WILLS OF WALLERS AROUND TIME OF MISSING LINK

Index of Wills

A. Anthony Waller 42xdab of Kneesworth (twin village of Basingbourn) 1556/7, a son of 42xda. William WARREN als WALLER 
probably this Anthony was also a Dissenter because he used Waller as his surname (Wallers of Kent were notorious Dissenters).
I believe that he is probably writing this will with a Roman catholic preamble, because he died in the reign of Queen Mary.
Wills are a public documents, so a covert Dissenter may have thought it prudent to write an RC preamble to prevent his family
being suspected of Dissenting, when this was a crime.
B. Richard Warren alias 42xdab of Basingbourn 1557
C. John of Ashwell 1566/7
D. William Wallerof Bassingbourn 1572
E. John Waller als of Bassingbourn 1575
F. Richard Waller of Bassingbourn 1580
G. William Waller als Warren of Ashwell 1599
H. William Waller of Ashwell Probate 1610
I. John Warren als Waller of Ashwell 1624
J. Edward Waller of Ashwell 1700
K. Andrew of Ashwell 1713
L. John Waller of Ashwell 1716
M. Edward Waller of Ashwell 1718

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A. THE WILL OF ANTHONY WALLER 42xdab  OF KNEESWORTH

MADE 6 DECEMBER 1556/7. PROBATE 22 JAN. 1556/7

In the name of God this sixth day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand five
hundred and fiftieth and in the third and fourth years of the reign of our sovereign Lord
and Lady Philip & Mary by the grace of god, King and Queen of England, both equally
France & Ireland, Defenders of the faith etc., etc. I Anthony Waller of Kneesworth in the
County of Canterbury, yeoman, being of whole and perfect myemory, only thanks being
unto almighty God, do herewith ordaine and make this my last will and testamany in
manner and form following: First, I bequeath my soul to almighty God my creator,
redeemer and my saviour, also to the mission of the most holy and glorious Lady Saint
Mary, mother of my Lord redeemer and king immaculate, And also to the holy company
of heaven by whose wishes etc., etc. Also I bequeath my body to be buried in the
churchyard of Bassingbourn amongst my friends.

Also I bequeath and give to Margery Waller my wife a hundred pounds of good lawfull
money of England. (Four quarters malte?) the best cows and other cows I bought of our
Baronett, halfe the hens and half the ducks, two hoggs, equally to be chosen, a dozen of
(lambs?) a dozen (sheep?) equally to be chosen in like manner as the aforesaid. Three
candlesticks out of half a dozen, I give a pair of chests, one with (catches?) so they should
(rest?) She to have the first choice of them all. I give to the said Margery my wife the best
bed that She can choose and all that appertains thereof, two of the best hutches and all the
whole (h)apiery before (whatsoever?) they be situated before granted, our chasing dish,
the best brass pot of all, the (lead?) as yet standing readyhanged, the best cettle of all and
the third, the best chair of all and all the couches. I give to the said Margery half the
brewing (brasses?) equally to be divided out and I give and bequeath to Jeramy Waller my
youngest son, William Waller, Johan Waller, Thomas Waller and Elyn Waller all the
remainder of my said goods not bequeathed part and portion by originally amongst theym
all indifferently to be divided so fairly the youngermost equates, by the judgement of my
father William Waller, William Good, William Burmand and William Waller my brother
untill such time they shall come and approach the age of twentie years. And my very
mind and will is that Margery my wife shall have the custody and keeping of Jeramy
Waller and his stake and his part shall be kept and also maintained out of my goods by
the space of twentie years and no more And if it happened that the said Margery my wife
to marry I will that she putteth in such care to the child's ease untill such time that he
commeth to the age of twentie years. And the lands to be made to my farther William
Waller and all the other my friends as is above specified jointly and severally. And also I
will that Johan my daughter shall have her stake. And also Elyn when they shall come to
the age of (twentie?) years without any further delays And if it happen that any of my
said children to decease before they come of age, I will that the youngest of them and of
any of them equally part and portion like to be divided amongst them fair by my father
and other my friends above specified to be divided amongst the other children
immediately after the deceased so departed out of this world. And if it happen that
Margery my wife to be with child in the making henceforth, I will that the said child shall
have a good portion of the children's share at the age above divided and their mother to
nurse it and bring it up until such time it be (two?) years old and want any proffit or gains
to pertain for the same. And after that time I will that the same child with the stake shall
be divided to when so ever my father and other my friends before named shall think good.
I will that William my father shall have William Waller my son and his stake untill his
coming of age. I will that William Burman(d?) sall have custody of Johan Waller my
daughter and her stake until she cometh of age. I will that William Good the elder shall
have Thomas Waller and his stake and the custody of him until he cometh of age as above
specified. I will that William Waller my brother shall have Elyn and her stake as is
specified above. I give and bequeath to William Waller my eldist son my coppyholds in
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thereunto belonging and in any way appertaining to him and his heirs forward when he
shall come to the age of twentie years. And the produce therefrom during his minority I
will the said William Waller my brother shall have in the mean time to care for the said
son so guarding (abridged here) & dividing the rent thereof until twentie years. And if it
happen that William my son should decease before the above age I will that Thomas
Waller my son shall have the same coppyholds to him and his heirs forward in like
manner and form as William his brother had. And William Waller his uncle to umpire
the same. And for decease of essence of his body to the right heirs of my other son
Anthony Waller and their heirs for ever. The residue of my goods not bequeathed, my
debts and my funeral done I will them to be divided indifferently amongst all my said
children. And all my said children I do ordain and every one of them to be my exsecutors
I give to Thomas Sharman my servant 13(shillings?) and a ewe immediatly to be
discharged after my death. In witness whereof to this present testament I have put my
hand the day and the year specified above in the presents of Thomas Cewster gent. Wm.
Barman, William Good, William Waller the younger, Edward Clarke, with others more. I
will to John Waller Xl(?). I will to Margery Waller Xl(?), I will to Margery Switt
XXÕ(?), I will to all my God children XIII(?) apiece , all my servants within my house
XIII(?) apiece. I will to William Good the elder XI(?), I will to William Burman XII(?), I
will to William Waller my brother XI(?), And all these sums last specified are to be paid
within one year next of my decease.

MADE PROBATE 22ND JANUARY 1556/7.

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Children William Waller, Jo(h)an Waller, Thomas Waller and Elyn (Helen?) Waller and Jera(e)my Waller
also Anthony Waller. ( Note none surnamed Warren)
Brother William Waller
Father William
Wife Margery


B. THE WILL OF RICHARD WARREN 42xdae OTHERWISE CALLED

WALLER OF BASSINGBOURN.

MADE 28 MARCH 1557. PROBATE MAY 1557

In the name of God amen. The 28th day of March in the year of Our Lord God 1557, I
Richard Warren otherwise called Waller of Bassingbourn in the Diocese of Ely being
sick in body and in fit mind and rememberance do make my last will and testament in
manner and form following. First I bequeath my soul unto God the Father Almighty God
and maker unto Jesus Christ who hath made me and redeemed me and my body to be
buried at the discretion of my executor.

Item. I do give and bequeath unto Richard my son the house which I now dwell in with
all the land and (pastures?) belonging thereto and also estates monies and assignes with
the appertainces and ll half yeard of land and those messuages belonging to them and one
of therein sometimes called (croft?) of Randall lying at (Gammys?) and also the croft
called Frenche Bridge croft & also half acre of arable land belonging to that and also
Rowses made with all the appertainances and llll acres of broadlands & ll beasts and a
horse for them which I had of him also llll (pounds?) of lawfull monies for the quarter
month which I borrowed of him and also my lease of Busye yearde. Item. I do give the
said Richard my son both the cupboards in the hall and both my tables in the hall
aforementioned ll chayrs & ll buffet scales & my mases Item. I do give & bequeath
unto Nicolas my son my mesuage lying at Gosse Style with the (croft?) of land belonging
to yt (it) & a half yeard lands and mesuage to it belonging sometimes called William
Pynk & another half yardsland with a mesuage called Willimote butting uppon Watson
(grome?). Item. I do give unto Henry my sonne my house at (Fenn End?) holden of the
most with the part lying by it next to the ground of Henry Cram which is held by copy of
Court Roulles of our Sovreygn Lord and lying @ Queens. Item. I do give and bequeath
unto Alice my daughter (100 pounds?) of lawfull mony of England to be delivered within
one year most after my decease . Also a garnishe of partes of the price of 53 (pounds?)
4/- also in which part face (coyre?) the letters calved & a feather bed a matrass a bolster a
(coverlett?) a (dozen of sheets?) & ll pillowcases with the bed. Item. I do give and
bequeath unto my wife Alice my house called (Albynsone?) which castell now dwelleth in
are (12?) acres lands are the (appertaining?) of the said castell during the time of her life
anything before to the contrary not withstanding. Item. I do give and bequeath unto
Henry my son (10 pounds?) of lawfull money of England. Also unto Margerye Warren
the daughter of the said Henry 33 (pounds?) 4/- all the said monies to be delivered within
one year of my decease. Item. I will that after all my debts be paid and my legars fulfilled
& delivered as before as I have bequeathed them I do give whole unto Alice my wife ,
Richard my son & Nicolas my son all my goods and monable and unmonable equally &
indifferently to be divided amongst them through whom I do make ordain & constitute
my executor to pay my debts & fulfill and deliver my legars as before is limitted &
appointed according unto this my last will and testament. Item. I will that William
Warren the son of William Warren the older be supervisor of this my last will to the
future that he shall have the oversight of my executor that they do these deeds in paying
my debts and legars truely as before is prescribed & I do give him for his payment (10
pounds?)

