Alicia Culpeper1,2,3

Female, #9205, (say 1656 - Apr 1734)
Father*Sir Richard Culpeper of Preston Hall, 2nd Bart. (s 1630 - b 5 Jan 1659)
Mother*Margaret Reynolds (s 1633 - 1691)
Name-AltSpell This surname is sometimes spelled Culpepper. 
Name-AltSpell This surname is sometimes spelled Colepeper. 
Birth*say 1656 Alicia was born say 1656. 
Will30 Jul 1657 She is mentioned in the will of Sir Richard Culpeper of Preston Hall, 2nd Bart. on 30 Jul 1657.4,5 
Marriage*1675 She married Herbert Stapley Esq. in 1675. 
Married Name1675  As of 1675, her married name was Stapley. 
Death of Spousesay 1690 Her husband Herbert Stapley Esq. died say 1690. 
Death of Mother1691 Her mother Margaret Reynolds died in 1691 at Aylesford, co. Kent, England
Marriage*6 Oct 1692 She married Sir Thomas Taylor of Maidstone, 2nd Bart. at Ditton, co. Kent, England, on 6 Oct 1692. St. Peter's Church. 
Married Name6 Oct 1692  As of 6 Oct 1692, her married name was Taylor. 
Death of Spouse1696 Her husband Sir Thomas Taylor of Maidstone, 2nd Bart. died in 1696. 
Marriage*say 1698 She married Thomas Culpeper of the Middle Temple say 1698. Thomas was the third of four husbands of Alicia Culpeper. 
Will7 Aug 1703 She is mentioned in the will of Thomas Culpeper of the Middle Temple on 7 Aug 1703.6 
Death of Spousecirca Sep 1703 Her husband Thomas Culpeper of the Middle Temple died circa Sep 1703. 
Will16 Feb 1710/11 She is mentioned in the will of an unknown person on 16 Feb 1710/11.7,8,9 
Marriage*16 Oct 1723 She married Dr. John Milner of Maidstone at St. Peter's Church, Ditton, co. Kent, England, on 16 Oct 1723. 
Married Name16 Oct 1723  As of 16 Oct 1723, her married name was Milner. 
Death of SpouseFeb 1724 Her husband Dr. John Milner of Maidstone died in Feb 1724.2 
Will*6 Jan 1727 She made a will on 6 Jan 1727.

