Sir Anthony Culpeper of Bedgebury, Knight
Male, #8622, (7 Oct 1560 - 1618)
|Father*||Sir Alexander Culpeper of Bedgebury, Knight (c 1535 - 16 Jan 1599)|
|Mother*||Mary Dacre (s 1538 - )|
|Name-AltSpell||This surname is sometimes spelled Culpepper.|
|Name-AltSpell||This surname is sometimes spelled Colepeper.|
|Birth*||7 Oct 1560||Anthony was born at London, England, on 7 Oct 1560. He was an only child.|
|Marriage*||8 Jun 1579||He married Anne Martin at St. Antholin's, Budge Row, London, England, on 8 Jun 1579 at age 18.|
|Birth of Son||7 Jul 1581||His son Sir Alexander Culpeper of Bedgebury was born on 7 Jul 1581 at Bedgebury, Goudhurst, co. Kent, England.|
|Birth of Son||1582||His son Thomas Culpeper was born in 1582.|
|Birth of Son||1585||His son Thomas Culpeper was born in 1585.|
|Birth of Son||1586||His son John Culpeper was born in 1586.|
|Birth of Son||1588||His son Walter Culpeper was born in 1588.|
|Birth of Son||23 Oct 1589||His son William Culpeper of Bedgebury was born on 23 Oct 1589.|
|Birth of Son||1591||His son Anthony Culpeper was born in 1591.|
|Birth of Son||4 Aug 1594||His son Rev. Henry Culpeper was born on 4 Aug 1594.|
|Birth of Son||1598||His son Sir Thomas Culpeper of St. Stephen's was born in 1598 at Hackington, co. Kent, England.|
|Death of Father||16 Jan 1599||His father Sir Alexander Culpeper of Bedgebury, Knight died on 16 Jan 1599.|
|Birth of Son||1602||His son Capt. James Culpeper was born in 1602.|
|Will||22 Oct 1602||John, Elizabeth, Thomas, Anthony, Henry, John, William and Elizabeth named as heir(s) in the will of Thomas Culpeper of Wilmington, co. Sussex on 22 Oct 1602.1|
|Honor*||23 Jul 1603||Anthony was honored at Whitehall Palace, Westminster, London, England, on 23 Jul 1603.|
|Birth of Son||say 1605||His son Roger Culpeper of Delft, Holland was born say 1605.|
|Will*||27 Feb 1615||He made a will at Bedgebury, Goudhurst, co. Kent, England, on 27 Feb 1615.|
Will of Sir Anthony Culpeper of Bedgebury
In the name of God Amen. The Seven and Twentieth Day of February in the Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord James by the Grace of God King of England, Scotland, France and Ireland Defender of the Faith. That is to say of England, France and Ireland the Thirteenth of Scotland the Ten and Fortieth Anno Domini One Thousand Six Hundred and Fifteen.
I Sir Anthony Colpeper of Bedgbury in the County of Kent, Knight being in weak of Body and perfect remembrance thanks be given to Almighty God for the same: Do make Confirm and Ordain this my Last Will and Testament in Manner and form following.
First, I do bequeath my Soul into the hands of Jesus Christ my Saviour and Redeemer and I do bequeath my Body unto the Earth from whence it came to be my Executors hereafter named decently buried in the Parish Church of Goudhurst at the discretion of my said Executors within the tomb thereby my means lately builded.
And as touching the settling of my Estate. I do by this my Last Will and Testament, Ratify, Establish and Confirm all such Annuities or Yearly Rents as heretofore. I have given Granted and Confirmed by several Indentures bearing Date the Sixth Day of March in the Five & Fortieth Year of the Reign of the late Queen Elizabeth of famous memory.
Unto former of my younger sons viz & give unto Wilham Colepepyr (William Culpeper of Bedgebury), Henry Colepepyr (Rev. Henry Culpeper), Roger Colepepyr (Roger Culpeper of Delft, Holland) and Thomas Colepepir (Sir Thomas Culpeper of St. Stephen's) in manner and form and to all intense and purposes as in and by the said several Indentures or more at Legartie doth and may appear are Expressed and Declared further more by this my Last Will and Testament.