PROBATE (DAY ILLEGIBLE) MAY AD1557

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Sons Richard, Nicolas, Henry,
Daughters Alice,  
Wife Alice 

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C. THE WILL OF JOHN WALLER OF ASHWELL.

MADE 11 NOVEMBER 1566 PROBATE 11 JANUARY 1566/7

In the name of God Amen the XI day of November in the year of our Lord God in the
1566th year, I John Waller of Ashwell in the County of Hertford do make this last
testament being of (w)hole mynde and of good and perfect memory but sick in body do
make and ordain this last will and testament in manner and form following: First I
commit and bequeath my soul to almighty God triumphant to be saved by the grace of his
mercy etc.,etc. and my body to be buried in the churchyard of Ashwell aforesaid.

Item I give unto the poor (church?) people of the parish church XII S. (Shillings?) Item I
bequeath and give to Robert Waller my sonne MI(s?) to be paid unto him at the age ofXXÕ years.
Item I bequeath unto William Waller my son MI(?) likewise to be paid when
he is XXÕ years. Item I give unto Elizabeth (Burman?) my daughter XIII (?) to be paid
unto her within the year after my decease. Item I beaqueath unto Jane Waller my
daughter MI (?) to be paid unto her on the day of her marriage. Item I give unto Agnis
my daughter MI (?) to be paid unto her on the day of her marriage. Item I give unto
Margaret my daughter MI (?) to be paid unto her on the day of her marriage. Also as
above for Alice Waller my daughter. If by misfortune any of my youngest children for to
die before they be twentie or before they marry then I will that the others of him or her left
be equally brought the monies amongst the remaining children Item I will that all that my
land in all a XI acres and a half called Sterlyng land which I purchased of a Malcom
Kynad and John Hurst be sold and my hold half which is called Cockralls be also sold
towards the performance of this began. Item I give unto Robert Waller my son XIII (?)
MI (?) to be paid unto him within the year after my decease whom I make supervisor of
this my last will and testament. The rest of my goods & any debts paid and my funeral
expences disposed I do give to Elizabeth my wife whom I make my sole and lawfull
Executrix this being witnessed by William Dorkins - Vicar William Waryn Alice Waller
William Warren junior Richard (Snage?) John Warren and others.

PROBATE MADE 11 JANUARY 1566/7.

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D. THE WILL OF WILLIAM WALLER OF BASSINGBOURN.  MADE 5 FEB. 1572.
PROBATE 23 MAY (AUGUST?) 1573.

In the name of God amen, I William Waller lying at the mercy of Almighty God, being
sick in body but sound and fit in memory, do make this my last will and testament, the
fifth day of February in the year of our Lord 1572, in manner and form following.
commit and bequeath my soul unto the Lord God Father Son and Holy Ghost Almighty
by which I believe and hope to be saved and my body I bequeath unto the earth from
whch it came.

Item, I give and bequeath to Margarett my wyfe, Alice and Elizabeth my daughters (my
debts and legal expences paid), all my goods and chattles to be indifferently divided
between them agreed. Item. I give unto my sister [ at this date includes sisters-in-law]
Meargerye half my acre of broke lands
and half my acre of (tilthe?). Item. I give to my sister Beatrix a forty foote and a roode
and a half. Item. I give to my sister Agnes a (weaned calf?) Item. I give to my brother
Henry one acre of wheat. Item. I have authorised Wm. Bolnest to make sale of all those
coppy hold lands, messuages and tenaments which I hold of the Queens Manor and of the
Manor of (Capalle?) and of the Manor of (Gorners?) (Beteweene?) also and the next croft
holding of eithers of the manor / furthermore my will is that if my brother Nicholas be
mynded to buy them all these to have the (forty shilling debt and choice?) them any after
may. Item. I will that my brother Richard's friends shall have the bringing up and keeping
of my daughter Elizabeth with her portion and the said friends to be putt in sufficient
bonds for the delivery of the said to my brother Richard Waller when she reach
accomplishing the age of 21 years. Item. I will that my father ( in law) Thomas Payntor shall have
the bringing up and the keeping of my daughter Alice with her portion and he to be putt in
sufficient bonds to my brother Richard Waller for the delivery of the said stake when she
shall accomplish the age of 21years. Provided if either of my daughters die before they
shall come to the age of 21 years, that then the other do (benefit?). Item. I do devise and
make Margarett my wife the sole executrix of this my last will and testament. Item. I will
that my brother Richard Waller be supervisor of this my last will and testament and for
his paynes I give him X/-. The following witnesseth, George Bowmont Vicar, William
Boulnest, Richard Waller, William Wight, Thomas Payntor and Robert Wilson.

PROBATE 23/8 or 5?/1573.

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Sons NONE
Daughters Alice, Elizabeth
Brothers Henry, Nicholas, Richard
Sisters Margery, Beatrix, Agnes 
Wife Margaret Paint(or)er


E. THE WILL OF JOHN WALLER ALS WARREN

OF BASSINGBOURN

MADE 10 APRIL 1575 PROBATE (30?).JANUARY 1576

In the name of God Amen. I John Waller als Warren of Bassingbourn In the County of
Cambridge husbandman lying at the mercy of Almighty God being sick and weak in body
but fitt and sound in memory do make my last will and testament this Xth day of April
Anno Domni 1575 in manner and form following: Item. I bequeath my soul unto the
Lord Almighty God trusting in Jesus Christ to be saved Secondly my body to be buried
in the (.... ....?) buriall in the ground from whence it came.

Item. I surrender unto the hand of Richard Waller and William Pink formerly of the
Queene, these akres of broke lands and the croft of William Boulnest and to his heirs for
ever. Item. I give and bequeath to my brother Wm. Bolnest and to his heirs for ever by
estmation seventeen akres of land according to the the bargans made between me and
William Pynck. Item. I give and surrender unto the hands of Richard Waller my house
called Copt Hall & the yard only to the post of William Pynk and to his heirs
conditionally to pay his mother Agnes Bywater during her life natural yearly twentye
shillings. Item. I give to Catherine my wife all my leased land all the tyme of my eight
years and all those of my land unbequeathed with the rest of my houses & the grounds
thereto belonging the term of eleven years more which is in all twelve years paying the
rent of the Lord done. Provided that Catherine my wife should die before the Xll years be
expired then directly after her decease, my son Richard to enter of the said house and land
provided that if my son Richard die without the same that they my brother Wm and his
heirs make to follow all such lands with the houses thereto belonging as the said Richard
hadd by the will of his father John Waller [himself], paying to my children three (.....?) pounds
within six years that is to say X by the year after that the said William or his children shall
enjoy it. Item I give to my children every one of them XX(pounds?). All the rest of my
goods and chattles (My debts and my legars paid and performed) I give to Catherine my
wife who I make sole executrix of this my last will and testament. In the presence of
these Richard Waller William Waller William Boulnest Fran Seaman William Pink
and George Bowmont.

PROBATE (30?) JANUARY1576

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wife Catherine, son Richard, brother William

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F. THE WILL OF RICHARD WALLER OF BASSINGBOURN

MADE 23 OCTOBER 1580. PROBATE 19 NOVEMBER 1581.

