Henry Whitaker was baptised on November 2, 1642 at Bratton, Wiltshire, England the seventh of eight children of John Whitaker and second wife Margaret Aldridge. There were also three children from his first marriage to Dionise Aldridge, believed to be Margaret’s sister. About 1664 Henry married Ann Blatch of Bratton, daughter of Phillip Blatch and Maude Liddiard, a union which was to produce ten children.
In his will, which was not dated but proved at Westbury on August 17, 1685 he left his eldest son John the leaseholds of the properties called Axfords and Horsecates, his second son Henry the leashold called Horsecates, third son Thomas the leasehold called Redlands and to his youngest son Philip, who was only three years old at the time of his fathers death, the leasehold on 40 acres of arable land in Bratton field. Another son, also called Philip had died young. To his two eldest daughters Ann and Margaret he left £200 each and the two youngest Judeth[sic] and Diness[sic], £100 each in money. In all cases the legacies to be paid when the children reached the age of 21.
The remainder of his estate he leaves to his wife, whom he appoints as executor. He also appoints John Blatch and James Blatch his brothers-in-law, John Aldridge his cousin and William Whitaker his brother, to be oversears, giving them 5 shillings each for their trouble.
© Brian Tompkins 2007