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William Ilsley, Bershire England ,
Posted by: Debra Moore (ID *****7558) Date: May 03, 2002 at 12:58:09
In Reply to: Ilsley(Elsley), William; 1608-1612,Berkshire by Carly Jay of 184

Came to Newbury,Mass., from Wiltshire,England in 1635. He was a Yeoman.
Was one of Newbury's first settlers.
(Joshua Coffin-The History of Newbury,Newburyport,West Newbury,pp.305-306)

Notes from William E. Ilsley, William was baptized in the Compton Parish,Bershire,England, September 16,1610...The son of Richard and Jane Lewes(Alias Piper Corvar) Ilsley. Compton Parish is about two miles east of east Ilsley, and about 11 miles west of the county seat,Reading/Caversham.

William and Barbara, William's brother,John, a servant,Davies; the widow Alice Stevens and her two sons were all listed on the personnel ship's manifest of the ship Confidence, which left Southampton and arrived on April 24,1638, in Massachusetts. The people immediately left for Newbury, which was founded in 1635. John Ilsley settled in Salisbury. (LDS Micro 0088235; The American Genealogist,Vol.34,Nr 3, July 1958)

Comment: The Ilsley and Stevens families are very old in English history which is reflected in their armorial shields,i.e. Ilsley "Or two gimel bars sable with three roundels sable in the chief" According to the "Victoria History of the County of Bershire", the anchient name of the family was Hildesley. And before that, de Hildesley. The rule with armorial sheilds was, the more simple, the older.

I have no idea what made William and John Ilsley to emigrate to Massachusetts. They were definitely not poor, having a servant. William died the sixth most wealthy man in Newbury,MA. The family was noted as being an old Catholic family and the religious wars were going on in England at the time. This is just a supposition, as William and John's siblings remained in England. My suspositions are alerted with the ship's manifest (above) which list them as shoemakers; yet when they arrived in Newbury, they became yeoman (well-to-do-farmers).

I was quite surprised to see that the son, Joseph (the sixth child) stayed in Newbury, was awarded the bulk of his father's estate. In that time, it was normal to see the oldest son get all the booty. I wonder what happened?)

Problem area: I have had several people quote William's birthdate as 1608,1610 the problem I am having is William was 26 according to passenger list and John his brother at 24. in 1638 that would place Williams birth around 1612, therefore he could not be Christened in the year 1610. Joshua Coffin states year of Williams birth as 1608, in the History of Newbury. Does anyone have anything that is concrete for Williams birth?

I have alot of info on the Ilsleys, but nothing concrete but if you interested maybe we can help each other.

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