Up Nately and Andwell Probate Material 1541-1560
There are eleven surviving wills and ten inventories for this period. They reflect a farming community with sheep, cattle and crops. Five testators died in 1558 in the months of August, September and October. Such summer deaths may suggest an outbreak of plague.
The wills in 1558-9 retain Catholic preambles which disappear after the Elizabethan Religious Settlement of 1559.
These transcriptions have been made from copies of original probate documents supplied by HRO and TNA. Words have been modernized and punctuation added to make reading easier but names have been transcribed as written. Words in italics indicate omissions in the original document which have been added to make sense of the text. Words in square brackets indicate that they have been transcribed as seen but where the meaning is unclear. Basingstoke is described as being in the county of Southampton, the old name for Hampshire.
A glossary is attached of unusual words.
Links to the wills and inventories are below:
- John Mylton/Milton, Andwell, 1541 (Will)
- John Hacke, Andwell, 1550 (Will and inventory)
- John Ifould/Yvolde, Up Nately, miller, 1556 (Will and inventory)
- John Filder, Up Nately, husbandman, 1557 (Will and inventory)
- Joanne Filder/Felder, Up Nately, widow of John, 1558 (Will and inventory)
- Dunstan Simmons/Symon, Up Nately, 1558 (Will and inventory)
- Amy Simmons/Symon, Up Nately, widow of Dunstan, 1558 (Will and inventory)
- William Kynge/King, Up Nately, 1558 (Will and inventory)
- Nicholas Jacques, Andwell, yeoman, 1558 (Will and inventory)
- Richard Watryche, Up Nately, husbandman, 1559 (Will and inventory)
- John Newell, Up Nately, husbandman, 1559 (Will and inventory)