The Will of
Edward ALFREY (1598-1642)
In the name of God Amen The fourth day of Aprill Anno
Domini one Thousand six hundred fourty twoo I
Edward Alfray of Gullidge in the parish of East Grinsted in the County
of Sussex gent beinge weak and sickly but of perfect memorie (God be praised
therefore) Doe make this my last will and Testament in manner following First I
comend my soule to God my maker hopeing through the merrits of Jesus Christ my
Redemer to obtayne life ever lastinge and my body I comitt to the Earth till the
day of Resurrection to be decently buried in the Church of East Grinsted
afoursaid by mine Executor Item I give to the poore of East Grinsted
fforty shillinges Item I give to my two younger sonnes Richard &
John six silver spoones twoo silver salts and one silver bowle to be
equally divided betwixt them by mine Overfeers Item I would have all my
debts my funerall and the charges of my will payd first out of my personall
estate (soe farr as itt will runn) by mine Executor whome I appoynt to be
Edward mine eldeft sonne And afterward I would have my said sonne Edward
receive all the rents and revenues of all my Lands and Tenaments and therewith
pay the [---] of my debts soe [---] as may bee and soe [---] as he may [---] money thereout
to doe the same to bringe to his own [---] in the meane tyme five pounds a yeare for
his mayntenace And likewise payinge and allowinge to Hester myne
eldest daughter out of my said rents in the meanetyme till my debts shall or may be
paid five pounds a year payable half yearly by equall [portions] as my rents
shall come in for her maintenance And to Anne my youngest daughter other
five poundes a year payable in like manner for her maintenance And to Richard
my second sonne fifty shillinges a yeare payable in the same manner for his
maintenance And to John my youngest sonne fifteen pounds a year payable
in like manner for his Maintenance And next after all my debts shall or may be
paid as aforesaid Then I will and appoynt all the rents and revenues of my said
Lands and Tenements (the tymber and wood excepted) to my said eldest daughter
till she shall or may receive thereof the full sume of twoe hundred and fifty
pounds for her [portion] in the meane tyme she likewise allowinge out of my said
rents five pounds a yeare to my said eldest sonne and five pounds a yeare to my
said daughter Anne and fifty shillings a yeare to my sonne Richard
and fifteene pounds a yeare to my sonne John payable in manner aforesaid
for theire maintenance And after my said eldest daughters [portion] shall or
may be soe paid I will and appoynt all the rents and revenues (except the trees
timber and woods) of my said Lands to my said daughter Anne till she
shall or may receive thereof the full some likewife of two hundred and ffifty
poundes for her [portion] she likewise in the meane tyme makinge the payments
and allowances aforesaid for my other childrens own mayntenance except my eldest
daughter and her owne without [---] of any of my said daughters owne
[portions] And if my said daughters or either of them shall happen to dye before
theire [portions] shalbe paid haveing noe child of her owne bodys lawfully begotten
liveinge then my will and minde is that their or her [portion] soe dyeing
childless or soe much thereof as shalbe then upaid shall goe to my said threes sonnes
equally and to the survivors or survivor of them Item after my said
daughters [portions] paid I will and appoynt all the rents and revenues of my
said Lands and Tenements (except as excepted) to my sonn Richard till he
shall or may receive thereof the full some of three hundred pounds for his [portion] hee likewise in the meane tyme alloweinge out of my said rents five pounds a
yeare to my eldest sonne and fifteene poundes a yeare to my youngest sonn
payable in manner aforesaid Item next after my said sonne Richard
[portion] paid as aforesaid I will appoynt all my rents and revenues of my Lands
and Tenements (except as before excepted) to my son John till hee shall
or may receive thereof the sume of three hundred pounds for [portion] hee
alloweing to my said eldest sonne five pounds a yeare payable as aforesaid And
if either of my said twoe younger sonnes happen to dye childlesse before his
[portion] be paid then his [portion] or soe much thereof as shalbe behind shall
remayne to my other twoe sonnes equally And if both my younger sonnes dye
childlesse before payment as aforesaid Then their [portoions] to remayne to my
eldest sonne Item after all my debts legacies and [portoions] as
aforesaid payd I will devise all my Lands Tenements and hereditaments whatsoever
and wheresoever theire [---] named to [--ward my eldest sonne to the heires males
of his body begotten And forwant of such issue to Richard my second sonn
and to the heires males of his body begotten And for want of such issue to
John my third sonne and to the heirs males of his body begotten And for want
of such issue to my owne right heires forever Item if my said Executor
shall not pay my said debts soe farr as money may be made out of my [---] or personall estate and
[---] out of the rents and revenues of my Lands as aforesaid accordinge to this my will and the true meaneinge hereof or shall refuse to be
ordered and issued by myne Overseers or the greatest part of them in the
performance of any part of my will or of any thinge remaineinge the same then my
will and meaninge is that hee shall loose all the Benefitt of this my Will And
then I will and devise all my Lands and Tenements with theire appurtenances
after my debts and [portions] paid as aforesaid to my sonn Richard and
the heirs males of his Body begotten And forwant of such issue to my sonn
John and to the heires males of his body begotten And for want of such issue
then to my said sonn Edward and the heirs males of his body begotten And
for want of such issue to myne owne right heires for ever And likewise if there
shall arise any doubt or mistake or quarrell or contention in any thinge
this my will amongest my said children or any of them Then I would have them to
repaye to my Overseers before they beginn any suite there upon and to be ordered
and ruled by them my said Overseers or the greateft part of them [---] hee or she of
my said Children that will not be soe ordered and ruled shall loose his or her
[portion] And I doo appoynt Thomas Dyne Henry Faukoner
Walter Smith gent and John Dungate yeoman to be Overseers of this my
will intrustinge them to ayde and assist my said Executors and the rest of my
Children with their best advice and counsell touchinge the same And if any of my
said Children shall happen to dye before payment of their [portion] haveinge one
or more Children of their body lawfully begotten then liveinge my will and
meaneinge is that my Overseers shall receive the rents of my said Lands at such
tymes as my said sonns and daughters themselves should have received it if they
had lived and imploy the same for my said sonns and daughters Children at their
discresions or as the greater part of them shall direct and apoynt And I doe
hereby revoke all former and other wills that I have made And doe under my hand
and seale confirme this to be my only will Edward Alfrey [---] published
sealed and subscribed in the prefence of Anthony Ayoe ~ the marke of
Anthony Maynard the mark of A---] Maynard
The next part of his will is in Latin, but it was proved in London on 4 April
The above will was transcribed by me, Mandy Willard, on 20 February 2004, and
revised on 26 March 2006, from a
digitised copy of the original document, ref PROB 11/191. The word [portion] throughout the document looks like porion.
