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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).

Nunne, Dorothy, wife of Henry Nunne, yeoman, of Whepstead, 1669

Henry Nunne stands bond to John Cooper and Stephen Humphry for £160. Dorothy’s will seems to bequeath £80 of it.

To Elizabeth Kerrington, my sister: £10. To John Kerrington, my nephew: £10. To Dorothy Kerrington, John’s sister: £5. To Jonathan Kerrington, my nephew: £5. To Jonadab and Mary, children of my brother-in-law John Kerrington: 20 shillings each.

To Joane Cooper, my sister: £10. To Jeremiah Cooper, my nephew: £5. To Elizabeth Cooper, sister of Jeremiah: £5. To Richard, Jonathan and Johanna Cooper, children of my brother-in-law John Cooper: 20 shillings each. To John Cooper, my said nephew, my biggest brass pot, which was mine before marrying Henry Nunne.

To Stephen, William and Philipp Humphry, children of my brother Stephen Humphry, 20
shillings each.

Rest and residue of the £80 to my brother-in-law John Cooper, my sole exec.

Witnesses: Thomas Burrough, Stephen Humphry.

SRO Ref: Edgar 494

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Nunn, Edmund, yeoman, of Hawstead, 1667 

To son Edmund Nunn: close? in Rattlesden recently bought from John Moore, and freehold and copyhold tenement and land in Rattlesden. And one shilling.

To son George Nunn: copyhold property and 12 acres of land in Rattlesden, bought from
John Moore and Sarah his wife, Richard Double and Mary his wife, Philemon Broome and
Margarett his wife. £45-worth of goods and chattels.

Son Robert is bound to John White, my son-in-law, husband of my daughter Frances, for the sum of £3 3 shillings yearly (being the interest on a legacy of threescore pounds). After
Frances death, the payment to go to Frances’ daughters.

To son Robert – three tenements with land in Hawstead, lately purchased from Henry
Sparke. But only as long as he pays John Nunn, my eldest son, one annual [page missing?] 40 shillings. William Prior, John Wales and Joseph Page lately lived in the dwellings. Also to Robert – a bedstead.

To son John – one shilling

To daughter Sarah Craske and son-in-law Henry Craske – one shilling

To daughter Frances White 20 shillings, and to son-in-law John White 12 pence.

Rest and residue to be divided between sons Edmund and George.

Executor: son George Nunn, to be supervised by Robert Nunn.

Witnesses: Oliver Towler x, Mary Page, Henry Craske

Written 30th July 1667, proved: 18 December 1667

SRO ref: Edgar 269

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Nunn, Elizabeth, widow, of Lawshall, 1688 

My executrix to pay my daughter Margarett £4

To Mary Nonne my daughter all money owed from my son Robert Nonne of Stanningfield to pay herself £6 and the £4 to Margarett.

Executrix: My daughter Mary Nonne.

Witnesses: John Norman x, Mary Norman x, John Smith

Written: 1st April 1687, proved: 13th March 1688 by Mary Nonne alias Bigsby

Transcriber’s note: the sums of money mentioned in the will are all owed by and to different people. Please see the original.

[Held at Bury St. Edmunds Record Office]

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Nunn, Frances, widow, of Whepstead, 1677 

To son Robert Nunn: certain furniture

To son Henry Nunn: a brass pot

To son Ambrose Nunn: certain furniture

To daughter Frances Griggs: certain furniture and household goods

To grandchild Joshua Nunn: the great Bible

To grandchild Elizabeth Ray: a piece of furniture

To grandchild Marian Friend: 5 shillings

To Sarah Ray: 5 shillings

To grandchild Frances Ray: certain furniture

To grandchild Frances Hunt: certain household goods

To grandchild Audrey Hunt: 5 shillings

To each child of my daughter Griggs: 5 shillings

To grandchild Mary Ray: 5 shillings

Rest and residue of my goods and chattels to my daughter Marian Raye on condition she pay my debts and funeral expenses. She to be executrix, assisted by John Frost of Duffton Hall, gent.

