PCC Wills of Testators from Frome and district, 1600-1700

 

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Testator:               John RAYNES, Gent of Foxcote

PROB11 ref:         /51

Legacies:              •       to the cathedral church of Wells 12d

                                •       to the parish church of Foxcote 6s 8d

                                •       to the poor mans box of the parishes of Foxcote, Hemington, Wellow, Radstock and Writhlington 20d each

                                •       £6 to be distributed to such as shall repair to my burial by my overseers

                                •       Johan my wife to have her widow’s estate in my house and tenement in Englishbatch now in my occupation; and after my wife’s widow’s estate all my part of the said tenement named Farringdons with all the appurtenances to Thomas RAYNES my son and to the heirs male of his body lawfully begotten; and for default of such issue to William RAYNES the younger my son and the heirs male of his body lawfully begotten; and for default of such issue to my right heirs forever

                                •       my great crock to Thomas RAYNES my son; and if he dies within the age of 21 to William RAYNES the younger my son              

                                •       to Thomas RAYNES and William RAYNES the Younger my sons, all the money which John ROWSWELL [ROSEWELL] of Englishcombe owes me with the profit thereof and all the money which John FLOWER, parson of Combe Hay owes me and all the money Peter KEYNON [?]owes me and all the money which William PERRYE of Warminster and Nicholas PERRYE of Baynton, Wilts, owe me... also £200 which my overseers shall employ to the best advantage of my said two sons

                                •       to each of my son John RAYNESes children twelve sheep a piece                                                                                

                                •       I release all debts as my son John RAYNES owes me

                                •       my lease in those my grounds named Hope and the rent thereof being in Elton [?] in the parish of Wells to John RAYNES and William RAYNES the sons of my son William RAYNES Snr and to the survivor of them; and if either of them dies then Thomas RAYNES s/o of my said son William RAYNES Snr may lawfully enter and enjoy the said premises jointly with the said survivor and have half the profits thereof

                                •       to Thomas SHORTE my son in law £3 6s 8d to be paid by my executrix

                                •       to Agnes CARPENTER £6 13s 4d to be paid by my executrix

                                •       to every other child of Johan my wife six sheep a piece i.e. two wethers, two ewes, two lambs and 6s 8d in money a piece

                                •       to John PERSONS of Midford 6s 8d and to John THOMAS of London 3s 4d

                                •       to the said Agnes CARPENTER and Johan CARPENTER my wive’s daughters six sheep a piece i.e. two wethers, two ewes and two lambs

                                •       to George CARPENTER my wife’s son 40s

                                •       to William SHORTE s/o Thomas SHORTE my son in law 20s

                                •       to Thomas PERRY my servant 6s 8d     

                                •       to John SHORTE, Oliver CHAMPYON, James MATHO [MATTHEW? MAYO?], Edward TOMSON [THOMSON, THOMPSON], William P??HTS, Elyoner PARSONS and John WEST my servants 3s 4d a piece to be paid by my executrix

                                •       Johan my wife to have the use of half a dozen of my best silver spoons, my worst silver goblet and my silver salt and the cover of the same for life and after her decease the silver salt and cover to Thomas RAYNES my son and the goblet and spoons to Agnes CARPENTER and Johan CARPENTER my wife’s daughters to their own use and behoof                                                                                       

                                •       to John RAYNES my son and to his heirs forever all my lands, tenements and hereditaments in Englishcombe except all my part Farringdons in Englishbatch

                                •       to every of my overseers 20s                                                                                                                                                            

                                •       the said legacy of my sons Thomas and William RAYNES Jnr shall after one year after my decease be put forth to their most advantage during their minority

                                •       if either of my sons Thomas or William Jnr dies before he is 21 , then his surviving brother to have all his legacies and bequests; and if both die within the age of 21, then all their legacies to their other brothers, John RAYNES and William Snr my sons and to Johan STONE my daughter and to all their children to be equally divided amongst them

                                •       my overseers William PERRYE John ROWSWILL and William RAYNES Snr shall have the custody of my son Thomas RAYNES during his minority of 21 years; and Thomas ROWSWELL John YARDE and John BRYTTON shall have the custody of my son William RAYNES Jnr during his minority

Executrix:             Johan my wife

Overseers:           my well beloved ?? William PERRY of Warminster, John BRITTON of Paulton, John ROWSWELL [ROSEWELL] of Englishcombe, Thomas ROWSWELL of Dunkerton, John YARDE of Camerton and William RAYNES Snr my son

Signed:                  19 Apr 1569 (11 Eliz I)

Witnesses:           Peter ROYNON; Nicholas PENLLYNE, Clerk; John FLOWER, clerk; William BUSSE [BISSE]; David STRADLING, gent

Proved:                  12 May 1569 at PCC London by William BABHAM, public notary [?and] procurator, and Johan, relict and executrix

 

Testator:               Thomas Yearberye [YERBURY] of Trowle in the parish of Bradford, Wilts

PROB11 ref:         /55

Legacies:              •       my demise and lease granted by Mr John Hall of Bradford of his grist mills upon Avon with a dove house, certain ground watercourses and fishing of the stonde yates to be enjoyed by my brother William YERBURY of Trowbridge, the commodity whereof shall... be used towards the payment of my debts and relieving my wife and children

                                •       all my lands in Trowbridge and Hilperton to my wife Margaret Yearberye [YERBURY] to enjoy the same after her mother’s death and that she shall enjoy the same during her natural life; after the decease of my said wife that it remain to the use of my eldest son Thomas Yearbery [YERBURY] and his heirs and if he decease without issue that then it remain according to my fathers will

                                •       to every of my children £6 3s 4d to be paid out of the debts of William Meredith and Roger Sadler, citizens of London

                                •       to the poor people of Bradford such money as my overseers shall appoint

Executrix:             my wife Margaret Yearberye [YERBURY]

Overseers:           my brother William Yearberye [YERBURY] of Trowbridge and my trusted and well beloved friends Richard Herne and Thomas Thackrin

Signed:                  14 Mar (15 Eliz 1)

Witnesses:           Thomas Yerbury of Frome Swd, Walter Tucker, Alice Steare, with others

Proved:                  8 April 1573 at PCC London by Phillip Morgan on the exix’s behalf...

 

Testator:               Humphrey YERBURY Snr of Beckington

PROB11 ref:         /74

Legacies:              •       my body to be buried in the churchyard of Beckington

                                •       to my daughter Susan 10s

                                •       to Humfrey YERBURIE s/o Thomas YERBURIE 10s

                                •       to my godson John BAYLEY 10s

                                •       to my godson William DAVIS s/o William DAVIS 12d and to every of my godchildren 4d

                                •       to my daughter Rachell the £60 she owes me under the hand and seal of her late husband Thomas JONES dated 25 Nov 1574; also the £41 12s 4d which she owes me as shown in a reckoning written by her sd late husband; and the £30 more which Rachell owes me as shown by a bill made by her sd late husband dated 13 Sep 1575 to my daughter Elizabeth

                                •       residue to my daughter Elizabeth

                                •       5s to each of my Overseers

Executrix:             my daughter Elizabeth

Overseers:           John BAYLEY and Richard GUNWIN [?]

Signed:                  1 Aug 1587

Witnesses:           Roger CROSSE, John BAYLEY, Richard GUNWIN [?] and Fraunces SADGE [SAGE?]

Proved:                  6 Dec 1589 at PCC London by Thomas PALMER husband of Elizabeth PALMER, the Exix

 

Testator:               Willm YERBURYE [Snr], Clothman of Trowbridge

PROB11 ref:         /115

Legacies:              •       towards the repair of the parish Church of Trowbridge 20s

                                •       to Hugh Hayward to ring the great Bell at my burial 6s 8d and to have no more Belles sound for me but only that great Bell

                                •       to every master weaver that worketh to me 2s a piece

                                •       to every manservant or maidservant dwelling with me at my departure 2s a piece

                                •       to every able spinner within the parish of Trowbridge that shall work to me at my departure out of this world 12d a piece

                                •       to every warp and coarse spinner 6d a piece

                                •       to William Gerishe my daughter Margery Gerishe son £5

                                •       to John Gerishe her [?] brother £5 to be paid to them at 21

                                •       to my servant Hugh Chevers [CHIVERS] 20s

                                •       to my servant Philipp Gibbes [GIBBS] £10

                                •       my will is that I will have no mourning garments worn at my funeral

                                •       to Mary Leftill my granddaughter £40 at 21 or marriage

                                •       to my son Edward YERBURYE my lease of Troll [Trowle?] and term in ‘Arnolls’ which I hold of John Hall Esq.; also a Lease of Hookewoord [Hawkwood?] which I hold of Winchester College

                                •       to my son William YERBURYE the house that George Haywood [HAYWARD?] dwells in and all the beds etc. with all the rest of the furniture in two of the chambers and three pairs of sheets of two leaves, two tourdiclothes [?], two dozen napkins and one towel, two pillowbeeres (?) and two pillows; also half of the demesne or farm grounds which I hold of the Earl of Hertford paying half the rent and performing the other covenants in the lease; and half the said grounds which my Lord now holds, part of the demesnes wherefore his Lordship shall lease it paying the one half of the rent and performing the covenants other contained in the lease which shall remain in my Exor’s hands, but if my son William wants a copy he should have it                                                                                                    

                                •       to my son Edward my freehold land in Trowbridge and Warminster in the county of Wilts and my fee simple lands in Rode and Woolverton in the county of Somerset 

                                •       residue

                                •       to my said son Edward YERBURYE

                                •       to every one of my overseers for their pains £5 a piece

                                •       The great debts of £500 which I owe to the the Earle of Hertford to be paid in Tottenham Lodge within twelve months after the Earle leaves the grounds which he now holds in Staverton in the parish of Trowbridge or within twelve months after his death as by the lease more plainly appears to be payed by my executor; also I owe to my cousin Jeremye Horton’s children £200 as appears by my Bond in the hands of Mr Henry Long and John Maye Esq. Executors in trust to my uncle Mr Edward Horton of Bath

Executor:              my said son Edward YERBURYE

Overseers:           my well beloved friends Sir William Eyer knight, Mr John Hall of Bradford Esq. and my cousin Harry Long of Southwick Esq.

Signed:                  9 Jan 1609

Witnesses:           Richard Blake, Richarde S..r, Anthony Neate, Joseph Martyn

Codicil:                  •       if any question or controversy should arise between my son William and my son Edward concerning my will my cousin Harry Long of Southwick should end it

                                •       my will is that my son Edward shall make my son William a lease of the house which William Smithe Mercer dwells in with the appurtenances for 60 years under reasonable conditions to be made over to my son William within six months after my decease

                                •       my son Edward shall deliver to my son William within 14 days of Easter £50 And at the Feast of St Michael next ensuing £50

                                •       to my son William two Holland tablecloths with one dozen Holland napkins, four pairs of Normandy canvas sheets or of fine Dowlas lying in the parlour chamber

                                •       to my son William one garnish of pewter, five brass pans, two brazen pots, one brazen kettle

                                •       if my son William desire any other necessary implements or household stuff not amounting above £5 in value my executor shall deliver it to him or else £5 in recompense of it

                                •       to my grandchild Mary Fistell [?] £10 more to be paid after the same manner as the legacy to her in my Will; also one pair of Normandy canvas sheets

                                •       to Alice Apprice my grandchild a ring of Death’s head, my son in law Baylie my best gown and to my daughter Baylie my drinking clarthe (?) which Mr Tutt gave my wife

                                •       to William Lovell my godson £10 to be delivered to his father to put it to best benefit of his son until he is 21

                                •       to Margery Lovell three platters, three pottingers, and three saucers

                                •       to my son in law Fistell [?] his sons and his daughter Anne 40s a piece to be paid to their mother for them

                                •       Ito my servant Joseph Martyn [MARTIN] £3

Signed:                  23 Feb 1609[/10]

Witnesses:           Henry Longe, Phillip Gibbes [GIBBS]

Proved:                  10 May 1610 at PCC London by Edward Yerburie, son and exor

 

Testator:               Thomas EARBURIE [YERBURY], Clothier of Bradford

PROB11 ref:         /119 q.1-59

Legacies:              •       to Edith my loving wife £400 and the use of all my household stuffs and implements so long as she shall keep her self sole and unmarried

                                •       to my son Thomas EARBURIE all my term of years which I have in one messuage or tenement and certain ground thereunto belonging in Trowle within the psh of Bradford which I lately purchased of John Dunycke (?)

                                •       to my son Gyfford £150 which shall be employed by my Overseers towards some purchase of the yearly value of £40 or £30 at the least and the residue of the fine which shall be paid for such a purchase shall be made and raised out of my estate which purchase shall be taken either by lease or copy to my said son Gyfford for term of the life of my said son Thomas in Reversion or remainder of the said Gifford

                                •       to my daughter Edith £150

                                •       to my daughter Anne £150

                                •       to my daughter Rebecca £150; And if any of my said daughters die before she shall be married or of 21 her portion to the survivors

                                •       if either of my said sons Thomas or Gifford die before 21 the survivor shall pay unto every one of my said daughters at her marriage or 21 £50 a piece which I bequeath them as a legacy over and above their before mentioned legacies of £150

                                •       my daughters portions shall be employed to their best benefit by my Overseers deducting out of the increase thereof £5 yearly to every of them towards the breeding up of them until they shall be of the age of 15

                                •       my wife shall use my cloth mark which now I use for as long as by the Judgement of my Overseers she shall continue her cloth making in that credit as now carrieth; and after her decease or discredit of the mark the same shall remain to my son Gyfford with an alteration to the first letter of his Christian name instead of the first letter of my name and also if my wife discontinue cloth making or discredit my mark then my brother in law William Webbe shall uphold my mark until my son William shall be of the age of 21

                                •       to my Overseers 10s a piece

                                •       residue to my said sons Thomas and Gifford

Executor:              my sons Thomas and Gifford

Overseers:           my loving and natural father John EARBURIE and my loving father in law Nicholas Flower and my loving Brothers in law William Webbe and John Emton (?); and my Overseers shall have the disposing and ordering of my Executors and of their estates until such time they are 21

Signed:                  21 Feb 1611

Witnesses:           William Webbe, John YERBERIE Snr, John Emton, Nicholas Flower, Mathew Rendell

Codicil:                  to my son Thomas £200 over and above the legacy to him in my last will, which shall be raised of certain bonds which I have already delivered into the hands of my brother in law William Webbe

Signed:                  21 Feb 1611

Witnesses:           Mathew Rendell

Proved:                  31 May 1612 at PCC London by John YERBURIE, Nicholas Flower, William Webbe, John Emton

 

Testator:               William RAYNES the Younger, Clothier of Leigh upon Mendip

PROB11 ref:         /125

Legacies:              •       my body to be buried in the Chancel of Leigh

                                •       unto my brother Hugh RAYNES £50

                                •       unto my sister Ann RAYNES £40

                                •       unto my brother John RAYNESes son William RAYNES £10

                                •       to my godson Francis RAYNES £10

                                •       these children’s grandfather William RAYNES of Leigh to put this money to use until they are 21

                                •       unto my servant Mary HANNY £5

                                •       residue unto my brother Phillip RAYNES

Executor:              my brother Phillip RAYNES

Overseers:           Willm RAYNES, Willm HUNTLEY, Richard PURLE [?]

Signed:                  15 Feb 1614/5 (12 Jas I)         

Witnesses:           Willm RAYNES, Willm HUNTLEY, Richard PURLE [?]

Proved:                  24 May 1615 at PCC London by Philip RAYNES, brother and executor

 

Testator:               John YERBURYE or YERBURIE, Gentleman of Atworth in the Parish of Bradford, Wilts

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Legacies:              •       to our lady church of S[eend?] 6s 8d

                                •       to the poor people of Atworth 40s

                                •       to the poor of the parish of Bradford 40s

                                •       my son John YERBURYE his Executors etc. to have the Capital messuage Seyte and Farme of Atworth with the appurtenances and all other the lands tenements and hereditaments to me demised and granted by Sir Francis of WALSINGHAM knight deceased late principal Secretary to the late Queen Elizabeth by lease dated 10 Jul 26 Elizabeth and the rents of the same premises until the expiration of the sd lease; nevertheless that my wife Joane YERBURIE shall have the third part of the sd capital messuage Seyte and Farme and of all other the said lands, tenements etc. and the third part of the bonds, issues and profits of same, the same third part to be had by Joane my wife and her assigns until the end of the said lease if Joane so long happen to lives

                                •       to Walter YERBURYE my son the term of years which I have in the manor place and farm in Freshford, Soms, and the lands etc. lately to me demised and granted by John HALL of Bradford, Wilts, Esq. by lease dated 5 Oct 44 Elizabeth      

                                •       the 1000 marks of English money for which there is a bond already given to be paid by my executors to Joane YERBURYE my now wife according to the true meaning of the said bond i.e. five months after my decease

                                •       to Joane my wife one half of all my household stuff; the other half to my Executors, except my plate which I devise as follows: to Joane my wife one silver Goblet double gilt, one other silver goblet parcel [?] gilt, also my second best salt double gilt, one silver Tankard double gilt and one dozen spoons with heads like maiden heads, and also except my best A_ as coverlet and my silk valances and curtains which my wife shall have the use of as long as she dwells in my house at Atworth, and after her decease and during such time as she shall inhabit in any other place, I give them to my said son John; all the rest of my plate to my executors

                                •       to Margaret YERBURYE d/o my said son Walter YERBURYE £40 to be paid to her when she is 21 or marries; and to his son John YERBURYE £5 when he is 21 or marries; and to his son William YERBURYE £5 when he is 21 or marries; and to his daughter Elizabeth YERBURYE £5 when she is 21 or marries

                                •       to William WEBBE s/o William WEBBE of Bromham 20s when he is 21 or marries; to Samuel WEBBE, another s/o William WEBBE, 20s when he is 21 or marries

                                •       to John WEBBE, another s/o William WEBBE, 20s when he is 21 or marries

                                •       to Mary WEBBE, s/o William WEBBE, 40s when she is 21 or marries

                                •       to Samuel WHITE, one of the s/o Samuel WHITE my son in law, 20s when he is 21 or marries; and to Danyell WHITE and Jonathan WHITE, also s/o Samuel WHITE, when they are 21 or marry

                                •       to Anna BARTLETT d/o John BARTLETT my son in law, 20s when she is 21 or marries

                                •       to Mary HOPTON my wife’s kinswoman and my servant £5

                                •       residue to my sons William YERBURY and John YERBURY

                                •       40s apiece to my Overseers

Executors:            my sons William YERBURY and John YERBURY

Overseers:           John BROWNINGE gent, my brother in law, my cousin Mr SMYTHE Esq., his son in law, William WEBBE of Bromham and Samuel WHYTE of Polshott, Clothiers, my sons in law

Signed:                  24th Oct 1614

Witnesses:           Henry BAYLYFFE, Sam WHITE, Anthony NEATE, George ASHLEY

Proved:                  7 Feb 1615 at PCC London by... John YERBURY...

 

Testator:               William WHITCHURCH, Linen Draper of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /137 q.61

Legacies:              •       to the poor of Frome 10s

                                •       to the Church Chest 10s

                                •       to Joseph my son and his heirs for ever the lands in the psh of Nunney which I purchased of John BUTCHETT [BUDGETT]; and failing him and his heirs, to Anthony my son and his heirs for ever; and in default of such heirs, to Henry my son and his heirs for ever

                                •       to Henry my son and his heirs for ever that messuage or tenement with the lands belonging to it near Gaston Stile in Frome which I purchased of John CLUN, Tailor of London; and in default of such heirs, to Anthony my son and his heirs for ever; and failing him and his heirs, to Joseph my son and his heirs for ever

                                •       to Robert my son and his heirs for ever that parcel of land which I purchased of John WINTHERRE [WILTSHIRE? WINTER?] and David his son at Badcox in Frome with the houses thereon; and failing him and his heirs, to Henry my son and his heirs for ever; and in default of such heirs, to my son Anthony and his heirs for ever

                                •       my lease of Harsternes [?] which I purchased of Edmund LEVERSEDGE Esq. to Anthony my son with the whole term of years remaining on condition that he shall suffer Susan my wife to occupy and enjoy the profit of it until he is 21

                                •       to William my younger son a ground which I hold called Purminster in the psh of Frome together with a messuage in Chip Street, Frome, now in the use of John NORFOLKE, Woollen draper, also one other ground, parcel of the same and granted in the same deed by the name of Purminster Marsh, near that of James CROSSE, together with ground in Clinke and Wallmarshe called the Furse Close, abt 8 ac. in all and contained in one deed and purchased from John CORSLYE, gent, for the term of his life and the reversion after his life of 21 years granted to me by Edmund LEVERSEDGE Esq., on condition that Susan my wife shall occupy and enjoy the profit of it until he is 21

                                •       to Robert my son, my lease of Badcoks with the whole term belonging, now in the tenure of John LACIE, Husbandman

                                •       to Robert my son the tenement which is at the end of Chip Street, purchased of Mr Ed. LUDLOWE and late in the possession of Alice MORRISE, Widow, together with the lease and the whole term remaining

                                •       to Thomas my son, the benefit of a ground which I hold in Clinke by the life of George JORDAN; also £20, £10 of which is to be paid when he comes out of his apprenticeship and £10 within a month after

                                •       to Henry my son £40 when he is 21

                                •       to Anthony my son £20 when he is 21

                                •       to Cicely and Rachell my daughters £50 a piece

                                •       to Susanne my daughter 20s

                                •       to Sam my son the grounds which were late Walter KINGSTONEs in Feltham Marsh, now in the tenure of Hugh HALES

                                •       to Mary BAKER my daughter £10 to arise out of the debt which Robert BAKER her husband owes me, for the which Robert and his father stand banns

                                •       to Sarah my daughter 20s

                                •       to Melior and Katherine my daughters 20s a piece

                                •       residue to Susanne my wife; when it shall appear what granted remains to her above my debts and legacies, I desire that she will be directed by my Overseers to amend the portion of some of my children

Executrix:             Susanne my wife

Overseers:           Anthony METHWIN, Vicar of Frome, and William PEARCE Esq., Gent of the same

Signed:                  2 Jan 1620

Witnesses:           Ant. METHWYN, William PEARCE, Walter WILTSHIRE (X)

Proved:                  6 Jun 1621 at PCC London by Susanna WHITCHURCH, relict and exix, Anthony METHUEN of Frome Swd

 

Testator:               Thomas HOOPER of Cucklington

PROB11 ref:         /142

Legacies:              •       my body to be buried in the churchyard of Cucklington

                                •       to the church of Cucklington 5s

                                •       to the church of Weston Buckhorn 3s

                                •       to the poor people of Cucklington 6s 8d

                                •       to the poor people of Weston Buckhorn 12d

                                •       to the four children of Mary CROSSE [?] widow 8s to be equally divided between them

                                •       to Thomas, Joane and Ann the s & d/o Thomas SEARLES of Silton £9 equally to be divided between them

                                •       to Margarett w/o Willm MEADE my sister 40s

                                •       to John, Joane and Edith the s & d/o Stephen WILLIS my prent[ic?]e one sheep each

                                •       to Henry WILLIS my prent[ic?]e 20s

                                •       to Lawrence HOOPER my brother £6 13s 8d

                                •       to John HOOPER my brother 40s

                                •       to Thomas TALLEY 20s and one suit of my worst apparel

                                •       to Joane w/o William HOOPER my brother 10 pounds of fleece wool

                                •       to Stephen WILLIS my prent[ic?]e six pounds of lambs wool

                                •       residue to Walter HOOPER my brother

Executor:              Walter HOOPER my brother

Overseers:           Thomas STARKE and John HOOPER my brother

Signed:                  8 Aug 1623

Witnesses:           Edmond CLARK cl [?] Stephen WILLIS (X) Thomas HOOPER (X)

Proved:                  2 Nov 1623 at PCC London by Walter HOOPER, brother and Exor

 

Testator:               John GIFFORD, Gent of Kilmington

PROB11 ref:         /183 q. 54-116

Legacies:              •       to be buried with my wife in Kilmington church

                                •       10s to Kilmington church

                                •       to the poor of the psh of Kilmington 20s

                                •       to my daughter Jane GIFFORD £150 to be paid her when she is 21

                                •       to my daughter Edith GIFFORD £100 to be paid when she is 21

                                •       my Exor shall pay yearly to my two daughters £10 apiece towards their maintenance until they are 21

                                •       to my daughter Thomasine w/o Stephen MILLER £60

                                •       my daughter Edith GIFFORD shall be placed by my Exor and Overseers in some convenient place where she may be perfeansly [?] brought up during her minority, but if she refuse to be so ordered the £10 before mentioned for her maintenance shall be withheld from her and paid yearly to my daughter Jane GIFFORD for her better maintenance

                                •       residue to my son John GIFFORD

                                •       a gold ring of 20s value to each of my Overseers

Executor:              my son John GIFFORD

Overseers:           my loving brother George GIFFORD and my kinsman John DAVIDGE, Clerk, Vicar of Charlton Canfield

Signed:                  20 Mar 1640 (15 Chas I) (X)

Witnesses:           John DAVIDGE, Clerk, Stephen MILLER

Proved:                  26 May 1640 at PCC London by John GIFFORD, son and Exor

 

Testator:               Robert SMITH, Clothier of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /146 q.75

Legacies:              •       to Robert SMITH my eldest son, his Exors and assigns, 3 ac. of meadow and pasture in Frome Swd which I hold by demise of Robert SAUNDERS, Clerk, by indenture dated 20 Oct IX James [1611] and the close of meadow and pasture called Gurellover which I hold by the demise of Richard WEST of Frome Swd by indenture dated 10 Jun XII James [1614] and the ac. of meadow in Gurellover in Frome Swd which I hold by demise of Robert WHITSTONE by indenture dated 4 Jun V James [1607] and the ham or little plot of meadow or pasture in Frome Swd, abt 3 roods, which I hold by the demise of Richard CRONELL [?], William GIBBS and Susan his wife and Alexander PYARD and Jane his wife by indenture dated 28 Sep XIV James [1616/7] and Hardwell Meadow in Frome Swd, abt 3 ac., which I hold by the demise of John HOXTON, Knight, by indenture dated 31 Mar XII James [1614] and the messuages, lands, tenements etc. in Frome Swd which I hold by demise of Richard CABELL, Gent, by indenture dated 15 May XII James [1615] and the plot of ground in the North Field of Frome near the end of the Mill, 60 ft long and 30 ft wide, and the close of meadow adjoining the south side of Fromewater between the land of Richard CABELL, Gent, sometime in the possession of Henry MEWSE and now in my possession on the east part and the land of Edmund LEVERSEDGE Esq. sometime in the possession of Thomas ROSIE [?] on the west part, which I hold by the demise of Robert HARWOOD by indenture dated 7 Mar 1619 and an acre of meadow near Bulls Quarry which I hold by the demise of Robert WEST by indenture dated 28 Feb XVII James [1619/20] for all the residue of my terms

                                •       to Henry SMITH my son, his Exors and assigns, my messuage in Frome Swd sometime in the tenure of William THATCHER, part of which I purchased amongst other lands of Mr Edmund LUDLOWE, Knight, to have and to hold from after my death during the full term of 60 years, paying yearly to Rober SMITH my son, his heirs and assigns, 20s rent with right of distress; also that close of pasture called Bulls Quarry, abt 12 ac., which I hold by the demise of Richard WEST by indenture dated 25 Mar XII James [1614] for all the residue of the term

                                •       to William SMITH my son the tenemt Rowelesse [ROWLESes?] at Clinke and the land belonging to it which I hold by the demise of Richard CABELL, Gent, by indenture dated 1 Mar IX James [1611/2] for the residue of the term

                                •       to Alice my wife the tenement and messuage etc. in Frome Swd, orchard, two gardens and curtilage adjoining thereunto and all the lands, meadows and pastures which I hold by demise of Edmund LEVERSEDGE Esq. by indenture dated 20 Jan XLI Elizabeth [1599] after my death for the term of 60 years; and if she marries or dies during that time, the residue of the term to Robert my son, his Exors and assigns

                                •       to Alice my wife that plot or meadow, abt one rood, which I hold by demise of Thomas RESY [?] by indenture dated 6 Aug XIII James [1616] for the unexpired portion of the term; and if she married or dies, to Robert my son, his Exors and assigns

                                •       to Robert my son, his Exors and assigns, the parcels, yards and half-yards of ground which I hold of Edmund LEVERSEDGE Esq. in Frome Swd by indenture dated 2 Jan X James [1613/4] for the residue of the term

                                •       to Robert my son £200 and my greatest silver salt guilted and my greatest silver bowl

                                •       to Henry SMITH my son £200 and my second best silver salt guilted and silver spoon

                                •       to William SMITH my son £200 and my second best silver bowl

                                •       to Edith my daughter £200 and one silver spoon

                                •       to Jane my daughter £200 and one silver spoon

                                •       to every of my weavers at the time of my death 12d a piece and to every of my spinsters 6d a piece

                                •       to every one that shall be my covenant servant by the year at the time of my death 12d

                                •       to the church of Frome Swd towards the repair thereof 6s 8d

                                •       to be distributed amongst such of the poor of the psh of Frome Swd as my Exor thinks fit 20s

Executrix:             Alice my wife

Overseers:           Richard CABELL of Buckfastleigh, Devon, Gent, and Anthony METHWIN, Vicar of Frome, John SMITH of Lavington, my brother, and William STOKES, Yeoman of Seane [?], Somerset

Signed:                  11 Jun 1622

Witnesses:           Richard CABELL, John PASSE

Proved:                  5 Jul 1625 at PCC London by Alice SMITH, Relict and Exix and Anthony METHWYN

 

Testatrix:              Joane YEARBERY [YERBURY], Widow of Westrop in the parish of Corsham, Wilts

PROB11 ref:         /149 q. 57-108

Legacies:              •       goods and debts to Daniell YEARBERY and Richard YEARBERY her sons

Executors:            Daniell YEARBERY and Richard YEARBERY her sons

Signed:                  2 Oct 1625 (nuncupative)

Witnesses:           Humfrie Paget, Clerk, Vicar of Corsham, Robert Daniell, Elizabeth Houlder (X)

Proved:                  11 May 1626 at PCC London by Daniell YEARBERY and Richard YEARBERY...

