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titled to bear arms for many successive generations through the holdings of the manor of Chosly, Hardingham.
The arms are found on the tombstone of Lt.—Gov. Thomas Cushing, in the Granary burying ground, Boston, dated 1788.
The motto, Virtute et Numine (by valor and divine aid), is in general use.
William Cushing was born during the fourteenth century.
He was either the son or grandson of Galfridus Cushyn of Hardingham, Norfolk county, England, who is mentioned in the subsidy roll for Norfolk in 1327.
He added to the original estates of Hardingham the estates of Hingham, and these were inherited by his son Thomas.
Son Thomas was born in the latter part of the reign of Richard II, 1377-1399.
A deed contains his name, dated 1466.
His son William, eldest son and heir, lived in Hingham, England.
His long and explicit will was dated 1492 and was proved in the Bishop's Court in 1493.
In ancient deeds he is styled Gentleman.
William's oldest son, John, also owned properties