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Hillary Willett, son of Captain William Willett

Hillary Willett, second child of Capt William Willett and Ann Stringer, mar Frances Benthall, son of William Benthall. Hillary Willett wrote his will, 16 April 1735 which was proved 10 June 1735, Wills & Inventories, #18, 1733-1740, to son, William, to son, Hillary, -my three sons William, Douglas, and Hillary, Wife, Frances, to be my exectx. Before It was in 1736 that Frances, widow of Hillary, married Alderton Gelding. To his three grandsons, William, Hillary, and Douglas, 650 acres. The three grandchildren were, now, in the custody of Alderton and Frances Gelding. Capt William Willett gave his dau-in-law, Frances Gelding, use of the 650 acres until the boys became of age. Capt Willett also stipulated that Frances would be responsible for leaning to read, write, and cipher.

 Ralph Whitelaw erred in stating on page 103 that "Elizabeth Willett, dau of Capt William Willett and Ann Stringer, was the widow of Thomas Goffigon (Jr.) whose will was proved on 10 Mar 1752,At the time of Capt William Willett's death Elizabeth Goffigon See Wills & Inventories #20, page 99, Northampton Co. where we find Thomas's" loving wife" a residual legatee and executrix. Capt William Willett left his Daughter, 450 acres, and at that time, Thomas Goffigon was very much alive. John Benthall did marry Elizabeth Goffigon, widow in 8 Jan 1753, Northampton Co.

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