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succession unto their husbands but I will that the same shall return amongst
those which shall remain of you to be given to your children and that you
share all equally together. Moveables to be sold to make up these suras
if not ready money enough. And if it shall please the Lord so much to
favour us as to give us peace and that I can be wholly out of the business
and that I knew what were due unto me for some unclear parcels, as you
shall perceive by an extract herein enclosed, I might (God willing) more
amply and clearly declare my will. And when I shall have news that my
moveables sent into your quarters are well arrived I may also (God willing)
dispose of my said moveables, plate and apparrell belonging to my head,
but until then I leave the same uudisposed, for the making up of the said
sums &c.

Now the reason that T do rather give unto my nieces than unto my
nephews is that the fathers and mothers which do love their children ought
to have a care to cause their sons to learn some honest vocation to the end,
with the help of God, in time to attain unto that which shall be praise-
worthy, for ordinarily daughters are not employed in such vocations, and
specially those which are come of good families, unless necessity do there-
unto urge them and therefore when they have some thing for their mar-
riage they are sought after by honest men, howbeit I will not give this
vanity unto myself that that little which I give them may greatly advance
them but I prais God for his goodness which he hath done unto me and do
pray him with all my heart to continue them unto me in his blessing and to
his honor and glory the salvation of my poor soul and the edification of my
neighbor, in all charity beseeching him also to give me grace to live and
die in his fear and to grant me his heavenly kingdom at the end of my
days and that my brethren and sisters, nephews and nieces and others my
friends may after my death enjoy thereof in all prosperity and blessings of
God to the grace and salvation of their souls. Amen. I do pray my
brother Paul Le Mercier and my brother Francis Le Mercier to be execu-
tors of this my Testament, for my brother Peter Le Mercier doth not dwell
in those places but in Ireland, God give us all grace to do well, and if I do
not die here the two hundred Livers which I do give unto the poor I do
will that the same be given to the poor of the church of Hampton in Eng-

Proved by the oaths of Paul and Francis Le Mercier, Letters of Admin-
istration .vhich had been granted to the said Paul 22 September 1628 as if
she had been intestate having been first brought in and renounced.

St. John, 120.

[Here we have the whole family of Mercers already referred to (Reg. Vol.
47, pp. 511-514; ante, pp. 784-787) but bearing a French name. They may
have migrated to Southampton either from France itself or from the Channel
Islands, from which the allied family of Pryaulx seem to have come. We
lind here Paul, Peter, Francis, Daniel* Jane (Pryaulx), Elizabeth (Blauchard),
.Judith (Johnson), Anne (Strowde?) and Haster (Bachiler), only the testatrix,
like a Frenchman, refers to his sisters by their maiden family names, not by
those acquired through marriage. — II. F. Waters.]


Gideon Delawne of Loudon Esq., of the age of fourscore and nine
years, or thereabouts, 19 June 1G54, proved 20 — 1G59. My body to be
decently buried according to the wisdom of my executors in the rank of
an Alderman of London in the Church porch of the Blackfriars, Lon-
don, under the stone in that place where is written in great letters
Sepulchrum Launeorum. to the better performance of which solemnity of
my burial I do hereby order and appoint one thousand pounds to be
expended therein. My manor of Roxton in the Co. of Bedford I give
to my grandson William Delawne, son and heir of my deceased son
Abraham Delawne &c, forever, as it is already settled on him upon his
contract of marriage, upon condition that such manors, lands &c. in the
said County as are settled and disposed of for the jointure of Mistress Ann
Hugessen, the now wife of Master William Hugessen and formerly the wife
of my said son Abraham, upon his contract of marriage with the said Anne
by indenture tripartite dated G July 1G27, made between me, the said
Gideon Delawne, and Judith my then wife, since deceased, of the first part,
my said son Abraham Delawne and the said Ann Hugessen, by the name
of Ann Sonds. one of the daughters of Sir Richard Sonds of ... in
the Co. of Kent, sithence deceased, of the second part, and the said Sir
Richard Sonds deceased and Sir George Sonds, sou and heir of the said
Sir Richard Sonds, of the third part, shall be possessed and enjoyed by the
said Ann Hugessen during her life for her jointure. I give the manor of
Chersted in Kent to the use &c. of my said grandson William Delawne &c,
remainder to George Delawne, second son of the said Abraham deceased,
by the said Anne, then to Michael Delawne, third son &c, next to Gideon
Delaune, fourth son &c. &c. I bequeath my mansion house, with shop,
garden, round shop and round chamber towards the street, passages, stable,
hayloft &c. in Blackfriars, to my daughter the Lady Ann Sprignell, the wife
of Sir Richard Sprignell, baronet, upon condition that the said William De-
laune shall have the four chambers next over the dining room in my said
mansion house, for habitation &c, with free ingress &c. After the decease
of the said Lady Ann Sprignell I give these premises to my said grandson
William Delawne and his heirs forever. Other messuages &c. in Black-
fryers (one occupied by brother Paul Delawne, Doctor in Physick) to my
said grandson. I give him also my three shares of land in Virginia and
my two shares of land in the " Barmoedas or Sommer Islands." I give to
my grandchildren George, Michael and Gideon Delawne (sons of Abraham)
five hundred pounds apiece, to be paid to each at his age of twenty and
one years. To Anne Delawne, the second daughter of my said son Abra-
ham, four hundred pounds and to Elizabeth Delawne, his youngest daughter,
three hundred pounds, each at twenty one or day of marriage. To Richard,
Gideon and William Sprignell, the sons of the said Sir Richard Sprignell
and the said Lady Anne, three hundred pounds each at twenty one. To
Susanna, Elizabeth, Rebecca, Hester and Judith, the daughters of the said
Richard and Anne, three hundred pounds each at day of marriage or age of
twenty one. To Abraham Chamberlaine, the son of my grandchild Mistress
Chamberlaine, the eldest daughter of my deceased son Abraham and now
the wife of Master Abraham Chamberlaine the younger, ten pounds to buy
him a piece of plate whereon it is my desire my arms may be engraven.
Certain silver vessels to grandson William Delawne. Two thousand pounds
each to said grandson and to said daughter, the Lady Ann Sprignell. Fifty
pounds to my brother Peter Delawne, M.D. To my nephew Henry De-


lawne one hundred pounds, to his wife twenty pounds and to every one of
his children ten pounds. Bequests to sister Vancourt and to her children
Nathaniel Vancourt and Judith Vancourt. To my sister Chamberlaine
forty shillings to buy her a ring. To sister Katherine Delawne, widow of
brother Nathaniel Delawne, and her sons Nathaniel, John and Gideon.
Master Jenkins, minister of St. Ann's Blackfryers and the two ministers of
the French church. Sundry poor. The Company of the Apothecaries in
Loudon. My cousin John Mary. Others mentioned. The executors to
be Lady Ann Spriguell and grandson William Delawne. Pell, 380.

Gideon Delawne of St. Anne Blackfryers. London, apothecary, 13
November 1658, proved 10 January 1G58. To my loving wife Jane De-
lawne the lease of the house wherein I now live, and all my household
goods, money, plate &c, she to have the care and tuition of my daughter
Anue; and I appoint my said wife sole executrix. Pell, 6.

[Gideon Delaun, apothecary of London and Chersted, Kent, eldest son of
William Delaune, a French Protestant pastor and doctor in phjsic. He was
born in Itheims about 1565, came with his father to England, and vsas appointed
apothecary to Anne of Denmark, queen of James I. In 1G10 he was granted the
arms of the family of Launey of Belmesnil in Normandy, from which he was

He was a prominent member in the Apothecaries Company, and his fame was
transmitted to succeeding ages as an originator of a long-famous pill.

He married Judith, daughter of Henry Chamberleine ; his son married Anne,
daughter of Sir Richard Sandys of Northbourue Court, Kent, Eng.


Daniel Mercer of London, merchant, 22 November 1687, proved
12 May 1692. Wife Rebecca. Marriage contract dated 26 May 1676.
Sister Elizabeth Dodson. Sister in law Magdalen, the. relict of my de-
ceased brother Benjamin Mercer. My sister Judith — . My cousins Peter
Ducane, Christopher Lethieulier and Jacob Foitre. Son Thomas. Lands
belonging to me in Ireland, for which my honored father, deceased, paid
about four hundred pounds. The rest of my children. My house at Lime
street, London, and my house at Peckham, Surrey. My five children
Thomas, Daniel, Elizabeth, Anne and George Mercer. Brother George
Dodson Esq. Friend Ralph Fordham. Fane, DO.

John Priaulx of New Sarum, AVilts, gen'., 10 April 1695, proved 19
April 1698. Houses and hinds in Pennington and Mil ford, Southampton,
the town of Southampton, and the city of New Sarum. My three daughters,
Katherine, Ann and Sarah Priaulx. My godson Edmond Naish, son of
Edmond Naish. My wife. My sister M 1S . Katherine West. My kins-
woman Mrs. Ann Priaulx.

In a schedule or codicil, added 12 May 1697, others are named. Niece
Katherine Aderly. Godson John Rowle- Sister Marchant. Sister
Lamport. Sister Rowle. Aunt Priaulx. Cousin Ann Priaulx and her
brothers, my cousins, John and Peter Priaulx. All my nephews and
nieces. Daughter Katherine married to Edward Stephens, gen 4 .

Lort. 106.

[Other wills relating to this Mercer family of New Hampshire have been
given in vol. 47 (pp. 510-15) (ante, pp. 783-788) and in vol. 48 (p. 274) (ante,


p. 878). I take this occasion to correct a typographical error in the footnote
on p. 274 (vol. 48) {ante, p. 878). For Mercor read .Mercer. The will of Mrs.
Mary Cornell alias Le Mercier seems to me so very interesting and important
that I have made a large abstract of it. It shows a probable French origin
for this family. Henry F. Waters.]

Martin Roberts of Truroe borough within the County of Cornwall,
merchant, 1 March 1594, proved 5 March 1598. My mother Joan Roberts.
My father in law John Catcher, alderman, and Ellen his wife. My
brothers John and Richard Roberts, my sister Philip Robertes, my aunt
Elizabeth Saundell, my brothers in law Jo :n Catcher, Edward Catcher,
Ambrose Roiston and Thomas Modie, my nephews Richard Roberts, Josias
Robertes and John Thomas, my cousins William, John and Simons Roberts,
my brothers in law Martin Thomas, Roger Tucker, Balthazar Williams,
John Michell and Henry Nanspian, my sister Anne Tucker and her
daughter and every of my other sisters, viz. Jane, Elizabeth, Margaret and
Christabell, and every of their children, as also Jane, my brother Richard's
daughter, my sister Jane Catcher and my cousin Richard Jefferie and
Grace Barges. Wife Ellen. Kidd. 22.

Sententia pro confirmaQoe in the matter of the foregoing will was declared
19 May 1599, the parties in the case being John Roberts a brother and
Johaue Roberts the mother of the deceased, on the one part, and. on the
other, Ellen Roberts the widow and executrix &c. Kidd, 43.