I do Ratify, Establish and Confirm all such portions or sums of Money heretofore by me given granted and offered unto Elizabeth Colepepir (Elizabeth Culpeper), Anne Colepepir (Anne Culpeper), and Katherine Colepepir (Catherine Culpeper) my three younger Daughters by several Indentures bearing date the Eighth day of March in the Five and Forty year of the reign of the late Queen Elizabeth in such manner and form as by the said several Indentures doth and may appear.
Item I do by this my Last Will and Testament Nominate, Limit, Ordain, Declare and Appoint that my Executors herein after named shall save the use and occupation of all that the Capital Messuage or Manor House of Bedgbury within the Parish of Goudhurst in the said County of Kent together with all the Barns, Stable, Stalls, Outhouses, Granary and other buildings whatsoever to the said Messuage belonging or appertaining and also of all the Gardens, Orchards, Courts and Closes aforesaid without or within the Moat of the said House with all and singular their Appurtances and of one Close called the Forestage Close and also of one small Close late a HopGarden containing by estimation One Acre more or less and that any its Executors shall and may retain to their own use without any attempt to be made for the same all the Rents, Issues and Profits of the said Manor House and Premisses for by and during the space and time of three months next after my decease. To the end and my Will be that all my younger Children with all such security as I shall leave behind me shall and may Peaceably, Quietly Remain, Abide and Countenance in my said House behaving themselves orderly and Civilly to the good liking of my said Executors and that they and every one of them shall be there at the Charges of my Executors allowed sufficient Dried Meat, Drink and Lodging and such other necessary's as they have had before my decease. That so my said children and certainly may have some convenient time to provide for or dispose of them selves.
And my Will and meaning is that after the end and expiration of the said Three Months my old trusty servant Charles Ongley shall have the Use and Occupation of all that room or Upper Chamber in the Grate House at Bedgbury aforesaid namely the Chamber which is once the Great Gate there together with the closet there within the said Chamber for and during the term of his natural life for his own habitation or dwelling only freely without paying any thing to my Heirs or any other person for the same with free liberty of my 'ress, egress and regress' to and for the said Charles his friends and fervently to come, go, remain and tarry to and from the same by the said entry and most shall move there through the Grate Gate therein to and from the street or highway there. And my Will and mind is that the said Charles shall dwell in the same himself and not Demise or Depart, Invite yet unto any other person or persons.
And whereas my said son Sir Alexander (Sir Alexander Culpeper of Bedgebury) hath Ratified and Confirmed one Lease of the Messuage and or Lands called the Mallint tree and other Lands therein contained by me formally made for the benefit and or behest of my Five younger son;
And whereas also the said Sir Alexander has granted and confirmed unto my younger son James Colepepyr (Capt. James Culpeper) one or more Annuity or Annuities of Thirty Pounds a year for and during the term of his natural life: And has promised fully to perform all and every Clause and Covenant contained in retain Articles of Agreement made between him and me bearing date the Eighteenth day of April One Thousand Five Hundred and Fifteen. My will and meaning is that after the end and expiration of the three months or before Limited and Appointed unto my said Executors and when he my said son Alexander hath further fully performed all the said Annuities my said son Alexander shall have the Use and Occupation and shall have and receive all the Rents, Issues and Profits of the said Capital Messuage or Manor House of Bedgbury together with all the Barns, Stables, Stalls Oasthouses, Granary and other Buildings what so ever to the said Messuage belonging or appertaining, And all of the Gardens Orchards, Courts and Closes as well without as within the Mote of the said House with all and singular their Appurtances and of one Close called the Santage Close and all of one Close late a Hop Garden containing by estimation One Acre or more or less for and during the term of his natural life and after his decease the Heirs Males of his body lawfully begotten and for want of further Heir Male every other son of me the said Sir Antony and the Heirs Male of the body of every such son respectively as they shall in degree and age one older then another shall have and receive the Rents and Profits of the said Manor House, Lands and Premises.
And my Will and Meaning is that my son in law Henry Crispe Esquire (Henry Crispe of Quex in Thanett, Kent) shall permit and suffer my son Sir Alexander during his natural life and the issue male of his body lawfully begotten to be begotten: And for want of such issue Male every of six sons of me the said Sir Antony and the issue Male of such other son as aforesaid to have the Sole and Occupations of that small parcel of Lands near the Parish Church of Goudhurst aforesaid which by the Dean and Chapter of the Cathedral Church of Rochester in the said County of Kent was demised unto the said Henry in trust for my benefit and behest for and during all the residue of the term and then to come in the same as he or they shall so long live.