Witnesses: John Frost, Thomas Steward, John Cooke

Written: 22nd November 1677


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Nunn, Henry, yeoman, of Whepstead, 1707

To my son John Nunn: the tenement where I now dwell in Whepstead, and all freehold and copyhold, he to pay my debts and legacies.

To my wife Elizabeth: £14 a year, and her dwelling in my parlour where I now live, various furniture and household good, wood for the fire from my land.

To my daughter Elizabeth Ruffell: 20 shillings to buy a ring.

To my daughter Margarett Nunn: £100 (£50 three years after my death, £50 six months after my wife’s death).

To my daughter Mary Nunn: £100 (£50 when she reaches 21, £50 six months after my wife’s death) and my silver cup.

To my sister Margarett Loquar: 40 shillings a year.

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

Witnesses: John Cooke, Robert Steward, Daniel Tod x

Written: 5th April 1707, proved: 30th December 1707

SRO Ref: Goodwin III 443

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Nunn, John, yeoman, of Whepstead, 1694

To son Ambrose Nunn: my freehold messuage where I now dwell, and all my freehold in

To son Thomas Nunn: my copyhold called Poches, and two (named) crofts of pasture in
Whepstead, he to pay my son George Nunn £30.

Rest and residue of my copyhold land in Whepstead to my son Ambrose Nunn, he to pay my son George Nunn another £30.

My sons George and Thomas Nunn are indebted to me to the sum of £20. My executor to
deliver up the said bonds to my said two sons within six days after my decease.

Rest and residue to my executor (my son Ambrose Nunn).

Witnesses: Anthony Sparrow, John Cooke, Jo. Sparrow.

Written: 5th January (no year), proved: 25th April 1694

SRO Ref: Boldero 168

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Nunn, John, of Hawstead, 1713

Single man

To Frances “my Best sister”: £10

To Margaret my second sister: £10

To Mary my youngest sister: £10

Rest and residue to my uncle George Nunn of Hawsted, yeoman, the exector.

Witnesses: Robert Wolfe, Robert Underwood

Written: 24th Jan 1713/4, proved: 6th Feb 1713/4

SRO Ref: Goodwin VI 321

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Nunne, John, yeoman, of Whepstead, 1731

To wife Elizabeth: all freehold and copyhold land and tenement where I now live in Whepstead, and all real and personal estate for her life. Wife Elizabeth to pay my mother Elizabeth an extra £6 a year, on top of what was bequeathed her by my father Henry Nunne (her late husband).

After my mother’s death, my wife to pay Elizabeth, my eldest daughter, £20 a year out of my copyhold, for as long as my wife lives. The annuity to be continued out of the copyhold
during the life of Hannah, widow of the late John Ray of Lawshall.

If Hannah survives my wife, my daughter Mary shall not be entitled to any part of the £20
intended for my daughter Elizabeth.

If Elizabeth my daughter dies, the annuity to go to any children she may have.

If my wife Elizabeth dies in Hannah’s lifetime, my daughter Mary will be entitled to one half of the rents and profits from my freehold, and one half of the rents and profits of my
copyhold (once my daughter Elizabeth’s £20 has been paid).

After the deaths of Elizabeth my mother, Elizabeth my wife and Hannah Ray, widow, the £20 to cease, and the copyhold and freehold to be divided between my daughters Elizabeth and Mary (or if they have died, to any children they may have).

Executors: Caleb Rose, Rector of Whepstead, and John Hunt of same, my brother-in-law.
Witnesses: William Newport, John Steward, John Rose.

Written: 14th March 1729/30

My daughter Elizabeth may have been left property in the will of her late uncle, John Ray, which she may receive on the death of his widow, Hannah, in the lifetime of my wife Elizabeth. Once my daughter Elizabeth receives this property, she will receive an annuity of £10, and the remainder (from the £20) to my daughter Mary.

