Frances Albright

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Frances Albright, daughter of Richard Albright, was born at England, say 1600.1 She died before 26 March 1678, when her will was proved at Hadley, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts.1

Frances married (1) Thomas Wells at England, say 1625;1 she married (2) Thomas Coleman at England, before 6 March 1637/38. The ancestries of both men are unknown (or not traced here).1

Assuredly not a wife of Hugh Wells of Wethersfield, Connecticut. Jacobus and Wood published a correction to Families of Old Fairfield in 1952.2

Frances Albright left an undated will, proved 26 March 1678 by the witnesses, Francis Barnard and Samuel Northam, giving:
to daughter Mary Wells, £6;
to son John Wells, £6;
to daughter Gilburt, £6;
to grandchildren Jonathan & John Wells, each 10s.'
to son John Wells (his son) and to my grandson Thomas Wells a two and twentie shilling peice of gold to be equally divided between them;
to daughters of son John Wells Sarah & Mary, 10s. each;
to daughter Mary Wells that peice of stuff or searge I formerlie lent her husband;
to son John Wells his wife my best red petticoate & soe much of my other cloathes as shall make that coate equal or equivlent to the peice of Stuffe or searge that I gave to daughter Mary Wells;
to daughter Deboro my greene apron & two other aprons & some of my weareing Lining as alsoe my muffe as alsoe Penestone to maker a pettecoate;
the rest of the Penestone I give to son John Wells;
to daughter Deboro one iron pott;
to son John Wells my grate Bible;
to daughter Deboro that peice of searge in the chest as also woolen yarn that is the house;
to daughter Mary Wells my grate cheste;
to the wife of my son John Wells and to my daughter Mary Wells all the rest of my cloathes both woolen and lyning that is not before mentioned equally between them;
the rest of my estate that is not mentioned I give & bequeath to my son John Wells & to my daughter Deboro to be divided equally between them -- John shall have a double part with the Rest out of my estate;
my beloved son Jonathan Gilburd executor

A few notes may make this will somewhat clearer. In this time, it was common to use "his" in the possessive case, thus "John Wells (his son)" means "John Wells's son," and "John Wells his wife" means "John Wells's wife." Also, Penistone is a coarse woolen cloth that came from Penistone, England. The daughter Mary Wells was widow of Frances' son Thomas who had died about a year and half before Frances made her will.2

Family 1

Thomas Wells b. say 1595, d. aft. 9 Feb 1637
  • Mary Welles1 b. 1626
  • Thomas Welles1 b. say 1629, d. bt Sep 1676 - Dec 1676
  • John Welles+1 b. say 1635, d. 18 Oct 1692

Family 2

Thomas Coleman b. say 1590, d. bef. 1 Oct 1674
  • Deborah Coleman1 b. say 1640
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  1. [S679] Douglas Richardson, "The Widow Frances (Albright) Wells, Wife of Thomas Coleman of Wethersfield and Hadley," The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 146 (Jan 1992): 28-34, further cited as Richardson, "Frances (Albright) (Wells) Coleman."
  2. [S715] Donald Lines Jacobus and W. Herbert Wood, "Widow Frances Wells and Hugh Wells of Wethersfield," The American Genealogist 28 (Oct 1952): 227-235, further cited as Jacobus and Wood, "Widow Frances Wells."