In the name of God Amen the three and twentieth day of October in the year of our Lord
God one thousend five hundred and four score and in the second and twentieth year of
Our Sovereign Lady, Elizabeth, by the grace of God Queen of England France and
Ireland, Defender of the faith etc. I Richard Waller of Bassingbourn in the County of
Cambridge Yeoman, being weak and sick in body notwithstanding of perfect mind and
memory praise and thanks be therefore given to God do make and ordaine this my last
will and testament in manner and form following. Which first and principally I bequeath
my soul into the hands of Jesus Christ God Almighty my master and redeemer by who's
death and reserection I do (therefore?) believe to be saved and to have found remission of
all my sins. Second I bequeath my body unto the earth from whence which unto intern.

Item. I will and bequeath to Bettrice my wife my fourth part of the manor of Rowses in
Bassingbourn and my French Bridge Croft with there half acre of lands thereunto
belonging during her natural life And after her decease to my brother Nicholas Waller and
to his heirs forever. Item. I give to the said Bettrice my wife all such household stuff
which she brought unto me if it be in my house to be found if otherwise they cannot be
found; that then she shall have the choice of the best that I have. Item. Where ever her
household stuff is somewhat falling into decay, my will is that my Executor shall in
consideration of the repairing it again delivered and paid or cause for it to be delivered and
paid unto the said Bettrice my wife her executors and assigns & to anie of them the sum
of five pounds of good and lawfull monies of England in manner and form following;
twentie shillings to be paid and delivered (immediately?) after my decease and so from
year to year other twentie shillings till the rest of the said sum of five pounds be delivered.
Item. I give unto my said wife tenne pounds of good & lawful monies of England to be
delivered unto her in manner and form following: Vis five pounds presentlie after my
decease and five pounds within one quarter of the year then next and immediately
following. Item. My will is that all the said land before bequeathed unto Bettrice my wife
shall be sowen to her(?) at the cost & charge of my executor the allowings unto my
executor half the (seede?) for this next crop. Item. I give unto Bettrice my wife a third
bed the best (choice?) thus with the furniture thereto blonging with a feather bed, a bolster,
a blanket, a (coverlett?) and one pillow. All the lynon and half the hangings in all my
chambers also that of my best (lynon?) at her want choice which my executor shall (for
part?) as he doth his own untill the feast of Phillipper and Jacob commonly called May
Day next in fortnight also sixe hoggs whenceof twoe to be the best at the (rector?) and the
other four to be the best in the yeard beside Also half the part of the pulltets & fowels
also ten of the best ewes in my fold and my geldings which my executor shall keep
sufficient with barly straw until May Day. Item. My will is that my brther Nicholas
Waller my executor shall weeky deliver unto Bettrice my wife halfe a bushell of wheat and
halfe a bushell of malt after my decease until the feast of St Michael the Archangel next
comming and also that after my decease he do lay two loads of wood in her yeard at
Goose Stile where she shall dwell. Item. I bind my brother Nicholas to deliver and
surrender to Bettrice my wife after my decease of his house at the Goose Style the having
it during her life she also keeping it in sufficient reparations with thatch and claye only,
not being charged with payment of rent nor fine and after her decease to return to the
aforesaid Nicholas and his heirs again. Item. I give and beqeath to Alice Waller and
Elizabeth Waller the daughters of William Waller my brother late deceased to be delivered
unto either of them at the age of twenty one years the sum of five pounds of good and
legal monies of England provided that if either of them shall shall depart this life before
they accomplish the years aforesaid thus then the survivor shall enjoy the other portion
before bequeathed. Item. I give to all my brothers and sister's children except the two
children of William Waller's before mentioned to be deliv'd to (cover?) of them at the age
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twentie one years and about, my will is that every one of them shall have paid and
delivered unto them within three years next after my decease forty shillings. Item. I give
unto each of the three children of John Martin to be delivered to each of them at the age
twenty one years forty shillings. Item. I give to John (Foot?) to be delivered unto him
within three years of my decease eight pounds. Item. My will is that my servants
Michael & Girildnge shall have delivered unto either of them one Quarter's wages each
and besides their (covernennts?) made with me when they have lived out these years.
Item. I give to William Waller & William (K/Hollywell?) and to either of them five
shillings to be delivered within one year of my decease. Item. I give to Dorothyie
Mau(w)lden four shillings. Item. I give to Agnes Wadley three shillings to be delivered
unto them at the feast of St Michael the Archangell next after my decease. Item. I give to
Anthony Jacklyn one ewe. Item. My will is that my executor shall deliv. unto Radulph
Boulnest within three years next after my decease tenne quarters of barlie good and
sufficient. Item. I give to my god daughter Mary Boulnest one ewe. Item. every one of
the rest of my god children to be delivered within one year twentie pence. Item. I give to
George Beaumont minister of Bassingbourn tenn shillings. Item. I give to the
reparations of the church twentie shillings. Item. I give to the poorst of B'bourn to be
distributed among them within one month of my farewell fourtie shillings. Item. I give to
my brother Nicholas all my houses and lands and tenancies with the appertainings thereto
belonging both freehold and copie conditionally that he shall pay unto my brother Henry
Waller twentie shillings quarterly during his life being lawfully demanded and also other
twentie shillings when he cometh ymydeutelie (immediately!) after my decease. I
commend into the hands of William Boulnest and William Goslyn tenants to the Queen
all my copyhold lands holden of the Queen within her mannor of Bassingbourn to the use
of Nicholas Waller my brother and his heirs forever according to my will in the presence
of William Lawrance the elder one of her tenants. From all the rest of my goods and
chattles remaining after my depart paid, my legacies bequeathed and proposed aforesaid
discharged and my farewell expences done, I give and bequeath to my said brother
Nicholas Waller whom I make sole executor of this my last will and testament Also I do
ordain and appoint William Bolnest & John Marten supervisors of this my last will and
testament and for their pains I give to either of them five shillings. Witnesses hereunto
are John Beaumont, Mister William Boulnest, Randolph Boulnest, William Goslyng and
others.

PROBATE 19 NOVEMBER 1581.

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G. THE WILL OF WILLIAM WARREN ALS WALLER

OF ASHWELL MADE 31 MARCH 1599. PROVED DEC. 1613

In the name of God Amen. I Willm Waller als Warren in the town of Ashwell in the
County of Herts, yeoman this one and thirtieth day of March in the year of our Lord god
one thousand five hundred ninety and nine poor of bodie but of good and perfect memory
god be praised and therefore do avow and ordaine this my last will and testiment in
manner and form following that is to say First I surrender my soul unto the hands of
Almighty God my maker redeemer and saviour hoping and trusting through the merits of
Jesus Christ to be made partaker of Life everlasting. And I surrender my bodie to the
earth where of it was made. And as touching my worldly goods as follows