Will of Dame Alicia Taylor, otherwise Colepeper, otherwise Milner
In the Name of God Amen.
     I Dame Alicia Taylor als Colepeper als Milner of Preston Hall in the Parish of Aylesford in the County of Kent Widow do make this my last Will and Testament in writing in manner following
     I recomend my Soul to Almighty God hoping thro' the Merits of my Saviour to enjoy eternall life and my Body I will to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executors in case I shall omitt to leave more particular directions touching the same And as to my Temporall Estate I dispose thereof as followeth
     Whereas by Indentures of Lease and Release bearing date on or about the 14th and 15th days of October in the year one thousand seven hundred and twenty three diverse Mannors Lands and Hereditaments lying in the County of Kent late the Estate and Inheritance of Sir Thomas Colepeper Bart deceased late Brother of me the said Dame Alicia are and stand limitted to certain Trustees therein mentioned their Heirs and Assigns amongst other uses and Trusts to the use of the honorable John Finch Esqr his Executors Administrators and Assigns for and during the Term of ninety and nine years without Impeachment of Wast upon Trust (amongst other things) from and immediately after my death by and out of the Rents Issues and Profits of the said Premises or by Mortgage or Demise thereof or of any part thereof to raise any sume or sumes of money not exceeding in the whole the sume of two thousand pounds and pay the same to such person or persons at such times and in such proportions as I should by any writing under my hand and seal executed in the presence of two or more credible Witnesses direct or appoint or to that effect
     And Whereas I did by Deed poll bearing Date on or about the fifth day of January instant under my hand and seal duly executed in the presence of the credible Witnesses thereto appearing in pursuance of the said power and of every other power and powers I had direct and appoint the said John Finch his Executors Administrators and Assigns within one year after my decease by Mortgage or Demise of the said premisses or of a fitt and sufficient part thereof to raise the full sume of two thousand pounds and pay the same unto Richard Porter of Chayley in the County of Sussex Clerke and Charles Milner now of Preston Hall aforesaid Esqr their Executors Administrators and Assigns to be by them the said Richard Porter and Charles Milner their Executors Administrators or Assigns applied and disposed of as I by any deed or Writing which I should thenafter execute for that purpose in the presence of two or more credible Witnessses or by my last Will and Testament in Writing duely made and published direct or appoint
     And Whereas by Indenture quinquepartite bearing date on or about the 22nd day of August one thousand seven hundred and twenty six it is agreed declared directed and appointed that the said John Finch his Executors Administrators and Assigns may and shall from and immediately after my decease by and out of the Rents Issues and Profits of the Mannors Lands and Hereditaments (part of the aforesaid premisses) by the same Indenture indented to be appointed or limitted in Revertion after my decease to the aforesaid Charles Milner and his Heirs or by Mortgage or Demise thereof or of any part thereof levy and raise the further Sume of three thousand pounds over and above the said Sume of two thousand pounds and pay apply and dispose of the said severall Sumes of two thousand pounds and three thousand pounds and every or any part or parcell thereof to such person or persons or for such use or uses and in such manner as I should by any Writing under my hand and seal executed in the presence of two or more credible Witnesses with or without power of Revocation or by my last Will and Testament in Writing duely made and published direct limitt or appoint or to that effect as by the said severall Indentures and Writings may appear.
     Now I the said Dame Alicia Taylor by this my last Will and Testament duely made and published in the presence of the credible persons whose names are hereunto sett as Witnesses do confirm the said Appointment of the said two thousand pounds by me already made as aforesaid and to direct limitt and appoint that as well the said two thousand pounds as also the said three thousand pounds shall be by the said John Finch his Executors Administrators and Assigns within one year after my decease leavied and raised by Mortgage or Demise of all or a fitt and convenient part of the premisses subjected thereto and that the said John Finch his Executors Administrators or Assigns do immediately after pay the same two thousand pounds and three thousand pounds unto my dear Kinsman the said Richard Porter and my dear Brother and friend the said Charles Milner their Executors Administrators and Assigns upon Trust
     and I do hereby direct and appoint the said Richard Porter and Charles Milner their Executors Administrators and Assigns to apply the said two thousand pounds and three thousand pounds first in payment of all such Debts as I shall happen to owe at the time of my decease and then in payment and discharge of my Legacies herein after mentioned within one year after my decease that is to say
     to my said cousin Richard Porter the Sume of one thousand pounds
     to his Sister Mrs Catherine Porter the Sume of five hundred pounds
     to my kinsman Thomas Porter (Brother of the said Richard and Catherine) and his Wife thirty pounds for mourning
     to Thomas Porter their Son (Godson of my Brother Sir Thomas Colepeper) the Sume of one hundred pounds
     to the six Children now living of William Colepeper late of Hollingborne in the said County of Kent Esqr the Sume of one hundred pounds apiece
     to Frances Twisden the Daughter of Sir Thomas Twisden late of Peckham in the County of Kent Bart deceased by Dame Catherine Twisden his Wife the Sume of three hundred pounds
     to Jenny Thomas Robert and Elizabeth Jocelyn four of the Children of the said Dame Catherine Twisden by Brigadier Genll George Joceline her last husband the Sume of one hundred pounds apiece and if either of them die under the age of fourteen years his or her share to go to the Survivors of them
     to my Servant Thomas Robinson the Sume of fifty pounds
     to my Servant Dorothy Dabbs the Sume of fifty pounds and also to each of them and to all others my Servants who shall live with me at the time of my decease and shall have been in my Service for the space of one year or more next before my decrease and not otherwise one years wages respectively over and above what shall then happen to be due to them
     to my friend Mrs Elizabeth Swaine twenty pounds to buy her Mourning And I release her from all Demands on Account of her board or otherwise
     I also give to the said Mr Finch my honoured friend twenty Guineas as an Acknowledgement for the trouble he will have in the Execution of the aforesaid Trusts
     I also give to the five Sisters of my late dear husband Dr John Milner and of my said Brother in Law Charles Milner twenty pounds a piece as a token of my respect willing and desiring them upon payment thereof to execute a Release or Discharge of any claim or pretence to all or any my personall Estate by reason of my Intermarriage with their said late Brother
     And I will and direct the said Richard Porter and Charles Milner to lay out one hundred pounds (other part of the said Money directed to be paid them as aforesaid) in such manner as they shall judge most proper and advantageous for the use and Benefit of the Charity School now kept and which shall be kept in the Parish of Aylesford aforesaid and to make and ordain such Rules and Orders for the Application thereof and of the proceed thereof and the better Regulation of the said School as they shall in their discretion think fit
     I also direct the said Richd Porter and Charles Milner to pay into the hands of the Minister and Churchwardens of Maidstone in the County of Kent fifty pounds to be applied for the use of the Charity School in that Town for which fifty pounds I do hereby declare the receipt of the said Minister and Churchwardens or of the major part of them shall be a full and effectuall Discharge without my said Trustees and Executors being obliged to see to the application of that Legacy
     I also give and devise the pictures of Sir Thomas Colepeper late of Hollingborne and Dame Alicia Colepeper his Widow which I am possessed of unto the said Dame Alicia And if she die before me I give the same to the Rt Honble the Lady Colepeper her Daughter
     I also give the said Lady Colepeper the use of my Silver Coffee Pott upon which the Colepeper's Arms are engraved for her life and then I give the same to my Kinswoman Mrs Cecila Stanhope heire of the said Lady
     I also give to the aforesaid Frances Twisden my Silver Tea kettle Lamp and Stand and a pair of Silver Candlesticks on which the Arms of my late husband Sir Thomas Taylor are engraved as also a Tea Table and Sett of China Ware belonging to it and a dozen of Silver Tea Spoons
     and I give and devise all the lands of Inheritance which I have or am entitlled unto in the Island of Shepway in the County of Kent in the Occupation of the Widow Sewell unto the said Charles Milner his heirs and Assigns forever
     And I give all my lands of Inheritance in or near Bobbing in the County of Kent unto the said Richard Porter and his heirs and Assigns forever
     And I acquitt my late Servant John Windram now my Tenant of and from all rent and securities taken for rent which he shall owe or stand liable to pay in to me at my decease
     And after my aforesaid debts and Legacies and funerall expenses paid and discharged I give and devise the residue of the said two thousand pounds and three thousand pounds (if any shall be) and all other my personall Estate that shall remain unto the said Charles Milner he paying thereout to my said Kinsman Mr Richard Porter one hundred pounds for his Care and Trouble about the Execution of this my Will over and above what is before given him thereby
     And I do make and appoint the said Richd Porter and Charles Milner Executors of this my Will And so hereby revoak all former Wills by me made
     In Witness whereof to this my Will contained in four sheets of paper to three first of which sheets I have sett my Name and to the last sett my hand and seal the sixth day of January in the year of Our Lord one thousand seven hundred and twenty seven Alicia Taylor
     Signed and Sealed published and declared by the said Dame Alicia Taylor as and for her last Will and Testament in the sight and presence of us who have in her sight and presence attested the same Sarah Thomas Sarah Green John Norvell Esq

