Thomas Culpeper of Wakehurst1

Male, #8757, (before 1525 - 1 Apr 1571)
Father*John Culpeper of Wakehurst (s 1492 - 28 Mar 1565)
Mother*Emma Erneley (s 1502 - )
Name-AltSpell This surname is sometimes spelled Colepeper. 
Name-AltSpell This surname is sometimes spelled Culpepper. 
Birth*before 1525 Thomas was born before 1525. 
Marriage*say 1540 He married Mary (?) say 1540. 
Marriage*say 1560 He married Philippa Thatcher say 1560. 
Birth of Son1561 His son Sir Edward Culpeper of Wakehurst, Knight was born in 1561.2 
Death of Father28 Mar 1565 His father John Culpeper of Wakehurst died on 28 Mar 1565.3 
Probate7 Oct 1565 During probate, Thomas Culpeper of Wakehurst was identified as an heir of John Culpeper of Wakehurst on 7 Oct 1565 at East Grinstead, co. Sussex, England.3 
Marriage*15 Oct 1565 He married Anne Ashborneham at Ardingly, co. Sussex, England, on 15 Oct 1565. 
Biography* Thomas Culpeper succeeded to Wakehurst on the death of his father, John, and appears to have married three times.

1st: Mary, one of the cousins and next heiress of John Pelham, Esq., deceased, as appears by an Indenture 10 Jul 1540 (32 Henry VIII), between Thomas Culpeper, of Wakehurst, gent., and Mary his wife, described as above, on the one part, and the King on the other part, whereby Thomas Culpeper and Mary, his wife, for £102 and 17d sell to the King, Hyde Meade in Tullington, co. Sussex, a moiety of Netherlands in Tullington, one-eighth of a capital house and other lands of the lordship of Rover; also one-eighth of a park called River Park, and other lands in River.

2nd: Philippa, daughter of John Thatcher, of Priesthawes, by whom he had a son and successor: Edward, the builder of Wakehurst Place, who was born about 1561.

3rd: At Bolney, on 15 Oct 1565, Anne, daughter of John Ashburnham of Ashburnham, Esq., and widow of John Bolney, Esq. After the death of Thomas Culpeper, she married for the third time, 27 Aug 1572, at Ardingly, Henry Berkeley, D.C.L. (who died 1587), and was buried at Bolney.

Thomas Culpeper, Esq., of Wakehurst, was buried at Ardingly, 30 Mar 1571, and the following is an abstract of his will.4 
Will*16 Feb 1571 He made a will on 16 Feb 1571.

