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Descendants of Edward Willett

Generation No. 2


2. EDWARD2 WILLETT (EDWARD1) was born October 19, 1657 in Hertford, England. He married TABITHA MILL, daughter of WILLAIM MILL and TABITHA HILLIARY. She died January 20, 1701 in Prince George's County, Maryland.

Notes for E
DWARD WILLETT:
Edward Willett (2), the progenitor of those Herin enumerated, was born on October 19, 1657, in Hertford, England, the son of Edward Willett (1) and Elizabeth Pegg. Edward Willett (2) was christened in Hertford's Church of All Saints and Saint John, the same Church in which his parents were married on November 18, 1656. According to a deposition in 1718, Edward Willett gave his age as 60. Additional depositions continue to place his date of birth as 1657 / 1658.

During the Colonial Period double year dates are given on many wills and other documents. In 1582 the Roman Catholic Church adopted a new, more accurate calendar known as the Gregorian calendar to replace the Julian calendar. Catholic countries followed suit. England did not adopt the Gregorian calendar until September 1752. The difference in the calendars was significant. The New Year started on January 1 in the Gregorian calendar and March 25 in the Julian calendar. When England and the colonies changed over to the Gregorian calendar a period of eleven days had to be canceled out. The day following September 2, 1752 became September 14, 1752. Riots erupted because of the loss of those eleven days.

While England was not using the Gregorian calendar, they did take notice of it. Documents and legal papers recorded both dates. After December 21, 1637, one might see January 1, 1637/8. Then starting March 25, both calendars would be 1638.

Elizabeth Pegg, the mother of Edward Willett (2), was christened at All Saints and St John's Church in Hertford on February 10, 1632. She was the daughter of John Pegg and Mary ____. John Pegg was christened in the same Church on June 2, 1605 and his Father's name was given as Henry Pegg. Through his mother's side of

the family Edward Willett (2) was raised as an Anglican, with their Church often being referred to as The Church of England, or Episcopalian. Maryland documents reveal St Paul's Anglican Church at Mount Calvert (Charles Town) where Edward Willett (2) lived as early as 1682. Eventually this deteriorating Church was replaced by St Middleton, in Baden.

Just when Edward Willett was brought into the Province of Maryland by his uncle has not been proved. It was probably as early as 1666. Edward Willett (2) was in Maryland as a young boy. In 1674 he was sent to London and apprenticed to Daniel Mason to learn the pewter trade. Daniel Mason had been apprenticed to Richard Willett from 1662 to 1669, and then Daniel Mason opened his own shop in 1672. When Edward Willett (2) enrolled in London to learn the trade of a peweter, his father's name was given as Edward Willett (1).

Richard Willett, the London peweter, was a first cousin of Edward Willett (1), the father of Edward Willett (2). As a very young lad, Edward Willett (2) may have been inspired by this cousin of his father's. the peweter mark of Richard Willett, who received his mark in London around 1660, bore the 'willett bird'. Edward Willett's (2) mark bore the willett bird and his name.

In A SHORT HISTORY OF PEWTER, by Elsie Englefield printed in London in 1933, she states:
Pewter is mainly composed of tin. The highest priced metal in the trade, known as 'tin and temper'(best quality) is an alloy with copper and antimony, and is free from lead... The original standards of quality for making different articles in Pewter have survived the ages... English pewter dates back to the tenth century, and was in common use until the middle of the 18th century. The Pewter manufacturers had no competition and were generally very wealthy (pgs 24-27).

The earliest records of the Worshipful Company of pewters are to be found in their ordinances for the year 1348. These regulations insisted upon a high standard of quality and workmanship in the trade, and also included fines and penalties if disregarded. Evidence of insistence of good work can be seen in specimens of Pewter preserved to this day in museum and in the collections of expert Pewter lovers. In 1503 an Act of Parliament gave the Company authority to control the trade, making it compulsory for all makers to stamp their ware with a Touch mark or Punch; also to register their mark on the Touch Plates of the Company. All makers were compelled to adhere to the standard of quality demanded by the regulations of the Company. Searchers were appointed to visit the Pewter markers, and inspect the work. If found to be inferior it was destroyed, and in some cases the makers fined. Registration of Touch marks continued to about the year 1824, and it is by this means that the date and the maker can be determined.