Item I give unto William my son all that my lease and term of years not (to?) run out
purchased of and in the (parsonage?) or rectory of Ashwell with all the appurtaining crofts
the virtues which I give and bequeath unto my son Edward with all the proffitts thereof for
and during the tenure of mine years next after my decease. I will that my son William his
executors or assigns shall pay yearly out of the said lease upon Easter monday to the
churchwardens of Ashwell for the time being five shillings towards the reparations of the
Church of Ashwell during all the term of the said lease. Item I will that the same William
my sonne his Executors or assigns shall every year during the tenure of the said lease
upon Good friday bestow upon the poor people of Ashwell fortie shillings in such
manner as he shall think meet Item I will that the said William my son and his Executors
and assigns shall pay yearly out of the said lease during the tenure thereof to four after
my decease unto my son Gawin his Executors or Assigns six pounds thirteen shillings
and four pennies the first payment to begin at the feast of the annunciation of our Lady
Saint Mary which shall be in the year of our Lord God one thousand six hundred and
one. Item I will that the said William his Executors and assigns shall pay out of the said
legacy yearly during the said tenure to Andrew my sonne his Executors or Assigns the
like summe of six pounds thirteen shillings and four pennies the furst payment thereof to
beginn as aforesaid and be used and employed untill he shall attain the full age of one and
twentie years to his best benifitt according to the direction of my said sons William and
Edward and then his Executors or Assigns to receive the summe and the proffitts thereof.
Item I will that the said William my sonne his Executors or Assigns shall pay out of the
same lease yearly during the said term to Henry Waller my sonne his Executors or
Assigns the like summe of six pounds thirteen shillings and four pennies the first
payment to begin as aforesaid to his benfitt untill he shall attain the age of one and twentie
and then the sume with the proffits thereto be rendered by himself his Executors or
Assigns Item I give and bequeath unto my son Edward all my household stuff Viz all
those my moveable goods which are or have been used or occupied within my new
mansion house named the Bakehouse thereto belonging and now confined in them and
either of them and also all the crops of corn and grain which is now growing upon the
land which I give unto him Item I give and bequeath unto my sonne John Waller his
Executors or Assigns all that my lease and tenure of years yet to come of and in all those
lands which I hould of Mr. William Muffett (Mussett?) And the one half of all the
cornland grains which is now growing upon the same lands together with the moiety or
half of the corn and grain growing upon my other lands which I have now sowen except
my sonne Edward's lands Item I give and bequeath unto the said John six horses
indifferently to be chosen with their harnes and dung cart one loug cart with a plowe and
all that thereto appertaineth Item I give unto the children of my sonne William six pounds
in money and six ewes viz every one twentie shillings and to use the same to their best
advantage untill they come to sufficient discretion. Item I give unto anyone of my
daughter's children twenty shillings a piece and one ewe their parents to use the same to
their children's best advantage until their said children come to sufficient discretion to use
the same to their own proffitt. Also I will that the payments of all the said children shall
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usings of their said childrens portions further if my son Edward happen to have children
at the time of my decease or that his wife be then with child I will and bequeath to his
child or children so borne or concieved twenty shillings apiece and one ewe to be used
and employed as above. All which ewes so to be indifferently chosen out of my fflocks.
Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Harley (Hurley?) one hundred marks
to buy her a house and that to be bestowed with the consent of my said sonnes William
and Edward and £3 or £4's. there of to remain in the hands of my two sons William and
Edward untill they can conveniently find a fitt purchase (......?) and cause it be conveyed to
the use of my said daughter Elizabeth and her children at the discretion of my said two
sonnes Wiliam and Edward the other twentie nobles to be paid unto her within eight
weeks after my decease and she to use the same untill the tyme of the said purchase And
if the said purchase cannot be conveniently had within one year after my decease then my
will is that the said William and Edward shall pass unto his or her assigns six pounds
yearly untill the said purchase shall be made. The first payment of the six pounds to
begin within two years after my decease. Item I will that the twentie pounds shall be
bestowed out of the residue of my goods bequeathed for the (placing?) of my said sonne
Henry with a (maister?) at the discretion of my Executors Item I give and bequeath unto
every one my daughters and also my daughters-in-law twenty shillings apiece and a ewe
And to my sonne William's wife four pounds besides her twentie shillings Item I will that
John Waller my sonne shall hand the sixteen pounds which is owing unto my br. Willm
Pomfritt who (has?) by obligation to pay to Mr Muffett his rent due at Michaelmas next.
Item I give and bequeath unto my son William the lease of the (dowesue?) lands which I
hold of the Lord Bishop of London. Item I will that Willm West, my servant shall have
that wages which he is now paid made upp twentie shillings to be paid at Michaelmas
next. Also where Christopher Sowell has a cow of mine my will is that he shall pay but
twentie shillings for her. And where Robt Wright oweth me twentie shillings he shall
paye but four shillings thereof. Item all the residue of my goods unbequeathed I will shall
be indifferently (apportioned?) and the money that shall be made there of my debts being
paid ffunerall and other charges borne and legacies before paid aforesaid among my three
sonnes Gawin, Andrew and Henry to be equally done to be paid as followeth Viz to
Gawin at the feast of the annuciation of Our Lady which shall be in Anno Domini one
thousand six hundred and one and to Andrew and Henry at their several ages of two and
twenty years And in the meantime the same to be used to their best proffitt and
consideration at the discretion of my Executors of this my last will and testiment whome I
doo nominate ordain and appoint to be my said two Sonnes William and Edward Item
further I do give and bequeath unto the poor people of Bassingborne in the County of
Cambridge yearly twentie shillings during the term of twentie years next after my death to
be distributed (.....?) yearly upon Good Friday at the direction of my sonne William his
Executors or Assigns in such a manner as he or they shall think meets, which twentie
shillings shall be yearly paid by the said William his heirs or Assigns out of my lands in
Bassingborne aforesaid and in witness thereof I have hereunto set my hand and seale the
day and year first above written in the presence of those who are named and are under
written; Andrew Vig John Sell Fulke Marshall John Goodman

PROBIT GRANTED TO EDWARD WARREN ALS WALLER

DECEMBER ANNO DMI 1610

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H. THE WILL OF WILLIAM WALLER OF ASHWELL

PROBATE 10 NOVEMRER 1610

In the name of God Amen. I William Waller of Ashwell in the County of Herts. being of
whole and perfect memory, the Lord be thanked sick of body do make and constitute this
my last will and testament. First I bequeath my soul to the Almighty and my body to the
earth to be buried.

Item. I give and bequeath to Edward Waller my son and his heirs my cottage in
Bassingbourn called Seamans later Abbotts with the croft also pasture thereunto adjoining
both free and coppyhold now in the tenure and occupation William (G?)Cade a close of
pasture adjoining next to the land of Mr. Lynn on the North and also my tenement called
Gilding in the occupation of Richard Thorlye next the lands of Nicholas Wright on the
North and the land of Thomas Meade on the South, the West head thereof abbutteth
uppon the street and also further acres of are lying in several parts within fields and parish
of B'bourn and aforesaid whether they be free or coppyhold all of which parcells of land
are contained abbutted and borded in a scedule or tezzior hereunto annexed. Item. I give
all the residue of my messuages, tenaments, lands, medows and pastures which I
purchased of William Nightingale and Katherine his wife settling and being within the
towns and fields of B'bourn aforesaid except one croft of pasture in the West end next to
the land of Wm (G?)Coal on the South and the westhead thereof abbutteth uppon the
street to Henry Waller my son and his heirs yielding and paying out of the same to Agnes
my wife during her natural life yearly in full satisfaction of her debts all of my lands,
tenements, hereditments whatsoever the sum of 20 pounds to be paid unto her at the feast
days of the Annunciation of our Lady the Virgen and of St. Michaell the Archangle or
within 20 days after everie of the said feast days by even and equal portions the first
payment thereof to begin at the next of the said feast days after my decease. And yielding
and paying likewise to Nathaniel Waller my son yearly the sum of 10 pounds payable by
even and equal portions as is before at the days and times limited by this my last will and
testament for the payment of the annuities to my wife & yearly paying likewise to John
Waller my son during his natural life the like sum of 10 pounds in the same way as
before described. And I do further will that my said son Henry shall pay unto the vicar of
B'bourne aforesaid the sum of twentie shillings and of the said last (Dec Premissos?) for
and during the space of twentie years next after my decease payable uppon the feast days
of the Nativity of our Lord which sum of twentie shillings I will that the said vicar shall
behest the halfe there of uppon the poorest people of the town and the other half I will that
the said vicar for the time being shall retain to his own with that he be by the ordinary
allowance for a preacher orelse if he not be allowed for a preacher as afore said & then I
will that he (the said vicar) shall bestow the whole of twenty shillings uppon 20 of the
poorest people of B'bourne. And further my will is that if it happen my son Henry to die
before he accomplish the age of one and twenty for that the said items to him devised do
descende or by other means come unto my heirs that then my said heirs shall likewise &
performe and pay the said annuities and monies of them to my said wife and to my sons
John and Nathaniel according to this my will, and shall further and besides the said
annuities pay the sum of two hundred pounds in manner and form following: That is to
say fortie pounds uppon the feast day of St. Michael the Arcangel which shall follow next
after the decease of my said son Henry or within twenty days after the said feast day.
And so uppon every yearly until the entire sum of 200 pounds of current English monies
be paid accordingly which sum I will shall be paid equally & by stable and even portions
to all my sons which shall likewise at such time and times as the said several sums of
forty pounds shall be payable and done according to this my will and testament. Item. I
give to my sone Thomas Waller and to his heirs all my Lands, tenements, meadows and
pastures both free and coppyhold wherein I have any estate of inheritance within the town
fields and parish of Ashwell in the County of Herts. out of which I will that he pay yearly
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our Lord the sum of ten shillings to the vicar and the churchwardens of Ashwell aforesaid
to be given to twenty of the poorest people of the same town. Item. I do give to Elizabeth
Waller my daughter one hundred pounds to be paid within one year of my decease. Item.
I give to Mercye Waller my daughter one hundred pounds to be paid within one year of
my decease. Item. I give halfe of my plate utensils & and other household stuff
whatsoever within my now dwelling house to my said daughters equally to be devided
between them and the other halfe of my plate utensils and other household stuff within
my said dwelling house I give to Agnes my wife. Item. I give to every one of each of my
brothers and sisters's children one cow to be delivered within one month. Item. I give To
Anthony Risbye (.....?) servant to Mr. Nicholas Kempe the sum of five marks to be
bestowe uppon a ring of rememberance. Item. I give to William Waller my father five
marks to bestowe on a mourning cloak. Item. I give to each of my servants now dwelling
with me five shillings eight pence. Item. I give to the vicar of B'bourn and the
churchwardens and the overseers of the poor of the same town the sum of five pounds
which I will shall remain forever as a stock to be employed by the overseers of the poor of
the town the time being for & towards the setting up of works for the poor of that town.
And the same for Ashwell five pounds likewise. Item. I give to the son of John Waller
20 pounds to be paid at 21 years. Likewise for Nathanial. Item. I will that my executors
shall sell my lease of the Rectory or Parsonage & (mylues?) of Ashwell aforesaid &
towards the payment of my debts & the discharging of this my legacies & my finantial
expences. And all my other leases of any manner, tenencies, lands, medows & pastures
whatsoever I give to my son William Waller. And of this my will and testament I do
constitute & ordain my beloved wife Agnes & my son William my executors. And of
this my will I do appoint and request to be my overseer my good friend Folke Marshall
vicar of Ashwell, Thomas Boulnest of Little Hermitage, Andrew Waller my brother, John
Waller my brother, William Gray and John Sell my brothers-in-law to whom I give the
sum of twenty pounds to be equally devided among them my said overseers to be paid by
my executors within one year of my decease. Witnesses Thomas Boulnest, Folke
Marshall and William Gray.

