THE REV. BENJAMIN DOGGETT
Any investigation of the ancient families of East Suffolk,
including the Doggetts, must begin with the work of J. J.
Muskett, published in Suffolk Manorial Families,
Vol. I, published in London in 1900. Muskett's objective was
stated in his preface, as follows: " The leading idea of the
present work is to give the pedigrees, carefully elaborated from
contemporary documents, of every notable family seated in Suffolk
before the era of the Georges, together with abstracts of some,
at any rate, of the wills and other evidences upon which these
pedigrees are based." The pedigrees published in Vol. I
appear to be primarily of those families which had some
connection with the Winthrop family of Groton. Eight pages are
devoted to our Doggett family, including the pedigree chart
entitled "Doggett of Groton, Lappage," covering the
Doggetts and the closely related Lappage family, which chart has
been extensively reproduced and circulated. Although this chart
is not entirely complete, the data shown appear to be for the
most part correct and reliable. Some of the abstracts, such as
the "Will of John Doggett, 1564," have transcription or
abstraction errors when compared to the originals, so care should
be exercised in relying on this material without scrutiny.
Another essential source is Samuel Bradlee Doggett's History
of the Doggett-Daggett Family, originally published in Boston in
1894, and reprinted by Gateway Press, Baltimore, Maryland in
1973, under sponsorship of the late George and Sydney Daggett.
Five pages are devoted to "William Doggett, of Boxford,
Suffolk, and his Descendants," and seven to "John
Dogett, of Groton, Suffolk, and his Descendants." Again, the
data are incomplete and contain a number of errors and
misspellings, but nevertheless the information is invaluable for
the leads provided.
A third source which has been extensively relied on for the
following information is a series of unpublished research reports
prepared from 1975 to 1977 by the late Rodney Dennys, Somerset
Herald of Arms at the College of Arms in London, under commission
by the late James Anderson Doggett of Greensboro, North Carolina.
The writer had the pleasure of meeting with Mr. Dennys in London
some years ago. His research is thoroughly documented and
Information from "The Clopton Chronicles, the Ancestors
and Descendants of Sir Thomas Clopton, Knt. & Katherine
Mylde." by Martin Wood and Suellen Blanton, although it
differs in some details from that below, is valuable and
permission of the Clopton Family Genealogical Society, the
copyright holder, to quote or cite from that document is
These sources have been supplemented with information from
numerous other sources, including personal examination by the
writer of microfilm and photocopies of parish registers and other
primary source documents. These sources will be described at
appropriate places hereinafter.
E1 RICHARD DOGGETT, resident of Groton,
Suffolk, in mid 16th century. Name of wife unknown.
E11 John d. 1565
E12 Alice m. Mr. Lappadge
m. William More
E13 Anne d. 1578 m. Thomas Bacon
m. Robert Gosnold
E14 Elizabeth m. Mr. Spencer
The earliest Doggett in the direct ancestral line of the
Reverend Benjamin Doggett is Richard Doggett. The Suffolk Lay
Subsidy records were searched by Rodney Dennys, and some were
searched by the writer. Lay Subsidies were assessments for
taxation made at irregular intervals. Richard Doggett was found
in Groton, Suffolk, in the Lay Subsidy of 14 and 15 Henry VIII
(about 1523/24), with property valued at £80 and a £4 tax was
levied on him. Richard was by far the wealthiest individual in
the village at that time, as the entire tax paid by its
inhabitants amounted to £5/15/3, and Richard's share was £4.
Muskett lists Richard as appearing in the Lay Subsidy of 1526 of
Norfolk (and Suffolk) 150.257, 18 Henry VIII, and calls him
"a wealthy inhabitant of Groton, co. Suffolk." This
appears to be a later tax list, but only by a few years.
The earliest document referring to Richard is a Military
Survey of Babergh Hundred taken in 1522. Babergh Hundred was a
part of southern Suffolk, the chief town of which was Sudbury and
which included Groton, Boxford and other towns in the area. Henry
VIII had ordered the Survey to determine the ability of different
parts of the country to provide arms and armor. The Survey of
Babergh Hundred is one of the few which have survived in the form
of the original manuscript. The manuscript is in the archives of
the Lincolnshire Records Office. This source was first identified
to me by John McLinden, and a transcript has been placed on line
The Babergh Survey records Richard Doget as a resident of
Groton with the occupation of clothmaker and with lands there
valued at £6 and movable property valued at £100. He is also
recorded owning real property in Boxford, Edwardstone, and
Assington valued at a total of £4-11-12d. This assessment was
probably made by Sir William Clopton of nearby Lavenham, one of
the five commissioners appointed to make the survey, and whose
great-grandaughter, Margery Clopton, married Thomas Doggett,
William of Boxford's eldest son and heir. As a result of this
assessment, Richard was tasked to provide "3 harnes, 2
bowys, 2 shef of arrowys, and oon bill." The references to
bows and arrows are obvious, but what were "harnes" and
"bills." "Harnes" was sometimes spelled
"harness" and refers to protective armor for a foot
soldier. The meaning of "bill" is not so clear, but
apparently refers to furnishing one foot soldier.
If we exclude the the Abbot of Bury St. Edmunds, the lord of
the manor of Groton, the vicar and the resident priest, and the
non-resident landowners, whose lands were not subject to the
military obligations, Richard Doggett was by far the wealthiest
resident of Groton. His wealth exceeded the total of all other
residents in the town. The total obligations of all the residents
amounted to 7 harnes, 3 bows, 3 sheafs of arrows, and 4 bills.
Clothmakers were, after knights and many of the landed gentry,
the most affluent of the business people in the wool producing
areas of Suffolk. Richard was of only moderate wealth, compared
to many of the other clothmakers, including the Cloptons,
Martins, Springs, and others of the area, but he undoubtedly was
the principal economic presence in Groton, providing employment
or business opportunities for the weavers, fullers, tailors, and
laborers, as well as the husbandmen and sheepshearers who made
the raw materials available.
In Boxford Churchwardens' Account, 1530-1560,
Northeast, editor (Suffolk Record Society, vol XXIII), Richard
Dogett is mentioned twice for selling wood in the year 1537 to
the adjoining parish of Boxford. The first entry states:
"payd to goodman Dogett for a loade of woode, 18d; the
second: "to Richard Dogett for 2 loades of woode for the
plomer, 2s10d." This book also has a note stating that
Richard Doget, of Groton, was called "my brother" by
John Gawge the clothier in his will of 1521(P.C.C. 16
Maynwaryng). This will has not been examined by the writer.
No will of Richard has been found, and the name of his wife
is not known. The names of his children may be deduced by
reference to wills and other documents of related persons.
The key document in this regard is the Herald's Visitation of
Suffolk, 1561, examined by Rodney Dennys, which contains the
pedigree of Gosnold, or Gosnell, of Otley. This pedigree states
that Robert Gosnell married as his second wife, Anne Bacon,
daughter of Richard Doggett. The will of Anne Gosnold dated 20
Jul 1578, cited below, refers to her sister Alice More, and her
sister Spenser. If Richard was the father of Anne, he must
necessarily be the father of Anne and Elizabeth. The will of John
Doggett dated 17 Jan 1564, cited below, refers to his sister
More, his "brother, William More of Groton, and his sister
Spencer. The will also refers to "Thomas Doggett," with
no relationship stated. Thomas may have been a cousin, but the
exact relationship is not known. The will of William More, of
Groton, husband of Alice, refers to "sister" Elizabeth
Spencer, and to John, Anne and William Dogat, the younger
[children of John].
The writer is aware of several other documents that mention
Richard. One such document is referenced in vol. 5 of Copinger's County
of Suffolk, which states that one Robert Rudlond sold to
Richard Doggett and Edmund Tod lands called Bombysley in
Waldingfield, Suffolk, in 24 Henry VIII (1532), as recorded in
Bod. Suff. Ch., pp. 504, 506. John McLinden has called attention
to two other documents. First, a Latin deed dated 8 Jul 1520, in
the Suffolk Record Office at Bury St. Edmunds, from an Agnes
Bogays of Edwardstone, of which Richard was a witness. The
writer's notes refer to a 1540 deed in the Bury St. Edmunds
Record Office from Richard Dogett, et. al. to John and Agnes
Bogays, and that John Dogett was also a party to the deed. The
writer's notes were made some years ago in England, but are not
clear at this time.
There were other Doggetts living in the Groton area at the
same time as Richard. In the 1523/24 Lay Subsidy a George Doggett
appears on a list of wage earners at Groton, with wages of twenty
shillings (probably for a year), and he was assessed a tax of
four pence. In the adjoining parish of Boxford, a John Doget and
a Thomas Doget were assessed in the category of artificers,
laborers and servants, and assessed a tax of 20s. In the parish
of Edwardstone, a John Doget was listed, and likewise in the
parish of Monkes Illeigh, another John, a servant was found. The
latter had property valued at £1, and his tax was 4d. From this,
it can be seen that Richard was indeed a very substantial person.
The relationship between Richard and these other Doggetts is not
known, but there must have been a family connection. The Doggetts
of Richard's line and time appear to be members of the minor
gentry, or of the more affluent yeomanry, who held lands as
freeholders and also under tenure from manorial lords of greater
prominence and wealth. In some cases, Doggett daughters were able
to marry into these higher classes, and perhaps even in a few
cases into the minor peerage.
The ancestry of Richard is obscure. There were Doggetts
living in Babergh Hundred for at least two centuries before
Richard, but very few written records have survived. One document
is a lay subsidy levied in 1327, which lists as one of 21
residents of Bures a William Dogut, with a levy of 2s 6d, out of
a total of 51s 1d, if the writer's notes are correct, and a
Nicholas Dogat was taxed at the nearby parish of Hesset.
The writer has recently learned that Richard Doggett's home
in Groton, known as "Doggett House," still exists.
Unfortunately, I was unaware of this fact when I visited Groton
some years ago. However, Susan Cooper has supplied me with
photographs of the house and some data about its history.
Information about the house and a photograph as the house appears
today are the subject of a separate
E11 JOHN DOGGETT,
son of Richard Doggett; d. 1565, Bures St. Marys, Suffolk;
m(1). perhaps MARTHA ASHEFIELD; perhaps m(2)
(the elder) b. 1545
E112 John b. 1551 d. 1619 m. Dorothy
E113 Oreell b. 1552
E114 Anne b. 1555 m. 1576 Simon Snelling
m. Mr. Kent
(the younger) b. 1557 d. 1610 m. Avis Lappadge
A primary source of information about John Doggett is his
will dated 17 Jan 1564 [1564/5], probated on 6 May 1565 in the
Archdeaconry of Sudbury [Liber "Arnolde," fol. 154].
John states in his will that he is of Bures St. Mary's, Suffolk,
and he has the social standing of "Gentleman." He
leaves property to his three sons, none of which had attained 21
years: William the younger; John; and William, "my eldest
son." He also makes a bequest to his daughter Anne. He also
makes reference to another daughter, the name of whom Muskett
transcribes as "Ardelye." Rodney Dennys searched the
Bures Parish Register and found records of four baptisms of
children of John Doggett. These are: William, chr. 1545; John,
chr. 1551/2; Anne, 1554/5, and another daughter chr. 1552/3 whose
name Mr. Dennys transcribes as "Oreel." This would
appear to be the same daughter named as "Ardelye" in
John's will. The birth of William the younger does not appear in
John named his wife's sister, William More, of Groton, as
executor, and charged him with the care of his younger children.
