wife Rebecca, and daughter Damaris, who each receive one half his estate, the widow a life interest only, to go on her death to his brother Rev. Samuel Cradock
, or his heirs.
On the widow's and daughter's marriage their husbands were to give sureties not to sell or alienate the estate.
He names his nephew Samuel who was then a student at Emanuel College.
He names his sister Sawyer and her daughter Dorothy
He gives his partners Thomas Hodlow
and Edward Lewis
in the Eastland trade, £ 600 each.
The Eastland Company was another of the trading companies in which Cradock
The company traded to what are now the Baltic
also traded in the Mediterranean and in the Levant
(State Papers, 1636-7 p. 377.)
, 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
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
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
In the first half of the fifteenth century, John (1) Cradock
in. Jane, d. of Richard Needham
Their s. John (2) m.——d. of Richard Middleton
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
Their s. Matthew (6) m. Mary Peake
, and was grandfather of the governor.
(See p. 1.)