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Will of Elizabeth Rugeley, widow of Over, 1630

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This is a transcription of the register copy of the will of Elizabeth Rugeley (nee Bickley, formerly Ashe) a widow of Over, Cambridgeshire, England. [1]

She wrote her will on 12 November 1630, having already (by her own admission) disposed of most of her estate. A nephew (William Bickley) by his own will in 1635, shared with his immediate family the £100 that Elizabeth left to him, but this is not included in this will.

The will was proved at the Prerogative Court of Canterbury on 8 February 1630/1, with administration being granted to Elizabeth's brother Francis Bickley.

Spelling, line breaks and punctuation as per the register copy of the will.
Capital F is rendered as such rather than ff.
Abbreviations are expanded in [square brackets].
Omissions and margin insertions are placed in the text where indicated.
Bold text and paragraph breaks at change of Items are my own for ease of reading.

Persons mentioned

  • Sir Roland Rugeley: Elizabeth's second husband. They married in 1624 after the death of Elizabeth's first husband Anthony Ashe in 1624. Roland had died in 1629.
  • Margaret Bickley: Elizabeth's niece, daughter of her brother Robert.
  • John Bickley: Elizabeth's nephew, son of her brother Robert.
  • my sister my brother Robert his wife: Robert's wife was Jane
  • my brother Cofford and my sister his wyfe: John Cofford was married to Elizabeth's sister Margaret
  • John Cofford: son of John and Margaret Cofford
  • Mary Cofford: daughter of John and Margaret Cofford
  • my brother Stallon and my sister his wife: Thomas Stallon was married to Elizabeth's sister Dorothy.
  • Thomas Stallon: son of Thomas and Dorothy Stallon
  • Bridgett Stallon: daughter of Thomas and Dorothy Stallon
  • Elizabeth Bickley: daughter of Elizabeth's brother Richard
  • Amye Wise widdow: relationship unknown
  • Anne Yorke Elizabeth's niece, daughter of Thomas and Dorothy Stallon. By the Will of Elizabeth's first husband, Anne was raised by Elizabeth and Anthony Ashe. Anne married John Yorke in London in 1624.
  • Francis Bickley: Elizabeth's brother and executor of her will
  • Witnesses:
    • Jonas Royston
    • Niclas Fordome Nicholas Fordome

In the name of God Amen: the
Twelveth day of November Anno D[o]m[ini] 1630 I Elizabeth Rugeley of Over
in the County of Cambridge the Relict of Sr Roland Rugeley late of Dunston
in the County of Warwick knight beinge verie weake of bodie but of sound and
p[er]fect memory (praysed be to god for it) Doe ordaine and make this my last will
and testament in manner and Forme followinge First I bequeath my soule
into the hands of Almighty god my Creator trusting assuredly by the meritts of his
sonne Jesus Christ my only Saviour to have a ioyfull resurrection and to be
made p[ar]taker of his heavenly kingdom

It[e]m I bequeath my body to the earth
from whence it came to be in decent manner buried in the p[ar]ish Church
of Over at the discrec[i]on of my Executor, And for the little worldly
goods w[hi]ch I have yet kept undisposed havinge heretofore otherwise settled
the moste p[ar]te of my estate I will and bequeath them in manner and forme
following

First I give and bequeath to the poore of Over five pounds to
be distributed amongst them at the discrec[i]on of my Executor by the Churche
wardens and Overseers for the poore of the same p[ar]ishe

It[e]m I give to
Margaret Bickley daughter of my brother Robert Bickley Thirtie
pounds, my wedding Ringe, and three paire of sheets one paire of the best
sorte, one paire of the middle sort and one paire of the worst sorte

It[e]m I give and bequeath to John Bickley her brother Tenn pounds

It[e]m
I give and bequeath unto my sister my brother Robert his wife forty shillings

It[e]m I give and bequeath unto my brother Cofford five pounds and to my
sister his wyfe my bible, my Scarlett petticoate my gold worke suite and
my silver grate

It[e]m I give and bequeath unto John Cofford there sonne
Tenn pounds, and to Mary Cofford there daughter five pounds

It[e]m I give
and bequeath unto my brother Stallon five pounds and to my sister his

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wife Tenn pounds and my two Coates

It[e]m I give and bequeath unto Thomas Stallon
there sonne Tenn pounds, and to Bridgett Stallon there daughter five pounds

It[e]m I give and bequeath unto Elizabeth Bickley daughter of my brother Richard
Bickley Tenn pounds

It[e]m I give and bequeath for a remembrance of my love unto
Amye Wise widdow Twenty shillings to make her a Ringe

It[e]m I give and bequeath
unto my Neece Anne Yorke all other my Wearing apparrall of all sorte and all
my goods and housholdstuffe whatsoever being at Over not herein bequeathed The rest of my goods
and Chattles whatsoever unbequeathed my debts being first paid and my funerall
expenses discharged I give and bequeath unto my lovinge brother Francis Bickley
whom I doe ordaine and make sole Executor of this my last will and testament
entreatinge him to see the same p[er]formed according to my true intente w[i]thin
Sixe moneths next after my decease And herein revokinge all former wills
by me made I doe publishe and declare this to be my last will and testament In
witnes whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and Seale the daye and yeare
above written Elizabeth Rugeley ./ Sealed signed published and declared in
the presence of Jonas Royston, Niclas Fordome /

Probate [in Latin] granted at London on 8 day of February AD 1630 by the calculation of the English, to Francis Bickley the executor named in this Testament.

Sources

  1. Will of Elizabeth Rugeley 1630/1 England & Wales, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858, Records of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Series PROB 11/159 The National Archives Kew, Surrey, England. Images on Ancestry Accessed 15 September 2021




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