Helen Spencer1

Female, #9197, (say 1591 - 1677)
Father*Sir Richard Spencer (s 1561 - )
Birth*say 1591 Helen was born say 1591. 
Marriage*say 1628 She married Sir William Culpeper of Preston Hall in Aylesford, 1st Bart. say 1628. 
Married Namesay 1628  As of say 1628, her married name was Culpeper. 
Name-AltSpell This surname is sometimes spelled Colepeper. 
Name-AltSpell This surname is sometimes spelled Culpepper. 
Birth of Sonsay 1630 Her son Sir Richard Culpeper of Preston Hall, 2nd Bart. was born say 1630. 
Will23 Dec 1648 She is mentioned in the will of Sir William Culpeper of Preston Hall in Aylesford, 1st Bart. at Aylesford, co. Kent, England, on 23 Dec 1648.2 
Death of Spouse1651 Her husband Sir William Culpeper of Preston Hall in Aylesford, 1st Bart. died in 1651.2 
Will30 Jul 1657 She is mentioned in the will of Sir Richard Culpeper of Preston Hall, 2nd Bart. on 30 Jul 1657.3,4 
Will*10 Oct 1668 She made a will at Aylesford, co. Kent, England, on 10 Oct 1668.

An image of the will of Dame Helene Colepepyr of Aylesford, Co., Kent, widow of Sir William Colepepyr, Baronet, may be seen at: http://gen.culpepper.com/archives/uk/wills/images/Helene_of_Aylesford_1680.pdf.5 
Death*1677 She died in 1677. 
Burial*1677 Her body was interred in 1677 at St. Peter's Church, Aylesford, co. Kent, England
Probate19 Feb 1679/80 Probate action was taken on Helen's estate on 19 Feb 1679/80 at co. Kent, England,

P.C.C. 17 Bath. 
Research note*3 Oct 2012 From: John Buckley
Sent: Wednesday, October 3, 2012
To: Warren Culpepper
Subject: Helen Spencer 1591-1677

Hi Warren

Helen Spencer married Sir William Colepeper in about 1628. She signed her will on 10 October 1668 and you have left a link to this will on Culpeper Connections. You also state that the will was probated in 1677. In fact the date of probate was 19 February 1679/80.
Probatum Londini decimo nono die mensis Februarii Anno Domini (stylo Anglia) millimo sixcentesimo septuagesimo nona
The insertion of stylo Anglia at this time is very interesting. Although continental Europe had already adopted the Gregorian calendar, English parish churches were still using the Julian calendar until 1752.
The will was proved by Helen’s executor Sir Thomas Colepepir, her grandson by her son the late Sir Richard Colepeper. The probate section in Latin designates Thomas as ‘nepotis’ which was used for a grandson as well as a nephew. Elsewhere in her will she left £10 to her daughter Dame Alicia Colepepir now wife of Sir Thomas Colepeper. This Sir Thomas has to be Sir Thomas Colepeper of Hollingbourne 1625-1697 and not the man who was her executor, who I now believe was the same Sir Thomas who on 23 August 1704 married his lover Dame Elizabeth Wythens nee Taylor.

So what happened to all the properties he inherited from his grandmother Dame Helen?

Regards
John.6 

Family

Sir William Culpeper of Preston Hall in Aylesford, 1st Bart. (1588 - 1651)
Marriage*say 1628 She married Sir William Culpeper of Preston Hall in Aylesford, 1st Bart. say 1628. 
Children
Last Edited12 Feb 2014

Citations

  1. Col. F.W.T. Attree R.E./F.S.A. & Rev. J.H.L. Booker M.A., "Colepeper of Aylesford Pedigree in The Sussex Colepepers, Part I", Sussex Archaelogical Collection, Vol. XLVII, 1904.
  2. Public Records Office, National Archives, London.
    Will of Sir William Colepeper of Preston Hall in Aylesford (#8550), dated 23 Dec 1648, proved 5 Nov 1661, P.C.C., 208 Grey, transcribed by Charles Andrew Grigsby from images at: http://gen.culpepper.com/archives/uk/wills/images/William_of_Aylesford_1651.pdf.
  3. Public Records Office, National Archives, London.
    Will of Sir Richard Culpeper of Maidstone, dated 30 Jul 1657, transcribed by Charles Andrew Grigsby from the image at: http://gen.culpepper.com/archives/uk/wills/images/Richard_of_Maidstone_1660.pdf.
  4. E-mail written Sep 2012 to Warren L. Culpepper from John Buckley, Lancaster, England, e-mail address.
    John provided numerous edits, improving the accuracy of Charles Grigsby's transcription.
  5. Public Records Office, National Archives, London.
  6. E-mail written Sep 2012 to Warren L. Culpepper from John Buckley, Lancaster, England, e-mail address.