Why did the Wilson family come to live and be born in Windsor Castle? Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor, Christine Rosamond Benton, and, John Gregory Presco are keen to know – even from beyond the grave! The Puritan Adventure to America begins here. Resident, Edmund Wilson, donated one thousand pounds to the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The American, Meghan Markle, has lived in Windsor Castle.
This morning, the Duke of Sussex addressed the world’s media from Windsor. A proud papa, he announced the birth of his first child, saying, “I’m very excited to announced that Meghan and myself had a baby boy early this morning, a very healthy boy. Mother and baby are doing incredibly well,” he said.
“It’s been the most amazing experience I could ever have possibly imagined.”
In many ways, Windsor Castle, and the town of Windsor itself have been central to Meghan and Harry’s love story, so it only makes sense that news of their first child’s arrival would be broadcast from the town.
Prince Harry’s fondness for Windsor started long before he met Meghan.
In fact, it’s where the young prince was christened in December of 1884, and there are adorable photos of Harry riding horses on the grounds as a youngster, going to church services at St George’s Chapel with his cousins, and posing for portraits with the rest of the royal family in the drawing room of the historic castle.
When he was older, Harry attended Eton College, a boarding school which is located just across the River Thames from Windsor, so it only makes sense that he’d now like to share the town with his growing family.
June 7, 2016
1.THOMAS WILSON (1470-)
LADY ANNE CUMBERUETH (1470-)
THOMAS WILSON was born about 1470, of Strubby, England, to unknown parents. He married Anne Cumberworth. He was a yeoman (farmer) of Strubby.
Thomas Wilson died unknown date in England.
LADY ANNE CUMBERWORTH was born about 1478 in Cumberworth, Lincolnshire, England, to Roger Cumberueth and unknown mother. Ann married Thomas Wilson.
Ann Cumberworth died about 1570 in Hartford, Chestershire, England, at about age 92.
Children of Thomas Wilson and Anne Cumberworth:
1.William Cumberworth Wilson was born about 1492, of Penrith, Cumbria, England, to Thomas Wilson (1470- ) and Anne Cumberworth (1478-1570.) He married (1) Sarah Unknown, about 1511; (2)*Helen Isabell Gilmore, about 1545. William Cumberworth Wilson died 27 August 1587, in Lincolnshire, England, age 95.
2.William Wilson, b. 1500, Denton.
2.WILLIAM CUMBERWORTH WILSON (1492-1587)
HELEN ISABELL GILMORE (1496-1545)
WILLIAM CUMBERWORTH WILSON was born about 1492, of Penrith, Cumbria, England, to Thomas Wilson (1470-1530) and Anne Cumberworth (1478-1570.) He married (1) Sarah Unknown, about 1511; (2)*Helen Isabell Gilmore.
William Cumberworth Wilson died 27 August 1587, in Lincolnshire, England, age 95.
HELEN ISABELL GILMORE was born about 1496, of Welbourn, Lincolnshire, England, to unknown. She married William Wilson, at Welsbourne, England.
Helen Isabell Gilmore passed away about 1545, of Windsor, Windsor and Maidenhead, England, age 49.
Children of William Cumberworth Wilson and Helen Isabell Gilmore:
1.William Wilson was born about 1515 to William Cumberworth Wilson (1492-1587) and Helen Isabell Gilmore (1496-1545.) He married Isabell Helen Collins. William Wilson died at Windsor Castle, Berkshire, England, 27 August 1587, and was buried in the chapel at Windsor, age 72.
2.Mary Wilson, b. 1519; d. 1547.
3.Thomas Wilson, b. 1525; md. (1) Agnes Wynter, (2) Jane; d. 1581.
4.Robert Wilson, b. 1534; d. 1568.
3.WILLIAM WILSON, GENT. (1515-1587)
ISABELL HELEN COLLINS (1516-1580)
WILLIAM WILSON was born about 1515, of Wellsbourne, Lincolnshire, England, to William Cumberworth Wilson (1492-1587) and Helen Isabell Gilmore (1496-1545.) He married Isabell Helen Collins.