First Codicil to the Will of Dame Alicia Taylor, otherwise Colepeper, otherwise Milner
In the Name of God Amen
     The twenty fifth day of March in the fourth year of the Reign of Our Sovereign Lord George the Second by the Grace of God of Great Britain France and Ireland King Defender of the faith
     I Dame Alicia Taylor alias Colepeper alias Milner of Preston Hall in the Parish of Aylesford in the county of Kent Widow doe make and publish this present Writing to be a Codicill to my last Will and Testament and desire the same to be taken and deemed as part thereof (that is to say)
     Whereas by my Will which is dated on or about the sixth day of January one thousand seven hundred and twenty seven I have directed and appointed that my Executors therein named should within one year after my decease pay and apply the Sumes of three thousand pounds and two thousand pounds therein mentioned in payment and discharge of my Legacies therein after mentioned and in part hereinafter mentioned (that is to say)
     to the six Children then living of William Colpeper late of Hollingborne in the said County of Kent Esquire the Sume of one hundred pounds apiece
     to Frances Twisden the Daughter of Sir Thomas Twisden late of Peckham in the County of Kent Barronett deceased by Dame Catherine Twisden his Wife the Sume of three hundred pounds
     to Jenny Thomas Robert and Elizabeth Joceline four of the Children of the said Dame Catherine Twisden by Brigadier Generall George Joceline her last husband the sume of one hundred pounds apiece And if either of them should dye under the age of fourteen years his or her Share to goe to the survivors of them
     to my friend Mrs Elizabeth Swaine twenty pounds to buy her Mourning
     And by my said Will I have also given to the aforesaid Frances Twisden my Silver Tea Kettle Lamp and Stand and a pair of Silver candlesticks on which the Arms of my late husband Sir Thomas Taylor are engraved As also a Tea Table and Sett of China Ware belonging to it and a dozen of Silver Tea Spoons
     Now I do hereby revoke disannull and make void all and every the Gifts Legacies and Bequests contained in my said Will which are herein before particularly recited and mentioned
     And I doe hereby ratifye and confirme my said Will in all other respects And I do hereby Order and direct that I be buryed in Linnen in as decent and private a manner as may be by my Executors named in my said Will in the Parish Church of Aylesford at Twelve o Clock at night And that there be no Escutchions or other Decorations or Ornaments made use of at my Buriall or any person invited to Support my Pall
     I also Will and desire that a compleat suit of decent Mourning cloths be given to each of my Servants who shall be living with me at my decrease
     I also give to Mrs Catherine Porter my least Silver Tea Kettle and Lamp with the Colepepers Arms on them and the Stand belonging to them with the Top covered with Silver the Arms the Boars heads
     I direct that the Executors named in my Will do out of the three thousand pounds and two thousand pounds therein mentioned pay to Jenny Joceline Daughter of Dame Catherine Twisden by the said Brigadier Generall George Joceline one hundred pounds at her age of twenty one years or day of Marriage which shall first happen And that they do pay her Interest for the same at the Rate of five pounds per centum per annum the meantime
     And that they doe out of the same Sumes of three thousand pounds and two thousand pounds pay unto Elizabeth Joceline sister of the said Jenny Joceline three hundred pounds at her age of twenty one years or day of Marriage which shall first happen And that my Executors doe pay her Interest for the same at the Rate of five pounds per centum per annum in the meantime
     And after all my Debts and funerall Expenses and the Legacies herein before and hereafter and in and by my Will given and bequeathed (and which are not hereby revoked) are paid and satisfyed I give and bequeath all the Residue of the Sumes of three thousand pounds and two thousand pounds and also my two Silver Cannisters with Locks and Keys and all other my personall Estate not otherwise disposed of unto my Brother in Law Charles Milner
     Item I give and bequeath unto my cousin Ann French twenty Guineas
     Item I give and bequeath unto my Godson Archibald Hamilton son of John Hamilton Esq fifty pounds at his age of one and twenty years And I do direct that my Executors do pay him Interest for the same in the meantime at the rate of five pounds per cent per annum
     In Witness whereof I have to this present Codicill contained in two sheets of paper to each sheet thereof set my hand and seal dated the day and year first above written Alicia Taylor
     Signed Sealed published and declared by the said Dame Alicia Taylor als Colepeper als Milner to be a Codicill to and by her desired to be deemed and taken as part of her last Will and Testament in the presence of Sarah Thomas Roger Philips Fra Brookes
     25 Oct 1731