Culpeper of Wakehurst in Ardingly Esq. 16 Feb 1570/1 (13 Elizabeth).
     To be buried in the chancel of the parish Church of Ardingly.
     To four of the poorest householders 20s/- each to buy a cow.
     To four of the poorest householders of Balcombe 6s/8d each.
     To four of Hoathly 6s/8d each.
     My executor shall make three several tombs upon the graves of my grandfather, my father and myself, with inscriptions to be graven in brass and to be fair and comely.
     Anne, my wife, shall have all her apparel, rings, chains, jewels, and cattle--save my best geldings, which to Mr. Henry Poole, and my third gelding to Mr. George Russeyn.
     My household stuff, implements of husbandry, plate, armor, and furniture of the wars, half to my wife and half to my son Edward Culpeper when he shall be 21, and to him also my chest and great coffer wherein my evidence lies, furniture of the wars and two silver goblets.
     Richard Persone my man to have the occupying of Strudgate park which I took of my lord of Burgavenny, until son Edward is 21, maintaining the game of deer.
     To every one of my brothers--Richard, Nicholas and Thomas, 5 marks apiece.
     To each of my sisters--Dorothy, Jone, Elizabeth and Anne, 40s/-.
     To my cousin Thomas Culpeper, my servant, £6/13s/4d.
     To my cousin John Culpeper, parson of Ardingly, £6/13s/4d.
     To 'Margaret Tulhe my wife's maid, £10 and a cow.
     To Agnes Lansford, Anne Awood and Mary Wildebore, my wife's maids, 40s/-.
     To Barnabas Harvie my boy £20 at 24.
     To my cousins John Ward and Edmond Ward £6/13s/4d each.
     I make executors, Anne my wife, John Jefferie, Esq., sergeant at the law, William Apesley of Pooninges, the elder, Edward Culpeper my son, Thomas Culpeper my brothar. and Ninion Warde, of Cockfield, unless my wife remarry.
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     And I order my uncle John Fynes of Claverham, Esq., John Apsley the elder of Thackham, Esq. and William Moreley, Esq. to be supervisors.As to lands, my wife Anne to have the manor of Wakehurst and my lands in Ardingly, Hoathly, Balcombe, Horsted Keynes and Worth for life, and the reversion of these and all other lands to the other executors until my son Edward is 22 or be married.
     My said son to he educated first at the grammar school and in art, and after in the study of the common Laws of this Realm. Forasmuch as my house and all my other buildings at Wakehurst be now very ruinous and altogether decayed, my executors are to furnish new buildings I have set up at Wakehurst, and to either make them good and commodious or purchace free lands for said son and make him an account hereafter.
     Remainder of lands to: (i) Edward my son and his heirs, (ii) Richard Culpeper my brother and his heirs, (iii) Nicholas Culpeper my brother and his heirs, (iv) Thomas Culpeper, the younger, my brother and his heirs, (v) to my right heirs.
     To executors 33s/4d rent annually until Edward is 22 or married.
     To Ninion Ward 33s/4d yearly for his eldest son John Ward to travel on my business.
     To Thomas Culpeper my brother 20s/- yearly.
     If Ninion Ward die, John his eldest son to be executor.
     My cousin Michel Ward, now Master of Arts of Cambridge, to have next presentation of my manor of Oakleigh.
     Whereas John Michelborne of Westmeston may sue Ninion Ward for a conveyance from my father to him (J.M) of lands in Clayton held of my manor of Wickham, he is to be saved harmless.
     If John Gaston my servant shall remove from Strudgate Lodge to Bolney, he shall have £4.
     I owe Ellinor Rootes, now wife of Richard Hider, £30 to be paid from money due to me from John Bolney, Esq.
     To my brother Thomas Culpeper, my best gown, satin doublet, and velvet breeches.
     To my brother Nicholas Culpeper, £20 and lands called Farncombe and Giles now in the tenure or occupation of my cousin Thomas Culpeper of Balcombe, on condition he does not sell it except to Edward Culpeper my son.
     My cousin Ninion Ward.
     To Thomas Culpeper, my godson, the son of my brother Richard Culpeper, one of my best colts running in Strudgate.
     Witnesses: Thomas Payne of Stone, Richard Backshelde, Richard Pilbeame, Mary the wife of Ninion Ward, Margaret the wife of John Culpeper gent. parson of Ardingly, Agnes the wife of the said Thomas Payne, Alice the wife of Richard Burstie, Margaret Tully and others.
     Proved: 31 Nov 1571 by William Babham notary of Thomas Culpeper an executor. Power reserved for the other executors.4 
Burial*30 Mar 1571 His body was interred on 30 Mar 1571 at Ardingly, co. Sussex, England
Death*1 Apr 1571 He died on 1 Apr 1571.2 
Probate24 Nov 1571 Probate action was taken on Thomas's estate on 24 Nov 1571 at Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England.4 
Biography He is referenced in a biographical note for John Culpeper of Perimans in Ardingly, co. Sussex

Family 1

Mary (?) (say 1525 - before 1560)
Marriage*say 1540 He married Mary (?) say 1540. 

Family 2

Philippa Thatcher (say 1540 - before 1565)
Marriage*say 1560 He married Philippa Thatcher say 1560. 
Child

Family 3

Anne Ashborneham (1530 - 1600)
Marriage*15 Oct 1565 He married Anne Ashborneham at Ardingly, co. Sussex, England, on 15 Oct 1565. 
ChartsThe 12th century Culpepers of England: Descendant Chart (16 generations, Males only)
Last Edited24 May 2011

Citations

  1. Col. F.W.T. Attree R.E./F.S.A. & Rev. J.H.L. Booker M.A., "The Sussex Colepepers, Part II", Sussex Archaeological Collections, XLVIII,65-98, (1905)http://gen.culpepper.com/historical/sussex/default.htm.
  2. Col. F.W.T. Attree R.E./F.S.A. & Rev. J.H.L. Booker M.A., "The Sussex Colepepers, Part II", Sussex Archaeological Collections, XLVIII,65-98, (1905)http://gen.culpepper.com/historical/sussex/default.htm.
    Chancery Inq. P.M.37.
  3. Col. F.W.T. Attree R.E./F.S.A. & Rev. J.H.L. Booker M.A., "The Sussex Colepepers, Part II", Sussex Archaeological Collections, XLVIII,65-98, (1905)http://gen.culpepper.com/historical/sussex/default.htm.
    Chancery Inq. P.M.2nd Ser., Eliz., Col. 141, No. 1.
  4. Col. F.W.T. Attree R.E./F.S.A. & Rev. J.H.L. Booker M.A., "The Sussex Colepepers, Part II", Sussex Archaeological Collections, XLVIII,65-98, (1905)http://gen.culpepper.com/historical/sussex/default.htm.
    P.C.C. 45 Holney.