WIVELL WILLS

GENERAL NOTES


WILL OF THOMAS WYVELL 1631

Wyvelscombe
Probate 13Feb1633

Will

In the name of God Amen I Thomas Wyvell of Wyvelscombe in the County of Cornwall Esq. being sick of body but sound and perfect of mind and remembrance thanks be given to Almighty God and seeing the frailty of mans life to be such that it is like unto grass that today groweth and tomorrow withereth and knowing that it is necessary and convenient that every Christian should so dispose of his temporal blessings that there may not after his death arise any strife or debate I do therefore make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament in manner and form following
First I do bequeath my soul unto the hands and protection of Almighty God my creator to be protected by Christ Jesus my Saviour who died for me by whole death and passion I only hope for Salvation and by no other merit or desert whatsoever and hastily my body to be buried in Christian burial
Item I give and bequeath unto the poor of the Parish of St Stephens by Saltash five pounds to be paid in five years
Item I give unto the poor of the Convent of Saltash forty shillings to be paid in two years
Item I give unto the poor of the Parish of Maristow where I was born forty shillings to be paid likewise in two years
Item I do give and bequeath to Johanne my wife one hundred and fifty pounds moreover touching all those her good and chattels whereof at any time heretofore she hath been posessed or had the use of as Executrix unto Elias. Wills deceased Gent her former husband
or otherwise especially for such her goods and chattels as the said Thomas Wyvell had might have had or each according to the laws of this land did in any wise account or belong to me by virtue of my intermarriage with her I do freely and absolutely give and remit the same and every part and parcel thereof unto my said wife together with all such profits and increase thereof as heretofore been raised and made or hereafter (during my life I shall be made or raised of or upon the same or any part thereof
and I do further move by this my last will and Testament provide will and ordain that my said wife after my decease (during the time of her widowhood) shall for herself or one of her daughters or servant maids that shall attend her have and be allowed at Wivelscombe aforesaid at the proper charges of my Executor both meat drink fire candlelight and lodgings in every respect mete and sufficient for their degree her chamber to be the same wherein I myself usually do lodge whereof she to have the sole use during the time or term aforesaid
Item whereas my said wife hath in her custody at Weairs six of my oxen I give and bequeath unto her four of them
Item I give and bequeath unto Thomas Wills the son of Francis Wills my grandchild one hundred pounds to be paid within two years after my decease and to be set forth for his best profit
Item I do give and bequeath unto all the rest of the said Francis Wills his children one hundred pounds apiece to be paid and set forth as aforesaid
Item I give unto Thomas Wills my grandchild two hundred pounds
Item I give unto Nicholas Dawbin my said wife's brother five pounds
Item I give unto Peter Wills the son of my said wife forty shillings
Item I give unto Elizabeth her daughter three pounds
Item I give unto Margarett Tredenecke five pounds (NOTE1)
Item I give unto Thomas Coale in lieu? of all promises made at any time heretofore made unto him three pounds
Item I give unto Anne Marke five pounds
Item I give unto Jonas Marke ten pounds
Item I give unto Francis Marke five pounds
Item I give unto all my brothers and sisters children to each of them five shillings apiece
Item I give unto Johane Edgcombe my servant forty shillings
Item I give unto all the rest of my servants ten shillings apiece
Item I give unto all my godchildren two shillings apiece
Item it is my will that Thomas Harvit shall have his maintenance in the house at Wyvelscombe at the charge of my Executor during his life All the rest of my goods and chattels moveables and immoveables and all my plate jewels and money not given and bequeathed I give and bequeath unto Francis Wills my grandchild whom I make and ordain my sole executor to see my debts and legacies paid
In witness whereof I have hereunto put my hand and seal ... the fifth day of March Septimo Regno Caroli, Anno Domini one thousand six hundred thirty one Thomas Wyvell
Teste ut Micho: Dawbin

NOTES

  1. This marriage appears in Heraldic Notes: '1608. Jan. 31. Mr. William Wills and Margaret Drenicke.' It is thought that the name may be 'Tredenick' and may be connected with the Tredenecke beneficiary in the Will.