Second Codicil to the Will of Dame Alice Taylor, otherwise Colepeper, otherwise Milner
In the Name of God Amen
     The twenty fifth day of October in the fifth year of the Reign of Our Sovereign Lord George the Second by the Grace of God of Great Britain France and Ireland King Defender of the Faith
     I Dame Alicia Taylor alias Colepeper alias Milner of Preston Hall in the Parish of Aylesford in the County of Kent Widdow do make and ordain this present writing to be a Codicill to my last Will and Testament and desire the same to be taken and deemed as part thereof (that is to say)
     Whereas by a Codicill bearing Date the twenty fifth day of March last which I thereby desired and directed to be deemed and taken as part of my last Will and Testament I have directed that my Executors named in my Will which is dated the sixth day of January one thousand seven hundred and twenty seven should out of the Sumes of three thousand pounds and two thousand pounds therein mentioned pay unto Elizabeth Jocelyne therein named three hundred pounds at her age of twenty one years or day of Marriage which should first happen And that they should pay her Interest the same at the rate of five pounds per cent per annum in the meantime
     And Whereas the said Elizabeth Jocelyne is since dead Therefore I do by this present Codicill revoke the said Legacy so given to the said Elizabeth Jocelyne And do Order that the said three hundred pounds shall go unto my Brother in Law Charles Milner as part of the residue of the said Sumes of three thousand pounds and two thousand pounds given him by the said Codicill
     In Witness whereof I have to this present Codicill set my hand and seale dated the day and year first above written Alicia Taylor als Milner
     Signed Sealed published and declared by the said Dame Alicia Taylor als Colepeper als Milner and by her desired to be deemed and taken as a Codicill to and part of her last Will and Testament in the presence of us who subscribed our Names as Witnesses hereunto in the presence of the said Testatrix Sarah Thomas Thommas Bottle Fra Brooke

