From the files of Stephen Martin Lawson
English Ancestry of Mary (Heath) Johnson
The ancestry of Mary (HEATH) JOHNSON is abstracted from "The
Heath Connection: English Origins of Isaac and William Heath
of Roxbury, Massachusetts, John Johnson, Edward Morris, and Elizabeth
(Morris) Cartwright," and "Heath-Johnson-Morris Update:
The Ancestry of Agnes (Cheney) Heath," by Douglas Richardson
(NEHGR 146:261-278, 149:173-186).
John and Agnes Harrison
John HARRISON - b. about 1500; d. 1550/1. John's will
was dated 4 Jan. 1549/50 and proved 28 Apr. 1551 named daughter
Joan CHENEY. He identified himself in his will as "John Haryson
yeoman dwelling in the parishe of Waltham holy Crosse in the Cownetie
of Essex," and asked to be buried in the churchyeard of St.
Lawrence, Waltham. Married about 1522.
Agnes - d. after 1582. In his will of 1582, son-in-law
Christopher GOLDINGE called her "Mother Britten." Married
second Mr. BRITTEN.
Children of John and Agnes Harrison
- William - d. 1595. William's will was written 28 Aug. 1594
at Waltham Holy Cross, Essex, and proved 19 Feb. 1594/5, naming
many relatives including 'cousin' Agnes Cheyney. He was an overseer
of the will of brother-in-law Robert CHENEY in 1567, and of brother-in-law
Christopher GOLDINGE in 1582. Married Mrs. Isabel CORDELL of
Enfield, Middlesex by license dated 15 Jun. 1586.
- Joan - b. about 1525, Waltham Abbey,
Essex; d. May 1597, Waltham Abbey, Essex; bur. 14 May 1597, Waltham
Abbey, Essex. Married Robert CHENEY.
- Elizabeth - d. 1571-1602. Married first by 1550 to Thomas
SMITHSON (bur. 15 Mar 1570/1, Waltham Abbey, Essex). Thomas'
will was dated 13 Mar. 1570/1 and proved 7 Sep 1571. Elizabeth
married second 13 Aug. 1571, Waltham Abbey, Essex to Henry PEACOCK
(d. between 28 Mar and 16 Apr. 1602) of Sewardstone in Waltham
Abbey. Elizabeth is not named in Henry's will. Children of Elizabeth
and Thomas: Henry married Alice BURTON; Jane married Mr. CORDELL;
Elizabeth married John GREENE; Thomas; Oliver; John; and Christopher
died as infant.
- Margaret - Married about 1558 Christopher GOLDINGE (bur.
11 Apr. 1582, Waltham Abbey, Essex). His will was dated 17 Apr.
1582 and proved 16 May 1582, naming his wife's brother William
and brother-in-law John HANFORD. Christopher was an overseer
of the will of brother-in-law Robert CHENEY. Children: John;
Edward married Margaret VAVASOUR; Christopher; Nicholas; Elizabeth
married William DANE; Agnes married Mr. BRADLEY; and Alice.
Robert and Joan (Harrison) Cheney
Robert CHENEY - b. about 1520; d. by 13 Mar. 1567/8,
Waltham Abbey, Essex. Son of Robert CHENEY (b. about 1490;
d. about 1542), whose will was written 26 Oct. 1542, naming son
Robert and daughter Agnes/Annes DONNE, and requesting burial in
the churchyard of Saint Lawrence, Waltham. Robert, son of Robert,
was grandson of Robert CHENEY (b. about 1460), a resident
of Waltham Abbey, Essex in 1494. Robert's will was made 1 Oct.
1567 and proved 13 Mar. 1567/8, and names his children, his step-father
Mr. BRYTTAYNE, his sister DONNE, his wife's brother William HARRISON,
and her brother-in-law Christopher GOLDINGE. Married about 1549.
Joan HARRISON - b. about 1525, Waltham Abbey, Essex;
d. May 1597, Waltham Abbey, Essex; bur. 14 May 1597, Waltham Abbey,
Essex. Named in her father's will dated 4 Jan. 1549/50 as Johanne
Cheyney. Married second in 1568 to John HANFORD (bur. 7 Feb. 1610/1,
Waltham Abbey, Essex). John was married second 12 Dec. 1597, at
Waltham Abbey to Alice WICKSTED. Daughter of John
HARRISON and Agnes.
Children of Robert and Joan Cheney
- John - b. about 1550, Waltham Abbey, Essex; d. about Feb.
1594/5, Waltham Abbey, Essex. Administration of his estate was
granted to his brother William on 9 Feb. 1594/5, who renounced
it in favor of John's widow on 28 Apr. 1598. John was married
14 Jul. 1575 at Chehunt, Hertfordshire to Joan BONDE. Children:
Eleanor married Matthew STOCKER; William married Anne SOMNER;
Elizabeth; and Agnes died as infant.
