William Hilles

M, d. 4 August 1597
     William was born in Holton Cun Beckering, Lincolnshire, England. He was the son of Peter Hilles. William married Joane Browne, daughter of Henry Browne and Agnes (?), in England. William made his will in 1597 at Holton, County Suffolk, England.

I Willm of Holton in the Countye of Suffolk, yeoman, … give to my two daughters Johne Hilles & Elizabeth Hilles all those my free lands in Meapim in the county of Kent mow in the occupation of Martyne Blisse to them and to their heirs for ever. To Jonne my wife my lease and ferme in Holton Hall, also all moveable goods now upon ferme … To William my sonne fortye pounds at age of foure & twentye. To Jonne my daughter thirtye poundes at one & twentye. To Elizabeth my daughter thirtye pounds at one & twentye. If any of my children die before legacies become due, survivors to share equally. To Joane my wife all household stuff & other goods, whom I appoint executrix; she to enter into a bond before probate of will within two months to discharge debts unto Peter Hilles my father & John Brown my brother in law. To the said John Browne five pounds. Bequests to Robt. Snelling, Edmund Barker, John Gosnold, Widdowe Bunnett, Thomas Pell, Widdowe Newman, Thomas Willes, Widdow Buirkes; to every one lyke portions. To Elizabeth Neale & Margarett Shoppe my servants eyther of them x shillings. Witnesses William Hilles, Adam Winthrop, William Smith, Peter Hilles.1

William departed this life on Monday, 4 August 1597 in Holton, County Suffolk, England.2 His will was probated on 20 September 1597 at Ipswich, County Suffolk, England.


  1. [S1053] Evidences of the Winthrops of Groton co. Suffolk, England, page 100 - Will of William Hilles dated 1597 probate.
  2. [S841] William Henry Whitmore, Notes on the Winthrop Family and Its English Connections, page 4 - The diary of this Adam Winthrop notes numerous relatives; some of these evidently belong to his wife's family. Her sister Joane Browne married William Hilles of Holton, who died 4 Aug., 1597, and had children William, who m. Elizabeth Gibson, 15 Jan., 1600, Elizabeth, and Joan who m. Adam Winthrop, nephew of the above Adam.