WILL OF DEGORY WEAVELL 1652

Cover

Northpetherwyn
23rd Jan. 1660 (? Note 1)
Will and Inventory of Degory Weavell dead and buried (?)

Will

In the name of God amen the third day of July in the year of our lord God one thousand six hundred fifty and one I Digorye Weevell of Northpetherwin in the County of Devon yeoman being in perfect memory thanks be to Almighty God do make this will and testament in manner and form following that is to say
First I give my soul unto almighty God my creator and redeemer and my body to be buried in the church or church yard of Northpetherwine
Item first I give and bequeath unto George Weevell my son 3s 4d to be paid one year after my decease
Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Thamsin Short 3s 4d to be paid one year after my decease
Item I give and bequeath unto Susan Short twenty shillings to be paid one year after my decease
Item I give and bequeath to unto Marye Short twenty shillings to be paid one year after my decease
Item I give and bequeath unto Dority Short twenty shillings to be paid one year after my decease
Item I give and bequeath to Dority Briant five shillings to be paid one year after my decease
and all the rest of my goods and chattels not given nor bequeathed I give and bequeath unto Mary Weevell my wife and Joseph Weevell my son whom I do make my whole and sole executors jointly to pay my legatees (? Note 2) and do my last will and testament perform
in witness whereof I the foresaid Digorye Weevell have hereunto set my sign and seal the day and year first above written

Sign of Digorye Weevell O O
Sign of William Pachcott O
Jacob Bate

Inventory

A true inventory of all such goods and chattells of (?) Deggory Weavell of the parish of Northpetherwin in the county of Devon died possessed of taken viewed and indifferently praised by William Patchcot of the parish of Marystow and Richard Short of the parish of Stockeclimsland in the County of Cornwall husbandman the one and twentieth day of April in the year of our lord one thousand six hundred and fifty two

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For his purse and girdle and wearing apparel 			 1 - 10  0
For three oxen							 9  10  0
For three cows and two heifers					11-   0  0 
For four young bullocks and two yearlings			 7   0  0
For all other things remembered and not remembered	 	 0 - 10  0
						       Sum is  	29  10  0

