Rev. NOYES William

Rev. NOYES William[1, 2, 3]

Male Abt 1568 - 1617  (~ 49 years)

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  • Name NOYES William 
    Prefix Rev. 
    Born Abt 1568  Cholderton, Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
    Gender Male 
    Education From 1588 to 1592  Oxford, Oxfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 8, 9, 10, 11
    University College 
    • "Of Wilts, pleb. Matriculated 15 Nov 1588. Aged 20. B.A. 31 May 1592." [Foster's Alumni Oxonienses. Vol. 1500-1714. p.1082]
    Occupation 1601  Cholderton, Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 6, 8, 9
    church rector 
    • (Instituted rector of Cholderton in 1601, according to the Salisbury Diocesan Register. Presented by Giles Hutchins who owned the advowson.)
    _UID 115E0D38EB9ED5118A06444553540000E38C 
    Died 1616/7  Cholderton, Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    • (Edward Deering Noyes received a letter from the current Rector of Cholderton, Rev. Edwin P. Barrow in which is the following extract from the Registry Book: "Mr. William Noyes Rector of Choldington about 30 years departed this life anno 1616.)
    Buried 1616/7  Cholderton, Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Notes 
    • NEHG Register, Vol. 149: William Noyes Rev. Born, 1568. Died, before the 30th of April 1622, in Cholderton, Wilts, England (near the edge of Hants, between Amesbury in the west and Andover in Hampshire). William Noyes, plebian, was matriculated, age 20, at University College, Oxford, 15 Nov 1588, being admitted to the B.A. degree 31 May 1592. He was instituted rector of Cholderton in 1601, according to the Salisbury "Diocesan Register".

      Rev. Cotton Mather, pastor of the North Church in Boston, provides an insight into the character of William Noyes while describing, from a contemporary viewpoint, the early education of Ann's nephew, Rev. Thomas Parker.
      "This Mr. Thomas Parker was the only son of his father, who was very desirous to have him a scholar, committed him unto perhaps a godly, but a very severe master [Rev. William Noyes]. Under this hard master, though he was well nigh discouraged by the dulness which he apprehended in his own capacity, yet the consideration of his father's desire made him, with an early piety, to join his prayers unto his pains, that he might have his education prospered; and God so prospered him, that he arrived unto a desirable degree of knowledge, both in tongues and in arts." [Magnalia Christi Americana (Hartford, 1855), 1:480-488].

      William's grandson, Rev. Nicholas Noyes, of Salem, Massachusetts, told Rev. Cotton Mather that his grandfather was "a very learned man", whose wife was a sister of the learned Mr. Robert Parker.

      Savage: The register of the Diocese shows that he officiated in the Parish from 1602 to 1620, at which time he resigned. [This is in error as noted below.] He was then appointed Attorney General to the King. In 1621, he was succeeded as rector by his son Nathan. Despite his scholarly ways, either Rev. William Noyes failed to keep a parish register for Cholderton, or the book has been lost. When Mr. Samuel Heskins became rector in 1651, he felt it necessary to begin a new book and recorded somewhat erroneous information concerning William and his son Nathan. In the NEHG Register, Vol. 42, Oct 1888, p.403 Edward Deering Noyes received a letter from the current Rector of Cholderton, Rev. Edwin P. Barrow in which is the following extract from the Registry Book: "Mr. William Noyes Rector of Choldington about 30 years departed this life anno 1616. Mr. Nathan Noyes succeeded his father in the Rectorie of Choldrington and departed this life in ye year 1651." Among the burials extracted from the register is "Mrs. Ann Noyes, widow & Relict of Mr. William Noyes sometime Rector of Choldrington, March 7, 1657, age 82. The present parish register was begun only in 1651, but a complete list of the incumbents from 1297 is preserved in the Salisbury Diocesan Register. The following records are taken from the "Parish Notes," published in 1889 by Rev. Edwin P. Barrow, the then rector.

