John Lord Culpeper 3rd Baron of Thoresway1

Male, #8912, (say 1640 - 8 Jul 1719)
Father*John Lord Culpeper 1st Baron of Thoresway (7 Aug 1599 - 11 Jul 1660)
Mother*Judith Culpeper (c 1606 - Nov 1691)
Note See the page for Thomas Lord Culpeper 2nd Baron of Thoresway for an article entitled "Four Lords, Not Enough Sons" which discusses the erroneous notion passed down to many modern-day Culpeppers that they are descended from Lord Culpeper of Virginia.2 
Name-AltSpell This surname is sometimes spelled Culpepper. 
Name-AltSpell This surname is sometimes spelled Colepeper. 
Birth*say 1640 John was born at Hollingbourne, co. Kent, England, say 1640. 
Baptism16 Mar 1641 He was baptized at Hollingbourne, co. Kent, England, on 16 Mar 1641.  
Will13 Jan 1644 He is mentioned in the will of Sir Alexander Culpeper of Greenway Court, Knight at Greenway Court, Hollingbourne, co. Kent, England, on 13 Jan 1644.3,4 
Will30 Jan 1644 He is mentioned in the will of Sir Alexander Culpeper of Greenway Court, Knight on 30 Jan 1644.5,6 
Will3 Jul 1660 He is mentioned in the will of John Lord Culpeper 1st Baron of Thoresway at co. Kent, England, on 3 Jul 1660.7 
Death of Father11 Jul 1660 His father John Lord Culpeper 1st Baron of Thoresway died on 11 Jul 1660 at co. Kent, England.7 
Death of MotherNov 1691 His mother Judith Culpeper died in Nov 1691.8 
Marriage*30 Jun 1707 He married Frances Culpeper on 30 Jun 1707. 
Will*12 Aug 1710 He made a will on 12 Aug 1710.

I John Lord Colepeper Baron of Thoresway in the County of Lincoln being (God be praised) in good health, and of sound and perfect memory, do make and declare this my last Will and Testament in manor and form following.
     First I commit my Soul to Almighty God my Creator, only trusting in the merits of Jesus Christ my Redeemer for remission of all my sins. My Body I bequeath to the Earth to be reventely buried with all privaty and without any Pomp or State, in the Chancel of the Church at Hollingbourne or in the Vault adjoining the said Chancel, as to my dear wife Francis Lady Colepeper (Frances Culpeper) shall think fit.
     And as for the sorting of my Temporal Estate, and such Lands, Tenements, Heridaments, Moneys, Goods and Chattels as it hath pleased God (and shall please God at any time hereafter) to be bless me with all, particularly of the Estate, Lands, Moneys, Goods and Chattels, which my father John Lord Colepeper (John Lord Culpeper 1st Baron of Thoresway) deceased, as by deed or otherwise in his life time Give to and settled upon me, or by his last Will and Testament in 1660 bequeathed unto me, all which last mentioned Estate was by my brother Thomas late Lord Colepeper (Thomas Lord Culpeper 2nd Baron of Thoresway) most unjustly detained from me for above Eight and twenty years till the time of his decease, and a considerable part thereof hath ever since been, and is still as unjustly withheld from me by his daughter and Solo Executrix Katherine (Catherine Culpeper) Widow and Relic of Thomas late Lord Fairfax (Thomas Fairfax Fifth Lord Fairfax of Cameron) as well as by the said Lord Fairfax since and during all the time of his Intermarriage with his said wife Katherine Lady Fairfax, and by Margaret Late Lady Colepeper (Margaretta van Hesse) (Doweger and Relic of the said Lord Thomas Colepeper).
     I do Order, Give and Bequeath and Dispose the same in manor and form following with that I may do move firmly and effectually, and to prevent any doubts, disputes, or differences that may after my decease arise concerning the same.
     I do in the first place herby fully and absolutely Revoke annul and disown all former and other Will and Testaments and Codicills what so ever by me made at any time before the day of the date hereof and particularly the last Will and Testament by me long since made at Millgate in Bearsted in the county of Kent bearing date on or about the Fourteenth day of January 1644, a duplicate of which Will I thou lost in the history of custody of the said Thomas Colepeper (the same having upon his Extraordinary professions of his kindness and assertion to and by his great Inopportunity obtained from me) and I do hereby likewise particularly Revoke and annul the last Will and Testament which I made about three years since during my sharp sickness in London bearing date on or thereabout the seventeenth day of February 1706, and of which last Will I appointed William Colepeper of Hollingbourne Esquire (William Culpeper of Hollingbourne) (my then Cousin German, and now my Brother in Law), William Hamilton of Chilson Esquire (William Hamilton) now my Brother in Law, and my cousin Thomas Freke of Homington in the County of Wilts Esquire Executors.