- Ralph - b. about 1551, Waltham Abbey, Essex; d. by Oct 1599,
Woodford, Essex. His will was dated 20 Jul. 1599 and proved 22
Oct. 1599, naming his children or their husbands, and other relatives,
and requesting burial in the churchyard at Woodford, Essex. Ralph
resided at Waltham Abbey and Woodford, Essex. He was named in
the wills of his father and Uncle William HARRISON. Ralph was
married 26 Apr. 1576 at Chigwell, Essex to Anne SLANEY. Children:
Anne married Thomas SPARKMAN; Joan married John HANFORD; Ralph;
Elizabeth; Francis; William; John; Susan; and Magdalene.
- William - b. about 1556, Waltham Abbey, Essex; d. by Apr.
1610; bur. 1 Apr. 1610, Waltham Abbey, Essex. William's will
was dated 16 Feb 1609/10 and proved 2 May 1610, naming his step-son
William NEWMAN and step-grandchildren Jane, William and Sarah
NEWMAN. William was an overseer of the will of William HARRISON
in 1595, and of brother Ralph CHENEY in 1599. Married 5 Feb.
1580/1 at Waltham Abbey to Mrs. Margaret NEWMAN FLOYD (bur. 21
Oct. 1609, Waltham Abbey, Essex).
- Agnes - b. about 1560, Waltham Abbey,
Essex. Married William HEATH.
- Robert - bur. 28 May 1616, Waltham Abbey, Essex. Married
by 12 Oct 1609 and had a child who died in infancy.
Edward and Alice Heath
Edward HEATH - b. about 1525; bur. Mar. 8, 1592/3, Little
Amwell, Ware, Hertfordshire. Probably the son of Robert HEATH
(d. after 1575). Edward wrote his will Mar. 6, 1592/3 (proved
Mar. 23, 1592/3, calling himself a "Collermaker sycke in
bodie," and naming his wife and ten surviving children. Edward
married about 1550.
Alice - bur. Dec. 24, 1593, Ware, Hertfordshire.
Children of Edward and Alice Heath
- Margaret - Possibly the Margaret HETH who was married Nov.
26, 1571 at All Saints and St. John, Hertfordshire to John NORRIS.
- William - b. about 1550/5; d. 1624/5;
bur. Jan. 7, 1624/5, Ware, Hertfordshire.
- Robert - Possibly bur. Oct. 6, 1603, Great Amwell, Hertfordshire.
- Joan - Married and had children.
- Elizabeth - Married Dec. 3, 1582 at Ware, Hertfordshire to
John KING (poss. bur. May 17, 1593, Ware, Hertfordshire). Children:
Margaret married William CURTICE; and John.
- Thomas - Probably bur. Oct. 19, 1616. Thomas was married
Nov. 29, 1599 at Ware, Hertfordshire to Agnes WOODBURNE. Children:
Thomas died as infant; Martha married George BRAND of Roxbury,
MA; Dorothy; Joan died young; Mary died young; Elizabeth died
young; Thomas married first Joane BENNET, second Anne, and poss.
third Mary SCARBOROUGH.
- James - bap Mar. 9, 1560/1, Ware, Hertfordshire; bur. Sep
21, 1562, Ware, Hertfordshire.
- John - bap. Feb. 28, 1563/4, Great Amwell, Hertfordshire.
- Ellen - bap. Jul. 9, 1565, Ware, Hertfordshire. Additional
- Katherine - bap. Aug. 20, 1568, Ware, Hertfordshire.
- Richard - bap. Aug. 20, 1568, Ware, Hertfordshire; d. before
- Alice - bur. Jun. 7, 1571, Great Amwell, Hertfordshire. Possible
William and Agnes (Cheney) Heath
William HEATH - b. about 1550/5; d. 1624/5; bur. Jan.
7, 1624/5, Ware, Hertfordshire. Son of Edward
HEATH and Alice. William was married Jun. 9, 1580 at Waltham
Agnes CHENEY - b. about 1560, Waltham Abbey, Essex.
Alice was named in the wills of her father and her Uncle William
HARRISON. Daughter of Robert CHENEY and Joan
Children of William and Agnes Heath
- John - bap. Aug. 5, 1581, Ware, Hertfordshire; d. young.
- Alice - bap. Dec. 23, 1583, Ware, Hertfordshire; bur. Oct.
10, 1640, Ware, Hertfordshire. She was probably married Sep.
19, 1614 at Ware, Hertfordshire to Nathaniel LARKE (bur. Feb.
24, 1648/9, Great Amwell, Hertfordshire. Nathaniel, who married
second Annis (d. Feb. 1648/9), was an overseer of the will of
Thomas JOHNSON of Ware, Hertfordshire, dated Aug. 13, 1639, and
proved Feb. 9, 1640. Children of Alice and Nathaniel: Elizabeth;
Mary; John; Mary; Elizabeth; Mary; Nathaniel; Joseph; Benjamin;
Susan; and Nathaniel.