Probate: 2 Nov 1734
     This Will was proved at London with two Codicills annexed on the second day of November in the year of Our Lord one thousand seven hundred and thirty four before the Right Worshipfull John Bettesworth Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the Oaths of Doctor Charles Milner and Richard Porter the Executors named in the said Will To whom was granted Administration of all and singular the Goods Chattells and Credits of the said deceased they being first sworn by commission duely to administer the same.

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The transcription above was provided to Culpepper Connections by John Buckley. Regarding an earlier transcription which we had posted, John wrote:

I was delighted to find your Culpeper website. I have recently discovered that I am connected to the Colepepers of Preston Hall, Aylesford, Kent, via Sir Thomas Twysden 1676-1712 and Sir Francis Wythens 1634-1704...
     The transcription of Dame Alicia's 1734 will that you have posted on your Culpeper website is a bold undertaking, but does occasionally show an unfamiliarity with the clerical hands of the early 18th century. Some of your surnames have been mis-transcribed. I have made my own transcription of the will. It is not an 100% exact transcription. There is a judicious alteration of upper case capital letters to lower case. Where the original has a bar over the last two letters, indicating an accepted clerical abbreviation, I have used the complete word. I have dispensed with the initial ff . As you know, the clerks who drew up the will did away with punctuation. I have made use of modern layouts to break up the text, highlighting names and legal phrases. My purpose is to make the document more readable. And I have taken the liberty of sending it to you to compare it with your own.
     I live in Lancaster England and spent far too much of my retirement doing family history. I am able to read PCC wills online through my subscription to www.thegenealogist.co.uk Much handier than traipsing down to dusty archives in London.10,11 
Will25 Mar 1731 She made a will on 25 Mar 1731.

