGH STRAETand the river shore became, at an early day, somewhat of an English quarter in thetown. Here in 1645,
Thomas Willett received a grant of land lying next to the'GREAT TAVERN'
a parcel of irregulate shape, averaging about one hundredand seventy-five feet in width, and extending from the road or HOOGH STRAET,to the river, a distance of something over one hundred feet.
, thegrantee of the HOOGH STRAET land, -
appears in 1643
, then being a young
man of twenty-two years
- as one of the English soldiers in the employ of theWest India Company.
Emigrated from the Shire of Essex in England,
heremained in New Amsterdam for several years, still apparently in the employ of theWest India Company. He was one of those who took part in the massacre of theIndians, by Director Kieft's orders on the night of 25 February, 1643 at Paviona.Upon the next day, he was one of the witnesses of the killing of the Dutchman,Dirck Straetmaker, and his wife, who in spite of warnings to the contrary hadinsisted on visiting the scene of the horrid butchery of the preceding night, wherethe bodies of the slain were still lying. He and his wife were there murdered bysome of the enraged Indians who had already begun to gather in the vicinity - theDutch soldiers being too far away to afford relief.
He married in 1643, Sarah Cornell.
Sarah Cornell was the daughter of
Thomas Cornell who left from England to come to Boston in 1636
with thesecond Winthrop Expedition and Rebecca Briggs. Thomas Cornell, with hisfamily, had immigrated to America several years before, from the Shire of Essex inEngland. They had acquired from the Indians a tract lying just east of the BronxRiver. Here he established a plantation, which with those of his neighbors, JonasBronck and Edward Jessup, formed the outposts of civilization, near NewAmsterdam along the East River. Thomas Cornell's tract soon took the name of Cornell's Neck, and his farmhouse was situated nearly two miles southeast of the