(The extensive annex of all the properties involves numerous small plots, mostly half acre
areas estimatedtotal about 25/30 acres. About 20 people are named and many location
names are given eg., Harpoll ditch South, Whaddon Bushe, Swin Well, Heathshott, Dead
Woman Way, Lidlington Mare, etc, etc.).

PROBATE 10.NOVEMBER 1610 PUBLISHED 23 DEC.

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LTHE WILL OF JOHN WARREN ALS WALLER of ASHWELL

MADE 18 MAY 1624 PROBATE 14 JULY 1624

I John Warren als Waller of Ashwell in the County of Hertford, yeoman, this eighteenth
day of May Anno Domi 1624, being sick of bodie but of good and perfect memorie the
Lord be praised therefore do make and ordaine this my last Will and Testament in manner
and forme following Viz Imprimis I commend and comitt my sowle into the hands of
Almighty God trusting after this life ends through the merits of Jesus Christ my only
Saviour and redeemer to reign with him eternally and my bodie to the earth where of it
was made and it in earth placed God to lend me in this world as followeth First I give and
bequeath unto Mr. Thomas Marshall for a sermon at my buryall Six shillings and eight
pence and to the poor people of Ashwell aforesaid the somme of twenty shillings to be
distributed amongst them at my buryall at the discretion of my Executor

Item. I give and bequeath unto John my son and his heirs forever after his age of four
and twenty years one piece of lands contayning by estimation fower (4) acres being now
sowen with rye(?) which of late purchased of Mr. Harwood lyinge near unto Larryes
cross/croft(??) in the fields of Ashwell aforesaid. And lands lying by Kingsdon Way
contayning by estimation fifteen acres more of late purchased of the said Mr. Harwood
five roodes which of late purchased (Edit: Several other lands mentioned). ..... of the
Lords of the Manor of Ashwell. And my Will and meaning is that my son William shall
have and take the assetts there of until my said son John shall attain unto his age of four
and twentie years towards the payment of my debts. Item I give and bequeath unto my
sonne Samuel and his heirs forever to hold from the feast of St Michael the Archangell
which shall next after he has accomplished his age of four and twentie years Twentie four
acres one roode and a half of land lying and being in the fields of Ashwell aforesaid (Edit:
several other lands, about 20 acres mentioned). Item I give and bequeath unto Thomas my
sonne and to his heirs forever from his age of one and twentie years fifteen acres and one
rood of land lying and being also in the fields of Ashwell aforesaid being freehold with
three acres and three rood going through two furlongs more (Edit: Several lands, approx
8 acres mentioned). Item I give and bequeath unto my son Edward and to his heirs
forever from and after his age of one and twentie years fifteen acres three roods and a half
of lands lying in the fields of Ashwell aforesaid Viz half an acre in Redlands between the
lands of John Warren on the one side and the lands (Edit: .....lands of John Barber on
the other side half an acre ..... of the newe gravell pitte between the lands of John Barber
on the one side and the lands of William Plomer on the other side abutt .....Note
interesting neighbours: Edward Waller, William Sell, Thomas Chapman (Pembrooke
Hall), Robert Goode ). Item. I give and bequeath unto my sonne Jonathan and his heirs
forward from and after his age of one and twentie years fourteen acres and a half and a
half a rood of land also in the fields of Ashwell aforesaid with one rood near Royston
(Edit. Several other lands). Item. I give and bequeath unto my sonne Andrew and to his
heirs forward from his age of 21 years 11 acres and three roods lying in the fields of
Ashwell (Edit. Several other lands). Item. I give and bequeath unto my daughter Susan
and her heirs forward from and after her age of one and twentie years all my lands lying
and being in the North field of Ashwell aforesaid containing by estimation eight acres and
all that croft with that appertaining lying between Halbrock land and Great Pinsom. Item.
I will and dowse unto my sonne William and his assigns all the land above mentioned to
be bequeathed unto my said sonne John until such time as the said John shall attain to his
age of twentie four years forward the payment of my debt and also all the said land given
and bequeathed unto my said sonne Samuel until such time as he attain the age of 24
years. My sonne William shall have and take the proffit and benefit of all the lands before
given to the rest of my younger children until they attian respectively 21 years. Item. I
give and bequeath unto William my sonne all my brewing equipment with my malt quorn,
my bedstead in my parlour(?) and all the furniture & bedding therein also. Item. all the
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be equally devided. I appoint my sonne William to be my sole executor of this my last
will and testement. Further I give and bequeath to my said sonne Andrew and his heirs
one rood and a half of land lying near to St. John Knackle(?). (Edit. Position specified in
detail with another rood and a half given). In witness whereof I have set my hand and

seal, the date and the year
these who's names are underwritten.
Edward Waller, Clement(?) Everett,
Wallinger
first above written
Signed
in
Wthe
John
illiam
presence of
Waller.
Sell and John
PROBATE 14 JULY 1624.

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MTHE WILL OF EDWARD WALLER OF ASHWELL.

MADE 30 APRIL 1700. BURIED ASHWELL 7 MAY 1700.

PROBATE 3 APRIL 1718.

In the name of God Amen, I Edward Waller of Ashwell Senr. in the County of Hertford,
Yeoman being aged and infirm of body but of perfect and sound memory Praised be
Almighty God for the same Doo make this my last Will and testament in the manner and
forms following (that is to say) first I doo give and bequeath my soul into the hands of the
Almighty God who gave it me and my body to the Earth to be devoutly buryed according
to the discretion of my Executor hereafter named and as for those worldly goods the lord
in mercy hath indowed me withall I dispose of as followeth:

First I give and bequeath unto Susan my dearly beloved wife the sum of one hundred
pounds of lawfull money of England to remain in my Executors hands he paying my wife
five pounds a year during her naturall life for the sume and after her decease the said
hundred pound to goo to my Executor and his heirs for ever allsoo I doo give to my said
wife the use of soo much of my pewter and brass beds and beding and lynnon and all
other of my household stuffe as she shall desire during her naturall life and after her
decease all the said goods I give to my son John. Item. I doo give and bequeath to my
son Jonathan Waller all the money he now owes me for malt and otherwise (except twenty
pound I lent him upon his note to be paid me upon demand and the sume of forty pounds
more of lawfull money of England to be respectively paid him ten pounds a year the first
payment to begin twelve months after the decease of my sister Hannah Waller of Ashwell
aforesaid widow and soo onwards untill the said forty pounds is paid only with this
proviso and for the prevention of any suites or differences that may hereafter arise
between my said son Jonathan Waller and my Executor John Waller my desire is that my
son Jonathan Waller shall within one month after my decease signe and seale and deliver
unto my said son John Waller my Executor as aforesaid a General Release which shall be
fairly drawn and so good in law to barr the said Jonathan his Executors Administrators or
assignes from all and all manner of Clayms Debts Dues and Demands whatsoever he the
said Jonathan Waller may might or ought to have against my said son John Waller for or
by reason of any matter range or thing from the beginning of the world untill the day of
the sole heirs of those my legacys given him in this my Will in the said Release only
excepted And if my son Jonathan Waller shall refuse to give my son John Waller such a
release then my legacy to my son Jonathan Waller shall be in all but five shillings to be
respectively payde him within two months after my decease. Item. I give and bequeath
unto my son Thomas Waller of London the sume of five shillings of lawfull money of
England to be paid within one month after my decease I do give and bequeath to my son
Edward Waller the sume of forty pounds to be respectively paid him at four payments that
is to say ten pounds (per annum?) for four years the first payment to begin twelve months
after the decease of my sister Hannah before named. Item. I doo give and bequeath unto
my brother Jonathan Waller the sume of ten pounds to be respectively paid him three
months after my decease. Item. I do give and bequeath to all my servants the sume of
five shillings (apiece?) and to my old servant William Clerke all my working day wearing
cloaths and to my old servant Oliver Swayne as much cloth of four shillings the yard or
thereabouts as will make him a coat doublet and breechs. I doo give unto my daughter in
law Hannah the wife of my son Jonathan the sume of five pounds and to my daughter in
law Sarah the wife of my son Thomas Waller the sume of five pounds to be respectively
paid them within six months after my decease. Item. I doo give to the poor of Ashwell as
much bread as shall cost forty shillings William Morton of Biglesworth to make it and
distribute it according as he shall have direction from my three loving friends my brother
Jonathan Waller William Chapman And John Griffin and my will and desire is that if any
contraversies or differences shall arise between my Executor and any my other children or
Legatees that they may be determined by my three neighbours and friends Thomas

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Chapman the elder William Chapman and John Griffin and that whenever it shall please
God to take away any one of the three that it is my desire alsoo that the two survivors shall
nominate and choose a third person for the ending all such contraversies as aforesaid.
Item. I give unto my son Jonathan Waller more the sume of twenty pounds to be paid six
months after my decease. Item. I give to my son Edward Waller more the sume of fifty-
five pound to be left in my Excecutors hands to pay towards a debt and from my son
Edward Waller to the children of my son Andrew late deceased. Item. I doo give and
bequeath unto all my grandchildren the sume of twelve pound apiece to be paid six
months after my decease and now I doo hereby ordaine constitute and nominate and
appoint John Waller my son Sole Executor of this my last will and testament to whom I
give and bequeath all the remainder of my goods and chattells not before bequeathed and
to whom I leave to descend and come all my lands and tenaments to him and his heires
and asignes forever immediately after my decease and this I doo publish and declare to be
my last will and testament being contained in one sheet of paper making void all former
wills by me made in witness whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and seale the thirtieth
day of April in the fourteenth year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord William the third
now King of England or Anno Domini 1700 Edward Waller his mark. This was signed
and sealed published and declared by the within named Edward Waller to be his last will
and testament in the presents of us who he desired subscribe our names as witnesses

John Lilly Andrew Blewett William Phillips.

PROBATE 3 APRIL 1718

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J THE WILL OF ANDREW WALLER OF ASHWELL.

MADE 18 FEBRUARY 1713.

In the name of God Amen the eighteenth day of February in the twelth year of the reign of
our Sovereign Lady Anne by the grace of God of Great Britain and Ireland Queen
defender of the faith and in the year of our Lord One thousand seven hundred and thirteen
I Andrew Waller of Ashwell in the county of Hertford yeoman being sick in body but of
sound and perfect mind and memory and understanding do make and ordain this my last
will and testament as followeth. First I resign my soule into the hands of Almighty God
my creator hoping through the merits of Jesus Christ my savour to have full pardon and
forgiveness of all my sins And my body I submitt to the earth to be decently buryed by
my Executors hereafter named. And my worldly goods and estate I dispose of as
followeth.

Item. I give and bequeath unto my cousin Sarah Langthorne and my sister Susan Waller
their heirs forever All that cottage(?) or tenements in Ashwell aforesaid now in the
occupation of George Laby And all other my freehold and copyhold lands tenements &
hereditments whatsoever in the parish of Ashwell aforesaid & elsewhere. Item. I give to
my brother Edward Waller his now wife and to Mary his daughter one guinea a year. I
give to my brother John Waller five guineas if he returns from service either sick or lame
but if otherwise only one guinea. Item. I give to my brother Thomas Waller and his now
wife one guinea a year. Item. I give to my sister Mary Waller five guineas and my will
and meaning is that all the aforesaid legacies shall be paid by my Executors hereafter
named in the three months after my decease. Item. I give to the poor of the parish of
Ashwell aforesaid fifty shillings to be given in bread all the rest of my personall estate
whatsoever I give unto the said Sarah Langthorne and Susan Waller whom I make and
ordaine Sole Executors of this my last will and testament. In witness thereof I have to this
my last will and testement contained in this one sheet of paper setting hand and seal the
day and year first above written. Signed; Andrew Waller Witnesses:
Signed; Jonathan Waller, John Langthorne & John Hart.

PROBATE Not shown.

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KTHE WILL OF JOHN WALLER OF ASHWELL.

MADE 21 APRIL 1716 PROBATE 3 APRIL 1718.

In the name of God Amen. The one and twentieth day of April in the second year of the
Reign of our Sovereign Lord George by the Grace of God of Great Brittaine France and
Ireland King Defender of the Faith et Anno Do. 1716. I John Waller of Ashwell in the
county of Hertford Yeoman being sick in body but of sound mind and understanding doo
make and ordain this to be my last will and testament in manner and form as followeth
first I commend my soul to Almighty God my Creator hoping through the merits of Jesus
Christ my Savour to have full pardon and forgiveness of all my sins and my body I
committ to the Earth to be devoutly buryed at the discretion of my Executor hereafter
named and as to my worldly goods which it hath pleased God to lend me in this life and
dispose of as followeth.