     In the next place whereas by Indentures 'Qinquepartite' of lease and release bearing date the 23rd and 24th of June inn the year of our Lord God One Thousand Seven Hundred and Seven, and made between myself of the first part, the said William Colepeper of Hollingbourne aforesaid (son and Heir of Sir Thomas Colepeper), [my wife Francis] (sister to the said William Colepeper and eldest daughter of the said Sir Thomas Colepeper) of the second part, and the several respective trustees in the said Indenture named of the third, fourth and fifth part in consideration of a marriage then shortly to be had and solemnised between me John Lord Colepeper and the said Francis Colepeper (my now dear wife) and of the marriage portion which I was to have with the said Francis Colepeper in case of the said intended marriage took effect (as if it afterwards did) and also of provision to be made for and on the said Francis Colepeper for her fortune and for my issue (sons and daughters) on the Body of the said Francis Colpeper to be begotten, and for several other good considerations in the aforesaid Indentures 'Qinquepartite' mentioned and expressed several Manors, Messuages, Lands, Tenements, Chattels and Moneys in the said Indentures particularly mentioned, are and were sold, conveyed, demised and assured unto and upon the several Trustees therein named to and for the several respective uses, behoofes and purposes and under the several respective Trusts, Clauses, Provisions and limitations therein mentioned and expressed, as Relation being thereunto had, it may more fully and at large appear and whereas by virtue of a Decree or Decetall Order of the High Court of Chancery made in a clause there depending Wherein I John Lord Colepeper was (and am still) Plaintiff, and Margaret Lady Colepeper Widow and Relic of the said Thomas Lord Fairfax Baron of Cameroon in North Britain and Katherine his wife and others then were (and some of them now are) Defendants, bearing date on or about the 9th day of July 1706. I am now entitled to the sum of Two Thousand Two Hundred Eighty five Pounds Seven Shillings and one penny with interest for the same, as by the said Decree or Decetall order (add other preceding Desnies) suit 'insolled', Relation being thereunto had, it may more at large appear and whereas by virtue of and pursuant to two Decrees of the said High Court of Chancery (the one made on or about the 9th day of November in the year of out Lord 1700, and of other on or about the 4th day of March 1702/3) and of other subsequent De*all Orders, Reports, Conveyances and assignments made in the afore mentioned Cause by the assertions of the said Court of Chancery.
     I am Justified to, and now stand possessed of the residue of the Term of Ninety nine years, remaining from the 3rd day of September Anno Domini 1658 Of and in all that the Manor and Capital Messuage or Mansion house called Greenways Court with hall the Outhouses, buildings, Barns and stables, outhouses, Gardens, Yards and Court yards, Backsides and all other Rights and appurtenances to the same belonging and of and in all those fields or Closes peires or parcels of arable, meadow, or pasture, Lands or Grounds, Woods, Underwood, Woodlands as well as below the Hill and of and in all other the Lands and Grounds to the said Capital Messuage ot manors house belonging or appearing or forming, or therewith usually held, occupied or enjoyed, as the same were sometime held enjoyed by the said Joseph Tanner Gentleman , and by John Hawkins Yeoman with all and every their Rights Members and appetencies (all which last mentioned Tenements Lands and premises were lately in the former or occupation of Thomas Colepeper of Raynham (Sir Thomas Culpeper of Preston Hall, 3rd Bart.) in the said County of Kent Yeoman or his assigns, or under tenants by virtue of an Indenture of Lease bearing date on or about the 14th day of September 1703, to him granted and made by Dame Alicia Colepeper of Hollingbourne (Alicia Culpeper) aforesaid Widow and Relic of the said Sir Thomas Colepeper Knight Deceased (Sir Thomas Culpeper of Hollingbourne, Knight), and myself, pursuant to an Order of the said High Court of Chancery , and whereas the Dean and Chapter of the Cathedral and Metropolitan Church of Christ Canterbury by their Indenture bearing date on or about the fifteenth day of September 1704 have devised granted and to assume both several parts or parcels of lands in the said Indenture particularly mentioned and expressed to me John Colepeper my Executor and assigns for the Term of One and Twenty Years commencing at and from the first day of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary then last past before the day of the said Indenture at and the yearly Rent and under Covenants and agreements and days of payment in the said Indenture mentioned as whatsoever being thereunto had it may more at large appear and whereas being so possessed of the aforesaid Manor and Mansion House called Greenways Court with all the appurtences as aforesaid and of all and singular other the last before mentioned Lands and premises with all their and every of their Rights Members and appertunances.