When he was twenty-three years of age, Edward Willett received his mark and became a Pewterer. He was given leave to strike his touch, in the Pewterer's Hall of London in 1684/ 1685 (Older Pewter by Cotterell, pg 337, #5161). The family coat of arms was sometimes used as an inscription on the pewter's touch. Toward the end of the 17th century, the touches appeared with the maker's names. Edward Willett (2) incorporated both practices in his touch.

The Willett families in England had coats of arms so similar that it is certain they were originally of one family. On the top of each Willett coat of arms is found a bird over a crown, as Edward Willett (2) had struck on his touch. The original will of Edward Willett (2) of Prince George's County, Maryland, still in existence in the Hall of Records in Annapolis, carries his seal - his mark. The seal bears the imprint of a bird with a crown over it. His seal places Edward Willett (2) as an English Willett descendant. The bird found on the top of the crest and coats of arms is said to be a willett, a large light-colored shore bird, known for it's loud cry 'wil-, wil-, willett'.

On October 6, 1684, Edward Willett (2) was in the pewter business with John Corinall for a short period. Edward Willett never had his own shop as his name does not appear on the British yeomanry list of Pewters. Sometime after 1685 and prior to 1692 Edward Willett returned to the Province of Maryland and settled at Mount Calvert near the Patuxent River. Edward Willett's pewter business was no doubt slight in the limited population near Mount Calvert. Edward Willett is ranked among the earliest of American Pewters by Laughlin in his book THE PEWTERERS OF THE SOUTH. To date, no pewter bearing the touch of Edward Willett has been found.

In 1692, Edward Willett is recorded in Maryland records as Clerk of the Vestry, St Paul's Parish in Mount Calvert. Edward Willett, a well educated man, had to be a man of standing in his Episcopalian community in order to be clerk of St Paul's Parish. In other records Edward Willett is noted as 'pewterer' and 'planter'.

On October 10, 1694 Edward Willett witnessed the will of Thomas Barnard of Calvert County. I n the accounts of Thomas Barnard's estate on May 12, 1696, it states that Edward Willett received payment for the schooling of two of the sons of the deceased. Edward Willett appears to have done some tutoring. In 1695, with Samuel Magruder and William Mill, Edward Willett was named as overseer for the will of Thomas Blanford of Prince George's County, his step father-in-law. In the will of Richard Chaffee of Prince George's County in 1698, Edward Willett and Samuel Magruder were named as overseers for his will. All these gentlemen were parishioners of St Paul's Parish in Mount Calvert.

In 1697, as clerk of the vestry of St Paul's Church at Mount Calvert, officially called Charles Town, Edward Willett presented a petition to have the court clear the title of the Church property, which was done.

Prior to becoming the County Clerk, Edward Willett held some civil post in Prince George's County. In 1696 the Civil officers and Magistrate of the Province of Maryland sent a letter to the King which Edward Willett signed. The letter read in part:

      Addressing your Majesty and Joyning with the rest of your
      Loyall Subjects in Congratulating your deliverance from
      the horrid designed Assassination against your Sacred person...

Edward Willet was influential in civic affairs as well as Church affairs. In 1698, Edward Willett, pewterer, was appointed clerk of the county court of Prince George's County, replacing Joshua Cecil who had kept the records since the erection of the County. Edward Willett served as clerk from 1698 - 1711.

      Gentlemen, I have herewith Sent you a Commission for
      MR WILLETT to be Clerk of your County whome after
      Securyty given and the Oaths taken According to the
      Usuall manner you are to Admitt. See that all Records
      and other matters to your Court belonging be delivered
      to him. So I remaine your Loving Friend. (This was signed

      by Francis Nicholson on August 23, 1698, at the Prince
      George's Court which was held at Charles Town).

