Suffolk wills – M

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).


Maltyward, Robert of Rougham, 1689

Worldy estate not already “settled and assured upon my oldest son.”

Son Jeffery, sole executor

Copyhold in Buxall and Bury St Edmunds

Youngest son John, who lives in the house in Buxall

Some land was purchased by Robert in the name of his sister-in-law Bridget Cracherode before her marriage to Dr Houghton

Thomas Camborne of Drinkeston

Daughter Coke/Cooke, administrix of her late husband

Children of his niece Benjamin?

Written 5 Dec 1689


Transcriber’s note: Suffolk Hearth Tax 1674, Mr Maltwood of Rougham had eleven hearths. In Toppesfield in 1635, Robert Maltiward married Elizabeth Crachrode (1613-1676), the daughter of Thomas Crachrode (1578-1665) and Susan Godbold (d 1636). Five of Robert and Elizabeth’s children were baptised in Toppesfield.

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Mannock, Francis, of Stoke-by-Nayland, 1591

To be buried in “Stoke chapel”

Wife Anne

Son William, executor

My house called Gifford’s Hall

Son John

Roger Martyn son of Richard Martyn, gent

Francis and John, sons of William Mannock, gent

Son-in-law Thomas Gawde Everedes: his children, all under 21

Daughters: Audrey, Frances and Bridget Mannock

Edmund Mannock, gent

Brothers: Giles and William Mannock

Kinswoman: Audrey Mannock

Kinsman George Cornewall

Humfrey Sager and Elizabeth Sager his sister, both under 21

Many servants mentioned.

Supervisor: friends Edmund Church, gent; Henry Smyth, gent

Written 26 Oct 1590, probate 29 Nov 1591. Buried at Stoke-by-Nayland 4 Nov 1590, aged 67.


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Mannock, Sir Francis, of Stoke-by-Nayland, baronet, 1634

To be buried in the church at Stoke-by-Nayland with his ancestors

Mother-in-law Mrs Saunders

Friend Mr George Allecocke

Brothers: Mr John and Mr William Mannock

Sister: Mrs Elizabeth Mannock

Sons: John, Francis and William Mannock

Mr John Smith of Middle Temple, London

Thomas Mannock son of old Thomas Mannock of Ardleigh, Essex [“old” Thomas was indeed old and died aged, allegedly, 105 in 1637]

Son Francis’ godfather: Mr Henry Forster deceased

Executors: cousin Charles Paris of Little Linton, Cambs; brother-in-law William Saunders of Welford?, Northants; friend Bestney? Barker of Monkwick, Essex; Mr Francis Saunders, brother of William aforesaid.

Had land in Cambs and Northants, and the rectory of Stoke-by-Nayland

Aunt Mrs Bridget Sullyard

Cousin Mrs Francis Nobbs wife of Mr William Nobbs

Father Mr William Mannock, deceased.

Servants: Christopher Wright, John Ram (his butler), Jeffrey Boreham

Rose Green (possibly his servant?)

Memorandum: he made verbal bequests in the house of Mr Downings on The Strand, London, where he died on 20 November 1634.

Written 6 Oct 1632, probate 1 Dec 1634. Buried in the church at Stoke-by-Nayland on 23 Nov 1634.


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Mannoke, George of Sudbury, 1541

To be buried in the parish church of St Gregory’s in Sudbury, with a marble plaque showing his coat of arms.

Money to the high altar of Stoke-by-Nayland and St Gregory’s.

Sons Thomas and Edward

Thomas Danyell esqr and his servants

“My keeper” Elizabeth Grene [housekeeper?]

Servants: Edmund Cober? [Coker, as per his son’s William’s will?], Robert Hervy, Richard Betts

Executor: son Thomas, residual legatee

Supervisor: William Sidey

Witnesses: Sir Thomas Legat clerk, Thomas Hunte gent, Thomas Elice, John Innold, John Hervy, John Banaster, John Walford, William Sidey the younger, Robert Hervy & others

Written 8 Aug 1540, probate 12 Feb 1540/1

Transcriber’s note: The History of Sudbury written in the late 1800s mentions that there was a monument in St Gregory’s which has “now disappeared” to George Mannock, armiger, who died 22 August 1541. It showed three coat of arms: Mannock impaling Brakely, Mannock impaling Waldegrave (George was married to Catherine Waldegrave in about 1494), and Mannock and Brakely quartered. Brakelys aren’t mentioned in the Suffolk Visitation for Mannock.

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Mannock, John of Fornham All Saints, 1538

Wife Isabell: his universal legatee and executor

Money to the friars of Babwell to sing for his soul

Supervisor: Thomas Boroghdale

Witnesses: Roberte Baraclyffe clerk, Sir Peter Brynklaye, Thomas Ransolde, John James, Thomas Fullar of Sudbury

Written 23 Nov 1537, probate 27 Sep 1538

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Mannock, William, of Stoke-by-Nayland, 1558

To be buried in Stoke church

Eldest son: Francis

Daughter: Mary Cornewall

Sister: Margaret Allington, wife of John Allington

Servants: Richard Haselwood, Lauraunce Pickes, Growse, Elizabeth Tawye

Beneficiaries (Servants? unclear): Edmonde Coker, Agnes Coker

Niece: Dorothy Hall

Sons: Giles and William

Executors: sons Francis and William

Witnesses: William Brigges, William Buller

Written 4 July 1558, probate 9 July 1558.


Transcriber’s notes: William had bought Martell’s Hall in Ardleigh in about 1558, and Morant, quoting from William’s inquisition post mortem, gives William’s date of death as 8 June 1558. Either this is an error and William died on 8 July, or the date his will was written has been put down wrong and it was written on 4 June 1558. William was one of three sons of George Mannock, who had lived in Gifford’s Hall in Stoke-by-Nayland but was living in Sudbury towards the end of his life.

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