Richard Short

Sign of William Patchcott O

NOTES

  1. The date on the cover appears to be as shown but it does not tally with the document itself will written 3rd July 1651 and inventory taken on 20th April 1652. It has been assumed note on cover is an error and Degory died late 1651 /early 1652.
  2. The word in the document appears to be - legagees. There is no such word in the Oxford Dictionary it has been assumed to be an error for legatees.
  3. The wills below probably relate to Richard Short and Digory's daughter Thamsin whom he married in Stoke Climsland in 1642
    Will of Richard Short, yeoman, of Stoke Climsland 1691 AP/S/1839
    Will of Thomasin Short, widow, of Stoke Climsland 1708 AP/S/2277
    Stoke Climsland wills for Margery Short spinster 1737/8, and Joan Short spinster 1739/40 may relate to their children but there is also a John Short in the same parish
    The Richard Short who signed the Will and Inventory of Michael Trease in 1645 was thought to be the person appearing in the 1641 protestation returns for the hamlet of Tressell in North Petherwin parish with William Short, probably his father, whose will was proved in 1646 and whose own will was proved at North Petherwin in 1696 but this inventory opens up the possibility that he was the Richard of Stoke Climsland.
    There was a long established Trease family in Stoke Climsland but so far no link has been established between them and the North Petherwin family.
  4. Cannot find any references to William Patchcott in Marystow registers name is uncommon. It does provide a link with Marystow where one George Weevill married Susannah Jones. References found so far are:-
  5. 1594 b. 22Mar1594 Lesnewth William Patchcott son of Thomas (Cornwall OPC database)
  6. 1603-1625 Elyott v. Downinge, Patchcott, Harvye and others: Cornw. PRO STAC 8/133/8
  7. 1607 Harrie v. Patchcottt PRO C 5/610/163
  8. 1617 b. 05Oct1617 Lesnewth William Patchcott son of John (Cornwall OPC database)
  9. 1621/5 Kerslake v. Patchcott PRO C 3/363/55
  10. 1623 d 29Jan1623 Lesnewth William Patchcot Plus many others late 17thC in Davidstow
  11. 1632 William Heard of Broadwood Widger gent will (126 Audley) probate Dec 20th 1632 by Mary Patchcott (PROB 11/162) therefore Mary executor
  12. 1634 c 30Mar1634 Willyam Patchcot son of Thomas and Jane
  13. 1637 Humfry Cory v Mary Patchcott re: Thorne re: Broadwoodwidger PRO C 22/336/19
  14. 1641 Protestation Return Broadwood Widger William Patchcott gent
  15. 1665 Devon Record Office Z16/1/26/3 20 January 1665 16 Charles II North Petherwin, Devon: Poughill: Warbstow: Whitstone all Cornwall Marriage settlement:
    (1) John Phillipps of Poughill, Cornwall, gent., Margery his wife, and Thomas Phillipps, son and heir apparent of the said John
    (2) Samuel Gayer of Stratton, gent., and Edmund Phillipps of Stoke Climsland, gent.
    Farm and tenement called North Whitley with appurtenances, now in possession of John Phillipps; messuage and tenement called Mear in Poughill in which John Phillipps dwells, and another messuage and tenement in Mear in the possession of William Cleverdon; messuage or tenement called Westdown Rew in Whitston, now in the possession of John Phillipps; a tenement with appurtenances called Balsdon alias Baylisdowne in Whitston in the tenure of William Pethick; a tenement with appurtenances called Thorn in Whitston in the possessions of John Nicolle and George Grute; tenement called Nethacot with appurtenances in the tenure of one Horrell and John Sleeman; tenement in or called Fanston alias Fantiston with appurtenances in Warbstow in the possession of Joan May and two tenements called Fanston alias Fantiston with appurtenances in Warbstow in the possession of John Harefott and William Patchcott
    Consideration: an intended marriage between Thomas Phillipps and Susanna Gayer, daughter of Samuel Gayer and 500, marriage portion of Samuel Gayer. Conveyed to (2) in trust for the marriage and to provide a jointure for Susanna Gayer
  16. 1684 m. 31Mar1684 Launceston St Stephens William Patchcot and Jane Beaford (Cornwall OPC database)
  17. Cannot find any references to Dorothy Bryant in the area. Digory was not wealthy and it is thought unlikely that he would give bequests to others outside his family. Thamsin's daughter Dorothy is already mentioned in the Will. It is unlikely that Dorothy is another daughter as as it is thought that the will would have stated the relationship as for his other children. She may be another granddaughter - possibly of a daughter who has died. All of son George's children are under age when George draws up his will in 1664 so it is unlikely to be a daughter of George unless of course the children mentioned in his will of 1664 all relate to a second marriage and Dorothy is a daughter from an earlier marriage.

WILL OF GEORGE WIVELL 1665

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Northpetherwyn 16 January1665 1665 Estate George Wivell .