      "The Church of St. Nicholas, Cheldreton, was given to the Monks of St. Neots (Huntingdonshire) about 1175 by Roger Burnard, and the grant was confirmed by Pope Alexander III. In 1380, 1399 and 1401 John Skylling, lord of the manor, was also patron of the church, probably by temporary grants from the Convent. In 1445 it was again in St. Neots' Priory, but seems to have been finally alienated to John Skylling about 1449." Through several patrons it came to Sir Thomas Lovell, lord of the manor, in 1492 and 1494. John Thornborough was patron in 1567, and by him and Giles Hutchins the living was given to William Noyes. Rev. William Noyes became rector just before the death of Queen Elizabeth and held the living until his death. In 1840, the old church was pulled down

      Cholderton is a small town on the Bourne, about eleven miles from Salisbury, which contains the great Salisbury Cathedral, built in the year 1220 A.D., whose lofty tower overlooks the dead Roman city of Sarum and "Stonehenge." the ruins of the wonderful pre-historic temple of the ancient Celtic Druids, in the midst of the Salisbury Plain. Nearby is Wilton House, the seat of the Earl of Pembroke. It is sometimes called West Cholderton, to distinguish it from Cholderton, Hampshire, which is known as East Cholderton.

      He married Ann Parker, who was a sister of Rev. Robert Parker, a learned Puritan divine, and a graduate of Oxford, who was driven to Holland for "non-conformity" to Queen Elizabeth's forms.

      He died intestate before 30 April 1622, when an inventory of his estate was made. 28 May 1622, his widow Anne was appointed administratrix (Court of Archdeacon of Sarum).

      NEHG Register, Vol. 149: The inventory of "all the goods & cattles of Wm Noise clarck l[ate of] of West Choldrington in the County of Wiltsh[ire] taken and prized by John Bacheler & Richard Noyse the 30th of Aprill 1622" included:
      Imprimis his wearing app[ar]ell & money in his purse s
      Item in the Chamber ov[er] the hall
      2 bedsteds i chest i flasket one little binery bord
      i bedpan 2 old coffers i forme & other old household implents viiis iiij
      Item linnen iijs
      Item 2 old flock beds 2 flock pillowes
      a fether bolster 3 little fether pillowes
      3 blankets & 2 cov[er]leds, one pound and halfe of fethers xxs
      Item in the chamber ov[er] the buttry
      2 old bedsteads a peece of a presse and
      a few other household implements ijs
      Item in the buttry
      1 old combe, i old barrell 3 little tables
      2 old formes 1 little hiver 1 old powdring tub
      search i seeve, i peck, i peele i torne i pewter platter
      2 sawcers one old pottinger 1 chamber pott one little brasen candlestick
      1 little old pot 2 little skillets & other old household implem[en]ts vjs
      Item in the kitchen
      one little bord, 2 old formes 1 frying pan, 1 greeiron
      1 brech one tramell 1 pothanger one cradle 1 chaire
      1 driping pan and a fewe other household implem[en]ts iijs iiijd
      Item in the backside
      one capon and 4 hens one old rack and 2 or three old troughs iijs
      Item 2 bushels of wheate and a little bacon viijs

      The total was an extremely modest £3, 2 shillings, 8 pence. We may assume that he had disposed of his library and other valuables before his death. Anne Noyse took administration with a bond, dated 28 May 1622 and co-signed in a well-educated hand by Cuthbert Parker, yeoman, of Whitchbury, Hampshire, presumably Anne's brother; both used heraldic seals.


      James Frazier, in 1847, was rector of Cholderton, and in 1870 Bishop of Chester in 1884, and Bishop of Oxford, in 1888. The advowson of the rectory of Cholderton now belongs to the Provost and Fellows of Oriel College, Oxford, having come into their possession in 1698.

      His brother, Richard Noyes, of Cholderton, yeoman, made his will 25 Aug 1639, in which he mentions widow Sara. Another brother, Robert Noyes, yeoman, born in 1570, died 20 Jan 1659, and was buried at Cholderton. The will of Richard Noyes of Manningford Bruce, in the diocese of Sarum, 2 Feb 1590, mentions "the sons of Robert Noyes of Cholderton." This Robert may have been the father of William, Richard, and Robert Noyes. Richard Noyes of Manningford Bruce was son of William Noyes of Urchfont, yeoman (will 1557), who purchased the prebend of Urchfont in 1540, from the Earl of Hertford, afterwards Protector Somerset. The Noyes family of Urchfont was of the same stock as that of Cholderton.

