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Will of Rev William Thorowgood, Grimston, Norfolk, England 1625

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This is a transcription of the will of William Thorowgood, Rector of the parish of Grimston (or Grymston / Grimpston as it was then spelled), Norfolk, England, first written on 6 May 1618 with a codicil added on 13 May 1625.

William was buried at Grimston on 19 May 1625. [1]

His will was proved at the Episcopal Consistory Court of the Archdeaconry of Norwich on 26 May 1625. [2]

A full inventory of William's good and chattels taken 26 May 1625 can be seen here [3] His movable estate alone was valued at £2325.

The spelling and punctuation is as per the original text.
Abbreviations are expanded in [square brackets].
Capital F is represented by F rather than ff.
God is spelled with a lower case G
Line breaks and words in bold are my own for legibility.


T Willimi Thorowgood

In the Name of God Amen
the sixt daie of Maye Anno D[omi]ni 1618
I William Thorowgood of Grymston in the Countie of Norff[olk] Clarke being of good & p[er]fecte rememberance praysed be god Doe ordayne & make this my last will & testament in manner & forme followinge

First I comitt my soule into the handes of Almightie god and my saviour Jesus Christ by whose meritts death and passion I doe undoubtedlye hope to be saved and that all my sinnes are forgiven thorowe his most precious blood and my bodie to be buryed under the the great gravestone of marble which lyeth under or neare the Communion Table in the Chauncell of Grymston aforesaid

Item I give vL of lawfull Englishe money to the poore of the p[ar]ishe of Grimston to be distributed by the Discretion of myn Executors

Item I give to my sonne John and his heirs all that myne appropriate Rectorye of Barmer And all those my howses and landes in Grimston or els where w[hi]ch were late John Pents in which p[ar]sonadge houses & landes he standeth isyet purchaser with me

Item I give to my said sonne John and the heires of his Bodie lawfullye begotten all my other Landes

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in Grimston afore said purchased of Divers men
And for want of such heires I will that all my said last mentioned howses & Landes shall remayne to my sonne Thomas and his heires Provided that if my sonne John shall take to wife Mr Baseares Daughter of Danham then my meaning & will is that all my said last mentioned howses and Landes shall remayne to my sonne Thomas and his heires

Item I give to my said sonne Thomas myne Advowsions of the p[ar]sonadges of Grimston & Bickerston als Bixton
And I leave my said Advowsions in the the hands & Disposicions of my sonne John assigninge and authorisinge him and requiringe him to present my said sonne Thomas to the said benefices or to such other p[er]son as my sonne Thomas shall nominate unto him and that within three monthes after my decease

Item I give to my sonne William and the heires of his bodie lawfullye begotten all those my houses and landes lyinge & beinge in Thirninge [4] in the Countie of Norff[olk] and for want of such heires I will and my mynde is that those howses & landes shall remayne to my sonne Adam & his heires

Item I give to my sonne Mordant and his heires my close in Sechie or westwinche holden by coppie of Court roll And yf my said sonne Mordant shall challenge or make anie clayme to the howses & landes in Kings Lynne latelye by me soulde to Mr James Davey
Then I will that the said Closes

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and whatsoever els in this my last will and Testament is bequeathed to my said sonne Mordant shall remaynes to my sonne John and his heires

Item I give to my said sonne Adam and the heires of his bodie lawfully begotten all my houses and landes both free & Coppie in Styberd little Riburghe and great Riburghe
And for want of such heires I will that all my said howses & Landes shall remayne & be good to my sonne William and his heirs

Item I give to my sonne Adam and the heires of his bodie lawfullye begotten all my houses & lands lying in Bolanch and Foxley which I bought of have in reversion from Thomas Walden holden of the Mannor of Bylange and for want of such heiresI will that my said howses and landes in Bylange & Foxley shall remayne to my sonne William and his heirs

Item I give to my sonnes Mordant and Adam to either of them one hundreth pounds of lawfull Englishe money which somes of one hundreth pounds I will shalbe put forth to the best use and profitt of my said sonnes Mordant and Adam untill they shall come to their severall & full ages of xxi years
And yf anie of my said