Will

In the name of God Amen I George Wivell of the parish of Northpetherwyn in the County of Devon yeoman being of sound and perfect memory praised be God for the same do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following
First I commend my Soul into the hands of God who gave it me and my body to Christian burial
And whereas I am seized in fee simple and in certain lands with the appurtenances in East Troswell in the parish of Northpetherwyn aforesaid which I lately purchased of one Thomas Pearne I do give the occupation and possession of all the said lands with appurtenances unto my executors hereafter named and I do give unto them full power and authority to take and receive the rents issues and profits of the said lands for and towards the maintenance of my oldest son George Wivell and my other children until my said son George Wivell shall accomplish the age of eighteen years
And my will is that then all my said lands shall come and descend to my said son George his heirs and assigns forever
Item I give and bequeath unto my son Degory thirty pounds to be paid unto him when he the said Degory shall accomplish the age of eighteen years
Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Mary thirty pounds to be paid unto her when she shall accomplish the age of twelve years
Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Thomasine thirty pound to be paid unto her when she the said Thomasine shall accomplish the age of twelve years
and I do further will that my said sons George and Degory shall be maintained by my executors at the cost of my executors until they respectively accomplish their said ages of eighteen years and that my said daughter Mary and Thomasine shall likewise be maintained by my executors at the cost of my executors until their legacies hereby given unto them become respectively due and payable to them as aforesaid
and I do hereby make and ordain Johan my wife and Joseph Wivell my brother my executors of this my last will and testament and I do hereby revoke all former wills and testaments
In witness whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name and set my seal the sixteenth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred sixty and four in the presence of those whose names are hereunder written Sign of Georg + Wivill O
Signed sealed published and declared by the said George Wivell to be his last will and testament in the presence of
Hen (?) Chapman (?)
Nicholas Crodacott (?)
Thomas ?

Inventory

An Inventory of the goods chattels and debts of George Weevell of Northpetherwin in the County of Devon yeoman deceased made and taken by Henry Chapman, William Coad (?), and Nicholas Crodacott(?) on the fifteenth day of January in the seventeenth year of the reign of our sovereign Lord Charles the Second by the grace of God of England Ireland France and Scotland King Defender of the Faith etc Anno Domini 1665

Imprimis his apparel				3
Item eight  brass pans				7
Item three brass pots				1   5s
Item three bedsteads with ---			11
Item three dust beds with their furniture	3
Item thirty pewter dishes great and	 	3
small and three pewter  ---
Item  table boards and cupboards and --	30s
Item three oxen and three steers		21		
Item five young cattle --- ----- )
and two calves	                 )		11 
Item one mare					--s
Item one pair of ---, one ---. one )
butt ---			   )		11
Item his timber					 5
Item  barrels and --- timber ---		30s
Item four pigs and poultry 			15s
Item his corn in his --- and in the fields	--	
Item debt (?) by  penalties			30 
Item  of small value not before -- praised 	6s 8d

						81:11:8

NOTES

  1. Transcription of names and the inventory not completed yet. Inventory amounts almost certainly wrongly transcribed at present
  2. George's children are all well under age. The George who married in Marystow in 1681 could be his son. If son George was even as old as 17 at time will was made in 1664 he would still be only around 34 in 1681. There is also a link to that parish through the William Patchcott of Marystow who signed both his father's will and inventory.

JOSEPH WEVILL 1693

Cover

Northpetherwyn 6th December 1693 Will and inventory of goods of Joseph Wevill deceased Will with inventory of possessions of Joseph Weevil Sworn at Exeter in presence of the magistrate Henry Whitaker ---

Will

In the name of God Amen the four and twentieth day of March one thousand six hundred ninety and one I Joseph Weevil of the parish of Northpetherwin and County of Devon being sick and weak of body but in sound and perfect memory praised be God do make and ordain this to be my last will and testament in manner and form following
first I do commend my soul into the hands of the Almighty God my maker hoping assuredly through the only merits of God in Christ to be made partaker of everlasting life and my body to be buried in Christian Burial
Item all my good chattels and all that I have I give and bequeath to George Weevil the son of George Weevil my brother and I do make him my whole executor of this my last will and testament
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal and have published this to be my last will and testament in the presence of those the day and year above written

The sign of Joseph Wevell ++

John ---
Joseph Hurst(?)
The sign of John ---- +

Inventory

A true inventory made of all the goods and the(?) small(?) chattels of Joseph Weevill late of the parish of North Petherwin seized (?) praised and valued by Degory Weavill and --- Chapman (?) the twenty eight day of November Anno Domini 1693

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Imprimis for his purse(?) and wearing apparel 		 5 	00 	0
Item for the(?) small(?) chattles			30	00	0 

		the tot(?) sum(?) is			35	00	0

Digory Wevell
Ed_d(?) Chapman(?)

