Gary Colquhoun, of Melbourne, Australia, has sent me scans and transcripts of some wills of descendants of Richard Stonier of Bassingthorpe LIN (his 9-times-great-grandfather).
The family, as derived from the wills and the IGI, is
This tenth day of November in the yeare of our Lord God One thousand Six hundred fifty and two I William Stonier of the parish of Clerkenwell in the County of Midd Brewer being sicke and weake in Body but of perfect mind and memory (praise be therefore given to Almighty God) doe make and declare this my last Will and Testament as touching such worldly Goods Chattels ready money Plate Lands and other things whatsoever as God of his Mercy hath endowed mee with I give devise and bequeath the same in manner and forme following. That is to say First I give and bequeath unto Sarah Shearman twenty shillings Item I give and bequeath unto my brothers Robert Stonier John Stonier and sister Ellen Darby ten shillings a peece Item I give and bequeath unto my brother George Stonier and Cozen Thomas Sutton twenty shillings a peece to buy each of them a Ring to weare in remembrance of mee the rest and residue of all and singular my Goods Chattles redye money Plate Lands and other things whatsoever not herein by mee before given and bequeathed my Debts and Legacies being paid I doe wholly give and bequeath the same unto my wellbeloved daughter Hannah Stonier And if in Case my said daughter Hanna Stonier shall happen to dye and depart this life before her attaining the Age of one and twenty yeares or Day of Marriage then I give and bequeath the same to and amongst my said Brother George Stonier Robert Stonier John Stonier and Sister Ellen Darbye equally to be devided betweene them part and part alike And if all or any of my said brothers and Sister shall happen to dye or depart this life before his her or their receaving their part and portion aforesaid Then I will and mynd is that the part and portion of him her or them so dyeing shall be payed unto and amongst his her or their child or children at the attayning their Ages of one and twenty yeares or Day of Marriage And I doe hereby make and ordaine my said Brother George Stonyer and Cozen Thomas Sutton sole Executors of this my last Will and Testament revoaking all fomer Wills by mee heretofore made In Witness whereof I the said William Stonier have hereto sett my hand and Seale the day and yeare first above written./ William Stonier./ Sealed published and declared by the said William Stonier as his last Will and Testament (theis words unto and amongst being first enterlyned in the presence of John Bayly and Robt Linton servt to Wm Lote att Lowe Snr (?)
Examd by J Lock.
This will was proved at Westminster the sixteenth day of Julye in the yeare of our Lord 1653 before the Judges for probate of Will and granting Administration according to an Act of Parlyament entituled An Act for probate of Wills and granting Administrations by the Oathes of George Stonier and Thomas Sutton the Executors named in the said Will to whome the Administration was comitted of all and Singular the Goods Chattles and Debts of the said deceased They being first sworne truly to administer &c./
This Fifteenth day of November in the yeare of our Lord God One thousand Six hundred fiftie and five I George Stonier Cittizen and Brewer of London being att this present in good minde and memorie but sick /and weake in bodie Doe make and declare this my last Will and Testament in manner and forme following (That is to say) my Will and desire is That all such debts which I doe iustlie owe to anie person or persons shall be trulie satisyed and paid within Convenient time after my decease and after my debts paid I will and my minde is That all my Estate both reall and personall whatsoever shall be Reckoned and parted into three equall parts and portions whereof my Will is That my Loveing Wife Marie shall have one full third part in Recompence of her dower and Third to her due out of my goods and Estate by the Laudable Custome of the Cittie of London The second third part of my Goods and Estate I give to my six Children Joseph Stonier John Stonier Nathaniell Stonier George Stonier Marie Stonier and Martha Stonier and such other Child or Children as hereafter I shall have or begett in the Bodie of my said Wife to be equallie devided amongst them to be paid unto the male att their severall attaining to the age of one and twentie yeares and to the Female att their severall attaining the age of one and twentie yeares or day of marriage and the last third part of my goods and Estate I reserve for the defraying of the buriall Charges of me and to pay the Legacies following (that is to say) I give to my brothers Robert Stonier John Stonier Sister Ellen Darby and my Wives Mother Susan Bailey Tenn shillings a peece Item I give to my Uncle Edward Southe Cousin Thomas Sutton Henry Maddocks and John Shipside tenn shillings a peece Item I give and bequeath to be distributed to and amongst the poore whereof Master Thomas Brookes is now Pastor the summe of tenn pounds of Lawfull monie of England which Tenn poundes my Will and minde is shall be that which is now in the hands of Goodmann Crawley