Elizabeth Stede

Female, #8884, (circa 1615 - 1674)
Father*Sir John Stede of Harrietsham, Knight (1591 - 1622)
Mother*Hester (?) (s 1593 - )
Birth*circa 1615 Elizabeth was born circa 1615. 
Baptism29 Nov 1615 She was baptized at Harrietsham, co. Kent, England, on 29 Nov 1615.  
Death of Father1622 Her father Sir John Stede of Harrietsham, Knight died in 1622. 
Marriage*24 Oct 1632 She married Sir Cheney Culpeper of Leeds Castle at London, England, on 24 Oct 1632. 
Married Name24 Oct 1632  As of 24 Oct 1632, her married name was Culpeper. 
Name-AltSpell This surname is sometimes spelled Colepeper. 
Name-AltSpell This surname is sometimes spelled Culpepper. 
Birth of Sonbefore 9 Mar 1637 Her son Thomas Culpeper was born before 9 Mar 1637. 
Death of Spousecirca 1 Apr 1663 Her husband Sir Cheney Culpeper of Leeds Castle died circa 1 Apr 1663. 
Name Variation She was also known as Dame Elizabeth Culpeper of Grays Inn Lane, London. 
Administration*12 Dec 1671 Dame Elizabeth Culpepper of Grays Inn Lane, London, relict of Sir Cheney Culpepper, age 55, and Ralph Freek, Esq. of Middle Temple, London age 75, deposes at the request of John Clark, Esq. of Wrotham, Kent, eldest son of Sir William Clark, dec'd, that they were well aquainted with John Clark, merchant who went to Virginia some years ago with a considerable estate and was killed by a falling tree on the Middle Plantation in York River; this John Clark owned plantations and stock at the time of his death; was always reputed to be the son of Sir John Clark of Wrotham; and the younger and only brother of the said Sir William Clark, the requestant's father. Requestant is therefore the nephew and sole heir now living of the sd John Clark who died in VA. Deponents are related to the requestant's family.1 
Will*29 Jun 1674 She made a will at co. Kent, England, on 29 Jun 1674.

In the Name of God Amen. I Dame Elizabeth Colpeper the Widow and Relict of Sir Cheney Culpeper, Knight late of Hollingbourne in the County of Kent deceased being of a sound and perfect memory and in good health do make and Ordain this my Last Will and Testament in manner and form following.
     First, I do give and bequeath my Soul into the hands of God who first installed the same unto me: And my Body to the Earth from where it was taken to be privately buried at the discretion of my Executor herein after named in full assurance of a joyful Resurrection at the day of Judgement.
     Item, I give unto my Daughter (Cicely Culpeper) the Widow and Relic of Sir William Cage, Knight late of …..in the County aforesaid.
     Item, Fifty Pounds a year and for Three years to come in case my said Daughter lives so long, To be paid to her yearly and every half yearly by even and equal shares during this said time of Three years.
     Item, I give unto my Daughter Elizabeth (Elizabeth Culpeper) who I shall make and Ordain Sole Executrix of this my will, All and Singular sum and sums of money whereas the time of my Death shall be in accrue due and payable unto me either by Law or Equity for by reason or out of Two several Annuities the one of Four Hundred Pounds per annum the other of One Hundred Pounds per annum issuing out of the Courtsides' of the Manor of Appledore in the said County of Kent and out of certain other Lands, Meadows, Pastures and Grounds in Appledore aforesaid belonging to the Dean and Chapter of Christchurch Canterbury: Also I give unto my said Daughter all my Goods, Chattels, Utensils, Money, Plate, Jewells, Debts, Credits and other personals whatsoever due and payable other by Law or Equity or upon any trust whatsoever or by any other way or means and
     this to be my Last Will and Testament containing one sheet of paper in witness whereof I have hereunto sett my Hand and Seal this Nine and Twentieth day of June in the Six and Twentieth year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord Charles the Second of England Scotland France and Ireland King Defender of the Faith. Annodo, One Thousand Six Hundred Seventy and Four.
     Elizabeth Culpeper.
     Signed, Sealed and Declared to be the Last Will of the within named Dame Elizabeth Culpeper in the presence of George Clifford, Francis Emfury.2,3 
Death*1674 She died in 1674. 


Sir Cheney Culpeper of Leeds Castle (circa 1601 - circa 1 Apr 1663)
Marriage*24 Oct 1632 She married Sir Cheney Culpeper of Leeds Castle at London, England, on 24 Oct 1632. 
Last Edited6 Jun 2011


  1. E-mail written 2006-2012 to Warren Culpepper from Lea Dowd, e-mail address (May 2012).
    Deposition by Dame Elizabeth Culpepper of Grays Inn Lane, London, to the Lord Mayors Court of London, 12 Dec 1671.
  2. E-mail written 2007 to Warren Culpepper from Charles Andrew Grigsby, England, e-mail address.
    Transcribed the will of Dame Elizabeth Culpepper from the PRO images.
  3. Public Records Office, National Archives, London.
    Image of will at: http://gen.culpepper.com/archives/uk/wills/images/Elizabeth_of_Hollingbourne_1674-1.pdf and http://gen.culpepper.com/archives/uk/wills/images/Elizabeth_of_Hollingbourne_1674-2.pdf.
  4. Identified in her mother Elizabeth's will.