Person:Jane Unknown (1030)

Jane Unknown
b.Bef 1619
d.Aft 15 Jan 1671 England
  • HHenry FowkesBef 1614 - Aft 1640
  • WJane UnknownBef 1619 - Aft 1671
m. Bef 4 Sep 1640
m. Aft 20 Aug 1641
Facts and Events
Name[1] Jane Unknown
Gender Female
Birth[1] Bef 1619 Based on estimated date of first marriage.
Marriage Bef 4 Sep 1640 Date and place of marriage unknown.
to Henry Fowkes
Marriage Aft 20 Aug 1641 to Elder William Horsford
Death[2] Aft 15 Jan 1671 England

Her previous husband was Henry F. Fookes. He died in 1640.

From Ye Horseford Booke

A church record at Windsor states that John Horsford, son of William, paid by his mother, 3s 6d for a short seat in the meeting house. This under date of Jan. 18, 1659-60, and indicates that Jane was then at Windsor. She later is again in England and on Oct. 13, 1692, as she had not been heard from for nearly forty years she was declared to be legally dead. Her will was approved by court in May, 1693.

Jane, second wife of William, followed him to England in 1655 but before doing so made a will which reads thus:

This is the last will and Testament of Jane Hosford, the wife of Mr. WIlliam Hosford: I being going after my husband unto Old England, and not knowing when God may take me out of this life, do dispose of my goods as followeth: Imprimis: I do bequeath and it is my will, that after my decease the Church of Wyndsor, of which I am now a member, shall have and forever enjoy that piece of meadow Land which belongeth unto me called Hoyt's Meadow, for the use of a pastor or Teacher of the Church, as the Church shall most need, and when one dead, to go successively to another always. Item. Concerning the rest of my Estate, in the Hands of whosoever it is left or may be found, I bequeath until my sister Elizabeth Wildish and her children which I suppose live in Rochester in Kent, to be equally divided among them. Jane X Hosford Entered in Public Records, 25 Janary 1677.

Some years later by a document dated at Tiverton, Co. Devon, Engl. Jan. 15, 1671, Jane gave the use of the land described in her will to her stepson, John Hosford, during her own life. On Oct. 13, 1692 as she had not been heard from for nearly forty years she was declared by court to be legally dead and on May 11, 1693, the court was asked to approve her last will and testament. John claimed that he had no knowledge of her death in England and held onto the land until legal proceedings, instituted by the Society, compelled him to relinquish it in Sept. 1695. This meadow land was sold in 1861 by the Society and the interest derived therefrom is still applied to the support of the pastor of the church.

  1. 1.0 1.1 Henry Fowkes, in Anderson, Robert Charles; George F. Sanborn; and Melinde Lutz Sanborn. The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635. (Boston, Massachusetts: NEHGS, 1999-2011)


  2. William Hosford, in Anderson, Robert Charles. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995)

    … Jane (_____) Foulkes, widow of Henry Foulkes. she died in England after 15 January 1671. (Some of John Hosford's heirs claimed that she was still alive in 1692, the the Court did not think this was likely [CCCR 4:83].