Imprimis I give and bequeath unto my brother Jonathan Waller the sum of one hundred
and sixty and five pounds which he owes me upon Bond and all the interest and due
thereupon and all other sume and sumes of money due to me from him upon any other
account or accounts whatsoever and also the sume of fifty pounds to be paid unto him
within twelve months after my decease. Item. I give and bequeath unto my sister Hannah
Waller the now wife of the said Jonathan Waller the sume of five pounds to be paid her
within six months after my decease Item I give and bequeath unto Jonathan Waller,
Robert Waller, and Hannah Waller three of the children of the said Jonathan and Hannah
the full sume of twenty pounds to each of them to be paid them within twleve months after
my decease and if any one of them shall happen to depart this life his her or their legacy
or legacys shall become due or payable that then such legacy or legacys or him or her soo
dying to be equally divided between the survivors of them within twelve months after my
decease and if any two of them shall happen to depart this life before their or other of their
said legacy or legacys shall become due or payable then such legacy or legacys as them
soo dying to be paid to the survivor of them within twelve months after my decease. Item.
I give and bequeath unto Jonathan Waller Susannah Waller Edward Cumberland Waller
Dorothy Waller and William Waller the children of my brother Edward Waller the sume
of twenty pounds to each and every one of them severally to be paid them within twelve
months after my decease and if any one of them shall happen to depart this life before his
her their legacy or legacys shall become due or payable then such legacy or legacys of
him or her so dying to be equally divided between the survivors of them and to be paid to
them within twelve months after my decease and if any two or more of them shall happen
to depart this life before their or nay of their legacy or legacys shall become due or
payable then shall such legacy or lagacys of them so dying to be paid to the survivor or
survivors of them within twelve months after my decease. Item. I give and bequeath unto
Edward Waller Thomas Waller Mary Waller and Susanna Waller the children of my
brother Andrew Waller apiece the sum of one hundred pounds to each of them to be paid
to them within twelve months after my decease and if any one of them shall happen to
depart this life before his her or their legacy or legacys of him or her soo dying to be
equally divided between the survivors of them and to be paid to them within twelve months
after my decease and if any two or more of them shall happen to depart this life before
their or any of their said legacy or legacys shall be due or payable then such legacy or
legacys of them soo dying to be paid to the survivor or survivors of them within twelve
months after my decease. Item. I give devise and bequeath unto the aforesaid Edward
Cumberland Waller and to his heires for ever all that parcell of land lately purchased by
my uncle Jonathan Waller of William Warren a part thereof (viz) five acres and a rood
being copyhold of the Mannor of Ashwell. Item. I give devise and bequeath unto John
Waller one of the sons of the said Jonathan Waller and to the heires of his body lawfully
to be begotten and for want of such issue to the said John Waller one of the sons of the
said Andrew Waller and his heires for ever all that my messuage or tenament now in the
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by estimation one acre (be it more or less) and also all and singular my freehold and
copyhold lands whatsoever lying and being in the fields and parish of Ashwell aforesaid
the copyhold land containing by estimation eight acres and a half late purchased of
Andrew Blewitt and also all my lands and tenaments whatever in Ashwell aforesaid and
also in the fields and parish of Guilden Morden in the County of Cambridge which I hold
of the Masters, Fellows and Scholars of Pembrok Hall in the University of Cambridge by
lease together with the said lease upon condition that they their heires executors and
assignes shall peaceably and quietly permitt and suffer a way to and from a house called
the Meeting House standing upon part of the premisses for all persons whatsoever and
also all that piece of ground next adjoining unto my estate being on the East side thereof
which I late purchased of Mary Baldwyn of Ashwell with the houses outhouses dove
house also a barn on the backside with an orchard and close containing by estimation one
acre and a half (more or less) with all other the appurtenances of whatsoever [excepting a
stable which opens into the backside which I give devise and bequeath for the use and
purpose of putting up such horses of our friends (commonly called Quakers) as shall
repair to the meeting at any time hereafter for ever]. Item. I give and bequeath unto John
Waller one of the sons of the said Andrew Waller deceased the sume of one hundred
pounds to be paid to him within twelve months after my decease. Item. I give and
bequeath the full sume of five pounds a year to be paid yearly for ever out of a certain
parcell of my freehold estate given unto my nephew John Waller the son of Jonathan
Waller lying in the fields and parish of Ashwell as followeth (viz) two closes next the road
in the middle field contayning by estimation sixteen acres (more or less) alsoo two acres
without side the hedge of the same close abutting on foxlye hills allsoo a close of seven
acres at Blackwell comonly called the Catt Close alsoo a close next Ravens Way
containing about five roods which said five pounds to be paid yearly shall be used and
imployedd for the entertainment of our friends commonly called Quakers who come to
declare the word of God amongst the people at Ashwell and if it be not wholly expended
on that account then the remainder to be distributed amongst the poor people of the same
societie called Quakers yearly and every year for ever. But incase the said John Waller
his heires or assignes shall at any tyme or tymes hereafter refuse or make default of
payment of the said sume of five pounds or any part thereof yearly and every year that
then it shall and may be lawfull to and for John Larkin and Thomas Chapman both
whoolers of Ashwell and their assignes whom I doo nominate and appoint in this my last
Will and Testament to take and receive the said moneys yearly and every year next after
my decease of John Waller his heires and assignes for ever after such default be made to
seize and enter upon all and every part of the said lands and closes and Cott and dispose
of them as they or their assignes shall think fitt without the lett or molestation of any
person or persons whatsoever and whereas I have given five pounds yearly to be paid out
of my estate by my nephew John Waller his heires and assignes for ever in lieu thereof I
give and bequeath unto the said John Waller my nephew fifty pounds to be paid within
twelve months after my decease by my Executor hereafter named. Item. My will and
desire is that Thomas Chapman my tenant paying the rent and performing the covenants
in his lease shall hold the same till the expiration thereof without being disturbed by any
of my nephews or any person or persons whatsoever. Item. I will that what money my
brother Jonathan Waller owes of Right to John Larkin be remitted by the said John
Larkin and the sume so remitted I doo remitt John Larkin of whatsoever he owes me by
Bond or otherwise. Item. I give unto my cousin Richard Worboys Wife twenty shillings.
Item. I give to Richard Fortunos Daughter he had by Ann Salt twenty shillings. Item. I
give to Katherine Everard Widow forty shillings. Item. I give to my Tenant Thomas
Chapman his two children twenty shillings apiece I give to my cousin Edward Waller's
Wife of Hitchin five pounds. Item. I give to the poor of Ashwell five pounds. Item. I
give to all my servants that lived with me that year I left farming five shillings to each
person. Item. I give to the widow Crane and widow Izard ten shillings each. Item. I give
to Jonathan Waller's wife the son of Edward Waller the sume of fifty shillings. Item. I
will that in case my cousin Jonathan Blewitt should come to be poor and in want that then
my nephew John Waller the son of Jonathan Waller his heires and assignes shall pay
yearly and every year out of my estate to him the said Jonathan Blewitt forty shillings
during his life. Item. I give unto William Everard forty shillings. Item. I give unto my
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Jonathan Waller's child twenty shillings. Item. I give and bequeath unto my dear and
loving friend Thomas Tompson of Hitchin or his heires or assignes the full sume of ten
pounds to be payd within twelve months after my decease Item I give and bequeath unto
my dear friend John Fallowfield of Hertford his heires and assignes the full sume of ten
pounds to be paid as aforesaid. Item. I give and bequeath unto Martha Fallowfield or if
she be deceased unto her children to be equally divided among them ten pounds to be paid
as aforesaid. Item. I give and bequeath unto James Ball of Ashwell and his heires the
sume of forty shillings to be payed as aforesaid. Item. I give and bequeath unto John
Larkin of Ashwell and his heires the sume of forty shillings to be paid as aforesaid. Item.
I give and bequeath unto Elizabeth Smith of Ashwell the sume of forty shillings to be paid
as aforesaid. Item. I give and bequeath unto Katherine Everard and her heires the sume
of forty shillings to be paid as aforesaid. Item. I give and bequeath unto Margarett Mash
Wife of John Mash the sume of forty shillings to be paid as aforesaid provided she
survives her husband. Item. I give and bequeath unto my dear friend Richard Taylor of
Huntington the full sume of ten pounds to be paid as aforesaid. Item. I give and
bequeath unto my dear friend Abraham Gaymor of Holsted in the county of Essex the full
sume of five pounds to be paid as aforesaid. Item. I give and bequeath unto George
(Deplode?) of Romford in the county of Essex but late of Baldock the sume of five
pounds to be paid as aforesaid. Item. I give and bequeath unto John Bodily of Hitchen
and to his heires the sum of five pounds to be paid as aforesaid. Item. I give and
bequeath unto Anthony Bonnett of Ashwell weaver the sume of forty shillings to be paid
as aforesaid. Item. I give and bequeath unto John (Carstairs ?) of Hertford shoemaker
and his heires the sum of five pounds to be paid as aforesaid. Item. I give and bequeath
Ralph Thorn of Hertford the sume of five pounds to be paid as aforesaid. Item. I give
and bequeath unto Mary Farmer wife of John Farmer of Saffron Walden in Essex the
sume of five pounds to be paid as aforesaid. Item. I give and bequeath unto Daniell
Saunders of Hitchin shoemaker and to his heires the sume of five pounds to be paid as
aforesaid. Item. I give and bequeath unto Mary Howard of the County of Norfolk the
sume of five pounds to be paid as aforesaid. Item. I give and bequeath unto Thomas
Fallowfield of Wootton in the County of Hertford the sume of five pounds to be paid as
aforesaid. Item. I give and bequeath unto Margarett Paine of Dunstable in the County of
Bedford the sume of five pounds to be paid as aforesaid. Item. I give and bequeath unto
Thomas Symonds of Sharrington in the County of Buckingham the sum of five pounds
to be paid as aforesaid. Item. I give and bequeath unto Thomas White in the County of
Norfolk the sume of five pounds to be paid as aforesaid. Item. I give and bequeath unto
Joseph Croake of Essex the sume of five pounds to be paid as aforesaid. Item. I give and
bequeath unto my dear friend Robert Atkinson of the County of Cumberland belonging to
the meeting of the people called Quakers in the town of Wigmore in the County aforesaid
the sume of ten pounds to be paid as aforesaid. Item. I give and bequeath unto my friend
Josiah Langdale of Bridlington in the County of York and his heires the sume of five
pounds to be paid as aforesaid. Item. I give and bequeath unto my friend Benjamin
Holine of Yorkshire the sume of five pounds to be paid as aforesaid. Item. I give and
bequeath unto Robert Imray of Barton Butchers the sume of five pounds to be paid as
aforesaid. Item. I give and bequeath unto Edward Master of Henloe a blind man the (...
... ...?) Mannor and Farm called Nokes lying and being in the County of Suffolk with all
and singular lands tenaments hereditments and appurtenances whatsoever thereunto
belonging now in the tenure or occupation of Thomas Haywind and (scool?) their or one
of their under tenants or assignes to hold the same to her the said Sarah King for and
during the term of her natural life without impeachment of waste charged and chargable
here after mentioned holdings with the several annuitys or yearly payments owing
aftermentioned and descending and devise the same to such child or children of her body
begotten or to be begotten as shall be living at the tyme of her decease their heires to be
equally divided between them share and share alike but in case any of them shall dye
before they shall attain to their age of one and twenty years or be married then the part or
share of such child or children soo happening to dye shall descend and goo to the
survivors or survivor of them and for default of such issue of the body of my said
daughter Sarah King I give and divise the sume of my own right heires for ever. Item. I
give and devise unto my loving daughter Elizabeth Powell one annuity or yearly sume of
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Farm or mannor called (Nowes / Rores?) by halfyearly payments that is to say at the feast
of St. Michael the Archangell and the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary by even
and equal portions free and clear of and from all taxes payments charges and deductions
whatsoever to have hold and enjoy the same for and during the term of her naturall life the
first payment to be made on such of the feast days as shall next happen after my decease
and in case of nonpayment thereof it shall be lawfull for the said Elizabeth Powell or her
assignes enter into and upon the said premisses charged with the payment thereof as
aforesaid or any part thereof and there to make (disfrayses?) from tyme to tyme untill she
shall be fully payd and satisfied the same together with the charges of such disfreyses.
Item. I give and devise unto my granddaughter Anna Hammond one annuity or yearly
sume of thirty pounds of lawfull money of Great Britain to be issuing and payable out of
my said farms and mannor called (Rowes / Hores?) by half yearly payments that is to say
at the said feast of St. Michael the Archangell and the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin
Mary by even and equal portions and free and clear of and from all taxes payments
charges and deductions whatsoever to have and to hold and enjoy the same for and during
the term of her naturall life the first payment thereof to be made unto her on such of the
said feast days as shall next happen after my decease and in case of nonpayment thereof it
shall be lawfull for the said Anna Hammond and her assignes to enter into and upon the
said premisses hereby charged with the payment thereof and there to make disfreyses
from tyme to tyme for the said annuity which shall be in arrears and unpaid untill she the
said Anna Hammond or her assignes shall be fully satisfied paid the same together with
the charges of such disfreyses soo to be made and my will is that the said annuity or
yearly payment of forty shillings to be payd as aforesaid. Item. I give and bequeath unto
Mary Wells of Weston the wife of Richard Wells the sume of forty shillings to be paid as
aforesaid. Item. I give and bequeath unto John Everard of Chartris the sume of forty
shillings to be paid aforesaid. Item. I doo give and devise and bequeath unto my brother
Edward Waller and his heires forever all those my fifteen acres of copyhold land lying at
Blackwell in the fields and parish of Ashwell aforesaid all which said copyhold lands I
have already surrendered to (they?) of my will alsoo I doo make and ordain constitute and
appoint the said Edward Waller my brother (he paying my debts and discharging my
legacys) sole Executor of this my last will and testament to whom I give and bequeathed
all the rest of my goods and chattells not above bequeathed in witness whereof I have
herunto sett my hand and seale to this my last will and testament containing in six sheets
of paper the day and year first above written JOHN WALLER

