Travers/Travis

Name origin: The name is derived from Trevieres in Normandy. Ranulp de Clinchamp in 1138 took the name of Travers. The name appears in the Doomesday Book.

Walter Travers

b.abt.1520 Nottingham, England; parents ukn
d.1575 Nottinghamshire, England
m.abt.1543/44 England; Anne ______
b.abt.1523; parents ukn

CHILDREN included:

  1. Thomas Travers b.abt.1545 d.Nov. 19, 1571
  2. Walter Travers b.abt.1547 d.Jan. 1634
  3. John Travers b.abt.1549 d.Nov. 10, 1620
  4. Humphrey Travers b.abt.1551 d.bef.1634
  5. Anne Travers b.abt.1553

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William Travis

b.abt.1540 England; s/o parents ukn
m.abt.1565; ukn

CHILDREN included:

  1. William Travis b.1564

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John Travers

b.abt.1549 Bridlesmith, Nottingham, Devon, England; s/o Walter and Anne (______) Travers
d.Nov. 10, 1620 Exeter, England
m.July 25, 1580 Exeter, England Alice Hooker
b.abt.1554 Exeter, England; d/o John Vowell and Annastatia (Bridgeman) Hooker

CHILDREN included:

  1. Samuel Travers b.abt.1575 d.June 1648
  2. Elias Travers b.abt.1581 d.Oct. 6, 1641
  3. John Travers b.abt.1585 d.1659 Isle of Wight, England
  4. Walter Travers b.abt.1587 d.Apr. 7, 1646
  5. Susan Travers b.abt.1589
  6. Elizabeth Travers b.abt.1591
  7. Anne Travers b.abt.1593

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William Travis

b.1564 Horbling, Lincolnshire, England; s/o William Travis
d.April 22, 1635 Horbling, Lincolnshire, England
m.bef.June 17, 1635 England; ukn

CHILDREN included:

  1. Wiliam Travis b.abt.1590
  2. Susanna Travis b.Sept. 14, 1597 Horbling, Lincolnshire, England d.March 15, 1631 Salem, MA m.April 27, 1619 Sempringham, Lincolnshire, England; Samuel Skelton
  3. Mary Travis b.Sept. 14, 1597 d.March 15, 1631 Salem, MA

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Samuel Travers

b.abt.1575/1583 Nottingham, England; s/o John and Alice (Hooker) Travers
d.June 1648 England
m.abt.1580 Elizabeth ______

CHILDREN (all born London, England) included:

  1. Henry Travers b.abt.1611 d.July 26, 1648
  2. Zachary Travers b.abt.1618
  3. Thomas Travers b.abt.1620
  4. Samuel Travers b.abt.1622
  5. Edward Travers b.abt.1626

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Henry Travers

b.abt.1611/1613 London, England; s/o Samuel Travers
d.bet.July 26, 1648 [when his wife last heard from him] and July 15, 1650 [date of his inventory]
m.1635 Newbury, MA; Bridgett Fitts
b.abt.1614; d/o Walter Fitts [b.ca.1575]
Bridgett m.(2)Gloucester Ma, March 30, 1659 Richard Window
d.Nov. 9, 1673 [or at Bradford Oct. 10, 1673]

CHILDREN included:

  1. Sarah Travers b.1635/6 Newbury, MA d.May 10, 1682 m.(1)Aug. 30, 1654 Newbury, MA; Nicholas Wallingford m.(2)at Haverhill May 18, 1691 Onisiphorus Marsh s/o George Marsh
  2. James Travers (Travis) b.Apr. 28, 1645 Newbury, MA d.bef.1717 m.Gloucester Apr. 8, 1667 Mercy Pierce, d/o John Pierce.

NOTES: The Travers Family, re:Sarah--Administration of her estate was granted to her son John, Aug. 22, 1709, when she was referred to as "Sarah Wallingford alias Wash", of Bradford, "Relict of Nicholas Wallingford of Bradford.