in dogg Row five poundes and the over five poundes which is in the hands of Mary Markes her husband Item my Will and my minde is That if in Case I may be suffered to have and inioy my buriall place free and the pulpitt for such as shall be appoynted by my Executrix to instruct such as shall be present att the time of my interring Then my Executrix shall cause to be distributed to and amongst the poore of the Parish of Allhallowes Barking in London where I desire to be interred of which Parish I am an Inhabitant and desire to have my buriall place and the pulpitt there free Twenty douzen of bread But if in Case I shall not be permitted this my desire in the said Parish Then I will and my minde is That the same Twentie douzen of bread shall be distributed to and amongst the poor of the Church whereof Master Thomas Brooks is now Pastor Item I give and bequeath unto Master Thomas Brookes Twentie shillings and all the rest residue and remainder thereof I doe give unto my said Children equallie to be devided amongst them and in case anie of my said Children shall die Then the part and portion of him and her so dying shall descend and Come unto the Survivour or Survivours of them equallie to be devided amongst them and if all my said Children shall dye before my said children shall have received theire portions according to the Limitation of this my Will and have noe Children Then in such Case I will and my minde is That my said Childrens portions shall be devided into three equall parts whereof the first One third part shall Come unto and be paid to my said Wife Mary and the other two thirds being devided into three equall parts I will and my minde is That Two Thirds thereof shall be to and for the use of such of my Brother Robert Stoniers Children as shall be then Liveing equally to be devided amongst them part and part alike Another Third part I will and my minde is shall be equallie devided betweene my brother John Stonier and Sister Ellen Darby part and part alike And of this my Last Will and Testament I make my said Wife Mary Uncle Edward South and Henry Maddocks full Executors and my Will minde and desire is That my said Executors shall not in anie Case intrust in the hands or Custodie of the Chamber of London anie part or parcell of my said Childrens portions but the same to dispose of otherwise for the most and best advantage of my said Children and the Survivour and Survivours of them hereby desireing the said John Shipside and Cousin Thomas Sutton to be Overseers in the due Execution of this my last Will & Testament hereby revoaking all former or other Wills and bequeaths and this only I ordaine to be my last Will and Testament In Witness whereof To this my last Will and Testamt Containing Two sheetes of paper I have sett my hand att the Foot of each sheete and my seale I have fixed through the head of the said sheete as a Labell The day and yeare first above written George Stonier Sealed published and declared by the said George Stonier as his last Will and Testament in the presence of (theise words and haveing Children being first interlined Nath: Jble John Roding Thomas Orton and Robert Linton Snr ~...~...~...~...~...~...~
This Will was proved att London the Fourteenth day of December in the Yeare of our Lord God One thousand Six hundred fiftie and five before the Judges for probate of Wills and granting Administration lawfully authorized by the oath of Marie Stonier the Relict and one of the Executors in the above written Will To whome Administration of all and Singular the goods Chattells and Debts of the said deceased was Committed she being first Legallie Sworne trulie and faithfullie to administer the same ~...~...~...~
This is the last Will and Testament of me John Stonyer of the parish of St Mary Matsellon als White Chappell in the County of Middx Shipwright made the ninth day of Aprill in the two and Thirtieth yeare of the Reigne of our Sovereigne Lord Charles the Second by the grace of God King of England Scotland France and Ireland Defender of the Faith &c And yeare of our Lord God one Thousand Six hundred and Eighty And First I doe hereby give devise and bequeath from and after the death and decease of my loving wife Mary All that my moiety or halfe part of all that Messuage or Tenement Comonly called or knowne by the name of Edmond De La Waters and of all the Barnes Stables Edifices Backsides yards Orchards Gardens Easements proffitts Comodities Comon of Pasture and appurtennts to the said Messuage or Tenement belonging or apperteyning And of one hundred and Sixty Acres and an halfe of Arrale land meadow and pasture (be the same more or lesse) situate lying and being in the Parish and Mannor of Laleham in the County of Middx aforesaid Sometime in the possession or occupacon of Mary Goodwin als Chambers and of Robert Smith or of one of them their or one of their Assignes and now or late in the tenure or occupacon of Richard West or his Assignes unto my daughter Rebecca Plesteed wife of Thomas Plesteed Cittizen and distiller of London and the heires of her body lawfully begotten or to be Begotten And for want of such issue unto my daughter Ruth Assitar wife of William Assitar alsoe Cittizen and distiller of London and the heires of her body lawfully begotten or to be begotten And for want of such issue unto my owne Right heires for ever Alsoe I give and bequeath unto my said Daughter Rebecca Plesteed the sume of Two hundred pounds of lawfull money of England which is due and oweing unto mee by the Bond of Richard Backwell of London Esquire And alsoe the sume of one hundred pounds more of like money due and oweing unto mee by the Bond of Sr Robert Vyner Knight And Alderman of the Citty of London And I doe alsoe give devise and bequeath from and imediatly after the decease of my said loving wife Mary All those my one Tenement and Two Cottages Customary (heretofore haveing Beene but one Tenement) and Knowne by the name of the wheat Sheafe sometime in the occupacon of Thomas Wheateley and situate in Bethnall Greene within the Mannor of Stebunheath als Stepney in the County of Middlesex aforesaid And all those my Tenn Acres of Coppyhold land (more or less) lying neare Cambridge Heath within the said Mannor And sometime in the occupacon of Christopher Raymond or his Assignes And all that my halfe acre and Five Perches of land Customary lying in a certaine place att Bethnall Greene aforesaid heretofore Knowne by the name of Bishops wood with all and singular their and every of their appurtennts (which I hold by Coppy of the Roll of a Speciall Court Baron holden for the said Mannor upon the Tenth day of September in the Foureteenth yeare of the Reigne of our said Sovereigne Lord The Kings Majestie That now is and yeare of our Lord 1662 And which I the said John Stonyer and Mary my said wife have upon the Sixteenth day of July in the Seaventeenth yeare of the Reigne of his said Majesty That now is and yeare of our Lord 1665 in due manner according to the Custome of the said Mannor Surrendered to such uses intents and purposes as I the said John Stonyer should in and by my last will and Testament in writing lymitt declare or appoint) unto my said daughter Ruth Assitar and her heires and Assignes for ever And I doe alsoe give and bequeath unto my said daughter Ruth Assitar the sume of Five hundred pounds of lawfull money of England due and oweing unto me by the Bond of the said Richard Backwell And I doe Alsoe give and bequeath unto Caleb Stonyer the sonne of Robert Stonyer the sume of Five pounds of lawfull money of England unto Joseph Stonyer one other of the sonnes of the said Robert Stonyer the sume of Twenty Shillings of like money unto Mary Stonyer daughter of the said Robert Stonyer the sume of Thirty pounds of like money And unto Benjamin House son my said wife Mary the Sume of Two hundred pounds of like money To be paid unto him when he shall personally come And make demand thereof soe as such demand thereof be made within the time and space of Seaven Yeares next after my decease But not otherwise And All the Rest and Residue of my goods Chattells and Creditts whatsoever not herein before given and bequeathed from and imediatly after the decease of my said wife Mary I give and bequeath unto my said Two daughters Rebecca Plesteed and Ruth Assitar equally to be devided betweene them And I doe Revoake and Annull all former and other Wills by me att any time heretofore made And declare this present writing Contayned in theis Two sheets of Paper To be my last Will and Testament And I doe make constitute and ordaine my said wife Mary and my said Daughter Ruth Assitar To be the Executors of this my said Last will and Testament And I doe desire my Loving Friends Lawrence Chalker and John Hunt of the Parish of Stepney in the County of Middx aforesaid yeomen To be the Overseers of this my said Last Will And to assist my said Executors in the Execucon and performance of the same And for their Cares and Paines to be taken therein I give and bequeath to each of them the said Lawrence Chalker and John Hunt the sume of Five pounds of lawfull money of England a piece In Witnes whereof I the said John Stonyer have unto each of theis Two sheets of Paper under the writing contayned in the same sett to my Marke And unto he last of the said Two sheets my seale And have likewise affixed the said Two sheets Together with a piece of Black Ribbond upon which I have sett my seale on the Topp of the First of the said Two sheets of Paper the day and yeare First above menconed ./. The marke of the said John Stonyer./ Read unto and afterwards Signed and Sealed and published by the said John Stonyer to be his last will and Testament in the presence of us whose names are hereunto Subscribed being present att such reading signeing Sealing and publishing of the same the day and yeare First above written./ Will: Northey Sam: Knowles John Good./
Probatum fuit Testamentum supra scriptum apud London Coram Venli viro Dno Thoma Exton Militiri Legum Dtore Surrogato venlis et Egregij Dni Leolin Jenkins etiamat Legum Dtoris Curiæ Prerogativæ Cant Magri Custod sive Commissarij ltime constitute Vicesimo sexto die Mensis Julij Anno Dni Millimo Sextingentimo Octavigino Secundo Juramentis Mariæ Stonyer Relictæ dicti defuncti et Ruthæ Assiter Extrices in huimoi Testamento noiati Cui commissa fuit Adtro ominum et singulum benor jurium et creditorum dicti defuncti de bene et fideliter Administrando eadem ad Sita dei Evangelia Jurat./ Exd
[Translation: The above Will was proved at London before the Right Worshipful Sir Thomas Exton Knight Doctor of Laws Surrogate to the Right Worshipful Sir Leoline Jenkins also Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted the twenty sixth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred and eighty two by the oaths of Mary Stonyer Relict of the said deceased and Ruth Assiter Executrixes nominated in the said Will to whom Administration was granted of all and singular the goods chattels and credits of the said deceased to well and truly Administer the same being sworn on the Holy Evangelists.]
In the name of God Amen I Caleb Stonier of Wapping in the parish of St Dunstan Stepney in the County of Middx Distiller being in good health of body and of sound and perfect mind and memory praise be therefore given to Almighty God Doe make an ordaine this my present last Will and Testament in manner and forme following that is to say First and principally I commend my soule into the hands of Almighty God hopeing through the merits death and passion of my Saviour Jesus Christ to have full and free pardon and forgivenesse of all my sinns and to inherite everlasting life And my body I committ to the earth to be decently buryed at the discretion of my Executors hereafter named And as touching the disposition of all such temporall estate as it hath pleased Almighty God to bestow upon me I give and dispose thereof as followeth First I will that my Debts and funerall charges be paid and discharged Item I give unto my loveing sonne Samuel Stonier the sume of one hundred pounds of lawfull money of England to be paid unto him when hee shall attaine his full age of one and twenty yeares But in case my said sonne Samuel shall happen to dye before hee shall attaine the age of one and twenty yeares my will and meaning is that my loveing Wife Mary S(t)onier shall receive and take the said sume of one hundred pounds to her owne use and behoofe and any bond or other security which shall be given for the same shall thenceforth be void and of none effect anything herein contained to the contrary thereof in any wise not withstanding And my will and meaning is That in case my said Wife shall happen to intermarry during the minority of my said sonne Samuel That then it shall be lawfull to and for my loveing cozen William Ausiter Citizen and Distiller of London his Executors or Administrators to cause or upon refusall to compell the said Mary Stonier my wife or such other Husband whom see shall happen to marry to give good and sufficient security to him the said William Ausiter his Executors Administrators or Assignes for the payment of the said sume of one hundred pounds unto my said sonne Samuel when hee shall attaine hsi full age of one and twenty yeares according to the true intent and meaning of these presents Item I give unto loveing brother Joshua Stonier the sume of tenne shillings to buy him a Ring All the rest of my estate goods and chattells whatsoever I give and bequeath unto my said loveing Wife Mary Stonier Item I make and ordaine the said Mary Stonier and the said William Ausiter Executors of this my last Will and Testament And I doe hereby revoke disannull and make void all former and other Wills by me heretofore made in words or writing Item I give unto my sister Mary Thompson one pound one shilling and sixpence to buy her a Ring Item I give another Ring to my said loveing cozen William Ausiter for his trouble and paines In witness whereof I the said Caleb Stonier to this my present last Will and Testament contained in one sheet of paper have sett my hand and seale this foure and twentyeth day of June Anno d(omi)ni One Thousand Six Hundred Eighty Eight Annoq Regni Regis Jacobi secundi amuc (?) Anglia xc Quarto. Caleb Stonier./ Signed sealed published and declared by the said Caleb Stonier as his last Will and Testament in the presence of Will: Wright The marke of John Rolp John Edkins./
Probatum fuit huimoi Testamentum apud London Decimo die mensis Augusti Anno dni Millimo Sextesimo Octogemo Octavo Coram Venli viro Willimo Oldys Legum Dtore Surro Venlis et egregij viri dti Richardi Paines Militis Legum etiam Dtorus Curiæ Prerogativæ Cant Magri Custodus sive Commissarij ltime constituti juramentis Mariæ Stonier et Guilielimæ Ausiter Executorim in huimoi Testamento nominat Cui commissa fuit Administratio ominum et singulorum benorium jurium et creditorum dicti defuncti de bene et fidelr Administrando eadem ad Sanita dei Evangelia Jurat. Exd
[Translation: This Will was proved at London on the tenth day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred and eighty eight before the Worshipful William Oldys Doctor of Laws Surrogate of the Right Worshipful Richard Paines also Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the oaths of Mary Stonier and William Ausiter the Executors nominated in the said Will to whom Administration was granted of all and singular the goods chattels and credits of the said deceased to well and truly Administer the same being sworn on the Holy Evangelists.]