Edward Willett's duties were written as follows:

The condition of this obligation is such that whereas the
      Honorable Sir Thomas Lawrence Barronett, his Magesty's
      Secretary of Maryland hath constituted and appointed the
      Said EDWARD WILLETT to be Clerk of Prince George's
      County and thereby committed to his care and Custody
      all the bookes Records Court Rules and other things and
      papers to the Said office and place of Clerk aforesaid belonging and Appertaining Now if the Said EDWARD
      WILLETT doe in all things according to the duty and
      trust of the said office and place well and truly Execute
      and performs the Same trust and Charge and the Said
      keeper and take Care of and preserve well and faithfully
      make and Enter without any Fraud concealment or delay
      and the Said Office and place with all the Bookes, Records
      and Court Rules and other Deeds and writeings thereunto
      belonging doe Surrender and deliver up when here shall
      be Lawfully discharged of the Said Office and place of
      Clerk as aforesaid that then this Obligation to be voyd or
      else to Remaine in full force and virtue. (Signed by Edward
      Willett, Ninian Beall and Samuel Magruder in the presence
      of Thomas Hollyday, John Wightt, and John Hawkins)

In 1708 Edward Willett was employed by the justices to write the rules of the court on parchment, frame them, and place them in the most visible place in the court house.

While he was fulfilling the office of Clerk, Edward Willett recorded the dates of his children. In the August 1699 court he recorded, "Bridgett Willett dau to Edward and Tabitha Willett borne in Mount Calvert the 18th day of July 1699". In the November Court of 1708 the following children were recorded as having been born to Edward and Tabitha Willett: Ninian Willett born on November 30, 1701, Edward Willett born January 12, 1703, and Thomas Willett born August 9, 1708.

For Edward Willett life began at forty. His only marriage was to Tabitha Mill, the daughter of William Mill and Tabitha Hilliary. After his marriage Edward Willett received his first deed for property. Edward Willet became clerk of Prince George's County in 1698. In July of 1699 his first child was born and in August of 1699 he had his mark for cattle and hogs recorded. So within a two year period Edward Willett became a professional person, a husband, a father, a planter, and the owner of a small plantation.

On July 28, 1698 Edward Willett purchased from Ninean Beall a 43-acre tract called "Beall's Craft" on the west side of the Western Branch of the Patuxent River near the property of William Shelby. On February 25, 1700 Edward Willett purchased from James Moore a 100-acre tract called "Horse Race", which joined "Beall's Craft on the south. On April 18, 1702 Richard Jones sold Edward Willett a tract called "Bealington" on the west side of the Patuxent River near the land of William Croome which included a dwelling house, barn, stables, yards, gardens, and an orchard, plus an additional 100-acre tract called "Good Luck". Both tracts adjoined the property which he already possessed. Prior to this time, Edward Willett had resided in Mount Calvert on property he had inherited

from his merchant uncle, William Willett. Later, in his will, Edward Willett(2) bequeathed this lot in Mount Calvert to his daughter, Ann Swan.

"Bealington" became the home plantation of Edward Willett and later the home of his son, William Willett (3), and then later the home of his grandson, Edward Willett. The spot on the land where the house of William Willett stood was recorded on a survey plat used in a boundary dispute case in 1789. The land owned by Edward Willett (2) and the house were home to three generations of Willetts.

During the colonial period in Maryland the outstanding land records kept by Lord Baltimore are still in existence. Once Lord Baltimore patented land to an individual, the tract was given a name. To enable the Lord Proprietor to collect the quit rents due two records were kept: the rent rolls which gave the tract name and the notations concerning transactions in regard to it, and the debt books which listed the person's name and tracts they owned, and the rents annually due. The rent rolls cover the entire colonial period. The debt books which are still in existence, cover from 1752 to 1774.

