|Death: ||Sep. 16, 1556|
27th Generation Descendant of Charlemagne. William was a merchant in London and High Sheriff of Essex.
He was 17th Generation Descendant of William I. He was 13th Generation Descendant of John (Magna Carta). The title of Esquire is the title of a nobleman's son. Also included would be the sons of baronets, knights, commanders, companions and non-knightly members of any order of knighthood, as well as barristers and justices of the peace. Although it is a long list, everyone is by no means legally entitled to use the title of Esquire.
Excerpts from his will:
"..... My body is to be buried either in the Parish church Southminster or Prittlewell in such place of the church as heretofore by mouth I have partly declared.
A tomb of marble to be set upon my place of burial, to be closed with bars of iron of convenient height for the saving of said tomb, and to be colored with red color set in oils, where upon I will that they shall bestow twenty pounds of currant money of England, and more if that be not sufficient, by the discretion of my overseers; upon the tomb there shall be mention made of me and all my wives and posterity and our names, and the names of every child that I had severally by every wife to avoid contention hereafter for title of my lands, for that I had my said children by several ventors; and also I will that these words following shall be set either upon my tomb or upon the wall next to my tomb, "Terra terram tegat, demon' peccata resumat, mundus res h'ent, spiritus ab'ta pelat.". My executors to distribute to such poor in Essex as they see fit 10 pounds; and besides other miserere obsequies and dirge, according to the order of the Catholic church; and likewise to distribute another 10 pounds at my month's day and other 10 pounds at my year's mind. And after my year's mind be passed, I will that always a yearly obit shall be kept in the parish church where I shall chance to be buried during the term of four score years, if the laws of the realm will it so long permit. Testators four sons Vincent, Arthur, Christopher and Edward and their heirs to pay to the Churchwardens 20 shillings yearly during the said term out of the farms assigned to them under the will, and to give bond to the Churchwardens to pay the same towards the obit. The curator of the said church shall have, to pray for me in his prayers, making my name, yearly 12d, and the residue two parts to poor people, and the residue to priests and clerks, and to the necessary ornaments of the church. The Churchwardens to have yearly for their paius 8d: and my executors shall yearly, for the space of ten years, pay to the poor Prittlewell, Southminster and Burnham every year 6 pounds, 8 shillings and 1d. To the parish Prittlewell every year 4 marks, Southminster 34 shillings 4d, Burnham 34 shillings and 4d. "My two amblinge sommer nagges which I have always called in charges, and all my plate except the following, my great nest of goblets, all gilt with the cover, my best standing cup, all gilt, with the cover, my salt, all gilt, with the cover, my pot, gilt, with the cover, my chalyse with the paton thereto belonging all gilt; and also except one goblet, gilt, with the cover, being made after fish scales, and also except two great masers, and two silver spoons, whereof thono is all gilt and the other with a vyce; " and all my household stuff in my house in Rochford and in my house at Southminster, "except two feather beds in the same house, next the best, with coverlets, blankets, sheets, pillows, pillowbeys, and all other necessaries to them belonging being likewise next the best; and also beside two sewer brass per next to best, and also except another bed, honestly furnished, being a feather beds mete to lodge gentlemen's servants in with honesty; and also except half a garnish of pewter next to best, whereof to be eight plates vi desserts, vi saucers, and also two coppill of candlesticks next the best, a chaffing dish and two other small canstics of the meaner sort whether the worst or the best."
"To my son Arthur, all my apparel and household stuff in my chamber at Lyncolnesinne.... My son Arthur shall have the use and occupying of my chain of gold containing seven score and vi links for life."
"Remainder to son Edward for life, remainder to their heirs..."
then follows the device of his manors, lands, leases, and so on at great length; sundry legacies to servants and others.....
Essex Records Archives.
St Leonard Churchyard
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Originally Created by: Jerry Ferren
Record added: Feb 03, 2011
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