 

Testator:               Andrew ALLEN als CORNISH, Woollen draper of Mells

PROB11 ref:         /151 q.58

Legacies:              •       to the poor of Mells 10s

                                •       to my wife Elizabeth two pieces of gold of 20s a year and £7 a year during her widowhood out of a tenement I lately bought at Mells that was William WHITEs; and after her sd term the whole profit thereof to Samuel BROWN my kinsman for 60 years if he live so long; the remainder of my term in the sd tenement to John ALLEN als CORNISH my brother Henry’s second son

                                •       divers reversions which I have bought of Sir John HORNER in Mells, i.e. the reversion of my father’s house he now dwells in, the reversion of Mrs HILL in grounds called BILSTONs now lately by her death fallen unto me, and the reversion of my Aunt BAKER in two things called Tents and Kyttles as by the several writings thereof may appear, to William ALLEN als CORNISH my brother Henry’s oldest son

                                •       to my brother Henry ALLEN als CORNISH all my shaps [?] of woollen cloth , my shopbook and debts, provided he discharge all sure debts I owe for cloth and wanes therein

                                •       the profits of my lands in Mells and Ashwick to my brother Henry ALLEN als CORNISH for seven years after my death; and if my wife be now with child of a son, then the sd lands to that son and his heirs for ever; and for default of such issue, to my brother and his heirs for ever; and if my wife be now with child of a daughter, my brother Henry or his heirs that shall enjoy the land shall part unto the sd daughter £100 at the age of 16

                                •       residue to John ALLEN als CORNISH my brother’s son

Executor:              John ALLEN als CORNISH my brother’s son

Signed:                  2 May 1627

Witnesses:           Robert PENNY, Richard MARCHANT, ??

Proved:                  26 May 1627 at PCC London by Henry ALLEN als CORNISH, guardian [patui] of John ALLEN als CORNISH, minor Exor, during the Exor’s minority

 

Testator:               John HUGHES als DYER of Minston [Marston? “Merston in Probate Act Book”, FSLS]

PROB11 ref:         /153 q.32

Legacies:              •       my body to be buried in the churchyard of Frome Swd

                                •       to the church of Frome Swd 3s 4d

                                •       to the church and poor of Merston 12d a piece

                                •       to the five children of my son Thomas HUGHES als DYER of Warminster 40s a piece to be disposed of for their placing abroad unto masters; and if my son Thomas can give good security to bring it forth to the use aforesaid, he may have it for the time, otherwise to remain with my executrix

                                •       to my daughter Alice TAUNTON w/o John TAUNTON of Westbury £5 which shall rest in the hand of my overseers to her use only over which her husband shall have no power and it shall be lent to such persons as she shall make choice of , bond being taken for repayment to my oversees; and if she die before her husband, it shall remain to her two children by equal portions

                                •       to the two children of my daughter afsd 50s a piece

                                •       to my son Nicholas HUGHES 40s and to either of his three children 6s 8d a piece and to his wife’s children 12d a piece

                                •       to my son William’s children 6s 8d a piece

                                •       to Joan my daughter dwelling at Chippenham £5 if she be living at my decease; to be disposed of in  all points as before is limited governing the £5 given to my daughter Alice TAUNTON and her husband to have no power thereof ; but if her husband outlives her, he shall have it to his own use

                                •       to my youngest son John HUGHES £30

                                •       to my son William of Clink 20s

                                •       to my daughter Alice afsd my best coverlet and to Thomas my son afsd my white rug

                                •       to Thomas HUGHES als DYER of Warminster £3 and to his now wife 20s

                                •       to the four children of George DYER late of Kastwells deceased 6s 8d a piece

                                •       to the children of Richard TUCKER of Tithinton [Tytherington?] 6s 8d a piece

                                •       to Marie WALLWOOD 6s 8d

                                •       to Nicholas my son afsd 20s and to his wife 6s 8d and to my son William’s wife 6s 8d

                                •       to Grace DYER als HUGHES of Warminster 10s and to my son in law John TAUNTON 20s

                                •       residue to Edith my wife

                                •       £2 to be added to the stock of the town of Frome and to be entered upon the book there to be disposed at that

                                •       to my godchildren 12d a piece

                                •       3s 4d a piece to my Overseers

Executrix:             Edith my wife

Overseers:           Ant. METHWIN, Vicar of Frome; John OBORNE and Zach. BAYLY of the same

Signed:                  1 Oct 1624 (X)

Witnesses:           Ant. METHWIN, Jane METHWIN, Ant. METHWIN fil.

Proved:                  23 Feb 1627 at PCC London by Alice TAUNTON als HUGHES als DYER, daughter, Edith HUGHES als DYER the Exix having passed away [? “ab hac luce migravit”] shortly before the death of the Testator, and Anthony METHWIN, Clerk

 

Testator:               William RAYNES, Gent of Leigh on Mendip

PROB11 ref:         /158

Legacies:              •       my body to be buried in the chancel of Leigh

                                •       to Leigh church 20s and to the poor there 20s

                                •       to my son Hugh RAYNES £9 a year for life; also a silver bowl of £3 10s

                                •       to my sd son Hugh RAYNES four children now living, i.e. Hester RAYNES, Sara RAINES [sic], Alice RAINES and Lidia RAYNES, £100 to be equally divided between them; but if any die before they are 18, her or their share to the survivor(s); and if all four die before the youngest is 18, the £100 to John RAYNES and Frances RAYNES, the sons of John RAYNES deceased, and the £100 shall be put to use for the four children until all of them are 18

                                •       to John RAYNES s/o John RAYNES decd £100 when he is 24; and if he dies first, to his brother Frances RAYNES; and if he dies before 24, to Dorothy his sister

                                •       to Frances RAYNES s/o John RAYNES decd three score pounds with the £10 his uncle William RAYNES gave him to be paid him when he is 24, and in the mean time the same to be employed to use for him; also after the decease of Margaret REDMAN the lease that I have of the tenement that was William REDMANs and until Margery REDMANs decease my Exors shall hold it

                                •       to Dorothy RAYNES d/o John RAYNES decd on condition that she will be ruled by my Exor & Overseers £100 to be paid when she is 24; but if she will not be ruled and marry to their liking or if she die before she is married, the £100 to remain between her two brothers; and if they all die before that, the £100 to my Exors

                                •       to my son in law George SAMSON [SAMPSON] a silver bowl of £3 10s

                                •       to my daughter Anne SAMSON one feather bed and all thing belonging to it and half my linen

                                •       to my son in law George SAMSON’s four children, George SAMSON, William SAMSON, Thomas SAMSON and Ann SAMSON £100 to be equally divided between them and use to be put to use for them by my Exor

                                •       to my son Phillip RAYNES s/o William RAYNES [sic] £100 when he is 21, the use to maintain him

                                •       to my sister Edith HOOPER £5

                                •       to my servant Andrew PLOMER [PLUMBER] £5

                                •       to my two maidservants 10s apiece

                                •       the £200 before given to the four ch/o Hugh RAYNES and to the four ch/o my son in law George SAMSON to be paid out of the profit or salt of my messuage and tenement in Egford in the psh of Frome Swd

                                •       residue to my son Phillip RAYNES

Executor:              my son Phillip RAYNES

Overseers:           Giles GILSON and George SAMSON

Signed:                  31 Aug 1630 (6 Chas I) (X)

Witnesses:           Edward CORNISH (X). George SAMSON, Roger AYRES (X)

Proved:                  29 Nov 1630 at PCC London by Phillip RAYNES, son and Exor

 

Testator:               Sampson PAYNE, Yeoman of Trudoxhill, psh of Nunney

PROB11 ref:         /160

Legacies:              •       to the poor of the psh of Nunney 5s to be distributed at my burial

                                •       to my wife Edith my house and grounds to have the use of it for life and also the use of £100 toward the breeding of my children as long as she keeps herself a widow

                                •       to my son Thomas and his heirs for ever my house and grounds after the death of his mother and also £20 to be paid at the death of his mother or within a month of her marrying; and if he dies without issue the £20 to his brother Sampson

                                •       to my son Sampson £80 to be paid after the decease of his mother or within a month of her marrying; and if he dies before receiving it my son Thomas to have it; and if they die without issue before entering the land then William SMARTE s/o Alice SMARTE my sister and his heirs to have it for ever; and if they die without issue before receiving the £100 it shall remain to Richard CUMMINGS’ children in equal shares

                                •       residue to my wife Edith

                                •       5s apiece to my overseers

Executrix:             my wife Edith

Overseers:           my well beloved in Christ my kinsman John PAYNE and Andrew PINGIN

Signed:                  14 Aug 1631

Witnesses:           John PAYNE, Mawdley LAMBE

Proved:                  18 Nov 1631 at PCC London by Edith PAYNE, relict and Exix

 

Testatrix:              Elizabeth SMYTHICKE, Widow [of Witham Friary]

PROB11 ref:         /166 q.102

Legacies:              •       to the poor of my parish 10s

                                •       to my son Thomas SMYTHICKE seven score pounds in lieu of all legacies and demands and fore x bequest of his father as also of all the portion of my own goods bequeathed to him; one bedstead and one feather bed and one feather bolster and one pair of canvas sheets, one coverlet and one blanket; one ivory cupboard in [the] hall, one chair, on barrel, half a dozen pewter pottingers and the chest at the lower house

                                •       to my son Arthur £20 to be paid out of my own goods and chattels; one dustbed, one flockbed, one flock bolster, one coverlet and one blanket and one pair of canvas sheets and three pewter dishes pottingers

                                •       to my son John the table board in the parlour and the benches there and the standing bedstead there; the table board in the hall and all the benches there round about, one cheese mark, one which, one cheese press and all the shelves in the cheese loft, one sulting trabe in his own milk house and one salt in my own milk house

                                •       residue to my loving daughter Katherine SMYTHICKE

                                •       12d a piece to my Overseers

Overseers:           George GIFFORD and Richard CLARKE Jnr

Executrix:             my daughter Katherine SMYTHICKE

Signed:                  9 Sep 1634 (X)

Witnesses:           Gregory Myltonn CLARKE and George GYFFORDE

Proved:                  18 Nov 34 at PCC London by Katherine SMYTHICKE, daughter and Exix

 

Testator:               Robert WHITCHURCH, Mercer of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /168

Legacies:              •       to the poor and the Church of Frome 20s

                                •       the lease of my house wherein I now dwell and divers grounds belonging to it, the land of John CHAMPNEYS of Orchardlye Esq., dated 17 Oct 7 Charles I to Robert my son, and he shall first suffer Susan WHITCHURCH my Mother to enjoy all the premises during the term of her life and also suffer my now wife Alice WHITCHURCH surviving my Mother to receive all the profits for term of her life and then my sd son surviving to enter into possession during the whole of the term then to come

                                •       the lease of a tenement lying at the west end of Frome with land meadow and pasture belonging which was sometime the tenement of one WHITMORE and is of the lands of Edmond LEVERSEDGE Esq. and to me granted by sd Edward and Robert his son by lease dated 21 Oct  7 Charles I to Robert my eldest son on condition he suffer Alice WHITCHURCH my wife to enjoy the house and receive the issues of it during the term of her life and then to enter and enjoy the house for the whole term of years remaining

                                •       the lease of one house in Frome at the lower end of Cheap Street and against the Market Place late in the tenure of Alice MERRICKE, Widow, the lands of Sir Edmund LUDLOW, dated 1 Apr 3 James I to William my son for all the term yet unexpired on condition that Alice my wife enjoy it and receive the profit for term of her life if the estate granted in the deed so long continue

                                •       a lease I have of ten acres of ground in a field called Westovers granted to me by Edmond LEVERSEDGE Esq. and Robert LEVERSEDGE his son and heir apparent, lately in the tenure of William WHITCHURCH father of the now Testator and by him inclosed in one piece to Wm WHITCHURCH afsd my third son on condition that he suffer Alice my wife to receive the profit of it during her life

                                •       a lease dated 14 Oct 7 Charles I which I hold of Edmond LEVERSEDGE Esq. and Robert his son called Hurseovers containing abt 80 acres, lately in the tenure of William WHITCHURCH my Father to Phillip WHITCHURCH my second son on condition that Susan my Mother enjoy it to her own use during the term of her life if the estate continue so long; and if she departs this life before the estate expires and before Phillip WHITCHURCH is 16 the term to Alice my wife until Phillip is 16 towards the raising of my children’s portions

                                •       whereas I have a mortgage of a ground called Purmister and of another called St James His Cross in the East Woodlands, a house in Cheap Street and two grounds in Clink, all the lands of Edmond LEVERSEDGE Esq. and passed to my brother Joseph WHITCHURCH and my brother law [sic] Thomas OWELL [?] as feoffees in fault from my brother William WHITCHURCH for £200 wherein he stands indebted to me, my will is that if my brother William pays the £200 within six months after my decease he shall repossess the sd house and grounds and redeem the mortgage and one half of the £200 to my son William and the other half to my Exix; but if he shall not redeem it, the benefit to Alice my wife for the term of years to come determinable on CORSLEYs life and my son William shall have the lease of 21 years which is in reversion of CORSLEYs life

                                •       a lease of the land of Mr Richard YERBURY, Gent, of one house with garden and orchard and a ground adjoining, all lately held by Thomas POWELL, Cardmaker of Frome deceased to Robert my son on condition he suffer his mother to enjoy it until he is 15

                                •       a house and two grounds which I bought of TITHOND [?], the land of Edmond LEVERSEDGE Esq., from whom I have renned [sic] the estate for 99 years if three lives live so long to Phillip my son on condition that he suffer Alice my wife to receive the benefit until he is 15

                                •       to Susan my daughter £100

                                •       to Alice my daughter £100

                                •       I further provide for my two daughters afsd if it appears upon casting up my estate, moneys, credits, bonds, bills, shop book and shop that there will [remain] to my Exix over and above my legacies, debts, herriotts and other duties the sum of £400 then £50 apiece to either of my daughters

                                •       residue to Alice my wife

Executrix:             Alice my wife

Overseers:           Anthony METHWIN, Vicar of Frome, and Joseph WHITCHURCH my brother

Signed:                  9 March 1634

Witnesses:           Ant. METHWIN, Joseph WHITCHURCH, Joane WHITCHURCH (X), Eleanor CLUN

Proved:                  22 May 1635 at PCC London by Alice WHITCHURCH, Relict and Exix

 

Testator:               Thomas A COURTE of Frome Swd, also of St Clement Danes, Middx

PROB11 ref:         /170 q.20

Legacies:              •       my body to be buried in the churchyard of Frome, as near as may be to my wife Alice A COURTE

                                •       to my grandchild Edward POWELL Jnr £5

                                •       to Penelope BARBER, wife of Jeremy BARBER, 40s

                                •       to Mellior BARBER, daughter of Jeremy BARBER, all my wife’s wearing apparel

                                •       to my godson Thomas A COURTE Jnr 2s

                                •       to my godson John PAYTON 1s

                                •       to my godson Henry CARPENTER 1s

                                •       to the church of Frome 1s

                                •       to the poor of Frome 1s

Executors:            my two sons in law Edward POWELL Snr and Bartholomew ELLIOTT

Signed:                 

Witnesses:           John JONES

Proved:                  22 Feb 1635 at PCC London by Edward POWELL Snr and Bartholomew ELLIOTT, Exors

 

Testator:               Joseph CREYE, Yeoman of Beckington

PROB11 ref:         /170 q.16

Legacies:              •       5 shillings to be distributed among the poor people of the parish of Beckington by my Overseers

                                •       The fee simple of my lands and mills called Dixedmills near the psh of Frome Swd now in the possession of Thomas ILES or his assigns to Elizabeth my wife, her heirs etc., to sell it to pay the legacies that follow to my children

                                •       £100 to William my son when he is 21

                                •       £50 to Richard my son when he is 21

                                •       £50 to Margery my daughter when she is 21

                                •       £50 to Elizabeth my daughter when she is 21

                                •       £50 to Margarett my daughter when she is 21

                                •       £50 to Alice my daughter when she is 21

                                •       My best chest and my best crocke to my son William, but Elizabeth my wife is to enjoy them during her widowhood

                                •       My best standing bedstead [?], my press standing in the chamber over my hall, and the table board and furnace in the same chamber to Richard my son, but Elizabeth my wife is to enjoy them during her widowhood

                                •       12d each to my Overseers

                                •       Residue to Elizabeth my wife

Executrix:             Elizabeth my wife

Signed:                  14 Dec 1635

Overseers:           My father in law Thomas MARCHANT and my brother Jeremye CREYE

Witnesses:           John BAYLYE, Thomas MARCHANT, Jeremye CREYE

Proved:                  25 Feb 1635/6 at PCC London by Elizabeth CREYE, Relict and Exix

 

Testator:               Thomas SAMBORNE Esq. of Nunney

PROB11 ref:         /173 q.47

Legacies:              •       to be buried at Tymsborough in my chapel under my own seat

                                •       to my daughter Margery for life the copyhold tenement which fell lately to me by the death of Mary COLLINS, Widow; and after her decease to my daughter Margarett for life by copy of court roll according to the custom of the Manor of Tymsborough

                                •       all my goods and chattels except a tenement which I bought of Sir Bonham THROGMORTON Bart in the psh of Newland, Glos, to my three younger children Margarett, Thomas and Anne to be equally divided between them

                                •       the Manor of Nunney which I bought of my brother in law John JESSOP Esq., late of Checkerell, Dorset, with the free donation of the parsonage forever, and also one tenement which I bought of William STONE, Yeoman of Nunney, and Joane his wife in Lyttleton and Tymsborough amongst my three aforenamed youngest children Margarett, Thomas and Anne SAMBORNE, provided that if my eldest daughter Margery dies before she is 21[consequence inadvertently omitted in PCC copy]; also 16 acres of leasehold which fell to me by the death of the foresaid Mary COLLYNE, Widow, to hold jointly for their lives

                                •       to my brother William SAMBORNE all the money he owes me

                                •       to my brother Richard SAMBORNE, Gent, Marie his wife and William their son the foresaid excepted tenement bought of Sir Bonham THROGMORTON, provided Richard SAMBORNE pays to my Exix [to the use of my two youngest children] the sum of hundred pounds by payments of £20 for five years with power of entry into the sd tenement to my Exix in case of non payment, provided that if Richard HORSON, Clerk of the psh of Somerton dies before the sd payments are made, the payments shall cease…

                                •       to my brother John SAMBORNE for life the 20 acres of land , meadow and pasture surrendered to me by John HILL, Yeoman of Tymsborough, and Grace HILL, Widow of Tymsborough on condition that he shall not sell or let his estate in it or let it above three years at one time; and whereas there is a covenant between John HILL and me that if within five years of next Lady Day he pays four score pounds to me or my Exors, he is to have the grant of the sd 20 acres for life, the sd £80 to be placed in an annuity for my brother John SAMBORNE’s life, which he is to forfeit if he sells the annuity

                                •       to Elizabeth LACEY £3 6s 8d

                                •       to the poor of Nunney and Truckett Hill £3

                                •       to the poor of Tymsborough 40s

Overseers:           my well beloved brother William SAMBORNE, Gent

Executrix:             my beloved wife

Signed:                  20 Jan 1636

Witnesses:           Giles VINSON, William SAMBORNE, John DANSSEY [?], Sara WIMPEN [sic] (X), Elizabeth LACEY (X), Alice VINSON

Proved:                  10 Mar 1636 at PCC London by Anne SAMBORNE, Relict and Exix

 

Testator:               John OBORNE, Yeoman of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /173 q.49

Legacies:              •       to the parish church of Frome 20s

                                •       to the poor of the psh of Frome £5

                                •       to Jane OBORNE my wife for life, the tenement and 20 acres of meadow, about 10 acres of which are known as WILSHEEREs and the other 10 acres known as PRYORs Meade, and a parcel of wood or woody ground known as Lullinge Grove, about 12 acres in Eastwoodlands in the psh of Frome and late in the tenure or occupation of Mr Edmond LUDLOW Knight deceased, and before in the tenure or occupation of William HORTON, gent; and all the houses, backside and appurtenances in Frome where John BESSEX, Dyer, now dwells and the house with grounds belonging to it called ELLYMOORs in East Woodland, now in the tenure of William ANDREWS; and after her decease to Jane YERBURIE my daughter for life; and the death of both to my daughter Jane YERBURIEs’ heirs for ever

                                •       all my other lands in England to my wife Jane OBORNE for life; and after her death to my daughter Susan ACOURT for life; and after the death of both, to the heirs of my daughter Susan ACOURT for ever

                                •       neither my wife nor daughters is to commit any waste or destruction by letting houses or hedges decay or felling of trees; all my writing concerning all my lands given and devised shall remain in the custody of my daughter Susan ACOURT and her heirs for ever and my daughter Jane YERBURY and her heirs to have the copies of all the writings

                                •       a lease heretofore granted to William HORTON by Phillipp GRANT dated 20 Sep Elizabeth XX which is expired and one assignment of William HORTON & Margaret his wife to Edmond LUDLOW Knight dated 28 Oct Elizabeth XX? to my daughter Jane YERBURY and her heirs to remain in their possession

                                •       to John ACOURT my grandchild £100 when he is 21, to remain in the hands of my Exix until then

                                •       to Susan ACOURT my grandchild £100

                                •       to all the rest of my son ACOURTE’s children now born £60 apiece; this and Susan ACOURT’s £100 to be paid out of the debts due to me mentioned hereafter, vizt £100 to me from William ACOURT their father, £100 due to me from Symon SLOPER deceased for which Mr HOLLOWAY stands bound together with Symon, £30 due from Roger NEWBOROUGH Esq., from Walter COLES of Keyford £20, from Symon TILYE of Road £30, from Christopher TRINKNELL [?] of Mells £20, from Henry SMITH £10, from Mr COLLIER, Parson of Steeple Langford £30, from John HOOPER of Shasbury £20, from Walter SANGAR £40, from Mr Alexander HALES £40, from Sammell PIERCE 20 guineas… My will is that within one month after my decease or less the several bonds whereby these debts shall be achieved into the hands of William ACOURT, father of the sd children and to Susan his wife, charging my Exix to make suite [?] of attorney if need be for recovery of the debts

                                •       out of the debts due to me hereafter specified to my daughter Jane YERBURIE’s four children, John YERBURY, Thomas YERBURY, Robert YERBURY and William YERBURY, £60 apiece; another debt out of which these portions shall be raised are one debt due to me from Thomas YERBURY, father of the sd children, amounting to £140; also one other debt of £100 due to me from William ALLEN of Leigh; and my will is that the bond of £100 afsd shall be delivered to my son in law Thomas YERBURIE and to my daughter his wife by my Exix with full power from her ; and the £40 due by him to rest also in their hands for the satisfaction of these legacies, which shall be paid to the children when they come to the age of 21

                                •       under the conditions hereafter mentioned, to Susan ACOURT my grandchild my chattel house with the lease thereof which I purchased of Roger NEWBOROUGH Esq. which is in the possession of Ambrose CARPENTER in the Tithing of Radden, provided that Susan shall permit John ACOURTE the first estate nominated in the sd lease for life; and after his decease shall permit William ACOURTE the next estate nominated upon the lease to take the profits thereof for life; and she surviving to enter in full right into the same for the whole term unexpired; and my will is that John ACOURTE, William ACOURTE and Susan ACOURTE shall permit their father and such of their brothers as shall be owners of the house wherein their father now dwells to have over the grounds mentioned in the lease

                                •       to my daughter Susan ACOURTE a dozen silver spoons after the decease of Jane OBORNE my wife; and if my daughter Susan dies first, the spoons to be at the disposing of my wife

                                •       to my daughter Jane YERBURY one standing bedstead in the new chamber and table board and frame, a dozen joint stools, one cupboard with the portal (all this in the new chamber)

                                •       to my daughter Jane YERBURY in the hall one table board and frame, one cupboard with the wainscot hathernes and bench and my yeoting [?] stones in my outhouses after the death of my wife; and if my daughter Jane dies first, my wife to have disposal of them

                                •       residue to Jane OBORNE my wife

                                •       to my Overseers 10s a piece

Executrix:             Jane OBORNE my wife

Overseers:           my welbeloved frendes Master Anthony METHWYN, Vicar of Frome, and William HURMAN my kinsman

Signed:                  28 Jan 1636/7

Witnesses:           Anth: METHWYN, William HURMAN, Henry SMITH, Bartholomew TUCKER

Proved:                  30 Mar 1637 at PCC London by Jane OBORNE, Relict and Exix

 

Testator:               Phillip RAYNES, Gent of Leigh on Mendip

PROB11 ref:         /175

Legacies:              •       to my brothers in law George SAMPSON and John GIFFORD a messuage or cottage called Smithes with a curtilage and garden adjoining and 16 ac. meadow and pasture thereto belonging so long as Margerie RUDMAN, Widow, shall live, they paying her or her assigns £5 12s p.a. for life; and the dole of pasture called Pinkaker, abt 40 ac., on the north part of Bareridge with all the shrowdes of trees, underwood and frith thereon growing late in the occupation of William RUDMAN and lying in the psh of Leigh afsd for the life of sd Margerie RUDMAN, my estate therein; and after the decease of Margerie RUDMAN , my nephew Francis RAYNES shall have the sd messuage etc. for the term of years I have in it

                                •       my servant Andrew PLOMER shall have his maintenance out of my means for so long as he lives as a servant at my house

                                •       to John GIFFORD my father in law and George SAMPSON and John GIFFORD my brother in law one chattel lease of one messuage or tenement late in the occupation of Joane HUNTLY, Widow, bearing date 2 Nov 8 Chas I and another chattel lease of a messuage or tenement called Mayfors [?] Tenement in Leigh afsd dated 2 Nov 8 Chas I  and another chattel lease of the dole of pasture called Pinkacre afsd on the north of Bareridge afsd with the shrowdes of trees, frith and underwood therein growing which are hereby before bequeathed as afsd and the sd lease of Pinkacre dated 2 Nov 8 Chas I ; and another chattel lease of a close of pasture called Hayling Combe, abt 10 ac., in the psh of Leigh afsd dated 20 Mar 5 Chas I; and another chattel lease of one moiety of a close called Hurshaies in the psh of East Cranmore dated 29 Apr 4 Chas I; and another chattel lease of the other moiety of the sd close dated 7 Oct 21 Jas I

                                •       to sd John GIFFORD my father in law, George SAMPSON and John GIFFORD my brothers in law the messuage or tenement, cottages, houses, buildings, curtillages, orchard, gardens, land and meadows, pastures, profit, commodities and appurtenances demised by the sd leases above expressed (except the shrowdes of trees etc.) from my decease to the end of the term and for the full term of 10 years from thence if the persons nominated in the sd leases so long live on trust that they and the survivor(s) of them shall with the issues of the sd messuages etc. pay the rent, heriot and duties, keep the reparations, see my debts paid and one annuity of £9 paid to my brother and my children the better bred up , maintained and preferred according to their discretions