     I have by the first above mentioned Indenture Qinquepartite of the 23rd and 24th of June 1707 for the several good considerations here before written and in the said Indenture Qinquepartite particularly mentioned expressed Granted, Bargained, Sold and assigned the before mentioned Manor and Mansion called Greenways Court with all and singular the Messuages, Tenements, Lands, Grounds. Woods, Rights, Members and appurtenances to the said Manor of Greenways Court belonging, as also the several above mentioned parts and parcels of Land and premises in the aforesaid Indenture of the 15th of September 1704, mentioned and expressed as aforesaid to the respective Trustees in the first above mentioned Indentures Qinquepartite named their Executors and Administrators(to and for the uses, intents, and purposes and under the Trusts, Provisions and Limitations in the aforesaid Indenture Qinquepartite particularly and at large mentioned and expressed as fully and freely for and during the remainder of the said several Term and Terms of years, and for such and so long time and times, and in such and as large, ample and beneficial manor to all Intents and purposes as I John Lord Colepeper or any remaining or to there in Right or by, from or under me(otherwise and were if it not for the said Indentures Qinquepartite) may, might or ought to have, receive or enjoy, or have herewith or enjoyed the same last mentioned promises or any part or parts thereof respectively now therefore To the Intent to render all the several and respective Conveyances mentioned and expressed in the first above mentioned Indentures Qinquepartite of the 23rd and 24th of June 1707 as firm as possible and to prevent as much as in me lies and prevent of trouble to my said Dear Wife Francis Lady Colepeper (whom I have constituted and appointed Sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament ) and to all the respective Trustees named and appointed in the said Indentures Qinquepartite and every of them respectively, or to any reason or persons who after my Decease and, or shall and may be pertained, in the said Indenture Qinquepartite, or in any of the settlements, Conveyants and assurances therein mentioned and specified form the said Thomas Lord Fairfax and Katherine his wife(the Heiress and Sole Executrix of the last Will and Testament of the said Thomas late Lord Colepeper) their Heirs and assigns and every of them or any person or persons *ayming by, from, or under them, or in any of them, I John Lord Colepeper do justify Publish and make known that I do not only hereby fully and absolutely Ratify, approve and Confirm the aforesaid Indenture Qinquepartite of the 23rd and 24th of June 1707 and all and every the uses, Trusts, Clauses, matters, and things therein mentioned, But I do also by these present Declare the same to be part of my last Will and Testament and for the now corroborating and strengthening the same, if possible
     I do particularly Give, Confirm, Bequeath and Devise all and singular the Manors, Messuages, Lands, Tenements, Hereditaments, Moneys and Chattels in the aforesaid Indentures Qinquepartite mentioned, settled, and specified with their and every of their Rights, members and appurtenances unto the several respective Trustees in the said Indenture Qinquepartite named and appointed respectively and to their and every of their respective Heirs Executors and assigns to the several uses, purposes, Trusts and Intents therein specified according to the purpose and Effort therein respectively detailed and expressed in the same manor, as if rented verbatim *ewin de*ing the same to be Interpreted most beneficially for my said Dear Wife, and for all and every the persons therein named and concerned, or that may hereafter be mentioned therein in their funds according to their several successive Interests as part of my last Will and Testament, and the rather (more particularly as for that part of the above mentioned Indenture Qinquepartite, which relates to the settlement of the said Manor and Mansion House called Greenways Court and of the Lands, Tenements, Rights and members to the same appertaining and in the said Indentures Qinquepartite mentioned to be conveyed and settled to the uses and purposes and under the Trusts, Provisions, Clauses and Limitations therein mentioned) because of the difficulties in limiting over terms for years which are always most and more favourably interpreted in Wills than by Deeds and Conveyances and whereas by the aforesaid Indentures Qinquepartite of the 23rd and 24th of June 1707, It was further conditionally Granted and agreed between and by all the parties therein mentioned That in case the aforesaid intended marriage should take effect, the afore mentioned Sum of £2285-7s-1d or such part therof as the Trustees in the said Indenture Qinquepartite named or either of them shall receive and recover shall and are to be laid out in purchasing messuages, Lands, and Tenements in fee, and that the said Lands, messuages and Tenements when purchased shall be conveyed, assigned and sealed to and for the several uses, Intents and purposes, and under, and subject to the Trust, provisions, Limitations and agreements in the aforesaid Indentures mentioned and expressed concerning the same And whereas by, several other (Dec*ee*all) viz fue of Orders of the High Court of Chancery made since the said Deeds herein before mentioned and of the proceedings and Reports made by the Master of the said Court thereupon and pursuant to the same particularly by virtue of a De*etall Order made on or about the sixth day of March 1707 (by which it was sweared that the Manors of Morghew and Godden and the Lands thereinto belonging situated and being in Tenterden in the said county of Kent, should be sold to the best purchaser that could be got for the same, to be approved by William Rogers Esquire one of the Masters of the said Court of Chancery) in Order to satisfy the sums of Two thousand Two hundred Eighty five Pounds seven shillings and one penny with Interest for the same, ands of six hundred Thirty two pounds fourteen shillings and ten pence both deeded to be and to me John Lord Colepeper in part of satisfaction of my Claims and Demands, as by a precedent De*etall Order of or about the 31st of October 1706, and by the Report made by the said Master in Chancery on or about the 22nd day of June 1706, relation being thereunto had it may more fully appear: as also by virtue of the said Masters Subsequent Report on or about the 20th day of November 1708, by which the said Master (Raising can*ed public notice in the Gazette) reported and Certified That Thomas Freake of Hommington in the County of Wilts Esquire proposed to give the sum of Three Thousand One Hundred Pounds for the purchase of the said Manors of Morghew and