After a suitable period of five years, in 1652, she was wedded to a third husband, Rev. Benjamin Whichcote, D. D., not only a learned and pious man but of a good old Lincolnshire family.
It is said of him It pleased God to bless him, as with a plentiful estate, so with a charitable mind.
He was not only Charitable in his life but in a very bountiful manner at his death, bequeathing in pious and charitable legacies, to value of £ 1000.
We can therefore be satisfied that the wealth of Matthew Cradock was put to good uses.
note.—Gov. Matthew Cradock's ancestors were of Welch origin.
In the first half of the fifteenth century, John (1) Cradock in. Jane, d. of Richard Needham, Esq. Their s. John (2) m.——d. of Richard Middleton or Middleboro, Esq. Their s. Richard (3) m. Alice, d. of John Dorrington.
Their s. Thomas (4) m.——, and d., 1530.
His s. Thomas (5) m. Emma, d. of Nicholas Meveral, Esq. Their s. Matthew (6) m. Mary Peake, and was grandfather of the governor.