Notes for William Palmer: PLYMOUTH COLONY WILLS AND INVENTORIES
On 2/12 Janry 1637/8, Francis Cooke was a member of the jury which tried the case of John and Elizabeth (Hodgkins) (Palmer) Willis against the executors of the estate of William Palmer, Sr. John Willis was quite visible in the early records. Not a great deal is known about William but he is with some frequency mentioned in early records.
[Vol. 1, fol. 28] A true Coppy of the last Will & testament Willm Palmer th elder proved before the Govnr and Assistants at a Court held the fourth of December in the thirteenth yeare of the Raigne of our Sovraigne Lord Charles by the grace of God of England Scotland ffrance and Ireland King Defender of the fayth &c 1637
I William Palmer of Ducksborrow Nayler being ill in body but of pfect memorie not knowing how nere I am to my death think good briefely to settle my estate, yet hope if God spare life to set downe thinges more perticulerly hereafter. In the meane tyme for the disposeing of my outward estate this is my will & Testament ffirst of all I ordaine my loveing frends mr Willm Bradford mr Edward Winslowe and mr Thomas Prince my Executrs.
Next of all whereas I have marryed a yeong weoman who is deare unto me I desire them to deale well wth her: but my desire is that my estate consisting of lands houseing goods chattells &c may be sould and turned into money, all but such of my mooveables as my Executrs aforesaid shall thinke meete to give her for her present comfort: next my estate being wholly sould as afore my desire is that my wife may not have lesse then one third thereof. And if in case shee be wth child Then that one other third of my estate be prserved and improved by my Executrs for that child as myne heire.
And that if in case shee be not wth child Then I would have myne Executrs as in conscience they are pswaded out of the remaynder of my estate deale wth Rebecca my Grandchild and Moyses Rowly whom I love, but not so as to put it into their father or mothers hands but prserve it for them till they come to yeares of Discretion.
Next my Debts being payd I would have myne Executers to give somewhat to Stephen Tracy and somewhat towards the meeting house at Plymouth, also I would have yeong Rowly to be placed wth mr Partridge that hee might be brought up in the feare of God, and to that end if his father suffer it I give mr Partridg five pounds.
And if in case my sonne Henry or daughter Bridgitt be liveing if they Demaund it I give them fourty shillings a peece if they be liveing
That this is my Deede witnes my hand & Seale the seaventh of Novembr 1637 Witnesses hereunto The marke of Thomas Burnes Wm Palmer William Basset It was the will of the Testator that his wyfe should bee ruled by her auncient mr Edward Winslow in her marriage if she looke to ptake in any pt of this estate otherwise not Also that John Willis have fourty shillings Witnes Thomas Burnes William Basset Thom Burnes sworne to this will the 4th Decembr 1637 at a Court of Assistants. Wm Basset deposed to this will the 5th march 1637 Vid. Crt orders
p. 144 An exact Inventory of all the mooveablegoods of Willm Palmr thelder taken the XIIIth of Novembr 1637 by Jonathan Brewster Edmond Chaundler Willia Basset & John Willis
------------ There is a fair amount of information on the Palmer family startin with William in the book "Stephens-Milks Ancestry by Grace G. Sweek - 1996 The information below is all from her book:
Some of what is listed is as follows: William Palmer born ca 1575 in England, died ca Nov. 10, 1637, probably in duxbury, Mass. He apparently had three wives, one of unkown name, second possibly Frances Blossom (both marriages in England). He married ca 1637 in Duxbury, Mass., Mary "Trine". (acutal surname unkown presumably called trine to denote third wife) William was a nailer (maker of nails), arrived at Plymouth NOv. 11, 1621 on the "Fortune". He had probably two with him, one probably his son "William" age about 8 0r 9, and other his servant, William Carvanyell. His wife Frances probably came alone in the "Ann" or the "Little James" arriving probably in June, 1623. This information she says comes from "Hotten's Lists of Immigrants to America." It also says William became a prosperous merchant, and had many servants. She says it is not known how many of his first 5 children may have been by his first wife. She says it is assumed that the 5th child William was by his second wife, Frances, but this is only an assumption. It is also possible the first 4 children were left in England, as Frances came alone.Those children were: probably by first wife Sarah Palmer, born ca 1604 England, died 1633, married Henry Rowley in England, 3 children
Henry Palmer, bapt. ca 1605 England
Bridget Palmer, bapt. July 3, 1608 Snodland, Kent, England
John Palmer, bapt. April 28, 1611 Snodland, Kent, England probably died young
probably by second wife: William Palmer, born ca 1613 London, England, died Aug. 1636, married Elizabeth Hodgkins in 1634, had 1 child, Rebecca. Widow Elizabeth married John Willis, who brought suit against estate of William on behalf of his wife, the former Elizabeth Palmer.
by third wife, Mary ?Trine" William Palmer born June 27, 1638, after his father had died
There is a lot more information on the Palmer family, much too much to enter here. I don't know if her book is still available, but if you are interested I can give you her address which is in the front of the book.
Daughter Sarah arrived on the Mayflower II in 1629. She then says both Frances and Sarah died in a fever epidemic in 1633, followed by William Jr. in 1636. William Sr. named 2 children, Henry and Bridget in his will, "if they are still living". His third wife was also mentioned. She also says William Sr. had two sons named William, the second being born after the first died, and also after Wm. Sr. died. I hope this helps you somewhat.
More About William Palmer: Note: November 21, 1621, Arrived in Plymouth, Mass, on the Fortune, the next ship after the Mayflower.1651 Will: March 05, 1637, Will Proved at Plymouth Colony.1652
Children of William Palmer and Elizabeth Hodgkins are: