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Will of Wynifrith Francklen, Widow of Marlborough. 1608


In the name of God, Amen



The eighteenth day of April in the year of our Lord God one thousand six hundred and eight I Wynifrith Francklen in the parish of St Peter and St Paul the Apostles in Marlborough, widow, do ordain and make this my last will and testament in manner of form following.


First I bequeath my soul to Almighty God my maker trusting to be saved only by the merit, death and passion of Jesus Christ his son my Redeemer. And my body to be buried in the chancell of Saint Peter’s beforesaid.


Imprimis, I give and bequeath to the poor people of Saint Peters in Marlborough twenty shillings after my decease. Item, I give to the poor of East Kennett six shillings. Item, I give to the poor of Burcleare six shillings.


Item, I give to the church of Sarum twelve pence.


Item, I give to the church of Saint Peters in Marlborough six shillings.


Item, I give to Mr Doctor Feyld to preach my funeral sermon twenty shillings.


Item, I give to the six younger sons of John Folwell of Well street in the parish [of] Burcleare forty one pounds to be paid within six months after my decease, viz that the two youngest sons to have their portion at the age of twenty one years. The beforesaid forty one pounds to be equally divided amongst them. And the four oldest of the six sons to have the use of it until the two younger come to the full age of twenty one years.


Item, I give to Henry Folwell the son of William Folwell five pounds to be paid within six months after my decease.


Item, I give to John Francklin of Overton [1] six pounds to be paid within six months after my decease.


Item, I give and bequeath to Cicely Wells, Richard Wells and Marye Wells, the children of my daughter Margaret Hichcocke [2] one hundred pounds which my son [3] Richard Francklen of East Kynnett does owe upon bond to the said Testatrix to be paid within one year next after my decease by the said Richard Francklin. The said hundred pounds to be equally divided between the said Cicelye, Richard and Marye Wells. 


Item, all such debts as Willm Juniper of Norrington my son-in-law [4]  did owe unto me the said Testatrix I do frankly and freely forgive the said Willyam Juniper. 


My will is that my Executors shall make and give unto William Juniper my son-in-law aforesaid for me and in my name, a gold ring of the value of forty shillings, wherein shall be set four letters for the name of the said Testatrix. And the said William Juniper to be paid within three months after my decease. 


Item, my said Executors shall give for me and in my name the like ring to my said son-in-law [5] Richard Francklin of Kynnett with four letters for my name and the said Richard Francklen to be delivered within three months after my decease.


Debts owing unto the said Testatrix follow: 


Imprimis, Richard Francklen my son in-law [5] of East Kynnett does owe unto the said Testatrix for a year and a quarters rent due at our Ladies Day last, fifty pounds. 


Item, Anne Popejoye of Overton, widow, does owe unto the said Testatrix upon a bond forfeited of twenty pounds for the payment of ten pounds, ten pounds.


Item, John Brownejohn does owe four score and ten pounds of principal debt upon a bond, whereof the said Testatrix has received twenty pounds, three score and ten pounds. 


Item, the said John Brownejohn owes more unto the said Testatrix four pounds. 


Item, Robt Folwell of Burcleare owes upon a bond of forty pounds, ten pounds. 


Item, moreover, the said Robert Folwell owes forty shillings. 


All the residue of my goods and chattels moveable and unmoveable, not given nor bequeathed, my debts and legacies paid and my funeral expenses discharged, I give and bequeath unto Richard Hichcocke my son-in-law and to my daughter Margaret his wife, whom I do ordain and make my whole Executors of this my last Will and Testament jointly and to perform it according to the true meaning of the said Testatrix.


Item, I do constitute and appoint overseers of this my last Will and Testament to see it truly performed Phillipe Francklin of Marlborough and John Chapman also Hiscock of Preshute, and for their pains taken therein I give unto them ten shillings apiece. 


Witnesses unto the said Will and Testament all these names that follow: 


Robert Clarck

Thomas Whitfield, scriptor 


The mark of the Testatrix 


Proved at London 10th June 1608 by Roger [sic] Hitchcocke, executor



[1] John's son James refers to Richard Franklin of Kennett as his uncle in his will. This term could equally include Richard as either half-uncle or full, so it is unclear whether John is the natural son of Wynifrith or her step son as per Richard.

[2] Margaret is the daughter of Wynifrith, but may be so from an earlier marriage. She is not necessarily sister to Richard Franklin, and from the difference in how the two are treated in the will the inference is that she is his step-sister.

[3] Although called son here, in later references he is her son-in-law, i.e. stepson

[4] From the terminology and treatment, more likely to be the husband of a natural daughter of Wynifrith (deceased and therefor not named) rather than another step-son from yet another marriage

[5] son-in-law, i.e. stepson




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