And my will and meaning is that my five younger sons Wilham, Henry, Roger, Thomas and James shall have the sale Profit and Occupation of the Message, Lands and Tenements called the Mallint tree and the other Lands there with let for and during all the time and term contained in the said Lease; And that if any of my said sons be minded to Lease the Occupation of his part therein or be willing to depart with his Interest in the same my Will and Mind is that such son or sons as shall be so minded shall assign over his Interest in the same Lease, Lands and Premises unto some other of the residue of my said Five younger sons and to none other person or persons, which if said son or sons shall refuse to do and perform; then my will and meaning is that this my gift unto such son or sons so refusing and the interest of such son and sons therein shall be void cease and determin to all intents and purposes. And the Lessee or Leases in the said Lease named or either of them shall enter upon such son or sons part with the same be not Assigned aforesaid and shall by this my Will have power to expel all such person or persons to no home any such son or sons contrary to this Limitation shall make over or deed with their part or parts in the Premises or any part thereof without the joint consent of all the persons of all his or their younger Brothers and shall forfeit the benefit thereof for the behest of all the residue of all my said younger sons.
And my further Will and meaning is that if it fortune my said son Sir Alexander shall happen to Die without any Heirs made of his body as aforesaid Then my will and meaning is that such other son and sons shall finally succeed him in the Inheritance of all my Lands and Tenements shall resign the Rest of my other sons provisioning all such former interest or such son or sons shall have in the said Lease or Lands called the Mallint tree before such son or sons shall enter upon the possession of Bedgebury House as aforesaid.
And as touching the disposition of my Household stuff, Goods and Implements of Household wares, I stand bound by obligation unto Sir Thomas Roberts, Knight (Sir Thomas Roberts of Glassenbury, Knight) to leave unto my son Sir Alexander Colpepir Knight the one part or half part of all my Household stuff at the time of my decease.
My will and mind is that all further Heir Male or Heirs Males of my Body shall as yet shall please Almighty God shall outlive me and succeed in the Inheritance of my Lands and Tenements shall give some of the best Ornaments and Implements of Household list unto him or them. And therefore I do hereby Publish and Declare and my mind, meaning and Decree is that upon my division of my household stuff to be made according to the tenor of the said obligation such person or persons shall on my behalf undertake the equal division of my Household stuff shall make choice of all the soft hangings which are now commonly so used in the Great Chamber of my dwelling House at Bedgbury aforesaid. And also of all the Cupboard, Tables, Chairs, Forms, Stools and Furniture belonging to the said chamber. And also of all the Beds, Bed Spreads, Bedding Quilts Hangings, Stools and the Great Looking Glass with all other the furniture whatsoever commonly used and belonging to the chamber called or known by the name of the Blue Chamber and likewise is the furniture of the Chamber called my Lady or Comforting Chamber and also shall make choice of my amongst the Desk which was my fathers in his life time with all such things as there is therein according unto & wrote thereof under my own hand writing to be a part or portion to be allotted unto my executors in part of the one **tie of my household stuff. To the end that my said executors shall leave the same to be as perpetual ornaments into my said Manor House to be used perpetually by such heir male and heirs males of my body as shall from time to time have the possession of my said house called Bedgbury House.
And my Will and meaning is that my said Executors shall have the same as Ornaments to remain perpetually unto my said house of Bedgbury. And that all such Heir Male and Heirs Males of my body as shall from time to time have the use, Occupation and Possession of my said Capital Messuage called Bedgbury House shall give unto my said Executors good and sufficient bond and surety for the Goods, usage thereof and that the said Hangings, Household Stuff and Implements of Household shall be left and shall remain in the said house from time to time whensoever any such Heir Male or Heirs Males made of my body so having or to have the possession of the said house called Bedgbury House and the use of the same Household Stuff and Implements of Household either by Death or otherwise shall lawfully Depart with the possession of Bredgebury house aforesaid.