Godden, and promises upon the Terms within mentioned and expressed, and by which Report the said master did approve of the said Thomas Freake as the best purchaser of the same at that Rate, as by the last before mentioned Orders and Report (only confirmed according to the Rules and methods of the said Court) volition being thereunto had, it may fully appear , and likewise by virtue of a certain Indenture Qinquepartite bearing date on or about the 4th day of August 1709 and made or mentioned to be be made between the Right Honourable Thomas Lord Fairfax Baron of Cameroon in North Britain and Katherine Lady Fairfax his wife of the first part, Susanna Weldon alias Willis (Susanna Willis) of the Parish of St. Francis Westminster in the County of Middlesex Gentleman of the same part, William Colepeper of Hollingbourne aforesaid (son and Heir of Sir Thomas Colepeper of Hollingbourne aforesaid Knight (Deceased) of the first part, Me John Lord Colepeper of the fourth part, and the said Thomas Freake Esquire of the fifth part, by which as well in disputed to the several before mentioned Orders, Reports and Proceedings in the said Court thereupon, as for the several other good causes and considerations in the said Indenture expressed the said parties therein mentioned or some of them have Granted, Bargained, Sold, Released and confirmed unto the said Thomas Freake and his Heirs and assigns All those said Manors and reputed manors of Morghew and Godden with all the Lands and premises and their several Rights, members and appurtenances to the same belonging as by the said Indenture, relation being thereunto had, may more at large appear. I say whereas by virtue of the said recited Orders, Reports and proceedings in the said High Court of Chancery, and by the Conveyance and assignments of the above said Manors of Morghew and Godden, Lands and premises made to me by the said Thomas Freake by Indenture bearing date or about the 20th Day of December 1709 (the name of the said Thomas Freake having been made use of only in Trust for me, and for my use and behoofe)
     I became Entitled to and am now by and upon the attainment of the respective Tenants of the said Manors, Lands and premises only and legally made to me actually seized and possessed of the said manors of Morghew and Godden and the Lands thereunto belonging, now my Will and meaning touching the same is, that, in case it shall please God to take me out of this World before the conveyance and settlement
(by me intended forthwith to be made, and now depending before my Comcill in Land of a proportionable part of the aforesaid manors of Morghew and Godden, and the lands thereunto belonging shall be presented concluded and sealed pursuant to and affording to the said covenant and agreement in the first above mentioned Indenture Qinquepartite of the 23rd and 24th of June 1707 Specified and herein before *erited touching the aforesaid sum of £2285-7s-1d therein mentioned, I do hereby Will, Direct and appoint to the aforesaid Covenant and Agreement, such and that part and parcels only of the said Manors of Morghew and Godden, which is properly called, reputed and known by the name of the manor of Morghew and the Lands thereunto belonging, situated and being in Tenterden as aforesaid (the Remaining part or parcels of the said Manors of Morghew and Godden which is properly called wanted and known by the name of the Manor of Godden and the Lands thereunto belonging being to be excepted out of and not intended in the before mentioned intended settlement and which has of late been and is now in the former and occupation of Theophilus Beach and James Skeits their Assigns, or under tenants or some of them at and under the respective yearly rent of £112 and of £65 (the said yearly rents amounting to the sum of £177 per annum and being (after the rents are deducted) more than equivalent to answer the aforesaid sum of £2285-7s-1d) shall as soon as conveniently it may if not actually done before my decease) be conveyed, settled and assured to and upon certain Trustees (to be in the said intended Deed of settlement named by my said Dear Wife) to and for the several uses Intents and purposes and under and subject to the Trusts, Provisions, Limitations and Agreements in the aforesaid Indentures Qinquepartite of the 23rd and 24th of June 1707 mentioned and expressed touching the sum of £2285-7s-1d.
     And as for the before mentioned remaining part or parcels of the aforesaid manors of Morghew and Godden, which is properly called and commonly reputed and known by the name of the Manor of Godden, with all the Lands, Rights members and appurtenances thereunto belonging, and by which of late has been and is now in the former and occupation of Jeremiah Curtis his Assigns or under tenants at and under the yearly rent of Eighty five Pounds , my expressed Will and meaning is and I do by these present freely Give Bequeath, Convey, Devise, Confirm and Assign the said Manors and reputed Manor of Godden with all the Lands, Tenements, Heridatments, Rights, Privileges and appurtenances to the same belonging, Situated and being in the Parish of Tenterden professed unto my said Dear Wife Francis lady Colepeper her Heirs and Assigns for ever, subject nevertheless to and under the provided Condition and trust, herein after mentioned, that is to say accordingly
     I do hereby appoint, That from and after my decease, my said Dear Wife her Heirs Executors, Administrators and Assigns shall and do out of the Rents and Profits of the said Manor or reputed Manor of Godden and the Lands to the same belonging pay or caused to be paid unto my Brother Cheney Colepeper of the Inner Temple London Esquire (Sir Cheney Culpeper of Leeds Castle) to and for his proper use and behoofe, the yearly sum or annuity of Twenty Pounds for and during the term of his natural Life to be paid him half yearly(free and discharged from all Parliament taxes other Charges payments and deductions whatsoever) at the two usual Feast days if the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and of St.Michael the Archangel as soon as the same shall be received by my said Wife, her Heirs Executors or administrators, the first payment to be made on that Feast day (of the aforesaid two feast days) which shall first come by and happen next after the day of my decease.
     And in case my said Brother Cheney Colepeper shall survive my said Dear Wife, I do further Will and appoint , Devise and direct That form and after the day of the decease of my Dear Wife all and the entire Rents and profits of the said manor of Godden and of the Lands thereunto belonging, shall be the Tenant or Tenants or Occupiers of the said Manor and lands be pair unto my said Brother Cheney Colepeper to and for his proper use and behoof for and during his natural Life.
