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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, labourer of Brome, 1661

Noncupative (given verbally and later written down)

  • Eldest son William, executor
  • Son John Nunn
  • Son Edmund Nunn
  • Granddaughters Grace Nunn and Elizabeth Nunn, daughters of son Edmund
  • Wife Elizabeth

Given verbally in the presence of son William

Written about Sep 1656, not long before his death, probate 12 Jan 1660/1

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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, baker of Hadleigh, 1697

  • For some time, testator has lived in the house of James Ells in the the parish of St Sepulchre’s, Middlesex, wafermaker
  • Property in Stone Street, Hadleigh, and property in Hadleigh mortgaged to Mr Hudson of Ipswich, tailor
  • James Ells to inherit everything, and to be executor.

Witnesses: Charles Belfeild, John Hensman, Richard Mallaber

Written 9 Mar 1696/7, probate 21 Apr 1697


Transcriber’s note: testator buried at St Sepulchre’s, 14 April 1697: “John Nunn from St John Street.”

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Nunn, John, of Hawstead, singleman,1713

  • 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

  • Codicil: 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, Joshua, singleman of Kenton, 1691

  • Property in Kenton
  • Three nephews Robert, William and John Moore (sons of William Moore by testator’s sister Anne
  • Three daughters of John Nun: Anne Vace and Susan (doesn’t name third)
  • Five children of uncle Leonard Nunn: John, Susan, Anne, Elizabeth, and Priscilla
  • The poor of Kenton
  • Kinsman: Leonard Nunn of Eye, executor

Witnesses: John Wareyn, John Aldrich, Robert Baldwell, Anne Doget

Written 15 July 1691, probate 14 Sep 1691


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Nunn, Joshua, gentleman of Hadleigh, 1787 

  • Wife Protesia Nunn
  • Daughter Mary Ann Nunn
  • cousin Mary Ann wife of Benjamin Goymour of Stonham Aspall, farmer
  • Nunn Goymour, son of the said Mary Ann
  • Vault in Hadleigh churchyard for testator and his family
  • Sister Mary Pittock of Hadleigh
  • Nunn John Pittock
  • William Tricker of Layham, James Palmer
  • Sisters-in-law: Mary Smith, widow of Hadleigh; Elizabeth Nice, widow of Hadleigh; Frances wife of Thomas Aldridge of Hadleigh, yeoman; Miss Elizabeth Frost; Ann wife of Edward Cooper

Executor: wife; John Brownrigg Lake of Hadleigh gentleman; and Richard Leatherdale, draper of Hadleigh

Witnesses: John Munnings, edgetool maker; Edward Cooper, butcher; William Hart, shoemaker – all of Hadleigh

Written 1 Jun 1787, probate 12 Oct 1787


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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, Thomas, of Stratford, 1713

  • Grandfather Ambrose Rowles
  • Uncle Ambrose Rowles, cooper of Colchester
  • Uncle William Rowles
  • Elizabeth Carter daughter of Andrew and Elizabeth Carter
  • Poor of Stratford
  • Uncle Robert Rowles: copyhold in Layham, rest and residue, executor

Witnesses: Robert Potter, William and Jane Sadler

Written 16 May 1713, died at East Donyland 31 May 1713, probate 30 July 1713


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Nunn, Thomas, merchant of Southwold, 1768

  • Grandson Lancelot Davie: property in Thorpe Parva, Norfolk
  • Lancelot’s sister, Sarah Marryat, wife of Thomas Marryat of the City of London, “Doctor of Physick”
  • Only son Samuel Nunn, executor
  • Two children of daughter Ann Church
  • Two son of granddaughter Sarah Marryat
  • Cousin Betthiall Nunn, spinster
  • £10 to repair “the meeting house belonging to the Protestant Dissenters at Southwold”
  • Mr John Skipp deceased, late of Southwold, gave testator £160 in trust, the interest to pay for the dissenting minister.

Witnesses: Sarah Hillery, Samuel Bewstead, Robert Martyn Frost

Written 13 Aug 1760, probate 2 Aug 1768


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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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