                                •       to Phillipp my son the remainder of the sd chattel lease of the sd messuage in the occupation of Joane HUNTLY and all the houses etc. thereto belonging and all my right title etc. in the same from the end of the afsd term of 10 years above specified; but if he dies before he is 24, the sd messuage etc. to William my son; and if both die before 24, the messuage etc. to Edward my son if my estate therein so long continue

                                •       to sd Edward my son the remainder of sd chattel lease of the messuage afsd called Naylors tenement and all the houses etc. thereunto belonging and all the remainder of my right etc. after the expiration of the sd term of 10 years; but if he dies before he is 24 to sd Phillipp my son; and if Phillipp and Edward both die before 24, to William my son

                                •       to sd William the remainder of the chattel leases of both moieties of sd close of pasture called Hurshouses and the remainder of sd chattel lease of sd dole of pasture called Pinckacre, abt 40 ac., except as before excepted; and the remainder of sd chattel lease of sd close of pasture called Hayling Combe and the profit etc. thereunto belonging and all the remainder of my right etc. to them after the expiration of sd term of 10 years; but if William dies before the age of 24, to Edward my son first, and after his decease to Phillipp my son

                                •       residue to Joane my wife

                                •       5s for the Church of Leigh and 20d for the poor there

Executrix:             Joane my wife

Overseers:           Edward BRIDGES, Gent, Giles BILSON, Gent, John CAKE [OAKE?] als KINGMAN and John REDWOOD

Signed:                  16 Jul 1637

Witnesses:           Edward BRIDGES, Giles BILSON, Philipp ALLEN, Edward PAIN

Proved:                  9 Nov 1637 at PCC London by Joan RAYNES, relict of the deceased and executrix

 

Testator:               John SMITH, Yeoman of Lullington

PROB11 ref:         /176 q.25

Legacies:              •       to the poor of Lullington 20s and to the church there 20s

                                •       the estate to come at the time of my death in a farm in Lullington of which I am possessed by virtue of a chattel lease granted by Alexander STANTON Esq. to Richard CREYE my grandchild; but before he enters thereunto Anne CREYE my daughter and mother of the sd Richard to have the profits for life; and if she dies before her husband William CREYE the fsd Richard being invested in the farm or any other person enjoying it under him to pay to William CREYE father of the sd Richard £10 a year for life

                                •       to Christopher CREY my grandchild £100 when he is 24

                                •       to William CREY my grandchild 20s

                                •       to Jeremy CREY my grandchild £80 when he is 24

                                •       to Alexander CREY my grandchild £20 in one year after my decease

                                •       to Margery CREY my grandchild £110 when she is 21 or marries

                                •       to John MILLER my grandchild 20s and to Anthony CAVILL [CABELL] my grandchild 20s

                                •       the estate to come in a chattel lease of a tenement called Peart in the psh of Laverton to Ann CREY my daughter

                                •       residue to Ann CREY my daughter

                                •       20s a piece to my Overseers

Executrix:             Ann CREY my daughter

Overseers:           my two kinsmen William CAVILL of Wollye [Woolley] and John BAILY of Beckington

Signed:                  22 Oct 1637

Witnesses:           Wm CABELL, Thomas COX, John BAILY, Alexander CRAY

Proved:                  20 Mar 1637 at PCC London by Ann CREY, daughter and Exix, and Thomas BISS

 

Testator:               William ALLEN, Clothier of Leigh on Mendip

PROB11 ref:         /178 q.157

Legacies:              •       to the church of Leigh on Mendip 1s

                                •       to the poor of Leigh 1s

                                •       to my son Anthony ALLEN 10s and all my wearing apparel

                                •       to my son Thomas ALLEN 5s

                                •       to my daughter Mary RAY 5s

                                •       to my cousin James RAYE 2s 6d

                                •       to my cousin Mary RAY 2s 6d

                                •       my chattel lease at Leigh to remain to my wife Mary ALLEN during her life; and after to my son Anthony ALLEN

                                •       residue to my wife Mary ALLEN

Executrix:             my wife Mary ALLEN

Signed:                  21 Aug 1638

Witnesses:           Phillip ALLEN, Thomas ALLEN, James RAYE

Proved:                  10 Nov 1638 at PCC London by Mary ALLEN, relict and Exix and Anthony METHWIN

 

Testator:               Philip STEPHENS, Tanner of Keyford in the psh of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /181 q.193

Legacies:              •       my body to be buried in the psh churchyard of Frome

                                •       to my daughter Joane £10 when she is 21 or marries

                                •       to my daughter Susan £10 when she is 21 or marries

                                •       to my son Philip £10 when he is 21

                                •       residue to Joane my wife, but the chattel or tenement shall remain after her death to Philip my son during his life

                                •       to the psh church of Frome 2s 6d and to the poor there 2s 6d

Executrix:             Joane my wife

Overseers:           my trusty and well beloved friends my brother John SHEPHERD and my brother in law William WHITOCK

Signed:                  16 Apr 1639

Witnesses:           John SHEPHERD, William WHITOCK, Isaac WHATLEY

Proved:                  31 Dec 1639 at PCC London by Joane STEPHENS, relict and Exix and Anthony WILLIS, Clerk

 

1640

 

Testator:               John GIFFORD, Gent of Kilmington

PROB11 ref:         /183 q. 54-116

Legacies:              •       to be buried with my wife in Kilmington church

                                •       10s to Kilmington church

                                •       to the poor of the psh of Kilmington 20s

                                •       to my daughter Jane GIFFORD £150 to be paid her when she is 21

                                •       to my daughter Edith GIFFORD £100 to be paid when she is 21

                                •       my Exor shall pay yearly to my two daughters £10 apiece towards their maintenance until they are 21

                                •       to my daughter Thomasine w/o Stephen MILLER £60

                                •       my daughter Edith GIFFORD shall be placed by my Exor and Overseers in some convenient place where she may be perfeansly [?] brought up during her minority, but if she refuse to be so ordered the £10 before mentioned for her maintenance shall be withheld from her and paid yearly to my daughter Jane GIFFORD for her better maintenance

                                •       residue to my son John GIFFORD

                                •       a gold ring of 20s value to each of my Overseers

Executor:              my son John GIFFORD

Overseers:           my loving brother George GIFFORD and my kinsman John DAVIDGE, Clerk, Vicar of Charlton Canfield

Signed:                  20 Mar 1640 (15 Chas I) (X)

Witnesses:           John DAVIDGE, Clerk, Stephen MILLER

Proved:                  26 May 1640 at PCC London by John GIFFORD, son and Exor

 

Testator:               Zachary BAYLIE, Baker of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /188 q.10

Legacies:              •       to the psh church of Frome 20s conditionally that my body shall be buried within the sd church

                                •       to the poor of the psh of Frome 10s

                                •       to Richard BAYLIE my son all the implements now standing in my hall with all the like implements in my bakehouse

                                •       to Zachary BAYLIE my son 10s

                                •       to Jane POWELL my daughter £5

                                •       to my son Zachary’s three children, my grandchildren, 40s to his son Zachary, 40s to his daughter Susan and 40s to his daughter Alice

                                •       to John POWELL my son in law’s four children, my grandchildren, to his son George POWELL 40s, to his son John POWELL 40s, to his daughter Jane POWELL 40s and to Alice POWELL 40s

                                •       to Melliard ILLS [EYLES? DS] my grandchild 40s, which I leave in the hands of Richard my son in trust to pay it her when she is 16

                                •       to my three grandchildren of George ITHELL’s, Jane ITHELL, Mary ITHELL and Alice ITHELL 40s to be equally divided between them and paid when they are 16

                                •       residue to Edmond BAYLIE my son

                                •       12d to my overseers

Overseers:           Zacharie BAYLIE my son and John POWELL my son in law

Executor:              Edmond BAYLIE my son

Signed:                  28 Jun 1641

Witnesses:           Richard GREENE, Richard ALFORD, Jerome BARBER

Proved:                  10 Feb 1641 at PCC London by Edmund BAYLIE, son and Exor

 

Testator:               Stephen NORRIS of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /189 q.65

Legacies:              •       to my parish church of Frome 6s 8d

                                •       to the poor of the same parish 12d

                                •       to Stephen NORRIS Jnr my son 20s

                                •       to John NORRIS my son 20s

                                •       to Elizabeth CROSSE my daughter 20s

                                •       to Elizabeth my wife the use and benefit of my living that I now live in at Feltham in the psh of Frome for life or widowhood

                                •       residue to Elizabeth my wife

                                •       ?s ?d to each of my Overseers

Executrix:             Elizabeth my wife

Overseers:           William HELLIARD of Kingston Deverell, John NORRIS of the same

Signed:                  14 Jan 1640

Witnesses:           Richard ALFORD, Jane LAMBERT (X)

Proved:                  20 May 1642 at PCC London by Elizabeth NORRIS, Relict and Exix

 

Testator:               Jacob AVERY, Gent of Mells

PROB11 ref:         /195 q.14

Legacies:              •       my body to be buried in the church as near my wife as convenient

                                •       to the psh church of Mells 10s all the lands I am seized of in fee simple in Bannwell and Congresbury, Soms, together with all the household stuff in or about my house at Huish to my eldest son Joseph excepting 9 ac. pasture ground in Havidge [?] in the sd psh of Bannwell which I shall after dispose to my son Samuel to have and to hold the sd lands and tenements to my son Joseph his heirs etc. for ever

                                •       to my son Samuel the sd 9 ac. pasture before excepted lying in Havidge afsd, his heirs etc. for ever

                                •       to my daughter Christian FRISH one cow and three flitches of bacon, one silver salt

                                •       to Hannah w/o Thomas NEWMAN my daughter one silver bowl and one parcel gilt bowl

                                •       to Joseph AVERY my grandchild one gold ring which his mother did send to my wife and one piece of silver sent to me from Dort [?]

                                •       to my son Benjamin and my daughters Christian FRISH, Hannah NEWMAN and to Hester VIGOR w/o John VIGOR my grandchild all my pewter and brass pots to be equally divided between them

                                •       to my son’s daughters Christian and Hannah all my linen to be equally between them except the best day table cloth towel and napkins which I give to my grandchild Elizabeth KNERYE [?]

                                •       to my daughter Christian my best bed with the furniture belonging to it and to my daughter Hannah the second best bed with the furniture

                                •       to my grandchild Mathew FRISHE my little silver salt

                                •       to Samuel VIGOR s/o John VIGOR [photocopy illegible]

                                •       to all the rest of my grandchildren to whom I have not given any legacy 20 [?] s [?] a piece

                                •       to the sd William FRISHE and to ?? FRISHE my grandchildren two silver spoons a piece

                                •       residue to my sons Samuel AVERY and Benjamin AVERY

                                •       10s a piece to my Overseers

Executors:            my sons Samuel AVERY and Benjamin AVERY

Overseers:           James ASHTON, Clerk, and John YEOMAN

Signed:                  23 Jan 1642

Witnesses:           John YEOMAN, William BOLTER, John DICKS

Memorandum:     dated 26 Jan 1642 the name ‘Joseph AVERY’ in the 42nd line was struck out and ‘Benjamin AVERY’ inserted (same witnesses)

Proved:                  16 Feb 1645 at PCC London by Samuel and Benjamin AVERY, sons and Exors

 

Testator:               Joseph WHITCHURCH, Mercer of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /195 q.23

Legacies:              •       to the psh church of Frome 20s

                                •       to the poor of the psh of Frome 20s

                                •       to my sister Sarah HILL £3

                                •       to my sister Katherine RUSH £3

                                •       to my sister Sicely BLACKMAN my best silver gilt bowl

                                •       to my brother Thomas WHITCHURCH £4 whereof 40s was due to him by his mother’s will

                                •       to my sister Alice WHITCHURCH’s children 20s a piece

                                •       to my nephews Christopher HILL and Andrew [sic] 40s to be divided between them yearly whiles 40 years do last, and the sd 40s to be paid to them every year out of my lands

                                •       my black colt to my nephew Robert WHITCHURCH

                                •       my sorrel colt to my brother in law John SMITHICKE

                                •       the rest of my goods both within and without to be divided equally between my sisters and brother, to whit Rachel SMITHICK, Melior EWELL [?] Sara HILL, Katherine RUSHE, Sicely BLACKMAN, Alice WHITCHURCH and William WHITCHURCH; and to prevent all discord between them my will is to appoint four men to prize my goods, to whit Robert SMITH, Henry MARCHANT, Thomas QUINSH [?] and James HAYES (and in case any of these should die, the three survivors to make choice of a fourth man); the goods to be prized to remain to the proper use of Alice WHITCHURCH, she paying so much as the goods are valued at and the sd money to be divided in equal portions

                                •       the rest of my monies and specialties [?] to be divided between my afsd sisters and brother in equal portions provided they reserve a sufficient portion for my funeral etc.

                                •       to my brother Henry WHITCHURCH all my lands in Nunney parish

Executor:              my brother Henry WHITCHURCH

Signed:                  11 Aug 1643 (XIX Charles) (X)

Witnesses:           William PARRY, Henry SMITH, Anthony GYBBES [GIBBS]

Proved:                  11 Feb 1645 at PCC London by Henry WHITCHURCH, Exor

 

Testator:               John CHAMPNEYS Esq. of Orchardly

PROB11 ref:         /200 q.92

Legacies:              •       my body to be interred in the Chancel of the psh Church of Orchardly

                                •       to my daughter £Elizabeth 300

                                •       to my daughter Honour and Jane CHAMPNEYS £200 each

                                •       to my son William and my son Edward £200 each when they are 21

                                •       to my son Francis £20

                                •       to my son John CHAMPNEYS and his heirs for ever all my purchased lands in the pshes of Frome and Lullington  on condition that he raise the specified legacies to his brothers and sisters

                                •       to sd John CHAMPNEYS all my household furniture now in my house at Orchardly reserving only to my wife their use for her life

                                •       residue to Honour my wife reserving to my son John my own riding horse and my white stone horses

Executor:              my son John        

Signed:                  11 May 1640

Witnesses:           Mat. METHWIST [METHWIN?], Penelope GREENHILL, Edith ROSSITAKER [ROSSITER?]

Proved:                  11 May 1646 at PCC London by Honour CHAMPNEYS, Relict…

 

Testator:               Humfrie [Humphry] COOKE, late of Frome Swd, now of the City of Bristol

PROB11 ref:         /204 q.100

Legacies:              •       all whatsoever to my wife Alice COOKE and my five children equally to be divided except those ?? mentioned in the codicil to this my will

Executor:              [none specified]

Signed:                  14 Aug 1643

Witnesses:           Fortuna SIMONS w/o William SIMONS of Michael Hill Steps in Bristol, Ann [?] POWELL,  Alicie HARBERT, Elizabeth PUMROY [?], Magaret [?] HAREBOTTLE [?], James BAILY [?], John COLE

Codicil:                  •       a house at [?] yarrw [?] and a house and lands at Coldsten with appurtenances of a white hay in [?] trunke and a hatt close upon the top of yt [?] and all things therein lying near Coppergate and all other goods, ymplements and household stuff whatsoever which were bequeathed to me in or at Yncrum [?] in Yorkshire by Mrs Marie SMALWOOD deceased d/o Francis SMALLWOOD of Coldsten in the psh of Lyth in Yorkshire gent and natural mother of my daughter Katherine COOKE als SMALEWOOD now at John JEFFRES house at the Eastgate in Oxford Carpenter to my daughter Katherine

                                •       to my mother Katherine COOKE £5

                                •       to Mr Valentine POWELL my little horse pistol for his pains in contriving and writing my will and this codicil

                                •       towards the keeping and education of my sd child £20 to afsd John JEFFRES

Overseers:           I nominate Mr John AV ERY of Barrum [Sarum?] and Robert PAYNE of Beckington [?] and the sd Mr Valentine POWELL to be my Overseers and Tutors [?] of Katheryne my daughter

Signed:                  18 Aug 1643

Witnesses:           James BALLIE, John COLE, Margaret HAREBOTTLE [?], ?? POWELL, Fortuna SYMONS, Elizabeth PUMROY [?], Anne [?] HAREBOTTLE [?]

Proved:                  30 Jun 1648 at PCC London by Alice COOKE, relict

 

Testator:               Edward BOURNE, Husbandman of Berkley

PROB11 ref:         /210 q.168

Legacies:              •       my body to the earth whence I was taken, desiring my wife and other my friends that it may be decently interred according to my condition and quality

                                •       whereas I have lately purchased of Roger NEWBOROUGH of Berkley an estate according to the custom of the manor of Berkley for three lives and the widowhood of the purchaser’s life [sic] in a copyhold in Standerwick in the psh of Berkley lately in the tenure and occupation of Margaret KNIGHT, sister of Thomas BLAKE, both deceased, not yet secured until a court may be duly called and I taken tenant before the homage there, my will is that if I be taken tenant before my decease my wife shall take that estate as being the greatest part of what I intend to give her; the next life I I have nominated shall be John BOURNE my son, and the third and last life Elizabeth BOURNE my daughter; but if I die before I become tenant, Ann my wife shall have £8 p.a. for so long as she lives unmarried which my Exors in trust shall raise out of the use and profits of my stock

                                •       to John my only son £10 beside the estate for life in the tenement afsd and my biggest brass pot which was sometime my mother’s

                                •       to Ann BOURNE my eldest daughter all my term of years yet to come in a cottage in the Common of Berkley purchased by me from John EYETT deceased and now let to William PONTINE in which he now lives; also my biggest brass pan

                                •       to Ann my wife all my household provision of victuals with all the corn on the tenement in which I now live, and the use of all the household stuff during the time of her widowhood, but no power to dispose of it

                                •       to my second daughter Ellinor the biggest brass kettle

                                •       to my third daughter Mary my lesser brass pot

                                •       to my fourth daughter Jane my bigger brass poker and my lesser brass pan

                                •       to my youngest daughter Elizabeth my least brass kettle

                                •       to Ann my wife one bed with all its furniture and one little brass skillet and one brown blind mare and all the wood and fuel

                                •       if I die before 29 Jun next, when there will be one quarter of rent due from the tenement in which I live, this shall be raised out of my whole stock before partition, for which I allow £6 to my wife towards the payment of the rent in lieu of the best [?] beast [?] of a ground called Rooke on which I have already depastured some cattle, but the remainder for the time to come to be paid by Ann my wife, who shall enjoy the tenement in which I now live during all the term of years yet to come  as agreed by Mr Paul METHWIN to whom I am tenant

                                •       as my children are yet young and unable to manage their estates, my whole estate to my Executors in trust

                                •       Exors in trust to take an inventory, divide my estate equally between my five daughters Ann, Ellinor, Mary, Jane and Elizabeth, except that the £10 to John shall be taken out of the portion of Ann his sister for that I have given her the tenement before specified over and above an equal portion in the division of my goods; my son John is not to receive his portion until he is 21 and my daughters not until they are 18 if married or 21 if not; any marrying without consent to lose the profit of their portion until 21

                                •       my wife shall take care for the education and breeding of my children and have custody of them so long as she lives unmarried and have the yearly use and profits of their portions until they are 18 if they live her; but if any depart for their benefit and put themselves apprentices or become covenant servants, she shall be quit of the charge of maintaining them, and the yearly profit as shall thenceforth arise to them shall accrue to them

                                •       whereas I have given Ann my wife £8 p.a. to be raised out of the profits of my stock, my children shall deposit £20 out of their legacy when they receive their portion

                                •       to my brother Roger BOURNE a suit of my best apparel vizt my best jerkin and hose and my black coat, gloves and stockings and 5s

                                •       to Priscilla, daughter of John BOURNE my brother and now wife of William WILIEY, one sparked yearling bullock

                                •       to Mathew KEATE, my hired servant, a suit of apparel, vizt a jerkin and hose and waistcoat and one pair of stockings

                                •       3s 4d to the Churchwardens of the psh of Berkley towards the reparation of the church, now in decay

                                •       3s 4d to the poor of the sd parish

                                •       to my Overseers 20s each

Executors in trust:     Mr William HALL of Oldford, Thomas HESKINS and Richard LUGSIBETT [?] of Standerwick, all of the psh of Berkley.

Memorandum:     Thomas HUMFRIES of Standerwick, nominated to be an Exor in trust, doth refuse it, whereupon Richard LEGGE doth undertake it before the sealing and delivery of this will

Signed:                  5 Jun 1649

Witnesses:           Thomas ARNOLD, Thomas HUMFRY (X)

Proved:                  16 Nov 1649 at PCC London by William HALL and Richard LEGGE, Exors

 

Testator:               Robert WHITCHURCH, Mercer of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /223 q.195

Legacies:              •       to my sister Jane AUDRY d/o Benjamin AUDRY the wolled suit of childbed linen and £21

                                •       to my sister Susan WHITCHURCH my best suit of childbed linen and a pair of brass andirons, fire tongs and £50

                                •       to my sister Alice a riding [?] suit and a childbed suit and £40

                                •       to my sister Joane AUDRY the bed and bolster and pillows which I have from her father and the sideboard in the hall

                                •       to my brothers Philip and William £20 yearly to be paid out of the house and land thereunto belonging in the Market Place of Frome during the continuation of the lease

                                •       to my sister Rebekah and George IVYLEAFE £5 a piece

                                •       to my brother Benjamin AUDRY my wedding suit and cloak

                                •       to my brother Philip my black suit and cloak

                                •       to my brother Benjamin AUDRY and Richard BURLETON my servant my roan nag which I value at £10

                                •       to my sd servant Richard BURLETON the rest of my wearing apparel

                                •       to Mary TANNER 5s and to Dorothy TANNER 2s 6d

                                •       to the poor of Frome £5 and to the church of Frome £3

                                •       to my cousin Ann CHILD £20

                                •       residue to my loving mother Alice IVELEAFE

Executrix:             my mother Alice IVELEAFE

Signed:                  17 Jan 1651

Witnesses:           Thomas BRUER [BREWER], Ben. AVERY, Will IVELEAFE

Proved:                  6 Jul 1652 at PCC London by Alice IVELEAFE, mother and Exix

 

Testator:               Robert COOMBE, Turner of Wanstrow

PROB11 ref:         /224 q.218

Legacies:              •       to my son Robert COMBE [sic] £10

                                •       to my daughter Mary COOMBE £10

                                •       to my son Richard COOMBE £10

                                •       to my son John COOMBE £10

                                •       residue to my wife Joane COOMBE

                                •       12d apiece to my Overseers

                                •       to Richard CABLE [CABBEL] 12d for writing my will

Executrix:             my wife Joane COOMBE

Overseers:           John KING Snr and John BUNT Jnr

Signed:                  5 Feb 1641/2

Witnesses:           Richard CABLE

Proved:                  5 Aug 1652 at PCC London by Joan COOMBE, Relict and Exix

 

Testator:               John BISSE Snr, Yeoman of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /242 q.491

Legacies:              •       to Mary my wife the house and tenement that I now dwell in for life, and after her death to my son Samuel BISSE if he lives so long; and if he dies first, she shall enjoy my tenement called BAYLIEs for life, and after her decease my grandchildren Morgan COWARD s/o Morgan COWARD, Baker of Marston Bigot, and John HAYES s/o Richd HAYES, Clothier of Frome, shall jointly enjoy it during the term still to come and at the discretion of my Exor if he thinks fit

                                •       to my wife my best bed, bedstead and half the pewter and brass

                                •       to my son John BISSE the tenement that he now dwells in and my other tenement called MYMEREWOEs [?] in Westovers [?] during the term of years to come

                                •       to Mary my daughter my tenement at Keyford called BULLOCKes during the term of years to come with half my household stuff, monie [?] and unmoveable, cattle and debts to be equally divided; and if Mary dies without issue, the remainder of the years unexpired shall return to Frances HAYES my daughter and Jane COWARD and their issue to be equally divided between them

                                •       residue to my son Samuel BISSE

                                •       5s to my Overseers

                                •       my Exor to pay yearly to my grandchildren Morgan COWARD and John HAYCE 10s a piece

Executor:              my son Samuel BISSE

Overseers:           my well beloved friends Gilbert BISSE and Steven NORRIES

Signed:                  23 Dec 1652 (X)

Witnesses:           Abraham SELFE, John ?? (X)

Proved:                  5 Jun 1654 at PCC Westminster by Samuel BISSE, son and Exor

 

Testator:               Susanna A COURT, Widow of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /247 q.228

Legacies:              •       my body to be buried in the churchyard

                                •       to my son Thomas COURT [sic] now living in London one bond of £7 10s due from Humphrey YERBURY of from and half a dozen silver spoons and one gold ring

                                •       to my grandchild Susanna A COURTE [sic] the bed and bedstead etc. and table board, cupboard and stools and all the goods that belong to the Parlour

                                •       to my grandchild Anna A COURT, sister to the former Susanna and both d/o my son William A COURTE, all the goods which are inventored and properly belong to the Hall

                                •       to William JOHNSON the bed and bedstead in the chamber over the Hall and also the boulster and rug belonging to that bed and one poster [?]

                                •       to Sarah A COURT the trundle bed and bedstead running under the Parlour bed

                                •       residue to my son William A COURT, provided he add a further estate of two of his children’s lives to this house which I give to him

Executor:              my son William A COURT

Overseers:           Master Thomas LITTMAN and Master John SAMPSON of Frome

Signed:                  26 Nov 1654 (X)

Witnesses:           Jo. SAMPSON, William APIDER [?], William RUXWORTHY (X)

Proved:                  6 Feb 1654/5 at PCC London by William A COURT, son and Exor

 

Testator:               Jane OBURNE, Widow of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /248 q.283

Legacies:              •       my body to be interred within the psh church of Frome near to the place where my husband is buried

                                •       to the psh church of Frome towards the reparations there 20s

                                •       to the poor people of Frome 40s

                                •       to my grandchild Jane A COURT £50

                                •       to my grandchild Anne A COURT £50

                                •       to my grandchild William A COURT 20s

                                •       to my grandchild James A COURT 20s

                                •       to my grandchild John YERBURY 20s

                                •       to my grandchild Thomas YERBURY 20s

                                •       to my grandchild William YERBURY 20s

                                •       my great table board and frame with one cupboard, six joined stools and seatings standing in my hall, one standing bedstead and truckle bedstead with one great chest and press in my two chambers adjoining to my hall. one standing bedstead and truckle bedstead and table board and frame with ??, one libey cupboard and press, one joined there with one dozen joined stools in my great chamber, one standing bedstead in my little chamber and two peoting [?] stones in the outhouse, ?? ?? with one brass pan usually standing in my barton to drink water for the shoot [i.e. butts? DS] there remain for the use of my daughter Susan A COURT

                                •       if my grandchild Susan, now wife of Thomas BLACKBORNEof Mells outlives her mother, my daughter Susan A COURT, the implements of household stuff before mentioned to my daughter Susan for life and after her decease to my grandchild Susan for ever

                                •       residue to my son in law William A COURT

Executor:              William A COURT

Overseers:           Benjamin AVERY, Gent of Frome; my kinsman [?] William HURMAN of Shaston, Dorset

Signed:                  10 Dec 1651

Witnesses:           John ACOURT, Thomas A COURT

Proved:                  23 Jun 1655 at PCC London by William A COURT, Exor

 

Testator:               William WAYLAND, Hosier of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /248 q.293

Legacies:              •       to the poor people of [the] Almshouse one shilling a piece

                                •       to my brother Thomas WAYLAND £3

                                •       to Mary EDGELL, daughter of Thomas EDGELL Jnr, Butcher of Frome, five [?] pounds and to Ann his daughter five [?] pounds

                                •       to Ann EDGELL the wife of Richard EDGELL £4

                                •       to John FOWLES £4 and to Theophilus FOWLES £4

                                •       to John WAYLAND son of Thomas WAYLAND £4 and the cupboard and board in the Hall

                                •       residue to Susan FOWLES

                                •       to Richard WAYLAND, Robert WAYLAND, Stephen WAYLAND 3s a piece

Executrix:             Susan FOWLES

Signed:                  18 Jan 1654 (X)

Witnesses:           Robert ROGERS, Abraham SELF

Proved:                  3 Jul 1655 at PCC London by Susan FOWLES, Exix

 

Testator:               Mary COOKE, Widow of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /248 q.298

Legacies:              •       my body to be buried in the churchyard of Frome

                                •       to Dorothy COOKE my daughter one bed and bedstead standing over the hall and one side cupboard and one rug and one great pot and one moiety of my lineing and £20 to be paid in one year after my decease

                                •       to Mary COOKE my daughter one bed and bedstead my best coverlet and carpet one linerie [?] board and my greatest pot save one and one trunk and one moiety of my lineing and £20 to be paid in one year after my decease

                                •       to Jane COOKE my daughter £10 to be paid two years after my decease

                                •       to Anthoine [Anthony] COOKE my son £5 to be paid in two years after my decease

                                •       to John COOKE my son 20s to be paid in one year after my decease and one bond of obligation being the sum £25 and one great kittle and one table board in the great chamber

                                •       to James COOKE my son £5 to be paid in two years after my decease

                                •       to Elizabeth COOKE my daughter 1s to be paid in two years after my decease

                                •       residue to William COOKE my son

Executor:              William COOKE my son

Overseers:           my two friends James HAYES and Richard SINGER

Signed:                  21 May 1655 (X)

Witnesses:           William SMITH, Richard SINGER, John COOKE

Proved:                  3 Jul 1655 at PCC London by William COOKE

 

Testator:               Thomas A COURT, Yeoman of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /249 q.229

Legacies:              •       to my loving sister Frances CLOSE w/o Thomas CLOSE of Frome £5

                                •       to the poor people of Frome 40s to be distributed by my Exix

                                •       residue to Susan A COURT my wife

Executrix:             Susan A COURT my wife

Overseers:           my cousin James COTTINGTON and Master Thomas LITTMAN of Frome

Signed:                  24 Apr 1654

Witnesses:           James COTTINGTON, John RUSSELL, John MORGAN

Proved:                  6 Feb 1654/5 at PCC London by William A COURT, son, because Susan A COURT, relict and Exix, also departed this life before she had taken upon her the execution

 

Testator:               William SINGER, Miller of Elme

PROB11 ref:         /250 q.396

Legacies:              •       to Elizabeth WILKENS [WILKINS] all my sheep

                                •       Robert WILKENS a bedstead and a cupboard and coffer at loen mill and the best crock and my least chest at my other mill

                                •       to James WILKENS a bedstead the best chest and the best crock save one at my other mill

                                •       to my wife Margarett SINGER one shilling

                                •       residue to my daughter Jane WILKENS

                                •       12d a piece to Overseers

Overseers:           William PEARCE and Richard SIMEN [SIMON?]