On July 6, 1702 a record was recorded in Prince George's County concerning the heirs of Richard Allen of Middlesex, England, who were trying to recover money, which Edward Willett had borrowed from Allen. On April 7, 1700 Joseph Webb, and Sarah, his wife, the daughter and executrix of Richard Allen, gave power of attorney to John Parker, who was going to Maryland to recover from Edward Willett, late of London, pewterer, then and still in Maryland, sums, goods, merchandise, and effects due Allen. Parker employed Jacob Regnier of Annapolis to represent him. The record shows Edward Willett was from Maryland prior to going to London to learn to learn the pewter trade.

As a young boy, Edward Willett (2) was brought into the Province of Maryland by his uncle William Willett. He lived with his uncle in Mount Calvert, Maryland, until he was nearing the age of eighteen. In 1674 Edward Willett was sent by William Willett to London to learn the trade of a pewterer. By the time Edward Willett was ready to return to Maryland, his uncle William Willett had died intestate. Thomas Stotle who was to administer William Willett's estate had also died. With no money to return to Maryland, Edward worked as a pewterer in London for a time. Then he borrowed money to equip himself with the necessary tools to start his pewter trade and for his return voyage to Prince George's County, Maryland.

On August 12, 1702, Edward Willett purchased from Thomas James a tract of land called "Little Dean" which contained a dwelling house, barns, stables, and 103 acres of ground. A mortgage on this property was recorded on August 19, 1702 between Edward Willett and Jacob Regnier of Lincoln's Inn in order for Edward Willett to pay the debt which he owed to Richard Allen's heirs. "157 acres, part of "Horse Race:...formerly taken up by James Moore and since sold to Edward Willett...also "Little Dean", 103 acres taken up by Thomas James and sold to Willett" were mortgaged. In order to void the mortgage, Edward Willett agreed to pay at the State House in Annapolis ~L173:02:00 in five yearly payments. Edward Willett paid off his mortgages and these tracts were later bequeathed to his children.

On May 3, 1702 Edward Willett had a survey taken of "Bealington" and found that whereas his original deed stated there were 100 acres in the tract, the resurvey showed the tract actually contained 209 acres of land (Land office DD#5:98).

This was not an uncommon occurrence in this period as many tracts had undeveloped
and uncleared wood lands. When a resurvey was taken, there was almost always surplus acreage.

On December 9, 1704 St Paul's Parish was divided with the line "by the plantation of a certain Edward Willett". St Paul's Parish was relocated at Baden, since St Paul's Church in Mount Calvert, built in 1682 was deteriorating. In the register of the newly formed parish, St Barnabus, a Chapel of Ease of St Paul's, Edward Willett is listed for contributing 420 pounds of tobacco for the building of a Church on March 8, 1708. St Barnabus was completed in 1711.

Thomas Sprigg, Sr, wrote his will on May 9, 1704 and desired Samuel Magruder, Sr, Edward Willett, and John Smith to divide his estate among his heirs. Edward Willett with his wife Tabitha, along with Ann Smith were testators for the will of Samuel Magruder on November 23, 1710. Edward Willett witnessed the will of Ninian Beall on January 15, 1717. On April 10, 1717, with Isaac Cecil he administered the estate of Joshua Cecil. He was overseer for the will of Benjamin Berry on November 7, 1719.

On January 22, 1711, Edward Willett acquired a tract of land called, "Dean" which was a part of "Good Luck", from the Widow Susanna Magruder. This 100-acre tract had "edifices, buildings, yards, gardens, and orchards". On June 23, 1719, Edward Willett purchased from Hugh Riley a 172 acre tract called "Riley's Point" on the eastern branch of the Potomac River. This tract contained "old edifices, buildings, yards, gardens and an orchard". On September 10, 1726, Edward Willett witnessed the will of William Carter, tailor, in Prince George's County.

A road went through the pasture on Edward Willett's plantation to the brick Church in Collington Hundred in the March Court of 1729, when he was 71 years old, he asked to have the road closed so he would not have to open and shut the gates. His wish was granted.