     Also whereas in consideration of the sum of Twelve Hundred Pounds by me paid into the Receipt of the Executor at several days and times (as by the several respective tallys counting the same may appear) and by virtue of the two several acts of Parliament passed in the second and third years of our Sovereign Lady.Queen Anne Anno Domini 1704 and 1705 (the one justified an Act for granting an Aid to her Majesty for carrying on the War, and other her Majesties occasions by Er, The other, an Act for raising moneys by sale of several Annuities for carrying on the War) I am Entitled and have Right to several yearly sums or Annuities(amounting together to the sum of Fourscore Pounds Y annual) to be paid Quarterly to me and my Assigns, and to certain persons my nominees out of the £3700 Y weeks Excise, or other funds for the now remaining terms of Ninety Years (in the aforesaid Acts of Parliament mentioned) to come and now expired, as by the several respective Orders, issued out of the exchequer, which I have for the payment of the said several annuities, bearing date or there about the 5th day of September 1704, relation being thereunto had may more fully expressed, now my will and mind touching the same is, as follows, and accordingly I do hereby freely Give, Bequeath, Grant, Devise and assign unto my said Dear Wife her Executors, Administrators and Assigns, All and several the before mentioned yearly sums or annuities of Eighty Pounds by me purchased as foresaid with all the before mentioned Orders and Tally touching the same And all my Right, Title, Claims and Interest and to the said Orders, and yearly sums or annuities, and in the Remainder of the said terms that shall be to me and unexpired at the time of my Decease, subject nevertheless to and under the following provisions, Conditions, Trusts and Limitations, only, and to no other, VIZ my Will & meaning therein is, and I do accordingly Devise, Appoint and Direct, that from and after my Decease, the yearly sum or Annuity of Forty Pounds & annual VIZ: The 'moiety' of the before mentioned sum or annuity of Eighty Pounds by me purchased as aforesaid, shall be, and be by my said Dear Wife, her Executors Administrators and Assigns well and truly paid or caused to be paid unto my said brother Cheney Colepeper to and for his proper use and behoof, for and during his natural Life, the said Annuity of Forty Pounds to be paid him Quarterly as soon as received out of her Majesties Exchequer and the first payment thereof to be made at and upon the first Feast day of the four usual feast days that shall to me , be and happen next after the day of my decease:
     And in case it shall so happen, that my said brother Cheney Colepeper shall survive my Dear Wife I do further Will appoint and Direct, that from and after the decease of my said Dear Wife as aforesaid All and the entire yearly sums and Annuities of Forty Pounds here before mentioned to be purchased by me, and specified in the aforesaid several Orders, shall by the Executors and Administrators and Assigns of my said Dear Wife be well and truly paid, or caused to be paid unto my said brother Cheney Colepeper to and for his proper use and behoof, for and during his natural life, to be paid unto him. Quarterly, and in the same manor and at the same times as the above mentioned Annuity of Forty Pounds is appointed to be paid in the life time of my said Dear Wife,
     And further also, that from and after the decease of my said brother Cheney Colepeper (my said Dear Wife being then living) the yearly sum or Annuity of Twenty Pounds (part of the before mentioned yearly sum or Annuity of Fourscore Pounds) shall be, and by my said Dear Wife her Executors Administrators and Assigns well and truly paid or caused to be paid unto Thomas Hamilton one of the younger sons of the said William Hamilton of Chilson in the said County of Kent Esquire (my said Wifes Brother in Law) To and for his proper use and behoof, for and during his natural Life, the said Annuity of Twenty Pounds, to be paid him Quarterly, and the first payment to be made on the first of the aforesaid four usual Feast days that shall come and happen next after the day of the decease of my said brother Cheney Colepeper.
     And in case the said Thomas Hamilton shall (after the Decease of my said brother Cheney Colepeper as aforesaid) also my survive my said Dear Wife, I do further Will, Direct, Appoint and Devise, that from and after the day of the Decease of my said Dear Wife, the further yearly sum, or annually of Twenty Pounds (making together with the yearly sum or annuity of Twenty pounds here before mentioned the yearly sum of Forty Pounds) shall be, and be, by the Heirs, Executors and Administrators and Assigns of my said Dear Wife, shall and truly paid, or caused to be paid unto the said Thomas Hamilton To and for and during his natural Life, to be paid to him Quarterly, and of the aforesaid from usual Feast Days in the same manor as the yearly sum or Annuity of Twenty Pounds before mentioned and Devised is Directed to be paid . Also whereas the said William Colepeper (my brother in Law) being indebted to me in the sum of Six Hundred Pounds principle moneys, has by an Indenture of Mortgage bearing the date on or about the 20th day of October 1709, given me his surety upon and out of the certain several Houses, Messuages Tenements and buildings with their appurtenances situate and being in the Long Alley near Moorefield in the Parish of St.Leonards Shoreditch in the County of Middlesex and in the said Indenture particularly mentioned and expressed as relation to the same being has it may more be fully appear And whereas by and upon my intermarriage with my said Dear Wife (had and solemnised on or about the 30th day of June 1670) I became and now entitled to the sum of Three hundred and Seventy Eight Pounds principle moneys being part of the portion I had by my said Wife) which said sum having been by her *eut and paid unto her by her brother Thomas Colepeper of the Middle Temple London Esquire (Thomas Culpeper of the Middle Temple) since deceased, was by his Bond bearing date on or about the 3rd day of February secured to my Dear Wife her Executors Administrators and Assigns as by the said Bond or Obligation relation being thereunto had, it may more fully appear for the Recovery of which said principle sum of £370 with the arrears of interest since incurred, my said Dear Wife has since the decease of her said brother Thomas Colepeper, been obliged (jointly with the said William Hamilton her brother in Law to commence a process and suite in Law now responding in the Court of Chancery.