Executrix:             my daughter Jane WILKENS

Signed:                  10 Sep 1655 (X)

Witnesses:           Tho. BISSE, Thomas PEARCE

Proved:                  16 Oct 1655 at PCC London by Jane WILKENS, daughter and Exix

 

Testator:               Thomas WHATLEY, Weaver of Keyford, psh of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /251 q.452

Legacies:              •       Mary my wife, the second life in a tenement I have of the land of Mr SAUNDERS in his farm of Keyford, to enjoy it for life except the upper house and one half of the upper garden called the Paddock to remain to my children which have not bought into my tenement, viz. my daughter Joane, my daughter Judith and my daughter Elizabeth and my son Benjamin to dwell with and have part with her in the sd upper house and garden during her term

                                •       my son being the third life in the sd premises shall enjoy it accordingly except as before excepted, i.e. the upper house and that garden against the sd house and the platt [plot?] called by us [?] ARQUILL’s garden and half the upper garden, i.e. that side next to Widow QUILL’s to remain to my other children during the term, they keeping it in reparation and paying one half of the Lord’s rent, i.e. 18d a quarter

                                •       also to Benjamin my son my great brass pot and my loom

                                •       residue to my wife

Executor:              None named in PCC ts

Signed:                  12 Dec 1654

Witness:               Simon PYARD (X)

Proved:                  7 July 1655 at PCC London by Mary WHATLEY, Relict and Exix [sic]

 

Testator:               John POPIOYE, Carpenter of Orchardleigh

PROB11 ref:         /257 q.299

Legacies:              •       99 year lease on a 2-acre close near Frome Little Field, determinable on the lives of myself, Elizabeth my wife and John my son, to Elizabeth my wife and her Assigns; and after her decease, the remainder of the term to my daughters Dorothie POPIOYE and Mary POPIOYE to hold  jointly, paying my son John 20s p.a. out of the premises

                                •       12d to Richard POPIOYE and Elizabeth POPIOYE, two other of my children

                                •       residue to Elizabeth my wife

Executrix:             Elizabeth my wife

Signed:                  (X) 6 Mar 1653

Witnesses:           Thos NAPPER, Elizabeth COLES (X)

Proved:                  16 Aug 1656 at PCC London by Elizabeth POPIOYE, the Relict and sole Executrix

 

Testator:               William A COURT of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /261 q.40

Legacies:              •       my body to be buried in Frome church near my ancestors

                                •       to the church of Frome 20s

                                •       to the poor of Frome 20s

                                •       the site [?] of the Manor of Raddon which I hold by 99-year lease dated 15 Jan 1654 on the lives of William A COURT and James A COURT my sons to begin after the death of Ann HOLLOWAY that now possesses it to be enjoyed by sd William if he survives Ann HOLLOWAY for the term to come on the lease provided he pay to his brother James A COURT my other son £150; but if he refuse, James shall enjoy £20 p.a. out of the profits after the death of Ann HOLLOWAY during the life of William; and if James survives William he shall enjoy all the profits, the lease to remain in the custody of my Exix

                                •       the rents of 4 closes of meadow and pasture with the houses thereon called WELLINGTONs in Rodden which I hold by lease for 99 years dated 15 Apr 1624 on the lives of my sons William and Robert A COURT to be enjoyed by my Exix for five years after my death for satisfying two debts, of £80 to my son in law Philip WHITCHURCH according to a bond made at the marriage of my daughter to him and of £60 more to be paid to my daughter Jane as the legacy I owe her from her grandfather OBORNE; and after the term is expired for the satisfaction of these debts, Robert A COURT to enjoy the whole profits of WELLINGTONs for life; and after his decease (if my son William survive him) to William for the remainder of the term, the lease to lie in the custody of my Exix or Overseers

                                •       to my daughter Susanna BLACKBOURNE a bond dated 29 Jun 1655 wherein Mr Valentine POWELL stand bound for payment of £35; also £10 more

                                •       to my daughter Jane A COURT £50

                                •       to my son James £10

                                •       to my daughter Anne WHITCHURCH £10

                                •       if any of my children molest or trouble my Exix by claiming any pretended debt as part of my son Thomas his goods decd, they shall have no benefit of this my will

                                •       residue to my loving wife Susanna A COURT

                                •       10s apiece to my Overseers

Executrix:             my loving wife Susanna A COURT

Overseers:           my loving friend Mr Edward HINLETT [?] and Mr Benjamin AVERY

Signed:                  26 Sep 1656

Witnesses:           John A COURT, Elizabeth LYE (X)

Proved:                  6 Feb 1656 at PCC London by Suzan A COURT, relict and Exix

 

Testator:               Elizabeth NORRIS, Widow of Feltham

PROB11 ref:         /262 q.91

Legacies:              •       my body to be buried in Frome churchyard

                                •       to the church of Frome 10s

                                •       to the church of Kingston Deveril 10s

                                •       to the church of Cucklington 10s

                                •       to the church of Buckhorn Weston [Dorset] 10s

                                •       to the poor of Frome 10s

                                •       to the poor of Kingston Deveril 10s

                                •       to the poor of Cucklington 10s

                                •       to the poor of Buckhorn Weston 10s

                                •       to the seven children of Stephen NORRIS my son £5 apiece to be paid to them or their father at the age of 21...

                                •       to Edith NORRISH [sic] my daughter in law £5

                                •       to the four children of John NORRIS my son £5 apiece to be paid to them by their father at 21...

                                •       to John NORRIS my son £60

                                •       to Margery NORRIS my daughter in law £5

                                •       to the three children of Robert CROSSE my son in law £5 apiece to be paid to them by their father at 21...

                                •       to Elizabeth CROSSE my daughter £40; also a featherbed and bedstead and all that belongs to them, two chests, all my apparel, both woollen and linen, and all my linen besides only two pairs of sheets excepted, my milk kettle, a barrel

                                •       residue to Stephen NORRIS my son

                                •       3s 4d apiece to my Overseers

Executor:              Stephen NORRIS my son

Overseers:           my well beloved friends George THOMAS of Marsh Court in the psh of Wincanton and Robert CROSSE of Cucklington

Signed:                  26 Feb 1650/1

Witnesses:           Stephen THOMAS, George THOMAS

Proved:                  21 Mar 1656/7 at PCC London by Stephen NORRIS, son and Exor

 

Testator:               Walter YERBERY, Innholder of Beckington

PROB11 ref:         /268

Legacies:              •       my body to be buried in the Church or Churchyard of Beckington

                                •       to my son Thomas £20 at 21 and all the goods now in the kitchinge [kitchen?] Chamber after his mothers decease she to use it in the mean time and not to remove or sell it

                                •       to Mary my daughter £20 to be paid unto her by my executrix at 21 and all the goods in the Chamber called the store [?] now at this present, her mother to enjoy it during her life and not to sell or diminish it

                                •       to my daughter Debora £20 to be paid unto her by my executrix at 21 and all the goods now in the sunn [?] Chamber after the decease of her mother who is to enjoy it during her life and not to sell or diminish it

                                •       to my son William £20 at 21 with all the furniture now in the new [?] Chamber his mother to enjoy it during her life and not to sell or diminish it

                                •       to my son John one bedstead and bed with all furniture thereunto belonging

                                •       to my daughter Anne WILLIAMS one bed and all that belongs unto him [?] after the decease of her mother if she so long lives

                                •       to my grandchildren 10s apiece

                                •       residue to my wife Jane YERBERY

Executrix:             my wife Jane YERBERY

Overseers:           Mr [?] John AFTER and Mr  [?] Christopher BREWER of Beckington

Signed:                  31 Jan 1656/7 (X)

Witnesses:           John SMITH, Richard SMITH

Proved:                  11 Nov 1657 at PCC London by Jane YERBERY, relict and sole executrix

 

Testator:               Thomas SMITH, Fuller of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /270 q.469 [?]

Legacies:              •       to my eldest son John SMITH, his heirs etc. for ever, the land specified in a deed dated 13 Dec XIII James 1 [1614] between Roger POWELL, gent of Berkley, and my father Christopher SMITH, yeoman of Frome Swd; also Bridge Meadow (abt 2 ac.) at Oldford, all in the psh of Berkley

                                •       to my son Christopher SMITH, his heirs etc. for ever, the land called COTTINGTONs specified in a deed dated 25 Sep XI Charles 1 [1636] between (1) Henry COTTINGTON, gent, (2) me, Thomas SMITH, and (3) Benjamin AVERY, gent of Frome

                                •       to my son Michael SMITH, his heirs etc., the Church land at Oldford in the psh of Berkley specified in a deed dated 10 Jun VIII Charles 1 [1633] between John SMITH, yeoman of Lullington, and me, Thomas SMITH

                                •       to my son Henry SMITH, his heirs etc. for ever, the Chantry Land in the psh of Frome Swd and Berkley, heretofore occupied by me

                                •       to my son James SMITH £10

                                •       to my daughter Mary SMITH £20

                                •       residue to my loving wife Dorothy SMITH

Executrix:             Dorothy SMITH

Overseers:           Richard CREY of Lullington and my brother Richard SMITH

Signed:                  7 Jun 1657

Witnesses:           Edwd HILL, William ROBBINS (X)

Proved:                  27 Nov 1657 at PCC London by Dorothy SMITH, Relict and Exix

 

Testator:               Walter SMITH als SINGER of Elm

PROB11 ref:         /272 q.24

Legacies:              •       my four daughters Grace, Joane, Elizabeth and Sarah shall have my tenement being a chattle at Ayford in the psh of Frome Swd for the full term of 16 years jointly after my decease if Walter SMITH als SINGER my son lives that long; and after the 16 years are expired to my said son Walter for the 99 years then to come

                                •       to my four daughters jointly the tenement with a grist mill and a fulling mill etc. in Elm which I am now possessed of immediately after my decease until my son Walter is 25; and then to him for the remainder of the term of 99 years if he and Grace lives that long

                                •       to my said four daughters all my house beasts, kine, young beasts, sheepe etc. which I likewise give to my son Walter

                                •       residue to my son Walter

Executor:              my son Walter

Signed:                  20 Jun 1657

Witnesses:           Sa. MORRCE [?], James SINGER

Proved:                  21 Jan 1657 at PCC London, Admon with will annexed to John COALES and Richard SMITH als SINGER, Trustees and Guardians of Walter SMITH als SINGER, a minor, the son and sole Exor

 

Testator:               Samuel WHITCHURCH, Mercer of Welsh Mill in the psh of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /284 q.648

Legacies:              •       my body to be buried as near my wife as wise conveniency may be in our psh church of Frome and for defraying the expenses I give £10

                                •       towards the reparations of our church in Frome 10s to be paid to the Churchwardens

                                •       to the almshouse people of Frome 6d apiece to be given to them at my funeral

                                •       10s to be bestowed on such poor people of Frome as my son Leonard and my overssers shall think fit at my funeral

                                •       to my son William WHITCHURCH 12d

                                •       to my son Anthony WHITCHURCH 12d

                                •       to my son Edward WHITCHURCH 12d

                                •       to my son Samuel WHITCHURCH 12d

                                •       to my son James WHITCHURCH 12d

                                •       to my son Joseph WHITCHURCH 12d

                                •       to my son Anthony WHITCHURCH my ground in Feltham Marsh which now Richard HIPSTON rents of me...

                                •       to my son Edward WHITCHURCH my ground called Chilmeade and my deeds of  2 ac. therein that I bought of Mrs [?] CHAMPNEYS

                                •       to my son Samuel WHITCHURCH my house that Anthony FRICKER rents of me in Cheap Street with the stable and backside thereunto belonging and 2 ac. of arable in the North field of Frome thereunto belonging; also my tenement in the East Woodlands which William BILLSTONE now rents of me

                                •       Samuel WHITCHURCH and Edward WHITCHURCH, my grandchildren and sons of  my son Leonard shall enjoy Welshmill during their lives immediately after their father’s decease

                                •       to Walter MARCHANT my grandchild £10 six months after he is 21

                                •       to Joane MARCHANT, Mary and Jane MARCHANT, my grandchildren £10 each, not to be paid unto them but by the consent of my overseers for their best advantage, provided that whereas I stand bound with Richard MARCHANT late deceased in the sum of £40 for the payment [of] £20 to the psh of Frome, which in case the £20 is not paid by sd Richard MARCHANT’s children, then this my gift to be void [?] to the balance [?] of £20

                                •       residue to my son Leonard WHITCHURCH

Executor:              my son Leonard WHITCHURCH

Overseers:           my sons William and Samuel WHITCHURCH

Signed:                  7 Sep 1658

Witnesses:           Robert LONGRIDGE, William SMITH, Robert PARSONS (X)

Proved:                  27 Nov 1658 at PCC London by Leonard WHITCHURCH, son and Exor

 

1660

 

Testator:               Thomas KING, Yeoman of Wanstrow

PROB11 ref:         /302 q.269

Legacies:              •       My house where I now live and the ground belonging to it, also one ground called West Marsh Close, to my dear wife Mary KING, for life

                                •       The six cows now in my home grounds to my wife Mary

                                •       The new bedstead and bed I now lie on and one bolster, one pair of sheets, one pair of blankets, one coverlet and also one cow called COOMBEs to my daughter Jane

                                •       All the best of the goods in the house to my wife Mary, except one other bedstead, one bolster, one featherbed, one pair of sheets, one pair of blankets and one coverlet that are in the chamber I now lie in, all which I give to my son Thomas KING

                                •       10 shillings each to my daughter Mary and her husband and 20 shillings each to their children now living

                                •       10 shillings each to my daughter Ann and her husband and 20 shillings each to their two children now living

                                •       3 shillings and fourpence to my servant Frances FOKES [?]

                                •       1 shilling to my Overseer

                                •       Residue to my son Thomas KING

Executor:              Thomas KING

Overseer:             My dear brother Richard KING

Signed:                  8 Mar 1659

Witness:               Will: KING

Proved:                  30 Dec 1660 at PCC London by Thomas KING, Son and Exor

 

Testator:               John OBURNE, Yeoman of Witham Friary

PROB11 ref:         /304 q.77

Legacies:              •       to my son John OBURNE my table board in the hall at my house in Kilmington and the joint stools and the bedsted that stands in the hall and the other bedsted that stands in the chamber over the hall, and one chest that my son Richard bought of Mr BENNETT and also the glass of the hall window and of the chamber window over the hall; also my ?? stable and all the loggs that are upon the ?? over the ??

                                •       to my fine grandchildren of my son John OBURNE 20s ?? of the money that is in his hands

                                •       to my son Thomas OBURNE £70 which is in his own hands already due from him for rent and stock upon bond; also £10 which is in the hands of Thomas BANISTER and £10 more which is in the hands of Nathaniel HARVEY; also my great burning kettle and the yoking ??; I also quit him of anything else that I have lent him; also all the residue that I have to come upon GERRAT’s grounds after my decease till Lady Day next come 12 month

                                •       all the residue that I have to come upon GERRAT’s grounds after Lady Day next come 12 months to all my grandchildren to be equally divided amongst them

                                •       to my daughter Elizabeth BLEARE [?] £5 which is in the hands of Thomas BANISTER

                                •       to my five grandchildren Cuthbert WILMOTT, William, John, Cuthbert and Nathaniel 40s apiece

                                •       to my grandchild Mary WILMOT [sic] £5 that is in the hands of Nathaniel LAWES [?]

                                •       to my grandchild Jane WILMOTT 40s that is also in the hands of Nathaniel LAWES [?]

                                •       to my son William OBURNE £30 which is in the hands of my son John OBURNE; also £39 more; also £18 more, £8 of it also in the hands of Nathaniel LAWES [?]; also my great brazen bell and my second biggest brazen kettle and my cubberd that stands in my hall at Kilmington

                                •       to my two grandchildren of Thomas DANIELL 40s apiece

                                •       to my daughter Jane DANIELL £5

                                •       to my son Thomas OBURNE £5 more

                                •       to my son William my coffer that was my son Richards and all that is in him [sic]; also all that I have heretofore lent him;

                                •       to my daughter Mary WILMOTT £20 which is in the hands of my son John OBURNE for her own proper use during her life; and after her decease to be equally divided between her children

                                •       to my brother Thomas OBURNE 20s if ever he  returns [?] to this country again

                                •       residue to my daughter Mary WILMOTT

Executrix:             my daughter Mary WILMOTT

Signed:                  13 Jul 1659 (X)

Witnesses:           Nath. LAWES [?]

Proved:                  25 May 1661 at PCC London by Mary WILLMOTT, daughter, sole beneficiary and Executrix

 

Testator:               Hopton WYNDHAM of the psh of Witham Friary

PROB11 ref:         /304 q.82

Legacies:              •       to all brothers and sisters of mine living at my decease £5

                                •       residue to my mother Mrs Katherine WYNDHAM

Executrix:             my mother Mrs Katherine WYNDHAM

Signed:                  6 Jul 1659

Witnesses:           Tho. HUTCHINGS, Henry DOWNES als STAVEN [?] (X)

Proved:                  28 May 1661 at PCC London by Katherine WYNDHAM, ?? and Exix

 

Testator:               Thomas ALLEN, Yeoman of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /305 q.104

Legacies:              •       to my natural son Philip ALLEN £5 and all my wearing apparel

                                •       to my natural son Walter ALLEN a chattel lease of the grant of Henry COTTINGTON with the house called EDGELLs with the outhouse and parlour and 2 ac. arable belonging to it during all the term yet to come

                                •       to my sd son Walter the bed which I lie on with a pair of blankets, a rug and coverlet, a pair of sheets and two bolsters

                                •       to my daughter Joane BARBER one pair of sheets and my best brass pan

                                •       to my sister Margery EDWARDS 30s

                                •       to John ALLEN my grandchild s/o my son Anthony ALLEN one house and garden in Shepton Mallet with the lease there of the grant of John PARKER [?] and Anne his wife during all the term unexpired

                                •       residue to my natural son Henry ALLEN

Executor:              my natural son Henry ALLEN

Signed:                  7 Jun 1660

Witnesses:           Thomas ALLEN, Thomas WAYLAND (X)

Proved:                  4 Jun [?] 1661 at PCC London by Henry ALLEN, son and Exor

 

Testator:               John BAMPFIELD of Hardington Esq.

PROB11 ref:         /305 q.104

Legacies:              •       my body to be buried in the psh church of Hardington on the right side of the Communion table

                                •       to my child George BAMPFIELD £10 yearly for life

                                •       to my Aunt Mary BAMPFIELD £24 yearly for life more than she hath already

                                •       to my Aunt Elizabeth BAMPFIELD £24 yearly for life more than she hath already

                                •       to my very loving brother Edward BAMPFIELD that messuage or tenement in Hornington, Somerset, known as Hornington Farm for life, except such grounds parcel of the sd farm now enclosed within my park

                                •       to my cousin James FOSTER £100 provided that if my heir at law shall not within one whole year next after the date hereof pay the afsd legacy or shall not suffer the sd Edward BAMPFIELD peaceably to enjoy the afsd farm, then I give my brother Edward BAMPFIELD £250 yearly for life

                                •       to Alexander POPHAM, Henry ROGERS, Edward PHILIPS and Robert PHILIPS Esq. my Manor of Hardington and I hereby declare that this demise is only in trust and for the seeing of my will performed

Executor:              [none specified]

Signed:                  15 May 1661

Witnesses:           Robert RUSSELL, Rich. TOMLINSON (X)

Proved:                  10 Jul 1661 at PCC London by Warwick BAMPFIELD… having good right…

 

Testator:               Anthony WEBB, Innholder of Beckington

PROB11 ref:         /305 q.119

Legacies:              •       to Anne my wife all my estate in the house in Beckington now called the old Jude [?] with the ground etc. belonging, and out of the house to pay £50, i.e. £25 to my daughter Anne WEBB and £25 to my daughter Mary WEBB when they are 18 and in the mean time the interest thereof to go towards their maintenance

                                •       to my son in law Edward COLES my shop of tools when he is 21

                                •       residue to Anne my wife

Executrix:             Anne my wife

Overseers:           my brother Thomas WEBB and my neighbour William BACONE [?]

Signed:                  3 Sep 1660

Witnesses:           John SMITH, Anthony SMITH, Thos CANINGE [CANNING], James ANKRAM

Proved:                  4 Jul 1661 at PCC London by Anne WEBB, relict and Exix

 

Testator:               Richard YERBURY, gent of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /305 q.119

Legacies:              •       to 100 poor people of the psh of Frome 25s to be distributed at the day of my funeral

                                •       whereas I am seized in fee to me and my heirs for ever of the capital messuage, farm, manor or lordship of St Katherine and of divers lands, cottages and tenements with the appurtenances to the same belonging in the pshes of Frome and Marston Bigwood and also of other lands in North Bradley and Southwick, Wilts, and being desirous of settling them upon my younger children for their future maintenance as I have already by deed settled upon my son Richard Snr living at Salisbury and his heirs for ever my sd capital messuage and farm of St Katherine afsd for a provision of maintenance for him, I therefore give to my son Richard YERBURY Jnr and his heirs for ever all those dwellings, houses, cottages or tenements parcel of my sd manor of St Katherine hereafter mentioned which now are in the several possession of Mr [?] William [?] BLAKE, Edward FRY, heretofore called BOFFIN’s Tenement, Henry SMITH, William POORs [?], Katherine YOUNGs, Anthony JOANES [JONES], John RICHs [?] John THINNE [THYNNE] and William HMOAND [?], with all the land etc. thereto belonging

                                •       to my son John YERBURY and his heirs for ever those dwellings, houses, cottages or tenements hereafter mentioned being likewise parcel of my sd Manor of St Katherine which now are in the several possessions of John LACY, William WHITTOCKS, Stephen COMBES, John BARBER, Richard GIBBENS [GIBBONS], George HOOPER, Late Richard GRIFFINE and the tenement wherein the sd George HOOPER liveth; and the houses, cottages or tenements in the tenure or occupation of Alice IVELEAFE w/o William IVELEAFE, Thomas WAYLAND Snr, William CRADDOCKS, Mary KINGSTON, Widow, Robert ROGERS, John WAYLAND, John FOUNE [?] William LAMBE and Alice KAWS [?] together with all the lands etc. thereunto belonging

                                •       to my son Daniel YERBURY and his heirs for ever that tenement now in the possession of Richard SMYTH [SMITH] and also that roofless tenement called GASTOLOEs [?] and the grounds thereunto belonging late in the possession of Thomas WANILO [?] deceased and that roofless tenement etc. now in the possession of the Widow HASKETT and that roofless tenement etc. now in the possession of Joane MOXHAM and that 6 ac. meadow and pasture  etc. in Marston Bigwood whereof 2 ac. lie in Marston Moor, 2 ac. in Bonnell [?] and 2 ac. in Marston Field next to Nunney and that roofless tenement and grounds called Little[?]coombe in the possession of John PEARCE being likewise parcel of the Manor of St Katherine

                                •       to my daughter Elizabeth YERBURY and her heirs for ever all my lands etc. in North Bradley and Southwick, Wilts, now in the several possessions of Thomas NORRIS and Mary GREENHILL and also the halfendeale [?] of my tenement etc. in Southwick now in the possession of Edward PAVY [?]; and my will is that Joane my wife shall enjoy all the tenements etc. devised to my sd younger sons and receive the rents until my sons are 21 towards their education and maintenance, and also to enjoy the tenements etc. devised to my daughter Elizabeth until she is 25 or marries

                                •       to Joane my sd wife the use and occupation of the ground at the Town Mill of Frome now in the tenure of Robert SMITH Snr and the use and occupation of the acre of meadow ground now in the possession of the sd Thomas WAYLAND Snr with the rents etc. for life; and after her death to my sd son John and his heirs for ever

                                •       to my sd son Richard YERBURY Snr in regard he is to enjoy the house after me all the wainscot and wainscot benches in my hall and the wainscot bench in the Hall Chamber and a jointed bedstead in the Parlour Chamber with the brass furnace in the Water house, which shall all be engaged and continued unto the freehold of the sd capital house of St Katherine for ever

                                •       4 ac. pasture at Vallis Way on the south side of a ground called New Close which I am possessed of for the remaining term of one thousand years with the houses thereon erected to sd Richard YERBURY my eldest son, his heirs etc. for the rest of the term on condition that he permits my younger children to enjoy the lands devised to them without interruption; but in case he shall sue and implead any of my sd younger children or molest or trouble them in the quiet enjoying of the sd several lands etc. then the sd 4 ac. to my Exix

                                •       residue to Joane my loving wife

                                •       to my Overseers 10s a piece

Executrix:             Joane my loving wife

Overseers:           my loving friends Robert SMITH Snr and Anthony GIBBS Snr

Signed:                  28 Feb 1660

Witnesses:           William FISHER, William SMITH, Philip WHITCHURCH, Isaac HEYIS [HAYES?]