Apparently his wife had predeceased him. This would explain why
none of John's children appear therefter in Bures records, as
William More most likely brought the very young children to
According to Mr. Dennys, John Doggett appears as a taxpayer
in the Lay Subsidy of 35 Henry VIII (abt. 1544), for the Hundred
of Babergh, Suffolk, as a resident of Groton, with goods valued
at £15, `and a tax of 10 shillings. The same tax list shows a
Robert Doggett, "Gentleman," with lands assessed at
£10 and a tax of 6 shillings 8 pence. Rodney Dennys, states that
these two men headed the list of Groton property owners and
therefore were probably the most important residents of Groton at
that time. The relationship of John and Robert is not known. In
the Lay Subsidy of 2 & 3 Edward VI (abt. 1549/50), John
Doggett is found at Bures, and was assessed at £10 property and
a tax of 10 shillings. From these documents and the Bures Parish
Register, it appears that John moved from Groton to Bures about
1544 or 1545. It is interesting, but probably not significant,
that in 1544 the Manor of Groton was granted by the Crown to Adam
Winthrop, and about the same time John Doggett left Groton for
Bures. In Adam Winthrop's will dated 1562 he refers to
"lands and tenements which I purchased and had of John
Doget." Perhaps John had sold some of his property in Groton
upon his moving to Bures, but apparently not all, as he leaves
considerable property to his sons in his 1564/5 will.
The presumption that John was married to Martha Ashefield, is
supported by the following information. The Will of Robert
Ashefield, of Stowlangtoft, Suffolk [cited in S. B. Doggett's History,
but misspelled as "Glovalangloste"], dated in
1550[?], probated in Prerogative Court of Canterbury, (12 Goode),
mentions his "brother" John Dogett and the two sons of
John which he had by "Martha my sister." Only one son,
William the elder, is shown above as born before 1550, but there
is a gap of six years between the births of William and John.
There could have been another son born in that period whose birth
was not recorded in the Bures Parish Register, and who died
between 1550 and 1564, or perhaps the 1550 date of the will was
mistranscribed. One of the legatees of John Doggett's will is
Gyles Ashfilde, Gent., so there was a close connection with the
Ashefield family. It is also possible that John was married twice
and the four younger children were children of a second wife. It
would perhaps help to explain the naming of two sons
"William" if they were children of different wives of
A search of land deeds in the Suffolk Feet of
Fines (1533-1563) by Rodney Dennys revealed that in the year 38
Henry VIII (April or May 1546), John Doggett, junior, sold to
Robert Luskyn as messuage and garden at Boxford, Suffolk. Why
John is referred to as "junior" is unclear.
DOGGETT "the elder," son of John Doggett; b.
1545, Bures St. Mary's, Suffolk.
Muskett states that William was "of Lavenham, " and
that in 1567 he sold lands in Groton, Edwardston, Kersey, etc.,
citing Close Roll, 9 Eliz., Doggett c. Oder. Rodney Dennys
examined this record and reported that the sale took place 9 Feb
1567/8. The document recited that the lands had been left to
William in the will of his father dated 17 Jan 1565. The Bures
Parish Register records William's christening on 4 May 1545.
William would have had to be 21 years old to make the conveyance
of real property, and was in fact 22 years old. John's will left
to William the messuage [residence] in the manorance of John
Kidsdale in Groton, which may have included lands in nearby
Edwardston and Kersey. The existence of this document confirms
that there were in fact two Williams who were the sons of John,
as it is known from other evidence that William the younger was
born in 1557
The Rent Roll of the Manor of Lindsey, dated 3 Jun 1577,
abstracted by Rodney Dennys, shows William Doggett holding land
called "Garrardes" (Rent 3s, 1d a year); 3 acres
including "Dovehowscrofte" (Rent 20d a year); land
called "Drynes" or "Brondescrofte" (Rent 6s,
8d a year; 9 acres of land called "Birchleyfelde" (Rent
10d a year).
E112 JOHN DOGGETT,
son of John Doggett; b. 1551/2, Bures St. Marys, Suffolk,
d. May 1619; bur. 29 May 1619, Groton, Suffolk; m. DOROTHY
(surname unknown), bur. 4 Mar 1605/6, Groton.
E112:1 Sarah b. 1581
E112:2 John b. 1582 d. 1653 m. Elizabeth Buchton
E112:v Susan b. 1585 d. 1585
E112:3 Bridgett b. 1586 m. 1615 Francis Cooper
E112:4 Susan b. 1588 m. 1611 Lewis Kidbye
E112:5 Elizabeth b. 1589 m. 1618 George Ward
E112:w William b. 1591 d. 1591
E112:x William b. 1592 d. 1592
E112:6 Martha b. 1593 m. 1616 William Flack
m. Mr. Firmin
E112:7 Joseph b. 1595
E112:8 Amy b. 1597 d. 1683 m. 1620 John Eddy
E112:9 Benjamin b. 1598 d. 1647 m. 1624 Susan Monnings
E112:y Abraham b. 1601 d. 1602
E112:z Mary b. 1603 d. 1603
John Doggett was named in the 1564 will of his father, John
of Bures, and was devised substantial properties when he reached
the age of 21.; These properties included: a tenement called
"Wright's" in the manorance of John Taylor; closes
called "Mancliffes," "Monkes," and
"Mayes"; a tenement in Stone Street in Boxford; and
lands in Groton, Edwardstone and Boxford. John was only 12 years
old when his father died, as his christening is recorded in the
Bures St. Mary Parish Register as taking place on 12 Jan 1551
[1551/2 Old Style]. When he attained adulthood he married a lady
with the given name of Dorothy, but the writer has not seen any
marriage record giving the date and place of marriage or the
surname of the bride. Rodney Dennys seasrched the Bures Parish
Register and found no Doggett marriages. Likewise the Groton
Parish Register does not record the marriage. We do know,
however, that John was residing in Groton by May 1581, as his
eldest child was born there on 21 May of that year.
Adam Winthrop had given in 1557 a life
interest in Groton Manor to his son John Winthrop. Adam died in
1562, and presumably John lived in Groton where he would have
been Lord of the Manor during some of the time John Doggett was a
resident of Groton. However, John Winthrop became involved in a
real estate investment in County Cork, Ireland, and had no
interest in returning to Groton. Accordingly, in 1594 John
Winthrop relinquished his life interest to his brother Adam and
Adam's son John Winthrop. This John is the John Winthrop who led
the Puritan emigration to Massachusetts in 1630, and became its
first Governor. Adam Winthrop kept a diary in which there are
several references to John Doggett, reported in Samuel B.
Doggett's History, as follows: (1) 25 Jul 1603, Robt.
Surrey married to John Doget's maid, Thomasin Hubbard; (2) 12 Apr
1604, Mr. Clopton and Mr. Dogett made an award between me and
Adam Wynthrop, my nephew [son of William Winthrop, Adams's
predeceased older brother]; (3) 1 Nov 1609, John Rawlinge kept a
feast at his nue house where Mr. Thomas Tilney, Mr. Dogett and
diverse others dined.
Samuel B. Doggett also found one reference to John Doggett in
the Manorial Court Records of the Manor of Groton. On 14 Nov
1618, proceedings were had before John Winthrop, Esq., lord of
the manor, in the presence of Adam Winthrop, gent., and John
Doget and Steven Gostlin, two customary tenants of the manor as
witneses whereby one John Nutter came into the manorial court and
completed a real estate transaction whereby Nutter became a
customary tenant of the Manor of Groton. From this record, it
would seem that John had succeeded his father as the Lord of
Groton Manor sometime before 1618, probably because his father
was about 70 years of age in that year. Soon after John Winthrop
emigrated to Massachusetts, he sold Groton Manor in 1631.
John was a clothier by profession, and
apparently operated his business in Groton, as he was the owner
of a dye house there. The writer has not seen any evidence that
John was a member of the Clothiers' Guild of London.
The births of fourteen children of John and Dorothy are
recorded in the Groton Parish Register, as are the deaths of five
of those fourteen who died in infancy. These references are set
John's wife Dorothy preceded him in death. An entry in the
Groton Parish Register, transcribed by the writer, records her
burial on 4 Mar 1604 [1604/5]. Samuel B. Doggett shows 4 Mar
1605. SBD also sets out another entry from Adam Winthrop's diary
which states: "1606 the second of March being Sunday about
vij of the clocke in the evenynge the goodwyfe Dogett died."
Muskett's pedigree shows her burial on 4 Mar 1605, as does the
pedigree recorded in the Herald's Visitation of London, 1664. The
writer has not used a perpetual calendar to determine the year in
which March 4 fell on a Sunday, but such an exercise would
perhaps determine which is the correct year.
John Doggett died between 22 May and 29 May
1619. He was buried at Groton on 29 May, and his will was
executed on 22 May. His will, dated 22 May 1619, was probated on
30 Aug 1619 in the Archdeaconry of Sudbury (Liber
"Gibson," fol. 321). He made numerous bequests and
devises to his children and grandchildren and also established
two charitable trust funds: one gift was for £10 for the poor of
Groton, which money was transferred to Trustees in 1625. The
second charity was a gift of £4 for the Boxford Free School.
Both charities are reported to still be in existence.
Rodney Dennys, Somerset Herald of Arms, conducted a search of
the Official Registers of the College of Arms for pertinent data.
The only reference found which pertains to the Suffolk Doggetts
was the Heralds' Visitation of London, 1664, which contains a
pedigree of John Doggett and some of his descendants. The
pedigree was entered by John Doggett, grandson of the above John,
in 1665. The pedigree shows use of a coat of arms by this branch
of the family, described as: Arms: two greyhounds salient,
combatant or, collared argent; and Crest: An unicorn's head
ermine, armed and attired or. However, Mr. Dennys stated that no
right to arms had been granted to this family by the College of
Arms, that they were not entitled to use the Coat of Arms, and
further that the descendants of his brother William the younger
(grandfather of the Rev. Benjamin Doggett) were likewise not
entitled to any Arms. Nevertheless, the shield with two
greyhounds standing on their hind legs and fighting, in several
variations, have been adopted and used without sanction as a
family Coat of Arms.
E112:1 SARAH DOGGETT; chr. 21
May 1581, Groton, Suffolk; apparently died prior to 1619.
E112:v SEWSAN ("Susan") DOGGETT; chr.
9 May 1585, Groton, Suffolk; bur. 28 Jul 1585, Groton, Suffolk.
E112:w WILLIAM DOGGETT; chr. 17 Jan 1590,
Groton, Suffolk; bur. 27 Jan 1590, Groton, Suffolk.
E112:x WILLIAM DOGGETT; chr. 20 Sep 1592,
Groton, Suffolk; bur. 24 Oct 1592, Groton, Suffolk.
E112:7 JOSEPH DOGGETT; chr. 20 Oct 1595, Groton,
E112:y ABRAHAM DOGGETT; chr. 8 Dec 1601, Groton
Suffolk; bur. 23 Mar 1801/2, Groton, Suffolk.
E112:z MARY DOGGETT; chr. 26 Feb 1601/2, Groton,
Suffolk; bur. 14 Mar 1602/3, Groton, Suffolk.
DOGGETT, son of John and Dorothy Doggett; b. Jul 1582,
Groton, Suffolk; chr. 24 Jul 1582, Groton; d. 1653/4, Hamburg,
Germany; m. ELIZABETH BUCHTON, d. 1653, Hamburg.