People mentioned in the Will
The East Grinstead marriage register records that Thomas Dyene married
Suzane Payne on 16 September 1608 in London. The East Grinstead burial
register records that Thomas ...ne, gent was buried on 10 January 1656/7, and
the PRO lists that the will of a Thomas Dyne, Gentleman of East Grinstead
was proved on 25 February 1657. Suzan Paine was baptised on 1
November 1590 in East Grinstead and buried there on 8 November 1655. The
burial register recorded that Susan was the wife of Thomas Dyne,
gent. They had the following children:
Wyllyam Dyn was baptised on 5 December 1609 in East Grinstead and
buried there on 7/8 December 1609 as Wyllyam son of Thomas Dynne.
Susan Dine was baptised on 12 October 1613 in East Grinstead. A
Susan Dyne was buried in East Grinstead on 21 November 1630.
Edward Dyne was born on 21 March 1619 and baptised on 4 April 1619 in
East Grinstead. An Edward Dine was buried in East Grinstead on 18
Timothy Dyne was baptised on 23 April 1626 in East Grinstead, at which
time his father was described as Mr. Thomas Dyne.
Might the Dyne family have taken in young John Alfrey after his father's
death? (His mother had died when he was 4 years old.) John named a
daughter Susan, but I have yet to established whether this may have been
a family name of John's wife.
A Harry Faucknoure had the following child:
Edward Faucknoure was baptised on 30 October 1608 in East Grinstead.
A Henry ffaulkner married Mary and they had:
Mary ffaulkner was baptised on 4 May 1634 in East Grinstead.
Henry ffaulkner was baptised on 17 January 1635/6 in East Grinstead.
Bridget ffaulkner was baptised on 17 December 1637 in East Grinstead.
Elizabeth Faulkner was baptised on 20 February 1639/40 in East
Jone ffaulconer was baptised on 18 April 1645 in East Grinstead.
Walter Smith, gent
There were no Walter Smith's in East Grinstead at the time of Edward's
death. But Edward's eldest daughter, Hester Alfrey, married
Henry Smith on 4 May 1642 in Worth.
John Dungate, yeoman
A John Dungat was baptised on 9 July 1612 in East Grinstead, the son of
Steven Dungat and Anne. He may have married Jane or
Jone before or about 1643 and they had the following children:
John Dungate was baptised on 20 November 1643 in East Grinstead.
His mother's name was recorded as Jane.
Steven Dungate was baptised on 26 December 1647 in East Grinstead.
His mother's name was recorded as Jone.
Elizabeth Dungate was baptised on 17 October 1650 in East Grinstead.
Her mother's name was recorded as Jone.
Sara Dungate was baptised on 7 June 1655 in East Grinstead. Her
mother's name was recorded as Joan. Sara a daughter and child of
John Dungate, was buried on 15 June 1659 in East Grinstead.
I'm not sure about his surname and can find nothing for him in the Sussex
Records Society transcript of the East Grinstead registers, nor anything in the
An Anthony Maynard married Alice and they had the following
Wyllyame Maynerd was baptised on 11 February 1609/10 in East Grinstead.
Only his father's name was recorded in the baptism register.
Alice Maynard was baptised on 4 April 1613 in East Grinstead.
Both her parents names were recorded in the baptism register.
Anthony Maynerd was baptised on 19 October 1623 in East Grinstead.
Both his parents names were recorded in the baptism register. He married
Mary Homwood on 14 February 1649 in Worth.
Was it father or son who witnessed Edward's will? An Alice Maynard
married Arthur Harman on 8/18 June 1629 - was this perhaps Anthony's
widow or his 16 year old daughter? An Artoure son Artour Harmane
was baptised on 2 November 1606 in East Grinstead. On 23 September 1598 an
Arthur Harman married Johanne Drewe in East Grinstead.
Might Anthony Ayoe and Anthony Maynard have been servants or
perhaps farm labourers to the Alfrey's at Gullege, hence how they came to be on
hand to be witnesses to Edward's will, which was probably made on his death bed.
This page was reviewed on 7 April 2012