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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. The wills are either from the Suffolk Record Office (ERO), the Prerogative Court of Canterbury (PCC), or the Norfolk Record Office (NRO).

Day, Abraham, farmer of Washbrook, 1748

Wife Mary the use of half of Abraham’s farming implements. The other half to his son John. John and Mary to live together and run the farm together. Abraham holds farms and lands in Washbrook and Little Wenham

After Mary’s death, the farming implements to be sold and from the money £5 each to daughters Mary (wife of Robert Pascall) and Sarah (wife of William Garwood).

Rest and residue to be divided among the children of his sons and daughters (note it does says sons but the only son named in the will is John).

40 shillings to daughter Sarah Garwood

Executors: wife Mary and son John

Witnesses: Susan Heard x, Richd King x, John Burrell

Written 13 Mar 1747/8, proved 2 April 1748

SRO ref IC/AA1/177/18

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Day, Isaac, yeoman of Washbrook, 1774

£5 each to sons John Day and William Day, and daughters Ann Leverett, Mary Bush and Sarah Bush

£50 each to sons George Day and Isaac Day, and daughter Ann Day

Wife Ann: interest on £200 for life. After her death, the £200 to be divided between children Mary Bush, Sarah Bush, Ann Day and Isaac Day

Has recently sold property in Capel and conveyed it to sons John Day and George Day

Son Abraham Day: rest and residue

Executors: sons Abraham and Isaac

Witnesses John Lewis, Pet. Clarke, Thos. F. Notcutt

Written 9 May 1772

Codicil: £10 each for Mary Bush and Sarah Bush instead of £5 each. Son George Day has already received his £50 so is to receive no more.

Written 4 July 1772, proved 22 April 1774.

SRO ref IC/AA1/194/116

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Day, John, farmer of Washbrook, 1808

Executives Saml Tricker, innholder of Stratford St Mary and James Turner of Little Wenham, farmer.

To his mother (unnamed in the will): 6 shillings a week plus house, rent and “firing”

Wife Rachael Laws Day: rents, profits etc while a widow.

His children: Rachael Laws Day, Ann Day, John Day, Samuel Crussel Day, William Henry Day

At wife’s marriage or death, property leases etc to be sold and government securities bought to raise the children. When the youngest reaches 21, to be divided between them.

Witnesses: Newman Jno Stubbin, Isaac Bush, John Stubbin

Written 14 April 1808, proved 12 November 1808

SRO ref IC/AA1/228/102

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Derehaugh, Francis of Gedgrave, 1621

Has entered into a bond with John [Marcon or Marton?] the younger of St Andrews, Suffolk, regarding estate in Peasenhall, Suffolk.

Brother Robert Derehaugh, under 21

Late uncle Robert Derehaugh of Gray’s Inn brough property in High Holborn in testator’s name and in the name of William Vesey of Gray’s Inn.

Owned Gedgrave Hall.

Bond with Arthur Middleton of Horsham, Surrey, gent and John Godbould, gent. His properties, including Gedgrave Hall, to pay for various debts, including his father’s.

Brother James Derehaugh

Mother Mary Martine, £200 if she survives her husband, Peter Martyne.

Sister Mary Saxey, widow and late wife of William Saxey esq, £200

Dorothy Derehaugh £300

Arthur Middleton £500

John Gardiner and John Godbould both of Gray’s Inn, £200 each

If both brothers die before debts and legacies paid, Arthur Middleton to have the properties, and to his heirs. If he has no heirs, to Thomas Derehaugh of Badingham, gent.

The poor of Orford

Witnesses: Thomas Bence, Anthony Porter

Written: 1 Oct 1615

Published and declared again on 31 Aug 1616. Probate: 1 May 1621.

Witnesses: Jonas Beriman, John Girling, John Thurston, George Birch


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Derehaugh, Mary, widow of Hoxne, 1622

Late husband William Derehaugh of Badingham

Executors: nephew John Thruston of Hoxne, William Rolfe of Hadleigh

Daughters Susan Derehaugh and Bridget Derehaugh

Son Samuel Derehaugh

Servant Thomas Clayton

Her children: son Samuel and five daughters

Each grandchild [unnamed] a piece of gold worth 22 shillings each

Witnesses: Millicent Thruston, Isaac Preston, Nathaniel [surname missing]

Written 3 July 1619, probate 14 March 1621/2


Transcriber’s notes: See the will of her daughter Susan below.

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Derehaugh, Robert of Gedgrave, 1637

“About Christmas 1615 and in the month of December”… Robert Derehaugh said he was to “travell beyond the seas” and made a verbal will with his friends:

When I dye yf I doe not leave a will in writing I give all my estate to my sister Sexie or will that my sister Sexie have all my estate.

Probate 15 Dec 1637: In Latin, the gist of which is that William Cardinall had married Mary Cardinall alias Sexie, and that she had died, leaving the couple’s children William and Anne Cardinall.


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Dearhaugh, Susan, spinster of East Bergholt, 1640

Noncupative will.

“I doe give all my goods and chattells whatsoever unto Frances Noone of Melton, Suffolk, gent, my brother-in-lawe.”

In the presence of Elizabeth Woodgate x and Anne Westupp x

Given verbally: 7 Feb 1639/40, probate 2 April 1640


Transcriber’s note: Susan was the daughter of William Derehaugh of Colston Hall, Badingham, and his wife Mary Wright, daughter of Edmund Wright of Sutton Hall Suffolk and Little Buckenham, Norfolk. Susan is mentioned in her mother’s will (Mary Derehaugh of Hoxne). Her sister Dorothy had married Francis Noone.

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Derehaugh, William, esqr of Gedgrave, 1613

“My sonne Francis is not experienced in matters of the world.” Executors therefore to manage his estate.

Executors: Thomas Cornwallis of St C*, Humphrey Wingfield of Brantham, Thomas Wingfield of Ipswich.

Daughter Dorothy Derehaugh £400

Son Robert Derehaugh to be bound as an apprentice for 7 years. To be paid £400 once he has completed his apprenticeship.

Daughter Saxie.

Servant John Warren.

The poor of Orford.

Has certain household goods in his cousin Thomas Higham’s house in Stratford, Essex.

Witnesses: Francis Mason, Francis Hiegate.

Written 26 Sep 1612, probate 3 May 1613.


Transcriber’s notes: William was buried at Orford, near Gedgrave, on 30 Sep 1612. There is a memorial slab at Orford for a William Derehawghe, son of Edward Derehawghe of Markshall, who died on 23 Nov 1613 aged 53. There is no burial for that man in the register – the closest is the burial of William in 1612. It is entirely possible that the slab was laid some years after William’s death and the wrong information was included. Edward Derehaugh certainly had a son called William, who appears in his will, and Edward had land in Gedgrave. Also, a William, son of Mr Edward Deero, was baptised at Great Bromley 28 June 1561, which matches up with the details on the slab. It seems that William was the son of Julian Cardinall, and the Cardinalls were living in Great Bromley at that time. Julian’s sister Faith also married a Derehaugh, possibly another William Derehaugh, before marrying as a widow in 1561 to Henry Appleton.

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