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Will of Jane (Cheyney) Field 1640

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The Will of Jane Cheney 1640 [1]

Jane Cheyney or Cheney married William Field (or Feild) of Wiberton, Lincolnshire, England in 1591.
The couple had no children, and William died in 1624.
Jane wrote her will on 17 January1635/6 and left numerous small personal bequests to cousins, nephews and nieces, including a large amount of cushions which were individually described. There were no lands or houses mentioned, so presumably these had been dealt with by William in his will (Consistory Court of Lincoln 1624).
Jane died in September 1639 and was buried at the church of St Leodegar, Wiberton on the 14th of that month. Page four of her will describes her plans for her funeral.

As there was very little of value in the will, it is likely that it would also have been presented to the Consistory Court of Lincoln, but the will was contested and a judgment was made at the Prerogative Court of Canterbury on 10 June 1640. The grounds for contesting the will and the eventual judgement are in Latin and I have not translated them.

Spelling is as per the copy will in the Register of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury held at London, except for ff replaced with F.
Pages as per the folios of the Will Register (indicated Left and Right)
Abbreviations have been expanded in [square brackets].
Paragraph breaks and bold text are my own for ease of reading.

Contents

List of persons mentioned

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  • Nephew John Carlell : son of Jane's sister Winifred and her husband John Carlell or Carliell of Sewerby. Died in 1603 and buried at Wiberton
  • Niece Bridget Cheyney: wife of her cousin the late Thomas Cheyney
  • Cousin Thomas Cheyney: deceased in 1635
  • Anne Cheyney: daughter of Bridget and Thomas
  • Elizabeth Cheyney: daughter of Bridget and Thomas
  • Jane Cheyney: daughter of Bridget and Thomas
  • goddaughter Jayne Cheyney :the Daughter of her nephew William Cheyney gent
  • William Cheyney, gent, deceased in 1635
  • cousin Henry Yarbrough of Yarbrough, gent.
  • Niece Ann Smith the wife of George Smith gent
  • George Smith Gent
  • Jane Smith: daughter of Anne and George Smith
  • Cheyney Smith: son of Ann and George Smith, Jane's godson
  • Jane Smith: daughter of Anne and George Smith
  • Katherine Hallam: a niece and goddaughter
  • Anne Harrison: married daughter of Katherine Hallam
  • John Cheyney the elder: nephew and the older of two brothers named John. Son of John Cheyney and Elizabeth Burbage
  • Frauncis (Frances) Yarbrough: a niece, the wife of Henry Yarbrough of Yarbrough. Daughter of Jane's brother Christopher Cheyney.
  • Henry Yarbrough gent

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  • Cheyney Yarbrough: son of Henry and Frances Yarbrough
  • Hansard Knowles: nephew by marriage (possibly to Agnes or Anne Cheyney, daughter of Jane's brother John). In 1635 he was the "Clarke (Clerk) of Fullybye" (Fulletby, Lincolnshire)
  • Anne Knowles: Jane's niece and wife of Hansard Knowles
  • Frauncis Bradshaw: niece
  • The daughters of Mr Edward Croxley: nephew, a merchant in Cambridge
  • John Killingworth: nephew, and his wife
  • John Carlell: nephew, son of Jane's sister Winifred, and also John Carlell's wife
  • Edward Carlell: nephew and Minister of God's word, son of Jane's sister Winifred, and also Edward's wife
  • Edward Carlell: son of the aforesaid Edward Carlell
  • Anne Cheyney: wife of John Cheyney the elder
  • Ann Cheyney: daughter of John Cheyner the elder and Anne his wife, Jane's goddaughter
  • Winifred Brockelsby: a niece
  • Mary Brockelsby: a niece, the wife of Mr Hackett
  • Anne Panfryman: a niece

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  • Cheyney Skepper: a goddaughter and great-neice via her sister Elizabeth Killingham
  • Anne Cheyney: Jane's sister, deceased
  • Cousin Hallam
  • Katherine Hallam: niece
  • Anne Harrison: daughter of Katherine Hallam
  • John Cheyney the Younger: a nephew and brother to John Cheyney the Elder
  • my Sister Kellsay
  • "Cozen Welbye the Daughter of my Sister P--ye"
  • Mary Willoughby: niece
  • Zacharias Storickes: a godson
  • Jayne Passmore late wife of Christopher Passmore, Jane's goddaughter
  • Cousin George Feild
  • Cousin Oatby
  • Mr Henry Ashe of Wiberton and Mistress Ashe his wife
  • Mr Harvy: Parson of Wiberton
  • Dorothy Pridginne: a servant