Proved:                  4 Jul 1661 at PCC London by Joan YERBURY, relict and Exix

 

Testator:               Alice HOOPER, Widow of Witham Friary

PROB11 ref:         /312 q.131

Legacies:              •       my body to be buried as near to my husband as may be

                                •       to the poor of the psh of Witham Friary 10s

                                •       to my son Hugh HOOPER 12 pence

                                •       to my son George HOOPER three brass pans which lie under the cupboard in the kitchen and one pair of canvas sheets and half a dozen napkins marked I H and 12 pence

                                •       to all my grandchildren 12 pence

                                •       to my executrix all rents and debts due to me and all my goods within doors and without

Overseers:           Philip HEMMING and Samuel WHITCHURCH

Executrix:             my daughter Mary HOOPER

Signed:                  26 Aug 1660 (X)

Witnesses:           William WHITCHURCH Senr, Edw. WHITCHURCH

Proved:                  16 Nov 1663 at PCC London by Mary HOOPER, daughter and Exix

 

Testator:               William OBORNE, Husbandman of Yearnfield, part of the psh of Maiden Bradley

PROB11 ref:         /313 q.19

Legacies:              •       £100 to the child that my wife Mary ?? now [bears] withall it being a man child or a woman child, to be paid when he or she is 21, £60 to be raised out of my goods immediately after my decease and to be deposited in safe hands by the advice of my overseers, and my Exix to have the interest towards the education of my child, and £40 which is in the hands of Nathaniell LEWIS which I have bond for, and my Exix to have the interest towards the education of my child

                                •       Residue to my loving wife Mary OBORNE

Executrix:             Mary OBORNE

Overseers:           My welbeloved friends Philip TOWGOOD and Jo: MOULTON

Signed:                  11 Jul 1663                          

Witnesses:           Jo: MOULTON, Philipp TOWGOOD, Martin CARD, Nath: LOWE, Samuell LONGMAN (X)

Proved:                  4 Feb 1663/4 at PCC London by Mary OBORNE, Relict and Exix

 

Testator:               John PAINE, Yeoman of Holt in the psh of Witham Friary

PROB11 ref:         /316

Legacies:              •       to my son Robert PAYNE [sic] for life and to his children after him if he has any my tenement at Holt, to wit the dwelling house etc with the three closes of meadow and pasture belonging to it (abt 12 ac.) and the other paddock between Merrick’s [?] Lane and the three closes afsd and also the other ground called Merricke Lane (abt 8 ac.), also the meadow and pasture grounds called Balls Roses [?] in the psh of Witham Friary (abt 10 ac.) now on lease and in the tenure of Henry MORGAN of the psh afsd; but if he dies without issue to the lives mentioned in the respective leases; also if my son Robert dies without issue the two lives mentioned in the lease for the house at Witham Friary with the closes, i.e. Rowstubb (abt  8 ac.), Hollowed [?] Mead (abt 8 ac.) to go to them or the survivor ?? Andrew MAUSY [?] s/o Andrew MAUSY [?] of Bradley, Wilts, and to my grandchild John BROOKES als THOMAS s/o Jonn BROOKS als THOMAS, Yeoman of Barrow, Soms

                                •       to my son Robert PAYNE my silver tankard

                                •       to my son Roger PAYNE £5 and my gray mare

                                •       to my son Edward PAYNE £5

                                •       to my daughter Margaret MAUSEY and her children £10 owing me upon bond from Andrew MAUSEY, her husband; likewise to her the ?? which her husband borrowed of me

                                •       to my daughter Susanna BROOKS my silver bowl

                                •       to my daughter Susanna’s children 10s a piece and to my son Roger PAYNE’s children 20s a piece

                                •       to my dearly beloved wife Mary PAYNE my wife all my goods in Holt house both without doors and within of cattle and horses and to her assigns

Executrix:             my wife Mary PAYNE

Overseers:           my beloved friends John SMITHOCKE of Friary Senr [?] and Richard CLARKE [?] of Barrow in the psh of Friary s/o William CLARKE

Signed:                  19 Aug 1664

Witnesses:           Christopher STEVENS, Walter STONE, Thomas MORRATE [?]

Proved:                  23 Feb 1664 at PCC London by Mary PAYNE, Widow, relict and Exix

 

Testator:               William YERBURY, Citizen and Dyer of London

PROB11 ref:         /318 q.108-162

Legacies:              •       my body to be interred within the Parish Church of St Antholin’s London

                                •       to Mris Margaret MAYO d/o Mr George MAYO Citizen and Dyer my picture which is in a golden case

                                •       to my brother JOHNSON one hundred pounds

                                •       to my cousin Lydia SEAMAN £50

                                •       to her sister Mris Anne £50

                                •       to my loving friend Mr William ANYON Wax Chandler London £50

                                •       to Mr George WIDDOWES that now lyeth sick in my house £10

                                •       to my apprentice Joseph BAGGE as much money as shall by God’s assistance place him with another master moreover I give him £10 more

                                •       to Doctor SEAMAN late minister in Broad Street London £10

                                •       to Mr Richard BAXTER late minister of Kidderminster £10

                                •       my loving brother to pay £150 to the late outed ministers: the afsd Doctor SEAMAN and Mr Richard BAXTER to distribute £3 apiece to 50 of them

                                •       to Mr PLEDGER late minister of St Antholin’s London £10

                                •       to the poor of the afsd parish of St Antholin’s £5

                                •       to the poor of the afsd parish of Bradford Wilts £5

                                •       to the following mourning rings ‘Prepare for Death’: my uncle Robert SMYTH, my aunt SMITH, my aunt COURTE, my cousin Gifford YERBURY, to cousin Thomas SMITH, cousin Abigail SMITH do., cousin Edw. MADDOX Snr, to his wife and to his son, Mr ALLIN and Mris ALLIN, to Mr John MAYO Snr, to Mr George MAYO and to his son … do Mris Mary MAYO and Mr William ANYON do., Mr John ROBINSON Ironmonger do., Mr Richard BURROW do., Mr Natha HOULTON and to his wife do., Mris Elizabeth BUGGE do., Mr Geo […] to my Apprentice Joseph BUGGS do., Mr Richard WEBB do., Mr RICHARDSON do., Mris Mary NORTON do., Mr Robert HINTHE wax chandler and to his wife do., Mr SHEERMAN minister of Saint Antholin’s do., Mr Edward BEND...

Executor:              Thomas YERBURY

Signed:                  29 Aug 1665

Witnesses:           N. GIPTON, Sarah OONYE

Proved:                  10 Oct 1665 at PCC London by Thomas YERBURY, brother

 

Testator:               Thomas PAYNE, Blacksmith of Nunney

PROB11 ref:         /319

Legacies:              •       to my wife Edith PAYNE all the estate that I have in land and leasehold in Nunney for life; and after her decease to my grandchild Thomas PICKFATT and his heirs for ever the parcel of land in Nunney at Rack Field

                                •       to my grandchildren John PICKFATT and Rachel PICKFATT and their heirs for ever in equal shares the land I have in the East Field of Nunney called New Tynings; but if Thomas, John or Rachel PICKFATT dies without issue the land shall go to the longest survivor of them and to his or her heirs for ever

                                •       to Thomas, John and Rachel PICKFATT £5 a piece when they are 21 or marry; likewise all my working tools

                                •       to my brother Sampson PAYNE all my wearing apparel; also to his six children 40s a piece to be paid by my Exix when they are 21 or marry

                                •       to the poor of the psh of Nunney 20s to be bestowed in bread on the day of my funeral

                                •       residue to my wife Edith PAYNE

                                •       5s to each of my Overseers

Executrix:             my wife Edith PAYNE

Overseers:           Robert BISSE, Gent of Tytherington in the psh of Frome, and my brother in law Roger STARRE, Plumber of Trudoxhill in the psh of Nunney

Signed:                  21 Oct 1665 (17 Chas II)

Witnesses:           Thos. WOODYATE, Nath. POTTICARY

Proved:                  13 Jan 1665 at PCC London by Edith PAYNE, relict and Exix

 

Testator:               Robert RUNDELL Snr of Southwick in the psh of North Bradley, Wilts

PROB11 ref:         /336 q.57

Legacies:              •       to my kinsman William RUNDELL my brother William RUNDELL son deceased [sic] £10

                                •       to his sister Margarett RUNDELL £15

                                •       to his sister Marian RUNDELL £10

                                •       to my cousin Margarett ELAT [ELLOT?] £5

                                •       to my cousin Margarett PARSONS £40

                                •       to my cousin William JONES £10

                                •       to my cousin Robert JONES £10

                                •       to my cousin Richard JONES £10

                                •       to my cousin Thomas RUNDELL my brother Will son 10s

                                •       to my cousin Elsbell [?] CRABB 10s

                                •       to my cousin Elizabeth WEDDON that liveth with me £10

                                •       to my cousin Robert RUNDELL £1

                                •       to my cousin John RUNDELL £1

                                •       to my cousin William RUNDELL £1

                                •       to the poor of the psh of North Bradley £2

                                •       residue to my loving wife Elizabeth RUNDELL

                                •       2s 6d a piece to my Overseers to buy gloves

Overseers:           my three kinsmen William RUNDELL of Vobster, William RUNDELL Snr of Southwick and Edward PAPES of Southwick

Executrix:             my wife Elizabeth RUNDELL

Signed:                  12 Apr 1670

Witnesses:           [None given]

Proved:                  30 May 1671 at PCC London by Elizabeth RUNDELL, Relict and Exix

 

Testator:               Deborah HUISH, Widow of Beckington

PROB11 ref:         /336 q.77

Legacies:              •       to my son Thomas BRYANT £5

                                •       to my son Thomas BRYANT’s children Mary, Anne and John 20s apiece

                                •       to my husband’s son Alexander HUISH 30s and 10s to Sarah his daughter

                                •       to James HUISH my husband’s son £5

                                •       to my daughter in law Margaret w/o Thomas MILBOURNE 30s and to her children Edward, Thomas, Alexander, James and Charles 10s apiece

                                •       to my sister’s son George MARKES 10s to buy him a ring and to his sister Anne MARKES 10s and to his brother Robert 10s

                                •       residue to my two daughters Anne HUISH and Deborah HUISH

Executrices:        Anne HUISH and Deborah HUISH

Signed:                  26 Oct 16_7

Witnesses:           Deborah HUISH, May [sic] HILL Jnr, John SPENCER Jnr (X)

Proved:                  3 Jun 1671 at PCC London by Anne HUISH and Deborah HUISH, daughters and Exices

 

Testator:               John MEARE of Corsley, Wilts

PROB11 ref:         /336 q.114

Legacies:              •      

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Executor:              

Overseers:           

Signed:                 

Witnesses:          

Proved:                  at PCC London by

 

Testator:               Christopher SMITH, Clothier of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /337 q.137

Legacies:              •       to my loving wife all my household stuff for life if she remains unmarried; and after her decease or marriage to my eldest son Thomas SMITH

                                •       to my second son Christopher SMITH £300 when he is 21; in the mean time my Exor to pay him £16 p.a. towards his education and maintenance

                                •       to my third son William SMITH £250 when he is 21; in the mean time my Exor to pay him £14 p.a. towards his education and maintenance

                                •       to my eldest daughter Elizabeth SMITH £150 when she is 21 or marries and in the mean time my Exor to pay her £9 p.a. towards her education and maintenance

                                •       to my youngest daughter and child Mary SMITH £100 when she is 21 or marries; in the mean time my Exor to pay her £6 p.a. towards her education and maintenance

                                •       if any of my four younger children die before their portion is due, it shall be divided equally between the survivor(s)

                                        residue to my eldest son Thomas SMITH

Overseers:           my brother John SMITH, my brother Michael SMITH and my brother Henry SMITH

Executor:              my eldest son Thomas SMITH

Signed:                  10 Oct 1670

Witnesses:           John SMITH, Dorothy SMITH (X)

Proved:                  23 Nov 1671 at PCC London Michael SMITH, Overseer named in the will, commissioned to administer according to the tenour of the will during the minority of Thomas SMITH, son and Exor. See also marginal notes.

 

Testator:               Mary RONDOLE als RUNDELL, Widow of Berkley

PROB11 ref:         /338 q.33

Legacies:              •       a debt of £50 due from me to [sic] William WHITHART by bond to my loving cousins Edward ADDAMS, John DURY and Thomas AVON to be equally divided amongst them

                                •       to sd Edward ADDAMS one pair of sheets, one coffer and one pair of andirons

                                •       to my kinswoman Mary AVON one brass pan, one chest, one box

                                •       to Thomas AVON Jnr one bed and bedstead

Signed:                  20 May 1668

Witnesses:           John ADDAMS (X), Elizabeth ADDAMS (X)

Admon granted:  9 Mar 1661 at PCC London to Edward ADDAMS, John DURY and Thomas AVON, the principal legatees in the nuncupative will of Mary RONDOLE als RUNDELL…

 

Testator:               Richard Yerbury Snr, Gent of Fisherton Anger, Wilts

PROB11 ref:         /340

Legacies:              •       to my dear and loving wife all my household goods and implements to her sole use

                                •       to my eldest son 5s and no more for that he and the heirs of his body are to have after my death a good estate in lands tenements and hereditaments in Frome Swd which is to descend to him as my first son which estate was entailed by my father; and I desire my said son Richard to permit my said dear wife and his loving mother to hold the same Estate and to receive the rents to her own use until he is 21 so as she shall out of the rents maintain, educate and breed up my said son Richard in a good and sufficient manner

                                •       to my son John Yerbury and his heirs for ever those ten tenements with the appurtenances in Frome Swd that I purchased of my brother Richard Yerbury Jnr with this Proviso that if my said son Richard Yerbury shall die before he is 21 or marries my said son John Yerbury shall pay to the rest of my children then living £50 apiece

                                •       to my sons Daniel Yerbury Samuel Yerbury and my daughter Jane Yerbury £100 apiece to be paid unto them when they are 21 or marry with the consent of their mother and my overseers and my will is that my said son(s) John, Daniel and Samuel’s legacies herein before given shall be put forth by my Executrix and my overseers; and my will is that my said wife shall have the education and breeding up of all my said children out of the legacies herein before given; also my will is that if any of my said children die before the times herein before limited for payment of their legacies his or her legacy shall be equally divided amongst the survivors

                                •       residue to my said wife Mary Yerbury

Executrix:             Mary YERBURY

Overseers:           my loving friends Mr Richard Kent and James Hely gent

Signed:                  26 Feb 1671/2 (X)

Witnesses:           Rich. Kent, John Bampton, Joane Winsor (X)

Proved:                  26 Sep 1672 at PCC London by Mary YERBURY, Relict

 

Testator:               Francis ARNAM Snr, Clothier of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /342 q.118

Legacies:              •       my body to be buried by my well beloved wife Jane

                                •       to my beloved wife four of my best kine and all the bed, bedstead and furniture in my parlour where I live and all other goods there and one truckle bed and bedstead elsewhere and half of the wood in my backside so long as she continue in the name of Jane ARNAM Widow

                                •       the rest of my goods in my dwelling house, outhouse and backside to my children John ARNAM, Robert ARNAM, Henry ARNAM and Anne ARNAM to be equally divided amongst them, but Jane my now wife shall have the use thereof for so long as she continueth in the name of Jane ARNAM Widow

                                •       to Daniel HEATHER, Jane HEATHER and Anne HEATHER, Rebecca ARNAM, Mary ARNAM, Richard BURLETON and Jane BURLETON my grandchildren 40s a piece when they are 21

                                •       to my sons and daughters John ARNAM, Robert ARNAM, Henry ARNAM and Anne ARNAM four kine

                                •       whereas I have assigned over my furnace and cistern with my twisting mill to Robert ARNAM my son in consideration he standeth obliged with me to Edward HOLLIDAY as surety for the debt of Richard MASON, if Richard MASON shall discharge my son from the sd debt the furnace, cistern and twisting mill to my sons Robert ARNAM and Henry ARNAM

                                •       to the poor of the psh of Frome £5 to be delivered them in bread upon the Good Friday next ensuing my decease

                                •       to Francis ARNAM my son 5s

                                •       the beds and bedstead in the chamber where I lie and in the chamber adjoining to my sons John and Robert ARNAM and the other two beds and bedsteads which are in the chamber over the millhouse to my son and daughter Henry ARNAM and Anne ARNAM

                                •       residue to Robert ARNAM my son and Anne ARNAM my daughter

                                •       10s a piece to my Overseers

                                •       the two table boards with the cupboard in the hall and all the wainscot in my dwelling house to remain there to the last life that shall enjoy the same

                                •       to John ARNAM my son the two table boards in my tenement called HALLs

                                •       to my servants John SKILLER and Richard POPE a coat and breeches a piece

Executors:            Robert ARNAM my son and Anne ARNAM my daughter

Overseers:           John A COURT, gent, and Richard COMBES, gent

Signed:                  24 Jun 1672

Witnesses:           Rich. CARPENTER, John SKILLER, Richard POPE (X)

Proved:                  24 Oct 1673 at PCC London by Robert and Anne ARNAM, Exors

 

Testator:               Thomas SMITH, Clothier of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /346 q.135

Legacies:              •       my parsonage of Kinerley, Salop, and the lands etc. belonging to  it, in the occupation of Edward PAYNE to my son Thomas and the heirs of his body lawfully to be begotten, for default of which to my kinsman Francis MERCER s/o my sister Abigail MERCER and his heirs forever

                                •       my Manor, Lordship of Tollermilne and Catscliffe in Dorset and all the lands, rights etc. to my son Thomas SMITH and his heirs; and for default of such to my kinsman Edward MADOX s/o my brother-in-law Edward MADOX by Roberta his late wife and my late sister and the heirs of the sd Edward MADOX forever

                                •       my lands etc. called Norwood near Glastonbury in the tenure of William FRY which I purchased of my late father deceased to my dear and loveing mother Ann SMITH for life; and after her decease to my son Thomas SMITH and his heirs; and in default of such to my kinsman Thomas FROWD s/o Edward FROWD my brother-in-law and to his heirs and assigns for ever

                                •       my acre of ground in Frome Swd in the occupation of Robert DEDMAN to my son Thomas and his heirs; for default of such to my kinsman Robert SMITH s/o my brother Robert SMITH deceased and his heirs for ever

                                •       my lands which I hold by lease from the Earl of ORRERY at Marston Bigwood in the occupation of John WIMPEW and others and all my term therein to my kinsman Richard SMITH s/o my brother Robert SMITH, his Exors etc.

                                •       my lease in a messuage etc. in Frome Swd in the occupation of Richard ALLEN to my aforenamed kinsman Robert SMITH s/o my late brother Robert SMITH deceased, his Exors etc.

                                •       that wood known as Buckholt Wood als the East Walke of Buckholt and all other lands which I lately bought of my father-in-law Robert CHALLONER Esq. and which are held by letters patent from our Lord the King that now is to my son Thomas SMITH, his Exors etc.

                                •       all other my messuages etc. to my son Thomas SMITH his heirs, Exors etc.

                                •       to the Minister and Churchwardens of the psh of Frome Swd £100 to be laid out in the purchase of lands, the rent thereof to be distributed amongst the poor people of the psh by the Churchwardens; and I request that such poor persons who have wrought to me or my relations may partake thereof

                                •       £5 towards the repair of the psh church

                                •       to my dear and loving wife Elizabeth £500

                                •       in case my son Thomas SMITH lives to 21 £2000 to be paid to him then and in the mean time so much of the interest as my good friend John LANGWORTH shall judge convenient be paid towards his maintenance and education

                                •       in case my daughter Ann SMITH lives to 21 £2000 to be paid to her then or on the day of her marriage...

                                •       in case my wife be now with child £2000 to be paid as directed for my other children

                                •       to my aforenamed kinsman Edward MADOX s/o my brother-in-law Edward MADOX by my sister Roberta deceased £500

                                •       to my kinswoman Mary SMITH d/o my brother Robert SMITH deceased £200

                                •       to my kinswoman Ann FROWD d/o my brother-in-law Edward FROWD and to each other child he has by Anne his wife, my sister, £200

                                •       to Francis MERCER and Katherine MERCER ch/o my sister Abigail MERCER £500 apiece

                                •       to my mother £500

                                •       to Mary MADOX d/o my brother-in-law Edward MADOX £100 and to my cousin Anne LUFF £5

                                •       to my cousin Robert SMITH Cardmaker £5 and to his brother John SMITH £5

                                •       my Exors to bestow on such of my good friends and acquaintances as they shall think convenient gold rings to wear in remembrance of me

                                •       all my household rings and jewels to my wife Elizabeth

                                •       £10 to be distributed by my mother amongst my poor work people

                                •       I release to my servant Theophilus COOKE all debts which he owes me

Executors:            my brothers in law Mr Edward MADOX, Mr Edward FROWD, Mr Francis MERCER and my mother Mrs Anne SMITH

Signed:                  17 Nov 1674

Witnesses:           Gabriel WOTTENHALL, William WELD, J. LANGWORTH, Bartho. HUNT Snr on Snow Hill

Proved:                  21 Nov 1674 at PCC London by Edward MADOX, one of the Exors; power reserved to grant to the others

 

Testator:               Richard HARBATTELL , Hosier of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /347 q.5

Legacies:              •       to be buried in the psh church of Frome

                                •       to my loving wife Shusan £5 p.a. for life and one part in three of my household goods

                                •       to my son William £20 to be paid on 26 Jul 1676

                                •       to my daughters Susan and Alice £30 a piece

                                •       to my daughter Jane £30 within 6 months of her 21st birthday

                                •       to my son John 1s

                                •       to my daughter [name in margin] WILSHIRE 1s

                                •       residue to my son Richard HARBOTTELL [sic]

Executor:              my son Richard HARBOTTELL

Signed:                  5 Dec 1674 (26 Charles II)

Witnesses:           William WHITCHURCH Snr, John BULL

Proved:                  19 Jan 1674/5 at PCC London by Richard HAREBATTELL [sic], son and Exor

 

Testator:               Richard COOKE, Cardmaker of Buckland Denham

PROB11 ref:         /347 q.12

Legacies:              •       whereas I have made other provision for my daughters Elisabeth and Thomasin, two messuages or tenements in Vicarage Street in Frome in the several occupations of Samuel ALDER and Gregory WEBB whereof I am now seised, which I lately built and hold by copy of court roll from the Vicar of Frome for the lives of my daughters Mary, Thomasin and Elizabeth to Mary from my death and the death of Mary my now wife to whom I give it for life after my death

                                •       to my daughter Mary after the decease of Mary my wife one standing bedstead and one trundle bedstead and the beds and all other furniture belonging to them now in the hall chamber of the house wherein I now dwell and also one table board called the new chamber table and a form now in the stable loft of my house at Frome wherein Theophilus COOKE now dwells

                                •       for the payment of my just debts I give to Mary my wife and Elizabeth my daughter the Parsonage House of Buckland afsd wherein I now dwell and all the glebe lands, tithes etc which I hold by virtue of a decree made in the High Court of Chancery and also of a lease from the Prebendary of Buckland for the lives of John COOKE my son and Mary and Thomasin my daughters to hold jointly during the life of Mary my wife; and after her death my right and title to Elizabeth my daughter, her Exors and assigns for the remainder of the term

                                •       after the death of my wife to my daughter Mary £6 p.a. payable out of the sd Parsonage to her and her assigns for life

                                •       to my daughter Jane, now wife of John WILTON £10 p.a. to be paid into her own hands and her husband not to intermeddle therewith for life out of the Parsonage after the death of my wife

                                •       to my daughter Elizabeth after the decease of my wife my standing bedstead and trundle bedstead and all the furniture belonging in the parlour of my now dwelling house and also the large table board and form in the hall

                                •       to my son John and daughter Thomasin, now wife of Jeremiah EMBLEN (for whom I have formerly made provision) 5s a piece in lieu of their portions

                                •       residue to Mary my wife

Executors:            Mary my wife and Elizabeth my daughter

Signed:                  25 Jul 1674

Witnesses:           James [?] THATCHER, Richard SALCOCK

Proved:                  19 Feb 1674/5 at PCC London by Mary, relict, and Elizabeth, daughter, Exors

 

Testator:               Thomas WOODYATES Snr of Nunney

PROB11 ref:         /347 q.21

Legacies:              •       to the poor of the psh of Nunney 20s

                                •       to my daughter Elizabeth WELSTEED £50 in satisfaction of a marriage portion to be paid when my son in law Henry WELSTEED settles on Elizabeth £15 p.a. as a jointure for life; my Exor to pay the interest yearly for six years or until the £15 is settled

                                •       to my daughter Elizabeth WELSTEED all her mother’s wearing clothes, both woollen and linen

                                •       to my daughter Elizabeth WELSTEED three pair of Dowland sheets, one pair of Holland sheets, six Holland pillow tyes [cases?], one dozen of diaper napkins, one diaper table cloth and one Holland cupboard cloth and the two largest pewter dishes

                                •       to my son in law Henry WELSTEED and to Elizabeth his wife 20s a piece to buy mourning rings

                                •       residue to my son Thomas WOODYATES

                                •       10s each to my overseers to buy mourning rings

Executor:              my son Thomas WOODYATES

Overseers:           my two brothers in law Mr James BISSE of Shepton and Mr Robert BISSE of Titherington

Signed:                  24 Nov 1674

Witnesses:           Thomas MILES, Thomas SWEET (X), William SWEET (X)

Proved:                  11 Feb 1674/5 at PCC London by Thomas WOODYATES, son and Exor

 

Testator:               Thomas GANE, Cardmaker of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /347 q.25; Sentence q.134

Legacies:              •       to Jane my wife my right in the house which I now live in and the lease belonging to it

                                •       to Robert MOXON [MOXHAM] my son in law and Elizabeth his wife 1s

                                •       to Robert MOXON my grandchild 20s when he is 21

                                •       to my two daughters Jane and Hester one chattel granted to my my [sic] lease from Mr Richard COMBES for the term I have on it and to the longest liver of them

                                •       residue to Jane my wife

Executrix:             Jane my wife

Overseers:           William WILTSHEARE [WILTSHIRE], Tobias BARNES and Abraham SELFE

Signed:                  31 Mar 1674 (X)

Witnesses:           Ar. RELFE [sic: SELFE], Henry SOMERS (X), Christopher FORWARD

Proved:                  4 Mar 1674/5 at PCC London by Jane GANE, Relict and Exix

Sentence:             16 Feb 1674/5

                                •       between Jane GANE, relict, and Elizabeth MOXHAM, daughter

                                               

Testator:               Gilbert [Robert in Act] BISSE, Yeoman of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /349 q.121

Legacies:              •       to Gilbert BISSE, my eldest son, four oxen and one mare and all my waynes and other plow horses and other implements for plowing

                                •       to my son Nicholas all the goods and household stuff that he now has in the house he now lives [in] and 1s

                                •       to my son Samuel £10 and all other debts due to me at Southampton or in Hampshire

                                •       to my son John £20 when he is 21 and the interest in the meantime for his education

                                •       to my son James £20 when he is 21 and the interest in the meantime for his education

                                •       to my daughter Mary and her three children 5s a piece

                                •       residue to Mary BISSE my wife

                                •       to each of my overseers a pair of gloves

Executrix:             Mary BISSE my wife

Overseers:           my well beloved friend John WEST of Stratton and Samuel BISSE of Frome

Signed:                  8 Feb 1672/3

Witnesses:           Ar. SELFE, Richard BUTT (X)

Proved:                  2 Sep 1675 at PCC London by Mary BISSE, Relict

 

Testator:               Nicholas KEATE Snr, Yeoman of Witham Friary

PROB11 ref:         /351 q.67

Legacies:              •       to my son Nicholas 1s

                                •       to my son John 1s

                                •       to my daughter Annie 1s

                                •       to my loving wife my leasehold in Swallowcliffe in Wick for life; after that my whole estate in that leasehold to my son Richard, provided that she shall settle the whole leasehold that I have bought at Holt after her decease upon my son Richard, then she shall have power to sell the whole term in Swallowcliffe

                                •       to my son Richard £50 when he is 21

                                •       to my daughter Mary and my daughter Martha £50 apiece at their marriage or age of 21...

                                •       to all my grandchildren 1s apiece

                                •       to my wife Anne KEATE during her widowhood the lease in which she now lives taken of Thomas WINDOM [WYNDHAM] Esq.; and after her decease or change of her condition by marriage it is to be equally divided between my three youngest children... and in case they all fail to return to my son Nicholas or his heirs

                                •       residue to my wife during her widowhood, but in case marries after my decease to my three youngest children

Executrix:             my loving wife

Overseers:           my loving friends Richard CLARKE of Berkley and Nicholas KEATE my son in the sd psh of Witham Friary

Signed:                  7 Jan 1673/4 (X)

Witnesses:           Henry BUTLER, Rob. BARTLETT

Proved:                  3 Jun 1676 at PCC London by Anne KEATE, Relict and Exix

 

Testator:               Richard VIGOR, Yeoman of Lullington

PROB11 ref:         /351 q.73                        

Legacies:              •       being aged and weak in body...

