John Culpeper of Riverhead in Seven Oaks, co. Kent1

Male, #8870, (say 1656 - 1693)
Father*John Culpeper of Riverhead in Seven Oaks, co. Kent (b 18 Feb 1634 - s 1663)
Mother*Frances (?) (s 1636 - )
Name-AltSpell This surname is sometimes spelled Colepeper. 
Name-AltSpell This surname is sometimes spelled Culpepper. 
Birth*say 1656 John was born say 1656. 
Death of Fathersay 1663 His father John Culpeper of Riverhead in Seven Oaks, co. Kent died say 1663. 
Marriage*Nov 1682 He married Bridget Still of Toverhead at Farnborough, co. Kent, England, in Nov 1682.2 
Will*13 Jan 1692 He made a will at Riverhead, Sevenoaks, co. Kent, England, on 13 Jan 1692.

In the name of God Amen.
     I John Culpeper of Riverhead in the Parish of Sevenoaks in the County of Kent, Esquire this Thirteenth day of January in the Twelfth year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord and Lady William and Mary by the Grace of God of England, Scotland, France and Ireland King and Queen Defender of the Faith, Anno Domini 1692, being weak in Body but sound and perfect Mind and Memory, praised be to God for the same do make and Ordain this my Last Will and Testament in manner and form following (that is to say)
     First, I commend my Soul into the hands of Almighty God my Creator hoping and assuredly believing in and through the merits Death and Passion of my Blessed Lord and Savoir Jesus Christ to obtain remission and forgiveness of all my Sins and a joyful resurrection in this Kingdom of Heaven and my Body I commit it the Earth to be Decently buried at the Discretion of my Executrix hereafter named And for my Worldly Estates both real and personal I give and dispose of the same in manner and form following.
     Imprimis. I give and bequeath unto the poor of the Parish of Sevenoaks aforesaid the sum of Five pounds of lawful money of England to be given and distributed amongst them at the discretion of my Executrix within three months of my Decease.
     Item, I give and bequeath unto Sarah Bridget Spinster Daughter of Nicholas Battle Milliner the sum of One Hundred Pounds of Lawful Money of England to be paid unto her by my Executrix herein after named at the age of One and Twenty Years or day of marriage which shall happen first if she live so long.
     Item, I give and bequeath to my well beloved friend and kinsman Sit Thomas Culpeper of Aylesford (Sir Thomas Culpeper of Preston Hall, 3rd Bart.) in the County of Kent the sum of Fifty pounds of Lawful money of England to buy him a good house and to be paid unto him by my Executrix with in Six months after my decease.
     Item, I give and bequeath unto my loving friend John Douham who lived with me the sum of Fifty Pounds of lawful money of England to be paid unto him by my Executrix within one year after my Decease, And I will and Appoint that my Executrix shall save the said John Douham harmlessly for all Debts and 'Legalies' wherein he is engaged for me.
     Item, I give and bequeath unto Mary Swaysland Spinster the sum of Fifty Pounds of good money to be paid unto her by my Executrix within one year after my decease.
     Item, I give and bequeath unto my loving friend Henry Streatfield Gent Twenty good Guineas and to be paid unto him by my Executrix within one year after my decease Desiring him to be aiding and assisting to my Executrix in performing of the is my Will.
     Item, I give and bequeath unto my loving friend Edmund Attlee gent who lived with me the sum of Twenty pounds of good money to be paid unto him by my Executrix within Six months after my decease.
     Item, I give and bequeath unto my Servant Richard Wolls the sum of One Hundred Pounds of good money to be paid unto him by my Executrix within Six months after my decease.
     Item, I do hereby give unto my loving Sister Francis Culpeper Spinster (Frances Culpeper) towards her better maintenance during this time of her natural Life the sum of Four Hundred Pounds of lawful money of England which I do hereby devise and order and appoint that my Executrix shall and do within Six Months after my decease pay unto her un*** friend aforesaid Henry Streatfield and do hereby desire him that upon receipt of the said Four Hundred Pounds he shall and do himself or by his friend for and in lieu of the said Money give good surety unto my said Sister Francis Culpeper for to pay unto her the said Francis and to her assigns one annuity or yearly after receipt of the said money at two usual feasts in the year by equal parts and after the Death of the said Francis or if the said Francis shall or do in her Life time give, grant, sell assign over or by any other ways Do give away or depart with the said Annuity or yearly rent of Thirty pounds to any person or persons whatsoever, Then my Will is that the aforesaid Annuity or rent of Thirty Pounds per Annum shall and be void and shall no longer be paid and the said Four Hundred Pounds shall remain and be free and thereto the said Henry Streatfield his Executors and Administrators or to such persons shall give the Surety for the payment of the said Thirty pounds per Aluimni and my Will further is that upon payment of the said Four Hundred Pounds my said Sister Francis shall give and Execute such a good and sufficient Conveyance and Release in Law in and to all my Estate both personal and so all whatsoever and wheresoever as Council shall advise. I do hereby give unto my said sister Francis Five pounds to buy her Mourning to be paid by my Executrix And do Will my Executrix to pay said Sister after the rate of Two Pounds per Cent until the said Four Hundred Pounds be paid.
     Item, I do hereby Give, Devise and Bequeath unto Bridgett my loving Wife (Bridget Still of Toverhead) all my Goods, Chattels, House hold stuffs, Plate, Ready Money, Debts, Dues and Personal Estate whatsoever and wheresoever And I do hereby make and Ordain the said Bridgett my full and Solo Executrix of this my Last will and Testament desiring her to pay all my debts and Legeries and so this my Will and Testament performed.