Written: 14th March 1729/30, proved: 4th May 1731

SRO Ref: Claggett III 63

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Nunn, Margaret, spinster, of Lawshall, 1688

To Mary Nonne, my sister of Bury St. Edmunds, all my copyhold in Lawshall

To Mary Nonne, daughter of my brother Robert Nonne of Stanningfield, £10 (to come out of the Lawshall copyhold)

Rest and residue to my sister Mary Nonne, executrix.

Witnesses: John Norman x, Mary Norman x, John Smith

Written: 3rd October 1687, proved: 2nd November 1687

[Held at Bury St. Edmunds Record Office] 

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Nunn, Philip, yeoman, of Lawshall, 1681 

Dorothy, my wife: all my movable goods, household stuff and chattels indoors and out
(except one bald colt which I give my son Philip).

The said Dorothy to raise my children until they are shiftable.

Executors: the abovesaid Dorothy and Philip.

Witnesses: John Brinckley, John Byrd, John Smith

Written 9 November 1681, proved: 22 February 1681/2

[Held at Bury St. Edmunds Record Office]

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Nunn, Robert, yeoman, of Broadgates, Whepstead, 1675

To son Thomas: £80

To son Walter: £60 when 21

To son Henry: £60 when 21, and £10 to be bound as an apprentice

To wife Margarett: £5, and all good and chattels in my current dwelling house at the time of my decease, which were hers before our marriage

To son Robert: all my freehold and copyhold land and tenements in Whepstead, he to pay my debts and legacies. If Robert refuses to be my executor, then my son Thomas to be my executor and to sell all my copyhold and freehold (the proceeds to be divided between my
sons Thomas, Walter and Henry).

Written: 3rd November 1675

Witnesses: Rand. Nonne, Willm. Nonne, Elizabeth Nonne. 

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Nunn, Robert the elder, yeoman, of Hawstead, 1678

To daughter Mary Nunn: all my messuages and lands in Stanstead, Great Wheltham,
Cockfield, Lawshall or elsewhere.

To sister Mary Martin: £5 annuity

To brother Francis Nunn: £5 annuity

To the poor of Hawstead: £5

To Susan Straffe: £30

To my kinswoman Mary Carter: £10

To Michael Nunn: 20 shillings

Execs: my daughter Mary Nunn, my brother Martin Nunn, my kinsman Robert Goodchild (£20 each to Martin and Robert) Rest and residue to daughter Mary.

Witnesses: Robert Howard, Thomas Coaste? x, Margaret Mayhew x

Written: 1st November 1686, proved: 13th May 1687

ERO Ref: Goodwin I 564

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Nunn, Robert, yeoman of Whepstead, 1679

To wife Dorithy: two closes and a grove for her natural life, then to my son Robert Nunne.

To son Robert Nunne: all my land and tenements after my wife’s death, on condition that he pays the following legacies to my daughters after my wife’s death:

To daughter Frances: £30 within one year of my wife’s death

To daughter Marrian: £30 within two years of my wife’s death

To daughter Marible: £20 within three years of my wife’s death

To son Robert: various furniture and household goods (to be used by Dorithy during her

To wife Dorithy: all my goods and chattels for the paying of my debts and the raising of my children.

Executrix: my wife Dorithy Nunne

Witnesses: Steven Wiffen, Elizabeth Cole x, George Daniell

Written: 21st October 1679

SRO Ref: IC500/1/133 (148)

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Nunn, Robert, yeoman, of Lawshall, 1719

To son Thomas Nunn: £10

To son Henry Nunn: copyhold land in Stanningfield and £100

To son James Nunn: messuage or tenement in Lawshall & Stanningfield, on condition he pay my daughters Rose, Mary and Elizabeth Nunn £100 each.

20 shillings to the poor of Stanningfield

To wife Rose, all household goods and money. Messuage or tenement in Stanningfield. After her death, Stanningfield property to son Robert Nunn.

£100 to wife Rose to take the interest arising during her lifetime. After her death, that £100 to son William Nunn, but he to pay out the sums:

£10 to sons John and Thomas Nunn

£15 each to sons James, Henry and daughters Rose, Mary and Elizabeth Nunn

Executors: wife Rose Nunn, brother-in-law William Bixby of Bury St. Edmunds to supervise.