                                •       to John VIGOR Jnr s/o John VIGOR Snr my nephew immediately from the decease of Anne VIGOR my niece, and in case he shall be then departed this life, to his second brother... the remainder of my estate in my dwelling house and backside garden in Lullington together with one table board and frame, one cupboard and one bedstead now in my house and also in one enclosed ground of meadow or pasture known as SANDs, abt 3 ac., which I have now, lying in the psh of Tellisford

                                •       a lease on three lives which I late purchased for a messuage, backside and garden in the Rave [?] in the psh of Hemington and also several grounds or closes in the psh of Laverton to sd John VIGOR Snr my nephew

                                •       to my cousins Edward VIGOR and Nathaniell VIGOR  £5 owing to me upon bond from Thomas HORLER late deceased

                                •       to my loving friends Walter STURGES, Yeoman of Lullington, and Robert WADHAM, Victualler of Rode, 5s apiece

                                •       residue to sd Anne VIGOR my niece                      

Executrix:             Anne VIGOR my niece

Overseers:           Walter STURGES and Robert WADHAM

Signed:                  16 Jan 1672/3 (24 Charles II)

Witnesses:           Abel PIERS [?], William JAMES

Proved:                  23 Jun 1676 at PCC London by Anne VIGOR, Exix

 

Testator:               Benjamin AVERY, Gent of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /351 q.99

Legacies:              •       to my son Benjamin AVERY all money owing to me from him

                                •       to my four grandchildren John FISHER, Samuel NAPPER, Hannah FISHER and William FRAMPTON £50 a piece when they are 21 or marry

                                •       a tenement or farm and lands in Frome which I purchased of William and Anthony GIBBS and a tenement and lands in Mells which I purchased of Robert PERRY to my son Benjamin and to the heirs male of his body lawfully begotten or to be begotten, he paying my Exors £10 p.a. until they have raised for each of my grandchildren the money to make up their share of my personal estate

                                •       whereas my wife is estated for her life in a tenement at Mells and a tenement at Kilmersdon which will hardly yield £80 p.a. which [?] I promised her father, I hereby give her a tenement at Little Elm and certain closes at Frome called PUTLEYes Closes and STILLs Closes for life; and after her decease to my Exors

                                •       to my sd wife the use of all my plate excepting one silver bowl and the use of all my household stuff in my house at Frome and elsewhere; and whereas I have made an augmentation to my wife in this will, if she do not relinquish upon one month’s demand to my heirs her right of Thirds or Dower in my sd lands she shall take no benefit in the legacy given her nor intermeddle with the Executorship

                                •       residue of my lands, i.e. my tenement and lands called HANDCOCKs to my son Benjamin AVERY and his legitimate heirs male on condition that he purchase an estate in reversion of the tenement at Mells for his life after his mother in case it may be had upon reasonable terms because I was born there

                                •       to my loving friends Mrs Elizabeth CHAPMAN, wife of Mr John CHAPMAN, Mrs Lidia NAPPER my daughter in law and to my cousin Mirabella SHEDGWEEKE [SEDGWICK] a piece of gold of 30s value each

                                •       to the poor of Mells and Frome 20s a piece

                                •       to the feoffees of the Alms house at Frome and their successors £5 to be employed in fitting of those new erected rooms to make them habitable or for a stock to buy the coal at winter according as they shall think most necessary

                                •       to the servants living with me at the time of my death 20s a piece

                                •       residue of my lands, tenements, goods an chattels to my well beloved wife and my loving son in law Mr Thomas NAPPER

                                •       to Mr Thomas NAPPER £10 and a silver bowl and all my law books, hoping that my Exors will distribute the residue of my personal estate amongst my grandchildren to make them in some proportion equal

                                •       20s a piece to my Overseers to buy rings

Overseers:           my brother in law Mr John CHAPMAN and Mr John ACOURT

Executors:            my wife and my son in law Mr Thomas NAPPER

Signed:                  31 Dec 1675

Witnesses:           Sam. MOORE, Robert ROCKE [ROCHE?], William ROGERS

Proved:                  4 Aug 1676 at PCC London by Joanna AVERY, Relict and one of the Exors, power reserved to grant to Thomas NAPPER

 

Testator:               Henry SMITH, Tallow Chandler of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /351 q.105

Legacies:              •       my body to be buried in the churchyard of Frome

                                •       to my four daughters Mary, Joyce, Dorothy and Anne £150 apiece to be paid after their respective marriages provided they marry according to the approbation of my brother John SMITH and Andrew ROGERS; and in the mean time my wife to have the interest for their maintenance and education

                                •       to my son Thomas £100 when he is 21

                                •       to my sd son Thomas my estate in two tenements in West Woodlands called NEWMANs and JAMESes, provided my wife shall have the rents for 40 years if she lives so long and continues a widow

                                •       to my son Henry £100 when he is 21; in the mean time my wife to have the profits for his maintenance and education

                                •       to my son Michael £100 when he is 21; in the mean time, my wife to have the profits for his maintenance and education;

                                •       to my sd son Michael the estate I have in the closes of ground known as COOKs grounds and Edge Mead, provided that my wife has the rents for 60 [?] years if she lives so long and remains a widow

                                •       if my sd sons Thomas, Henry and Michael dies before they are 21, their portion equally to the survivor(s)

                                •       to my loving wife the dwelling house wherein I now inhabit with the appurtenances for life

                                •       10s apiece to my Overseers

                                •       residue to my loving wife Joyce

Overseers:           my sd brother John SMITH and Andrew ROGERS

Executrix:             my wife Joyce

Signed:                  23 May 1676

Witnesses:           John GIFFORD, James SMITH

Proved:                  30 Aug 1676 at PCC London by Joyce SMITH, Relict and Exix. See also marginal note.

 

Testator:               John JESSER, Mercer of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /352 q.123

Legacies:              •       to Hannah my dear and loving wife the house that I now live in with the lease for the full term I have in it

                                •       to her for life all my land in the psh of Marston Bigot and Frome Swd as well that parrock of ground lying near Welshmill as that called Barckover [?] and after her decease to my son John JESSER; and if he dies before he is 21, to my two daughters to be jointly enjoyed by them and their heirs for ever

                                •       to my son John JESSER £200

                                •       to my daughter Elizabeth JESSER £200

                                •       to my daughter Mary JESSER £200

                                •       if either of my children die before they are 21 or married, their portion to the survivor(s)

                                •       to my father’s and mother’s brothers and sisters 10s each to buy rings

                                •       to William COLES of Nasagi [?], Edward DAVIS Jnr, Mercer of Trowbridge, and my loving brother Thomas JESSER 10s a piece

                                •       to my uncle Henry JESSER 20s

                                •       to my uncle Samuel JESSER’s children 20s to be equally divided between them

                                •       residue to my Exix

Overseers:           William COLES, Edward DAVIS Jnr and my brother Thomas JESSER

Executrix:             my loving wife Hannah

Signed:                  4 Mar 1675

Witnesses:           John SMITH, Thomas JESSER (X), Mary PHILLIMORE

Proved:                  8 Sep 1676 at PCC London by Hannah JESSER, Relict and Exix

 

Testator:               Mathew COOKE, Clothier of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /355 q.96

Legacies:              •       to my son Mathew 1s

                                •       to my daughter Jane TURK £10

                                •       to my daughter Dorothy DREWS [DRUCE] 1s

                                •       to my wife Margery £20 and two keene [kine?]

                                •       residue of my houses, leases, lands, tenements and goods to my son William on condition he pays my debts and legacies

Executor:              my son William

Signed:                  20 Dec 1676

Witnesses:           Thomas WHITTINGTON (X), Stephen RODWAY

Proved:                  31 Oct 1677 at PCC London by William COOKE, son and Exor

 

Testator:               John GIFFORD Snr, Gent of Alhampton, psh of Ditcheat

PROB11 ref:         /355 q. 96-141

Legacies:              •       to my loving wife three of my cows, 40 bushels of wheat and 20s in money to buy a mourning ring

                                •       to my son SELWOOD and his wife 20s apiece to buy mourning rings and to their four children 20s to be equally divided between them

                                •       to my son James GIFFORD half of my furniture and household stuff now within my own dwelling house provided that my wife shall have the use thereof during her life and also one wayne, one putt [pot?] with their appurtenances together with all my single yokes and bows thereunto belonging and also three plough chains with two of my weanling calves and 20s in money to buy a mourning ring

                                •       to the poor of the psh of Ditcheat 10s to be distributed amongst them at the discretion of my Exor

                                •       to my daughter GIFFORD, my son John’s wife, 20s to buy a mourning ring and to their three children 5s apiece

                                •       residue to my son John GIFFORD

Executor:              my son John GIFFORD

Signed:                  11 Apr 1676

Witnesses:           John HAYNES, Anne DEANE (X)

Proved:                  30 Dec 1677 at PCC London by John GIFFORD, son and Exor

 

Testator:               John MORGAN, Mercer of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /356 q.6

Legacies:              •       to my father £80, he giving a general release for all demands whatsoever

                                •       to my daughter Mirabel £200 when she is 21 or sooner if my wife and overseers think fit, the £200 to be put out at interest for her benefit at the discretion of my overseers

                                •       if my wife is with child £100 to such child in the womb at 21 and the interest towards its maintenance and education

                                •       to my daughter Mirabel all my estate and years to come in a meadow called CRAYEs Mead with one ac. Arable adjoining provided that my father Gabriel MORGAN holds and enjoys it for life

                                •       to my daughter Mirabel my silver tankard

                                •       to my nephew John BROWNJOHN and my niece Judith COOKE £3 a piece

                                •       residue to my loving wife and my daughter Mirabel

                                •       to my Father MORGAN my cloak and gray goat and my buckskin breeches to Paul ABBOTT Jnr of Clincke

                                •       to my brother in law John CLARE 20s

Executrices:        my loving wife and my daughter Mirabel

Overseers:           my father Gabriel MORGAN and my father in law William CLARE

Signed:                  11 Nov 1677

Witnesses:           John GIFFORD, John CLARE, Judith COOKE (X)

Proved:                  16 Jan 1677/8 at PCC London by Mirabel MORGAN, Relict and one of the Exixes

 

Testator:               John FOWLES Snr, Blacksmith of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /356 q.12

Legacies:              •       all my estate in the tenement that Robert HOOPER now lives in at Chapmanslade, Wilts, to Thomas FOWLES my son and Mary FOWLES my daughter and also all my estate in a half living called Chappell Hayes, the issues and profits to be divided equally between them; and if either of them dies before the end of my term therein, the other to receive the issues

                                •       to my son Thomas my featherbed and bedstead with all the bedclothes belonging to it now in my middle chamber and £100, also a chest standing in my outer chamber

                                •       to my daughter Mary £100 and all her mother’s wearing apparel and one bed and bedstead with the bedclothes belonging to it now standing in my outer chamber and one chest there

                                •       to Theophilus FOWLES my brother one little house which Margarett DRAPER now lives in for as long as he and John my son are both living; also my best apparel, both woollen and linen, with hat, hose and shoes

                                •       to the poor of the psh of Frome 20s to be dispursed in bread or money

                                •       residue to John FOWLES my son

                                •       to my overseers 3s 4d a piece

Executor:              John FOWLES my son

Overseers:           my well beloved friends Richard EDGELL and John WAYLAND

Signed:                  16 Jun 1677 (29 Charles II)

Witnesses:           Ar. SELFE, Tho. EDGELL Jnr, Joseph DAVISSON [DAVISON]

Proved:                  16 Feb 1677/8 at PCC London by John FOWLES, son and Exor

 

Testator:               Joseph SMITH of Mells

PROB11 ref:         /363 q. 66-124

Legacies:              •       lying sick at the house of John SMITH in Mells which he had inhabited for five years and upwards

                                •       to Stephen SMITH and Elizabeth SMITH, son and daughter of Stephen SMITH of Mells 20s apiece

                                •       to Nicholas MAYNARD and William MAYNARD, sons of Thomas MAYNARD, 20s apiece

                                •       to Mary KING my kinswoman of the city of Bristol 20s

                                •       to John SMITH of Mells, Broadweaver, part of my wearing apparel, but how much he shall have of it I refer to my cousin Phillippa SMITH’s direction

                                •       residue to my kinswoman Phillip SMITH (meaning and speaking of Phillip SMITH w/o John SMITH, Blacksmith of Mells)

Executor:              Phillip SMITH w/o John SMITH

Signed:                  29 May 1679 (nuncupative)

Witnesses:           Daniel HODGES (X), Sarah SMITH (X), Hannah SMYTH (X)

Proved:                  14 Jul 1679 at PCC London by Phillipa SMITH, Exix

 

1680

 

Testator:               William WHITCHURCH, Clothier of Rode

PROB11 ref:         /363 q.88

Legacies:              •       to my wife all the goods that were hers before we were married

                                •       to my grandchild Mary THRESHER all the goods that was [sic] mine before I was married to my wife that now is, yet I give to my wife her Exor time according to custom and I give to my grandchild Mary THRESHER the Exor time after my wife according to custom

                                •       to my wife all my rudder beasts and all my corn on the ground and my wood

                                •       to my daughter law [?] Hester HUSSEY a spice mortar and chafing dish and £20

                                •       to my grandchild Mary THRESHER £20

                                •       to my grandson William HARRIS my furnace and grate and two parrocks at the quar after the decease of my wife if the time last so long, also £20

                                •       to my grandson Thomas HARRIS £20

                                •       to my grandson Nathaniel HARRIS £20

                                •       to my grandchild Mary HARRIS £20

                                •       to my grandchild Edith HARRIS £20

                                •       to my grandchild Ann HARRIS £20, all to be put forth by my overseers for the best advantage of my sd grandchildren until they attain their several ages of 21...

                                •       to my two brothers John and Henry WHITCHURCH 20s apiece and all my wearing apparel to be equally divided between them

                                •       to Grace SUMNELL of Beckington 10s

                                •       to my wife £5 for the expenses at my burial

                                •       to my beloved friend William PAYNE of Straton and Will RANDALL of Telsford 5s apiece

                                •       residue to my daughter Elinor HARRIS

Executrix:             my daughter Elinor HARRIS

Overseers:           William PAYNE and Will RANDALL

Signed:                  7 Apr 1680 (X) (32 Charles II)

Witnesses:           Benjamin POCKRIDGE, Thomas PAINE Snr (X)

Proved:                  18 Jun 1680 at PCC London by Elinor HARRIS Exor

 

Testatrix:              Elizabeth RUNDELL, Widow of Southwick in the psh of North Bradley, Wilts

PROB11 ref:         /365 q.31

Legacies:              •       to the poor people of Southwick 20s to be distributed by my Overseers in the week after my decease

                                •       to my nieces Dorothy MAYNE and Rebekah RUNDELL £5 a piece and to either of them one Holland pillowtie

                                •       to my nephews William WIDDEN and Maria [?] WIDDEN £5 a piece

                                •       to my nephews James [?] JONES, James JONES and Walter JONES £5 a piece

                                •       to Walter JONES my gold ring and one Bible of the least volume

                                •       to Dorothy CRABE my niece [?] £5

                                •       to Jonathan SUTTON £5

                                •       to my cousins Margaret RUNDELL and Marian RUNDELL a pair of canvas sheets overcast with blew marks at the corners

                                •       to my cousins Elizabeth PARSONS, Mary PARSONS and Hannah PARSONS one pewter plaster [?] a piece

                                •       to my cousin Joshua PARSONS my maiden Bible

                                •       to my cousin William RUNDELL Jnr s/o Anne RUNDELL my late deceased niece one feather bed of silk, one flock bolster of silk, a pair of blankets, a coverlet of divers colours, … and my Bible of the largest volume

                                •       to my cousin Mary BAILY 20s

                                •       to my cousin Mary JONES of the heath 10s

                                •       to my cousin Sarah of Mayne [?] 10s

                                •       to my sisters all the best of my wearing apparel equally to be divided except my best gown and my Holland apron which I give to Elizabeth WIDDEN my niece and also my great brass crock [?] after her mother’s decease; in the mean time my will is that her mother should have the use thereof

                                •       to my cousin William RUNDELL Snr and Edward PAPPS 5s a piece

                                •       residue to my cousin Robert RUNDELL s/o Ann RUNDELL my late deceased niece and sd Elizabeth WIDDEN my niece

Executors:            my cousin Robert RUNDELL s/o Ann RUNDELL my late deceased niece and Elizabeth WIDDEN my niece

Overseers:           William RUNDELL Snr and Edward PAPPS

Signed:                  28 May 1677

Witnesses:           Edward PAPPS, William RUNDELL

Proved:                  17 Feb 1680 at PCC London by Elizabeth WIDDEN, Widow, one of the Exors; power reserved to grant to Robert RUNDELL

 

Testator:               William ROBINS, Yeoman of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /365 q.49

Legacies:              •      

                                •      

                                •      

                                •      

                                •      

                                •      

                                •      

                                •      

Executor:              

Overseers:           

Signed:                 

Witnesses:          

Proved:                  at PCC London by

 

Testator:               Richard CLARKE

PROB11 ref:         /365 q.66

Legacies:              •       his body to be buried here at Rode

                                •       to Benedict CLARKE now living in Rode the goods in my house at Buckland

                                •       to his brother Isaak CLARKE now at Sabling at Henry ROCK [?] £5 when he is of age or at the death of my wife Jane CLARKE

                                •       to Mary SILCOCK d/o Mary SILCOCK of Southwick £5 when she is of age or at the death of my wife Jane

                                •       to my now wife Jane CLARKE all the goods and chattels belonging to me

                                •       to the church at Southwick 20s

                                •       5s to my overseer to buy a pair of gloves

Executor:              my wife Jane CLARKE

Overseers:           my loving and special friend Samuel CRAB

Signed:                  6 Mar 1680

Witnesses:           Anthony SMITH, Bridgett BAYLY

Codicil:                  6 Mar 1680

                                •       to my brother John CLARKE 1s

                                •       to my brother Samuel HAYES 1s

                                •       to my brother Thomas CLARKE 1s

                                •       to my brother Walter CLARKE 1s

                                •       to my sister Mary MOORE w/o John MOORE 1s

Witnesses:           Anthony SMITH, Bridgett BAYLY

Proved:                  19 May 1681 at PCC London by Jane CLARK, Relict and Exix

 

Testatrix:              Elizabeth SMITH, Widow of Frome

PROB11 ref:         /366 q.78

Legacies:              •       40 shillings to be paid out in bread [?] and distributed to the poor

                                •       £500 to my daughter Ann SMITH on her marriage day or when she is 21

                                •       £200 to my son Thomas SMITH when he is 21

                                •       £10 to my faithful servant Sarah AUSTE [?]

                                •       50 shillings to Ann OWEN, wife of Robert OWEN

                                •       Gold rings worth 20 shillings with the posie or inscription ‘Prepare for Death’ to my dear mother in law and loving friend Anne SMITH, Widow; to my loving sister in law Anne FRENCH, Widow; to my loving brother in law Francis MERCER; to my loving sister in law Abigail MERCER, his wife; to my loving friend and kinsman Mr Gifford YERBURY; to my loving cousin his wife; to my loving friend and cousin Mrs Jane GRUBB, Widow of Pottern; to my loving cousin Rebecca WARRINER, Widow; to my loving brother in law Mr Richard HAYWARD; to my dear sister, his wife; to my loving sister in law Joane NICHOLAS, Widow; to my loving brother Griffin NICHOLAS; to my loving brother John NICHOLAS

                                •       to Anne HAYWARD and Elizabeth HAYWARD, my kinswomen, the two daughters of my brother Richard HAYWARD £100 equally to be divided between them to be paid at their marriage

                                •       The gold ring that was given me by my late husband and also one of my silver bowls to my son Thomas SMITH

                                •       All other rings, plate, jewels, household goods etc to my daughter Ann SMITH

Executors:            My kinsman Mr Gifford YERBURY and my friend Mrs Jane GRUBB

Signed:                  20 Sep 1680                        

Witnesses:           James QUILL (X), Jone QUILL (X), Anne SMITH (X), Anne AUSTE [?]

Proved:                  5 May 1681 at PCC London by Gifford YERBURY and Jane GRUBB, Exors

 

Testator:               Gabriel MORGAN Jnr, Baker of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /367? q.109

Legacies:              •       £100 to my daughter Joyce when she is 21 or married

                                •       £100 to my daughter Anne when she is 21 or married

                                •       £100 to my daughter Elizabeth when she is 21 or married

                                •       £100 to my daughter Alice when she is 21 or married, with benefit of survivorship for these four legacies

                                •       Interest on the afsd to Joyce my wife so long as she keeps herself a widow

                                •       Residue to Joyce my wife

Executrix:             my wife Joyce

Overseers:           Andrew ROGERS and Edward SHEPPARD Jnr

Signed:                  24 Mar 1680/1                     

Witnesses:           Abrah: SELFE, Robert HARKER [?] (X)

Proved:                  4 Jul 1681 at PCC London by Joyce MORGAN, Relict and Exix

 

Testator:               Dorothy SMITH, Widow of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /368 q.174

Trustees:              My three sons John, James and Michael SMITH and Joseph IVYLEAFE, Gent. of Frome, and Andrew ROGERS and John WAYLAND

Legacies:              •       £10 to the Alms house people of Frome, to be put out at interest at the discretion of my Trustees, their heirs etc., as also of the Minister, Churchwardens and Overseers of the Poor of Frome Swd, the interest to be distributed on the 1st November yearly for ever

                                •       £50 to be put out at interest at the discretion of my Trustees, the interest to be distributed on the 1st November yearly to such of the poor people of Frome as my Trustees, the Minister, Churchwardens and Overseers of the Poor think fit

                                •       A 20s piece of gold to each of my three sons

                                •       One brass pan, one red rug, one crane, one furnace, the pump and cistern, the jack in the kitchen, half a dozen silver spoons, one feather bolster and one brass pot to my son James

                                •       £5 to Anthony SHARPE Snr, Glover of Frome

                                •       £2 to my kinswoman Thomasine DRANG [??]

                                •       20s to Mr BARTLET, Minister

                                •       10s to Mr FULLER

                                •       £50 to be equally divided among my son John’s children

                                •       £50 to be equally divided among my son Christopher’s children

                                •       £50 to be equally divided among the children of my deceased son Henry

                                •       £50 to Sarah, the only living daughter of my son James, to be paid on her marriage or when she is 21

                                •       A 20s piece of gold to my grandson John SMITH, beside his part in the £50

                                •       All my wearing apparel, both linen and woollen, to my son Michael, also halfpieces of gold to be distributed as he shall think fit

                                •       £20 to be disbursed on my funeral

                                •       Residue to my three sons

Executors:            John SMITH, James SMITH and Michael SMITH

Signed:                  26 Mar 1681 (X)  

Witnesses:           John GIFFORD, William TREHURNE, Silas ALDER

Proved:                  14 Nov 1681 at PCC London by John SMITH, James SMITH and Michael SMITH, sons and Exors

 

Testator:               William WHITCHURCH Snr, Linen Draper of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /368 q.177

Legacies:              •       my dearly beloved wife Joan WHITCHURCH shall have my Tenement and Lands thereto belonging in Lullington for her widowhood according to the Custom of that Manor and I bequeath to my wife an annuity of £70 for life from my decease payable out of my messuage, tenement and lands called Queene Field in the psh of Melksham, Wilts, provided she accept the sum in full satisfaction of her dower

                                •       to my son Joseph WHITCHURCH my afsd Tenement called Queen Field and all other my lands in the psh of Melksham for life, charged nevertheless with the sd annuity; but if he is under 21 at the time of my decease my son William shall during Joseph’s minority take the profits, satisfy the annuity and pay £50 p.a. to the Overseers of this will for the education of Joseph and raising a Stock for him; and William shall retain for his own use any surplus; and if Joseph is married after his full age and grant the lands devised to him for his life only to any women which he shall marry for her Jointure, my will is that after Joseph’s death she shall enjoy the sd lands for life charged with the sd annuity during my wife’s life;, and after the determination of the estate hereinbefore devised, my sd tenement to the first son of my son Joseph and that son’s heirs… and for want of such issue to the daughters of my son Joseph in equal shares, and for want of such issue to my son William WHITCHURCH and his heirs for ever

                                •       to my wife £20 more

                                •       one half of my plate and household goods to my wife and the other to my sons William and Joseph and I desire my Overseers to make a division thereof

                                •       to my sd son Joseph £2000 if he lives to 21

                                •       to my daughter Joan RAYNSFORD £600

                                •       to my grandchild Joanna RAYNSFORD £400 to be disposed of by my Overseers for her benefit

                                •       to my three kinswomen Alice MERCHANT, Ann MERCHANT and Joan MERCHANT, daughters of Henry MERCHANT deceased, £10 apiece

                                •       to my two grandsons John WHITCHURCH and William WHITCHURCH £200 when they are 21

                                •       to the poor of the psh of Frome Swd £5 to be distributed the day after my funeral

                                •       six long black coats to six poor men of the psh to be worn at my funeral

                                •       residue to my son William WHITCHURCH

                                •       20s apiece to my Overseers to buy rings to be worn by them for my sake

Executor:              my son William WHITCHURCH

Overseers:           my loving brothers Edward WHITCHURCH, James WHITCHURCH, Samuel WHITCHURCH and Leonard WHITCHURCH and also George HOOPER Snr

Signed:                  5 Sep 1681

Witnesses:           Ja. THATCHER, Bozoun GOODRICK, Elenor HILL (X), Jno STURGIS

Proved:                  4 Nov 1681 at PCC London by William WHITCHURCH, son and Exor

 

Testator:               William RUNDELL of Frome Swd (lying then sick of the sickness whereof he died at his dwelling house at Froom where he had lived many years before his death)

PROB11 ref:         /369 q.23

Legacies:              •       to my wife (meaning Joane his then wife) my pasture called BEARDs

                                •       to my wife and two children my house I live in, she to enjoy it during her life and after her decease to my children

                                •       to my wife my household goods and my shop tools [?]

                                •       residue to my two children (meaning Robert and William RUNDELL); my late father and brother Robert RUNDELL (meaning William RUNDELL his father and Robert RUNDELL his brother) shall have the full power of what I have given my children to improve it for their best advantage and pay out of it my debts and what is ?? for the breeding up of my children

Signed:                  7 Dec 1681

Witnesses:           William RUNDELL, Stephen PENNY, Joane RUNDELL

Proved:                  20 Feb 1681/2 at PCC London: admon granted to Robert RUNDELL, brother and guardian, during the minority of Robert and William RUNDELL, the sons, Joan RUNDELL, relict of the deceased, consenting

 

Testator:               Robert ARNAM, Yeoman of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /371 q.126

Legacies:              •       to my son Robert ARNAM my twisting mill and also the warping bar and trowe [?]

