Friday, April 4, 2014

52 ANCESTORS in 52 WEEKS: #14, William LANE

Following the challenge of writing 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, issued by Amy Johnson Crow, here is my 14th installment, for William LANE, the immigrant settler, my 10th great-grandfather.

Born in the Dorset area in England in the late 1500s (1575?), William LANE was known to be in Dorchester about 1635, and settled in Hingham by 1637.  Question marks about his marriage show the following (p.450, C.A. Torrey's "New England Marriages Prior to 1700," rev. 1992):

Clearly there are more questions than answers about his marriage and birthdate on this record. Taken from the 1992 revision, note that all settlers and wives were listed, with information about birth, date, places, if known or identified. Unfortunately, this marriage item leaves me full of questions.  We clearly don't know if the woman with him was his 1st wife and mother of some or all of his children or, was his 2nd wife, possibly mother of any or none of his children.  His wife's name is not confirmed.  

The record of the Hopewell 1635  shows passengers "William Lane and family". The Great Migrations apparently describe the family as likely including : "William Lane of Beaminster, Dorset, who settled at Hingham, MA.  Family members: Agnes Farnsworth, wife;  Avis (Lane) Lincoln, 28, daughter, and her husband, Thomas Lincoln;  Andrew Lane, 24, son, and daughters  Mary and Elizabeth Lane."   

His children were as follows, all born in Dorsetshire, England between 1606-1619, not listed in any particular order :
 - Agnes/Avis/Anis, m. before 1635 to Thomas Lincoln "The Cooper"; settled in Hingham
 - *Andrew [direct ancestor] abt 1610, m. abt 1639 in Hingham to Tryphena [1612-1670]; Hingham
 - Elizabeth, m. Thomas Rider
 - George, m. Sarah _____
 - Mary, m. (1) Joseph Long, and (2) Joseph Farnsworth
 - William, 
 - Sarah,

He is known to have owned a number of parcels of land in Hingham area. He apparently worked as a farmer and also as a "felt-maker".  

William died before 6 July 1654, in Dorchester, Massachusetts, possibly where his daughter Elizabeth (Lane) Rider and family lived; this date is when his will was probated. The will was signed and dated "28. 12 mo  1650."  The following was taken from the Abstract of the will: 
 "William LANE, of Dorchester.  Inventory, prized by John Wiswall, Wm Clarke,  5 July 1654.
   Amt. 82. 10. 08 1/2.  Joseph Farnsworth deposed.  [Will, vol. V. p. 364.]  (See p.54)."  

His will lists his children with daughters' married names (note variant spellings), in transcribed Suffolk County Wills (p. 54 mentioned above).  Interestingly, in the will, he calls Joseph Farnsworth his "beloved brother", rather than ?brother-in-law. This does give some credence that his wife was indeed Agnes Farnsworth; however, it is still not proved. 

If you have questions or more information about William Lane and his family, I would love to hear from you.  Please leave a comment below, or contact me via calewis at telus dot net.  


Ginger Smith said...

Hi Celia, you are doing so well in keeping up with the 52 weeks ancestors posts!

Celia Lewis said...

Thanks Ginger - I lost almost a whole week while babysitting grandchildren far away with a crashed computer! But I'm all caught up now - the next one is already roughed out.
I'm beginning to realize what a learning experience the challenge is, by now. ...looking at the rest of the year with slightly bug-eyed dismay and trepidation!!

Diane Carey said...

Hello Celia, I live in Kentucky but we both descend from William Lane and Agnes Farnsworth. I come down thru George Lane and Sarah. I am originally from Maine and have been trying to get my family history together for about 30 years. It's a wonder I don't have a major concussion from hitting all those brick walls.

I love the souvenir album. You can learn a lot about people from what they save.

Celia Lewis said...

Diane, thank you so much for taking time and commenting! So nice to find someone who knows these very early settlers.

I have only circumstantial evidence for Agnes' surname as Farnsworth, but it seems good. Ditto for George Lane's wife, Sarah's maiden name as Harris. Doing this challenge, I've managed to learn a lot more than I expected. If you find anything helpful for Wm Lane and Agnes, do let me know - I'd be thrilled with almost anything. Finding the Probate of Wm's will was very helpful, although I do wish the Will had been clipped to the Probate!
Cheers from Canada.


Family, friends, and others - I hope you enjoy these pages about our ancestors and their lives. Genealogy has become somewhat of an obsession, more than a hobby, and definitely a wonderful mystery to dig into and discover. Enjoy my writing, and contact me at celia.winky at gmail dot com if you have anything to add to the stories. ... Celia Lewis