- Isaac - bap. Feb. 13, 1586/7, Ware, Herfordshire; d. 21 Jan.
1660/1, Roxbury, MA. Isaac was married Jan. 14, 1628/9 at Ware,
Hertfordshire to Elizabeth MILLER (bap. Mar. 3, 1593/4, Bishop's
Stortford, Hertfordshire; bur. Jan. 14, 1664/5, Roxbury, MA),
daughter of Thomas and Agnes MILLER. Elizabeth (MILLER) HEATH
was sister of Joseph MILLER, Anne MILLER (wife of Robert BURNAP),
and Margaret MILLER (wife of Thomas WATERMAN, all of Roxbury,
Suffolk Co., MA. On Dec. 22, 1630, Isaac witnessed the will of
Agnes PORTER, step-mother of Elizabeth (PORTER) JOHNSON, who
later married Isaac JOHNSON of Roxbury, MA. Isaac and Elizabeth,
and their daughter, arrived in America in 1635 aboard the 'Hopewell,'
together with his cousin Marth HEATH, daughter of Thomas and
agnes HEATH and future wife of George BRAND. He became a freeman
at Roxbury, MA in 1636, and in 1637 was chosen Ruling Elder of
the Roxbury church. Children: Elizabeth married John BOWLES;
and Isaac died as infant.
- George - bap. Aug. 4, 1588, Ware, Hertfordshire.
- William - b. about 1590, England; d. May 29, 1652, Roxbury,
MA; bur. there May 30, 1652. William came to America in 1632
on the 'Lyon,' settled at Roxbury, MA, and became freeman on
4 Mar. 1632/3. He was married first Feb. 10, 1616/7 at Great
Amwell, Hertfordshire, England to Mary CRAMPTHORNE (bap. Jan.
16, 1591/2, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, England; bur. Nov.
24, 1621, Great Amwell, Hertfordshire, England), daughter of
Thomas CRAMPTHRONE and Mary LYNDESELL, and granddaughter of William CRAMPHORNE and Jone PLOWE.
William was married second Jan. 29, 1622/3 at Gilston, Hertfordshire,
England to Mary PERRY (b. England; bur. Dec. 15, 1659, Roxbury,
MA). Children of first marriage: Mary; and Isaac married Mary
DAVIS. Children of second marriage: a daughter (stillborn); Peleg
married Susanna BARKER?; Mary married George SPEAR; and Hannah
married Isaac JONES.
- John - bap. Jul. 25, 1591, Ware, Hertfordshire; prob. bur.
Jan. 20, 1594/5, Ware Hertfordshire.
- Mary - bap. Mar. 24,
1593/4, Ware, Hertfordshire; d. May 1629, Hertfordshire, England;
bur. 15 May 1629, Ware, Hertfordshire. Married John
- Prudence - bap. Nov. 6, 1597, Ware,
Hertfordshire; d. after Jan. 1631/2, Hertfordshire. Married Edward MORRISON.
- Thomas - bap. Oct. 1, 1603, Ware, Hertfordshire; prob. bur.
Oct. 5, 1603, Ware, Hertfordshire.
- Thomas - bap. Sep. 30, 1604, Ware, Hertfordshire. Thomas
was married Apr. 9, 1627, Great Amwell, Hertfordshire to Elizabeth
MUMFORD, and resided at Great Amwell and Watton at Stone, Hertfordshire.
Children: Twin sons died as infants; Isaac; Elizabeth; and John.
Edward Morrison and Prudence Heath
Edward MORRISON - Edward was married Oct. 25, 1622 at
St. Mary Mounthaw, London. Their children were known by the surname
MORRISON or MORRIS.
Prudence HEATH - bap. Nov. 6, 1597, Ware, Hertfordshire;
d. after Jan. 1631/2, Hertfordshire. Daughter of William
HEATH and Agnes CHENEY.
Children of Edward and Prudence Morrison
- Elizabeth - bap. Feb. 22, 1623/4, Great Amwell, Hertfordshire;
d. Oct. 6, 1673, Roxbury, MA. Elizabeth arrive in America in
1635 on the 'Planter' as Elizabeth MORRISON, age 12, servant
to family of George GIDDINGS. She married before Jul. 15, 1664
Edward CARTWRIGHT, who apparently drowned at sea about Aug. 10,
- Isaac - bap. Feb. 3, 1625/6, Great Amwell, Hertfordshire.
- A son - bur. Oct. 28, 1627, Great Amwell, Hertfordshire.
- Mary - bap. Dec. 10, 1629, Great Amwell, Hertfordshire.
- Edward - bap. Jan. 22, 1631/2,
Great Amwell, Hertfordshire; d. Sep. 14, 1690, Woodstock, CT.
Known as Edward MORRIS, he married Grace