First Codicil to the Will of Dame Alice Taylor, otherwise Colepeper, otherwise Milner:
     In the Name of God Amen The Twenty fifth day of March in the fourth year of the Reign of Our Sovereign Lord George the Second (25 Mar 1731) by the Grace of God of Great Britain France and Ireland King Defender of the faith et. Annoae Inri 31
     I Dame Alicia Taylor alias Colepeper alias Milner of Preston Hall in the Parish of Aylesford in the county of Kent Widow doe make and publish this present Writing to be a Codicill to my last Will and Testament and desire the same to be taken and deemed as part thereof (that is to say) Whereas by my Will which is dated on or about the Sixth day of January One Thousand Seven hundred and Twenty Seven I have directed and appointed that my Executors therein named should within one year after my decease pay and apply the Sumes of Three Thousand pounds and Two Thousand pounds therein mentioned in payment and discharge of my Legacies therein after mentioned and in part hereinafter mentioned (that is to say) To the six Children then living of William Colpeper late of Hollingborne in the said County of Kent Esquire the Sume of One hundred pounds apiece. To Frances Croisden the Daughter of Sir Thomas Twisden late of Peckham in the County of Kent Barronett, decesed by Dame Catherine Twisden his Wife the Sume of Three hundred pounds. To Jenny Thomas Robert and Elizabeth Foreline formr of the Children of the said Dame Catherine Croisden by Brigadier Geneerall George Foreline her last husband the sume of One hundred pounds apiece. And if either oft hem should dye under the age of fourteen years his or her Share to goe to the survivors of them. To my friend Mrs. Elzabeth Swame Twenty pounds to buy her Mourning And by my said Will I have also given to the aforesaid Frances Croisden my Silver Tea Kettle Lamp and Stand and a pair of Silver candlesticks on which the Arms of my late husband Sir Thomas Taylor are engraved. As also a Tea Table and Sett of China Ware belonging to it and a dozen of Silver Tea Spoons.
     Now I do hereby revoke disannull and make void all and every the Gifts Legacies and Bequests contained in my said Will which are herein before particularly recited and mentioned. And I doe hereby ratifye and confirme my said Will in all other respects. And I do hereby Order and direct that I be buryed in Linnen in as decent and private a manner as may be by my Executors named in my said Will in the Parish Church of Ayleford at Twelve o Clock at night And that there be no Estulthions or other Decorations or Ornaments made use of at my Buriall or any person invited to Support my Pall. I also Will and desire that a compleat Lint of decent Mourning cloths be given to each of my Servants who shall be living with me at my decrease. I also give to Mrs. Catherine Porter my least Silver Tea Kettle and Lamp with the Colepepers Arms on them and the Stand belonging to them with the Top covered with Silver the Arms the Boars heads Fairest that the Executors name in my Will do out of the Three Thousand pounds and Two Thousand pounds therein mentioned pay to Jenny Foreline Daughter of Dame Catherine Croisden by the said Brigadier Generall George Foreline One hundred pounds at her age of Twenty One years or day of Marriage which shall first happen. And that they do pay her Interest for the same at the Rate of five pounds per centum per Annum the meantime And that they doe out of the same Sumes of Three Thousand pounds and Two Thousand pounds pay unto Elizabeth Foreline sister of the said Jenny Foreline Three hundred pounds at her age of Twenty one years or day of Marriage which shall first happen And that my Executors doe pay her Interest for the same at the Rate of five pounds per Centum per Annum in the meantime And afterall my Debts and funerall Expenses and the Legacies herein before and hereafter and in and by my Will given and bequeathed (and which are not hereby revoked) are paid and satisfyed I give and bequeath all the Residue of the Sumes of Three Thousand pounds and Two Thousand pounds and also my two Silver Cannisters with Locks and Keys and all other my personall Estate not otherwise disposed of unto my Brother in Law Charles Milner. Now I give and bequeath unto my cousin Ann French Twenty Guineas. Now I give and bequeath unto my Godson Archibald Hamilton Son of John Hamilton Esq fifty pounds at his age of One and twenty years. An I do direct that my Executors do pay him Interest for the same in the meantime at the rate of five pounds per cent per Annum. In Witness whereof I have to this present Codicill contained in two sheets of paper to each sheet thereof set my hand and seal dated the day and year first above written./. Alicia Taylor./. Signed Sealed published and declared by the said Dame Alicia Taylor ats Colepeper ats Milner to be a Codicill to and by her desired to be deemed and taken as part of her last Will and Testament in the presence of ./. Sarah Thomas. Robert Philips. Fra. Brookes./.12,10 
Will25 Oct 1731 She made a will on 25 Oct 1731.