Sarah's father, whose name is sometimes spelled Travis, came from London, England in the John & Mary early in 1634. His wife, Bridget, may have been the sister of Richard Fitts of Ipswich and Newbury, Mass., as in the latter's will dated 2 December 1672 he mentions his sister "Travisse's" daughter. As the term 'sister' could also refer to a sister-in-law, it is also possible that Richard Fitts was a brother-in-law or even a step-relative of some sort. the widow Bridget married, 30 March 1659, Richard Window of Gloucester, Mass. She may have been married to a Goodwin before marrying Henry Travers.

In a Court held at Ipswich, Mass. on 29 September 1646, "John Emery, for his miscarriage with the wife of Henry Traverse, fined 3 li. [pounds] or to be whipped, and pay witness fee to Christopher Bartlet. Bound to good behavior and not to frequent the company of the wife of Henry Traverse. Brigett Traverse fined 10s. for her misdemeanors."

Henry Travers was a seaman. In 1648 he went to London and never returned, leaving behind his wife Bridget, daughter Sarah and a son James. Before he left he wrote a will that began "This 26th day of July, 1648, I Henrie Travers of Newbury, having occasion to go to Sea and know not whether I shall live to Com againe, I do by this present declare my last Will and Testament, as followeth..." To his daughter Sara he left a cow and a 3-year old heifer, as well as two brass pots, a little kettel, a frying pan, and a table board.

In 1655 the widow Bridget petitioned the court regarding the estate, and said, in part, "That whereas Henry Travers, my husband, went away to England from mee seven years agone, and left me two children; my Daughter was of the age of ten years, and my son not full three years of age. He then made his will and gave my daughter a Cow and a Heifer, to be paid to her at twelve years old... ...my daughter being now marryed I have payed to her two heifers." At one point in this petition she states "And since he [her husband] went [to England] I have not heard of him but once, which is five years since." Since Henry left seven years earlier it appears that two years later she somehow got word of him, or heard from him. It sounds like the man decided to stay in England and abandon his family back in America. What became of him after this point is unknown, although on 15 July 1659 an inventory of his estate was made, and he was called "late of Newbury, deceased".

At a Court held in Ipswich, Mass. 27 September 1659, the will of Henry Travers was presented, but not proved. "Administration was granted to his widow, Bridgett, now wife of Richard Window. Nicolas Walington, who married his daughter, Sarah Traverse, had already received three pounds, and the court ordered the administratrix to pay them twelve pounds more, and to the son, James Traverse, thirty pounds when he comes of age, and the rest of the estate, which amounted to 92 li. [pounds], to the widow, the land to stand bound for the children's portions."

After Bridget Travers married Richard Window in 1659 they moved to Gloucester. Richard's will dated 2 May 1665 and proved 27 June 1665 mentions the Travers children with this section: "And Conserning James Travis: thirty pounds which the Honored Court was pleased to aloue him out of his fathers inheritanc which lis in Neckeles waringtans hands which is his portion."

Bridget, widowed once more, was deceased by 9 November 1673 when her estate was in probate. Administration was granted to Nicholas Wallingford and James Travis. An inventory was done on 9 October 1673 that came to 11 pounds, 12 shillings, and 3 pence. Mrs. Samuel Worcester and Elizabeth, his wife, testified that "within two or three dayes before the death of the Widdow Window, wee heard her declare that her will, as to her disposal of w[ha]t estate she had, was that her son in Law Nicolas Wallington, who ought her forty shillings, giveing to his son John Wallington an Ewe lamb out of it should have the rest of the said forty shillings; and that her Grandchild Sarah Wallington should have her best coat; and that her son James Traves should have her bed; and that the rest of her estate should be equally divided between her son Nicolas Wallington & James Traves". Sworn November 25, 1673. Elizabeth Worcester comes into the picture again after her husband Samuel died because she became the second wife of Onesiphorus Marsh, whose third wife was Sarah Travers.

From Directory of the Ancestors of New England Families 1620-1700 by Holmes: HENRY or HENRIE came from London, Eng., to Ipswich, Mass., 1634, removed Newbury, Mass., 1635, returned to England, 1648; leaving in N.E., his wife, son and daughter; the son James became resident Gloucester, Mass., 1667.

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