Cradock also traded in the Mediterranean and in the Levant.
(State Papers, 1636-7 p. 377.)
Mrs. Rebecca, a daughter of a London merchant, Thomas Jordan, the widow of Matthew Cradock, after a few years of conventional mourning, espoused, before February 12, 1644-5, perhaps for a social position, Richard Glover, gent.
Their wedded life was not a lengthy one; he died before the spring of 1647.
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.