Second Codicil to the Will of Dame Alice Taylor, otherwise Colepeper, otherwise Milner:
     In the Name of God Amen The Twenty fifth day of October in the fifth year of the Reign of Our Sovereign Lord George the Second (25 Oct 1731) by the Grace of God of Great Britain France and Ireland King Defender of the faith et. Annoae Inri 1731
     I Dame Alicia Taylor alias Colepeper alias Milner of Preston Hall in the Parish of Aylesford in the County of Kent Widdow do make and ordain this present writing to be a Codicill to my last Will and Testament and desire the same to be taken and deemed as part thereof (that is to say) Whereas by a Codicill bearing Date the Twenty fifth day of March last which I thereby desired and directed to be deemed and taken as part of my last Will and Testament I have directed that my Executors named in my Will which is dated the Sixth day of January One Thousand Seven hundred and Twenty seven should out of the Sumes of Three Thousand pounds and Two Thousand pounds therein mentioned pay unto Elizabeth Forelyne therein named Three hundred pounds at her age of Twenty one years or day of Marriage which should first happen And that they should pay her Interest the same at the rate of five pounds per Cent per Annum in the meantime And Whereas the said Elizabeth Forelyne is since dead
     Therefore I do by this present Codisill revoke the said Legacy so given to the said Elizabeth Forelyne And Order that the said Three hundred pounds shall go unto my Brother in Law Charles Milner as part of the residue of the said Sumes of Three Thousand pounds and Two Thousand pounds given him by the said Codisill
     In Witness whereof I have to this present Codisill set my hand and seale Dated the day and year first above written./. Alicia Taylor ats Milner./. Signed Sealed published and declared by the said Dame Alicia Taylor ats Colepeper ats Milner and by her desired to be deemed and taken as a Codisill to and part of her last Will and Testament in the presense of us who subscribed our Names as Witnesses hereunto in the presense of the said Testatrix./ Sarah Thomas. Thommas Bottle. Fra: Brooke./.12,10 
Death*Apr 1734 She died at Preston Hall, Aylesford, co. Kent, England, in Apr 1734. 
Probate*2 Nov 1734 Probate action was taken on Alicia's estate on 2 Nov 1734 at London, England,

This Will was proved at London with two codisills annexed on the Second day of November in the year of Our Lord One Thousand Seven hundred and Thirty four before the Right Worshipfull John Bettesworth Doctor of Laws Master Keeper of commissary of the Perogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted Executors named in the said Will To whom was granted Administration of all and signualr the Goods Chattlels and Credits of the said deceased they being first sworn by commission duely to administer the same./.12,10 
Biography* Alicia was the last of the line of Aylesford Culpepers.
     In about 1675, she married Herbert Stapeley Esquire, the son and heir apparent of Sir John Stapeley, Baronet, of Patcharn in Sussex. Herbert was MP for Seaford in 1679. They were blessed with several children, all of whom died young. Herbert, the fourth son, died in 1687 aged three and was interred in the chancel of Folkington Church, Sussex. Alicia's husband, Herbert, died c. 1690.
     The widowed Alicia Stapeley remarried. Her second husband was Sir Thomas Taylor, Baronet, (1657-96) of Park House, Maidstone. The ceremony took place at St Peter's Church, Ditton. The parish register recorded: '1692 Oct 6 Sir Thomas Taylor of Maidstone, Baronet, and Madame Alicia Stapeley of Aylesford were married.'
     Sir Thomas died in 1696. Their son Thomas (1693-1720) succeeded to the baronetcy at the age of three.
     Lady Alicia Taylor, being left a widow for the second time, was again wooed. She married her first cousin, Thomas Culpeper, a barrister, the second son of Sir Thomas Culpeper of Hollingbourne. Lady Alicia continued to reside in Park House, Maidstone, where she brought up and educated her son, Sir Thomas Taylor. Her third husband died young. Their son, Sir Thomas, died in 1720 at age twenty-seven. The baronetcy became extinct.
     Lady Alicia's brother, Sir Thomas Culpeper of Preston Hall, died in 1723 without issue. His baronetcy became extinct. She therefore inherited the estate.
     In need of a partner to share in the management of the estates, and someone to comfort her in old age, she remarried. Her fourth husband was Dr. John Milner, M.D. of Pudsey, Yorkshire. The marriage ceremony was solemnized at St Peter's Church, Ditton. The parish register recorded: '1723 Oct 16 Dr. Millner of Maidstone and the Lady Taylor of Aylesford were married. Lady Taylor, the last of the Culpepers, had no children.'
     Lady Alicia settled all her estates, including Preston Hall, on Dr. Milner and his heirs, reserving only her life interest. John Milner devised the inheritance of the estate of Preston Hall to his brother Dr. Charles Milner, M.D.
     Following the pattern established by her previous husbands, John Milner did not survive the union with Lady Alicia. He died in February 1724.
     In her lonely, childless widowhood, Lady Alicia lived on at Preston Hall. When she died in April 1734, she must have been nearly eighty. The entry for her interment was entered twice in Aylesford's parish register. She was interred in the north chancel of the parish church.2 