He acquired a considerable estate, and on 24 March 1586, had confirmation of a coat of arms and grant of crest.
He was a Wellsbourne, Lincolnshire, gentleman. He apparently moved from Wellsbourne to Windsor in Berkshire where he held a position of sufficient importance that he was called gentleman and was buried in the Chapel of Saint George by Windsor Castle in 1587, about age 72.
William Wilson died at Windsor Castle, Berkshire, England, 27 August 1587, and was buried in the chapel at Windsor.
ISABELL HELEN COLLINS was born about 1516, of Wellsbourne, Lincolnshire, England, to Edward Collins (1490- ) and Unknown. She married William Wilson.
Isabell Helen Collins died 17 March 1580, in Windsor, Lincolnshire, England, about age 65.
Children of William Wilson and Isabell Helen Collins:
1.Hamon Wilson, b. 1540, Lincolnshire, England.
2.Rev. Dr. William Wilson was born about 1542, in Wellsbourne, Lincolnshire, England, to William Cumberworth Wilson (1515-1587) and Helen Isabell Gilmore (1516-1580.) He married Isabel Woodhall about 1575. He died 15 May 1615, Windsor, age 73.
3.Alexander Wilson, b. 1545, Penrith; md. Catherine Grindall Woodhall; d. Dec 1583, leaving 3 children.
4.Mary Wilson, b. 1550; md. Rev. Guy Briscoe.
4.REVEREND DR. WILLIAM WILSON (1542-1615)
ISABEL WOODHALL (1545-bef. 1615)
REVEREND DR. WILLIAM WILSON was born about 1542, of Wellsbourne, Lincolnshire, England, to William Wilson (1542-1587) and Isabel Helen Collins (1516-1580.) He married (1) *Isabel Woodhull in 1575, niece of Edmund Grindall, the celebrated Puritan Archbishop of Canterbury. He married (2) Anne, sister of Rev. Erasmus Webb, ccanon of Windsor, who died in 1612, without issue.
He attended Merton College in Oxford, England where he obtained the following degrees: B.A. 1564, M.A. 1570, B.D. 1576, D.D. 1607.
Prebendary (an honorary Canon having the title of a prebend, receiving a stipend) of Saint Paul’s and Rochester Cathedrals, and held the rectory at Cliffe, Kent. In 1584, he became a Canon of Windsor in place of Dr. William Wickham who was promoted to Lincoln, he being about that time made chaplain to Edmund Grindall, the Archbishop of Canterbury, who was his wife’s uncle, and in 1583 he became Canon of Windsor, holding this position for 32 years, until his death in 1615.
He was buried in the chapel of St. George, Windsor Castle, where a monumental brass to his memory states that he was â€œbeloved of all in his life, and much lamented in his death.â€
He made his will on 23 Aug 1613; it was proved on 27 May 1615. It said, “Will of William Wilson, Canon of Saint George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle … to be buried in the chapel near the place where the body of my dear father lies. If I die at Rochester or Cliff, in the county of Kent, then to be buried in cathedral church of Rochester, near the bodies of wives Isabel and Anne. To my cousin Collins, prebendary at Rochester … to the Fellows and Scholars of Martin College, Oxford … my three sons Edmond, John and Thomas Wilson, daughter Isabel Guibs and daughter Margaret Rawson … my goddaughter Margaret Somers which my son Somers had by my daughter Elizabeth, his late wife … to my god-son William Sheafe, at the age of twenty one years … son Edmond, a fellow of King’s College, Cambridge, eldest son of me, the said William … to son *John the lease of the Rectory and Parsonage of Caxton in the county of Cambridge, which I have taken in my name … to Thomas Wilson my third son … son Edmond to be executor and Mr. Erasmus Webb, my brother in law, being one of the Canons of St. George’s Chapel, and my brother, Mr. Thomas Woodward, being steward of the town of New Windsor, to be overseers. Witnesses: Thomas Woodwarde, Joh. Woodwarde, Robert Lowe & Thomas Holl.”