And because I would have it plainly appear unto posterity have well my *de*s I am towards my said Son Sir Alexander and the issue of my body and to all such as shall lawfully come to the possessions of Bedgbury house aforesaid my will and meaning is that my said son Sir Alexander will be contented to give surety unto my said Executors that the said Hangings, Household Stuff and Implements of Household according to my desire in this my Last Will expressed shall remain and be as ornaments perpetual to belong unto Bedgbury house aforesaid. Then I am contented and my Will and mind is that my said son Sir Alexander shall have a full motive more of all the residue of my Household Stuff and Implements of Household
And my will and meaning is that the other **** shall be equally divided among my five other sons: of viz, Goods and Household Stuff my said Sir Alexander has already in his hands or part which was by me lent unto him (as by a *o*te bearing Date the Fifth of August Anno Domni 1608 under the hand writing of my said son Sir Alexander and of Dame Elizabeth his novice wife (Elizabeth Roberts) more plainly may appear) over and above the household stuff aforesaid appointed to be left in the Great Chamber and Blue Chamber and my Lady Comforting Chamber.
Item, I do give and bequeath unto Dame Elizabeth the Wife of my said son Sir Alexander if she be living at the time of my Decease my Coach or Carriage with first of my best Coach Mares or Geldings to the same which most finally do go therein and also of such Coach harness as do properly belong and are then issued to the same.
Item, I do hereby give my five younger sons viz , William, Henry, Roger, Thomas and James Colepepir Ten Pounds a piece of currant English money.
And I give and bequeath unto each of them my said sons one Gelding Nag or Mare a piece of such as I shall leave at the time of my Decease having not aforesaid given or appointed them any.
Item, I do hereby give unto my Five Youngest sons all my Boots.
Item, I do hereby give and bequeath unto my Three youngest daughters Elizabeth, Anne and Katherine Culpepir Ten Pounds a piece and unto each of them a several Gelding Nag or Mare as aforesaid. The said several sum's of Ten Pounds a piece to be paid unto them within Three Months after my Decease and the said several Gelding Nags or Mares to be delivered unto the several persons aforesaid within three months next after my Decease at the discretion of my Executor or of any two of them.
Item, I do hereby give and bequeath unto my Grandchild Nicholas Chrispe [son of Alexander's daughter Mary] Forty Shillings.
Item. I do will and bequeath unto my said son Sir Alexander the
Third part of all my Armour, Guns, Pistols and other Ammunition and Furniture for Wars of what sort or kind so ever (where of my own engraven Armour to be part) And the other those third go as of my said Armour and other warlike furniture I do give Will and Bequeath unto all the residue of my of my sons to be equally Divided amongst them at the discretion of my Executors or any two of them.
Item, I give and bequeath unto all such of my said three younger Daughters Elizabeth Anne and Katherine as shall be unmarried at the time of my Decease all my late unused wearing apparel, Ornaments, Borders, Buttons, Towels, Rings, Wearing Linen, Samplers, Silverware not finished and not unto them already Delivered and given to be by my Executors or any two at of them delivered and equally divided amongst them within three months next after my Decease.
Item, I do give and Bequeath unto William Colpepir, Henry Colpepir and Roger Colpepir my sons all of my Wearing Apparel and wearing linen of all sorts whatsoever (except my worst suit with my Doublet and soft stockings, Jerkin Cloak or Garments Cloak and my Hat: All which I do give and bequeath unto my old servant Charles Ongley. And I do also give and Bequeath unto him the said Charles one of my fine or heifers at his choice to be taken: And all of my 'rambling' Mare called or known by the name of Bay Carter of the same Mare happen to be alive and some at the time of my Decease but yet of the same mare be then Dead or otherwise disposed of.)
Item, I do hereby give and bequest unto the said Charles one other Mare or Nag of like value to be Delivered unto the said Charles within one month next after my Decease.
I do give unto Thomas Higham who hath served me long the sum of Twenty Six Shillings Eight Pence to be paid unto him within one year next after my Decease.
Item, I give and bequeath unto William Warsley Twenty Shillings Eight Pence to be paid unto him within one year next after my Decease.
Item, I do give unto Alexander Blake Thirteen Shillings Four pence.