The great affection which Edward Willett bore for his children is shown in deeds when he bequeathed land to them. Edward Willett, Sr, planter on June 31, 1728 deeded "for natural affection and fatherly love to his well beloved son Ninian Willett, who is his heir-at-law (eldest son), part of "Good Luck" 100 acres on the west side of Patuxent River purchased of Richard James, "the land which Ninean Willett then lived". On September 10, 1728, Edward Willett, Sr, Gentleman, deeded to Edward Willett, Jr., "in consideration of the natural affection and fatherly love", part of Bealington. On June 12, 1732, Edward Willett purchased a 100-acre tract called "Lick Hill", and before the patent was issued he assigned this tract to his son, Thomas Willett. On December 14, 1743, Edward Willett, pewterer, granted 172 acres of land called "Riley's Plains" for "Natural affection and Fatherly Love", to his daughter Ann Swan and her husband, James Swan, cooper.

Edward Willett owned servants and slaves. Several court records exist pertaining to them.
"Elizabeth Clifford age 4 yr Old the 4th of November last by consent of her mother Abigaile Clifford was bound to Edward Willett till she arrives to ye age of 16 years old", dated June 1701. "Mary Sparrow, dau of William Sparrow is bound to Edward Willett until she comes of age she being 2 years old the 12th of March, last", dated August 1714. In the March 1721 Court "Elizabeth Grimes, a mulattoe servant of Edward Willett, planter, had two bastard children whose father was a negroe". In the January 1728 Court "Edward Willett keeping and clothing Ann Rooksby for the time until Nov. 1728 court". In March 1732 "Elizabeth Grimes bastard child Rachel was bound to Edward Willett until she shall arrive at the age of 16 years".

Edward Willett's children were well educated. No records were found to tell whether they studied in Europe or were taught by their father. Records do exist to show that Edward Willett stood by his family in the good times as well as difficult times. When his grandson Charles Willett had a suit brought against him, Edward Willett paid for the damages involved. When his wayward grandson, Ninian Willett, was repeatedly brought into Court for misdemeanors, it was Edward Willet who paid his fines.

Edward Willett was an ancestor all descendants will fell proud to claim. He lived a long, full, and fruitful life, dying in the winter of 1744 at the age of 86. His inventory lists "one old bible, A prayer Book & the Whole duty of man"-- one answer to his gracious wholesome life. Edward Willett's faith in God, his love of his family, and his closeness to his friends is exemplified from available records. The original will of Edward Willett with his signature, and the original inventory with the signatures of his sons Ninian Willett and James Willett, who signed as next-of-kin., are housed in the Hall of Records in Annapolis. His personal estate, which did not include land, was valued at ~L122:05:04, plus an additional ~L8:15:09, showing him to be a well-to-do man for his period in history. William Willett (3) made the final accounting of his father's estate on April 24, 1746:

The Will of Edward Willett (2) reads:
In the name of God Amen June the Sixteenth One thousand Seven Hundred and forty Three I Edward Willett of Prince Georges County in the province of Maryland being in perfect mind and memory thanks be to God Doe may and ordain this my Last Will and Testament in manner and form following. That is to say First I recommend my Soule into the Hands of the Almighty god that Gave in Hoping through the Merits of Jesus Christ to be received into Eternal Rest my Mortal Body I commit to the Earth to be Decently Buried at the discretion of my Executor hereafter Named and Touching my worldly goods I Give and bequeath the Same in manner and form following viz
Imprimis That all such debts that I owe and have Contracted her in Maryland and funeral charges be justly paid without trouble or Lawsuites -
Item I Give and Bequeath unto my Eldest Son NINIAN WILLETT five Shillings Sterling and the plantation which he now Lives on which I some time agoe Gave to him by A deed of Gift which may be found Among the records of Prince George County-
Item I Give and Bequeath unto my Son EDWARD WILLETT five Shillings Sterling and Sixty acres of Land being part of the Tract of Land I now Live on and made over to him by A deed of Gift Some Time Ago-
Item I Give and Bequeath unto my Son THOMAS WILLETT & his Heirs Lawfully begotten for Ever all that Tract of Land Called Lick Hill belonging to me-
Item I Give and Bequeath unto My Beloved Son William Willett (3) all that Tract of Land called Beale Craft containing forty-three Acres and Eighty Seven acres of tract of Land Called Bealington being that part where I now live with the dwelling house and orchard and all appurtenances there unto belonging to him and his Heirs and Assigns for Ever and I further Give and Bequeath unto My said Son WILLIAM WILLETT (3) All My Pewterers Molds and Other tools thereunto Belonging provided he Doth what necessary pewter the rest of my children shall want for their own proper use in their House they finding Mettle (metal)-
Item I Give and Bequeath unto my Son JAMES WILLETT and the Heirs of his body Lawfully begotten forever all the Remaining part of my Tract of Land called Bealington that is over and above to his two Brothers EDWARD & WILLIAM (3)
WILLETT but in case the Said JAMES WILLETT Shall Die or depart this Life without an Heir of his Body Lawfully begotten then I give and Bequeath the Same to WILLIAM WILLETT (3) and his heirs and assigns for Ever-
Item I Give and Bequeath unto my Daughter ANN SWAN and the Heirs of her body Lawfully begotten forever all that Tract of Land called Ryley's Plains Near or Joining to the Land of Cuttbeard Anderson containing One Hundred & Seventy two acres and I also Give and Bequeath to the said ANN SWAN the acre of Land I Bought of Mr Stodart in the Town of Mount Calvert with the premises therunto belonging but in case She Should Depart this Life without issue of her Body as afore said then I Give and Bequeath all the Said Lands to my Sons THOMAS WILLETT, WILLIAM WILLETT (3), and JAMES WILLETT and their Heirs and assigns forever -
Item I Give and Bequeath to my Three Sons THOMAS WILLETT, WILLIAM WILLETT (3), & JAMES WILLETT and my Daughter ANN SWAN all that Tract of Land called Little Dean that I bought of Thomas James and all that part of the Tract of Land Called Little Dean I bought of Thomas James and all that part of the Tract of Land Called the Horse Race I Bought of Col Ninian Beall and all my Estate both Real and personal that I Shall Die possessed with all or Thereafter in or Not in this my will Other way Given or Disposed of I Leave to be Equally Divided between them and their Heirs and assigns forever-
Item And Lastly it is my will and Desire and I Doe hereby Make Constitute and appoint my Well beloved Son WILLIAM WILLETT (3) whole and sole executor of this my last will and Testament in witness whereof I have hereunto Sett my hand and Seale the Day and Year above Written-

Edward Willett (2) signed his will and affixed his seal. His will was probated on Febuary 7, 1744.









Notes for T
ABITHA MILL:

Tabitha Mill
Wife of Edward Willett

William Mill, the father of Tabitha Mill (2), was born in England in 1628. In a deposition given in 1658 he gave his age as 30. William Mill was living on the Patuxent River in 1659 when a dispute arose over the land on which he resided. He often set on the jury for the Court of Calvert County. He was a witness for several wills in which he signed with his mark "W". On November 24, 1660 William Mill was named as overseer in the will of Jane Fenwick, the Widow of Cuthbert Fenwick of Fenwick Manor on the Patuxent.

On January 18, 1663, William Mill patented his first tract of land called "Trenant" (Patents 7:517). In the Will of John Boage, written July 8, 1667 and probated on December 16, 1667, legacy was left to his countryman, William Mill. Through this legacy William Mill became the possessor of more acreage of

"Trenant", "Dunbar", and "Haddington" which had been patented to John Boage in 1663. These tracts adjoined William Mill's own tract of "Trenant". The property
of William Mill is marked today by a point on the Patuxent Bay called "Milltown Landing". Milltown Landing Road runs through the original William Mill's property.

William Mill wrote his will in Calvert County, Maryland. on March 13, 1676 and was probated on April 26, 1676. In his will he bequeathed his tracts of land, previously mentioned, to his sons after the death of his wife. His wife, Tabitha, was named as executrix. He named his eldest son William Mill, his second son, John Mill, and the daughters (unnamed). He named Alexander Magruder, Samuel Tayler and Ninian Beall as overseers of his will.