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sonnes shall Dep[ar]te this life before anie of these somes shalbe Due or to be paid then I will that the portion or portions of him or them soe Dead or Dep[ar]ted shallbe equallye shared or indifferentlye Devided my myne Executors to those and amongst such of my sonnes as then shalbe livinge

Item I give to my sonne Robert CL of lawfull English money to be imployed p[ar]telye upon his education in good literature and the residue to be put forth by myne Executors to his best use and behoofe untill he shall come to his full age of xxi years
And yf my said sonne Robert shall dye or dep[ar]te this life before his age of xxi yers, then I will that that CL shall remayne to my sonne Mordant

Item I give to William my godchilde sonne of Isack Alley XL of lawfull English money

Item all other my landes & Tenements whether Free of coppie whatsoever or wheresoever not formerlye given nor bequeathed in this my last will & testament I give them all to my sonne John & his heires

Item I Doe ordayne & make Executors of this my last will & testament my beloved sonnes John Thorowgood and Thomas Thorowgood unto who I give the residue of my goods not formerlye given not bequeathed
And I doe require and charge my said Executors in the name and feare of god that they Doe and well honestly

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and consionablye p[er]forme and fulfill this my said last will & testament

Item I give to my daughter Frances Gryffith my silver pott p[er]cell guilt [5]

In witnes of this my last will & testament I have hereunto subscribed my name and putte my hand & seale
By me William Thorowgood sealed acknowledged and Declared so be my last will & testament in the presence of The Testator above menconed did acknowledge & Declare this to be his last will & testament in the presence of us whose names are underwritten
Ja: Allen
John Browne
John Wase

Quinto Augusti 1623 [6]
Item I give to my sonne Edmund & his heires all my houses & landes lyinge in Marham & Shouldham both free and coppie which I lately purchased of John Franke.

Item I give to Frances the daughter of my sonne Edward deceased XLL of lawfull Englishe money to be paid unto her at the day of her marriadge until then to be left in the handes of my sonn Griffith towardes her ad ---- and for --- best use

Item I give to evrie one of my servants by the yeare that shalbe at the time of Decease xxS to soe manie as shall have then bene my servante a whole yeare
And I Doe consitute & appointe my Loving sonne Thomas Thorowgood Tutor ae lites & Gardian for my sonne Robert untill he shall come to the age of one & twentie yeares

In witness whereof I have putt my hande & seal this xiii th Day of May and in the

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yeare of out Lord god one Thowsande Six Hundred Twentie & Five by me William Thorowgood
This last clause was soe Do --- accordinge to the will & meaninge of the Testator & Sealed in the presence of & Wittness of Robert Griffith John Wace ae mei Roberti Disnlni:

Probatum fuit huis testamenti apud Grimston xxvi Die Maij Anno D[omi]ni 1625 cora Mro Johanne Willmson Inranents Johannes Thorowgood et Thomas Thorowgood executorii eodem testo

Sources

  1. "England, Norfolk Archdeacon's Transcripts, 1600-1812," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:939X-DYT4-Y?cc=1824688&wc=M62R-M2D%3A160239801%2C160624301%2C160244602%2C160239804 : 20 May 2014), Norfolk > Grimstone > 1600-1812 > Baptisms, Marriages, Burials > image 9 of 186; Record Office, Central Library, Norwich.
  2. Probate records for the Episcopal Consistory Court, Archdeaconry of Norwich Regd. copy wills vol. 119-120 1624-1625, page 125. Norfolk Record Office, Norwich, Norfolk, England. Images on FamilySearch
  3. Probate inventories, Norwich Consistory Court, 1553-1849 (Norfolk Record Office, Norwich, England Catalogue ref DN/INV 32/69) Inventories 1619-1626 Film # 004398324 image 666 Images start here Accessed 13 April 2020
  4. Thirning or Thurning, Norfolk see: Wikipedia contributors, "Thurning, Norfolk," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Thurning,_Norfolk&oldid=947561618 (accessed May 7, 2020).
  5. A silver pot which was part gilded to create decorative patterns
  6. This date is inserted immediately under the names of the witnesses and on the same line as the next Item. It does not seem part of the original will or the single codicil.




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