Joyce Aston

Female, #8957, (say 1576 - 2 Jan 1619)
Father*Sir Edward Aston of Tixhall, co. Stafford (1551 - 1 Feb 1597)
Mother*Anne Lucy of Charlecote, co. Warwick (b 1 Sep 1550 - )
Birth*say 1576 Joyce was born say 1576. 
Death of Father1 Feb 1597 Her father Sir Edward Aston of Tixhall, co. Stafford died on 1 Feb 1597. 
Marriage*25 Feb 1598 She married Sir Martin Culpeper of Deane, co. Oxon at Charlecote, Warwickshire, England, on 25 Feb 1598. 
Married Name25 Feb 1598  As of 25 Feb 1598, her married name was Culpeper. 
Name-AltSpell This surname is sometimes spelled Culpepper. 
Name-AltSpell This surname is sometimes spelled Colepeper. 
Birth of Soncirca Apr 1604 Her son Martin Culpeper was born circa Apr 1604 at Astwood, Feckenham, Worcestershire, England
Death of Spouse25 Jun 1604 Her husband Sir Martin Culpeper of Deane, co. Oxon died on 25 Jun 1604. 
Death of Son7 Sep 1605 Her son Martin Culpeper died on 7 Sep 1605. 
Will*13 Dec 1613 She made a will at Deane, Spelsbury, Oxfordshire, England, on 13 Dec 1613.

In the name of God Amen the Thirteenth of December in the year of our Lord God according to the computation of the Church of England One Thousand Six Hundred and Thirteen and in the year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord James by the Grace of God of England, Scotland, France and Ireland Kind defender of the Faith or that is to say of England France & Ireland the Eleventh and of Scotland the Seven and Fortieth: I Dame Joyce Culpeper of Deane in the Parish of Spelbury in the County of Oxford, Widow being weak and sickly on body but of good and perfect remembrance and also praise be to Almighty God therefore; Do make and Declare this my Last Will and Testament in writing thereby both in Deed and in Law All other former Will and Testaments.
     First, I recommend my Soul unto the hands of my God my Creator and Redeemer by whom and by means of the second person Jesus Christ I only trust and believe assuredly to be saved and to have full remission of my sins; and I commend my body to be buried in the Chancel of the Parish Church of Feltham by my Husband under my Tomb in such Honest and Decent manner as by the good discretion of my Executors and expressly shall deem convenient.
     And whereas I the said Dame Jayne Culpeper being heretofore being seized for the term of my life and for the Life of Lettice (Lettice Culpeper) and Anne (Anne Culpeper) my daughters of the Srithams Manor House of the Manor of Dean in the said County of Oxford and of all the Houses, Buildings, Lands, Tenaments and Hereditaments thereto belonging; and of one Close of pasture ground called the Coneyger Close and one Close called the Pool Close and all the Closes, Lands, Tenements and premises being in Dean aforesaid to my loving Brothers Sir Walter Aston , Knight and Baronet Crown (Sir Walter Aston) and Thomas Aston Gent and their heirs to the use of me the said Dame Joyce and my assigns for and during the term of four year and nineteen years.
     Yet, I the said Dame Joyce and my said Daughters or any of us should live so long , and afterwards to the use of the said Sir Walter Aston, Knight and Thomas Aston and their heirs for and during the term of the life of me and my said Daughters and the life of the longest liver of us upon trust and confidence never thereof to dispose and employ the premises and the *nes and profit thereof to and for such as and intents and purposes as I the said Dame Joyce by my Last Will and Testament in writing or by any other writing to be sealed and subscribed by me in the presence of three or more witnesses Thereto limit and declare and for merit of such information to and for the use and benefit of my Executors and Administrators. Now for the disposing of my Estate and interests in same and equity of me and to the premises I design and Bequeath unto the said Lettice Culpeper my Eldest daughter the said Manor House and all Houses, Buildings, Gardens and Yards thereunto belonging and the said Closes of pasture ground called the Corryger Close and the hole Close and one other called the Long close being parcels of the premises and next adjoining to the said Manor House with all and Singular their appertaining to have and to hold the same unto her the said Lettice my Daughter for and during the term of her natural life and after her Death to my said Daughter Anne Culpeper for and during the term of her natural life.
     And further I give and devise all the rest and residue of the said Lands, Tenaments and Premises unto my said Daughters Lettice and Anne; To have and to hold the same to then the said Lettice and Anne and their Assigns for and during the term of their natural lives and the lives of everyone of them (except one Testament which I give unto William Collins of Deane which he now dwelleth in together with the land the he occupieth wit the same and after his Death to his son Thomas Collins during the life of me or any of my said Daughters if the said Thomas shall bee long lived.
     Item, I give and bequeath unto my said daughters Lettice and Anne all my Plate, Jewells, Apparel and Household stuff whatsoever whereof I shall be possessed at the time of my Decease as well as those which now I have as such which hereafter I shall buy to be equally divided between them by the discretion and appointment of their supervisor. Item, I give and bequeath to every of my Brothers and Sisters ( except my brother Thomas Aston in token of my hearty Love and affection towards them &***** being of the piece of forty shillings with & it & the Lead engraved upon each being that I do give unto them.
     Item, I give and bequeath to my loving Brother Thomas Aston One Hundred Pounds.
     Item, I give unto every one of my Household Servants who shall leave me at the time of my Death, Five Pounds.
     Item, I do constitute and appoint my said Daughters Lettice Culpeper and Anne Culpeper Executors of this my Last Will and Testament in whom I make especial trust and confidence.
     And I do constitute and appoint my said loving Brother Sir Walter Aston of the honourable order of the Bath the Knight and Baronet Empresario of this my Last Will and Testament to whom I give and Devise the sum of Forty Pounds to be by him to be stored in Plate to and for his own use in regard of his pains to be taken *** about the performance of this my Last Will and Testament in whom I respect special trust and confidence for his honest care and **** in that behalf and in the addressing and directing my said Executors.
     In witness whereof I have to this Last Will and testaments sett to my hand and Seal the day and year first above written.
Joyce Culpeper.
     Sealed and delivered and in these words interlined between the nine and twentieth and thirtieth lines Viz (except one Testament where I give unto William Collins of Deane which he now Dwells in together with the Lands that he occupies with the same: and after his Death to his son Thomas Collins during the life of me or any of my said Daughters, and also enter lined betwixt the thirtieth and one and Thirtieth lines ( vis the said Thomas shall for long live) before the sealing and Declared in the presence of Francis Hargreves & Henry Hoode.1,2 
Death*2 Jan 1619 She died on 2 Jan 1619.3 
Burial*3 Jan 1619 Her body was interred on 3 Jan 1619 at Feckenham, Worcestershire, England.3 

Family

Sir Martin Culpeper of Deane, co. Oxon (say 1580 - 25 Jun 1604)
Marriage*25 Feb 1598 She married Sir Martin Culpeper of Deane, co. Oxon at Charlecote, Warwickshire, England, on 25 Feb 1598. 
Children
Last Edited21 May 2011

Citations

  1. Public Records Office, National Archives, London.
    Image of will at: /archives/uk/wills/images/Joyce_of_Spelsbury_1619.pdf.
  2. E-mail written 2007 to Warren Culpepper from Charles Andrew Grigsby, England, e-mail address.
    Transcribed the will from PRO image.
  3. 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.