      NEHG Register, Vol. 12, Jul 1858, p. 276. "Examination of a Register of the diocese of Sarum, from early in the 13th century, printed by Sir Thomas Philips, a distinguished Antiquary, but never published, helped James Savage, Esq. to one or two of our New England divines from Wiltshire: Wilielmus Noyes p.m. at the church of Choldrington 1602, and Nathaniel Noyes p.r. Wm Noyes at the church of West Chaldrington 1621. He states that p.m. is an abbreviation for per mortem and p.r. for per resignationem.



      In an entry in a manuscript document entitled 'Memorandum of the Parish of West Cholderton in the County of Wilts. & the Diocese of Sarum from the year of our Lord 1847'; the entry in 1894:

      Sunday Ap.22. Anniversay of the consecration of the Church (vide p 220) sermon preached by the Revd. Canon Young late headmaster of Sherborne. Collection for Diocesan Societies 6£. 11. 7(1/2).

      The Brass Altar cross alluded to in p 223 was presented by E.H. Noyes Esqu. of New York with the following inscription "to the Glory of God & in memory of the Revd. W Noyes Rector of Cholderton 1602 - 1616 this gift is made by his descendant".

      The money previously subscribed was devoted to the purchase of an Altar Box.

      Oct. 22, 1906. The "Additional Corrections and Additions," page 3, of Wheeler's "History of Stonington, Conn." has the following: "Miss Harriet E. Noyes of New Hampshire says: 'From recent investigations in England the name of Rev. William Noyes's wife was proven to be Anne Stephens, daughter of Nicholas Stephens of Burdrop Manor, and sister of Dorothy Stephens, mother of Rev. Thomas Parker.'" M. G. F.
    Person ID I990  Noyes Family Genealogy
    Last Modified 12 Dec 2014 

    Father NOYES Robert,   b. Abt 1518, Cholderton, Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 17 Nov 1599, Cholderton, Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 81 years) 
    Married Bef 1568  [13
    Family ID F5439  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 STEPHENS Ann,   b. Abt 1575,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married Bef 1596  [11, 14
    • (based on birth of first child.)
    Children 
     1. NOYES Ephraim,   b. Abt 1596, Cholderton, Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown  (Age ~ 63 years)
     2. NOYES Nathan,   b. 15 May 1597, Cholderton, Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Sep 1651, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years)
     3. NOYES John,   b. Abt 1600, Cholderton, Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Newton, Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. NOYES,   b. Abt 1604,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 17 Oct 2018 
    Family ID F14670  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 PARKER Anne,   b. Abt 1575/6, Cholderton, Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Mar 1657/8, Cholderton, Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 82 years) 
    Married 1608  [3, 8, 10
    • (The date 1595 may be based on the notion that Anne Parker was the mother to all of William's children.)
    Children 
     1. Rev. NOYES James,   b. 22 Oct 1608, Cholderton, Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Oct 1656, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years)
     2. NOYES,   b. Abt 1611, Cholderton, Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Deacon NOYES Nicholas,   b. Abt 1616, Cholderton, Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Nov 1701, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 85 years)
    Last Modified 17 Oct 2018 
    Family ID F537  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1568 - Cholderton, Wiltshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEducation - University College - From 1588 to 1592 - Oxford, Oxfordshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - church rector - 1601 - Cholderton, Wiltshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1616/7 - Cholderton, Wiltshire, England Link to Google Earth
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    William Noyes document 1608
    William Noyes document 1608
    Arlene Berg [mumble@digitaljam.com] 11 Apr 2004 10:35 am
    Rev. William Noyes signature
    Rev. William Noyes signature

  • Sources 
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    8. [S48] CD-NEHG Register - Noyes Pedigree, p.35.

    9. [S325] Book-Mass. & Maine Families, III:54.

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    11. [S1633] Book-Hudson-Mohawk Gen. & Family Memoirs, p.335.

    12. [S1237] Periodical-NEHGR, NEHG Register, Vol. 42, Oct 1888, p.403.

    13. [S23] Register-4 Gen Noyes English Ancestry, p.113.

    14. [S1127] Book-Ould Newbury, p.165.