Item, I do give and bequeath unto Walter Reynolds Thirteen Shillings Four Pence to be paid unto each of them within one year next after my Decease,
Item, I do give unto the poor Inhabitants of the Parish of Goudhurst Five Pounds to be Distributed amongst them at the time of my Burial or otherwise at the discretion of my Executors.
Item, I do give and bequeath unto everyone of my 'Executors Funeral' the funeral sum of Thirty Shillings a piece to be converted into monetary exchange or otherwise at their pleasure.
Item, my Will and meaning is I do by this my Last Will and Testament, Ordain and appoint that my said Executors hereafter named shall give the Education and bringing up of all my said younger sons and Daughters until their General full age of One and Twenty years or Day of Marriage and shall in the mean time receive all such several Annuities, Rents and sums of money as shall or may granted unto them or any of them by virtue of my Gifts or this my Last Will and Testament to the end they shall and may employ the same to the most benefit profit and advantage of them and enjoy of them during their several marriages. And at their several ages or marriages aforesaid shall render use unto them and every of them to have account thereof and of the profits thereof allowing and dedicating unto themselves out of the same. All such repairs charges and expenses as shall arise by reason of their Education during their several *onages.
Item, whereas the division of Desime , Lands and Tennaments parcel of the Manor of Endford within the County of Wiltshire and Earldom of the Enford Manor by Cappie of Courtwall for the term of Life or Lives have been by my measure and appointment have to for granted unto my said Son William Colpepir upon several trusts and confidence only my will and meaning is that my Executors or any two of them at their discretion shall make as equal valuation and division thereof as they can and shall limit and appoint the same Estate to be Divided amongst four of my said sons namely Wilham, Roger, Thomas and James Colepepir. And that my said son Wilham in whom the Estates *o*t are shall at the appointment of my said Executors make surrenders of the same accordingly. And that my Executors shall thereupon Deliver up unto him my son William to be counselled one obligation taken by me to that purpose.
Item, I do desire and my Will and meaning is that my loving Cousin Sir John Wildigose of Saleshurst the County of Sussex, Knight (son of John Wildigose of Salehurst, Sussex?) shall and may with in same reasonable time after my Decease grant assign over and confirm unto my said son Henry Colepepir all such interest as he name hath assign and to the next presentation into the Vicarage of Enford within the County of Wiltshire aforesaid.
Item, I do constitute Ordain and Appoint my said Cousin Sir John Wildigose Knight my loving son in law Henry Crispe of Berisford in the County of Kent Esquire and my said son William Colepepir to be Executors of this my last Will and Testament.
I do Ordain and Appoint my right loving Nephew Sir Thomas Denton of Hisldon in the County of Buckingham, Knight to be the overseer desiring them and every of them to have an especial case of the payment of my Debts and of the virtuous and religion, education and bringing up of my children and of the true performance of the my Last Will and Testament according unto my especial trust and confidence reposed in them on that behalf.
And I do further more Ordain and Appoint that my said Executors shall retain and keep in their hands and possession so much of my said goods and Chattels as may be fittest for to make ratification unto them and every of them for all such sums of money charges and reasonable expenses in claim or otherwise as shall be by them or any of them disbursed expended or laid out in or about the execution and fine performance of this my Last Will and Testament or of any Clause contained in the same.
The residue of all my goods and chattels my Debts Legacies' and funeral expenses being all paid and discharged ) my will and meaning is all by my said Executors or any two of them be employed for and towards the payment and satisfaction of Four Hundred Pounds a piece one unto my three younger Daughters Elizabeth, Ann and Katherine Colepepir for and in lien of their portions formally given and appointed unto them for the payment whereof Desime, Lands and Tennaments, Parcels of the Manors of Bedgbury and Ford are mortgaged unto them.
And if there be any overpay my Will and Meaning is that such overpay shall be Deeded between such of my said three younger daughters as at the time of my Decease shall happen to be so married.
And lately I do hereby revoke and disclaim all former Wills by me made and do ratify Establish and confirm this to be my Last Will and Testament
I have signed with my own hand and have sealed the same with my seal at Arms and have likewise unto every leaf thereof having thirteen in number subscribed my name Anthony Colepepyr
Signed, Sealed and Published in the presence of Henry Crispe , John Sartolle, John Iarronos, William Leedes.
