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).
Walton, John, clothmaker of Hadleigh, 1539
- The will mentions in detail the position of a great deal of land in Hadleigh
- Wife Rose
- John Walton the elder and John Walton the younger, both under 21. [No relationship stated to testator]
- Richard Walton and James Walton, sons of Henry Walton, both under 21
- Sons-in-law Richard Brummell and Robert Brummell
- Alice Walton, unmarried and under 18
- Brother James Walton
- Sisters Alice and Margaret [surnames not given]
- William A Lee
- Johane Walton, daugther of Henry Walton, unmarried, under 18
- Ursula Walton, unmarried, under 18
- Christopher Ormerode and his sisters [sisters unnamed]
- My brother Henry’s child “being in the North… whose name I know not” [therefpre are the other children of Henry Walton the testator’s nieces and nephews?]
- To John Walton the elder and James Walton, “all manner of my tools and instruments belonging and appertaining to my shop when 21.”
- Money to apprentices and the poor
Executors: Robert Vesey and William Tournor
Supvisor: Master Doyle
Witnesses: Robert Bromell, William A Loo, John Smyth, William Mannyng
Written 8 Dec 1538, probate 11 June 1539
Transcriber’s notes: John Walton the elder mentioned in the will may well be the John Walton of Hadleigh who died in 1551, and whose will is below. Bearing in mind he was left a half share of this testator’s clothmaking equipment, it seems he took up the trade. Note that pne of the testator’s executors was Robert Vesey, whose son William married Joane, the widow of the John Walton who died in 1551.
“Son-in-law” in this will may well mean stepson, and suggests that the testator had no children of his own. Therefore John Walton the elder and younger may have been his nephews, and perhaps his godsons too, given that they share the same forename.
Note that this will mentions Christopher Ormerode, and the will of John Walton who died in 1551 mentions Christopher Harmerod.
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.
- Executrix: wife
- 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). Laurence Vesey was one of William’s brothers. John’s children Thomas and Anne are mentioned in Joan’s 1586 will, although Thomas was living, Anne had died before but had left several children by her husband Thomas Glede/Gleed.