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  • Margarite White: servant to Jane's sister Anne
  • Ellen Wright: servant to Jane's sister Anne
  • Katherine Segrane of Wigtofte: one of the women nominated to lay Jane's body out, along with the next six named
    • Jayne Mannerley of Scoineshead
    • Anne Matthewe: sister to Jayne Mannerley
    • Jennit Maultby
    • the wife of Roger Ambinne
    • Anne Packharris
  • Henry Yarbrough gent: nephew
  • Henry Yarbrough: son of Henry Yarbrough gent
  • Richard Harvy: witness to the will along with the next 3 named
    • Henry Ashe
    • John Gainsborow
    • Hugh Stephins

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In the name of God Amen

I Jayne Feild of Wiberton in the County of Lincoln widdowe late wife of William Feild of Wiberton gent Deceased being in good health of body & of perfect Remembrance thankes be given to Almightie God for the same Nevertheless haveing Just cause Daiely to Consider upon the Certainty of Death Doe make this my last will & Testament in manner & forme following And for the better enactinge thereof

First I doe heareby revoke forsake & renounce all former Willes by mee at any tyme heretofore made & every part & p[ar]cell of the same and of every of them

And doe hereby publishe & Declare this my p[re]sent writinge to be my sole & only last will & Testament as of [ink splot]id

First I bequesth my soule into the ye handes of Almightie God my Creator & heavenly Father Beseeching them to accept of it not for any deserts in my selfe but for his Dearly beloved Sonnes sake Christ Jesus my onely Saviour & Redeemer in one whome onely he is well pleased & through whom he cannot be offended with mee And my body to the Earth to be interred in the

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parish Church of Wiberton aforesaid in the Quire & Grave wherein the Corpse of my Nephew John Carlell lyeth buryed

Item I give & bequeath unto my Neece Bridget Cheyney the wife of my Cozen Thomas Cheyney Esquier Deceased my best silver spoone engraven on the end with a J and a F. and to her Daughter Anne Cheyney and to her Daughter Elizabeth Cheyney to each of them a silver spoone of the same marke And to his Daughter Jayne Cheyney the Just Some of Five poundes of the Currant English money to be payd unto her when shee shall accomplish the full age of Twenty and one yeares

Item I give & bequeath unto unto my goddaughter Jayne Cheyney the Daughter of my Nephew William Cheyney gent Deceased one Twenty pound bond which is in my Cozen Henry Yarbroughs hands of yarbrough gent to be payd unto her when shee shall accomplish the full age of Twenty & one yeares Any my will is that if it shall please God that shee shall Departe this life before shee shall accomplishe the age of Twenty & one yeares Then my will is that it shalbe equally devided amongst the rest of his surviving Children

Item I give & bequeath unto my Neece Ann Smith the wife of George Smith gent my Carcenett of gould of Goldsmiths worke But if it shall please God to take her out of this World before my selfe Then I give and bequeath the aforesaid Carcanett of gould to her Daughter Jane Smith And if shee shall Departe this life before her mother Then my will is that her daughter Anne Smith shall have my Carcanett of gould of Gouldsmiths worke

Item I give & bequeath to my Godsonne Cheyney Smithe the Sonne of my Nephew George Smyth five poundes of Lawfull money of lawfull money of England to be payd unto him when hee shall accomplishe the age of Twenty & one Yeares But if it shall please God that he shall Departe this life before the aforesaid Legacie be Dewe Then my Will is that it shalbe equally Divided betwixt the Twoe Daughters of my Nephew George Smith that is to say his Daughter Jayne Smith & his Daughter Anne Smith when thay shall accomplishe their severall ages of Twentie & one yeares

Item I give & bequeath unto my Neece Katherine Hallam my Goddaughter my border of gould & pearle if she shall survive mee But if my aforesaid Neece shall departe this life before mee Then I give & bequeath my aforesaid Border of gould & pearle unto her daughter Anne Harrison

