Summary of the

WILL of ROBERT OLDMAYNE alias PRYKE 1607

Made 25 November 1607.

Robert was minister and preacher of the Holy Word of God. After the usual beginning of the time, and a statement that he has always done his best to preach the word of God in an orthodox manner, his will proper begins:

40 shillings to be paid to the poor of Denham within one year of his decease.

All his messuage and tenement and the 10 acres of ground in the occupation of John Turner, a farmer in Wickhambrook to his son Timothy. A further 5 acres in Wickhambrook, also in the occupation of John Turner, which comprised two pieces of land called Maryons Croft and Malkyns Croft to be sold, and the resulting money to be divided between his two daughters Sarah and Susan.

Sarah’s share was to be increased to £40 and Susan’s share to £38. The difference was not explained, but the sums involved were to be met from the sale of his goods and chattels.

His grandchildren, Margaret and Martha Blakerby were to receive £5 each and their sister Susan £15, all to be paid when they became 21 or married. Should Susan die before the payment was made, it would go to her father.

Also to the son and eldest daughter of Robert Walker (may be Wickes) 40 shillings when the reached 21 years old

Some of Sarah’s property was in the house, and specified as hers for collection by her: these were one cupboard in the hall, one coverlet in the parlour, one pair of sheets “of Holland”, and three silver spoons. Susan also had property there, specified as one cupboard in the parlour, one table in the hall and three other silver spoons, as well as two bullocks (one given by her grandfather Blakerby and the other by Robert’s late wife) and a wether sheep he gave her himself.

The residue of his goods and chattels were to be divided between the three children, Timothy, Sarah and Susan.

Executors were Christopher Raghet and William Halls both of Denham.

Witnesses were George Newton, William Withers and Josias Fawether.

There seems to be no record of probate, owing to a dispute between Timothy and the executors, eventually resolved in favour of the executors.

Taken from the "Green Book" Denham Parish Registers 1539 - 1850


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