Death and Burial
He died on 15 May 1615 at Windsor, Berkshire, England. He is buried at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, next to his father.
On the North Side lied a Grave-stone, on which, in Brass Plates, is the Figure of a Man, and this Inscription.
To me to live is Christ, and to dye is Gain.
Here underneath lied interr’d the Body of William Wilson, Doctour of Divinitie, and Prebendarie of this Church by the space of 32 yeares. He had Issue by Isabell his Wife six sons and six daughters. He dy’d the 15th of May, in the Year of our Lord 1615, of his Age the 73. beloved of all in his Life much lamented in his Death.
Who thinke of Deathe in Lyfe, can never dye,
But mount through Faith, from Earth to heavenly Pleasure,
Weep then no more, though here his Body lye,
His Soul’s possest of never ending Treasure.
On another small Brass Plate, on the same Grave-stone, is the following Inscription.
Neere unto this Place lyes buried William Willson, the third Son, Who, after a long Trial of grievous Sickness, did comfortably yield up his Spirit in the Yeare of our Lord 1610 of his Age 23.
On a Brass Plate, on a Grave-Stone Northward of the last, is this Inscription.
William Wilson, late of Wellsbourne, in the County of Lincolne, Gent. departed this Lyfe, within the castle of Windsor, in the Yeare of our Lord 1587, the 27th Day of August, and lyeth buried in this Place.
ISABEL WOODHALL was born about 1546, of Waldon, Devonshire, England, to John Woodhall of Walden (1519-1542) and Elizabeth Grindall (1519-1583.) She married William Wilson in October 1575, in London, England, age 29. The daughter of John Woodhall, Esq., of Walden, county Essex.
Her uncle was Edmund Grindall, Archbishop of Canterbury. He left in his will dated 8 May 1583: “to my nieces Dorothy, Katherine, Elizabeth and Isabell, the daughters of Elizabeth Woodhall, my sister late deceased, Â£50 to each.” He also left “to my niece Isabell Wilson, one other bowl, double gilt, without a cover.”
Isabel Woodhall passed away about 1615, age 69, of Rochester, Kent, England
Children of William Wilson and Isabel Woodhall:
1.Marie (Mary) Wilson, b. 1575, Cranbrook, Kent, England; md. Rev. Thomas Sheaffe; d. 26 July 1613…
2.NN Son Wilson, b. 1578, Windsor, Berkshire, England. Child.
3.Isabel Wilson, b. 24 Feb 1580, Windsor, England; md. Thomas Gibbs, 1608.
4.Elizabeth Wilson, b. 1582, Cliffe, Kent, England; md. John Somer, 1601; d. 1606, 3 children.
5.Edmund Wilson, b. 1583, of Windsor, Berkshire, England; d. Sep 1633, unmarried. Gave to the Massachusetts Bay Colony Â£1000.
6.William Wilson, b. 1586, of Windsor, Berkshire, England.
7.Rev. John Wilson was born December 1588, in Windsor, Berkshire, England, to Rev. William Wilson (1542-1615) and Isabel Woodhall (1545-1615.) He married Elizabeth Mansfield, before 1618, in England. He became a Puritan. [Rev.] John Wilson died testate [made a valid will] at Boston, 7 August 1667, age seventy-eight and a half years.
8.Rev. Thomas Wilson, b. 1591, England.
9.Margaret Wilson, b. 1593, London, England; md. Rawson.
(Source: The Ancestry of Reverend Henry Whitfield (1590-1657) and His Wife Dorothy Sheafe (159?-1669) of Guilford, Connecticut, by John Brooks Threlfall, publ. 1989 in Madison, Wisconsin.)