E112:21 Elizabeth m. Henry Taylor
E112:22 John d. 1680 m. Alice Beauchamp
E112:25 Anne m. George Watson
This John Doggett was christened in Groton, Suffolk, on 24
Jul 1582. He was the eldest son of John Doggett of Groton. He
operated a textile business in Hamburg, Germany, for many years,
and married Elizabeth Buchton of Hamburg. John died in 1653,
probably in Hamburg. His will, dated 19 Mar 1652/3, probated 30
Jun 1853 (Prerogative Court of Canterbury, 242 Brent) by his son
John as executor, recites that he was a member of the Mercer's
Guild (and therefore a Citizen of London), and a member of the
Merchant Adventurers of England. As the Merchant Adventurers were
organized to trade with Europe, it is not surprising that John
was a member. In his will, John names his son John; the
descendants of his deceased daughter Elizabeth, wife of Henry
Taylor; and his daughter Anne. this will is abstracted in
Elizabeth died before 10 Oct 1653/4, in
Hamburg, leaving a will dated 10 Oct 1653, probated in
Westminster, 17 Jan 1653, by son John, as executor. (P.C.C., 320
Alchin). The will refers to Elizabeth as "the widow of John
Dogett, late merchant in Hambrough," "of great
age." Her will, also probated by her son John. The abstract
of her will in Muskett names, in addition to son John: son-in-law
Geo. Watson and daughter Anna Watson, and their children; John
and Francis, children of her deceased daughter Elizabeth Taylor;
and children of "son" John Davies.
Samuel B. Doggett states that John's wife was Elizabeth
Bladwell, and cites the will of Thomas Bladwell of London,
merchant, dated 29 Nov 1632 (P.C.C., 53 Audley), refers to his
brother-in-law John Doggett, merchant, residing at Hambro, beyond
the seas, and his wife Elizabeth Doggett and their children,
John, Richard, Thomas, Elizabeth and Anne. The assumption by SBD
that Thomas and Elizabeth were siblings does not seem justified.
If Thomas and John married sisters, the term
"brother-in-law" would have been used in an appropriate
manner. Two of the children named in Bladwell's 1632 will,
Richard and Thomas, apparently died before execution of the will
of their father in 1653, and also do not appear in their mother's
In the Visitation of London, 1665, a pedigree was entered by
John Doggett's son John. In this pedigree, John Dogget of London,
merchant, is shown married to Elizabeth Buchton of Hamburg.
ELIZABETH DOGGETT, dau. of John and Elizabeth (Buchton)
Doggett; m. HENRY TAYLOR.
Elizabeth is named in her father's 1653 will, as deceased,
and wife of late Henry Taylor, and th her two children, John and
Francis Taylor. The two orphaned grandchildren received one-sixth
of the estate, plus the executor was charged to pay for their
education. Elizabeth is also mentioned in her mother's 1653 will,
referring to the children of her dedeased daughter Elizabeth
Taylor, viz. John and Francke Taylor. The grandchildren received
£10 each. In addition John received "a small silver beaker
given her by her sister Margaret, and an additional £100 at age
DOGGETT, son of John and Elizabeth (Buchton) Doggett; b.
Hamburg, Germany; d. 1680, St. Lawrence Pountney Par., London; m.
ALICE BEAUCHAMP, dau. of John Beauchamp, of
Reigate, Surrey, d. 1703, London.
E112:221 Elizabeth b. 1651 m. 1671 Justus Otgher
E112:222 Beauchamp b. 1659
E112:223 John b. 1660
E112:224 Benjamin b. 1661 d. 1703
E112:225 Alice b. 1663 m. 1683 David DeBary
At the Visitation of London, 1665, this John Doggett entered
a pedigree beginning with his father, John of Groton, and
continuing through his father, John of London, and himself to his
children, Beauchamp, John, Benjamin, Alice and Elizabeth. John is
described as John Dogget of London, merchant, married to Alice,
dau. of John Beauchamp, of London.
The Will of John, dated 26 Dec 1679, was probated 6 Apr 1680,
by Alice Doggett, his widown the Prerogative Court of
Canterbury (P.C.C.46 Bath). He is referred to as "of London,
Esq.,", residing in the Parish of St. Lawrence Pountney,
London. The use of the term Esq. is consistent with the use of a
coat of arms described with the pedigree, but as Rodney Dennys
pointed out, John was never officially entitled to arms. The
willnames his wife, Alice, and appoints her as executrix. He also
names his three unmarried children, John, Benjamin and Alice. The
sons were given £1000 each, £500 at age 24 and £500 atf age
28. The daughter, Alice, was given £1500 at age 21 or marriage.
Elizabeth was married at the time to Justus Otgher, and they are
mentioned with their children, inclu ding son John. He also
mentions his deceased sister Watson, and her three daughters,
Esther Norris, Margaret Watson and Katherine Watson. He also made
several gifts to charity, including one to the orphan's house in
Hamburg, which he states was his place of nativity. The will is
abstracted in SBD.
The Will of Alice, dated 28 Aug 1699, was probated 5 May 1703
in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury (P.C.C. 127 Degg). She is
stated to reside in the Parish of St. Andrew, Holbourne,
Middlesex. She mentions her daughter AliceDebary, wife of David
Debary; her son-in-law, Justus Otgher; her son John Dogett and
his wife; her son Benjamin and his wife; Katherine, dau. of
Justus Otgher, wife of David Longuemantle and her children. It is
noted that John and Benjamin were engaged in the trade of
woodmonger. Alice's will is also abstracted in SBD. As indicated
below, Otgher had written his brother-in-law Benjamin Doggett,
then residing in Jamaica, to tell him that Alice had named Otgher
as executor, but that John had filed a protest. Otgher advised
Benjamin that his mother's estate had been diminished by losses
and illness, and that John owed more to the estate than his
share. John wrote to Benjamin in reply, asking him not to tell
Otgher that John had received Otgher's letter as "it will
doe me a diskindness."
The IGI lists a number of children of John, with dates of
baptism in London, which, if correct, would indicate that there
were a number of children who did not survive. These include
Elizabeth, bapt. 4 May 1649; John, bapt. 16 Dec 1652; John, bapt.
21 Jan 1656; Benjamin, bapt. 13 May 1658; Beauchamp bapt. 6 Jul
1659; and Benjamin, bapt. 18 Dec 1663.
E112:222 BEAUCHAMP DOGGETT;
chr. 6 Jul 1659, London.
Beauchamp, son of John Doggett, is stated in
the IGI to have been baptized in London on 6 Jul 1659. This is
consistent with the entry in the Visitation of London, 1665 that
Beauchamp was John's son and heir, and was 6 years. Beauchamp
apparently died some time between 1665 and 1679, as he is not
mentioned in the wills of either of his parents.
E112:223 JOHN ("Jack")
DOGGETT; b. after 1654, London; married and had
John resided in Carolina, where he had a wife
and children, but he returned to London "to serve the
Col." and left his wife and children in Carolina. Justus
Otgher had written to John's brother, Benjamin in Jamaica, and
told him that John had made a mistake in coming back to London,
as the Colonel (whoever that may be) was "in bad
circumstances himself." He also stated that John
"lodgeth in the Fleet where he will receive noe good
Councell given him" Fleet Street in London was the location
of newspaper offices and residences of reporters, who were
considered somewhat undesirable.
John is named in the wills of his father and
mother. In his mother's will, John and his wife is mentioned.
John is stated to be a woodmonger. What his occupation was in the
New World is not known.
The IGI states that John Doggett, son of John,
was baptized in London on 21 Jan 1656, but this does not seem
E112:224 BENJAMIN DOGGETT; b
after 1654, London.
Benjamin is named in the wills of his parents.
His mother's will refers to Benjamin and his wife, but in the
probate of his will in 1706, he is stated to be a bachelor. This
would seem to indicate that his wife had died after 1699 and
before 1706, possibly before 1703, when he first appears in
Jamaica. His mother's will says he was a woodmonger, but ithe
deposition filed in his probate proceedings states that the
deponents knew Benjamin Dogett, late of London, merchant,
"but dyeing, as these deponents believe, at Jamaica. The
will, in the form of a letter to his brother John, dated 8 Jul
1703, was probated in the Commissary Court of London on 14 Nov
1706, by his brother John. In the will he also mentions his
sister DeBary. This will is printed in Muskett and abstracted in
SBD. The letter meets the formal requirements of a holographic
will, and so was admitted to probate.
The IGI states that Benjamin Doggett, son of
John, was baptized in London on 18 Dec 1663.
E112:225 ALICE DOGGETT, dau.
of John and Alice (Beauchamp) Doggett; b. abt. 1654; m. 1683, DAVID
London Marriage Licenses, Registry of the
Bishop of London: David Debary and Alice Dogett, 15 Mar 1682/3.
Alice is named in the wills of her parents, and in the will of
her brother Benjamin.
ELIZABETH DOGGETT, dau. of John and Alice
(Beauchamp) Doggett; b. 1651; m. 27 Dec 1671, St. Helen's
Bishopgate, London, JUSTUS OTGHER, b. abt. 1646,
E112:221:1 Katherine m. David Longuemantle
In Marriage License Allegations in the Register of Vicar
General of Archbishop of Canterbury (Harleian Soc., v. 13),
is found the following entry: 1671, Dec 20. Justus Otgher of St.
Mary Hill, London, merchant, Bachr., abt 25, and Elizabeth Doget,
Spr., abt. 20, consent of father John Doget of St. Andrew
Undershaft, Esq., at St. Helen's Bishopgate or St. James, Dukes
Place. This would indicate that Elizabeth was born abt. 1651. The
record of marriage is found in the Register of St. Helen's
Bishopgate, with date of 27 Dec 1671.
In her mother's 1699 will, it is stated that Katherine,
daughter of Justus Otgher was married to David Longuemantle, but
Katherine was not mentioned. In her father's 1679 will, Elizabeth
and children, including John Otgher under 21.
DOGGETT, dau. of John and Elizabeth (Buchton) Doggett;
m. GEORGE WATSON.
E112:251 Esther m. Hugh Norris
Ann is named in the wills of her parents. She is named as
wife of George Watson in her father's 1652 will. She received
one-sixth of the estate. In her mother's 1653 will, her husband,
George Watson, is also named. Anne was given "2 silver
porringers and 4 silver spoons," and her children were given
£200. The children are not named in the will.
The IGI reports three children of Anne: Esther, who married
Hugh Norris; Margaret and Katherine.
DOGGETT, dau. of John and Dorothy Doggett; b. Aug 1586,
Groton, Suffolk; m. 8 Sep 1615, Polstead, Suffolk, FRANCIS
The christening of "Brigette" is recorded in the
Groton Parish Register on 21 Aug 1586. Her marriage to Francis
Couper on 8 Sep 1615, at Polstead, Suffolk, is indexed in Boyd's
Suffolk Marriage Index. The Polstead Parish register has not been
The 1619 will of John Doggett, the father of Bridgett, names
her as the eldest daughter, and names her daughters Anne and
Susan. Francis Cooper. Francis Cooper was named as supervisor of
the will, because his son John, named as executor, was
"beyond the sea."
DOGGETT, dau. of John and Dorothy Doggett; chr. 3 Sep
1588, Groton, Suffolk; m. 20 Dec 1611, Groton, Suffolk, LEWIS
KIDBYE. Had children, but details not known.
