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Some wills have been transcribed in full, whereas others are a paraphrased transcription. If they are paraphrased, they contain the names of all those mentioned in the will, with the gist of what they were (or were not!) bequeathed, but to find the full details, such as the names of property, requests as to how they were to be buried etc., please contact the relevant archive.


Fisher, Amos of Weeley, yeoman, 1660

To eldest son Amos Fisher: Freehold lands and tenements in Cilam [Syleham],
Suffolk, now in occupation of John Buckingham, and a house called Coll.

To son Cornelius Fisher: copyhold lands and tenements in St. Osyth, Essex, and £100

To daughter Hannah Fisher: £120, and one year’s board

To wife Christian Fisher: the goods she brought with her on her marriage and £90?
And ten shillings; the best cow in my yard, a white mare called ?Bragge, a quarter
weight of cheese, half a firkin of butter, the use and benefit of a wainscot chamber
and firewood for her use, until Michaelmas next.

To her son Robert Edwards: one ewe and one lamb.

To my brother-in-law Thomas Parish of Langenhoe (supervisor of this will): 30

Rest and residue to my son John Fisher, he to be sole executor.

Witnesses: Robert Dancy?, William Chase x, Gavis Rout x

Written 8th February 1659/60, probate: 23rd August 1660

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Fisher, Cardinall of Wix, yeoman, 1818

To wife Elizabeth Fisher: Cottage in Wix held of the Court of Park Hall, and all possessions – money, securities, bonds, etc., household furniture and goods, chattels, estate and effects.

Executor: John Cooper of Ramsey, farmer

Witnesses: John Allen, John Cowey, Jonas Cowey

Written: 23rd December 1811. Proved by his widow, Elizabeth Fisher, 27th January 1818, John Cooper having died in Cardinall Fisher’s lifetime. Full record at ERO contains grant of administration. She was bound with William Wymark, bricklayer of Mistley, to perform Cardinall’s will. She marked.

ERO ref: D/ACW 40/1/3

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Fisher, Parish of Wix, farmer, 1775

To daughters Ann Fisher and Sarah Fisher: £250 each when they reach 21. If either or
both die before reaching 21, the legacy to be divided between all my surviving
children by my late wife Sarah.

To my granddaughter Mary Fisher, daughter of my son Robert Fisher, late of
Langenhoe, Essex, farmer, deceased, £2 when she reaches 21.

Rest and residue of my estate (after debts) to be divided between my two sons,
Parish Fisher and Cardinall Fisher.

Parish Fisher to be the guardian of my granddaughter Mary until she is 21.

Executors: my brother-in-law Clarkeson Cardinall of Tendring, gentleman, and my son Parish Fisher. Clarkeson to receive £5 for his trouble.

Witnesses: Ann Peck, John Peck x, Daniel Chiles

Written: 3rd March 1775, proved: 14th October 1775

ERO ref: D/ACW 33/5/26

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Fisher, Parish, of Wix, gentleman, 1810

All real and personal estates (including estates in Wix and Great Oakley) to my son
Francis Fisher, he to pay all my debts and the following legacies.

To son Edward Fisher: £400, to be paid one year after my death. If not paid, the
estate in Great Oakley to be tied for its payment.

To my eldest son, Parish Fisher of Wrabness: £10

To my daughter Sarah, now the wife of John Cardinall esqr: £10

To my son Palmer Fisher: an annuity of £10 for life

Executors: my son Francis Fisher, and John Cardinall esqr. John Sherman to be trustee

Witnesses: Robert Bennett, Cardinall Fisher, George Elmer

Written: 8th March 1810, proved: 22nd December 1810

ERO ref: D/ACW 39/1/3

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