5.REVEREND JOHN WILSON SR. (1588-1667)
ELIZABETH MANSFIELD (1596-1658)
REVEREND JOHN WILSON SR. was born in Windsor, England, about 1588, to Rev. William Wilson (1541-1615) and Isabel Woodhall (1545-bef. 1615.) He married Elizabeth Mansfield, before 1618, in England. He became a Puritan.
After four yearsâ€™ preparation at Eton School, he was admitted to Kingâ€™s College, Cambridge, in 1602. While at the university he became deeply interested in the theological discussion of the day, and under the influence of Rev. Richard Rogers, of Wethersfield, and of the celebrated Rev. William Ames, D. D., he soon became converted to the principles of the Puritans. His non-conformity resulted in his being obliged to leave the University for a time, and he entered one of the Inns of Court to study for the legal profession, but his disposition for the ministry continuing, by the fatherâ€™s influence, he was returned to the University, where, at Christ College, he obtained the degree of B. A. in 1606 and M. A. in 1609.
After preaching in several places and being persecuted and frequently suspended for his non-conformity, he encouraged and supported the colonization of the Massachusetts Bay, and joined the first emigration, coming to New England in the spring of 1630, in the Arbella, with Governor Winthrop, leaving his wife and children in England.
Soon after the arrival of the company the First Church of Boston was organized, on July 30, 1630, John Wilson being installed as teacher. After laboring for nearly a year, and filling an important part in establishing the colony on a permanently prosperous basis, he went back to England, in 1631, return to Boston in May 1632, with his wife, son John and daughter Elizabeth. A few months after his return he was installed as Pastor of the church, November 23, 1632, being succeeded as teacher by the celebrated Rev. John Cotton. He continued as Pastor until his death in 1652.
Many contemporary writers and records bear witness to the high esteem and veneration in which Rev. John Wilson was held. While not endowed with as brilliant talents as the Rev. John Cotton, he was, nevertheless, a devout, learned, zealous and able man, and his sympathetic nature, kindness of heart and generosity to the needy, greatly endeared him to his parishioners. Of his character Cotton Mather said: â€œIf the picture of this good and therein great, man were to be exactly given, great zeal with great love would be the two principal strokes, that joined with orthodoxy should make up his portraiture.â€
The Rev. John Wilson went as chaplain to the expedition against the Pequot Indians. During his ministry he frequently made visits to the Indian settlements with Rev. John Elliot, the â€œApostleâ€ and labored as a missionary to the savages.
Hooker and Wilson created much history. They are â€œFoundersâ€ of Commonwealths. Connecticut and Massachusetts are what these men and their associates proposed and carried out.
Known as â€œthe immigrated.â€
Residence: Charlestown, Suffolk, MA U. S. A.
Residence: Boston, Suffolk, MA U. S. A.
[Rev.] John Wilson was born at Windsor, Berkshire, England, about 1588.
[Rev.] John Wilson, son of [Rev.] William Wilson, D.D. and his wife Isabel Woodhall, married, in England about 1617, Elizabeth Mansfield, daughter of John Mansfield, Esq., of London, Henley-Thames, Oxfordshire, and Hutton-on-Derwent, Yorkshire and Elizabeth (unknown) his wife.
“They had two sons, [Dr.] Edmund and [Rev.] John, and two daughters, Elizabeth, (wife of [Rev.] Ezekiel Rogers), and Mary (wife of [Rev.] Samuel Danforth and Joseph Rock)”.
John immigrated to Massachusetts in 1630 and was appointed pastor of the First Church of Boston. Elizabeth’s refusal to leave England was the subject of several letters by Margaret Winthrop.  John went back to England, and persuaded Elizabeth to return with him to Boston in 1632.  Their son Edmund remained in England, but their son John and daughter Elizabeth went to Boston with them. Their daughter Mary was born at Boston 12 September 1633.