The christening of Susan and her marriage to Lewis Kidbye are
recorded in the Groton Parish Register. She is named in her
father's 1619 will as his daughter Suzan Kidbye, and Lewis Kidbye
in named as his son-in-law. He mentions their children, but does
not name them.
DOGGETT, dau. of John and Dorothy Doggett; chr. 9 Nov
1588, Groton, Suffolk; m. 7 Apr 1618, Groton, Suffolk, GEORGE
The christening of Elizabeth and her marriage to George Ward
are recorded in the Groton Parish Register.
DOGGETT, dau. of John and Dorothy Doggett; b. Oct 1593,
Groton, Suffolk; chr. 16 Oct 1593; m(1) 1616, Challisham,
Suffolk, WILLIAM FLACK; m(2) 1620,
Stoke-by-Nayland, Suffolk, JOHN FIRMAN.
The christening of Martha is recorded in the Groton Parish
Register. Her marriages to William Flack and John Firman are
indexed in Boyd's Suffolk Marriage Index, but the the Parish
Registers of Challisham and Stoke have not been examined. It has
been stated by Samuel B. Doggett and others that Martha's husband
was Giles Firman who came to Massachusetts with Winthrop in 1630,
but this does not seem to fit the known facts. It is true,
however, that Martha Firman came to the New World as part of
Winthrop's Great Migration. In the Collections of the
Massachusetts Historical Society, Vol. I, 5th Series (1871),
there is a transcript of a letter dated 4 Mar 1632/3, written in
Groton, from John Bluette, former steward of Groton Manor, to
John Winthrop, Jr. In the letter, Bluette sends his love to
"Martha Dogget the wife of goodman Firmyn."
DOGGETT, dau. of John and Dorothy Doggett; bapt. 16 Jul
1597, Groton, Suffolk, England; d. 20 Aug 1683, Rehoboth, Bristol
Co., MA; m. abt. 1620, JOHN EDDY, son of
Rev.William and Mary (Fosten) Eddy, bapt. 27 Mar 1597, St.
Dunstan's, Cranbrooke, Kent, England.
E112:7w John d.y.
E112:7x John d.y.
E112:71 Sarah b. 1626 d. 1710 m. 1650 John Marion
E112:7y Pilgrim b. 1634 d.y.
E112:72 Pilgrim m. 1656 William Baker
m. Isaac Stedman
m. 1679 Sylvester Eveleth
E112:73 John b. 1637
E112:7z Benjamin d. 1639
E112.74 Samuel b. 1640 d. 1711 m. 1664 Sarah Meade
E112:75 Abigail b. 1643
E112:76 Ruth m. 1670 Ezekiel Gardner
E112:77 Mary b. 1626 d. 1683 m. 1641 Robert Ashley
The christening of Amy is recorded in the
Groton Parish Register.
John and Amy and family came to Massachusets in the vessel
"Handmaid" which left London 10 Aug 1630 and arrived in
Plymouth on 29 Oct 1630.
DOGGETT, son of John and Dorothy Doggett; b. Nov 1598,
Groton, Suffolk; chr. 19 Nov 1598, Groton, d. 1647; m. Feb
1623/4, Higham, Suffolk, SUSAN MONNINGS, dau. of
Richard Monnings, of Stoke-by-Nayland, Suffolk.
E112:91 Benjamin b. 1640
E112:92 Elizabeth b. 1643
E112:93 Susan b. 1645
The christening of Benjamin is recorded in the Groton Parish
Register. Boyd's Suffolk Marriage Index lists the
marriage of Benjamin Dogget and Susan Munnings in 1623, at
Higham, Suffolk. This is consistent with the abstract of their
Marriage License, issued 2 Feb 1623/4, which states: Benjamin
Doggett of Higham and Susan Monninges of Stoke-by-Nayland, both
single, at Higham (Marriage Licenses from the Official
Notebooks of the Archdeaconry of Suffolk, deposited at
the Ipswich Probate Court, 1613-1674 (1903)). Muskett states
that Susan was the daughter of Richard Monings of
Stoke-next-Nayland, and cites the 1638 will of Richard Monings
(P.C.C., 48 Harvey).
Benjamin resided in Assington, Suffolk. In 1638, he was
enumerated in a militia census of Assington Parish, Babergh
Hundred (Able Men of Suffolk, 1638 (Harleian Society)). According
to Muskett, Benjamin was a resident of Assington at his death,
leaving will dated 19 Aug 1647, probated at the Archdeaconry of
Suffolk. Muskett also states that Benjamin had a son, Munnings
Doggett. This may be correct, but the only Munnings Doggett that
the writer has seen referenced is in the IGI, as "Moning
Doggett, son of Benjamin and Margaret, chr. 26 Mar 1671,
Polstead, Suffolk." This would appear to be son of
Benjamin's son Benjamin. Benjamin's will has not been examined by
The IGI states that Benjamin and Susan had three children
baptised in Assington: Benjamin, chr. 3 Apr 1640; ELizabeth, chr.
5 Jan 1643; and Susan, chr. 13 Apr 1645.
E112:92 ELIZABETH DOGGETT;
chr. 5 Jan 1643, Assington, Suffolk.
E112:93 SUSAN DOGGETT; chr. 13 Apr 1645,
BENJAMIN DOGGETT; bapt. 3 Apr 1640, Assisngton, Suffolk;
prob m. MARGARET (surname unknown).
Children (Doggett) (perhaps):
E112:911 Monnings b. 1671
E112:911 MONNINGS DOGGETT;
chr. 26 Mar 1671, Polstead, Suffolk.
E114 ANN DOGGETT, dau. of John Doggett;
bapt. 31 Mar 1554, Bures St. Marys, Suffolk; m(1) 18 Jun 1576,
Groton, Suffolk, SIMON SNELLING; m(2) Mr.
E114:x Mary b. 1577 d. 1578
E114:y Simon b. 1578 d. 1584
E114:1 William b. 1582
E114:z Simon b. 1584 d. 1585
The data for Ann's marriage to Snelling and
their children was supplied by John McLinden from Groton and
Boxford parish registers. Her marriage to a Mr. Kent is noted in
the 1610 will of her brother William, who calles her "Ann
E114:x MARY SNELLING, prob.
dau. of Simon and Ann (Doggett) Snelling; bapt. 5 May 1577,
Groton, Suffolk; bur. 10 Aug 1578, Groton, Suffolk.
E114:y SIMON SNELLING; bapt 2 Nov 1578, Boxford,
Suffolk; (bur. 3 Mar 1583/84, Boxford, Suffolk.
E114:1 WILLIAM SNELLING; bapt. 2 Jun 1582,
E114:z SIMON SNELLING; bapt. 2 May 1584,
Boxford, Suffolk; bur. 23 Feb 1584/85, Boxford, Suffolk.
DOGGETT (the younger), son of John Doggett; b. 1557; d.
10 Oct 1610, Boxford, Suffolk; bur. Boxford; m. 1 Jun 1591,
Boxford, Suffolk, AVIS LAPPADGE, his first
cousin, once removed, and dau. of Thomas and Agnes (Gale)
Lappadge, chr. 1 Aug 1568, Groton, Suffolk; bur. 27 Jun 1652,
E115:1 Ann b. 1592 m. Mr. Rowarth
E115:2 Thomas b. 1594 m. 1617 Margery Clopton
E115:3 Susan b. 1596 m. 1617 Richard Norwich
E115:4 Avis b. 1599 m. 1620 John Bond
E115:5 WILLIAM b. 1600 d. 1670 m. 1626 Anne Langley
E115:6 Alice b. 1601 m. 1624 Christopher Scarlett
E115:7 John b. 1602
E115:x Bridget b. 1605
E115:8 Dorothy b. 1605 m. 1637 Lawrence Stisted
E115:9 Lappadge b. 1607 m. 1631 Anne Thurgoland
E115:A Richard b. 1608 d. 1667 m. Sarah LeGris
The birth of William the younger, of Boxford, does not appear
to be recorded in the Parish Register of Bures St. Marys as is
the case of his older siblings, but his year of birth can be
calculated from the inscription on his tombstone in St. Mary's
Church in Boxford. This stone provides a great deal of
information about William. The stone, imbedded in the floor of
what is now used as a closet, next to the exterior wall of the
building, is protected by a carpet which covers the stone unless
removed to examine the stone. It is an elaborately carved black
marble slab with the following inscription: "Here lyeth
Willia. Doggett, marchant adveterer Citizen and mercer of London
and free of the East India Company who tooke to wife Avis
Lappadge ye Daught. of Thomas Lappage of Boxford, w'th who he
lyved 19 years & had Issve by her 6 sones & 6 davgters.
Ye said Will' dep'ed this life ye 10th of Octobr 1610 beinge of
the age of 53 years." The Boxford Parish Register records
the marriage of William and Aves Lappage as occurring on 1 Jun
1591, which corresponds to 19 years of marriage before William's
death. The Register also records the baptisms of five sons and
six daughters, so apparently one son died at birth and was not
recorded in the Register.
At the four corners of the monument are four brasses in the
form of shields, each brass bearing the coat of arms of an
organization of which William was a member, and of which he was
clearly proud to be a member. These organizations are: City of
London; Mercers' Company; Merchant Adventurers; and East India
Company. The Mercers' Company was one of the great guilds
merchant of London, whose members dealt in silks, velvets and
other expensive textiles, iimported from abroad. All members of
the principal guilds were citizens of the City of London, which
meant more than just being a resident. In fact, many citizens of
London, like William, had their residence and conducted business
in other locations. It must be assumed, however, that William
spent much time in the City. The Merchant Adventurers were
merchants whose business was engaging in import and export of
goods to the European Continent. As was noted above, William's
brother John was a Merchant Adventurer, and his son John lived in
Hamburg, where he was a trader.
The fourth brass is that of the East India Company, formed to
make voyages to the Far East and bring back silks, spices and
similar luxury items, for sale to the wealthy residents of
England. In later years, it operated as a joint stock company
(similar to a present-day corporation), but in the early years,
each voyage was financed by a separate group of investors. While
visiting London some years ago, the writer decided to research
the involvement of William with The East India Company, and
visited the India Library, which is a branch of the British
Museum and which has the original records of the East India
Company. We were furnished with the original minute book of the
directors of the Company. The first two voyages made by the
Company had only a few subscribers, limited to the prominent and
very wealthy. However, the third voyage, in 1605, was opened up
to a larger number of subscribers, with a much smaller investment
required. William's name appeared on the Bill of Adventure,
listing 205 subscribers, with the minimum investment of £100,
which amount was still a substantial amount of money at that
time. A later entry in the minute book recorded the successful
completion of the voyage and the division of profits among the
subscribers, which profit was about three time the original
investment. Only one other voyage was undertaken prior to
William's death, the fourth voyage, in 1608. For that voyage, the
Company returned to original format of involving only a few very
wealthy investors. Therefore, Even though William participated in
only one "adventure," it must have been a significant
episode in his life, if the prominence given to the Company on
his tombstone is any indication.
William was only seven years old when his father died. In his
father's will, he was devised his father's "capital
messuage," or main residence in Groton, named Edmonds, and
all the lands in Groton, both freehold and copyhold, belonging to
that residence, which were in the manorance of William's uncle,
William More. He also received John's "Dye House" in
Groton, and the "leads and fats within it. Leads and fats
were names given to kettles used in dying fabric.
