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Walton, John, clothmaker of Hadleigh, 1551
The poor of Hadleigh £70
Son Thomas £100
Daughter Anne £100
Daughter Rose 100 marks
Wife Johane’s unborn child £100 if a son, 100 marks if a daughter
All houses and lands to wife, except a barn and garden to brother James Walton.
To Christopher Harmerod: a cote cloth
Uncle George: a cote cloth
Witnesses: Laurence Veysy, George Estwood.
Written 19 July 1551, probate 6 Oct 1551
Transcriber’s notes: John’s widow Johane married William Vesey of Hintlesham (see their wills).