Thanks for all the will details.It is very interesting.I have now obtained a copy of Martin’s will(other brother).This came in the post just after your email as I keep in touch with someone from a later generation whom I met several years ago. Martin was obviously in the right trade as he has an extensive will, relatively speaking(sorry, didn’t mean it as a pun!).He leaves £5 to John’s son Martin on reaching the age of 21 and asks that his son Richard: “be educated devoutly and according to his Quality and be bound apprentice to such trade and employment as they (with the consent of my friend Mr. James Collins) Shall think fitt and that they pay for the house wherein I dwell pursuant to the articles made between me and Mr. John Bake and take the Surrender or Surrenders thereof to their uses untill my said son shall attain the said age and then to surrender the same to the use of my said son and his heires and Assignes forever.” If Richard should die before this age he asks his Trustees to pay Sarah, Rachel, William and Martin (William’s children) five pounds each.The remainder to be shared amongJohn’s children.
His purse and apparell One clock with a case and one dresser fourteen pewter dishes & twenty plates three pewter dishes more one tankerd one salver & one pewter stand five salts one mustard box and dridger two brass candlesticks one Graterone candle boxfive spits one pepper box1 driping pan one bras Chaifing dishone Iron stand One pair of snuffers2 brass ladles1 beef fork 2 pairs of tongs two fire shovels2 fenders2 reckons1 fire prod one salt pyeone warming pan1 dishcover1 choping knife one pair of racksone broyling Iron 1 smoothing Iron and stand belong one voiderfour pott platesone bason two pot pottingers one long serrlesix chairestwo tablesone stoole three cushionsone pair of bellowsone Jackone rainge
In the Chamber
One chest of dawersone standone wanded chair Eight chairsfour cushionsone Tableone seeing glass One bedstead with hangingsone featherbedd 1 pair of blanketts one ruggone bolstertwo pillows
In the next Chamber
Three Chairsone pannell Chestone seeing glass Two bedsteads with hangings2 feather beds 1 rug1 coverlet three blankettsone long bolster2 pillows 2 doz of napkinsone tablecloth £ five napkins 1 tablecloth one fine sheet5 sheets3 pilivers1 old tablecloth 6?napkins and other huzslements two spinning wheelsone winter hedge
In the Closet
One chamber pottI tanckred1 copperCantwo brass pans One Iron pott and ladle and pott hooksone Iron Candlestick One doz oftrenchersone Crewittone mortar and pestill And one tosting Iron
There is then a list of the contents of his draper’s shop and an even longer one of his debtors.His estate was worth £430 minus his funeral expenses andthe cost of the will - £13-16s. and £2-14s. respectively. Quite a tidy sum.The rich relation!Well at least your William’s children got five pounds each as poor old Richard died the following year.
I am intrigued as to your connection with the Hawkridge familysince you and your father seem to have found out quite a lot.Did Rachel marry a Fletcher?