Item I give & bequeath unto my Nephew John Cheyney the Elder Twenty pounds of lawfull money of England

Item I give & bequeath more unto my Nephew John Cheyney thelder my Bedstead which I lye in with the Curtaines & all the Bedding belonginge unto it as it now standeth which is one Mattrice one Featherbed twoe bolsters fower pillowes fower blankitts & one Coverlid

Item I give more unto him my Trundlebed which is usually Draweth under it

Item I give more unto my aforesaid Nephew John Cheyney thelder one greate Cushion wrought with the worke Called the Artichoake & twoe Cushions of Irish Stitch

Item I give more unto my aforesaid Nephew John Cheyney thelder one greate Bible which hath twoe claspes on it Which Bible was his late Deceased uncles Mr William Feild And the said John not to make it away by any manner of meanes butt keepe it in Remembrance of his Uncle

Item I give & bequeath unto my Neece Frauncis Yarbrough the wife of Henry Yarbrough of Yarbrough gent one black Damaske gowne & kirtle of figured Sattin one petticoate of Crimson & damaske the one halfe of it being made of my mothers wedding kirtle & one purse of Crimson Silke & gould which the Countess of Sussex gave unto my mother & one petticoate of colored Damaske with twoe gould laces about the skirte of it & one blacke sattin kirtle with a paire of bodyes of the same

Item I give & bequeath more unto my Neece Frauncis Yarbrough one of my silver & gilt wine cuppe & shee to chuse it And my will is that it shall goe to that Child that Shee shall love best at her Death

Item I give unto her more one Chest which usually standeth in the new Chamber which is Suteable to ye Cubboard I gave her before And my will & Desire is that her Sonne

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Cheyney Yarbrough shall have the Cubboarde & Chest after his mothers Decease to be kept in Remembrance of them that gave it

Item I give & bequeath to Cheyney Yarbrough the sonne of my Nephew Henry Yarbrough Five poundes of lawfull money of England to be payd unto him when hee shall accomplish the age of Twentie & one yeares

Item I give & bequeath unto my nephew Hansard Knowles Clarke of Fullybye one gould ring with a Deaths head engraven of it to weare in remembrance of them that gave him it

Item I give & bequeath to my Neece Anne Knowles the wife of the aforesaid Hansard Knowles three wrought Cushions twoe of them being Wrought with Letters & the Third wrought with the oake Leaf &Crowne

Item I give more unto my Neece Frauncis Yarbrough my brass Landirons for her to keepe so longe as it shall please God that shee shall live And after hir Decease to that Child the which shee shall love then best to be kept for a Remembrance from whome they Came

Item I give unto hir more one violet Coloured Clothe gowne & one Cloake of the same

Item I give unto my Neece Frauncis Bradshawe one Twentie Shillinge peece of gould Sowed in a Nettworke square & foulded in a handkerchiefe even as it came from hir mother neveropended with the aforesaid Networke Square & handkerchiefe

Item I give & bequeath unto the Daughters of my Nephew Mr Edward Croxley a Merchant in Cambridge to everie of them one Twentie shillinge peece of gould of ever they shall come to Demand it

Item I give & bequeath unto my Nephew John Killingworth & to my Neece his wife to either of them one of my silver Spoones engraven on the ende with a J & a F. And to either of his children one Silver spoone engraven on the ends with the same letters.

Item I give & bequeath until my Nephew William Carlell my twoe bookes of Martyrs now according to my -p-ise or forty shillings the which hee shall like best And I Doe give him more my brass St George of Horsebacke or one Tenne Shillings peece of gould which it shall please him best of thereof

Item I doe give unto him more my silver beere Bowle

Item I doe give & bequeath unto my Neece his wife my silver porringer

Item I give & bequeath unto my Nephew Edward Carlell minister of Gods word one silver gilded drinckinge pott with a little Cover belonginge to it And my Will is that the aforesaid pott shall goe to his Sonne Edward after his Decease

Item I give & bequeath unto my Neece the Wife of my Nephew Edward Carlell twoe silver spoones with the letters J & F engraven on the ende of them

Item I give & bequeath unto my Neece Anne Cheyney the wife of my Nephew John Cheyney the elder Tenn poundes of lawfull money of England

Item I give unto her more one silver and gilt wine Cuppe And my will is that hir Daughter Ann shall have it after hir death