                                •       residue of my goods and chattels, i.e. a dozen pewter platters, two pewter plates, two butter dishes, eight pewter dishes, two pewter candlesticks, one brass candlestick, a flagon, a pint, one ear cup, one pewter cup, one tumbler, one salt, two pewter bowls, one great kettle, one middle kettle, three kettle pots, two skillets, one skimmer, two beds and bedsteads with the appurtenances, one chest, one coffer, two boxes and one trunk, one table board, one side board, three join stools and one form, five leather chairs, two treadles, two tubs and three barrels, one warming pan, one pewter chamber pot, to be equally divided between Jane my wife, Jane my daughter, my daughter Mary, Anne my daughter and Robert my son

                                •       my chattel lease at Roddenbury Hill to my wife and four children to be equal sharers in it during the life of my brother John ARNAM; my wife to have the keeping of it during their minority

Executor:              Robert ARNAM my son

Overseers:           my loving neighbours Richard POOPE Snr [ROOPE?] and Daniel POOPE

Signed:                  8 Jun 1682 (30 Charles II) (X)

Witnesses:           John LEWIS, George VINCENT, Jane ARNAM

Proved:                  4 Nov 1682 at PCC London: admon to Jane ARNAM, widow, mother of Robert ARNAM, minor son and Exor during his minority

 

Testator:               Andrew ROGERS, Tallow Chandler of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /371 q.138

Legacies:              •       to my eldest son Andrew ROGERS my messuage etc. wherein I now dwell, with the garden, orchard, 6 ac. arable etc. in the psh of Frome which I hold by lease from Thomas THYNNE Esq. and all my estate therein

                                •       to my sd son Andrew my large silver drinking bowl

                                •       to my son Thomas ROGERS my 4 ac. freehold land at Great Keyford which I purchased of  Robert MERCHANT

                                •       to my sd son Thomas my messuage etc. in Vicarage St in Frome now in the possession of Barbara ROGERS, Widow, with all houses, gardens, orchards, meadow and pasture ground, which I hold by lease from sd Thomas THYNNE Esq. for all my estate therein

                                •       to my sd son Thomas my tenement and lands I purchased of Richard SINGER and hold for two of his children’s lives for all my estate therein

                                •       to my sd son Thomas one silver beaker and a silver wine bowl

                                •       to my son Henry ROGERS my mills called Frome Mills which I hold by lease from Edmund LEVERSEDGE and Roger LEVERSEDGE Esq. and also the plot of land whereon a tenement is erected adjoining the Mills called the Kitchen, which I hold by lease from Robert SMITH Snr, Gent, for all my estates therein

                                •       to my son Robert ROGERS my tenement at Oldford with its lands, meadows and pastures, late the inheritance of Sir George HORNER, Knight deceased, and by him granted by lease to Thomas BAYLY deceased and which I hold by assignment from Thomas BAYLY for all my estate therein

                                •       to my daughter Jane ROGERS my 4 ac. of arable or pasture which I hold by lease from Richard CABELL Esq. and my 10 ac. which I hold by lease from Edmund LEVERSEDGE Snr and Edmund LEVERSEDGE Jnr Esq. also in the psh of Frome for all my estates therein

                                •       to my sd son Henry a large drinking College Cup of silver with two handles

                                •       to my sd son Robert a silver porringer and a broad handle silver spoon

                                •       to my daughter Jane afsd my biggest Silver Tankard

                                •       to my daughter Joyce ROGERS my other Silver Tankard

                                •       to my daughter Anne ROGERS my silver shuger dish, a large Silver dramme [?] dish and a knobbed silver spoon

                                •       to my sd son Robert £100  when he is 21; and if any of my sons die before they are 21 or married, their portion to be shared among the survivors

                                •       to my Exors all my ready money, stock, household stuff and all other my personal estate not herein before given to be sold towards the raising of portions, maintenance in breeding and preferring of my three daughters Jane, Joyce and Anne ROGERS, i.e. £200 to be paid to them respectively at 21 or on their marriage

                                •       to my servant Anne BORD [?] £5

                                •       to my sister Anne RAISENS [?] 40s

                                •       to my sister Edith WAYLAND 20s

                                •       to my daughter Jane my best bed and all furniture belonging to it and my silk rug and my middle crasse [?] pot

                                •       the two furnaces and the pump in my dwelling house and the tools used in my trade to my sd son Andrew in case he shall be bred up to use my trade

                                •       to the poor of the psh of Frome Swd £5

Executors:            my trusty friends John MARCHANT, Edward SHEPPARD Jnr, Robert COOKE, Cardmaker, Robert SMITH, Cardinall [sic] and my sister Joyce SMITH, Widow

Signed:                  25 Apr 1682

Witnesses:           John SMITH, Michael SMITH, James THATCHER

Proved:                  16 Nov 1682 at PCC London by John MARCHANT, Edward SHEPPARD Jnr, Robert COOKE and Joyce SMITH, four of the Exors; power reserved to grant to Robert SMITH

 

Testator:               John BILLOWES, Clothier of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /372 q.32

Legacies:              •       to Francis FRY my estate in a house which I now live in, ten pair of sheares, 24 co??se of handles, one cloak press, six dozen of dapers, four sets of leads, two shear boards, two dubbing boards, one cloth rack with all other implements thereto belonging, also my household stuff conditionally that he shall out of that and the rest of my goods provide sufficient maintenance for Mary my now wife during her life

                                •       to John EDWARDS and Robert ADDAMS s/o Christopher ADDAMS and Jane, Mary, Anne and Robert ARNAM, sons and daus of Robert ARNAM deceased, Rebecca and Elizabeth FRY an equal part of the residue

                                •       to Mary my wife 1s

                                •       residue to Francis FRY

Executor:              Francis FRY

Overseers:           my well beloved friends John MARCHANT, William FRIEND

Signed:                  1 Feb 1682/3 (X)

Witnesses:           Abra. SELFE, Clement THATCHER, Will CROOME

Proved:                  1 Mar 1682/3 at PCC London by Francis FRY, Exor

 

Testator:               Robert WHATLEY of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /376 q.66

Legacies:              •       to my loving wife Sarah this room in which I lodge during her widowhood and the little garden belonging to this house; also the rent of the three tenements, i.e. the house that Roger WEST lives in, that which Vertue WHITING lives in and that which William PARSONS lives in; also the goods in the chamber and the use of one crock and any of my other goods in the house I live in

                                •       to my son Roger this house I now live in during his life and his brother Roberts excepting only what I gave to my wife; also all the goods in the new chamber and my three tenements above named at the decease or marriage of his mother provided he pay his brother Robert £20 at the decease of his mother

                                •       to my daughter Jane £100 and the bed and all that belong to it that she lives upon and one half of my brass and pewter

                                •       to my daughter Sarah £100 two years after my decease and half my pewter and brass except my great crock

                                •       to my son Robert and his heirs forever one house with the appurtenances which is my own land at Dursley, Glos,

                                •       residue to my son Robert

Executor:              my son Robert

Signed:                  7 Feb 1683 (X)

Witnesses:           William RUNDELL, Stephen PENNY, Steph. COOMBES

Proved:                  6 May 1684 at PCC London by Robert WHATLEY, son and Exor

 

Testator:               Susanna ACOURT, Widow of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /376 q.86 [Cf. /380 q.67]

Legacies:              •       to my son James ACOURT several parcels of household stuff in my house at Frome Swd vizt in my best chamber, one feather bed, one flock bed with the sheets, a suite of green curtains and valence and the other appurtenances belonging to the bed; the brass irons, fire pan and tongs; two stools; a dozen and a half of my best pewter dishes, three brass crocks, three kettles, three skillets; the settle, three chairs and the jack and jack lines in the hall; the iron firepan and tongs and iron shovel and the racks in the kitchen, two brass candlesticks and two pewter ones, the best I have, one iron dripping pan and two broaches, also three hangers in the hall chimney, the hosse and four barrels in the buttery, likewise another pair of sheets, the best I have, one diaper board cloth and fourteen of the best napkins, two pair of pillowbeers, one Holland and the other calico, one brewing vat and the tub belonging thereto, my best brass pan, one warming pan [one pewter flagon, one silver spoon and the bedstead in the inner chamber near the buttery]1

                                •       to my son John ACOURT the desk in my little chamber

                                •       to my daughter Susannah BLACKBORNE one black cloth gown [and petticoat]2

                                •       to my daughter Jane KING one gown and petticoat, one pair of sheets and one great kettle

                                •       to my grandchildren William [and Susanna KING]2 a silver spoon and 20s [each]2

                                •       to my grandchildren James, John [and Nathaniel]2 BLACKBORNE a silver spoon and 20s each

                                •       to my grandchildren William and Margaret ACOURT a silver spoon and 20s each

                                •       to my grandchild Susanna DALLEY 5s

                                •       to my grandchildren Robert and Joseph WHITCHURCH a silver spoon and 20s each

                                •       [to my granddaughter Jane NAPPER 20s]2

                                •       to my grandchild Phillippa CRADOCK 5s

                                •       to my grandchild Anne COLES a silver spoon and 20s

                                •       whereas I have a part interest in a great silver tankard with my daughter Elizabeth ACOURT, my part to her

                                •       residue of my own [household]1 goods to my daughter Anne COLES [and also ten calico napkins]2

                                •       to the poor of Frome 40s

                                •       residue of my personal estate to said James ACOURT and Anne COLES equally

Executors:            James ACOURT and Anne COLES

Signed:                  21 Mar 1682/3 (35 Charles II) [revised 15 Oct 1683]

Witnesses:           William CHAPMAN, Abra. SELFE, Bridgett CHAPMAN (X)

Proved:                  28 Jul 1684 at PCC London by James ACOURT, son and one of the Exors; power reserved to grant to Anne COLES

New grant:            22 Jun 1685 at PCC London to James A COURT and Ann COLES, Exors

1)       Added in Oct 1683 will

2)       Omitted in Oct 1683 will

 

Testator:               Samuel WHITCHURCH, Mercer of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /378 q.168

Legacies:              •       to my dearly beloved wife Alice WHITCHURCH an annuity of £40; [also] all my household stuff in my now dwelling house or elsewhere

                                •       to my daughter Sarah WHITCHURCH £200 when she is 21 or marries, with £10 p.a. until then

                                •       to my daughter Hannah WHITCHURCH £200 when she is 21 or marries, with £10 p.a. until then

                                •       to my son-in-law James SMITH and his wife my daughter 10s apiece to buy rings

                                •       to my son-in-law James BENNETT and his wife my daughter 10s apiece to buy rings

                                •       to my three grandchildren Samuel, Sarah and Jane SMITH, son and daughters of James SMITH, £50 in equal shares to be paid when they respectively reach 21 or marry

                                •       to my two grandchildren Elizabeth and Mary BENNETT, d/o James BENNETT, £50 in equal shares when they respectively reach 21 or marry

                                •       to my loving brother Leonard WHITCHURCH a gold ring

                                •       to my maidservant Frances GIBBONS 40s

                                •       to the poor of the psh of Frome £5

                                •       to each of my overseers a ring as a token of my love to them

                                •       residue to my son Jonathan WHITCHURCH

Overseers:           My loving brothers Edward and James WHITCHURCH, my Cousin William WHITCHURCH Jnr and George HOOPER Senr

Executor:              my son Jonathan WHITCHURCH

Signed:                  1 Feb 1683

Witnesses:           John DUFFIELD, Mary LEVERSEDGE, Jas. THATCHER

Proved:                  4 Dec 1684 at PCC London by Jonathan WHITCHURCH

 

Testator:               John SMITH, Woollen Draper of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /381 q.114

Legacies:              •       40s to be disbursed at my funeral; the person who has least to have 6d

                                •       to my two sons John SMITH and Norfolke SMITH all my wearing apparel, both linen and woollen, to be divided equally among them

                                •       to my sd son John SMITH for ever, my lands and tenements in Berkley which Thomas SMITH, my late father, gave me in his will in lieu of a bond lately entered into by me to my grandson John SMITH

                                •       to the sd John SMITH my eldest son and Mary his now wife £10

                                •       to my niece Mary SMITH, daughter [sic] of my sd son John SMITH, 20s

                                •       to Richard JENKINS, Clerk of Frome Swd, John METHWIN my kinsman, Barrister late of Bradford, Wilts, Paul METHWIN and William METHWIN my brothers in law, James SMITH and Michael SMITH my brothers and Thomas SMITH my nephew, son of Christopher SMITH my late brother, my farm, heretofore two messuages or tenements called Oldfield and all lands etc belonging to it and all my other lands in Frome Swd and Marston Bigot in trust

                                -       to the use of Jane SMITH and Mary SMITH my daughters, their heirs etc for ever, they paying to Susanna DORE my eldest daughter £4 p.a. for life, provided that if my daughter Susanna DORE surrenders her present estate which she has in a copyhold messuage in Vicarage Street in the psh of Frome except to renew it for her children, the sd £5 shall no longer be paid

                                •       to my niece Mary, daughter [sic] of the sd John SMITH £100 to be paid to her father for her use within three years after my decease

                                •       to my niece Jane, daughter of Dorothy HAYES, £50 to be paid to her father for her use within eight years after my decease, he giving my Exices security that she shall receive it when she marries or is 21; and if she dies before then to the children my sd daughter Dorothy has at that time

                                •       to Mr Richard JENKINS and John METHWIN Esq. £150 to be paid them within four years of my death and be laid out for my son Norfolke's education in the University; whatever money I send my son Norfolke after the date of this will to be counted as part of the £150

                                •       to my sd son Nortolke £150 to be paid him four years after my death provided he gives to Mr Richard JENKINS, John METHWIN Esq., Paul METHWIN or Michael SMITH a good account of his expending of the first £150

                                •       to my nephew Joseph BENSON £20

                                •       to my nephew Samuel BENSON £10 to be laid out by my Trustees before named towards putting their lives into the copyhold estate now their mother's in Frome in case it can be bought, or towards binding them apprentices as soon as they shall be capable thereof

                                •       all of these legacies to be raised by my daughters [sic] Jane and Mary, and in default, the farm to be leased, sold or mortgaged

                                •       to my daughter Susanna DORE £5

                                •       to my son in law John HAYES and Dorothy his wife £5 apiece to buy clothes

                                •       20s apiece to each of my Trustees

                                •       to my sd daughter Mary SMITH the messuage or dwelling house wherein I now live for all the term I have in it, provided she suffers her sister Jane to cohabit therein until her marriage

                                •       residue to my sd daughters Jane and Mary SMITH

Executrices:        my daughters Jane and Mary SMITH

Signed:                  21 Feb 1684

Witnesses:           John GIFFORD, Sarah DEVERELL, George WEST

Proved:                  6 Aug 1685 at PCC London by Jane and Mary SMITH, Exices

 

Testator:               Alexander HOOPER, Chandler of Witham Friary

PROB11 ref:         /381 q.121

Legacies:              •       £5 and a house I stand possessed of in the psh of Witham Friary to my brother George HOOPER on condition that he gives to my Exor a bond of £260 given by me for the payment of £130

                                •       £30 to my brother Henry HOOPER

                                •       £5 each to my brother Henry HOOPER’s three children Joane, Mary and Hannah

                                •       10s to Widow Joane FORDE

                                •       Residue to my brother Hugh HOOPER

Executor:              Hugh HOOPER

Overseers:           My well beloved friends Phillip HENNINGE and George HOOPER Snr

Signed:                  19 Jan 1684

Witnesses:           Mary HIGENS (X), Jane NAPPER, Mary GODFREY (X)

Proved:                  17 Oct 1685 at PCC London by Hugh HOOPER, Exor

 

Testatrix:              Ann SMITH, Widow of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /381 q.142

Legacies:              •       to my grandson Edward MADOX £100

                                •       to my cousin Thomas YERBURY of Bradford £5 and to his son Thomas YERBURY £5 and to my cousin John YERBURY grandson of John YERBURY decd

                                •       to my granddaughter Anne NEWHAM £5

                                •       to my cousin Abigaile FROWDE £5 and to Mary FROWDE £5 and to my cousin Katherine MERTON £5

                                •       to the psh church of Frome towards repairs £10

                                •       to the poor of the psh of Frome Swd £5, half of it in bread and half of it in shifts for poor women

                                •       to my grandson Thomas SMITH, son of Thomas SMITH deceased, a silver gilt salt

                                •       to my granddaughter Anne SELFE, daughter of the sd Thomas SMITH, one silver bowl

                                •       to my grandson Robert SMITH my gold ring with his name in it and the Clothmark

                                •       to my grandson Edward MADOX my silver tankard

                                •       to my grandson Richard SMITH a gold ring

                                •       to my kinsmen John COLEMAN, Apothecary of the City of New Sarum, and James SCUDAMORE, Mercer of Frome Swd, 20s apiece to buy a ring to wear in remembrance of me

                                •       to my Exors my messuage, tenement and lands which was purchased by my late husband of Richard CABELL Esq. and all other tenements which I have

                                •       the residue of my personal estate in trust to my Exors

                                -       to convey half of the sd leases, mortgages, household goods etc. to my daughter Anne FROWDE Widow for her own proper use; and if she dies before this can be done, to be equally divided  among those of her children living at the time of her death

                                -       during the coverture of my daughter Abigaile MERCER and her husband Francis MERCER keep the other half and the profits paid into the hands of my daughter Abigaile; and if she survives her husband deliver it to her; otherwise to be divided between those of her children living at the time of her death

Executors:            John COLEMAN and James SCUDAMORE

Signed:                  9 Apr 1686

Witnesses:           Will BODY, Jos. SOMNER, Sarah HILL

Proved:                  9 Nov 1685 at PCC London by John COLEMAN and James SCUDAMORE

 

Testator:               Edward HALLIDAY Jnr, Dyer of Warminster, Wilts (nuncupative)

PROB11 ref:         /383

Legacies:              •       to my father and my father in law all my stock in trust for the use of my child which my wife is now great with; and if my child dies, my father and father in law to dispose of it as they think fit

                                •       my wife shall not meddle with any part of my stock for that I have settled upon her a sufficient estate as her jointure

Made:                     6 Dec 1685 (1 Jas II)

Witnesses:           John PENNY, Elizabeth PAPPS (X), Rachaell RAWLINGS (X)

Proved:                  17 May 1686 at PCC London by Edward HALLIDAY Snr and John HIPPIE, universal legatees

 

Testator:               Francis ALLEINE, Widow of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /386 q.21

Legacies:              •       10s each to my trustees

                                •       My suite of wrought curtains and valances which was formerly her mother’s, also my featherbed and bolster and two pillows to my granddaughter Sarah SHEPARD

                                •       One holland sheet and one doulesse [?] sheet of three breadths and my second best featherbed  and bolster and two pillows and my suit of green serge curtains and valence and counterpain of the same and two carpets of the same to my granddaughter Mary ALLANSON

                                •       10s to my daughter in law Sarah SWALLOW

                                •       £20 to my grandchild Sarah SWALLOW

                                •       All my wearing apparel to be equally distributed between my two granddaughters Sarah SHEPARD and Mary ALLANSON

                                •       10s each to my sons Samuel ALLEINE and Richard ALLEINE and to my daughter Hannah SHEPPARD to buy rings

                                •       10s to my son in law Robert TAYLOR

                                •       All my rings, jewels, plate, money etc. and all my household goods and other goods to be equally divided between my two granddaughters Sarah SHEPARD and Mary ALLANSON

Trustees:              My loving friends Mr William WHITCHURCH Jnr, Merchant in Frome, and Mr Thomas BLACKBOURNE, Clothier of Frome

Executrices:        Sarah SHEPARD and Mary ALLANSON

Signed:                  2 Mar 1685           

Witnesses:           Ester MORTIMER, Wm FRAMPTON, Elizabeth TILLY (X)

Proved:                  17 Feb 1687 at PCC London by Sarah SHEPARD and Mary ALLANSON, Exices

 

Testator:               William SEVER, Clothworker of Dilton in the psh of Westbury

PROB11 ref:         /387 q.41

Legacies:              •       to my daughter Mary SEVER £100 when she is 21 and the interest toward the breeding of her up; if she dies first, my brother Thomas SEVER shall have £30 and my sister Margaret SEVER shall have £20 of my daughter’s portion

                                •       my sister Margaret SEVER shall have her dwelling in the house as long as she lives; and if my wife shall at any time put her forth, my wife shall pay her £5

                                •       my brother Thomas SEVER shall have the new building [at] present in hand which is the room next to [the] garden; and if my wife shall at any time put him forth and not let him enjoy it, she shall pay him £40

                                •       to my brother Thomas SEVER £20 and all my wearing apparel

                                •       to my sister Margaret SEVER 20s

                                •       to my brother Thomas SEVER all my shearing and working tools

                                •       residue to my loving wife

Executrix:             my loving wife

Overseers:           John WILKINS, Christo. TURNER

Signed:                  29 Jan 1685 (X)

Witnesses:           John WILKINS, Mary ADLAM (X), Christo. TURNER

Proved:                  31 Mar 1687 at PCC London by Ann SEVER, Relict and Exix

 

Testator:               John HORLER, Mercer of Beckington

PROB11 ref:         /387 q.78

Legacies:              •       The living called ANKRAMs which I bought lately of the Widow SLOPER and a small parcell of new money directed for her immediately after my decease to my loving daughter Mary HORLER and £100 when she is 21 or married

                                •       My right, title and interest in the living at Rode called the Barrow Orchard, Mead, Tinings etc. and a small parcel of money directed to her immediately after my decease to my loving daughter Anne HORLER; and after the death of my said [sic] sister Susanna BARTON the new house thereof and the outhouses etc., parrock which my brother Thomas BARTON lives in and £100 when she is 21 or married

                                •       The living of three grounds called WHEELERs with the house and barn, stable and outhouses etc. and the paddock which I late bought of John DAYNTON and the reversion of Joseph PYARD’s paddock and a small parcell of new money directed for him to my loving son John HORLER and £100 when he is 21 or married

                                •       One piece of broad gold to my loving sister Katherine BARTON

                                •       One piece of broad gold to my loving sister Susannah BARTON

                                •       One guinea to my cousin Richard DARKE

                                •       One guinea to my cousin Anne DARKE

                                •       One guinea to my uncle Joseph HORLER

                                •       £5 to my cousin Jonathan LEG

                                •       10 shillings each to my overseers

                                •       Residue to my loving wife

Executrix:             My wife

Overseers:           My wellbeloved friends Mr William CRABB of Roade and Mr Samuel PALMER of Rudge

                                My desire is that the mother of my children may have the income of the meanes I gave to these children to breed them up as long as she keeps them well and my friends which I leave in trust do see it convenient for her to keep them, if not to dispose of them and the estate to the best advantage for them

Signed:                  30 Jun 1686                        

Witnesses:           Henry PATIENT, Clerk; Deborah BERRY, William LEGG

Proved:                  10 Jun 1687 at PCC London by Lydia HORLER, Relict and Exix

 

Testator:               William WHITCHURCH the Elder, Gentleman of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /404 q.474

                                •       to be buried in the Church of Frome at the discretion of my loving wife

Legacies:              •       to Elizabeth WHITCHURCH my oldest daughter and her heirs forever my new erected dwellinghouse adjoining my now dwellinghouse, now in the possession of Ralph HODDER, together with the adjoining balconies and standing and all shops, cellars, boilers, gardens etc. belonging to it; also close of meadow near Clink, about 3 acres, part of the lands I bought from Edmund LEVERSEDGE Esq, my late father in law, and Roger LEVERSEDGE, his son, provided Ann my present wife and her assigns have the shop now used to the saltery trade, the garden and outhouses now in my possession and the dwelling house now in the possession of Ricd PEARCE, tailor, and the rents thereof during her life; also £100 when she is twenty or when she marries

                                •       to my daughter Ann WHITCHURCH and her heirs forever 2 acres of ground near a place called Badcocks at Frome town within the Parish of Frome with all the houses etc. on it and 8 acres of arable belonging to it which I bought from Phillip WHITCHURCH, my late brother; also two closes of meadow called Critchill Meadow, about 24 acres, for the remainder of the lease; also £100 when she is twenty or when she marries

                                •       to my daughter Mary WHITCHURCH and her heirs forever all my lands in the Parish of Frome near Badcocks which I lately bought from John YERBURY together with all the houses on them; also £150 when she is twenty or when she marries

                                •       to my daughter Margaret WHITCHURCH and her heirs forever all my mills with the lands belonging to them in the Parish of Rode, Somerset, which I late bought from Richard YERBURY gent; also £230 when she is twenty or when she marries

                                •       to my daughter Sarah WHITCHURCH and her heirs forever all my mills called Hapsford Mills with all the houses, outhouses, orchards, gardens, lands, meadows etc , the land and inheritance of Warwick BAMPFIELD Esq. during the terms I have on them; also £150 when she is twenty or when she marries

                                •       to my daughter Frances WHITCHURCH and her heirs forever a tenement called Garretts, now in the possession of Silas ALDER, lying near the George against Frome Market Place; also £400 when she is twenty or when she marries

                                •       to my daughter Alice WHITCHURCH and her heirs forever, a close of meadow at Nestovers called Newclose in the parish of Frome, about 10 acres, which I bought from Edmund LEVERSEDGE Esq., my late father in law; also £400 when she is twenty or when she marries

                                •       to my daughter Susanna WHITCHURCH and her heirs forever the dwellinghouse at Critchill in the Parish of Frome now in the tenure of Richard AIRES, Tailor, his tenants or assigns, with the orchard, gardens and lands belonging to it, which I lately bought from Mr Benjamin AVERY and Mr Ralph MOXHAM and others, and also a close of meadow or pasture ground called Katherine Close which I lately bought from Mr AVERY and now in the tenure, possession and occupation of John WAYLAND, clothier [?]

                                •       to my daughter Susanna WHITCHURCH my leasehold estate at Little Keyford within the Parish of Frome with the lands etc. appertaining, the lands and inheritance of Samuel CABELL Esq.; also the 4 acres of pasture ground in Gaston in the Parish of Frome, also the lands and inheritance of Samuel CABELL; also the 2 acres of pasture ground in Northover Field, lately inclosed, the inheritance of Michael SMITH, for the terms I have on them; also £450 when she is twenty or when she marries

                                •       Ann my wife to have all property and enjoy the rents until the daughters are twenty or marry

                                •       the maintenance of my aunt Anne LYTE, recently agreed in return for her relinquishing her title to Hapsford Mills, to be continued

                                •       to the poor of the Parish of Frome £5

                                •       residue to Ann my wife

                                •       to each of my overseers and their wives a mourning ring

                                •       to my sister BOYCE, my sister COLES, my brother BOYCE of London, Mr Richard YERBURY of London, Mr Edward ETTERICKE of London, William BREWER of Trowbridge Esq. and Mr Willm YERBURY, a mourning ring

                                •       to my servant Hester GOLLEDGE if living with me at my death 20 shillings

Overseers:           my brother in law Roger LEVERSEDGE Esq., my kinsmen John CHAMPNEYS Esq. and William WHITCHURCH Esq., my brother Mr Joseph IVIELEAFE and Mr Richard JENKINS

Executrix:             Anne my wife

Signed:                  3 Feb 1690

Witnesses:           John GIFFORD, Wm WILKINS, Wm HAYTER

Proved:                  4 Apr 1691 at PCC London by Ann WHITCHURCH

 

Testator:               Robert HOPKINS, Yeoman of Chapmanslade, psh of Corsley

PROB11 ref:         /407 q.192

Legacies:              •       my body to be buried in the churchyard of Corsley

                                •       to Robert HOPKINS my grandson £100 at 22 together with one crock and one kettle

                                •       to John HOPKINS my grandson and his heirs for ever the fee simple and inheritance of my closes called the Fenne [?] grounds in the tything of Chapmanslade, abt 8 ac., and also the messuage or tenement wherein I now dwel being the lands and inheritance of Thomas Vct WEYMOUTH in Chapmanslade for all the term I have thereupon together with all my household goods whatsoever, provided always that Alice my now wife is to have the rents of the sd lands of inheritance and chattel lease with the free use of the goods for life

                                •       to my sd grandson John HOPKINS £100 at 22

                                •       to Hannah HOPKINS my granddaughter my half-headed bedstead in my best chamber belonging to my now dwelling house together with the bedding and furniture thereto belonging, two pewter dishes and also £100 at 22

                                •       to my grandchildren Elizabeth and Alice HOPKINS £50 apiece at 22

                                •       to the poor of the psh of Corsley £5

                                •       to my servant John PHILLIPPS 20s

                                •       to my granddaughter Eleanor HOPKINS £100 at 22

                                •       residue to Alice my loving wife

Executrix:             Alice my loving wife

Signed:                  13 May 1691 (X) (3 Wm & Mary)

Witnesses:           John GIFFORD, Elizabeth GREENE (X), Robert HOPKINS Jnr

Proved:                  27 Nov 1691 at PCC London by Alice HOPKINS, Relict and Exix

 

Testator:               Joane SINGER als SMITH, Widow of Buckland Denham

PROB11 ref:         /407 q.198

Legacies:              •       20s, my black gown and a piece of SKAMELL broad cloth to make a petticoat, to my sister Anne, wife of Walter COLES

                                •       £10 to my nephews William SINGER and Thomas BUNN for the use of my cousin Elizabeth WEST, their sister in law, to keep her from the parish if occasion require; or if not, to her son Thomas WEST

                                •       £25 each to William BUNN, John BUNN, Thomas BUNN, and James BUNN, sons of my cousin William BUNN and Joane his wife, to be paid to their father, with benefit of survivorship if any die before reaching 21

                                •       £20 each to William SINGER, Richard SINGER, John SINGER, Thomas SINGER and Anne SINGER, children of my cousin William SINGER and Anne his wife, on the same terms

                                •       £30 to Walter SINGER, another son of William and Anne, on the same terms

                                •       My black gown and the petticoat belonging to it and my best silver laced waistcoat to my cousin Anne SINGER, wife of William

                                •       £10 to my cousin William CLARKE, son of William CLARKE

                                •       £20 and a platter to Elizabeth CLARKE, his daughter, this and the bequest to William to be paid to their father on the same terms as above

                                •       My chattel house and ground called Little Cayford, purchased from Mr SANDERS Esq., to my cousin Margary CLARKE, wife of William

                                •       £5 to my cousin Joane NORFOLKE, daughter of James NORFOLK Jnr, to be paid when she is 21; but if she dies first, to the youngest child of my cousin Joane CRADOCK

                                •       £20 to my cousin Thomas, son of John WILCOX, the interest to be used to bind him apprentice

                                •       £5 to John CHURCHMAN, son to Mary CHURCHMAN, my granddaughter in law, to be paid when or before he comes to age

                                •       £5 each to my cousins Charles, Walter, John and Sarah CRADOCK, children of cousin Joane CRADOCK, for placing them abroad to some honest trades or when they are 21

                                •       20s to my cousin Henry SINGER my grandson [sic]

                                •       The gold ring that was her mother’s to his sister Mary SINGER

                                •       20s to my godson John GUNNING

                                •       20s to my servant John GUNNING

                                •       The acre of wheat called Tile Close, with two bushels of wheat, £6 and all the pewter and brass that was her Grandfather SINGER’s, all the plow tackling and the wood in the backside except one load to my granddaughter Susanna MORRIS

                                •       one load of wood to my cousin Joane BUNN

                                •       £40, my red petticoat with five laces, the little half headed bedstead in the middle chamber and a little kettle to my cousin Anne FORD

                                •       My new serge mantle and two red petticoats to my cousin Joane CRADOCK

                                •       20s to the poor of Buckland Denham

                                •       5s to my overseers

                                •       The residue to my cousin Joane BUNN, wife of William BUNN

Executrix:             Joane BUNN

Overseers:           My trusty and beloved friends George POWELL, Victualler of Buckland Denham and my cousin Walter SINGER, Yeoman of Elm

