2152. John Catlett Jr & 2153 Elizabeth Frauncis [Eng]
1567, John born in co. Kent, England, s/o §John Catlett Sr.
~1570, Elizabeth born in England.
10/29/1588 in Canterbury, Kent Co., England, John applied to marry Elizabeth.
1599, Queen Elizabeth I granted a Corporation (local authority) to Sittingbourne. One of the named Jurats in the charter is John Catlett, “being and honest and upright citizen.” (S) Charter existant at the Sittingbourne Heritage Museum.
Aft. 1599, Elizabeth Frauncis died.
1610 in Tonge, John married 2nd Elizabeth ?, born ~1594.
2/28/1622, John’s will written in Newington, Co. Kent. (S) Will register, PRC 17/63 Folio 295: Consistory Court of Canterbury. See Family notes.
John died in Newington, Co. Kent.
3/23/1622, John buried in Sittingbourne, Co. Kent, England.
4/26/1622, John’s estate submitted for probate by Elizabeth.
(S) Southern Colonial Families, David Avant, V3.
• 28 Feb. 1621/2 - John Catlett of Newington, Kent, yeoman, Sick. . . . Bequests: Poor of the parish of Newington 20s, George Catlett my eldest son my best coate, Thomas Catlett my son 5s, John Catlett my son 10s, Mary Gibbs my eldest daughter £5 within 1 month after my death, Alice Willis my daughter £5 within 1 Month after my death, George Catlett my youngest son £100 at the age of 20 years, Elizabeth Catlett my daughter £100 at the age of 18 years. To my daughter Jane £100 at the age of 18 years. Provided that George Catlett my youngest son, Elizabeth Catlett and Jane Catlett died before coming to their respective ages that they shall be one and others heirs. To daughter Mary Gibbs her children vizt: John Gibbs, Henry Gibbs, Elizabeth Gibbs and Mary Gibbs £20 to be divided amongst them when they come to the age of 20 years. Remainder to survivors. To daughter Alice Wills her children vizt: Ann Chambers, John Wills, Debora Wills and Walter Wills £20 to be divided amongst them when they come to their ages of 20 years. Remainder to survivors. Remainder of my estate to Elizabeth Catlett my wife whom I appoint sole Executrix. Witnesses: Mathew Donat, Robert Bowden. Proved 26 Apr. 1622 upon oath of Elizabeth Catlett, widow and relict and the Executrix named in the Will who was sworn to common form.
• Comment by Timothy Field Beard: “I have determined that the widow of John Catlet of Newington near Sittingbourne who died before 26 Apr 1622 was not the Elizabeth Frauncis that he married in 1588, but another Elizabeth who was born about 1594. The last three children were by this wife.” (S) Avant, P51.
• Historical note: in 1556, In the Chelmsford witch trial, a “whyte spotted Catte” by the name of “Sathan” was passed down from witch to witch. Twelve-year old Elizabeth Frauncis received the cat from her grandmother. Elizabeth confessed that she had been taught witchcraft by her grandmother. With the cat she obtained a husband, who she later struck lame. She then gave the cat to Agnes Waterhouse who used it to kill a neighbor. Agnes was subsequently executed by fire. (S) The Examination and confession of certain Wytches at Chensford in the Countie of Essex (1556); reprint cited from Cecil Ewen, Witch Hunting and Witch Trials, London: Stephen Austin and Sons, 1929.
• Note: there are multiple “Elizabeth Frauncis” in Cantebury at this time. E.g. 12/1/1619, Elizabeth Frauncis was a witness to the will of Mathewe Chapman. (S) Abstracts of Wills in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury at Somerset House, London, England, 1904.
Children of John and Elizabeth:
i. George Catlett, born ~1588 in
9/23/1622, George obtained a license to marry Margaret Whitlocke, d/o John.
7/19/1625, George named in the will of his brother John.
9/6/1634, Margaret buried at Sittingbourne.
4/20/1648, George [the elder] lived in Blackwell, Middlesex Co., England.
William Catlett, born 10/1623 in Sittingbourne, England.
6/13/1625 he was buried as a child.
ii. Mary Catlett, born ~1590 in Kent Co., England.
~1610 in Kent Co., Mary married Samuel Gibbs.
Children: [7/19/1625, Elizabeth & Mary named in the will of their uncle John].
John Gibbs, born ~1611 in Kent Co., England.
Henry Gibbs, born ~1613 in Kent Co., England.
Elizabeth Gibbs, born ~1615 in Kent Co., England.
Mary Gibbs, born ~1618 in Kent Co., England.
iii. Alice Catlett, born ~1592 in Kent Co., England.
7/24/1609 in St. M. Bredmam’s, Canterbury, Kent Co.; Alice applied to marry Thomas Chambers of Morsten.
~1612, Alice married 2nd John Wills.
7/19/1625, Alice named in the will of her brother John.
Children of Thomas:
Anne Chambers, born ? in England.
7/19/1625, Anne named in the will of her uncle John.
Children of John: [7/19/1625, all 4 named in the will of their uncle John].
John Wills, born ? in England.
Deborra Wills, born ? in England.
Walter Wills, born ? in England.
iv. Thomas Catlett, born ~1595 in Sittingbourne, Kent Co., England.
(S) See will of his brother John.
Thomas married Judith Heard.
7/19/1625, Thomas named in the will of his brother John.
John Catlett, born 10/1624. [died as an infant.]
Thomas Catlett, born 10/1627 in England.
He married 1st Jane Rooke, d/o Rich.
He married 2nd Elizabeth Thatcher, d/o Thomas.
1/1678, Thomas died at Sutton Valence, Co. Kent, England.
Marye Catlett, born 2/1630 in England. [died as an infant.]
Grace Catlett, born 12/1632 in England.
Elizabeth Catlett, born 3/1633 in England. [died as an infant.]
William Catlett, born ~1635 in England.
Edward Catlett, born ~1637 in England.
v. John Catlett ( 1076), born ~1599 in Sittingbourne, Kent Co., England.
vi. Anne Catlett, born 5/1600 in Sittingbourne, Kent Co., England.
5/18/1600 Anne baptized.
4/14/1602, Anne buried as a child.
vii. Dorothy Catlett, born 1602 in Sittingbourne, Kent Co., England.
7/18/1602, Dorothy buried as a child, just 3 monts after her sister Anne.
viii. Ezekiell Catlett, born ~1605 in Sittingbourne, Kent Co., England.
11/19/1608, Ezekiell buried as a child.
Children of John and Elizabeth:
ix. George Catlett, born ~1611 in England.
George known as “the younger”.
x. Elizabeth Catlett, born ~1616 in England.
xi. Jane Catlett, born ~1621 in England.
3/29/1644 in Newington, Co. Kent, Jane applied to marry John Furmer.