TABITHA MILL (1), the widow of WILLIAM MILL (1), married secondly Thomas Blandord. "Tabitha Blanford the relict and executrix of William Mill, late of Calvert County deceased... exhibited her account of the execution of the Testament of the said MILL'S and showed that soon after the decease of the said MILL'S she intermarryed with the said Blanford & that the said Blanford managed her whole business in the Execution of the said Test & payd all the debts of the said deceased & therefore prayed that her acc't be admitted..."

The estate of William was valued at 29,559 pounds of tobacco. A man servant, a boy servant and a woman servant amounted to 6,200 pounds, and his debts were 11,313 pounds. The widow received 6,082 pounds, her third, and the unnamed orphans received 12,164 pounds. At this period of history in Maryland, wealth was determined in pounds of tobacco, and later in pounds of sterling.

Thomas Blanford made his will in Prince George's County on November 18, 1695 and it was probated on April 28, 1698. He named his wife, Tabitha, and his five Blanford children. The overseers for his will were Samuel Magruder, William Mill, and Edward Willett (2). Tabitha Blanford and her son William Mill administered the estate of Thomas Blanford on April 28, 1698, valued at ~L6118:19:02. By January 20, 1700, Tabitha was deceased. Her goods and chattles amounted to ~L93:00:02. Her son, Thomas Blanford administered her estate. "The account of Thomas Blanford adm of all the Singular Goods Chattells and Credits of Tabitha Blanford Widow late of Prince George's County, deceased..." One item in the disbursements was "1000 lbs tobacco was paid Edward Willett (2) part of the portion of Tabitha Mill & in full the same". As the husband of Tabitha Mill Willett (2), Edward Willett (2), was paid her part of her mother's estate.

On March 10, 1703 the bond of Thomas Blanford for the administration of Daniel Jenkins was signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of Edward Willett and Tabitha Willett, with Tabitha making her mark "T". As clerk Edward Willett was a witness for a number of bonds. Tabitha was often one of his other witnesses. Sometimes Thomas Blanford, the half brother of Tabitha also signed.

William Mill II, the brother of Tabitha Mill Willett, signed as the next of kin on the inventory of Thomas Hilliary. Thomas Hilliary is thought to be the brother of Tabitha, their mother, making William Mill and Tabitha Hilliary the parents of William Mill II, Sarah Mill who married Samuel McGruder (not proven), John Mill, other unknown daughters, and Tabitha Mill Willett, the wife of Edward Willett (2). There were close relationships between Samuel McGruder, Edward Willett, and the children of Thomas Hillary, named in his will.

William Mill II, the son of William Mill and Tabitha Hilliary, died in 1704 /05. His widow Elizabeth married secondly Thomas Price, "Elizabeth, widow of William Mills now wife of Thomas Price".

William Mill, Tabitha's brother, after his widow remarried. Edward Willett recorded in the Prince George's County Court Records the dates of birth of the children of William Mill in 1705 as: Tabitha Mill, born October 26, 1697, Verlinda Mill, born January 7, 1699, and William Mill, born October 11, 1695. In the court records of Prince George's County, Maryland during the period while he was Clerk, the only births of children recorded were those of himself and Tabitha Willett, and those of William Mill, Tabitha's brother.

Thomas Price died in Prince George's County in 1727 and his heirs were his widow Elizabeth and their children: Thomas Price, Richard Price, Benjamin Price, Mary Price, Ann Price, and Sarah Price.

On March 10, 1717 William Mill III requested a warrant for a 240-acre tract granted to his Father William Mill, the son of William Mill, who had patented the tract on July 18, 1664. Before the warrant was granted William Mill III died. On August 2, 1718 Tabitha Mill (born October 26, 1697), his sister, administered the estate.