"Fats" is an archaic spelling of "vats." He
also received numerous other parcels of land in Groton. All to be
given to him whcn he reached 21 years of age. But that was not
all he received. He also was given the copyhold lands which John
held of William Walgrave, Esq., of Lesen Hall. and also one third
of all the personal property, including silver, jewels, money,
and other property remaining after paying all debts of the
estate. So it can be seen that about 1578, William became a
wealthy young man.
The will of his father gave the "bringing up' of
William, his brother John, and sister Ann to John's
brother-in-law, William More, of Groton. On William More's death
only two years later, the responsibility for the children's
upbringing was left to More's son-in-law, and first cousin of the
children, Thomas Lappage. Thomas was a generation older than
William, and one of his children was a daughter Avis, born in
1568, eleven years William's junior. The two families were raised
together, and despite the age difference, William and Avis fell
in love and were married in 1591, as noted above.
The baptism of Avis Lappage was recorded in
the Groton Parish Register on 1 Aug 1568. This entry is
transcribed in East Anglia Notes & Queries, Series 2, vol. 7,
p. 172: "Avice Lapadge, the Daughter of Thomas Lapadge was
baptized the first day of August." the Register also
contains an addition to the entry in a different hand: "She
was married to William Dogget her cosin."
The will of William was probated in the Prerogative Court of
Canterbury, but no court records or copies of the will have been
found. However, the dispositive portions of the will are
abstracted in a 1644 chancery suit. The suit was brought by one
Edward Alston against William's widow "Avice" Doggett
(Alston c. Doggett, Chancery Proc., Mitford, 54, 44) The answer
of Avis to plaintiff's bill was dated 18 Apr 1644, and included
the infomration about the contents of the will. His son and heir,
Thomas, received no bequest or devise in the will, which seems to
be due to the fact that by law Thomas was entitled to receive the
real estate belonging to his father, subject to any dower rights
of William's wife, Avis. The other children are named, except for
Bridget, who apparently predeceased her father as a young child.
Sons Lappage and Richard, the two younger sons, received £1000
each, to be delivered when they reached age 24; the older sons,
William and John, received only £400 each, which would seem to
indicate that some other arrangements for them had been made
during William's lifetime. The five daughters named each received
£400 He also remembered his brother and sisters, his
brother-in-law John Brond, his father-in-law, Thomas Lappage, and
two local clergymen, and made bequests for the poor of Boxford
and for the Boxford Free School, His son Thomas and his wife were
named as executors, but Thomas relinquished the office and Avis
probated the will.
In 1614 (12 James), four years after his death, an
Inquisition Post Mortem was held to determine the identity of the
parcels of real property held by William at the time of his
death. The writer has not seen this document, either as an
original or as a transcript. It is undoubtedly written in court
As William was about 34 years old at the time of his
marriage, and died at the age of 53, none of the children were
adults at the time of his death, escept his oldest daughter, Ann,
who was 18. The other children ranged in age from 16 down to 1
Avis died in Boxford and was buried there on 27 Jun 1652,
according to the Boxford Parish Register, in which she is
referred to a "old Mrs. Doggett." She was 84 years old
at the time of her death. Muskett refers to a sale of a dwelling
house and other land in Boxford and Polstead in 1629, made to
Robert Gurdon, Esq., a prominent member of the local gentry, by
Avis Doggett, widow, and Thomas Doggett, gent. and Margery, his
wife. There is a letter from Thomas, mentioned below, concerning
John McLinden and others believe that John Doggett of Bures
had only one son named William, but the writer believes that the
evidence supports the conclusion that there were two Williams. We
continue to research this question and will in the near future
post the evidence and arguments on both sides of the issue.
E115:3 SUSAN DOGGETT; chr. 25
1595, Boxford, Suffolk; m. 1617, Groton, Suffolk, RICHARD
The baptism of Susan is recorded in the
Boxford Parish Register. Her marriage to Richard Norwich is noted
by Muskett, citing Adam Winthrop's diary.
E115:4 AVIS DOGGETT; char. 22
Feb 1598, Boxford, Suffolk; d. 1625; bur. Boxford, Suffolk; m. 23
Jul 1620, Boxford, Suffolk, JOHN BOND.
The baptism of Avis is recorded in the Boxford
Parish Register. Her marriage to John Bond at Boxford in 1620 is
indexed in Boyd's Suffolk Marriage Index, and SBD gives the
complete date as 23 Jul 1620. SBD also states that she was buried
in Boxford in 1625, but the entry is ambiguous and may refer to
her husband John. Avis is also mentioned in the 1650 will of her
brother-in-law, Christopher Scarlett, which makes the 1625 burial
E115:7 JOHN DOGGETT, son of William and Avis
(Lappadge) Doggett; chr. 4 Nov 1602, Boxford, Suffolk.
It has often been stated that this John Doggett was the same
as the John who emigrated to Massachusetts with Winthrop in 1630,
and who is the ancestor of a large number of descendants, most of
whom have adopted the surname "Daggett." This
assumption has been based on several coincidences, including the
following: John Winthrop was lord of the manor at Groton,
Suffolk, adjoining the parish of Boxford; members of the Doggett
family were prosperous citizens of Groton and certainly knew
Winthrop; John's age would be appropriate for him to have been
the emigrant; and no mention is made of him in the records after
1630. It has also been often alleged that John the emigrant's
first wife was Hepzibah Brotherton, apparently based on the
existence of the given names "Hepzibah" and
"Brotherton" in the family. However, these assumptions
do not seem to have any evidence in their support. Examination of
the parish records of Boxford, Groton, and adjacent parishes,
does not reveal any record of a marriage of John, or any Doggett,
to Hepzibah, or any Brotherton. In fact, the only mention of John
in the records seems to be that of his baptism at Boxford in
1602. John was living at the death of his father in 1610, and was
bequeathed the sum of 400 pounds.
In Alice Brotherton, wife of John Doggett of Martha's
Vineyard (The American Genealogist, v. 72, p. 89, 1997),
Gordon L. Remington advances the theory that the first wife of
John the emigrant was one Alice Brotherton, daughter of Thomas
and Ellen Brotherton, who was baptized in Husborne Crawley,
Bedfordshire, on 6 Mar 1602/3. Alice and John Doggett were
married on 29 Aug 1622 in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire. The
writer has examined the Marston Moretaine parish records, and
agrees with Mr. Remington. There is no direct evidence that John
of Bedfordshire and John of Boxford are the same person, and
there were a number of other Doggetts in Marston Moretaine
parish, including two sons of a Thomas Doggett, baptized in 1604
and 1608. In support of the position that John the emigrant and
John the son of William are the same person is the fact that
there were members of the Lappadge family living in the Marston
Moretaine area, and if John moved to that area to be near other
relatives, that would account for his disappearance from the
After considering all the
possibilities and some inferences not discussed above, the writer
has come to the conclusion that John of Boxford and John of
Bedfordshire were quite probably the same person, and was the
uncle of the Rev. Benjamin Doggett.
DOGGETT, dau. of William and Avis (Lappadge) Doggett;
chr. 15 May 1592, Boxford, Suffolk; m. Mr. ROWARTH.
The baptism of Anne is recorded in the Boxford Parish
Register. Her son John is mentioned in the 1641 will of John
Brand (P.C.C. 116 Campbell}.
DOGGETT, son of William and Avis (Lappadge) Doggett;
chr. 31 Dec 1594, Boxford, Suffolk; m. 22 Apr 1617, Groton,
Suffolk, MARGERY CLOPTON, dau. of William and
Margaret (Waldegrave) Clopton, of Castleins, Groton, chr. 18 Jun
E115:21 William b. 1618
E115:22 Margery b. 1619
E115:23 Avis b. 1621
E115:24 Thomasine b. 1624
The baptism of Thomas Doggett is recorded in the Boxford
Parish Register on 31 Dec 1594.
The Groton Parish Register contains the following entry:
"1617 Thomas Dogget, gent. & M'tress Marg'rey Clopton
weare maried ye 22d day of Aprill."
The Visitation of Suffolk, made by William Hervey (pub. by
Howard, ed., in 1866), v. 1, p. 27, contains extracts from the
Groton Parish Register. It is reported that on 2 Apr 1617, Thomas
Doggetrent [i.e. doggett, gent.] married Mrs. [sic] Margery
Clopton. ("Mrs" was a term of respect, and did not
always signify marriage). The Visitation of Suffolk, 1611,
contains a Clopton pedigree. The pedigree states that Margery
Clopton, bapt. 18 Jun 1590, married on 22 Apr 1617, Thomas
Doggett of Boxford. The Clopton family were an extremely powerful
and wealthy family, and were lords of the second manor in the
parish of Groton, Castleins. This marriage is evidence that the
Doggetts, although they were primarily merchants and not landed
gentry, had a place in society well above that of the yeomanry.
Less than two years before, on 6 Dec 1615, Margery's sister,
Thomasine, had married John Winthrop. Unfortunately, Thomasine
died the following year, 1616. In an account of her death printed
in Life and Letters of John Winthrop, published in Boston, 1864,
it is written: "Then she called for her sister Margerye whom
she exhorted to serve God and take heede of pride and to have
care in hir matchinge that she looked not a riches and worldly
respects but at the feare of God for that would bringe hir
comfort at hir death although she should meet with many
afflictions." The following year Margery married Thomas
According to Venn, Alumni Cantabrigenses, Thomas
Doggett matriculated as a pensioner at St. John's College,
Cambridge, in Michelmas Term, 1611. Nothing further is known
about his time at Cambridge, but Venn records that on 26 Mar
1614, he was admitted at Lincoln's Inn. Apparently Thomas decided
to study to become a lawyer and did not finish his studies at St.
Times apparently did not go well with Thomas after his
father's death, as there is a letter dated 6 Oct 1627, from
Thomas to John Winthrop, at Groton, is iu the Collections of the
Massachusetts Historical Society, vol. 1, p. 179. This letter
implies that he had a serious cash flow problem and owed his
mother's brother, John Brand, money which was secured by a lien
on his real property.The letter asks Winthrop's help in finding a
"chapman" or agent to help find a buyer for the
property. Thomas stated that he had been offered £1800 for the
property, but said that his uncle and he felt it was worth more.
He is somewhat ambiguous as to his asking price, stating in one
place that he would willingly take £1900, but because interest
and expenses were continuing he would take £1800. In another
place he states that if could sell the property and lease it back
at £100 a year, he would sell for £1800, but that if "a
gent will buye it to dwell in my prise is twoe thousnad
pound." Thomas apparently also maintained a house in London,
as he refers to his title papers and a plot of all the parcels of
land being in London.
In any event, a buyer was eventually found. It was Robert
Gurdon, Esq., a member of the extremely powerful and wealthy
Gurdon family of nearby Assington. In 1629, a sale to Gurdon by
Thomas and Margery, together with Thomas' mother, Avis, who still
had dower rights to the land. The conveyance is recorded in Feet
of Fines, Suffolk, Mich. 4, Charles I), and is reprinted in
Muskett. The conveyance shows a payment of 200 pounds sterling.