Item I give & bequeath more unto my Neece Anne Cheyney the wife of my aforesaid Nephew John Cheyney the elder one blacke Taffaty Gowne & one Taffaty kirtle russitt & greene & one petticoate of Crimson Chamblet gaurded with twoe guardes of velvet & one ---- suteable to the same & ----rry scarfe wit a silver fringe

Item I give unto hir more my wedding smocke wrought with blacke silke the worke being woodbine & gilly flowers & one blacke fanne with silver handle my best hatt & gould band

Item I give & bequeath unto my Neece Winifred Brockelsby five marks of lawful money of England To be payd unto her within twoe years next after my Decease

Item I give & bequeath unto my Neece Mary Brockelsby the wife of Mr Hackett five marks of lawfull money of England to be payd unto her within Twoe years next after my Decease And my will is that if either of my neece Winifred Brockelsby or my neece Mary Brocklesby shall Departe this life before their Legacie shalbe Dew Then my will is that the Survivor of them twoe shall have the Legacie bequeathed unto the Deceased

Item I give & bequeath unto my Neece Anne Panfryman one little silke Carpet cloth

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and one Cushion of needleworke usually standing upon it the worke of it being Gillyflowers & the border red & yellow

Item I give unto hir more Twoe Cushions of Irish Stitch one of the aforesaid Cushions being wroughts with S for Skepper And the other being wrought with Billett worke with a little border of broad stitch about the Skirt with woodbines

Item I give & bequeath unto my Goddaughter Cheyney Skepper one Thirtie pound bond of Richard Brothertons & Abraham Clay & five marks of lawfull money of England in lew of Twenty marks of lawfull money of England which was givven unto her by my Dear & loveing Sister Mrs Anne Cheyney as by her Will appeareath

Item I give & bequeath unto hir more one gould ringe which was my wedding ringe w[hic]ch hath the pysie engraven in it (therto contento vino) and one petticoate of strippt stuffe of Diverse Colours And one petticoate of violet coloured Chamblett with a guard of velvet round aboute it part of it being embroidered with a blacke silke frindge round about it

Item I give more unto hir one white silke Tiffany scarfe with a silver frindge & one payer of willowbeeres wrought with blacke silke one networke Cubboard cloth wrought with Lyons & Dragons the which Cubboard Cloth I lent my Cozen Hallam and one seing glasse which usually lyeth in my greate Chest in the best Chamber next to the windowe & one purse of green sattin embroydered with gould which was my wedding purse and one long boxe which hath a locke on it which usually standeth in my Lodging Chamber

Item I doe give & bequeath unto hir more Three needle worke Cushions of Irish Stitch

Item I give & bequeath more unto my Neece Katherine Hallam one silver and gilt wine Cuppe And my Will is hir Daughter Anne Harrison shall have that said wine Cuppe after the Decease of hir mother.

Item I doe give & bequeath unto my goddaughter Anne Cheyney the Daughter of my Nephew John Cheyney the elder one Jewell of gould called a hoove & one Leather T---oke which hath twoe peeces of White leather nayled upon the breast of it & all the things within it which is not given nor bequeathed which trunke usually standeth at the Bedde Foote in my best Chamber

Item I give & bequeath unto my Nephew John Cheyney the Younger five poundes of lawfull money of England to be payd within one yeare next after my Decease

Item I give & bequeath unto my Sister Kellsay one Camebricke Handkerchiefe edged about with bonelace & one Tenn shillinge peece of gould

Item I give & bequeath unto my Cozen Welbye the Daughter of my Sister P--ye one Tenn Shillings peece of gould

Item I give & bequeath unto my Neece Marye Willoughby a Tenn Shillings peece of Gould to be payd unto her within one moneth next after my Decease

Item I give & bequeath unto my Godsonne Zacharias Storickes Tenn Shillings to be payd unto him when hee shall accomplish the age of Twenty & one yeares

Item I give & bequeath unto my Goddaughter Jayne Passmore late wife of Christopher Passmore my Crimson purse Cusinett layd with silver lace & one Tenn shillinge peece of gould in it

Item I give & bequeath unto my Cozen George Feild one Tenn Shillings peece of Gould

Item I give & bequeath unto my Cozen Oatby Tenn Shillings the one half of it to be payd unto him within one quarter of a yeare And the other half at the next quarter after Provided all wayes that he wilbe---- by his freinds