Witnesses: William Tooke, Rachel Tooke, Bridget Simson

Written 6 November 1717, proved: 17th July 1719

[Held at Bury St. Edmunds Record Office]

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Nunn, Rose, widow, of Lawshall, 1733

To my son Robert Nunn: 20 shilling

To my son Thomas Nunn: £10

To my son John Nunn: £10

To my son Henry Nunn: £10

To my son James Nunn: £5

To my daughter Elizabeth, wife of Gabriel Wright: £10

To my daughters Rose and Mary, all my money, household goods, clothes etc.

£10 to be divided equally between the five children of my son William Nunn

Executrix: My daughters Rose Nunn and Mary Nunn

Witnesses: William Sparke, James Vinsen x, Mary Starne x

Written: 15th November 1726, proved: 18th June 1733

[Held at Bury St. Edmunds Record Office]

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Nunn, Rose, spinster, of Lawshall, 1751

To my brother Henry Nunn and his heirs: copyhold messuage/tenement in Lawshall, on
condition that my two sisters (Mary Nunn and Elizabeth Wright) may live there for their
natural lives.

To my brother Henry Nunn and my sisters Mary Nunn and Elizabeth Wright, use of all my
household goods (not to be sold). After their decease, my household goods to be equally
divided between:

My cousin James Nunn (son of my brother Thomas Nunn)

My cousin Rose Wright (daughter of my sister Elizabeth Wright)

To brother Henry Nunn: all my money.

Executors: siblings Henry Nunn and Mary Nunn.

Witnesses: Richard Vincent, Daniel Wright x, John Boreham

Written: 28th November 1751, proved: date not on document

[Held at Bury St. Edmunds Record Office]

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Nunn, Sturgeon, farmer, of Assington, Suffolk, 1782 

To my nephew Edward Chinery, son of my sister Sarah (wife of Edward Chinery of Acton,
farmer), my messuage/tenement with outhouses and land in Assington, now in my own
occupation, charged with: £20 annuity for my sister Sarah; £5 annuity for my niece Sarah, wife of John Hayward of Melford, farmer (a daughter of the said Sarah Chinery); £10 annuity for my niece Ann Chinery (another daughter of my said sister Sarah Chinery)

To my said nephew Edward Chinery, my messuage/tenement with cottage and lands in
Great Henny, Essex, now in the occupation of Joseph Causton, charged with: £10 annuity to my niece Rose Brewster, wife of William Brewster of Black Notley, Essex, farmer (one of the daughters of my late brother Philip Nunn); £10 annuity to my niece Mary Ruffle (another daughter of my said late brother Philip Nunn); £10 annuity to Hannah Gibbs who now lives with me

£150 to Sturgeon Nunn Brewster, one of the sons of my said niece Rose Brewster

£100 each to all the other children of my said niece Rose Brewster who shall be living at the time of my decease when 21 respectively.

£300 to my said niece Ann Chinery

Rest and residue to be divided equally between: my said sister Sarah Chinery, Sarah Hayward, Ann Chinery, Rose Brewster and her children who shall be living at my decease
and Mary Ruffle.

Executors: the said Joseph Causton, and Mr. Baker of Little Ropers in Bures St. Mary, Suffolk, farmer.

Witnesses: William Hewes, Margaret Beales x, Richd Hodge.

Written: 26th December 1781, proved: 26th February 1782


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Nunn, William, yeoman, of Lawshall, 1671 

To wife Susan: all movables that were hers before marriage

To wife Susan and son William, to sell all lands and tenements in Lawshall, and all goods and chattels. Proceeds to be equally divided between: Susan my wife (plus £5 for executing will), William my son, Christian my daughter, Thomas my son, Sarah my daughter, Robert my youngest son.

Executors: the abovementioned Susan and William

Witnesses: Edward Cracke, John Wright

Written 20 March 1670/1, proved: 15th April 1671

[Held at Bury St. Edmunds Record Office]

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