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. The wills are either from the Essex Record Office (ERO), the Prerogative Court of Canterbury (PCC), or the London Metropolitan Archives (LMA).
- Maffen, Anne, widow of Manningtree, 1730
- Mannock, Anne, widow of Ardleigh, 1649
- Mannock, Thomas of Martens Hall, Ardleigh, 1637
- Mannock, William, gentleman of St Osyth, 1639
- Mordante, Robert of Hempstead, 1572
- Motham, Esau, bachelor of Great Tey, 1592
- Motham, John senr, yeoman of Marks Tey, 1572
- Motham, John of Great Tey, 1582
- Munt, Nicholas, mariner of Harwich, 1803
Maffen, Anne, of Manningtree, widow, 1730
Grandson Daniel Fisher: money for his apprenticeship, plus some household goods (incl a plate with his father’s name on)
Rest and residue to son Edward Fisher
Witnesses: Mary Hunt, Caleb Morris, W. Josselyne
Written 12 March 1725/6, probate 18 March 1729/30
Mannock, Anne, of Ardleigh, widow, 1649
Now dwelling at Mertins Hall [presumably Martells Hall]
Son Thomas Mannock
Daughter Anne Alderton
Daughter Anne Ram [perhaps a mistake in the will and this name should be Agnes, as per a baptism at Great Bromley in 1618, for Anne daughter of John and Agnes Ram, and also the baptism of Agnes, daughter of Thomas Mannocke, at Boreham in 1587.]
Daughter Cicilly Allen
Daughter Dennis Hart
Grandchildren: son Thomas Mannock’s children: Thomas Mannock and Francis [Hood or Wood – presumably a daughter, Frances, who had married]
Grandchildren: Anne Ram, Francis Ram, John Ram
Grandchildren: John Allen, Alice Allen, Thomas Allen, Mary Allen, Margere Allen
Mr Stephen Thurston and his daughter Hannah [no relationship stated]
Executor: grandson John Allen
Witnesses: Stephen Thurston, Israell Smith
Written 4 July 1642, probate 12 June 1649
Transcriber’s note: Anne is the widow of Thomas Mannock who died in August 1637. Anne was the daughter of Thomas Tendring and Cecilly Reynolds. Her aunt Margaret Tendring had married John Thurston of Frinton, and John’s 1573 will mentions a son, Steven. He could well be “Mr Stephen Thurston” in Anne Mannock’s will. There is a PCC will for Stephen Thurston of Ardleigh, proved 24 Aug 1670, who is perhaps a son of the Stephen Thurston in Anne’s will. Note that “Dyonis Hart of Liston, Essex”, appears in the 1651 PCC will of Dyonisius Mannocke of Norfolk, as her “kinswoman.” This would appear to be Anne Mannock’s daughter. A man called William Hart, a recusant, was buried at Liston in 1651 was perhaps Dennis/Dyonis’ husband.
Mannock, Thomas of Martens Hall, Ardleigh, 1637
Four daughters [unnamed, but see the will of Anne Mannock of Ardleigh]
Executors: cousin Cotten of Barfoult Hall, and wife Anne
Written 20 May 1636, probate 14 Oct 1637
Transcriber’s note: Thomas’ wife Anne had a sister, Priscilla Tendring, who in 1586 married Robert Cotton. Robert died in Fordham in 1629, but Priscilla died in West Bergholt – “Barfoult” – in 1633. Robert’s will mentioned his cousin John Cotton of West Bergholt, who might be Thomas’ executor, unless Priscilla was. Thomas was buried in the church at Stoke-by-Nayland on 14 August 1637 and the register said he was of “Ardley” and aged 105. This would have made him about the same aged as Anne’s father, who was born in about 1531, and 46 at the time of their marriage. While his advanced age seems rather extraordinary (and 105 could well be exaggerated), Sir Francis Mannock’s will written in 1632 refers to him as “old Thomas Mannock of Ardleigh”, so he was no spring chicken. His father was of age by at least 1540, when his grandfather George Mannock wrote his will. Martell’s Hall in Ardleigh was bought by William Mannock of Gifford’s Hall, Stoke-by-Nayland, in 1528 and it was passed down through the family. Thomas presumably was a tenant of one of his cousins.
Mannock, William, of St Osyth, gentleman, 1639
To be buried in the parish church of St Osyth, as near to his late wife as possible
Daughter Amy Mannock, under 18 and unmarried: £10, half his pewter and half his linen
Daughter Mary: the other half of his pewter and linen and £5 (she is presumably of age)
Eldest son Thomas: £5 and his woollen wearing apparrel (presumably of age)
Youngest son Francis: £5 and two suits of stuff (presumably of age)
Executor: wife Joane
Witnesses: Reginal Molineux, Thomas Mannock
Written: 23 Nov 1638, probate 1 Feb 1638/9.