     Item, in Consideration and upon Condition my said wife shall well and truly pay all my debts and Legeries and the better to enable her to do the same I do hereby Give, Devise and bequeath unto the said Bridgett my wife and to her Heirs and Assigns for ever All and Singular the Manors and Messuage, Lands and Tenements herein after mentioned (that is to say) All my Manors Mansion Houses and Capital Messuage or Tenements wherein I do Dwell situate at Riverhead aforesaid and all the Barns, Stables, Dove houses, Outhouses, Yards, Gardens and all the Lands thereunto belonging with their and every of their Appurtenances And one little Tenement with the Land and Appurtenances thereunto belonging, lying at riverhead aforesaid and now in the occupation of Mary Cryer Widow or of her Assigns and one other Messuage or Tenement wherein I formally dwelling at Riverhead aforesaid near my new dwelling house with the Malt house and all the Outhouses, Building, Yards, Gardens, Orchards and all the Lands thereunto belonging with their Appurtances situate and lying at Riverhead aforesaid in the Parish of Sevenoaks and now in the occupation of ***** Harrison and John Denham or their Assigns and also All that one other Messuage or Tenement wherein Richard Francis now dwells with all the Houses, Outhouses, Yards, Gardens, Orchards and all the Lands therein belonging with their Appurtances lying and being at Salterd Heath in the Parish of Sevenoaks aforesaid and now in the Occupation of the said Richard Francis, John Cogger ****Goodwyn and of me the said John Culpeper or of some of me or our Assigns and also all that one other Messuage or Tenement and all the Outhouses and Lands thereunto belonging with their Appurtances now in the occupation Maximillion Qurke Clerke or of his Assigns lying in Seale in the aforesaid County of Kent, and all my part and share of the Parsonage Tythes and shall after my Estate whatsoever lying in Seale and Kensing or other of them in the aforesaid County of Kent All which before mentioned several Messuages, Lands and Premises and situate, lying and being in the several Parishes of Sevenoakes, Sale and Kensing or some of them in the aforesaid County of Kent and all other my Messuages, Lands and Tenements whatsoever with all their Appurtances lying in the aforesaid County of Kent which now my Inheritance which I have purchased
     And also I Give and bequeath unto the said Bridgett my Wife and her Assigns forever upon the Consideration and upon the Condition aforesaid All that my Manor of Littleington with all Rights, Debts, Profits, members and Appurtances belonging to the said Manor lying in the County of Sussex And also the perpetual *ovunson of the Church Rectory or Parsonage of Littleington aforesaid And all my Messuages or Tenements in Littleington aforesaid and All the Barns, Outhouses and all the Lands and Appurtances thereunto belonging with their and every of their Appurtances situate and being in the County of Sussex and now or late in the occupation of William Blackman and in the said John Culpeper or one of us and all my Estate and Interest into all the aforesaid Manors, Messuages, Lands and Tenaments with all their Appurtances To have and to hold all and Singular the aforesaid Manors, several Messuages or Tenements, Outhouses, Lands and Premises' thereunto belonging with all their and every of their Appurtances lying in Kent and Sussex unto the said Bridgett my Wife and to her Heirs and Assigns for ever charged and chargeable with this payment of all my Debts and Legacies And upon special Trust and Confidence repaid in the said Bridgett my Wife and her Heirs that she the said Bridgett my Wife and her Assigns shall and do with all the Convenient speed that may be after my Decease, Grant, Bargain and sell all such part of my aforesaid Manors, Messuages, Lands and Tenements wit hall their Appurtances as she the said Bridgett shall think fitt and to their Heirs and Assigns for ever for the best price they can get for the same for to raise money sufficient for to pay and discharge all my debts and all my aforesaid Legeries, Then my Will and mind is that my Creditors and Legatees to whom I owe or have given Money shall enter upon my aforesaid Manors, Messuages, Lands and Tenements with all their Appurtances and sell and dispose of the same for to raise Money to pay and Discharge all my said Debts and Legeries and the over plus I give and Devise to my said Wife But I desire my Wife to sell the same her self and pay all my Debts and Legeries.
     Item, upon the condition my wife Her Heirs and Assigns shall pay all my debts and Legeries as aforesaid I give and bequeath unto the said Bridgett my Wife and to her Heirs and Assigns all the Messuages, Lands, and Tenaments whatsoever with all their Appurtances which were my Wife's before our intermarriage and all other my Lands and Tennament whatsoever with their Appurtances (not before hereby Devised) situate, lying and being in the County of Kent and Sussex or in either of them to have and to hols unto the said Bridgett my Wife and to her Heirs and Assigns for ever.
     In witness whereof I the said John Culpeper have to this my last Will and Testament containing these sheets of paper sett my hand and seal to each sheet thereof the day and year first above written. J.Culpeper
     Signed, Sealed and delivered and published and declared to be his last will and testament in the presence of us who subscribed our names as written free unto in his presence. John Brattle, Edmond Attree, Charles Chapman, Henry Streatfield, Robert.3,4  
Death*1693 He died in 1693. 
Probate*6 Jul 1693 Probate action was taken on John's estate on 6 Jul 1693 at co. Kent, England,