     Now, as I do hereby make Sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament (desiring her to see the same punctually performed) so for enabling her more readily to discharge and pay such debts, as shall and may owe, and as may do at the time of my decease, as well as the Legalities therein after mentioned and bequeathed, and to discharge also the Executors of my funeral (which I devise may not exceed the sum of Fifty Pounds) I do by those present (in performance also of the promise I made to my said Dear Wife before our intermarriage ) freely Give, Bequeath, Devise and Assign unto my said Dear Wife Frances, both the before mentioned principle sums of Six Hundred Pounds and Three Hundred Seventy and Eight Pounds, by the aforesaid Deed of Mortgage and Bond secured as aforesaid, with all the arrears of Interest which shall or may at the time of my decease be account and due to me by the said William Colepeper his heirs Executors or Assigns in respect of the said Deed of Mortgage or the said principle sums, and all my right Claims and Interest in and to the sums, and in aid of the aforesaid Indenture of mortgage, and to the said Bond respectively Charged and also subject nevertheless with and to the payment of all my debts t and under the proviso, condition, and Trust herein after named and expressed
     VIZ, I do hereby Will, Direct and appoint, That from and after the day of my decease, the further yearly sum or Annuity of Ten Pounds shall be by my said Wife, her Executors and Assigns well and truly paid or caused to be paid to my said brother Cheney Colepeper to and for his proper use and behoof for and during his natural life. The said Annuity to be paid to him half yearly out of the Interest and profits to be form time to time received and made by and out of the aforesaid sums of Five Hundred Pounds, and Three Hundred Seventy and Eight Pounds, The first payment to be made six months after the day of my decease.
     Also whereas by my Intermarriage with my said Dear Wife, I am Entitled to the sum of One Hundred Pounds (as by being rent of the portion I had with her) Which the said William Hamilton, her brother in Law, borrowed of my said Wife in or about 1703, and for the Repayment of which said sum with Interest he gave her his Bond bearing date on or about the 21st day of December 1703, and whoever Mr Pheasant Crispe of London Broker is indebted to me in the sum of Three Hundred Pounds, which he reserved for me and for my use by the sale of mine parts commonly called Share and in the stock I then had and was possessed of in the New East India Company, and for the payment of which said sum with Interest the said Mr Crispe gave me his Bond bearing date on or about the 29th day of July 1703, and of which sum I have as yet received in part of payment only the sum of Fort Five Pounds. Now I do further Give and Devise unto my said Wife (and solo Executrix) the two aforesaid sums of One Hundred Pounds and of Three Hundred Pounds with all the Interest and arrears of Interest that shall or maybe due the said sums respectively at the day of my decease: and after all the Right, Title and Interest which I thou shall or may or may have in and to the aforesaid sums of £100 and £300 and in and to the before mentioned Bonds or Obligations touching the same, and as the Will and subject the two aforesaid sums of £100 and £300 (as well as the two other before mentioned principle sums of Six Hundred Pounds and of Three Hundred Pounds Seventy Eight Pounds as aforesaid) to the payment of all my debts (which I assign my said Dear Wife and Solo Executrix of this my last Will and Testament will see paid or cause to be paid within twelve months after my decease) more particularly to the payment of the sum of Fifty Pounds which I am indebted to my said brother Cheney Colepeper and for which he has either my Bond or in writing under my hand for the payment of it with Interest: and also to the payment of or further sums of Fifty Pounds, which I do hereby further Devise and bequeath to my said brother Cheney Colepeper (both of which said sums make Viz together the sum of One Hundred Pounds) with Interest for the same to be paid unto him within six months after my decease, if so required. I do hereby subject all the four last before mentioned sums of Six Hundred Pounds, Three Hundred Seventy and Eight Pounds, One Hundred Pounds and Three Hundred Pounds to be payment of the said sums of One Hundred Pounds principle with Interest. Which and indebted to Mr William Weaver of Maidstone and for which he hath my Bond or Obligation bearing date on nor about the 12th day of June 1705.
     Item I do Give and bequeath unto my said brother Chaney Colepeper my Parliament Robes as the Coronation Robes, also my silver watch which I daily make use of, and one of the two saddles horses I have at this present, which he shall best like off: and I also will and Devise, that my said brother Cheney Colepeper may have the use of my Library and Books that are now at Stovehill in case (and as long as) he shall be willing to live and reside with my said Dear Wife. Then I do hereby give and Devise unto my Godson John Hamilton eldest son of the said William Hamilton of Chilson Esquire the sum of Twenty Pounds (over and above the sums of Ten Pounds for Mourning) which I Devise he will accept thereof) as a particular mark of my affection.
     Item I do hereby Give and bequeath unto Mr George Jackson late one of the servants to my sister Elizabeth Hamilton (Elizabeth Culpeper) Deceased the sum of Ten Pounds, as also the like sum of Ten Pounds to Mr Charles Cubin, who was my servant for about fifteen years.
