I hadn't seen any comments on Peter Pretyman (also spelled Peeter Prettiman), "gentleman" of Barton Bendish, Norfolk, England, whose will and codicil are both dated August 1636.So I downloaded it (for $5, current exchange rate) from the Public Record Office website.Then I started trying to decode the 17th-century handwritten transcription.
This is what I have figured out so far:
Peter Pretyman left bequests not only to the poor of the parishes of Barton Bendish in Norfolk; but to the poor of the parishes of Bacton and Cotton, in Suffolk, where we know the Prettyman family was centered for at least a couple centuries before his death.So I think it's reasonable to assume he started out in Suffolk, and later moved about 50 miles northwest to Norfolk.
He had a son named George, and a brother named Richard.
His wife was Elizabeth.He had a daughter Joane, who had several children.
There is a reference to a Charles Pretyman, deceased, and his daughter Margaret.
There is also a reference to a "son" -- probably son-in-law -- Tristram Dymond.
This is what I can't quite make out:
The codicil adds that he wills "George Prettyman my son shall have all my (leases?) and stock whatsoever in Mar_?_land, and also all my stock in the (?) in Fincham in the county of Norfolk."
I would really like to think that the reference is to Maryland, but I can't find an example of a "y" that matches the questionable character in that word.If it's some location in England, though, why is the county not mentioned?
Also, I seem to recall from some reference that Peter was more likely to be a Catholic given name at that time - when Catholics had to hide their religion.A Catholic Prettyman would explain why some records of baptisms and burials might be missing, and also suggest a connection to Lord Calvert's Catholic settlement of Maryland.
If someone else wants to take a look at this 5-page pdf document, I would be happy to email it.