P.C.C. 106 Coker. 
Biography* John was the heir of his father, John Culpeper of Riverhead. In a legal complaint, he is stated to be 12 years old in 1666. He matriculated at Queen’s College, Oxford, 4 Jul 1673, aged 18, married a lady of the name of Bridget and died about 1693. His will (P.C.C. 106 Coker), in which he describes himself as being of Riverhead in Sevenoaks, Esq., was dated 14 Jan 1692 and proved by his wife Bridgett 6 Jul 1693. He mentions his lands in Littlington, county Sussex, in the occupation of himself and William Blackman. "Unto my lovng friend Edmund Attree, Gent. who lives with me £20;’ mentions his kinsman, Sir Thomas Culpeper, Bart., of Aylesford, and his sister.1 

Family

Bridget Still of Toverhead (say 1662 - )
Marriage*Nov 1682 He married Bridget Still of Toverhead at Farnborough, co. Kent, England, in Nov 1682.2 
ChartsThe 12th century Culpepers of England: Descendant Chart (16 generations, Males only)
The Culpepers of Hollingbourne, co. Kent, England (Possibly extinct): Descendant Chart
Last Edited22 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 I", Sussex Archaeological Collections, XLVII,47-81, (1904)http://gen.culpepper.com/historical/sussex/default.htm.
  2. Church of Latter Day Saints, compiler, International Genealogical Index (IGI), Intellectual Reserve, Inc..
    http://www.familysearch.org/
  3. Public Records Office, National Archives, London.
    Will of John Culpeper of Riverhead, dated 13 Jan 1692, P.C.C. 106 Coker, transcribed by Charles Andrew Grigsby. Image at: http://gen.culpepper.com/archives/uk/wills/images/John_of_Sevenoaks_1693.pdf.
  4. E-mail written 2007 to Warren Culpepper from Charles Andrew Grigsby, England, e-mail address.