Transcriber’s note: I wonder if this William is the same man who, in 1625, married Elizabeth Pyrton (daughter of William Pyrton (1561-1600) and Dorothy Cockayne) in Elmstead. If so, Elizabeth wouldn’t have been his first wife as his children who were of age in 1639 would have been born before 1625. The Pyrtons were related to the Darcys so it wouldn’t be surprising to find relatives of the Pyrtons in St Osyth. It would be interesting to know if there are any memorials in the church at St Osyth for the Mannocks. Also note that Thomas Mannock of St Osyth appeared in the witchtrials – his pigs were allegedly killed by Margaret Landish, aka “Peg the witch” when Thomas’ wife refused her alms. It seems very likely that he was William Mannock’s son. As many of the Mannocks were recusant Catholics, it’s interesting that one of them would accuse someone of witchcraft, when witchcraft accusations often came from Puritans who were suspicious of anything that smack of Catholicism.
Mordante, Robert of Hempstead, 1572
To be buried in the church at Hempstead
John Coote: money, and John Mordante, “to be good to him.”
Money for: Barbara Dixon, Elizabeth Harmer, Barbara Wilkin, Barbara Crotchewothe.
John the elder, under 24
“John Mordante Philip eldest son” [does this mean John is Philip’s eldest son? Or vice versa?]
Robert Mordante of Westbury, Henry Mordante, Edmund Mordante (not clear – his sons?)
Written: 15 Jan 1569/70, probate 25 May 1572
Transcriber’s note: The 1612 Essex Visitation for Crochrode says that Thomas Crochrode of Toppesfield’s wife was Ann, the daughter of Robert Mordant of Hempstead. They had a daughter, Barbara, who was baptised in 1562, and is presumably the Barbara “Crotchewothe” in the will. It would appear that Barbara was named after her grandmother, and that perhaps Barbara Dixon, Barbara Wilkin and Elizabeth Harmer were Robert’s granddaughters too. The will is worded confusingly in places so relationships aren’t clear.
Motham, Esau of Great Tey, bachelor, 1592
Esau made a condition in his will that his land would only be inherited by nephews called Esau.
Brothers: Matthew, William, Thomas
Mother: Agnes Chisshull, wife of Lawrence Chisshull, his executors
Brother-in-law: John Aylott, executor
Sisters: Agnes Brabbeton, Merjery Berrife, Mary Motham, Dorcas Smythe, Elizabeth Aylot.
Abell Mootham, Anne Mootham [relationship not stated]
Roger Brabbeton, Thomas Brabbeton jnr
My uncles and their wives my aunts
Written 2 Dec 1592. No probate date. [Esau Mutham was buried at Great Tey on 15 Jan 1625/6 – same person?]
Motham, John senior of Marks Tey, yeoman, 1572
To be buried in Marks Tey church
Wife Catherine, executrix
Son Joshua, under 24
Daughters Elizabeth and Jane, both under 21 and unmarried
Kinsman Samuel Motham
Brothers, deceased: John and Thomas, who both had children living
Beneficiaries (no relation stated): Margaret Salter?, Jone Basticke, Henry Munt, John Hills
Supervisor: John Motham junior, supervisor
Written 30 Sep 1572, probate 17 Dec 1572
ERO, registered copy
Motham, John, of Great Tey, 1582
“God in his goodness hath sent me many children.”
Money to the church and the poor of Great Tey
Son-in-law William Beryffe and his wife Margery: land in Aldham?, Essex
Son Thomas: house in Fordham where Robert Cockerill lives
Sons William, John, Samuel. Youngest sons: Matthew and Easaw [Esau]
Daughters Agnis and Elizabeth
10 shillings to each child when 14
Servant: Margaret Lyllye (unmarried)
Apprentices: Simon Greene and William Greene
Executors: wife Agnis, son Samuel
Witnesses: Henry Damyon, clerk; John Hall, Erasmus Griggs, William Baker
Written 8 Oct 1581, probate 9 Feb 1581/2.
ERO, registered copy
Transcriber’s note: John was buried in Great Tey on 21 Dec 1581. His wife “Agnis” was Agnes Crachrode. The Essex Visitation for her family says that it was Anne, daughter of William Crachrode and Elizabeth Ray, who married John Motham of Marks Tey, but other evidence points to her name being Agnes rather than Anne.
Munt, Nicholas of Harwich, mariner, 1803
Item. I do give and bequeath unto my well Beloved Wife Elizabeth Munt For the Time of her Natural Life, all the Mesuage or Tenement With the Appurtenances thereunto belonging, Situate in Harwich near the South End of the Chapel Yard, and now in the Occupation of Willm Parsons Tenant at Will.
And at the Decease of my aforesaid well beloved wife Elizabeth Munt, to my Daughter Rachel Severen Munt and her heirs and Assigns. But if at my Decease there shall be a Child, or Children, by my aforesaid well beloved wife, then the above premises to be equally divided between them and my aforementioned daughter Rachel Severen Munt and if at my decease my Well beloved Wife shall be with Child that Child shall also have an Equal Share in the above mentioned Messuage or Tenement and its Appurtenances.
Also I do give and Bequeath unto my well beloved Wife, Elizabeth Munt, all my Household Goods, Wearing Apparel, Linen, Books, China &c. or whatsoever doth belong to me now or may hereafter belong to me, at my Decease, to be Disposed of at Her Decease as she shall Judge meet & Necessary.
Also I do appoint My Dear and well beloved Wife Elizabeth Munt Sole Executrix of this my Last Will and Testament.
Witnesses: Natt. Saunders, Saml Spracklin, Sarah Spracklin
Written 1 Nov 1782, probate 7 March 1803
ERO reference: D/P 116/1/26