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Ancestors of William Heath


picture William Heath

      Sex: M

Individual Information
          Birth: Abt 1550-1555 - Little Amwell, Ware, Hertfordshire, England
         Burial: 7 Jan 1624-7 Jan 1625
 Cause of Death: 
          AFN #: 

         Father: Edward Heath (Abt 1525-1592)
         Mother: Alice (      -1593)

Spouses and Children
1. *Agnes Cheney (Abt 1560 -       )
       Marriage: 9 Jun 1580 - Waltham Abbey, Essex, England
                1. Mary Heath (1600-1655)
                2. William Heath (      -1652)
                3. Isaac Heath (1585-1660)
                4. John Heath (1581-Bef 1591)
                5. Alice Heath (1583-1640)
                6. George Heath (1588-      )
                7. John Heath (1591-1594)
                8. Prudence Heath (1597-      )
                9. Thomas Heath (1603-1603)
                10. Thomas Heath (1604-      )

Douglas Richardson, The Heath Connection, English origins of Isaac and William Heath of Roxburgy, Massachusetts, John Johnson, Edward Morris, and Eizabeth (Morris) Cartwright. NEHGR, 2992, 271-278: "American genealogists have been aware for some time that hte immigrant John Johnson (ca 1590-1659) of Salem and Roxbury, Massachusetts, was related in some way to Elder Isaac and William Heath of Roxbury, and that the Heaths were also kin somehow to the immigrant, Edward Morris, and to Morris's sister, Elizabeth (Morris) Cartwright. Such kinship is proved by a series of Johnson, Heath and Morris Wills, reviewed by Reay G. Hurlburt in Capt Johnson Nd his wife, Margery of Roxbury - Who were They?" in TAG, 22 (1945-6); 47-49.

John Johnson in his will proved in 1659 called Ellder Isaac Heath his loving brother, and named him overseer in his will. Elder Isaac Heath's will dated 10- Jan 1660/1 referred to three knfolk; cousin Martha Brand, whose maiden name was known to be Heath, kinswoman Mary Mory *John Johnson's daughter(, and kinsman Edward Morris. Isaac Heath's widow Elizabeth in her will proved in 1664 naemd 'my cousin Capt Johnson. Isaac Heath's widow Elizabeth in her will dated 26 Sep 1673, named her cousin Isaac Johnson, cousin, Pepper (a Johnson son in law), cousin Bowen, cousin Bartholomew, and cousin Nathaniel Johnson's wife. All of these relatives can be identified as children and grandildren of the immigrant John Johnson.

It looked as though John Johnson was married to a sister of Elder Isaac and William Heath, adn that Edward Morris and his sister Elizabeth were the nephew and niece of Johnson's wife and of the Heath brothers.

In 1978 Peter Walne, County Archivist of Hertfordshire, published evidence which proved that the immigrant Heath brotehrs had their origins in hte adjacent parishes of Ware and Great Amwell (NEHGR, 132 [ 1978]: 20-21. He did not mention Johnson or Morris.

Richardson used Family History Library films of parish registers of Ware and Great Amwell to search for all entries for Johnson, Heath and Morris. John Johnson's wife and the mother of Edward Morris and his sster were Heath's. Further, the Heath brothers were first cousins to Martha Heath, wife of George Brand of Roxbury.

The family tree I have put together here is from these articles.

1992 NEHGS article says that the name of William's wife has not been found. However, apparently her father and uncle named her in their wills.

That William and not either of his brothers Robert or John, was the father of the next generation, is strongly suggested by the fact that he inherited his father's house there, to the exclusion of his brothers. He was probably established there already. The Ware parish registers do not name the father of children baptized there between 1581 and 1604, but the spacing of baptism suggests that there was only one Heath family having children in this period of time. Beginning 8n 1604, the registers include the father's name, and that year William's son Thomas was baptized. This was probably his last child. No further children for this William appear in the registers of Ware or Great Amwell.

From Douglas Richard, update:

New evidence on the Heath line has confirmed that William Heath, Sr., of Ware was the father of the immigrants Isaac and William. An inquisition taken at Ware, Hertfordshire, 20 June 1628, mentions an earlier indenture dated 20 March 1612/13 where by Humphrey Spenser of Ware, gentleman, citizen, and haberdasher of London, and John Thorowgood of Ware, yeoman, acting as trustees, conveyed various properties to a large number of inhabitants of Ware, among them William Heath and Isaac his son .

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