     All the rest of my Estate (both Real and personal) And all my Stock Moneys Plate and other Goods and Chattels whatsoever at Stodehill or elsewhere not otherwise by me disposed of in my life time, as likewise all the Rights, Tithe, Interest and Claims in Law or Equity which I now have, or at ant time hereafter may have to what was settled upon me, or given by my Father John Lord Colepeper in his life time, or was given and bequeathed unto me by his Last Will and Testament bearing date on or about the 3rd day of July 1660, or to any past of it, which is not yet performed or satisfied, and also all the Right Interest and Claim which I have or may have to what upon and after several hearings in the said Court of Chancery has been declared on my behalf by and pursuant to the aforementioned Decrees made on or about the 9th of November 1700, and on or about the 4th of March 1702/3 and by other subsequent 'Denetall' Orders and proceedings in that Court in respect to any of my Claims and Demands and for which I have as yet had no satisfaction: particularly all my Right, Claim and Interest to and in the said sum of Two Hundred Pounds charged upon the personal Estate of the said Thomas late Lord Colepeper (and to me (by and pursuant to the Report made by the said William Rogers Esquire one of the Masters of the said Court of Chancery, bearing date on or about the ******* and confirmed by the said Court) in satisfaction of part of my Claims and Demands mentioned in the Bill which I exhibited into the said Court of Chancery in or about 1698: no part of which was mentioned sum has been yet paid or satisfied: I do by these present freely and absolutely Give, Bequeath Assign and Devise unto my said Dear Wife (the solo Executorix of this my Last Will and Testament) her Executors Administrators and Assigns, after my Debts Legacies and funeral expenses are paid and discharged, as aforesaid.
     Item I devise that my Lady Alicia Colepeper (my wife's mother), my sister Philippa Colepeper (Philippa Culpeper (The Younger Sister)), and my brother Cheney Colepeper, will accept of mourning to be given to each of them in such manor as my said Dear Wife shall judge proper.
     Lastly I do hereby solemnly constitute and Declare this to be my Last Will and Testament, the same containing six sheets of paper all of my own hand writing, and each sheet being subscribed with my name at the bottom of it: and as I have revoked and do hereby after all former Will, Testaments and Codicils whatsoever, so my Will and Mind is also that any further Codicils, under my hand and seal in one form of Law shall be part of this my Last Will and Testament.
     In witness whereof I the said John Lord Colepeper after a full and serious consideration hereof have hereunto set my hand and seal the Twelfth day of August in the Ninth Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lady Queen Anne, and in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and ten.
     / Colepeper /
     Signed sealed published by the said John Lord Colepepr to be his Last Will and Testament in the presence of the said Testator, who save us subscribe our names as Witnesses- Elizabeth Munn, Boroyer Fendley, William Fendley.

-------------------------------Codicil dated 12 Aug 1710---------------------
     Whereas I John Lord Colepeper in the County of Lincoln have before this day made my Last Will and Testament in writing bearing date on or about the Twelfth day of August in the year of our Lord 1710-and thereof constituted and appointed my Dear Wife Francis Lady Colepeper Solo Executrix and whereas I have lately purchased of Christopher Clapham of Horton Kirby in the County of Kent Esquire the house in which I now live at Hollingbourne commonly called and known by the name of Birkhouse or Stone Steps together with drives, Lands, Grounds and Heredtaments thereunto belonging and situate lying and being in or near the said Parish of Hollingbourne in the said County of Kent containing in the whole by estimation One Hundred and Twenty Acres more or less.
     Now I do make this present writing as a Codicil to my aforesaid Last will and Testament my Will and mind being that the same be annexed to and taken as part thereof And I do freely ratify and confirm in all points and in as full and ample manor as I may or can my said Last Will and Testament and every part thereof And I do further by this present writing freely Give Bequeath and Devise the afore mentioned house called Birkhouse or Stone steps and all Buildings whatsoever Erected and which shall be erected thereupon the said purchased Lands, Heridtaments and premises with all and every the advantages and appurtenances to the said House and premises and every or any part thereof belonging unto my said Dear Wife Francis Lady Colepeper and her Assigns forever. To her and their own Solo use and benefit and to and for now other use or purpose whatsoever, Charged moreover nethertheless with the two mortgages VIZ: One for mine Hundred Pounds, and the other for Two Hundred Pounds mentioned in the Deed of purchase of the said Mansion House of the Birkhouse or Stone Steps Dated the seventh of February 1713..and made between the aforesaid Christopher Clapham of the one past and me the said john Lord Colepeper of the other part which said Eleven Hundred Pounds or so much thereof as shall be remaining and with Interest at the time of my decease. My will is shall be paid by my said Dear Wife to Roger Faddy of the parish of St.John Babtist in the Isles of Thanet in the County of Kent Yeoman and to Margaret Tomlyn of the said parish Widow or to such other person or persons as shall be entitled to receive the same.
     In witness whereof I have to this Codicil (which I do herby declare to be part of my aforesaid last Will and Testament (Set my hand and seal this second day of February in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Fourteen.
