1. Richard Willard was born about 1500 and died in 1558. By an unknown wife, he was the father of:
2. Simon Willard was born about 1534 at Goudhurst, Kent, England and died there February 1584. He married about 1555, Elizabeth (---) who died 12 April 1587 at Horsmonden, Kent, England. They were the parents of:
3. Richard Willard was born about 1564 at Goudhurst, Kent, England and did 20 February 1616/7 at Horsmonden, England. He married about 1598, Margery (---) who died 12 December 1608 at Horsmonden. They were the parents of:
4. Simon Willard born 7 April 1605 at Horsmonden, Kent, England and died 24 April 1676 at Charlestown, Massachusetts. He married first at Marden, Kent on 13 October 1628, Mary Sharpe who died about 1650. Simon married secondly about 1653, Mary (---). She married secondly Joseph Noyes at Sudbury on 14 July 1680 and died there 28 December 1715. There is much speculation and discussion about the second and possible third wives of Simon Willard. Many secondary sources report them to be either the sister or cousin of Henry Dunster, first president of Harvard. However, Robert Charles Anderson, in the Great Migration 1634-5 shows there is little evidence for this and proposes an alternative theory that the second wife of Henry Dunster and the second wife of Simon Willard were sisters themselves. For now, I am agreeing with this theory. Simon Willard was a major presence in colonial government and military affairs during his lifetime. By his first wife he had seven children: Mary, Josiah, Elizabeth, Samuel, Sarah, Abovehope, and Simon. By his second wife he had a further eight children: Mary, Henry, John, Daniel, Joseph, Benjamin, Hannah, and Jonathan.
5. Benjamin Willard was born about 1665 at Lancaster, Massachusetts and died 16 June 1732 at Grafton, Massachusetts. He married Sarah Lakin, born 4 February 1661/2 at Groton, Massachusetts and died 15 March 1740 at Grafton, daughter of John and Mary (Bacon) Lakin. They were the parents of:
6. Margaret Willard born about 1695 and died 25 January 1757 at Grafton, Massachusetts. She married about 1715, Nehemiah Howe, born about 1693 at Sudbury, Massachusetts and died 25 May 1747 at Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, son of Samuel and Sarah (Leavitt) Howe. Nehemiah was captured by the Native Americans and brought to Quebec where he wrote a diary (still extant) of his capture. His twelve children are recorded in the Grafton Vital Records: Joshua, Submit, Caleb, Esther, Caleb, Sarah, Samuel, Edward, Abner, Hannah, Mary, and Martha.
Ancestry of John Harrington Stevens & His Wife Frances Helen Miller by Mary Lovering Holman and Winifred L. Holman (2 vols. 1948-1952).
Dictionary of American Biography ed. by Dumas Malone (Scribner's, New York, 1932) Vol. 20:240.
Willard Genealogy: Sequel to Willard Memoir materials gathered by Joseph Willard & Charles Wilkes Walker, ed. by Charles Henry Pope (Boston, 1915).
American National Biography ed. John A. Garraty, Mark C. Carnes (New York, Oxford University Press, 1999) 23:416-7.
Lakin Family by Samuel A. Green (Boston, 1894, reprint of New England Historical & Genealogical Register Vol. 48 (1894):444-446).
"The English Origins of the Lakin Family of Reading and Groton, Mass." The American Genealogist 70 (1995):142-148.
The Great Migration 1634-1635 by Robert Charles Anderson (Boston, Mass.: NEHGS, 2011), VII:413-427.