NOTES

  1. Transcription of this will is incomplete. In particular the inventory is very indistinct and the will signatures although clear are difficult to decipher.
  2. The Digory who signed the inventory may have been the other son mentioned in George's will in 1664. Presumably he was not a beneficiary because he had less need than his brother

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JOAN WYVELL 1658

Will made Apr. 1658 and replaced by later will(CRO AM/213)

Will of Joan Wyvell of Hay, St. Ive, wid.
- burial in churchyard at St. Stephen-by-Saltash near where husband Elias and s. Peter are buried
- 5/- to poor of St. Stephen-by-Saltash
- 40/- to poor of Landrake
- 40/- to poor of St. Germans
- 40/- to poor of Botus Fleming
- 20/- to poor of St. Ive
- 20/- each to apprentices; 40/- to be divided among other servants
- 10 to sister Cruse, and all wearing apparel
- dau. Joan Pomerie and her children, 20/- each
- grandchild Gideon Cozens, 100 4 yrs. after her death, or sooner if his brother and friends think best, to place him an apprentice
- grandchild Thos. Dodson to give Gideon sufficient to maintain him to school if his father-in-law will not do it for him
- grandchild Jonathan Cozens, 100 5 yrs. after her death, or sooner if it seem beneficial; Thos. D. to maintain him at school
- grandson David Cozens, 100 6 yrs. after her death, or sooner if beneficial; Thos. D. to maintain him at school
- Gideon, Jonathan and David released "from all they have cost me for their relefe"
- grandson Thos. D., all lands in Landrake, Botus Fleming, and Saltash town, on condition that he discharge David Cozens and Edw. Roberts and Jn. Veale of all his claim to lands sold or conveyed to them by Mathew and Eliz. Cozens (mother of Thos. D.); if Thos. die leaving no issue, grandson Gideon C. to have Landrake lands, Jonathan to have Botus Fleming lands, David to have Saltash lands
- David C. not to trouble Thos. D. for a plot of ground adj. Cutkine wood
- residue of estate to Thos. D. (exor.).


1667 JOAN WYVELL widow of Egloskerry

PCC Will probate 15May1667 (PROB 11/324)

In the name of God Amen I Joane Wyvell of the parish of Egloskerry in the County of Cornwall widow being weak of body but sound of mind and memory blessed be God do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following
First I give and bequeath my soul into the hands of Almighty God my maker and redeemer hoping through the merits of his son and our saviour Jesus Christ to inherit eternal life and my body to Christian burial
Item I give to the poor of the parish of Egloskerry aforesaid five shillings
Item I give to the poor of St Stephens next Saltash five shillings
Item I give to Thomas Dodson, Thomas Dodson his son, Gideon Cozens, David Cozens, Ellias Pomeroy, Joane Pomeroy and Elizabeth Pomeroy my grandchildren each of them ten shillings to be bestowed in a ring or otherwise at their pleasure
Item all the rest of my goods and chattels not given or bequeathed I give unto my well beloved grandchild Jonathan Cozens of the parish of Egloskerry aforesaid whom I make my sole executor of all my goods and chattels whatsoever or wheresoever
In witness whereof I have hereunto put my hand and seal the eighth day of May in the year of our Lord God one thousand six hundred and sixty six
Item I give to the poor of St. Ive, Lanrake, Beatisfleming, St Germans, and Minhinniott each of the said parishes five shillings
Joane Wyvell
Signed sealed and delivered in the presence of us
the signe of Joane Cruse, the signe of Thomas Congdon