How this relates to the prices mentioned in the above letter is
The baptism of Margery, dau. of Thomas and Margery Doggett,
is recorded in the Boxford Parish Register, as occurring 30 Nov
1619, and the baptism of Thomasine, anaother daughter, is
recorded as occurring on 23 Jan 1624. According to the IGI, Avis
Doggett, dau. of Thomas and Margery was baptised 20 Feb 1620 in
E115:21 WILLIAM DOGGETT, son of Thomas and
Margery (Clopton) Doggett; chr. 5 Jan 1617/8, Groton, Suffolk; m.
perhaps MARGARET TUTTE.
William was baptized at Groton on 5 Jan 1618/19, according to
the Groton Parish Register. According to Venn, Alumni
Cantabrigenses, he matriculated in 1636 as a sizar at
Queen's College, Cambridge. He received his B.A. degree in
1639/40 and his M.A. in 1643. Presumably he had the traditional
classical education. Venn's Appendix (vol. IV) states that
William was prob. ordained priest (Orkney) 20 Mar 1651, and was
vicar of Stoke-by-Clare, Suffolk, in 1661. This attribution is
probably correct, as the first appointment ofWilliam's cousin,
the Rev. Benjamin Doggett after his ordination in 1662 was as
curate of the church in Stoke. Apparently William had not
continued in the ministry and hired Benjamin to be minister in
The admission as sizar would seem to confirm the financial
problems of his father, as sizars were students who earned their
way through at least two years of college by serving as servant
to an upperclassman or graduate student, in contrast to
pensioners, who paid tuition.
The marriage of William Doggett to Margaret Tutte is only
supposition, and is based on a Marriage License issued by the
Registry of the Bishop of London on 26 Nov 1636.
The Boxford Parish Register shows that a William Doggett was
moved from Ipswich and buried 10 Sep 1670. This may refer to this
William, although this is not certain.
Wood and Blanton, The Clopton Chronicles (WWW), states that
Margaret's surname was "Tuttle."
Nothing further has been learned about William.
DOGGETT, son of William and Avis (Lappadge) Doggett;
chr. 27 Feb 1599/1600, Boxford, Suffolk; d. 1676; m. ANNE
LANGLEY, dau. of Geoffrey and Anne (Carter) Langley, of
E115:51 Ann b. 1626 m. Mr. Jefferson
E115:52 John b. 1628
E115:53 William b. 1630 m. Mary
E115:54 Richard b. 1634 d. 1677 m. Ann
E115:55 BENJAMIN b. 1636 d. 1683 m. Jane (Francis?) Garrard
E115:56 Susan(na) b. 1639 m. 1662 John Spering
E115:57 Avis b. 1644 m. 1662 John Williams
m. Daniel Bright
This William Doggett, the second son of William of Boxford,
is the father of the emigrant, the Rev. Benjamin Doggett. His
baptism is recorded in the Boxford Parish Register on 23 Feb
1598. About 1625, William married Anne Langley, dau. of Geoffrey
Langley, grocer, and alderman of Colchester, in the neighboring
county of Essex. Anne's mother was Anne Carter of Waltham on the
Nayes (Walton on the Naze), Essex.Although the writer has not
seen a parish register entry for the marriage, it is evidenced by
a pedigree in the Visitation of Essex, 1634 (Harleian Soc. Pub.,
v. 13, Metcalfe, ed.). which show the children of Geoffrey and
Anne Carter as including Anne, wife of William Doggett of
The births of five children of William and Anne are recorded
in the Parish Register of St. Mary-le-Tower, Ispswich, between
1626 and 1636. According to the IGI, which have not been verified
by the writer, show that Mary and Avis, daughters of William and
Anne, were baptized in 1639 and 1644, respectively, at
The Will of William Doggett, dated 14 Oct 1675, was probated
2 May 1676 in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury (P.C.C. 48
Bence). An abstract of this will is printed in Muskett. This will
refers to his son[-in-law] John Spering; his daughter, Susanna
Spering; his grandchildren, Ann, Mary, John and Roger Spering;
his son[-in-law] Daniel Bright; his daughter Avis Bright; his
grandchild Daniel Bright; his grandson, William Williams; son
Richard and his daughters Ann and Mary; his son[in-law]
Jefferson; his daughter Ann Jefferson; his son Benjamin; his son
William, and children Mary, Avis, John and Susanna; his son
Robert. He named his brother John Doggett, merchant, and his
son-in-law John Spering as executors. He refers to his lands in
Boxford. The will states that he was a resident of the Parish of
Stepney, county of Middlesex, and that he had the social standing
One fact that has been a problem in attributing the 1675 will
of William Doggett to William of Ipswich is the entry in the
Boxford Parish Register stating that Mr. William Doggett was
moved from Ipswich and buried in Boxford on 10 Sep 1670. If that
is not the burial of this William, then whom could it be?
Probably not William's son William, because he was named in his
father's 1675 will, with no indication that he was deceased. The
original will has not been examined, nor has the Register entry
referred to. It does appear from the contents of the will that
the author was William the son of William of Boxford.
It is apparent that William moved from Ipswich to Stepney
between 1636 and 1639, and resided there until is death. While in
Ipswich, William pursued the occupation of
"woollendraper," as we learn from the records of
admission of the Rev. Benjamin Doggett to St. John's College,
Cambridge He may well have continued in that business even after
moving to the London area.
William is mentioned in the 1641 will of his uncle, John
Brand, of Sherbourne, Suffolk (P.C.C. 116 Campbell).
E115:51 ANN DOGGETT, dau. of
William and Anne (Langley) Doggett; chr. 3 Nov 1626, St.
Mary-le-Tower, Ipswich, Suffolk; m. Mr. JEFFERSON.
The baptism of Ann is recorded in the Ipswich St.
Mary-le-Tower Parish Register. In her father's 1675 will, he
refers to his son[in-law] Jefferson and his daughter Ann
E115:52 JOHN DOGGETT; chr. 16
Sep 1628, St. Mary-le-Tower, Ipswich, Suffolk.
The baptism of John is recorded in the Ipswich
St. Mary-le-Tower Parish Register. He is not mentioned in his
father's will, so it seems that he may died prior to 1675,
DOGGETT, son of William and Anne (Langley) Doggett; chr.
25 Sep 1630, St. Mary-le-Tower, Ipswich, Suffolk; MARY
E115:531 William b. 1656
The baptism of William is recorded in the
Ipswich St. Mary-le-Tower Parish Register. His marriage to Mary
is stated in the parish register entry of the birth of their son
Thw 1675 will of William's father, this
William is referred to, as are his children: William, and Mary,
Avis, John and Susanna. No mention is made of a wife.
In the St. Mary-le-Tower Register, the baptism
of Anna, dau. of William and Anna Doggett, on 25 Jun 1669, is
recorded. The will of Margaret Weld, dated 1671, refers to her
sister, Anna, wife of William Dogett. From these entries, it
would be logical to conclude that Anna was a second wife of
William. However, William's son William died in 1684, intestate,
and his mother Mary inherited his estate.
Who then was William who married Anna, sister of Margaret Weld?
E115:531 WILLIAM DOGGETT; chr.
9 May 1696, St. Mary-le-Tower, Ipswich, Suffolk; d. 1684,
The baptism of William is recorded in the
Ipswich St. Mary-le-Tower Parish Register. His death, intestate,
in 1684 is supported by two entries in public records. First, the
Index to Probate Records of the Court of Archdeaconry of Suffolk,
1444-1750, states that William, "singleman" died in
Ipswich in 1684, and indexes two administration documents. In the
Administrations, 1609-1800, from the Adminstrations Act Book, in
the Ipswich & East Suffolk Record Office, states that the
estate William Dogget "of Ipswich husbandman, was
administered in Feb 1684.
He is mentioned in his grandfather's 1675 will
"when out of his apprenticeship."
DOGGETT, son of William and Anne (Langley) Doggett; chr.
13 Apr 1634, St. Mary-le-Tower, Ipswich, Suffolk; m. ANN
E115:542 Mary b. 1665
The baptism of Richard is recorded in the
Ipswich St. Mary-le-Tower Parish Register. The baptism was
originally recorded as "Joseph, son of William
Doggett," but this appears to be an error and a second entry
for the same date calls him "Richard."
The baptism of Mary, the daughter of Richard
and Ann, is also recorded in the Ipswich St. Mary-le-Tower Parish
Register, on 7 May 1665.
Richard and his two daughters, Ann and Mary, are mentioned in
their grandfather's 1675 will.
The most interesting documents pertaining to
Richard and Ann are found not in England, but in the County
Records of Lancaster County, Virginia, where Richard's brother
Benjamin was minister of the two parishes of that county. On 13
Jul 1677, the Lancaster County Court ordered recorded, in both
Latin and English, a power of attorney from "Anne Doggett,
of Ipswich, Suffolk Co., widdow, admx of Richard Dogget, late of
Ipswich, mercht, decd." The power of attorney was in favor
of Capt. John Purvis, of Wapping Parish, of Stepney, Middlesex
Co., mariner. The power of attorney was dated 3 Feb 1677/8. Capt.
Purvis obviously had a ship which made regular trips to Lancaster
County, and had his residence in Stepney, as did Richard's
father. The power of attorney was for the purpose of collecting a
debt, indicating that Richard had engaged in trading with
merchants in Lancaster County, perhaps Col. William Ball or
others. Whether this was the result of his brother residing in
the county, or whether Benjamin's moving to Virginia was brought
about by efforts of Richard or Capt. Purvis, or both, is an
BENJAMIN DOGGETT (Emigrant Ancestor), son of William and
Anne (Langley) Doggett; chr. 28 Oct 1636, St.
Mary-le-TowerIpswich, Suffolk; d. 1683, Lancaster County,
Virginia; m. 21 Sep 1664, Hadleigh, Suffolk, Mrs. JANE
(Francis ?) GARRARD.
001 Benjamin b. 1665 d. 1723 m. Betty
m. Mrs. Mary Threlkeld
002 Jane b. 1667
00x William b. 1668 d. 1668
00y John b. 1670
003 Richard b. 1672 d. 1721 m. Elizabeth Bushrod
004 Anne b. 1674
005 William b. 1676 d. 1716 m. Elizabeth
For details and descendants, see separate
SUSAN(NA) DOGGETT, dau. of William and Anne (Langley)
Doggett; b. abt. 1639 (bapt. Pettistree); m. 1662, St. Dunstan's,
Stepney, Midx, JOHN SPERING, broadweaver, of
Spittlefields (or Stepney).
Marriage Registers of St. Dunstan's, Stepney, Middlesex: John
Spering of Spittlefields, broadweaver, m. Susana Doggett of White
Chappell, maid, 28 Sep 1662.
Allegations for Marriage Licenses - Faculty Office of the
Arhcbishop Canterbury, 1543-1569 (Harleian Soc., v. 24): John
Spering, of Stephney, Midx., Bachr, 24 and Susan Doggett, Spr.,
23, dau. of William Doggett, of St. Mary's Whitechapel, Gent, who
consents at Stephney, or Whitechapel, afsd.
In her father's will dated 1675, Susanna and her husband John
Spering are mentioned, together with their children, Ann, Mary,
John and Roger, all under 21.
DOGGETT, dau. of William and Anne (Langley) Doggett; b.
abt 1643 (bapt. Pettistree); m(1) 21 Aug 1662, St. Dunstan's,
Stepney, Midx, WILLIAMS, broadweaver, of
Spittlefields (or Stepney); m(2) DANIEL BRIGHT.
