William Travers, london grocer, born circa 1597 and married Rebecca (1609-1688, and sister of Mary Booth) is definitely son of John Travers (also known as Treavis) and Ursula Welles of Broadway, Worcestershire.
Ursula is not a Whyte. She was born Ursula Welles in Badsey, Worcestershire (located between Evesham and Broadway). The Broadway Parish register states she was baptized 15 Mar 1578 in Badsey Parish, and is the daughter of Thomas Welles. The misinformation about her surname results from the fact that John Travers' inn is believed to have been inherited through his wife Ursula, and it was previously owned by a family named White in 1532.
William and his wife Rebecca's relationship to the Worcestershire Travers family of Broadway is proven in the wills of John Treavis and Matthew Travers:
- Will of John Treavis, proved at the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, ref. PCC 27 Campbell, 1642 and 122 Pembroke, 1650.
- Will of Matthew Travers, Proved at the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, ref. PCC 187 North, 1681.
Both of these wills can be downloaded for a fee at the UK's National Archives website: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/wills.asp
Kim Travis wrote a great essay on the subject found at: http://members.multimania.co.uk/clairetravis/Kims_Pages/Bill%20and%20Ted%20v1.pdf
In his essay Kim proves that William Travers, London grocer and husband of Rebecca, is not the son of William Travers and Agnes Lathom of Nateby. He also proves William and Agnes Lathom's son Edward went into the priesthood and is NOT the same person as Edward Travis founder of the Jamestown line of Travises.
Also, William Travers, son of William Travers and Agnes Lathom of Nateby was born 1602 and is buried at Preston. The Preston parish burial register states:
Willmus f. Wilmi Travis Armigr 27 Jul 1622
("Armigr" is an abbreviation for Armiger or Knight)
A glance at the Preston Guild rolls for 1622 backs this up:
Will's Travers de Natbie Armig' Jur' (William Travers of Nateby, Knight, Juror)
Ric'us Travers filius eius (Richard Travers, his son)
Edw'us frater eius (Edward Travers, his brother) - meaning Richard's brother
Thomas Travers frater ip'ius Will'i (Thomas Travers, brother of William Travers)
Thomas Travers Avunculus pr'd'c'i Will'i (Thomas Travers, uncle of the before mentioned William)
William, son of William of Nateby, who would have been of age is conspicuously absent from the Preston Guild rolls. He is already deceased.
I also do not believe the William Travers and wife of Bandon Bridge, Cork, Ireland had any close relationship to either of these families.
Hope this helped.
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