P.C.C. Will Transcription
L. Duncan -
Book 54 page 70
Will 6 August 1557
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Written wt myn owne hande 6
August 1557 I THOMAS CULPEPER of Bedgebery in Kent esquier. To be buried
in the chapell ouer agayn where that my graundefather lieth wt in the
parish church of Gowdehust [Goudhurst] [or where it please God]
according to the laudable custom and vsage that shal then fortune to be
had wt in this Realme of England in the Catholicke Churche.
To Ellen my welbeloved wiffe all her apparell, jewelles &e which she
hath heretofore at any tyme vsed to ware. Also all my corne and grayne
and thone half of all the beofes and muttons and all my beere, wynes,
all other kynde of provision at Begebery and Maytam. My wief to keep the
partes of my three sonnes, George, Water and Ponyngs Colepepper till
they come to 21.
Vnto my said wif my twoo dosenne of siluer plates my twoo white siluer
saltes my white basinne and ewer of siluer my littill white cupp off
siluer and to Ponnyngs Colepepper his cup, salte and spones that his
three godfathers and godmother gave him.
Also to my said wife hir pillion, geldinge and nagge or mare that she
vsithe to ryde on. To my said wif and to George, Water, and Ponyngs
Colepepper our sonnes £100 egallie to be devided.
All other my cattalles, goods &e., my father, my mothers willes and
myn being performed I doo geve unto Alexaunder Culpepper my eldest sonne
Ouerseers Ellen Culpepper my welbeloved wif, Sr. John baker, Knight, my
most derest brother Sr. George Harper and my brother in law Maister
To the poor of Gowdeherst, Cranbroke, Hawkeherst, Horsmonden, Lambherst,
Marden, Stapleherst, Benenden and Rowenden everye of thies parrishes
And as concerning my manors, lands &e in Kent, Sussex or elswhere,
whereas I have made severall feoffamentes to thuse of my sonnes
severally in tayle wt diverse remaynders my will is that all other my
mannors &e I will and lymyte to Alexaunder Culpepper my eldest sonne
and theirs males of his bodye and for lacke to George C. my sonne and
for lacke thenne to Water C. and then to Ponyngs C. and then to theires
males of my body and to my right heires.
Codicill: Will my brother George Harper and my brother Vane wt my sonne
Alexander be my executors.
I will my brother Harper shalhave my sorrell horse and my brother Fane
another at his awne choyse and either of them £40 for their paynes
taking and Henry Fane my blacke horse to make hym a horsman.
Proved: 20 October 1558 by Alexander Culpeper executor. (P.C.C. 60
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