JOHN Children (Williams):
Marriage Registers of St. Dunstan's, Stepney, Middlesex: John
Williams of Spittlefields, silkthroster, and Avis Doggett of
Whitechapell, maid, 21 Aug 1662/
Allegations for Marriage Licenses - Faculty Office of the
Arhcbishop Canterbury, 1543-1569 (Harleian Soc., v. 24): John
Williams of Stephney, Midx., BAchr., 22, and Avis Doggett, Spr.,
19, dau. of William Doggett of St. Mary Whitechapel, Midx, Gent.,
who consents, at Stephney, afsd.
In her father's will dated 1675, Avis and her second husband,
Daniel Bright, and their son Daniel Bright are mentioned. Also
mentioned is her son by her first marriage, William Williams.
DOGGETT, dau. of William and Avis (Lappadge) Doggett;
chr. 14 May 1601, Boxford, Suffolk; m. 14 Jul 1624, Boxford,
Suffolk, CHRISTOPHER SCARLETT, son of John and
Mary (Horsman) Scarlett, of Nayland, Suffolk, d. 23 Sep 1650.
E115:61 John m. Frances Bettesworth
E115:62 Thomas m. Sara Driwood
The baptism of Alice on 14 May 1601 is recorded in the
Boxford Parish Register. Boyd's Suffolk Marriage Index lists the
marriage of Alice Dogget and Cris Scarlet, at Boxford. SBD
reports the full date of marriage as 14 May 1624, probably from
the parish register. Christopher Scarlett was a mercer by
occupation, as was Alice's father.
The will of Christopher Scarlett, of Nayland, mercer, dated
23 Sep 1650, was probated 16 May 1651 (P.C.C. 99 Grey). The will
is abstracted in Misc. Gen. VI, 2d Ser. The will names his
mother-in-law, Avice Doggett, and directed that he be buried near
his wife in Nayland. It is clear, therefore, that Alice
In the Visitation of Essex, 1664, a pedigree was entered by
Christopher's son John. This pedigree states that Christopher was
the son of John Scarlett of Nayland and Mary, dau. of Sir John
Horsman, Knt. of Com. Norfolk, and married Alice, dau. of _____
Doggett, of Boxford. Christopher's maternal grandfather had been
E115:62 THOMAS SCARLETT m. SARA
DRIWOOD, dau. of John Driwood of Braintree, Essex.
The Scarlett pedigree in the Visitation of
Essex states that Thomas Scarlett m. Sara, dau. of John Driwood
of Braintree, Essex.
SCARLETT, son of Christopher and Alice (Doggett)
Scarlett; m. FRANCES BETTESWORTH, dau. of Thomas
Bettesworth, of Winchester, Hampshire.
E115:611 Christopher b. 1659
The Scarlett pedigree in the Visitation of
Essex states that John Scarlett of Copford, Essex, m. Frances,
dau. of Thomas Bettesworth, Esq, of Winchester, Hampshire, and
lists his children, Christopher, age 5, Thomas, John and Frances.
DOGGETT, dau. of William and Avis (Lappadge) Doggett;
chr. 28 Nov 1605, Boxford, Suffolk; m. 1637 (Lic 28 Nov) ,
Ipswich, Suffolk, LAWRENCE STISTED, of Ipswich,
son of Owen and Elizabeth (Jermy) Stisted, of Kesgrave, Suffolk.
E115:81 Lawrence b. 1643
The baptism of Dorothy is recorded in the Boxford Parish
In the Marriage License Bonds of the Archdeaconry of Suffolk,
deposited at the Ipswich Probate Court, the marriage license of
Lawrence Stisted and Dorothy Doggett of St. Mary-le-Tower,
Ipswich, Suffolk, single, at Kesgrave, is shown. It may be that
Dorothy had gone to Ipswich to live with her brother William.
Dorothy is mentioned in thee 1641 will of her uncle, John Brand.
The Visitation of Suffolk, 1664-1668 (published in Harleian
Soc., v. 61), contains a Stisted of Ipswich pedigree, which shows
that Lawrence Stisted of Ipswich of Ipswich in Com. Suff., gent.,
son of Owen Stisted of Kesgrave and Elizabeth, dau. of Wm. Jarmy
of Brightwell, Suffolk, m(1) Dorothy, dau. of ______ Doggat of
Boxford, Suff. and had son Lawrence, age 21 in 1664. The pedigree
also shows a second marriage of Lawrence, to Elizabeth, dau. of
John Brand, of Aderston, Suffolk, and children Joseph and Anne.
Elizabeth Brand and Dorothy Doggett were first cousins.
E115:9 LAPPADGE DOGGETT, son of William and
Avis (Lappadge) Doggett; chr. 12 Feb 1606/7, Boxford, Suffolk; m.
1630/1 (Lic. 9 Feb), ANNE THURGOLAND.
The baptism of Lappadge Doggett is recorded in
the Boxford Parish Register.
London Marriage Licenses, Registry of the
Bishop of London (Index Library), shows a license issued 9 Feb
1630/1 to Lapidge Doggett and Anna Thurgoland.
The baptism of Avis, dau. of Lappage and Ann
Doggett on 4 Jan 1634 is recorded in the Boxford Parish Register.
In Copinger, County of Suffolk, v. 1, p. 241,
the Calendar of State Papers is cited as showing that in 1634,
one Thomas Bird of Boxford, clothwaker, filed a petition that
Lapidge Doggid, draper of Boxford, had sold tobbacco without a
DOGGETT, son of William and Avis (Lappadge) Doggett,
chr. 1 Dec 1608, Boxford, Suffolk; d. 1667, Hadleigh, Suffolk;
bur. Boxford, Sufolk; m. SARAH LeGRIS, his
second cousin once removed, and dau. of Rev. John and Elizabeth
E115:A2 Avis b. 1640
The baptism of Richard is recorded in the Boxford Parish
Register. The burial of Richard at Boxford on May 24 1667 is also
in the Register.
The will of Elizabeth LeGris, mother of Sarah, dated 17 Aug
1642 (P.C.C. 4 Fines), refers to her daughter Sarah, wife of
Richard Doggett of Hadleigh, Suffolk, and gives her her house and
lands at Boxford. She also names Richard, Avis and Elizabeth,
children of Richard and Sarah, all of whom were under 21 years of
age. this will is abstracted in SBD. Richard is also named in the
1641 will of his uncle, John Brand.
According to Venn, Alumni Cantabrgienses, Richard
was admitted as a pensioner at Emmanuel College, Cambridge on 3
Apr 1626. Pensioners paid full tuition for attending the college.
According to Venn, Richard was born in 1608. He matriculated in
1626, received his B.A. degree in 1629/30, and his M.A. degree in
Able Men of Suffolk, 1638 (Harleian Soc.), a militia census,
Richard Doggett is enumerated in Monksilleigh Parish, Babergh
Hundred, in the vicinity of Boxford. On 1 Nov 1640, Richard
witnessed the will of William Clopton of Groton, as reported in
Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, v. 28. He apparently
moved to Hadleigh, Suffolk, not long thereafter. the IGI has an
entry for Avis Doggett, dau. of Richard and Sarah, baptised in
Hadleigh, Suffolk, 13 Oct 1640.
E12 ALICE DOGGETT,
dau. of Richard Doggett; m(1) Mr. LAPPADGE; m(2)
WILLIAM MORE, of Groton, Suffolk, d. 1566.
E121 Thomas b. 1534 d. 1614 m. Agnes Gael
E122 Raffe (Ralph) b. 1542 d. 1592 m. 1575 Ann Gifford
E123 William m. 1569 Alice Bond
E125 Alice m. Robert Edgar
No record of the birth of Alice is known, but her identity is
revealed by references to her in wills of her kinsmen. For
instance, the will of Anne Gosnold refers to her sister Alice
More; the will of John Doggett of Bures refers to his sister
More; the will of William More refers to "brother" John
Dogate and his children, and to William Dogat the younger. Other
documents such as the letter of Thomas Doggett to John Winthrop,
iscussed above, confirm her identity.
Alice was first married to a Mr. Lappadge, first name not
known. After his death, Alice married a wealthy
"gentleman" of Groton, William More. William More died
leaving a will dated 6 Oct 1566, probated 8 Mar 1566/7 in the
Prerogative Court of Canterbury (P.C.C. 9 Stonard). The will is
abstracted in Muskett. It leaves property to his wife, Alice and
her children, Thomas, Raffe, William, Robert, Alice (Edgar), and
to Mary and Alice Lappage, daughters of Robert. He also mentioned
John, Anne and Willilam the younger, children of John of Bures.
He made gifts to a number of his own children and kinsmen. He
made a gift in trust for the poor of Boxford and Groton, with the
trustees being John Winthrop, John Spencer (perhaps his
brother-in-law), William Coo, and John Gale, all prominent
citizens of those parishes. The residue went to his wife and his
eldest son, Thomas Lappage.
One interesting direction in William More's will is that his
son Thomas was not only appointed executor, but was appointed as
successor executor of the estate of John Doggett [John of Bures],
and was charged with the "bringing up of his children."
When John Doggett died only two years earlier, he had placed both
duties on More.
E123 WILLIAM LAPPADGE; m.
1569, Groton, Suffolk, ALICE BOND.
Boyd's Suffolk Marriage Index shows William
Lappage m. Alice Bond in 1569, at Groton.
Muskett's pedigree does not name wife, but says "had
In the will of his stepfather, William More, William was given a
"messuage in Edwardstone.
E125 ALICE LAPPADGE; d. abt.
1595; m. ROBERT EDGAR, of Sotterley, Suffolk.
Muskett states that Alice Lappadge married
Robert Edgar of Sotterley, Suffolk, Gent. Her will dated 2
Jul 1595, was probated in the Archdeaconry of
Alice Edgar, "my kinswoman," received £3/6/8 under
the will of John Doggett [of Bures]. .She also received £40
under the will of her stepfather, William More, who refers to her
as his "wife's daughter."
LAPPADGE, son of Alice (Doggett) Lappadge, b. abt. 1534;
d. 1613, Boxford, Suffolk; prob. m. 1567, Edwardstone, Suffolk, AGNES
GAEL, dau. of Thomas Gael, of Edwardstone, Suffolk, d.
E121:1 Avis b. 1568 d. 1652 m. 1591 William Doggett
E121:x Susan b. 1571
E121:2 Susan b. 1578 m. John Brond
he Will of Thomas Lappage of Boxford, Gent., dated 29 Jan
1611/2, was probated 4 May 1614 in the Prerogative Court of
Canterbury (P.C.C. 34 Lawe). This will has not been examined, but
it is referenced in the pedigree in Muskett, which states that
Thomas was nearly 80 years old at his death. This would place his
birth at about 1534. The Boxford Parish Register shows that
Thomas was buried 26 Feb 1613/4. The Register also has an entry
of the burial of Avis [?], wife of Thomas Lappage on 8 Oct 1605,
probably a transcription error.
Boyd's Suffolk Marriage Index indicates that the Bishop's
Transcript of the Edwardstone Parish Register shows a marriage in
1567 of Thos. Lappage and Robt. [?] Gulle. This may be a
mistranscription of the register, but the date and location seem
to fit. The will of a Thomas Gael of Edwardstone (adjacent to
Boxford), probated in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury in 1590
(P.C.C. 41 Drury) is cited by Muskett as authority for the
marriage of Thomas and Agnes. There is also a will of a Thomas
Gale of Edwardstone probated in Bury St. Edmunds in 1586
(Goddarde 125), which also could be the father of Agnes. Neither
will has been examined.