John Robertes of the town and borough of Trewro, Cornwall, merchant,
2G April 1603, with a nuncupative codicil, proved 8 February 1605. To
my father Ronolde Robertes forty shillings a year for life. To Mary my wife
twenty pounds a year for life and twenty pounds a year more so long as she
doth continue widow and bear my name. My meaning is that she shall have
but twenty pounds a year if she shall marry, otherwise forty pounds a year.
Other bequests to her. To John Pendarves my brother in law one signet
of gold to the value of forty shillings. To my brother William Robertes
one signet of gold to the value of forty shillings. A similar bequest to
brother Symon. To my sister in law Jane Robertes one gem of gold to
the value of twenty shillings. To Mary Robertes my sister iu law one
"em of gold to the value of thirteen shillings four pence. To John Pen-
darves my godson one hundred pounds. To William the sou of Samuel
Pendarves two hundred pounds (and certain leases). To Robert Peu-
dervas one hundred pounds. To Grace Borges my sister forty shilliugs a
year during her life. To John Roberte my nephew a heifer and a calf.
To John Borges my godson a heifer and a calf by her side. To the rest
of Grace Borges' children an ewe and lamb to each of them. To John
Frye one ewe and lamb. Also I will have one gravestone '' to be settle "
upon the place of my burial, at the charges of my executor. I give ten
pounds to the end that it may be lent out at ten for a hundred and that the
use may be given forever at Christmas and Easter to the poor. The rest
of all my goods aud lauds and leases I give and bequeath unto Grace Pen-
dervas my daughter and her I make my whole executor.

Iu the codicil he enlarged his bequests to his wife Mary and sister Grace
Burges, gave three of Samuel Pendarve's children three hundred pounds
and made Samuel Pendarve and Grace his wife joint executors.

Stafford, 16.


Thomas Burges the elder of Truro, Coruwall, merchant, 20 September
1619, proved 12 December 1623. To be buried in the chancel of Truro
church if I be within ten miles of the same at my death. To my wife
Homier Burges her chest with all moneys and Jewells or things in the same
as was hers at the time of my death, and two large silver bowls and one
large gilt tankard which she herself brought in my life time. I give her also
during her natural life, twenty pounds sterling per annum; and if she re-
fuse the Duchy land that falleth to her by custom then I give her ten pounds
per annum more. Other bequests to her. To my son Henry Burges, dur-
ing his life, ten pounds per annum. If Jane Burges, now wife of my son
Henry, shall survive her husband then I bequeath to her twenty pounds
sterling. To my daughter in law Elizabeth Burges, mine executor's wife,
for a remembrance of me two of my best and " valuablest" pieces of plate,
to be chosen by herself. To my son Humfrey Burges fifty pounds. To
my son Richard five pounds. To Thomas Burges, the son of my son
Richard, twenty pounds at one and twenty. To my daughter Ann Trethe-
wey fifty pounds. To John, Thomas, Richard, Barnard, Margery, Judith,
Honnor and Joane Trethewey, sons and daughters of Robert Trethewey, ten
pounds apiece at marriage or age of one and twenty. To my daughter
Jane Poynter ten pounds. To all my godsons tweuty shillings apiece. To
Josias Burges, at one and twenty, five pounds. To four of the poor of the
town of Truro two pence apiece to begin the next Sabbath after my death and
to continue forever. Six shillings eight pence for a sermon to be preached
the next Sabbath after my burial and so yearly to continue forever; and for
performance thereof mine executor shall tie the land, by order of law, unto
the Town aud Borough of Truro for performance thereof. Mine executor
shall give it himself and after his decease the Mayor of the said Borough.
My brother in law M r . Anthony Pye, my son in law Mr. Robert Trethewey
and my brother in law Mr. Peter Sidnam shall be the overseers of this my
last will &c, to each of whom I give one gold ring worth thirty shillings
apiece posy memento mori. The residue to my eldest son Thomas Burges
whom I make and appoint sole executor &c. Swann, 127.

[Thomas Burges, merchant, of Truro, married Honnor, daughter of Hum-
phrey Sidman of Tregonie.

At the Herald's Visitation of Truro, when the city arms were confirmed, i. e.
October 9, 1G20, Thomas Burges was one of the four aldermen, his son, Thomas
Jr., was one of the Burgesses, and Hugh Boscawen, mentioned, as will be seen,
in George Phippen's will as a beneficiary and near kinsman to his wife, w r as
Recorder of the city. The certificate of the arms aud seals was signed by
the Mayor and Thomas Burges, and two others of the government. Fees, £3
Gs. — George D. Phipfen of Salem, Mass.]

