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Braintree, a market town and parish in the hundred of Hinckford, county of Essex, 11 miles (N. by E.) from Chelmsford, and 40 (N.E.) from London, containing 2983 inhabitants. This place is described in Domesday survey under “Raines,” including also the village of “Raine,” to which it was at that time a hamlet, and from which it was separated in the reign of Henry II…

27 Oct 1571 (Essex EN, BW 25/267) Will of Richard MAN of Braintree yeoman 27 October 1571 [BW 25/267] "To my sisters GARRARD and EGYAT, my mother LAUNCYE, and my sister WODD each an old angel to buy rings. To Mr. WENTWORTHE of Bocking for a remembrance my best gold ring which I use to wear wilth a signet. To my father-in-law Mr. [fg: Thomas?] WISEMAN of North End [fg: in Great Waltham] 2 angels to be a comforter and counsellor to my children…To my godsons Nicholas WILBORE and Thomas GARRARD 3s. 4d., and to every of my other godchildren 12d." ("Elizabethan Life - Wills of Essex Gentry & Yeomen," F. G. Emmison, Chelmsford, 1980, p. 130-133) SW: MANN, GERARD

Thomas WISEMAN of Castle Canfield, Essex, d 1624, was the f/o Robert WISEMAN d 1650, St. Mary's Co, Maryland where also are found Thomas GERARD and his overseer, Phillip COMBS (See also 1612 will of John CAMBER of East Tilbury). See also Jane WENTWORTH, w/o William BURROUGHS.

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