Title: The Great Migration Begins, Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, 1995
Source: Ancestrakl File 4.16
Note: Resided at Hatfield Broad Oak, which was once a royal manor and owned by the Kings of England. It is the supposed burial place for Harold, last of the Saxon Kings. John's will of 16 July 1614, names 6 children, the last of whom is Rose Sandford.
John Warner was a real yeoman of England. A yeoman meant a man who owned land, a freeholder, and who lived upon that land and who tilled it. The lands he owned were not extensive; a few closes, or fields, of from two to six acres each, divided by hedges, comprised his holdings. He was in average circumstances-neither affluent nor poor. Hatfield Broad Oak was ever a country village. We have not peered deeply into the Warner family. Further search may reveal something about it worth while. Here is the will of John Warner, grandfather of Thomas, Robert and Andrew Sanford and perhaps of Zachary Sanford, the emigrants to America:
Commissary Court of London, Essex and Herts. (Filed Will.) 16 July, 12 James 1. (1614)
In the name of God, Amen. I, John WARNER of Hatfeild Broakoke alias Hatfeild Kings, Co. Essex, yeoman, now sicke in bodie but whole and sounde of mynde and memory, &e.
Item. I geve and bequeath unto Mary my wief all those my freehould lands, &-c., in Hatfeild, she paying Elizabeth WARNER my daughter �10 a yeare for six yeares, and to Thomas, John and Ezechiell three of the sonnes of Ezechiel SANDFORD mv sonne in lawe �3. 6s. 8d. apiece at 21, and to Andrewe WARNER and Edward WARNER my sonnes 50s. apeece yearly.
To Thomas WARNER my grandchild �20 at 21.
To John my sonne one year's rent or profit.
To said wife Mary three load of wheat strawe yearly, &c., to be brought to hir and delivered by Thomas my sonne, &c.
To Rose my daughter the best chest save one, &c.
The residue to Thomas my sonne, executor.
Xpofer WILKYN and Abraharn PURCAS to be my overseers,
his John X WARNER mark.
Witnesses. Ezeakell SANFORD, Christofer WILKIN, Robert HOWE. (No note of probate.)
Andrew Warner, at the date of this will, was a minor as the form of the bequest to him-a yearly allowance-suggests. His brother Thomas, the residuary legatee, and evidently the eldest son, doubtless inherited the bulk of their father's estate. Andrew had good cause to seek his fortune in America.
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