The Boxford Parish Register records the baptism of three
children of Thomas and Agnes, Avice, Susan, and a second Susan.
The first Susan, daughter of Thomas and Agnes Lappage, was
christened on 2 Sep 1571, and apparently died very young.
In the will of his stepfather, William More,
Thomas was given "capital messuage in Boxford called
Churches, and other land in Boxford and Edwardstone.
LAPPADGE, dau. of Thomas and Agnes (Gael) Lappadge;
bapt. 1 Aug 1568, Groton, Suffolk; d. 1562; m. WILLIAM
DOGGETT [the younger], her first cousin once removed,
son of John Doggett.
For details and descendants, see husband's
LAPPADGE, dau. of Thomas and Agnes (Gael) Lappadge;
bapt. 15 Jun 1578, Groton, Suffolk; m. JOHN BRAND.
E121:21 John m. Mary Eldred
E121:22 Joseph m. Thomazine Trotter
E121:23 Benjamin m. Elizabeth Cutler
E121:24 Anne m. John Bruning
E121:25 Mary m. Mr. Cold
E121:26 Susan m. Roger Browne
E121:27 Sarah m. Thomas Mott
E121:28 Elizabeth m. Lawrence Stisted
121:29 Amy m. Robert Cutler
E121:2A Martha m. Joseph Beaumont
The birth of Susan was recorded in the Groton Parish Register
on 1 Aug 1568.
E121:24 ANNE BROND; m.
Rev. JOHN BRUNING, b. 1622, d. 1663, Rector
of Semer (Seymour) Par., Suffolk.
E121:25 MARY BRAND; m. Mr, COLD,
of Bilston, Suffolk.
E121:26 SUSAN BRAND; m. ROGER BROWNE,
of Boxford, Suffolk.
E121:29 AMY BROND, dau. of John and Susan
(Lappadge) Brand; m. ROBERT CUTLER, son of
Robert Cutler, of Ipswich, Suffolk.
BRAND, son of John and Susan (Lappadge) Brand; m. MARY
ELDRED, dau. of John Eldred of Colchester, Essex.
E121:211 John b. 1623
BRAND, son of John and Susan (Lappadge) Brand; m.
THOMAZINE TROTTER, dau. of Thomas Trotter of London.
E121:221 Joseph m.
m. Anne Rich
E121:224 Thomazine m. Sir SamuelBernardiston
E121:225 Susanna b. 1640 d. 1721 m. Sir John Morden
E121:226 Sarah m. Thomas Baird
E121:228 Mary m. James Scambler
E121:229 0Anna m. Thomas Dudson
m. Sir John Bennet
BROND, dau. of Joseph and Thomazine (Trotter) Brand;
m(1) 1676, THOMAS DUDSON, son of Edward and Anne
(Colfe) Dudson, of London, b. 1648, d. 1678; m(2) 1683, Sir
JOHN BENNET, knighted 1706, d. 1723.
E121:229:x Anne d. 1676
E121:229:1 (dau) m. Walter Hungerford
BENJAMIN BROND, son of John and Susan (Lappadge) Brand;
m. ELIZABETH CUTLER.
E121:231 John m. Margaret Rogers
BROND, son of Benjamin and Elizabeth
(Cutler) Brond; m. MARGARET ROGERS, dau. of
Walter Rogers of Leatherhead.
BROND, dau. of John and Susan (Lappadge) Brand; m. THOMAS
MOTT, of Stoke-by-Nayland, Suffolk, son of John and
Alice (Harrington) Mott, of Wiston, Suffolk.
BROND, dau. of John and Susan (Lappadge) Brand; m. JOSEPH
BEAUMONT of Hadleigh, Suffolk, son of Edward and Alice
(Lufkin) Beaumont, of Hadleigh.
E121:2A1 John b. 1645
E121:2A4 Mary m. Thomas Whiting
E122 RAFFE (Ralph) LAPPADGE, son of
Alice (Doggett) Lappadge, b. abt. 1542; d. 15 Jul
1592, Stoke-by-Nayland, Suffolk; m. 1575, Stoke-by-Nayland,
Suffolk, ANN GIFFORD, dau. of John and
AnnGifford. Ann m(2) 15 Aug 1594, in Stoke-by-Nayland, Adam
Boyd's Suffolk Marriage Index shows Ralfe
Lappage m. Ann Gifford in 1575, at Stoke-by-Nayland.
Muskett's pedigree shows Ralph Lappage, died by 1593, leaving
In the will of his stepfather, William More, Ralph was given a
"messuage which Lewis of Stoke dwells in."
Birth and death dates and Ann's second marriage supplied by John
McLinden from parish registers.
LAPPADGE, son of Alice (Doggett) Lappadge; d. 1613
E124:1 Elizabeth m. John LeGris
E124:2 Mary m. Thomas Canham
E124:3 Alice m. William Hayward
Muskett's pedigree shows Robert was devisee of his uncle
[John] Doggett and his stepfather [William] More, and that he had
lands in Stoke-by-Nayland.
Information from a researcher in Ipswich states that the Bury St.
Edmunds Will Index shows a will of Robert Lappage of Stoke
probated in 1613. This will has not been examined.
Robert was given £30, and his daughters, Mary and Alice
Lappage, were given £5 each, in the will of William More, their
Muskett's pedigree shows that Mary married Thomas Canham of
Assington and that Alice was married to William Hayward. This
information apparently from the 1611 will of their uncle, Thomas
Lappage, which has not been examined.
LAPPADGE, dau. of Robert Lappadge; m. Rev. JOHN
LeGRIS, d. 1629/30.
E124:11 Sarah m. Richard Doggett
E124:12 Mary m. Mr. Palmer
E124:13 Anne m. Mr. Gaunt.
Muskett's pedigree shows that Elizabeth married John LeGris,
clerk. She is mentioned in the 1611 will of her her grandfather,
Thomas Lappadge, the 1525 will of her aunt, Alice Edgar, and the
1564 will of John Doggett (in which she is called Jane).
SBD states that the will of Elizabeth LeGris, of Weston, Suffolk,
dated 17 Aug 1642, probated in the Prerogative Court of
Canterbury (P.C.C. 4 Fines) names her daughters Sarah Doggett,
Mary Palmer and Anne Gaunt.
Muskett states that the will of John LeGris, clerk, dated 11
Mar 1629/30, was probated 21 Apr 1630 in the Episcopal Court of
Norwich. This will has not been examined and its contents are not
known to the writer.
LeGRIS, dau. of John and Elizabeth (Lappadge) LeGris; m.
RICHARD DOGGETT, her second cousin once removed,
and son of William and Avis (Lappage) Doggett.
For details and descendants, see husbands
E13 ANNE DOGGETT,
dau. of Richard Doggett; d. 1578; m(1) THOMAS
BACON, of Heggerset (Hessett), Suffolk; m(2) abt.
1574, ROBERT GOSNOLD, of Otley, son of John
and Katherine (Kebell) Gosnold, b. abt 1490.
Thomas Bacon left a will dated 10 Mar 1546, a transcript of
which has generously been furnished to the writer by John
McLindon. This will names four sons: Edmund, John, Francis and
George. The will also mentions his "son-in-law" Robert
Keen, but no daughter is named. It is probable that Anne was the
second wife of Thomas, and that Edmund, John and Francis, and an
unnamed daughter, who married Robert Keen.
Rodney Dennys reported that a search of the Official Register
of the College of Arms produced the following: "At the
Herald's Visitation of Suffolk in 1561, a pedigree was recorded
of the Gosnoll family. Robert Gosnoll of Otley, Suffolk, married
Anne Bacon, daughter of Richard Doggett; they had no
Sasmuel B. Doggett refers to Robert as "Esq." which
would appear to be appropriate as his right to arms was
apparently confirmed by the College of Arms in 1561. Muskett
refers to the Visitation Records as Harleian MS 1560.
Muskett states that Anne married first Thomas Bacon, Gent.,
of Heggersett (or Hessett), Suffolk, and had one son, George
Bacon. The New England Genealogical and Historical Register, in
vol. 57, repeats the above information, and refers to marriage
settlements dated 10 Oct 1574 with Richard [sic] Gosnold, which
have not been examined.
Anne died in 1578, and her will dated 20 Jul 1578 was
probated in Nov 1578 in the Consistory Court of the Bishop of
Norwich (140 Woodstock). In her will (abstracted in NEHGR, vol.
58), Anne refers to various Bacon and Gosnold family members, and
others, including her sister Alice More, her sister Spenser, and
her niece Alice Edgar.
Wood and Blanton, The Clopton Chronicles
(WWW): Anne Doggett: States that Robert Gosnold, son of John and
Katherine (Kebell) Gosnold, was b. abt. 1490, and that Thomas and
Ann Bacon had two children, George and Thomas Bacon. There does
not seem to be any support for the existence of a son Thomas.
E131 GEORGE BACON,
son of Thomas and Anne (Doggett) Bacon. Married.
E131:1 Dorothy m. Anthony Gosnold
BACON, dau. of George Bacon; m. ANTHONY GOSNOLD,
E131:11 Anthony II d. 1608
E131:12 Bartholomew b. 1572 d. 1607 m. Mary Golding
NEHGR, vol. 57, states that Anne's grandaughter by her first
marriage through her son George Bacon, became the wife of Anthony
Gosnold of Grundisburgh, and mother of Bartholomew Gosnold.
Bartholomew Gosnold was a famous mariner and explorer of the new
world. No research has been done to try to determine the name of
the daughter of George Bacon.
Wood and Blanton, The Clopton Chronicles (WWW): Dorothy
Bacon, dau. of George Bacon, m. Anthony Gosnold.
GOSNOLD II, son of Anthony and Dorothy (Bacon) Gosnold;
b. England; d. 7 Jan 1608/09, Jamestown, Virginia.
Citing Barbour, The Three Worlds of Captain John Smith, Wood
and Blanton, in The Clopton Chronicles (WWW), states that Anthony
arrived in Jamestown on a supply ship which landed in Jan
1608/09. On 7 Jan 1608/09, Anthony and nine other men were
drowned in the James River when a storm capsized a small ship in
which they were riding.
BARTHOLOMEW GOSNOLD, son of Anthony and Dorothy (Bacon)
Gosnold; b. 1572, England; d. 22 Aug 1607, Jamestown, VA; m. MARY
GOLDING, dau. of Robert and Martha (Judd) Golding.
E131:121 Paul b. 1605
Wood and Blanton, The Clopton Chronicles (WWW) states in
addition to the vital statistics above, as follows: Trained as a
lawyer, he attended Cambridge University, and studied law at
Middle Temple. He did not find law very stimulating, and became
interested in the talk of exploring the "New World."
His first trip was with Sir Walter Raleigh, in the unssuccessful
attempt to found a colony in Virginia. In 1602 he explored the
northern coast and named an area "Cape Cod." On
December 19, 1906, as the Captain of the "God Speed,"
he became part of the first colonists of Jamestown.
DOGGETT, dau. of Richard Doggett; m. Mr. SPENCER
Not much is known about Elizabeth. She is mentioned in the
wills of her brother, John Doggett, her brother-in-law, William
More, and her sister Anne Gosnold. From these wills, we know that
her husband's name was Spencer, perhaps John. No information
about children. Elizabeth is not mentioned in Muskett's pedigree.
Revised 26 Dec 2005
© 2005 James D. Doggett