Thomas Eliot
(Abt 1480-Bef 1554)
Simon Eliot
(Abt 1520-Bef 1562)
Bennet Eliot


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Lettice Alger (Agar, Aggar)

Bennet Eliot

  • Born: BY 1562, prob Widford, Hertfordshire, England
  • Marriage: Lettice Alger (Agar, Aggar) on 30 Oct 1598 in Widford, Hertfordshire, England
  • Died: 21 Nov 1621, Nazeing, Essex, England at age 59

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Bennet and Lettice (Algers) Eliot of Nazeing, Essex, were parents of seven immigrants to Massachusetts between 1631 and 1640.

I'm getting his date of death from Nazeing parish register; assuming the same Bennett. More extensions of the the serial article on Bennett's ancestry in NEHGR are forthcoming.

Article on Lettice Algers in NEHGR, 160, 2006, 181-84. Series of three articles on Bennet Eliot in NEHGR volume 161, 2007.

He was born about 1580 at the latest; likely earlier since many men did not marry until well into their thirties. After having several children baptized at Widford, he and Lettice moved to Nazeing, an Essex parish five miles to the south, near Epping, Waltham Holy Cross, and Roxwell (places wehre several branches of the Eliot family had settled.) Finally, BEenet's 1621 will names land in the Hertfordshire parishes of Ware, Widford, Hunsdon, and Eastwick.

He had several children baptized at Widford, then he and Lettcie moved to Nazeing, an ESsex parish five milse to the south, near Epping, Waltham Holy Cross, and Roxwell. Finally, Bennet's 1621 will names land in the Hertfordshire parishes of Ware, Widford, Hunsdon, and Eastwick.

The will of George Eliot of Bishops Stortford, dated 12 Jan 1548/9, provies teh basis for an understanding of the Eliot family. Will names five living siblings.

Two wills that escaped notice of previous researchers, identify Philip Eliot, a contemporary, of Hunsdon, and clarifiy ties between BEnnet and Philip. First is that of Philip's father, John Eliot of Olives, which names his brother Thomas Eliot of Widford, which names children, one of whom had land in Widford. It was suspected that Eliot had family ties in Widford because easiest way to explain his having land there. This Thomas, and Philip, were sons of Thomas Eliot of Wdiford.

Manor of Much Hadham rolls prove that Simon Eliot, third son of Thomas Eliot who died in 1551, was father of Bennet.

Bennet is a variant of Benedict.

To this Court is certified ... Memorandum that the third day of May in the 22nd year (1580_ of the reign of our Lady Elizabeth now queen... John Adams and Jane his wife and Benedict Elliott the son of the same Jane came before the steward of the manor... and Jane ... surrendered into the hands of the lord ... one croft of land called Lechitthilles containing by estimation three acres whether more or less parcel of teh tenements of the lord... lying within the demesne aforesaid,... between the lands laterly Thomas Elliott by right of his wife on the southern side and the lands lately Robert Patener on the nortehrn side... there to which the same Jane was admitted for her life... after the death of Simon Elliott her certain husband... as shown in the court... the ninth day of April the fourth year (1562) of the regin of our Lady Elizabeth... And that the same premises descend to Benedict by right of inheritance after the death of the said Simon his father as shown by the rolls of court... Fine 18d paid.

John Eliot of Olives wrote a will dated 22 Apr 1585, proved May 1585, naming his son Philip, named sons William, Jeffrey, Ferdinando.

John Eliot of Olives' brother, Thomas Eliot of Widford, dated 17 March 1557/8, named wife Margery, brother Simon, children George, Thomas, Blyth, and Winifred.

Bennett must haVe been 21 on 3 May 1580 to claim his legacy, meaning he was born by 1859, and he must have been living when his father died in 1562.

The Court Roll ID's Bennett's parents as Simon Eliot, died in 1562, and Jane, who remarried John Adams. The only Simon Eliot so far identified in any of the records examiined for this family was Simon the son of Thomas the 1551 testator. The only man named Bennet or Benedict Eliot found to date was Bennet Eliot of Nazeing, husband of Lettice (Alger).

Philip and Bennet, first cousins, probably knew eaCh other well because his only surviving uncle, John Eliot of Olives, played a significant part in his childhood.

In his 1572 will, Bennet Averell of Sawbridgewirth, Hertfordshire, made a bequest of 20s to godson Bennet Aylet. If this Bennet Aylet was Simon Eliot's son, Bennet Eliot, it raises the possibility that either Simon or Jane ( ) Eliot was related to teh family of Bennet Averell. Bennet Averell's granddaughter, Elizabeth Sibthrope, married Philip Eliot.


Bennet married Lettice Alger (Agar, Aggar), daughter of Francis Alger (Agar, Aggar, Algor) and Lettice Peacock, on 30 Oct 1598 in Widford, Hertfordshire, England. (Lettice Alger (Agar, Aggar) was christened on 1 Apr 1579 in Nazeing, Essex, England.)

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