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Will of Ann Cooper of Hingham, a Single Woman, 1634

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This is a transcription of the original will of Ann Cooper of Hingham, a Single Woman, courtesy of Susan McNamee. The will was written on 2 June 1634. [1]

The image quality was fair and the handwriting very legible.
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:

  • Ann Coo[per], a single woman
  • Thomas Coo[per] my father
  • Margarett, my mother
  • John Coo[per] my brother
  • Nathaniell my brother
  • Rabecca my sister
  • Thomas Coo[per] my brother
  • Thomas, Thomas Coo[per]'s son
  • Samuel, Thomas Coo[per]'s son
  • Rachel, Thomas Coo[per]'s daughter
  • Ester Rogers, witness
  • Anthony Coo[per], witness


June, the Second Day, 1634, I Ann Coo[per]
of Hingham in the county of Norff[olk] Single woman
doe ordaine & make this my last will & testament
of all my moveable effects in manner following, first
I give & bequeath all my lande & grounde lying in
hardingham to Thomas Coo[per] my father & Margarett
my mother terme of their life and after their
deceased. I give & bequeath the said lande & grounde
to John Coo[per] my brother & his heirs for due upon
this condition, that he the said John doe pay to
Nathaniell my brother the sume of twenty pounde,
fiftie penne the sume of this payde & to
and to Rabecca my Sister ye some of three pounds & to ye three children of
Thomas Coo[per] my brother videl[ice]t Thomas, Samuel & Rachel payde
the sume of five pounde to be equally devided
amongest them all which said sumes of money my
will & mynd is that John my brother shall pay to
them within five monthe most after the decease
of the paid Thomas Coo[per] my father & Margarett
my mother the which said sumes of of mony to be
paid at the Markett Crese of the said towne
of Hingham and if deafault of payment or
the said somes of mony be not paid as above
then I will and give the said lande & grounde to

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Nathanyell Coo[per] my said brother and
his heires, he then to pay the said sumes of
mony & also to pay to the said John my brother
the sume of twenty pounds all which said somes
of monye the said Nathanyell shall pay within
one yeare most after the decease of the
Thomas Coo[per] my Father & Margarett my Mother
All the rest of my moveable goods I give and
bequeath to Thomas Coo[per] my father whome
I make executor of ths my last will and
testament, In witnes here unto I have sett
my hand & soule the day & yeare above said
have being wittnessed Ester Rogers
& Anthony Coo[per]

Ann Coo[per] her mark
the testator


  1. Will of Ann Cooper 1634, Episcopal Consistory Court, Archdeaconry of Norfolk, Registered wills v. 43, 1634, Norwich Record Office; digital images via FamilySearch catalog, FHL Digital Collection, DGS 8004648, image 97-98, accessed 15 February 2022, courtesy of Nic Donnelly.

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