In 1636 controversy broke out in among his congregation regarding the teachings of Anne Hutchinson. In May of 1637, John “volunteered to be the minister of a military unit that went to Connecticut to settle the conflict with the Pequot Indians.” He returned to Boston, and to the controversy with Hutchinson, on August 5th.
In Nov. 1637 she was brought before a civil court for her religious teachings, and in 1638, brought to trial before the church, and excommunicated by Wilson.
John Wilson was one of the ministers who assented to the hanging of Quaker missionaries for their religious beliefs. He participated in the deaths of Marmaduke Stevenson and William Robinson in 1659, and later Mary Dyer in 1660.
Elizabeth, his wife, died at Boston, about 1658.
[Rev.] John Wilson died testate [made a valid will] at Boston, 7 August 1667, age seventy-eight and a half years.
ELIZABETH MANSFIELD was born 3 December 1592, of Windsor, Berkshire England, to John Thomas Mansfield (1553-1601) and Elizabeth Unknown (-1633.) Elizabeth married Rev. John Wilson about 1617. She was a Puritan, joining the Church in Massachusetts, 20 March 1636, a later date.
Elizabeth died in about 1658, age 65, of Boston, Massachusetts. John Wilson and his wife Elizabeth both lie buried in one tomb in Kingâ€™s Chapel Burial Ground.
Children of John Wilson and Elizabeth Mansfield:
1.Dr. Edmond Wilson, b. 1618, Windsor; md. Unknown about 1645; d. 7 Aug 1657.
2.Rev. John Wilson Jr. was born Sep 1621, London, to Rev. John Wilson Sr. (1588-1667) and Elizabeth Mansfield (1592-1658.) Rev. Wilson married Sarah Hooker, daughter of Rev. Thomas and Susannah Hooker, about 1648 of Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts. He died 23 August 1691, age 70.
3.Elizabeth Wilson, b. 1623, Windsor; md. Rev. Ezekiel Rogers, 1650; she and infant died in childbirth in Feb. 1651.
4.Mary Wilson, b. 12 Sep 1633, Boston; md. (1) Rev. Samuel Danforth, 5 Nov 1651, d. 1674; (2) Joseph Rock; d. 13 Sep 1713.
6. REVEREND JOHN WILSON JR. (1621-1691)
SARAH HOOKER (1629-1725)
REVEREND JOHN WILSON Jr. was born September 1621, of London, England, to Rev. John Wilson Sr. (1588-1667) and Elizabeth Mansfield (1592-1658.) Rev. Wilson married Sarah Hooker, daughter of Rev. Thomas and Susannah Hooker, about 1648 of Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts.
John Wilson Jr. was brought to New England by his father, John Wilson Sr., on the latterâ€™s second voyage, 1632. He was graduated in the first class at Harvard College, in 1642, was admitted to his fatherâ€™s church in Boston in 1644, and was freeman in 1647. After preaching several years he became assistant to Rev. Richard Mather, at Dorchester in 1649, and after two yearsâ€™ service here removed to Medfield, soon after the settlement of that place, and in December, 1651, he was installed as the first minister of the town, where he was ordained Pastor, October 12, 1652, in which service he continued for forty years, until his death, besides performing the duties of physician and school master.
By a contemporary he is referred to as â€œgracious and godly, a faithful and useful man, well esteemed.â€
In his will, made three days before his decease, he mentions his wife Sarah; son John (to whom he bequeathed his share of the Braintree farm); daughter *Sarah, wife of Josiah Torrey, formerly wife of Paul Batt; daughter Susanna, wife of Grindall Rawson; and grandchild Thomas Weld son of his daughter Elizabeth, deceased, formerly wife of Thomas weld. (Suffolk Co. Probate, Vol. 8, fol. 58.)
Reverend John Wilson died 23 August 1691, in Medfield, Massachusetts, age 70, having on the previous Sunday â€œpreached both forenoon and afternoon, fervently and powerfully.â€
SARAH HOOKER was christened 21 February 1630, in Chelmsford, England.
