Person:William Lane (25)

William Lane
b.Bef 1581
  • HWilliam LaneBef 1581 - Bet 1650/51 & 1654
  • WAgnes UnknownBef 1586 - Bef 1650/51
m. Bef 1606
  1. Avis Lane1606 - 1682/83
  2. William Lane1608 -
  3. Andrew Lane1610 - 1675
  4. George LaneCal 1613 - 1689
  5. Mary LaneEst 1615 - 1671
  6. Sarah LaneCal 1617 - 1695
  7. Elizabeth LaneEst 1627 -
Facts and Events
Name[1][2][3] William Lane
Gender Male
Birth[1] Bef 1581 Based on estimated date of marriage.
Marriage Bef 1606 Beaminster, Dorset, England (possibly)Estimate based on date of birth of eldest known child.
to Agnes Unknown
Emigration[1] 1635 On the Hopewell of Weymouth.
Residence[1] 1635 Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
Will[1] 28 Feb 1650/51 Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
Death[1] Bet 28 Feb 1650/51 and 5 Jul 1654 Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States (probably)Between date of will and date of inventory.
Estate Inventory[1] £82 10s. 8½d., with no real estate included [SPR 2:153-54].
Probate[1] 6 Jul 1654 Will proved.

The Will of William Lane, of Dorchester, Mass., Feb. 28, 1650-51.

"'Vnto Thomas Rider my Sonne in Law & daughter Elizabeth his wife, my new dwelling house in Dorchester with all the outhousing, garden etc. only to & for the vse of my daughter & her children fforeuer, except my great Lott in the great Lotts of Dorchester within Pale & without, Estimated 24 Acres more or lesse wch I giue vnto my daughter Mary Long.

also such personal Estate as I dye possesed of shall by my Executors be thus distributed:

Vnto sonne Thomas Linckhorne of Hingham £8 in silver.

Vnto sonne George Lane of Hingham £8; sonne Nath Baker of Hingham £8; sonne Andrew Lane of Hingham £8; the discharge of these Legacyes in siluer aforesaid, £60 due vnto me vpon Bill from Mr John Glover.

the Remainder of the Bill after £32 in Legacys (being Twenty- Eight) I giue vnto Mary Long my daughter together with all my personall estate,—

except one standing bedstead in the Parlor also one table & one chest in the house & also two fatts in the Leantoo to wett Barley in wch I giue vnto my sone Rider & his wife to Remaine at the house.

Vnto Mary Long all my cattle, haye, corne, mault, Swine, Pewter, brase, beding & and all my Estate, funerall charges & Legacyes being discharged.

Vnto ffredome Kingley who hath beene my faithful Servant 20s.

Mary Long to haue liberty in my dwelling house after my decease for the Removall of herselfe & goods from thence such time as my executors thinke convenient, not exceeding sixe months after the day of my Buriall, also such liberty in the Barne & vpon the Land concerning her haye, corne and cattle, wch is thus thus [sic] to be vnderstood that it shall not at all p'judice or hinder Tho Rider from the vse of the land at all; in case I dye in such Season as the Land is to be planted or Sowne, he to haue liberty so to doe and she haue liberty to Reape & take what was by me planted or Sowne.

Louing Brother Joseph ffarnsworth & John Wiswall executors. 28, 12 mo. 1650.

The marke H of William Lane.

Signed in p'sence of Thomas Wiswall, ffreedome Kinsley.

Thomas Wiswal deposed before ye magest., this 6th of July 1654, yt this was ye Last will of Wm Lane.

p'sent ye Gover, Mr Nowell, Mr Hibbins, Capt. Gookin & Recordr.

Inventory of William Lane of Dorchester as prized by John Wiswall and William Clark, 5 July 1654, £82, 10s. 8 1-2d.'—Suffolk Probate Records."[2]

Hopewell (May 1635)
There were at least three voyages of ships named Hopewell in 1635. The first in April 1635 under William Buddick; the second, this voyage in May from Weymouth under John Driver; and the third in September under Thomas Babb.
Sailed: 8 May 1635 from Weymouth, England under Master John Driver
Arrived: Summer 1635 at Massachusetts Bay Colony

18 families (Full List)
William Blake and family - Thomas Bushrod - John Crowe - Edward Clapp and family - Thomas Dimmock and family - John Durant - John Gachill and family - John Gilbert - Matthew Hearn - William Lane and family - William Malton - Edmund Marshall and family - Hugh Norman - Thomas Richards and family - John Rockwell and family - Daniel Stolack - John Strong and family

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Other information: Annotated passenger list

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 William Lane, in Anderson, Robert Charles; George F. Sanborn; and Melinde Lutz Sanborn. The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635. (NEHGS, 1999-2011)

    "ORIGIN: Beaminster, Dorset."
    MIGRATION: 1635 on the Hopewell (on 8 May 1635, 'William Lane, his wife and son' were listed as passengers for Massachusetts Bay on the Hopewell of Weymouth [NGSQ 71:174])."
    "DEATH: Between 28 February 1650[/1?] (date of will) and 5 July 1654 (date of inventory) (and probably closer to the latter date)."

  2. 2.0 2.1 William Lane1, in Fitts, James Hill, and Jacob Chapman. Lane Genealogies. (Exeter, NH: News-Letter Press, 1891)

    "William Lane1 was a resident of Dorchester, Mass., as early as 1635. … Several grants were assigned to William Lane in 1637. 'Jan. 2, It is ordered that Good : Lane shall haue one acre, the little neck towards the harbor.' March 18, he had two additional grants of between six and seven acres. … The name of William Lane is on a list of seventy-one inhabitants of Dorchester in 1641. William Χ [his mark] Lane and other proprietors, 7th 12 mo., 1641, relinquished their individual grants of Thompson's Island to the town of Dorchester for the maintenance of a Free School. … His daughter Mary was the widow of Joseph Long, with whom he lived several years and died apparently in 1654."

  3. William Lane, in Savage, James. A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England: Showing Three Generations of Those Who Came Before May, 1692, on the Basis of Farmer's Register. (Boston: Little, Brown, and Co, 1860-1862)

    "William (Lane), Dorchester 1641, from whose will, made 28 Feb. 1651, pro. 6 July 1654, we learn that he had s. Andrew, and George, both of Hingham, d. Mary Long, and Eliz. w. of Thomas Rider, beside ds. whose bapt. names are not seen, ws. of Nathaniel Baker, and of Thomas Lincoln of Hingham."