On September 7, 1718 a deposition was made by Edward Willett (2) and Isaac Cecil which stated, "The deponents made oath on the Holy Evangelists that Whereas there was a special warrant granted until William Mill of Prince George's County, deceased for the resurveying a certain Tract of land in the said County called Trenant, he the said William leaving an only sister going by the name of Tabitha Mill who now...to have said Warrant renewed in her own name...that the said Tabitha is the only heir thereof and that the right of inheritance doth, belong to the said Tabitha and further say not." The tract of land called "Trenent" and the surplus land was re-patented to Tabitha Mill, the sister of William Mill, III.

William Mill, III's sister Tabitha Mill married Thomas Sheredine. On October 30, 1739 they sold the 250 acres of "Trenent" and a tract of land called "Dunbar" to James Wilson, and moved to Baltimore County, Maryland. Tabitha was deceased by 1756.

John Mill, the other brother of Tabitha Mill Willett, died in 1717 and in his will named his children: William, Robert, Richard, John, Ellinor, Velinda and Mary Travis and her two children: John Travis and william Mills Travis.

Tabitha, the wife of Edward Willett was living in 1737 when they witnessed the will of Charles Willett, a first cousin of Edward Willett. Sometime between that date and 1743 when Edward Willett made his will, Tabitha died. Edward Willett and his wife Tabitha were buried in the cemetery on their homestead at Bealington.

When the Willett and Mills families settled on the beautiful and fertile lands along the Patuxent River, the chief means of transportation was the river itself. Only gradually was the land cleared and homes built among the forests of trees. Although they owned slaves and indentured servants, the Willett men themselves must have spent their days in planting and cultivating the tobacco fields, raising corn and other plants for food, hunting in the backwoods, and fishing in the Western Branch of the Patuxent River that ran near their home. The waters provided them with an abundance of fish, oysters, and duck, while the forests supplied them with wild deer, turkey, and other game.


Like most people in this period of history, the Willett family initially lived in a wooden structure. Material for their clothing and other manufactured goods were supplied when merchant's ships arrived from England. The seamen on these vessels also brought them news from Europe.

Horses were wild and plentiful in the region. In 1715, "the Assembly enacted legislation requiring that horses must be kept within enclosures between May and November". With the use of horses, roads were eventually built and small communities grew. From court records it is known some of the willett men were instrumental in helping to build these roads.

As Maryland continued to develop, Edward Willett prospered. Calvert County and Charles County were divided and Prince George's County was established on the feast of St George, April 23, 1695. This was a memorable event in the history of Maryland and a great event in the lives of Edward and Tabitha Willett who were married in that year, or shortly thereafter. "Charles Town" as it was officially called but which continued to be known as Mount Calvert, on the west side of the Patuxent River was selected for the new county sear, the location where the earliest Willetts were living.

The Willett family initially belonged to St Paul's Parish. Church activities and gatherings were big occasions in their life. Edward Willett (2) may have met his bride-to-be at a Church function since the Mill family also belonged to St Paul's Church.


When Tabitha Mill Willett Blanford passed away, her son, Thomas Blanford administered her estate (July 9, 1702) The expenses in Tabitha's estate: building of a forty foot house, making of a coffin for her husband, the rum, sugar, and molasses for the funeral, and the payment of Mr Robert Owen, who preached the funeral sermon. There was also the payment to Edward Willett, of 1,000 pounds of tobacco, part of the portion of Tabitha his wife, the daughter of Tabitha and her first husband, William Mill.
     
Children of E
DWARD WILLETT and TABITHA MILL are:
3. i.   WILLIAM3 WILLETT, SR, b. Abt. 1715, Prince Georges County, Maryland; d. Abt. 1772, Maryland.
  ii.   BRIDGETT WILLETT, b. July 18, 1699, Mount Calvert.
  Notes for BRIDGETT WILLETT:
Bridgett Willett died young


  iii.   NINIAN WILLETT, b. November 30, 1701.
  iv.   EDWARD WILLETT, JR, b. January 12, 1703.
  v.   THOMAS WILLETT, b. August 09, 1709.
  vi.   ANN WILLETT, b. Abt. 1712.
  vii.   JAMES WILLETT, b. Abt. 1717.


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