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Will of Alice Cooper, Widow, of Hingham, 1557

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This is a transcription of the register copy of the will of Alice Cooper Widow of "Hengham" (HIngham), Norfolk. Alice wrote her will on 28 November 1556 and it was proved at the Archdeaconry Court of Norfolk sitting at Wymondham on 29 January 1557 [1557/8] [1]

The image quality was good and the handwriting very legible. On page 2, the handwriting changes to another hand for a few lines and then resumes with the original.
Spelling, punctuation and line breaks are as per the original document.
Crossings through have been included struck out
Paragraph breaks at change of bequest, and bold text are my own for ease of reading.
Where present, the obsolete letter Thorn has been rendered as th, and ff has been rendered as F
Abbreviations and breviographs have been expanded in [square brackets]

Persons mentioned:

  • my husbande not named. Died before 28 November 1556, buried at Hingham.
  • Rychard Cooper my Sonne
  • Symond (Simon) my sonne
  • Robert Cooper my sonne
  • John Fawke relationship not given
  • Elisabeth hys wyff wife of John Fawke
  • Ales Cooper the daughter of Thomas Cooper
  • Jhon (John) Cooper my sonne
  • Walter Cooper my soone
  • Syr Walter Cooper witness to will priest. Sir was an honorific for priests, and did not indicate he was a knight
  • Thomas Cooper the sonne of Peter Cooper
  • bennet Cooper the daughter of John Cooper
  • John Cooper the soone of Thomas Cooper
  • Annis Cooper the Doughter of Simon Cooper
  • Elizabeth Calie my mayde servante
  • Elizabeth Pratt
  • Edward Thwayte parson of Hingham, overseer of will
  • Rychard Woodkoc executor of will
  • Wylliam Thwayte witness
  • Robert Agge witness
  • Thomas Blackeston witness

In the name of god Amen the xxviij th daye of
Novembre in the yere of o[u]r Lorde god a thousande fyve
hundreth fyftye and syxe I Alys Cooper of Hengham
Wedowe being of hoole mynde and parfighte memory
thankes be gyven to almightie god do make and declare
this my present testament and Laste wyll in man[n]er and
forme followinge refusing and adnullynge all other
testamentes and willes made by me in tymes paste /
Fyrste I bequeath my sowle to almyghtie god my creator
and to o[u]r blessed Lady saincte Mary and to all the hooly
cumpany of heaven and my bodye to be buyryed in the
church yarde of Hengham aforsaide one the sowthe syde
nexte unto my husbande

Item I geve unto
the poore people of Hengham xxs to be distributed
w[i]t[h]in one yere nexte after my Decease

Item I geve towards
a grayle for the maynten[a]nce of goddes servyce iijs iiij

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Item I geve to Rychard Coop[er] my Sonne the posted bed
in the parler withe the fetherbed the beste coverlet the
lester the hangyns blanketes shetes pyllowes w[i]th all thinges
complete therto belongyn his father best gowne / the coobards
in the hall w[i]th the table and the fourme there / and a playne
chest w[i]th out feete /

Item I geve and bequeath to Symond my
sonne a canves bede stuffed w[i]th fethers a coverlet of Longe
worke a payer of sheets and a bolster and a chyest w[i]th iiij

Item I geve to Robert Coop[er] my sonne a Fetherbed [2]
w[i]t[h] a boulster

Item I give and bequethe to John Fawke the
bedsted on the parlure Soller [3]

Item I give to Elisabeth hys
wyff my best doble rayle

Item I geve to Ales Coop[er] the daughter
of Thomas Coop[er] a heyefor the coler red /

Item I geve to Jhon
Coop[er] my sonne my chaffer /

Item I geve to Walter Coop[er] my soone
my greatest keatell save one and the stayned hangyns in the
parler /

Item I geve to every one of my godchylderen iiijd
to be payed to them suche daye twelmonthe as I decesse /

Item I bequethe to Thomas Coop[er] the sonne of Peter Coop[er] my
best chafendyshe and a pewter plater /

Item I give to bennet
Coop[er] the daughter of John Coop[er] my worsted kyrtell and a
kercher /

Item I geve and bequeath to John Coop[er] the soone
of Thomas Coop[er] my best candelstycke and a pewter plater /

Item I geve to Annis Coop[er] the Doughter of Simon Coop[er] my
possenet /

Item I geve and bequethe to Elizabeth Calie my
mayde s[er]va[n]t my best gowne save one and syx shyllyngs
and viijd a platter and dyshe & the wagis of that quarter
where I dep[ar]te /

Item I geve to Elizabeth Pratt a shepes
colerd peticote / a bosshell of ote malte and halfe a busshell of
bredcorne /

Item I do requere and ordeyne Edward Thwayte

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person of hingh[a]m aforesayd to be sup[er]visor of this my
wyll to who[m] for his paynes in that behalfe taken I
geve & bequeathe iijs iiijd / The residue of my goods &
cattell not bequeathed and debts to me an anye
wyse belongyng / I geve to Rychard Woodkoc who[m] I
constitute and make myne executor that w[i]th thies
my goods he may p[er]forme this my testament
and last wyll wherof these be wytnesses / Syr
Walter Cooper priest Wyll[ia]m Thwayte Robert Agge
Thomas Blackeston

Probate [abstracted from the Latin] This will was proved at Wymondham at the Commissary Court of the Archdeaconry of Norfolk xxix day of January AD 1557 Administration of the goods to the executor named in this will


  1. Will of Alice Cooper of Hingham 1557 Archdeaconry Court of Norfolk, ANF will register Liber 16 (Beales) fo. 120 Norfolk Record Office. Family Search film 008045264 images 126-7 Viewable at a Family History Centre. Transcribed 22 February 22
  2. the handwriting and style changed here for several lines then resume the original
  3. Solar

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