To all People to whom these present Writings shall come I Joshua Stonier of the Parish of Stepney in the County of Middlesex Marriner send greeting etc Knowinge that I the said Joshua Stonier for diverse good causes and considerations me hereunto moveing have named made constituted authorized ordained and appointed by these presents doe name make constitute authorize ordaine and appoint my well beloved wife Anne my true and lawfull Attorney and Assignee for me and in my name to my use to ask demand levy sue for require recover receive and take of all and every person whomsoever All and Singular such Sume and Sumes of money Goods wares Merchandizes wages Debts and Demands whatsoever as already is or hereafter shall be due and oweing unto me the said Joshua Stonier from the said any person or persons whomsoever by or upon Bond Bill Book Covenant Promisse or Agreement or by any other waye or meanes whatsoever or howsoever Giveing and by these presents granting unto my said Attorney my full and whole power and lawfull authority in the premisses and upon receipt thereof or any part thereof from time to time to give legall discharge or discharges in my name for the same and in case of refusall or non payment thereof to use all lawfull wayes or meanes to obtaine the same and Attorney or Attorneys one or more under her to nominate ordaine and appoint at her pleasure to revoake and to doe all other Act and Acts thing and things in and about the premisses requisite and necessary soe fully and effectually in every respect as I the said Joshua Stonier might or could doe if in person present ratifying and confirming by these presents whatsoever my said Attorney shall lawfully doe or cause to be done in and concerning the premisses for good And further as for and concerning all such Debts Summe and Summes of money wages Sallary and pay moveable and immoveables Household Stuff Apparrell Debts Dues and Demands whatsoever And my whole Estate reall and personall which I shall be lawfully possessed of at the time of my Decease I doe give and bequeath the same and every part and parcell thereof unto the said Anne my wife whom I doe nominate and appoint full whole and sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament revoakeing makeing null and utterly Void all former and other Wills Letter or Letters of Attorney Deed or Deeds of Gift by me heretofore made or given In Witnesse whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seale this Seaven and twentieth day of June And in the first yeare of the Reigne of our Sovereigne Lord and Lady William and Mary by the Grace of God King and Queen of England etc and in the Yeare of our Lord one thousand Six hundred eighty nine Joshua Stonier / Signed Sealed and delivered in the presence of us Josias Heete liveing in Meeting house Alley near Wapping Tho: Warren Servt to J Bulfinche./.
Probatum fuit huimoi Testamentum apud London tricesimo die mensis Augusti Anno dni Millimo Septingtimo Septimo Coram Venli viro Willimo Clements Legum Doctore Surrogato Venlis et egregij viri Dni Richardi Raines Militis Legum etiam Doctorus CuriŠ PrerogativŠ Cantuar Magistri Custodus sive Commissarij ltime constituti juramento Anne Stonier Relicta dicti defuncti et Executricis in dicto Testamento nominat Cui commissa fuit Administraco ominum et singulorum benorium jurium et creditorum dicti defti de bene et fidelr Administrando eadem ad Sanita dei Evangelia Jurat./ Exd
[Translation: This Will was proved at London on the thirtieth day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seven before the Worshipful William Clements Doctor of Laws Surrogate of the Right Worshipful Sir Richard Raines Knight also Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the oath of Anne Stonier Relict of the said deceased and Executrix nominated in the said Will to whom Administration was granted of all and singular the goods chattels and credits of the said deceased to well and truly Administer the same being sworn on the Holy Evangelists.]