Signed:                  30 Apr 1687

Witnesses:           Hugh KNAPP, Richard COOKE (X), William GUNNING (X), Rebecka COLE

Proved:                  8 Nov 1691 at PCC London by  Joane BUNN, wife of William BUNN, Exix

 

Testator:               Mary WHITTOCKE, Widow of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /407 q.224

Legacies:              •       to my sons William and John WHITTOCKE 10s apiece

                                •       to my daughters Mary CORNISH, Anne HINTON and Martha LANE £10 apiece

                                •       to my daughters Mary CORNISH and Anne HINTON all my wearing apparel to be divided equally between them

                                •       to the four children of my daughter Mary CORNISH 20s apiece

                                •       to the four children of my daughter Anne HINTON 20s apiece

                                •       to the five children of my daughter Martha LANE 20s apiece

                                •       to my son John WHITTOCKs child 20s

                                •       to my grandsons Thomas COLLINS and James COLLINS £30 apiece

                                •       to the poor of the people called Quakers 10s to be distributed at the discretion of John CLARE Sen, Mason, and Richard DAVIS, Tailor

                                •       to my overseers 5s apiece to buy gloves

Executors:            my grandsons Thomas COLLINS and James COLLINS

Overseers:           my kinsmen John GAWEN and Jeffery GAWEN

Signed:                  8 Oct 1688

Witnesses:           Jo. BULL, William BARTON, Bartholomew KINGE

Proved:                  1 Dec 1691 at PCC London by Thomas COLLINS and James COLLINS

 

Testator:               John A COURT, Gent of Raddon [Rodden]

PROB11 ref:         /410 q.97

Legacies:              •       my body to be buried in the Chancel of Rodden adjoining my wife’s body

                                •       to my daughter Lydia NAPPER £100 and to her children £300 to be equally divided between them

                                •       to my daughter Jane NAPPER £100

                                •       to my granddaughter Honour NAPPER £100 and my silver tankard

                                •       to my grandson John NAPPER £100

                                •       to the rest of my daughter Jane’s children £200 to be equally divided between them

                                •       to my nephew William A COURT s/o my brother Robert A COURT decd £10

                                •       to my niece Susanna DALLYE w/o John DALLYE £10

                                •       to my niece Margaret A COURT d/o my brother Robert A COURT decd £20

                                •       to my daughter Jane NAPPER the lease of my house in Frome Swd called the Angel which I hold from Lord STOURTON during so man years as shall be expired of my term during her lifetime; and after her decease the profits to my grandson John NAPPER until the termination of the lease

                                •       to my daughter Jane NAPPER my lease and reversion that I lately bought of Mr PROWSE decd of Hall Meads after my son John’s life

                                •       to my grandson Pierce A COURT the living that I lately bought of John SMITH

                                •       to the sd Pearce [sic] £100

                                •       to my daughters Lydia and Jane my case of drawers in my bedchamber and all my linen in it or do use to be in it and my trunk in the yellow chamber marked with L.?? and all the linen in it or use to be in it as also all my plate to be delivered them in senight after my death and divided equally between them

                                •       to the poor of the Almshouse in Frome 20s a year for ever to be paid on 27 Sep [sic]; also 20s to the schoolmaster of the Free school in Frome for teaching of a boy to be elected by my heirs, the 40s to be paid out of a tenement in Nunney now in the possession of one RAYLES which shall be paid every 27 Dec for ever

                                •       to the poor of Rodden 20s a year to be paid every 27 Dec to be distributed by my heirs to those that be approved

                                •       to the poor of Rodden £10 to be let out on bond whereby the interest may be distributed on those which my heirs shall approve of

                                •       to my cousin Grace BLAND £10 and my best silver salt

                                •       for the support of the meeting at Frome now at John SHEPPARDs house £40 to buy a plot of land worth 40s a year to be paid to it yearly for ever to the ministers that supply the place; and I desire that Mr ALBIN and Mr PHILIPS that are now ministers there to see it performed

                                •       to my son John my lease in possession of Hall Meads; also my assignment whereby I hold four closes belonging to St John’s Hospital in Bath

                                •       to my Exor and his heirs male for ever my tenement in Raddon called JENSONs Mill and also my lease in reversion I have that my mother lived in after my Sister BLACKBOURNE; also all my manors of Flintford and Rodden and also all the lands in Frome Swd

                                •       to my son John my chattel lease of my two grounds in Maston [Marston] which I bought of the Earl of ORRERY; also all my other lands in Nunney, that one RODWAY now rents of me to have and to hold to him for his life and to his heirs male lawfully begotten provided that he, my intended Exor, satisfies the legacies herein bequeathed

                                •       to my brothers and sisters 20s apiece to buy funeral rings

                                •       to my servants 20s apiece

                                •       residue to my son John

                                •       to my Overseers 20s apiece

Executor:              my son John

Overseers:           my brother Mr William BREWER and my brother in law Mr Thomas BLACKBOURNE

Signed:                  18 Dec 1690

Witnesses:           Grace BLAND, Luke SHERGOLD

Proved:                  4 Jun 1692 at PCC London by John A COURT, son and Exor

 

Testator:               John CLARE Snr, Currier of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /412 q.198

Legacies:              •       my body to be buried in the ground in Frome purchased by the people called Quakers

                                •       to my wife Elizabeth CLARE £60 which I formerly gave bond to leave her at my death; also the bed we lie upon with the bedstead and all things belonging to it ; also all her household stuff that she brought with her when we were married and likewise her tenement at Laverton during her life if the three lives that be upon it shall so long live, and if the lives die before her my Exor to pay her £10; and my son John shall let her have houseroom with him during her life

                                •       to my trustees for the use of my daughter Hayyat and her children the house that I purchased of William COMBES during the three lives upon it, her husband to have no power of it

                                •       also I give £5 to my daughter Hayyat to be laid out by my wife and son John with her consent to buy clothes and other necessaries for her and her children’s use

                                •       to my daughter Sarah SMITH the £30 that is due on bond from Samuel MORTIMORE and likewise £60 to be paid by my Exor

                                •       to my daughter Hester CLARE the money due upon bond to me on those bonds made in her name and £150 to be paid by my Exor

                                •       to poor friends called Quakers £5 to be distributed by Peter WALTER, John DAVIES, George POWELL, Alexander PYOT and John DANDO Snr of Hallowtree or any three of them

                                •       to my loving son John CLARE and his heirs all my lands forever with all my monies etc. and other goods and household stuff whatever

                                •       if my son John dies without leaving any legitimate child, my will is that my land be divided amongst my three daughters’ children

Executor:              my son John CLARE

Overseers:           Alexander PYOT, John DAVIES, Charles ROGERS, George POWELL, Peter WALTER and John DANDO Snr

Signed:                  9 Jul 1691 (X)

Witnesses:           John YERBURY, Mary YERBURY, Mary YERBURY

Proved:                  6 Nov 1692 at PCC London by John CLARE, son and Exor

 

Testator:               James ACOURT, Gent of Raddon

PROB11 ref:         /413 q.1 (Sentence 173)

Legacies:              •       to the poor of Raddon 4s

                                •       to my dear brother Mr John ACOURT £6 to buy mourning

                                •       to my sister Susan w/o Mr Thomas BLACKBURNE 20s

                                •       to my sister Anne w/o John COLES, late of Whatcomb decd a writing or debt of £50

                                •       to my cousin Mr John ACOURT £10

                                •       to my cousin Jane NAPPER of Bristol £3

                                •       to my cousin James BLACKBURNE £5

                                •       to my cousins John and Nathaniel BLACKBURNE 10s a piece

                                •       to my kinsman William ACOURT 10s

                                •       to my cousin Margaret ACOURT £5

                                •       to my goddaughter Ann COLES £5

                                •       to my cousins Robert and Joseph WHITCHURCH 10s a piece

                                •       to my cousins Susan POLLEN and Philippa CADDOCKE 5s a piece

                                •       to my cousin William KING 10s

                                •       residue to my dear wife Elizabeth ACOURT

                                •       20s a piece to my Overseers to buy rings

Executrix:             my wife Elizabeth ACOURT

Overseers:           my loving friends Mr William WHITCHURCH Jnr of Frome and Mr John OGDEN of London

Signed:                  19 May 1690 (2 William & Mary)

Witnesses:           Elnathan HOLWEY Snr, Elnathan HOLWEY Jnr, Jean HOLODEY (X)

Codicil:                  5 Jan 1691/2

                                •       alters bequest of £6 to brother John ACOURT to 20s to buy a ring

                                •       alters bequest of £10 to cousin John ACOURT to 10s

                                •       alters bequest of £5 to goddaughter Ann COLES to 10s

Witnesses:           Stephen CHAFON, Mary WROTH

Proved:                  13 Jan 1692/3 at PCC London by Elizabeth ACOURT, Relict and Exix

 

Testator:               Henry DUTTON, Clerk, Rector of Mells

PROB11 ref:         /414 q.78

Legacies:              •       my body to be buried in the chancel of the psh church of Mells by my children according to the orders of the Church of England

                                •       to my son Henry DUTTON, Vicar of  Parkle [?] church in the County of Glamorgan, all my books except such as I shall herein after give and except such English books as my Exix shall make choice of or any friend for her

                                •       to my granddaughter Margarett d/o my son Henry £50 to be put out at interest for her use solely

                                •       to Mary and Anne, two other daughters of my son Henry £40 apiece to be put out at interest for their respective uses, and if any of my sd grandchildren die before they attain 18 or marry, their share to the survivors

                                •       to my brother William DUTTON 20s to buy him a ring

                                •       to my kinsman John BELLINGER of Evercreech 20s

                                •       to my kinsman William DUTTON, Vicar of Evercreech, 20s

                                •       to my kinsman William MITCHELL of Wells 20s

                                •       to my goddaughter Florence WINCHCOMBE d/o Henry WINCHOMBE, Clerk deceased, 20s

                                •       to Elizabeth BELLINGER d/o sd John BELLINGER £5

                                •       to my godson Henry BELLINGER 40s

                                •       to George HORNER of Mells Esq. and to Samuell HORNER Esq. 20s apiece to buy them rings

                                •       to the Cathedral church of St Andrews in Wells £30 to remain in stock for ever, to be paid out of my annus post mortem which will be due to my Exix

                                •       to the library of St Andrews, Wells, St Chrysostome’s works in Greek

                                •       to the poor of the psh of Mells £5

                                •       to the poor of the psh of Evercreech £5

                                •       to my servants living with me at my death 10s apiece

                                •       residue to my well beloved wife Margaret

Executrix:             my well beloved wife Margaret

Signed:                  10 May 1692 (4 Wm & Mary)

Witnesses:           Will. GANNETT, Rick. SHEPPARD, Jo. BULL

Proved:                  12 May 1693 at PCC London by Margaret DUTTON, Relict and Exix

 

Testator:               John GOLSEY, Vicar of Cloford

PROB11 ref:         /414 q.79

Legacies:              •      

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Executor:              

Overseers:           

Signed:                 

Witnesses:          

Proved:                  at PCC London by

 

Testator:               Clement BULL, Cardmaker of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /415 q.91

Legacies:              •       to Clement, Richard, John, Jane, Henry and Hannah BULL my children £70 each at their accomplishing 21

                                •       residue to Jane my well beloved wife

                                •       to my Overseers 10s apiece

Executrix:             Jane my well beloved wife

Overseers:           my loving friends Walter MARCHANT my brother-in-law and Robert SHORT of Bishopstrow

Signed:                  11 Apr 1681 (33 Charles II)

Witnesses:           Richard PORTE [?], Edm JONES, Richard WASON

Proved:                  21 Jun 1693 at PCC London by Walter MERCHANT, Richard BULL and Joanna SHORT, Widow, guardians of Richard BULL, Jane BULL and Henry BULL, minor children and legatees of Clement BULL (Jane BULL, wife and Exix having died in the lifetime of Testor)

Marginal note:     3 [?] Oct 1696 admon granted to Richard BULL, son and legatee of Clement BULL…

 

Testatrix:              Mary YERBURY, Widow of Fisherton Anger, Wilts

PROB11 ref:         /416

Legacies:              •       to my son John YERBURY, Laceman, the £30 which he now oweth me; also the £10 with interest which he oweth to Mr Edward Dowling on bond in trust for me; also £20 on condition that he shall permit my exor to pay it to Mr John Powell of New Sarum to discharge a debt now due by my said son John YERBURY; also £30 and a little silver dish with two handles and two silver spoons

                                •       to my son Daniel YERBURY, Attorney of the City of New Sarum, all the money that he now oweth me which is about £30; also £10 to be paid by my exor

                                •       I require my exor to pay my daughter Jane YERBURY, spinster of Fisherton Anger, the £100 left her by her late father Richard late of Fisherton Anger, Linen [?] Drawer; also three [?] score pounds; also all my wearing apparel both linen and woollen; also half of my Household goods and half of my bedding and furniture both linen and woollen and half my table linen and half of the spoons and rings desiring that the same may be equally divided

                                •       residue to my loving son Richard YERBURY, Gent of Fisherton Anger

                                •       to my overseer 10s

Executor:              my loving son Richard Yerbury

Overseer:             my loving friend Robert Croome, Clothworker of Fisherton Anger

Signed:                  31 Oct 1691 (3 Wm & Mary) (X)

Witnesses:           Robert Croome, Samuel Morris, Joan Smith (X), Tho Dawes

Proved:                  31 Oct 1693 at PCC London by Richard YERBURY, son and exor

 

Testator:               Robert RUNDELL, Clothier of Beckington

PROB11 ref:         /422 q.220

Legacies:              •       to Clement BULL, Cardmaker of Frome Swd, and Edward GRANT, Clothier of Trowbridge, Wilts, and their heirs for ever, all messuages, lands etc. whereof I am seised in the psh of Beckington for the uses hereinafter mentioned, i.e.

to the use of Samuel MORTIMER s/o Edward MORTIMER, Cardmaker of Frome Swd, during his natural life and from the determination of that estate to the use of my now wife and John COWARD, Cardboard maker of Frome Swd and their heirs during the life of Samuel MORTIMER in trust only to preserve the contingent uses hereinafter limited from being defeated and for that purpose to make entries and bring actions as occasion shall require, yet nevertheless  in trust to permit Samuel MORTIMER to receive the rents etc. during his natural life and after his decease for the life of his first son to be begotten and the heirs of his body; and for default of such issue to the use of his second son… and for default of such issue then in case such woman as shall be wife of Samuel MORTIMER shall at his death be with child to the use of my said wife and John COWARD and their heirs until such wife of Samuel MORTIMER shall be delivered of such child or die in trust for such child if it be a son, and if not for such person as shall be next in reversion or remainder of these devised premises…

and for want of such issue to the use of Robert RUNDELL s/o my deceased brother William RUNDELL for life; and after the determination of that estate to the use of my wife and John COWARD and their heirs during the life of Robert RUNDELL in trust to preserve the contingent uses yet nevertheless to permit Robert to receive the rents etc. for life; and after his decease to the use of the first son of his body…

and for default of such issue to the use of William RUNDELL b/o the said Robert RUNDELL for life; and after the determination of that estate to the use of my wife and John COWARD during the life of William RUNDELL in trust to preserve the contingent uses yet nevertheless to permit William to receive the rents etc. for life; and immediately after his decease to the use of the first son of his body…

and for default of such issue to the use of Edward SHEPHARD s/o my sister Hester for life; and after the determination of that estate to the use of my wife and John COWARD during the life of Edward SHEPHARD in trust to preserve the contingent uses yet nevertheless to permit Edward to receive the rents etc for life; and immediately after his decease to the use of his first son…

and for default of such issue to the use of John SHEPHARD b/o Edward SHEPHARD for life; and after the determination of that estate to the use of my wife and John COWARD during the life of John SHEPHARD in trust to preserve the contingent uses yet nevertheless to permit William to receive the rents etc. for life; and immediately after his decease to the use of the first son of his body…

and for default of such issue to the use of my own right heirs for ever

                                •       to Edward GRANT and Clement BULL and their heirs for ever all messuages etc. whereof I am seised in the psh of Westcombe, Soms

to the use of Robert RUNDELL for life; and after the determination of that estate to the use of my wife and John COWARD during the life of William RUNDELL in trust to preserve the contingent uses yet nevertheless to permit Robert to receive the rents etc. for life; and immediately after his decease to the use of the first son of his body…

and for default of such issue to the use of Samuel MORTIMER during his life in trust to preserve the contingent uses yet nevertheless to permit Samuel to receive the rents etc; and immediately after his decease to the use of the first son of his body…

and for default of such issue to the use of William RUNDELL b/o Robert for life; and after the determination of that estate to the use of my wife and John COWARD… and after the decease of William RUNDELL to the use of the first son of his body…

and for default of such issue to the use of John SHEPHARD for life; and after the determination of that estate to the use of my wife and John COWARD… and after the decease of John SHEPHARD to the use of the first son of his body …

and for default of such issue to the use of Edward SHEPHARD for life; and after the determination of that estate to the use of my wife and John COWARD… and after the decease of Edward SHEPHARD to the use of the first son of his body …

and for want of such issue to my own right heirs for ever

                                •       to Edward SHEPHARD, his Exors etc. all the messuages and lands which I purchased of Mr Richard PAINE and Mr William MINNERNE in the psh of Beckington for 800 years; but if he dies under 21 and unmarried to Samuel MORTIMER, his Exors etc. for 800 years

                                •       all messuages and lands wherein I have any term of years in the psh of Frome Swd to Robert RUNDELL and his brother William RUNDELL, their heirs etc.

                                •       to my beloved wife all my household stuff which was at any time her father’s; also one moiety of my household goods; and the residue to Samuel MORTIMER

                                •       as soon as my wife releases to the respective owners of my lands by virtue of this my will all her dower right and tithe of dower in all lands etc. whereof I am seised £1000

                                •       to my wife for life the messuage and lands etc. in Westcomb now or late in the occupation of Richard CHIVERS

                                •       during her widowhood my wife shall enjoy the capital messuage in Beckington wherein I now inhabit with the gardens, courts, backsides, stables, buildings and orchards; and for that purpose Clement BULL and Edward GRANT to stand seised of it to the use of my wife during her widowhood and also of such part of the said messuage and lands now or late in the possession of Richard CHIVERS

                                •       to Samuel MORTIMER £400

                                •       to Robert RUNDELL £200

                                •       to Edward SHEPHARD £200

                                •       to John SHEPHARD £200

                                •       to my neice Susannah DUNN £100

                                •       to Ann w/o Stephen PENY [PENNY] of Cayford [Keyford] £30

                                •       to William RUNDELL b/o Robert £200, all to be paid at their marriage or when they are 21, the portion of any dying to go to the residue

                                •       to James ELLIOTT of Warminster, Wilts, £10

                                •       to John ELLIOTT s/o Edward ELLIOTT deceased £5

                                •       out of the surplus the residue to my wife, Edward GRANT, Clement BULL, Edward MORTIMER and Samuel MORTIMER £100 to purchase a fee simple estate to them and their heirs on trust that the profits be from time to time disposed of to pious and charitable uses and in the meantime £4 yearly in lieu; and I recommend but do not enjoin them to use the best measures they can think of for the continuance, support and maintenance of a Baptist Minister for that Congregation of Protestant Dissenters of Frome known by the name of Baptists; and after the death of two of them the survivors to convey the lands to two or more persons and their heirs to whom the same shall be so conveyed ?? reconvey the same in fee to such of them so conveying and to four more honest and substantial persons members of such Congregation and their heirs on trust…

                                •       one third of the residue to my wife and the remainder to Samuel MORTIMER, Robert RUNDELL, William RUNDELL (b/o Robert), John SHEPHARD and Edward SHEPHARD by equal shares, the share of any dying under 21 years and unmarried to the survivors

Executors:            my wife, Edward GRANT, Clement BULL, Edward MORTIMER and Samuel MORTIMER

Signed:                  3 Sep 1692

Witnesses:           William ADLAM of Crockerton, Rich [?] ROBINS of Corton, Joseph BOWMAN, James EDGELL

Proved:                  ?? Sep 1694 at PCC London by Joan RUNDELL, Relict, Edward MORTIMER, Samuel MORTIMER, three of the Exors; power reserved to grant to Edward GRANT and Clement BULL

 

Testator:               Thomas KING, Clothier of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /427 q.132

                                My body to be buried in Frome Churchyard

Legacies:              •       £30 to my son Phillip when he has served his apprenticeship

                                •       £30 to my son Maxemellion when he is 21

                                •       £30 to my daughter Joyce when she is 21

                                •       £10 of the afsd sums to my Exor if any of my children die before payment

Executrix:             My dear wife Joyce

Overseers:           My loving brothers Henry and Robert KING

Signed:                  25 Jul 1695 (X)                    

Witnesses:           Humphrey PODDY, William LANGLEY, William GILSTONE

Proved:                  17 Aug 1695 at PCC London by...

 

Testator:               James SMITH, Gent of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /435 q.260

Legacies:              •       to my daughter Sarah SMITH my parcel of ROWLESs [?] ground called lut [sic] COOKE near Clink in the psh of Frome from the death of Elizabeth my wife for the whole term unexpired

                                •       to my sd daughter Sarah £300 when she is 21 or married provided her mother and uncles think it convenient; and she shall receive the interest in the mean time towards her maintenance and education

                                •       to my son James SMITH my house and backside called WILTONs in Frome for the term of 100 years after the decease of John WILTON

                                •       to my sd son James £300 when he is 21; the interest towards his maintenance and education

                                •       to my son Michael SMITH my dwelling house and backside now in the possession of Mr James BENNETT in Frome immediately after the deaths of Mr Thomas NAPPER and Lydia his wife during the term of 100 years

                                •       to my sd son Michael £300 when he is 21; the interest towards his education and maintenance

                                •       to my son John my two dwelling houses and backsides now in the possessions of Anthony FRICKER and Sarah WALTER, Widow, after the deaths of Edward FARR and Edward FRICKER for the term of 100 years

                                •       to my son John £300 when he is 21; the interest towards his education and maintenance

                                •       to my eldest son Samuel my land called Chantry Lands for ever, except what is hereinbefore bequeathed

                                •       to my sd son Samuel £300 when he is 21; the interest towards his education and maintenance

                                •       if any of my children above named dies before they are 21 or married, their share equally to the survivors

                                •       to my son Samuel my silver tankard

                                •       to my son James half a dozen of my best silver spoons

                                •       to my son Michael my silver beaker

                                •       to my son John my silver tumbler

                                •       a plain gold ring apiece to each of my sons

                                •       to Sarah my daughter her grandmother's wedding ring with all the rest of my small plate, provided my wife has the use of them until she is 21 or married

                                •       residue to Elizabeth my loving wife

                                •       a ring apiece to my Overseers

Executrix:             Elizabeth my wife

Overseers:           my brother Michael SMITH and my brother in law Jonathan WHITCHURCH

Signed:                  4 Jun 1696

Witnesses:           Anne PHILLIPS (X), Sarah ROGERS (X), John LEWIS

Proved:                  1 Dec 1696 at PCC London by Elizabeth SMITH, Relict and Exix

 

Testator:               Solomon DEBNAM, Clothier of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /437 q.72

Legacies:              •       to be buried in the psh church of Frome

                                •       The dwelling house I now live in with all lands etc belonging to it, which I purchased for Mr ROYNON, to my daughter Margarett KINGMAN  for life; and after her death, to Samuel KINGMAN, my grandson, his heirs etc. for ever

                                •       The little new erected house, now in the possession of John DEBNAM, with the garden adjoining to my granddaughter Margarett KINGMAN, her heirs etc. for ever

                                •       the other new erected dwelling house, now in the possession of William GURGFIELD, and all the lands etc. belonging to it which I purchased of Mr MOXON, except what is given to my granddaughter to my grandson Solomon KINGMAN, his heirs etc. for ever, but my daughter Margarett KINGMAN shall have the profits until Solomon comes of age

                                •       The 2-acre close of pasture which I purchased of Mr Robert SMITH to my grandson Samuel KINGMAN for all my term in it

                                •       The acre of ground which I purchased of Mr SELLWOOD to my grandson Solomon KINGMAN for all my term in it

                                •       The acre of ground which I purchased of Mr AVERY to my daughter Margarett KINGMAN for the term I have in it

                                •       £100 to my loving wife Margarett

                                •       £20 yearly to my wife for life, to be paid quarterly out of my personal estate

                                •       £10 to be invested by the Churchwardens and Overseers of the Poor of the parish of Frome and the interest to be paid yearly to such of the poor who do not receive relief from the parish

                                •       £10 to my poor relations in such proportions as my Exors think fit

                                •       Residue to my daughter Margarett KINGMAN and my grandchildren Samuel, Solomon and Margaret KINGMAN to be divided equally between them, the share of any dying before they are 21 or marry going to the survivors

                                •       10s each to my Exors to buy rings

Executors:            My good friends Mr Jonathan WHITCHURCH, Mercer of Frome, Mr Edward WHITCHURCH, Clothier of Frome, Mr Joseph JESSER, Clothier of Frome, John DAVIS, Taylor of Frome, and John COLLINS, Clothier of Frome

Signed:                  14 Feb 1694

Witnesses:           Tobias DYMOCK, Samuel FISHER, John DEBNAM

Proved:                  14 Apr 1697 at PCC London by Jonathan WHITCHURCH, Edward WHITCHURCH, Joseph JESSER, John DAVIS, and John COLLINS, Exors

 

Testator:               George HOOPER Snr, Cardmaker of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /449 q.24

Legacies:              •       All my lands, tenements etc. in Westcombe, psh of Batcombe, to my loving wife Joane HOOPER, her heirs etc. for ever

                                •       The dwelling house which I now live in with the garden etc. belonging which I purchased of Mr CABELL to my wife Joane, her Exors etc for the remainder of my term

                                •       £75 18s 4d and £45 which he borrowed to my son George HOOPER

                                •       A further £50 to my son George HOOPER

                                •       The dwelling house now in his possession to my son George HOOPER, his Exors etc. for the remainder of the term

                                •       £5 each to each of the children of my son George HOOPER, to wit George HOOPER, Mary HOOPER and Joane HOOPER

                                •       £5 to my son Hugh HOOPER

                                •       £5 each to each of the children of my son Hugh HOOPER, to wit John HOOPER, Joseph HOOPER, Benjamin HOOPER, Mary HOOPER and George HOOPER

                                •       £5 each to each of my daughters, to wit Joane RUNDELL, Susanna ALLEN, Elizabeth MAY, Sarah HOOPER and Rachaell CABELL

                                •       £5 each to the children of my daughter Elizabeth MAY, to wit Elizabeth MAY, William MAY, Mary MAY and Joseph MAY

                                •       £5 each to each of my son in law John ALLENs children, to wit Joane ALLEN, Mary ALLEN, John ALLEN and Joseph ALLEN

                                •       £10 each to each of my son in law Virtue DUNN als HIPSTONE [BILSTONE]’s children, to wit Susanna and William (Grandchildren’s legacies to be paid when they respectively attain 21 or marry)

                                •       £20 to be distributed by my Exix to charitable uses, to wit 40s p.a. for 10 years

                                •       Residue to my wife Joane HOOPER

Executrix:             Joane HOOPER

Signed:                  13 Jul 1698                          

Witnesses:           Jo. BULL, William SWEETLAND, Israell FORWARD

Proved:                  13 Feb 1698 at PCC London by Joane HOOPER, Relict and Exix

 

Testator:               Bartholomew KING, Clothier of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /449 q. 44

Legacies:              •       the fine on a 99-year lease agreed with Lord WEYMOUTH on the lives of Mary my wife, Joseph my son and Mary my daughter on a house called Churchouse now in my possession to be paid by Exors: lease to my wife Mary and her assigns for life; after her decease to my son Joseph and his assigns; and after his death to my daughter Mary and her assigns for the remainder of the term

                                •       £20 to my son John

                                •       all my household goods to my wife Mary

                                •       residue to my children Joseph, Mary and John in equal shares

Executors:            My loving friends John BULL, gent., James BENNETT, Apothecary, Richard HALES, Currier, and John KING, my brother

Signed:                  7 Feb 1698          

Witnesses:           George PARREY, John KING Jnr, George WEST (X)

Proved:                  7 Mar 1698 at PCC London by John BULL, James BENNETT, Richard HALES and John KING, Exors

 

Testator:               of Frome

PROB11 ref:         /

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Executrix:            

Overseers:          

Signed:                 

Witnesses:          

Proved:                  at PCC London by