Signed sealed published and declared (and those words first interlined) one hundred one
hundred by the said John Waller the day and year above written in the presents of us and
our names hereunto subscribed as witnesses at the request of the testator; Tho: Chapman
John Goxlhold Jasper Brydale

PROBATE 3 APRIL 1718.

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MTHE WILL OF EDWARD WALLER OF ASHWELL

MADE 29 JUNE 1718 PROBATE 16 OCTOBER 1718

The twentyninth day of June in the year of our Lord 1718 I, Edward Waller of Ashwell in
the County of Hertford being infirm of body but of good and perfect memory Thanks be
to almighty God for the same Do make constitute ordaine and declare this my last will and
testament in manner and form following:

Revoking and annulling by these present all and every testament and testiments will and
wills by me heretofore made and declared either by word or writing and this to be taken
for my last will and testiment and none other and to the intent that all my goods chattells
and crofts, Lands and tenements may hereafter come unto such persons and remain and
be into such uses as by me, the said Edward Waller herein do and shall limit and appoint
in this my last will. So therefore I will order, give and devise as followeth: Imprimis. I
give, devise and bequeath unto my son Edward Cumberland Waller and to his heires and
Assignes forever all that my estate lately purchased of William Plomer of Ashwell both
copyhold and freehold estate with all and every the appurtenances there unto belonging as
is to be seen at large in his conveyance made to me by the said William Plomer. Item.
I give and bequeath unto my son Edward Cumberland Waller and my son-in-law Daniel
Eling their heires and assigns for ever all that my ffifteene acres of Machland copyhold
lyeing in the fields of Ashwell now in the occupation(?) of Thomas Chapman and
bequeathed to me by Andrew Waller my uncle which said ffifteen acres of land I so will
and it is my will that it shall be sold within convient Time after my decease for the paying
off of legacies. Item. I give to my son William Waller and his heires and assigns for ever
All that my messuage or tenement with the Malting Barnes Stable Garden Yard and all
other Appurtenances thereunto belonging now in the occupation of Edward Larkin and
lyeing next the estate of Thomas Chapman West and William Loodley East and abutting
on the ffore street North. Item. I give unto my three granddaughters Lettice Waller, Mary
Waller and Anne Waller the children of my son Jonathan Waller twenty pounds to each
of them to be paid by my Executor hereafter named when they come to the age of twenty
one years. Item. I give and bequeath unto Dorothy Penn the daughter of William and
Dorothy Penn, my granddaughter twenty pounds to be paid to her at the age of one and
twenty years. Item. I give unto my daughter Dorothy Pen one bed and bedding with the
appurtenances also one chair and one coffer all standing in the room over the Butteries
also six pewter dishes six plates two kettles and A round boyler all the rest of my
household goods except(?) those in possession of my son-in-law Daniel Eling I give unto
my two sons Edward Cumberland Waller and William Waller to be equally divided
between them. Item. Whereas the Will of my loving brother John Waller remaineth
unfullfilled by reason I would not comply with the injustice done me by persons bearing
no good will towards me (I being Executor to my brother) who imposcing on my Brother
in the time of his grievous sickness to make another will greatly to the prejudice of me and
my children for their own private ends and also had my Brother lived a small time longer I
believe would have taken away my Executorship which was consulting. Nevertheless to
discharge my conscience after the great fatigues and expenses I have been at in defending
myself against such unrighteous dealings to the great weakening of the assets. I do will
and it is my desire to fullfill the former will made by my loving brother John Waller not
long before his death and which he had by him when he dyed and is now in being having
his perfect senses when he made it as far as the remaining assetts will amount unto and to
that end have appointed Trustees to see the same be fullfilled. Imprimis. I give and
bequeath unto John Waller one of the sons of my brother Andrew Waller fifty pounds
Also I give unto Edward Waller, Thomas Waller, Mary Waller and Susanna Waller ffour
other children of my brother Andrew Waller to each of them twenty pounds to be paid by
my Executor hereafter named. Item . I give to Hannah Waller the wife of my brother
Jonathan deceased fifty pounds and. Item. I give unto John Waller son of my brother
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my brother Jonathan Waller twenty pounds to each of them. Item. I give and bequeath
unto the poor amongst the people called Quakers the sum of twenty pounds to be
distributed amongst them according to my Brother's Will made by William Everard to
every one according as their necessity requires the money to be paid by my Son Edward
Cumberland Waller unto William Everard and they both jointly together to see the
performance of the same and lastly all my goods and chattells unbequeathed I give and
bequeath unto my grandson William Penn whom I make Sole Executor of this my last
Will and Testament he paying my debts and discharging in ffunerall expenses and I do
also appoint my son Edward Cumberland Waller and my son-in-law Daniel Eling to be
the overseers of this my last Will and Testament and do give unto my son Daniel Eling all
the household goods of mine in his custody for his trouble excepting the worst Chest of
Drawers which I give unto my daughter Dorothy Penn also all the legacies given to be
paid (unless those where the time is prefixed) shall be paid within twelve months next
after my decease In witness whereof I have to this my last Will and testament contained in
two sheets Sett my hand and seal the day and year first above written Edward Waller
signed sealed published and discharged by the said Edward Waller for and as his last
Will and Testament in the presence of us; William Plomer George Priest the mark of
John Lilly.

PROBATE 16 OCTOBER 1718.

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