A Codicill annexed, unto the Last Will and Testament of me the said Anthony Colepepyr which Will bearing date the Seven and Twentieth of February. Anno One Thousand Six Hundred and Fifteen made the Fourteenth day of March in the Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord James by the Grace of God, King of England Scotland, France and Ireland the Thirteenth, of Scotland the Three and Fortieth. Anno One Thousand Six Hundred and Sixteen.
Inprimis I do give and Bequeath the unto all my younger sons and my three younger Daughters Elizabeth, Anne and Katherine Colepepir all the plate and spoons be it Silver or Silver and Guilt as I have of those in my Custody to them and every or any of them by their Godfather or Godmother to be Delivered unto them or by two of my & Executors within three months next after my Decease. Of all the Residue of my little plate as aforesaid of all sorts I give and Bequeath the one half to my oldest Son Alexander and the other half to my five younger sons William, Henry, Roger, Thomas and James Colepepir equally by my Executors to be Deemed and Delivered to them within Three Months next after my Decease.
Item, my Will and meaning is that the final piece of Land adjoining unto the Mallint tree whereof I have a Lease from Mr William Campion the Older, Esquire and from Mr William the Younger his son shall remain and be to the Use, Benefits and Profits of him or them that shall from time to time as I have appointed Dwell and inhabit in the said Mallint tree House. And also when once my said son Alexander has performed in convenient time all and every the Articles by and between him and me agreed upon under one or more Lands and Sales bearing Date the Eighteenth Day of April Anno Domini: One Thousand Five Hundred and Fifteen my Will and Meaning is he shall have all such Hop Poles as are at the time of my Decease in any my Hop Grounds or in any other place or woods not for that purpose. And also he likewise at the time aforesaid to have Delivered unto him and his use all such hammer beams, hammer helves, arms, bellows, boards and other such like tools for the use of the forger as are or shall be at the time of my Decease only or intended and for that purpose.
Item, I give and bequeath unto my three younger daughters Elizabeth, Anne and Katherine Colpepir all such books as were their Mothers and all those paper books and notes of such *his*ke** *ike surgery and such like of which the most part are or to be found in the Chamber where I do lie and in those Closet within the same Chamber all which Books and Notes or to be equally Distributed and delivered between my three Daughters aforesaid by my Executors or two of them within three months next after my Decease.
Item, I give and bequeath unto my youngest Daughter Katherine Colepepir Ten Pounds more of lawful money of England then I have already given her by my Last Will and Testament first aforesaid in respect that until she be of the age of Eighteen years she is not to have so much for her yearly maintenance as her two other Sisters Elizabeth and Ann Colpepir Viz. Ten Pounds. I will and affirm my Executors or one of them or their Assigns to pay my said Daughters quarterly upon each quarter Day next after my Decease until Ten Pounds be Paid.2,3
|Death*||1618||He died at Goudhurst, co. Kent, England, in 1618.|
|Burial*||2 Aug 1618||His body was interred on 2 Aug 1618 at Goudhurst, co. Kent, England.|
|Probate||1618||Probate action was taken on Anthony's estate in 1618 at co. Kent, England,|
P.C.C. 32 Meade.
|Anne Martin (say 1562 - )|
|Marriage*||8 Jun 1579||He married Anne Martin at St. Antholin's, Budge Row, London, England, on 8 Jun 1579 at age 18.|
|Charts||The 12th century Culpepers of England: Descendant Chart (16 generations, Males only)|
|Last Edited||16 May 2011|
- Fairfax Harrison, The Proprietors of the Northern Neck - Chapters of Culpepper Genealogy, Richmond, VA: The Old Dominion Press (Privately printed), 1926, Repository: LDS Family History Library - Salt Lake City, Call No. US/CAN Film #929429. Transcription available online at: http://gen.culpepper.com/historical/nneck/default.htm
Abstract of the Will of Thomas Culpeper, of Wilmington, from Lewes, A. 11, 218, and P.C.C., 102 Bolein.
- Public Records Office, National Archives, London.
Image of will at: http://gen.culpepper.com/archives/uk/wills/images/Anthony_of_Bedgebury_1618-1.pdf
- E-mail written 2007 to Warren Culpepper from Charles Andrew Grigsby, England, e-mail address.
Transcribed the will of Sir Anthony Culpeper of Bedgebury from the PRO images.