Alternative Reference numberJC/514
TitleProbate of the Will of John Rotheram of Eckington, Derbyshire, yeoman
DescriptionWill dated 28 Jan 1624/5

Probate granted 9 Apr 1657

After directing that he should be buried in the church or church yard of Eckington, he bequeathed unto Alice Rotheram his mother £10;

to his brother in law Thomas Rent of Povye [?Povey, Derbyshire] a sum of twenty nobles, then owing to the testator on bond of Francis Leigh of Caldwell Hall;

to his god-daughter Mary Rent £5;

to six of his brother Rent's children 20s each;

to his niece Sara Tayler (then a minor) £20, which money was in Mrs Wigfall's hands of Curtare [Carter?] Hall; and a further £20, then owing to testator by John Tayler her brother, 'which was bestowed about the getting of his Wardshippe';

to Joseph Tayler £10 ;

to Ellin Rotheram daughter of testator's brother William Rotheram £15;

to Mary Rotheram £5;

to his servant Mary Bolsover 20s ;

residue to his brother William Rotheram, whom he made sole executor.

Included in the grant of probate is an undated memorandum (presumably of later date, but attested by the same three witnesses as the will), which directed that his brother in law the said Thomas Rent, and his brother the said William Rotheram, should have 'full power and right of the wardshipp, custody of the body, lands and marriage of John Tayler in as ample manner' as testator might have had 'by virtue of his ma[jes]ties [?] Grant thereof.'

Further provisions as to a misunderstanding of the will of William Tayler.

Then follows a list of debts owing to testator 'without specialty'; namely, John Howsdon £10 3s 0d; George Stones younger 11s; widdow Treeton 20s; John Stones 50s; William Wood 10s; Richard Shawe of Sheffield 9s; Richard Ottinvell or Ottuwell 8s; William Rent 40s; Richard Thompson 13s; Robert Cowley for rent 16s; Robert Pinder; George Lee; Thomas Newbold; William Rent; James Cowley ; John Turner; Philipp Hobson; James Hobson and the executors of Thomas Hobson 20s.

The grant of administration with the will annexed is in special form, it was 'given at London under the seale of the Court for Probate of Wills and granting administrations.' It states that William Rotheram the executor and brother of the testator died [presumably after the testator] 'before he had taken upon him' by authority of that Court, the execution of the will; that Anne Rotheram a minor was 'cozen' and next of kin of the testator; and the Court granted administration with the will annexed, to Alice Rotheram the mother and guardian of Anne.

Witnesses: Robert Turner, Henry Williamson, John Turner.

Note this will was proved under the Commonwealth system at London.
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