Family 1

Herbert Stapley Esq. (before 1655 - say 1690)
Marriage*1675 She married Herbert Stapley Esq. in 1675. 

Family 2

Sir Thomas Taylor of Maidstone, 2nd Bart. (19 Aug 1657 - 1696)
Marriage*6 Oct 1692 She married Sir Thomas Taylor of Maidstone, 2nd Bart. at Ditton, co. Kent, England, on 6 Oct 1692. St. Peter's Church. 

Family 3

Thomas Culpeper of the Middle Temple (1669 - circa Sep 1703)
Marriage*say 1698 She married Thomas Culpeper of the Middle Temple say 1698. Thomas was the third of four husbands of Alicia Culpeper. 

Family 4

Dr. John Milner of Maidstone (say 1660 - Feb 1724)
Marriage*16 Oct 1723 She married Dr. John Milner of Maidstone at St. Peter's Church, Ditton, co. Kent, England, on 16 Oct 1723. 
Last Edited20 Sep 2012

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. James H. Sephton, Preston Hall, Aylesford, 496 Station Road, Aylesford, Kent: J. H. Sephton, 1997, Repository: Warren Culpepper's Personal Library.
  3. William Berry, compiler, Pedigrees of the Families of the County of SussexSherwood, Gilbert and Piper, 1830.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Public Records Office, National Archives, London.
    Will of Thomas Culpeper of Hollingbourne (#8907), dated 7 Aug 1703, transcribed by Warren Culpepper from the images at: http://gen.culpepper.com/archives/uk/wills/images/Thomas_of_Middle_Temple_1704.pdf.
  7. Public Records Office, National Archives, London.
    Will of Sir Thomas Colepeper of Aylesford (#9203), dated 16 Feb 1710/11, transcribed by Charles Andrew Grigsby from images at: http://gen.culpepper.com/archives/uk/wills/images/Thomas_of_Aylesford_1723.pdf.
  8. E-mail written 2007 to Warren Culpepper from Charles Andrew Grigsby, England, e-mail address.
  9. E-mail written Sep 2012 to Warren L. Culpepper from John Buckley, Lancaster, England, e-mail address.
    John provided miscellaneous edits to Charles Grigsby's transcription.
  10. Public Records Office, National Archives, London.
    Image at: http://gen.culpepper.com/archives/uk/wills/images/Alicia_of_Aylesford_1734.pdf.
  11. E-mail written Sep 2012 to Warren L. Culpepper from John Buckley, Lancaster, England, e-mail address.
  12. E-mail written 1998-2011 to Culpepper Connections from Capos Conley 'Chip' Culpepper II (#23339), Little Rock, AR, e-mail address.
    P.C.C. 254 Ockhamob. s.p.