Robert Trethwy, of the parish of St. Stephens in Brannell in the
County of Cornwall, gen'., 26 November 1623, proved 27 April 1624.
To the poor of the parish ten shillings. To the vicar for tithes forgotten
ten shillings. To my wife Anne Trethwye my messuages &c. in Trevior
aud Penbegle for the term of fifty years if the lives contained in the original
lease live so long, with all such " fucum luce" * as now is in my inner par-
lor in Treveor and the best bed whereon I use to lie performed with sheets
and all other complements thereunto belonging and her own chest and ap-

* I must look upon this strange phrase as a misreading for " furniture."

Henry F. Watebs.


navel 1. John Trethwye ray eldest son and heir shall have all my purchased
land in all places within the County of Cornwall. To my daughter
Margery two hundred pounds. To my daughter Judith two hundred
pounds. To my sou Richard the right and term of years, after the decease
of the said Anne my wife, at Treveor and Peubegle and twenty pounds in
money. To my son Barnard Trethwy one hundred and fifty pounds. To
Elizabeth Pye rav daughter ten pounds. To my daughter Ilonnor twenty
pounds. To my daughter Joue ten pounds, with all such right as I have
in Treneage &c. To my son Thomas the messuages in Eggto shellinges
(sic), during the continuance of the lease, with the license of drawing and
selling wine there. Sundry servants. The residue to my son John whom
I make executor. And as overseers I do ordain and appoint Anthony Pye
the elder of Bodinnicke Esq., Anthony Pie my son in law and Henry
Pownd, to whom I do give for their care and pains therein twenty shillings
to each of them.

Sealed, signed and delivered to my son in law Anthony Pie the younger,
gen'., in trust &c. Byrde, 06.

[Robert Trethewey, will proved 1624, was son of Richard T. of St. Stephen.
He married Anne, daughter of Thomas Burges of Truro, who married Elizabeth,
daughter of Anthony Pye, Gent.

Robert's children, a large family, are given in a note under his pedigree and
arms in Visitation of Cornwall, 1620, pp. 237 and 8, and 306 arms. " Or. a chev.
Sa. betw. 3 trefoils slipped Az." — G. D. P.]

Thomas Burges of Truroe, Cornwall, merchant, 22 April 1626, with a
Codicil of the same date, proved 20 June 1626. To the poor of Truro,
Clemce (Clements) and Kenwin forty shillings. To my daughter Honor
Burges three hundred pounds sterling, the one half to be paid her at the day
of her marriage the other half within twelve months after, and in the mean
time to be maintained by mine executor as shall be fit for her degree. To Anne
Buries my daughter two hundred pounds (in similar payments). To my
other two daughters Constance and Isabel Burges eight score pounds apiece
(paid in similar way). To my son John two hundred and fifty pounds, to
be paid at three years end after my decease, and my will is that he spend
those three years abroad in the wars either in the low countries or elsewhere,
during which three years my will is that mine executor allow him for his
maintenance twenty marks sterling per annum, payable quarterly. To my
son Henry my estate and interest in Kenwin Closes and the house, commonly
called Thomas Glover's house, which I hold of the Borough of Truro. I
give him also one hundred pounds to be paid him at eight years end &c.
Provisions for binding him apprentice. To my other six sons, Caleb, Josua,
Humphrie, James, Elisha and Thomas, to each of them two hundred marks
sterling to be paid as they severally accomplish the age of one and twenty,
and my will is that they be brought up in some honest calling and course
of life. To my wife Elizabeth forty pounds sterling per annum during her
life. Other bequests to her (including) one piece of plate called the " bar
rell canne." The residue to my son Robert whom I constitute sole execu-
tor. To my two brothers in law Anthony Pye of St. Stephens iu Brannell,
gen 1 ., and George Phippen, rector of Truro, the mauor of Trethosa and
the barton of Millador in trust to satisfy the legacies &c.