Sarahâ€™s parents were Thomas Hooker (1586-1647, immigrant) and Susanna Garbrand (1593-1676.) Thomas Hooker came from Rotterdam in 1633 in the Griffin. He resided in Cambridge and then Hartford in 1636. He was Pastor there. He was a Freeman 14 May 1634. In his will he left â€œmy daughter, Sarah Hooker Â£100 at marriage or at age twenty-one, the disposal and further education of her and the rest I leave to my wife.â€ The inventory of his estate was Â£1136, including Â£450 in real estate.
Sarah married John Wilson in about 1647, of Medfield, Massachusetts.
Sarah Hooker passed away 20 August 1725, Braintree, Massachusetts, age 95.
Children of Rev. John Wilson and Sarah Hooker:
1.John Wilson, b. 6 July 1649; d. young. Child.
2.Sarah Wilson was born about 1650 of Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, to Rev. John Wilson (1621-1691) and Sarah Hooker (1629-1725.) She married (1) Paul Batt, bef. 1674, of Boston. He died in 1678; (2) *Josiah Torrey, 5 May 1680, in Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts. We do not know when or where Sarah Wilson passed away.
3.Thomas Wilson, b. 1652; d. 1652. Child.
4.Elizabeth Wilson, b. 1653 d. 1653. Child
5.Elizabeth Wilson, b. 1656; d. 1687.
6.Dr. John Wilson, b. 1660; d. 1728.
7.Thomas Wilson, b. 1662; d. 1662. Child.
8.Susanna Wilson, b. 1664; d. 1748.
REVEREND CAPTAIN JOSIAH TORREY (1658-1732)
7. SARAH WILSON (1650- )
REVEREND CAPTAIN JOSIAH TORREY was born 28 January 1658, in Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, to William Torrey and Elizabeth Frye. He married Sarah Wilson, 5 May 1680, in Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts.
Residence: Medfield, Norfolk, MA U. S. A.
Residence: Boston, Suffolk, MA U. S. A.
Residence: Mansfield, Tolland, CT U. S. A.
Rev. Josiah Torrey died 30 October 1732, Mansfield, Tolland, Connecticut, age 74.
SARAH WILSON was born about 1650, of Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, to Rev. John Wilson (1621-1691) and Sarah Hooker (1629-1725.) She married (1) Paul Batt, bef. 1674, of Boston. He died in 1678; (2) *Josiah Torrey, 5 May 1680, in Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts.
She was a resident of Colonial New England:
Residence: Boston, Suffolk, MA U. S. A.
Residence: Medfield, Norfolk, MA U. S. A.
Residence: Mansfield, Tolland, CT U. S. A.
We do not know when or where Sarah Wilson passed away.
Children of Paul Batt and Sarah Wilson:
1.Paul Batt, Jr.; md. Elizabeth Mighill.
2.Sarah Batt, b. 18 Jan 1674, Boston; md. Micajah Torrey (uncle to Josiah Torrey.)
Children of *Josiah Torrey and *Sarah Wilson:
1.Josiah Torrey, b. 9 Feb 1681; md. Sarah Athearn, 1697; d. 8 Oct 1723.
2.Margaret Torrey, b. 19 Apr 1683; md. James Humphrey, 1690.
3.Elizabeth Torrey, b. 3 May 1685; md. Francis Green, 1702; d. 1724.
4.Mary Torrey was born 17 April 1689 in Mendon, Worcester, Massachusetts, to Josiah Torrey (1658-1732) and Sarah Wilson (1650-1725.) She married Nathaniel Southworth in 1709, Worcester, Massachusetts. Mary Torrey died, January 1768, age 78.
5.John Torrey, b. 6 Apr 1692; md. Zerviah Athearn, 1712; d. 20 Jan 1714.
6.Margaret Torrey, b. 1 Nov 1702; md. Caleb Church, 14 Aug 1735; d. 29 Jan 1792.