Collated by Mary Mason.
1448 Nov 28th
Rychard Newton, Knight.
Rychard Newton, knight make my testament in the forme yat foloweth. Fyrst y beseche God of his mercy to take my sowle to his grace and put it in the way of people that shal ben saved and by that wey to the blys that he bought me unto. Also I wol yat my body to be buryed in ye chirch of oure lady of Yatton in Somersetshire. And also that ther ben ordeyned m masses to be song for me the day of my death or ells also soone as it can be don after for my sowle, and all the sowles that ye am bound to do for. And all chrystan sowles. Also ye wol yat ther been ordeyned a pryste to say for me Seynt Gregoryes Trentall in the said chirch of Yatton by a whole yere which prest ey wol be a man of goode conversacion and goode rule. And that in also goodly haste as he can be gete after my decesse, Also that in also goodly haste as he can be gete after my decesse. Also ye wol that ye pore men the day of my sepulture be had and clothed in blak or in white to hold torches about myn herce in worship of God. And in recompense that ye have don the vii deadly sinnes. And v marcs to be yeve in pore maydens maryage in recompense that ye have don in synnes of flesshe. And x marcs to the poorest people of the paryssh of Yatton and Walton in recompense of that ye have not ffulfylled the vii werkes of mercy. Also to the buying of the ornaments necessarye of the chirch of Yatton xis in recompense of my tythes and offryngs fforyeten. Also to the making of my chapel in the chirch of Walton v marcs. Also ye bequeth Henry Perrot xii. And to John Coke xis. Also to the making of the stypyll of the chirch of St. Andrews in Holborn ye byqueath xis. Also ye wol that Emmet my wyf whom ye make sole myn executryce of this present testement, distribute as much goode for the soules of John and Henry as came to myn handes after her decese, except such somes as hath been distribute her before for the same cause which she knowith as wel as ye. And that be don ye py hir for all the love that ever was between hir and me. And in goddess by halfe charge hir as she wol answer afore God and to bere bondon thereof ye wol that all my landes in England that ben in my ffeffes hondes to my use estate be made to my wyf terme of hir lyff without any enpechment of wast the remainder thereof to my sone and to his heires he paying the one half of the charge of the said John and Harrys goodes that restyth indistrybute. And if my said son disagree hereto then I wol yat ye said lands rest styll in my said ffeffes handes. And that my wife make sale of so much of the lands as the said half charge drawyth to. So yet my ffeffes maken a state to such as it is sold unto. Also where ye take x marcs in Gloucestershire of dyvers persons by the hondes of Grene ye wol that it be restored a yenyf the persons ben a lyve. And if they be deade that it be disposed for their sowles and mine. Also ye wol yat in each village and town as ye am carried home that there be derten of almes given for me to the pore peddler and blynd people by the discrecion of myn executrices.
Proved Feb 3rd 1448.
1513 Apr 21 William Horte of Yatton, Somerset.
A bushel of corne for the sustentacion of the Light before the Crucifix in the Church of St. Mary Yatton and the same to the chapel of St. James. To the Churches of Yatton, Congresbury, Kingston, Wrington, Clevedon and Brockley 3/4d to each vicar of the same, that they may pray for me in the pulpit. My wife Isabella exor.
Proved 6 Mar 1513.
1524 John Grant, of Yatton.
My body to be buried in the church of Yatton. To the same church 20d. To the high alter 20d. To the chapel of St. James in the same parish 20d. To our moder church od Wells 8d. To the church of Wraxold 3s-4d. To th church of Chelvy 3s-4d. To the church of Naylsey 3s-4d. To the church of Brockley 3s-4d. To the church of Kene 3s-4d. To the church of Kyngeston 3s-4d. To the church of Congresbury a paire of vestments. To my wife Alice a certeyn grounde called Nobull-land, with two tenements belonging therto, which I hold of master Arture Kemes Esq. by endenture fir certeyn yeres as therin appears, which I will shall ronne to the use of my wife during her life, and after her decease to remain to John Walle hir son, to him and to his assignees. The residue to my wife Alice, my executrix.
Witnesses; Sir William Midwynter, curate of the parishe aforesaid, John Wale and John Erle.
Proved at St. Pauls, Mar 2nd 1524.
1533 Apr 26. Isabella Horte of Yatton, Somerset, widow.
Whole in mind and of good rememberance, make my testament and last will after this maner and forme. First I bequeath my soule unto God and to our blesses Ladye and to all the holey company of heaveyn and my body to be buried in the Churche of Yatton.
