Chew Magna Wills.
Collated by Mary Mason.
1581 Jun 16 John Hixe of Chew Magna, Somerset, Clothier.
John Hixe the younger. Elizabeth Jones my daughter in law. Joan Britton my daughter in law. William Hixe my brother. William son of John Hixe my son. Agnes my wife.
Proved. 9 Mar 1581/2.
1622 Mar 19 Thomas Jones of Stowey in Chew Magna, Somerset, Gent.
To Symon Roynon, John Roynon the elder, John Roynon the younger and William and Thomas Roynon sons of Alice Roynon widow, £5 each and to her daughter Grace Roynon £5 at 21 or marriage. To the three children of Francis Roynon of Cross in Compton Bishop viz John, Margaret and Dorothy £10 each. To the four sons of John Roynon of Stratford in West Harptree, deceased viz William, Clement, Peter and Charles Roynon £5 each at 21. Their mother Mary Roynon. Clement Roynon brother of George Roynon the elder £5. To Elizabeth wife of Bartholomew, sister of the said George Roynon the elder £5. Three children of Henry Hurle of Compton Martyn, yeoman which he had by one of the sisters of the said George Roynon the elder, 5 marks each. Children of Grace Crossman of Winforde. To Roynon daughter of Robert Roynon of Milton, Somerset. (Clevedon) 40s. Robert Leversledge son of Francis Leversledge of Frome Selwood £5 at 25. Alice Crosse my wife`s cousin now dwelling with me £10. Elizabeth Roynon daughter of George Roynon the younger of Bickfold £50. Barmoore in Compton Bishop which I hold of Sir Theodore Newton. Joyce Woodward my wife`s niece. George Roynon the elder and George Raynon the younger both late of Bickfolde, £10 each to buy them a gelding. To the Mayor and Burgesses of Bristol £380 in trust for charitable purposes. My wife Joane Exix. Edward Barnarde Vicar of Stowey, William Jones, of Bristol now Sheriff of Bristol. Robert Perry of Halse, Somerset Gent and Robert Hippisley of East Court, Cameley, Somerset, Gent. Overseers.
Proved 17 Sep 1623 by Joan Jones, widow.
1683 Nov 12 Robert Crosse B.D. Vicar of Chew Magna, Somerset very aged.
To be buried at Chew Magna. To my wife Mary Crosse £400 and £100 due from William Barnes of Nailsey, Yeoman. Messuages in Bath Easton, Bristol, Dundry, Charlton Mackrell etc to Robert Crosse son of Richard Crosse, Esq.
Proved 17 Mar 1683/4 by F. Sherbourne and William Higgins, kinsman.
1688 Aug 17 Richard Jones of Stowey, near Chew Magna, Somerset.
Poor of Stowey and Chew Magna. To my daughter Lady Elizabeth Hart £300 and to her husband Sir Richard Hart £20. My daughter in law Lady Elizabeth Jones £20. My daughter in law Mrs Mary Jones £20. My son in law Mr William Lyde £20. My grandson Mr Richard Jones £20. Mr James Chiswell Vicar of Stowey £5. My grandson Mr William Lyde £ 300 and to his wife £20. To her sister Elizabeth Lyde £300. My grandchildren Henry Pennell, William Hart, William Jones and Elizabeth Jones and my great grandchildren Lucy and Elizabeth Pelham £300 each at 21 if now underage. The £300 given to my daughter Hart to be employed in putting her son William`s life after hers into her farm of Nash House, if he die then for her son Henry. All my manor of Stowey to my grandson William Jones for 99 years the remainder to Joseph Langton of Newton Park, Esq: and his heirs. Lands in Compton Magna. Messuage which I purchased of Lisebone Long Esq: called A. Tenement in Overweare to William Hart. £3000 to be employed in such uses as I in my life time shall be writing appoint. In default of this then to such charitable uses as they shall think fit. Joseph Langton Esq: Arthur Hart of Bristol, merchant and Cornelius Lyde of Stanton Drewe, Gent Exors and to each £50. Thomas Pelham Esq: not to trouble my Exors for any money he pretends to be due to him or his children if he does the legacies to him to be void.
Proved 2 Jun 1692 by the Exors. Codicil 17 Jul 1691.
Notes: (Sir Richard Hart, Mayor of Bristol 1680/1. Knighted by Charles 11, 27 Oct 1680. Married 1st Margaret, issue William and Charles. 2nd Ann Hulbert, issues Richard. 3rd Elizabeth daughter of Richard Jones of Stowey.)
1693 Nov 20 Elizabeth Harrington now wife of Benjamin Harrington, of Knight Sutton in Chew Magna, Somerset, Esq.
Articles of Agreement Set 25th last, between John Harrington the elder of Kelston, Somerset and his eldest son my husband Benjamin Harrington, on one part and Joseph Langton of Newton St. Loe Esq, my father, William Lyde the elder of Knight Sutton and my brother William Lyde the younger of Knight Sutton, son of William Lyde, the elder, of London, Gent, Samuel Prig of Stanton Drew, Clerk, Robert Kenning of Kelston, Clerk and me the said Elizabeth Harrington, by the name of Elizabeth Lyde daughter of the said William Lyde, the elder, on the other part. My share in the estate of Richard Jones Esq deceased and my own personal estate to my husband. My plate to my father. My kinswoman Mary Yorke and Susanna Lyde my linen etc. My kinswoman Mary Chiswell daughter of John Chiswell deceased £10. My kinswoman Mary Stephens £10. Jane Reddar £10. Residue to my brother William Lyde Esq. My sister in law Mrs Rebecca Harrington my two best head dresses etc.
Proved 2 Jun 1694 by William Lyde.
1742 Jan 15 William Jones the elder of Stowey, Somerset.
To my wife Elizabeth a third part of my goods etc in my house at Stowey and the other two parts to my daughters Elizabeth and Mary. The silver punch bowl etc to my son William. Manor of Hugh Littleton, Halatrow and Mansion House there etc. Goods there to my two daughters. Lands at Farmboro, Knighton Sutton, in Chew Magna and Bristol to my son William, he paying to my daughters £1000 according to my marriage Settlement. My best silver tankard to my grandson Richard Jones.
Proved 11 Feb 1748 by his daughters Elizabeth and Mary Jones. Codicil 9 Dec 1747.
Notes: He married Elizabeth daughter of John Stachey of Sutton Court.