William Arthy was the first child of 11 children from the marriage of William Athee (born 1688 Boxford) and Ann.
It is not known when William was born, he died in 1776. His first marriage was to Ann Bumpsted in 1734, he then remarried Mary Rouse in 1743 they had 5 children: John, Joshua, Ann, Thomas & Johanna .
William was a baker in Boxford, who needed to borrow money for what we can only assume was for his bakery. He approached the local Church wardens William Moulton and Roger Reech in the parish of Boxford and signed a contract on the 25th of December 1745 to borrow the sum of 20, which was to be paid in full within the year.
William must have 'paid in full' this first loan as four years later he was still working as a Baker and was now living in the village of Groton some 5 miles from Boxford. He now required a 2nd loan, it would appear that his business flourished as now there were two others in the business, his son Thomas Arthy (Baker) and Henry Woodruff (Baker). They signed a contract on the 11th of May 1749 with the Rev Thomas Cartwright, Arch Deacon of the Arch Deaconry of Colchester to borrow the sum of One hundred pounds, to be repaid by the last day of May 1750.
The business continued for the next four generations to Benjamin in Blackfriers in approx.1865.
The Bond from the 25th of December 1745.
It reads:
Know all men by these present that William Arthy of Groton in the County of Suffolk Baker am held and firmly bound unto William Moulton and Roger Reech the elder churchwarden of the parish of Boxford in the said County of Suffolk and Jacob Allan and Edward Cooper overseers of the testor of the said parish of Boxford in the sum of forty pounds of good and lawful money of Great Britain to be paid to the said churchwardens and overseers of the poor of the said parish of Boxford for the time being to which payment well and faithfully to be made I bind myself my heirs executors and administrators and every of them firmly by these presentSealed with my seal dated the twenty fifth day of December in the ninetenth year of the reign of our sovereign Lord George the seconed by the Grace of God of Great Britain France and Ireland, King defender of the faith and so forth and in the year of Our Lord one thousand seven hundred and forty five.

The Condition of this obligation is such that if the above bounden William Arthy his heirs executors administrators or asigns or any of them shall and do well and truly pay or cause to be paid unto the said William Moulton Roger Reech Jacob Allan and Edward Cooper the said churchwardens and overseers of the poor of the said parish of Boxford for the time being the full and just sum of twenty pounds of good and lawful money of Great Britain with lawful interest for the same, on or upon the twenty fifth day of December next ensuing the day of the date hereif and which shall be in the year of our lord one thousand seven hundred and forty six without any abatement or deduction what so then this present obligation is to be void else to be and continue in full force power and virtue.

Sealed and Delivered being first duty stamped in the presence of us

****** ****** (Also Signed) William Arthy (With wax seal)
An enlargement of William's signature and wax seal.
The Bond from the 25th of December 1745.
It reads: William Arthy BOND to pay 20 to the Churchwardens of Boxford Dated 25th Dec 1745
The Bond from the 11th of May 1749.
It reads:
Know all men by these presents that wee William Arthy of Groton in the County of Suffolk, Baker, Thomas Arthy of the parish ofIvenhoo, in the County of Essex, Baker, and Henry Woodruff of the parish of St Mary's, Colchester, Baker are held and firmly bound unto the Rev Thomas Cartwright D.D Archdeacon of the Archdeaconry of Colchester in One hundred pounds of good and lawfull Money of Great Britain to be paid unto the said D. Cartwright or to his certain attorney his executors Administrators or asigns to which payment well and truly to be made. We oblige ourselves and each of us by himself for the whole our and every of our Heirs executors and administrators firmly by these prefents sealed with our seals dated the 11th day of May in the 22d year of our Sovereign Lord George 11. by the grace of god of Great Britain France and Ireland King, Defender of the faith and so forth and in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and forty nine.
The Condition of this obligation is such that if the above bounden William Arthy the natural father and legal administrator of all and singular the goods chattells and credits of his late son John Arthy of the parish of St Borolph's Colchester, Tallow Chandler Deceased do make or cause to make a true and perfect inventory of all and singular the goods chattells and credits of the said deceased which have or shall come to the hands posesion or knoledge of his the said William Arthy or into the hands and possesion of any person or persons for him, and the same do made to exhibitor cause to be exhibited into the registry of the Archdeaconry of Colchester at or before the last day of July next ensuing and the same goods chattells and credits and all other the goods chattells and credits of the said deceased at the time of his death which at any time after shall come to the hands or possesion of the said William Arthy or into the hands or possesion of any other person or persons for him, do well and truly administer according to law and further do make or cause to be made a true and just accompt of his said administrator before the__last day of May 1750__and all the rest and residue of the said goods chattells and credits which shall be found remaining upon the said Administrators accompt the same being first examined and allowed of by the judge or judges for the time being of the said court shall deliver and pay unto such person or persons respectively as the said judge or judges by his or their decree or sentance purjuant to the true intent and meaning of a late Act of Parliment made in the two and twentieth and three and twentieth years of the reign of our late Soverign LordKing Charles the seconed (Intituled an Act for the better settling of interstates estates) shall limit and appoint And if it shall herafter appear that any late Will and Testament was made by the said deceased and the executor or executors therin named do exhibit the same into the said court making request to have it allowed and approved accordingly if the said Williiam Arthy, above bounden being thereunto required to render and deliver the said letters of Administration (approbation of such Testament being first had and made) in the said court then this obligation to be void or else to remain in full force and vertue.

Sealed and delivered being first duty stamped in the presence of Philip Morant
(Also Signed) William Arthy (With wax seal) Thomas Arthy (With wax seal)
An enlargement of the price of the 'sheet' as used on all of the documents.

St Bartholomew Church, Groton.
Groton, set in the hills between Edwardstone and Boxford, is tiny. There is no shop, and very few houses. But it was the birthplace of John Winthrop, founder of the city of Boston, and first governor of the state of Massachusetts. The church contains what is supposed to be his parents tomb (with a retrospective inscription) and his grandfather was Lord of the Manor here. He was the leader of the disillusioned puritans who fled England during the reign of Charles I.
St Mary's Church, Boxford.
One of Suffolk's most attractive villages, and one of its prettiest churches. Boxford was one of the wealthy 15th century cloth-producing villages. St Mary is on a rise, near the centre of the village. Like nearby Kersey, it presents its north face to the village, but its grandest aspect is from the south.
Church photographs and information from Simon's Suffolk Churches.
Groton, Baptisms 1710-1735
Bapt. 17/1/1713-14 Joshua son of William & Ann Arthy.
Bapt. 26/6/1715 Thomas son of William & Ann Arthy.
Bapt. 12/2/1720-21 Nunne son of William & Ann Arthy.
Bapt. 30/9/1722 John son of William & Ann Arthy.
Bapt. 7/2/1724-25 Nun son of William & Ann Arthy.
Bapt. 9/1/1725-26 James son of William & Ann Arthy.
Bapt. 1/1/1726-27 Susan daughter of William & Ann Arthy.
Groton, Burials 1713-1750
Burl. 10/12/1718 Daniel son of William Arthy.
Burl. 8/5/1721 An daughter of William Arthy.
Burl. 14/1/724-25 Nun son of William Arthy.
Burl. 16/8/1725 Nun son of William Arthy.
Burl. 8/9/1726 James son of William & Ann Arthy.
Burl. 30/12/1728 Catharine daughter of William & Ann Arthy.
Burl. 8/6/1729 Susan daughter of William & Ann Arthy.
Burl. 23/10/1732 Susan wife of William & Ann Arthy.
Burl. 3/4/1749 John Arthy
Note there is no marrige record in Groton for William & Ann.
Research by John Arthy.