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Lady Judith <I>Hele</I> Hawkins

Lady Judith Hele Hawkins

Plymouth, Plymouth Unitary Authority, Devon, England
Death 30 May 1629 (aged 60)
Slapton, South Hams District, Devon, England
Burial Slapton, South Hams District, Devon, England
Plot Buried to the right of the altar, near the Poole pew.
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Judith (Dame) Hele
Judith, survived her husband, Richard, for seven years, dying on 30 May 1629.
Her will of, dated on 27 May 1629, and proved at London 5 Feb 1629 by John Hawkins, says:

In the name of God Amen. I Judith Hawkins sicke of body but sound and perfect of mynde and memorie, doe ordaine and make this my last will and testament in manner and forme followinge. first my Soule which is heavenly redeemed through the sufferings of Christ I commend into the hands of God. for my bodie which is dust and ashes I commend to Christian buriall.

Item I give unto my daughter Joane my two leases of Plimouth after two yeares, after my decease and in the meane while ten poundes a yeare for her maintenance, for the land (whereas my son John is at sea) if it please God he doe not returne home with life, it is my will that it should remaine unto my sonne Richard.

Item I give unto my daughter Mary one hundred poundes to be paid her on her marriage daie, and ten poundes a yeare for her maintenance in the meane while Item I give unto my daughter Margarett one gold ring. Item I give unto my son Richard one gold ringe. Item I give unto my brother Lewes Heale twentie shillinges. Item I give unto Mr John Cowte twentie shillinges. Item I give to the poor of Slopton [Slapton] ten shillinges to bee distributed at the discretion of Mr Cowte, and some one or two of the Overseers of the poor of the same parish of Slopton. For all the rest of my goods not given and bequeathed I give unto my sonne John whom I doe make my sole Executor. Provided allwaies that if my son John refuse to bee my Executor it shalbe lawfull for my brother Lewes Heale and my brother Nicholas Heale and my brother Nicholas Gilbert, whom I doe appoint my Overseers to sell any or all my goods and Chattells for payment of my debts and legacies, and then what remaines I doe give unto my two daughters Joane and Mary. In witnes whereof I have hereunto sett my hand the daie and yeare first written. JUDETH HAWKINS in the presence of Joh. Cowt. Sign William Bastard

She was buried in Slapton Church. On a slate-stone slab over the vault, near the screen, on the floor by the Poole pew, to the right of the altar, is the following in- scription: "lyeth the body of Lady Judith Hawkins wife unto Sir Richard 1629"

The rest is obliterated. Village tradition still tells of how Lady Judith Hawkins walked from the old house of Poole to church -a distance of nearly a mile -on a red velvet carpet, which a servant unrolled before her.

(This bio was researched and compiled by Dame Judih Hele Hawkins 8th great granddaughter, Audrey DeCamp Hoffman)

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2004, Columbia University Press
Mary W. S. Hawkins

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  • Created by: Audrey DeCamp Hoffman
  • Added: 19 Oct 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 99196714
  • Linda Godsey
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Lady Judith Hele Hawkins (7 Nov 1568–30 May 1629), Find A Grave Memorial no. 99196714, citing St.. James Church and Churchyard, Slapton, South Hams District, Devon, England ; Maintained by Audrey DeCamp Hoffman (contributor 46783896) .