To the mother church of Wells12d, further I bequeath to the parish church of Yatton 10s. To the Chapel of St. James in Yatton 10s. To the high alter of the parish church of Yatton 12d. To the church of Congresbury 3/4d. To the parish church of Kingston Seymer 3/4d. For a priest to sing for my soule and all Christian soules by the space of one year £6 12 4d. Item in alms to be distributed amongst poore people £6 12 4d. To the maintance of the King`s Highway between Weere and Axbridge 13/4d. To the mending of the Highway in Pynnock Lane as much as shall be needful to be had. To the 4 Orders of Freres in Bristowe, to every house 6/8d. Various legacies. Residue to my son Richard Horte esq.
Proved 9 Sep 1534.
1560 Feb 3 James Wornell of Yatton, Somerset.
John Yede the elder and John Yede the younger, my wife`s brothers. My father in law John Yede. To my brothers all my Kyne at Lawrence Wyke. Residue to Jone my wife, Extrix. Proved 4 Sep 1567.
1591 Thomas Waule of Yatton, Somerset.
My wife Alice. My sons, John the elder and John the younger. My daughters, Agnes, Joan, Mary, Ursula and Margaret. My youngest son John. Residue to John my eldest son. Proved 3 May 1591.
1592 Sep 23 Alice Wall of Yatton, Somerset, widow.
My daughters Agnes, Joan, Ursula, Mary and Margaret. My youngest son John. Residue to John, my eldest son. Proved 27 Oct 1592.
1592 Christopher Wale of Yatton, Somerset, Gent.
To my daughter Mary £20 which my Uncle Howe oweth me as Exor to Ephraim Best, my wife`s brother. Tenements in Wraxall. My brother Thomas Wale. To Owen Wale my brother and Elizabeth Fisher and Dorothy Quicke my sisters 10s each. Residue to my wife Susan, Exix.
Proved 16 May 1593.
1617 Mar 15 Samuel Wornell of Yatton, Somerset, Yeoman.
My mother in law Jane Wornell. My wife Elizabeth.
Proved 7 May 1618.
1618 Feb 16 Frances Terry late of Yatton, Somerset.
My wife Agnes. My sons Thomas and Francis, Nicholas and Joane his wife. My daughters Katherine and Margaret. My eldest son Stephen. My house in North End, Yatton. My daughter Florence Terry.
Proved 31 May 1620 by Agnes Terry, widow.
1626 Robert Rattle late of Yatton, Somerset.
Admon to his relict Alice Rattle 5 Oct 1626.
1627 Jul 10 Thomas Wornell of Yatton, Somerset, Gent.
My daughter Florence £100 at age 21 or marriage. To Thomas my son all my household stuff in my house at Ballam Street, Bristol. My wife.
Proved by his son Thomas 13 Feb 1631.
1628 May 20 John Dale of Yatton, Somerset, Yeoman.
My wife Margaret. John Dale my son, lands held of John Bluett, Esq and of Lord Powlett. My daughter Isabel.
Proved 25 Nov 1628.
1633 17 Jun John Wornell of Yatton, Somerset, Gent.
To my son James, My ring with my arms engraved on it and my bible. My son Joseph the lease of the parsonage house of Yatton. My wife Fredeswede. My daughters Phillip, Mary and Florence. Residue to Henry Hanham of Dicheat, Gent, Exor. William Coxe of Ashton, Gent an Overseer.
Proved 6 Nov 1637.
1668 Mar 8 Thomas Wornell of Yatton, Somerset, Gent.
Lands in Bristol and Yatton, among my daughters, Frances, Margaret, Agnes, Mary, Elisabeth and Anstice, joint Extrices. Joseph Wornell an Overseer.
Proved 14 May 1668.
1670 Jul 10 William Moody of Yatton, Somerset, Gent.
Disobedience of my daughter Anne, who married contary to my mind. I was bred and lived at Amport, Hants. My sister Wernell. John, Henry, James and Thomas Wornell. My wife Mary. My daughter Ann £10 a year. My sister Dorothy £20 a year. My son Samuel and my daughter Mary Exors. My friend Thomas Baynard Exor in trust.
Proved 8 May 1675. Further Admon 8 Nov 1687 to Mary Moody, Samuel Moody being dead.