George Phippen one of the witnesses. Hele, 91.


[Thomas Burges, son of the above, married Elizabeth Pye,
March 27, loitS. Pedigree and arras of the Burges family is
given in Visitation of Cornwall, 1G20, pp. 26 and 303. " Ckequy
Gu. & Or, on a Chief Ar. 3 Cross Crosslets Az." (Same as in
Phippen Genealogical Chart.)— See Heraldic Journal, vol. 4,

The authors say in a note under the pedigree, p. 26, that
Thomas Burges w'as Mem. Pari, from Truro, 1 & 21 of James
1st, or in 1602 and 1G23. Perhaps this honor may have been
shared by father and son, both of the same name. Other
Burges impaling p^. notes on the same page jjives the baptism of his children, a
large family, taken from the Truro Parish Records between 1509 and 1616.

In his will he mentions his brothers-in-law, Anthony Pye and George Phippen,
rector.— G. D. P.]

John Trethewet of Truroe, Cornwall, gen'., 20 July 1626, with a
codicil dated 7 August 1626, another 12 of August 1626, another 14 August
1626, proved 15 January 1626. To the poor of Truro twenty shillings, to
the poor of St. Stephen's twenty shillings, to the poor of Clemence ten
shillings and to the poor of Kenwin ten shillings. To my mother Anue
Trethewey ten pounds sterling. To my brothers and sisters, Elizabeth,
Margery, Honor, Joane and Barnard, ten pounds sterling apiece (in six
months after my decease). To my brother Richard thirty pounds sterling.
To my godson Robert Pye forty shillings. To my goddaughter Joane
Trethewey twenty shillings. To Joane Trethewey sometime a servant in
my house twenty shillings. To every child of my brothers and sisters a
noble apiece. To the boy Hugh Webbe which attendeth on me forty shil-
lings to bind him apprentice to some honest trade, if it may conveniently
be done, howsoever to be paid unto him or some friend of his for his good.
For payment of debts and legacies and the discharge and payment of cer-
tain debts and legacies of my father Robert Trethewey deceased, not yet
satisfied, as they shall appear to be due I give and bequeath all the rest
of my goods, chattells, lands, tenements &c. unto my brother Thomas
Trethewey, merchant, whom, on this condition, I make and constitute my
sole executor. If he refuse then I give unto my brother in law Anthony
Pye of St. Stephens gen 1 , my house, also my laud called Riddle and my
estate in Tregurgas &c, to raise money out of the same sufficient for the
payment of the said debts and legacies. And that being done all the said
houses and tenements to be and remain as the proper estate of the said
Thomas Trethewey mine executor.

Wit: Geo. Phippen, Honor Burges.

In the first codicil he bequeaths to his uncle Richard Burges three
pounds sterling, to his grandmother Honor Burges thirty shillings to buy
her a ring, to his aunt Catherine Sidname five shillings and to his aunt
Bennett two shillings six pence. In the third and last codicil he ratifies
and allows of the last will and testament of his sister Judith Trethewey

George Phippen was a witness to each codicil. Skynuer, 2.

[John Trethewey (will proved 1626) was son of the above Robert, mentions
the Burgesses and his brother-in-law, Anthony Pye, who married his sister
Elizabeth; also his aunt Sidnam, which name appears in the Burges pedigree.
George Phippen and Honor Bnrges were witnesses to his will. See Vis. Cor-
wall, p. 26.— G. D. P.]

William Catcher of Truroe, Cornwall, merchant, 13 December 1627,
proved 26 March 1628. To my wife Margrett there will descend all my


" Dutchie " land, whereby she will be provided for. I give and bequeath
unto her all her wearing apparell and all her rings, Jewells and those trunks
and chests which she now useth. I give her such household stuff, plate and
necessary utensils as my brother in law George Phippen shall think fitting
for her, also, for a testimony of my love, I give her that diamond ring which

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