Item I give & bequeath unto Mr Henry Ashe of Wiberton Five marks of Lawfull money of England

Item I give & bequeath unto M[ist]ris[s] Ashe his wife one Twenty shillings peece of gould

Item I give & bequeath unto Mr Harvy now Parson of Wiberton Three poundes Sixx Shillings & eight pence provided that hee will preach at myne buryall as my Desire is And to have the same text of Scripture which was taught at the funerall of my late Deceased Husband William Feild gent which Text was Give account of the Stewardshippe thou mayst be noe longer Steward

Item I give & bequeath unto all my menservants & maydservants which shalbe my Servants at my Death to every one of them five shillings apeece

Item I give & bequeath unto Dorothy Pridginne if shee Contynue my servant unto my Death Twoe of my working Daye

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petticoates & my Working day Gowne

Item I doe give & bequeath unto Margarite White my Anne Cheyneys ---rient servant Twenty shillings

Item I give unto Ellen Wrighte which was another of my Deare loveing sister M[ist]ris Anne Cheyney servants Tenn shillings

Item I give & bequeath unto fower wives which were my servants for winding of me & layeing of mee into the Coffin fower Dollars That is to say to Katherine Segrane of Wigtofte one Item unto Jayne Mannerley of Scoineshead one And if shee shall refuse To her sister Anne Matthewe Item unto Jennit Maultby one And if shee shall refuse To the wife of Roger Ambinne Item to Anne Packharris one

Item I give & bequeath unto fower of my Godsonne that shall carry mee to the Church Twenty Edward Shillings But if any one of them shall not be able Then my will is that hee or they that shall help him or them shall shift half with him or them

Item I give & bequeath unto Twenty of the best Ringers of Wiberton that shall ring for mee at my buryall Twenty Edward Shillings because I would be solemnly ringed for in regard of I was the keeper of the best house in the Towne above fourtie yeares together which Deserveth double hono[u]r & for the which I hartily praise the Lord

Item I give unto the Ringers of the Town of Kirton (if the viccar shall not thinke it supersticious) to ringe one peales the same Daye that I am buryed five shillings

Item I give unto the poore people which shalbe at my buryall five poundes of lawfull money whereof the poore people of Wiberton to have Twoe shillings a howse The rest to be Distributed at my Executors discrecion

Item I give & bequeath unto the mother Church at Lincoln five shillings

Item I give & bequeath more unto my Nephew Henry Yarbrough at Yarbrough gent my Seale of Armes to be kepte for a Rembrance of mee soe long as hee shall live And after his Decease his sonne Henry Yarbrough if hee shall soe long live But if his sonne Henry Yarbrough shall Departe this life before his father Then to that Child who his father shall thinke best of at his Death. The residew of all my goodes Cattell & Chattells moveable & Immoveable whatsoever not before given nor bequeathed I give and bequeath unto my twoe Nephews Henry Yarbrough of Yarbrough Gent And to my Nephew John Cheyney the elder whome I doe ordayne & make the sole Executor of this my last will & Testament in Consideration of the payeing of my Debts & bringinge of my body honestly to the ground As my hope & trust is then will doe.

In wittness whereof I the said Jayne Feild have to this my present last will & Testament sett to my hand & seale this present Day it being the Seaventeenth Daye of January in the Eleaventh yeare of the Raigne of o[u]r Soveraigne Lord Charles by the grace of god kinge of England Scotland France & Ireland Defender of the faith &c Annoq D[omi]ni 1635

Jayne Field hir marke

These being witnesses at the Sealing and Delivery hereof whose names are hereunder written Richard Harvy Henry Ashe John Gainsborow Hugh Stephins

[From the Latin it appears that the Will was contested and the Probate issued by the Preogative Court of Canterbury] Probatum... at London .... to Henry Yarbrough and John Cheyney after a Sentence Provalor was pronounced on the Wednesday after Trinity viz the tenth day of the month of June 1640.

Sources

  1. Will of Jane Feild (Field) in: Records of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Series PROB 11; Class: PROB 11; Piece: 183 Quire Numbers 54-116 (1640) The National Archives; Kew, Surrey, England Images on Ancestry Accessed 24 February 2021




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