/ Colepeper /
     Signed sealed Published as a Codicil aforedsaid by the said John lord Colepeper in the presence of us who at his Desire have attested the same as Witnesses in the presence of the said John Lord Colepeper the same (and all the Buildings whatsoever erected and which shall be erected thereupon) between the Twelfth and Thirteenth lines being first interlined _ Nicholas Kingsford, Peter Gauber.9,10
 
Will18 May 1717 He is mentioned in the will of Philippa Culpeper (The Younger Sister) on 18 May 1717.11,10 
Death*8 Jul 1719 He died on 8 Jul 1719. 
Burial*22 Jul 1719 His body was interred on 22 Jul 1719 at Hollingbourne, co. Kent, England
Biography* He was baptised in Hollingbourne, March 4, 1640/1, as 'John, sonne of Sir John Culpeper, Knt. and Dame Judith his wife; had a pass to go to France with his brothers in 1651 (Cal. State Papers, 1651, P. 529) ; and was named in his father's will (1660) as 'my son John,' with injunction to 'make his brother Thomas his executor in case he die under 21 or unmarried.' After the Restoration he had a commission as lieutenant in the navy (Cal. State Papers, Dom. 1673, pp. 202, 435) and during the Dutch wars was, as his MI. recorded 'in four sea fights.' He subsequently engaged in a bitter controversy with the second Lord Culpeper over some patronage which Charles II had intended for the benefit of the first Lord Culpeper's younger children (See infra) ; in consequence of which he was himself appointed in 1681 to the profitable post of one of the Six Clerks in Chancery (Cal. State Papers, Dom. 1681).

In 1689 he succeeded as third Lord Culpeper and precipitated the attacks on the estate of his elder brother which are rehearsed infra but, being unsuccessful in recovering more than a small annuity, had difficulty in maintaining his dignity as a peer. He left no will, nor was there any administration. He m. his cousin Frances (1664-1740) dau. of Sir Thomas Culpeper the younger, of Hollingbourne; died s.p; and was buried in Hollingbourne, July 22, 1719, as 'the Rt. Honourable John, Lord Colepeper.' There his widow set up the following MI.:

'In hopes of a blessed Resurrection to Eternal life, near this place lyeth the body of the Right Honourable John, Lord Colepeper, Baron of Thoresway, in the County of Lincoln. He was the best of Friends and the best of Husbands. He was in four Sea-Fights, wherein he behaved with great Courage & Bravery, having his Cabin shot to pieces and his Commanding Officer kil'd. He attended the House of Lords 18 years constantly, with a very small fortune, where he always behaved with steadiness for the good of his King & Country. He resigned his soul to God the 8th of July, 1719, and ended his days with Resignation and Piety. He married Francis, eldest daughter of Sir Thomas Colepepper, of this place, by whom he had no issue... 'The Right Honourable Francis, Lady CoIepeper erected this Monument to show the great Respect she had to the Memory of her Husband, John, Lord Colepeper.12 

Family

Frances Culpeper (4 Feb 1664/65 - 1740)
Marriage*30 Jun 1707 He married Frances Culpeper on 30 Jun 1707. 
ChartsThe 12th century Culpepers of England: Descendant Chart (16 generations, Males only)
The Culpepers of Hollingbourne, co. Kent, England (Possibly extinct): Descendant Chart
Last Edited21 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. Warren L. Culpepper (#1942), Former publisher of Culpepper Connections, e-mail address.
  3. E-mail written 2007 to Warren Culpepper from Charles Andrew Grigsby, England, e-mail address.
    Transcription of Will of Sir Alexander Culpeper of Greenway Court Hollingbourne Kent 1649
    Ref: 422.
  4. Public Records Office, National Archives, London.
    Image of will at: /archives/uk/wills/images/Alexander_of_Greenway_Court_1649.pdf .
  5. 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
    P. C. C. Rivers, 157.
    Image:http://gen.culpepper.com/archives/uk/wills/images/Alexander_of_Greenway_Court_1645-1.pdf.
  6. Public Records Office, National Archives, London.
    Image of will at: /archives/uk/wills/images/Alexander_of_Greenway_Court_1645-1.pdf.
  7. 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
    P. C. C. Nabbs, 235.
    Will dated July 3, 1660.
    Codicil dated July 9, 1660.
    Proved August 6, 1660.
  8. Richard K. Evans, The Ancestry of Diana Princess of Wales for Twelve Generations, Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2007, Repository: Warren Culpepper's Personal Library.
  9. Public Records Office, National Archives, London.
    Will of John 3rd Lord Culpeper, dated 12 Aug 1710, transcribed by Charles Andrew Grigsby. Image at: http://gen.culpepper.com/archives/uk/wills/images/John_Baron_of_Thoresway_1719-1.pdf and
    http://gen.culpepper.com/archives/uk/wills/images/John_Baron_of_Thoresway_1719-2.pdf.
  10. E-mail written 2007 to Warren Culpepper from Charles Andrew Grigsby, England, e-mail address.
  11. Public Records Office, National Archives, London.
    Will of Honourable Francis Philippa Culpeper, 18 May 1717, transcribed by Charles Andrew Grigsby from images at: http://gen.culpepper.com/archives/uk/wills/images/Philippa_of_KirbyCane_1720-1.pdf.
  12. 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.