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The Common Room / Aristocratic Child Going to Court late 1500s early 1600s
« on: Tuesday 11 April 17 10:00 BST (UK)  »
At which age could a male child from the landed genry get a position at court in the late 1500s or early 1600s? Would 10 years of age have been too young?


The people in this photograph belong to the Hood family of Beverley in Yorkshire, England. It is the only photograph that exists of them.

I would love to have a better version :)

Any help is greatly appreciated!

Something quite unprecedented has happened, I have actually found a will I was looking for, instead of stumbling across another one instead :)

It took some work, but finally I found it:

The Last Will & Testament of Morgan Philips, Alias Wolfe.

The will is on Ancestry. If anyone wants to take a look at it, search for the name 'Morgan Phe'. The probate date was 31st of May 1552.

This is the description of the will that helped me find it: "This Morgan Wolfe must not be confounded with the goldsmith to Henry VIII. whose name was Morgan Phelppe, alias Wolfe. He made his will 10 July, 5 Edward VI. 1550, which was proved 31 May 1552, and it is remarkable that he names a daughter Barbara then unmarried, also his sons Julius, Walter, and Thomas, besides other children, neither of whom appear in the other pedigree."

As always, any help is greatly appreciated :) I am absolutely in awe of the work you do here!

For those of you who have been following my Margaret Butler/Pinchester/Goldsmith/Pilkington saga, I have a new instalment :)

John Penchester of Pinchester died in 1635, and apparently left a will. I do not know how interesting said will would prove to be, as he was married and presumably had children, leaving less room to name distant relatives.

Besides twenty years had passed between his and Margaret's will, making said relatives more distant still.

I thought I might at least take a look at it, but have does far been unable to find it.

I did however find the will of his mother, instead :)

And there I struck gold. It would appear as if Alice Pinchester was married twice, and was the mother of Elizabeth Syms, Thomas Morris and John Pinchester :) So that it three more names off of our list!

In addition there are a whole lot of Syms, who probably correspond with those in Margaret Syms will.

Alice also mentions two sisters, Mary and Margaret, which is intriguing :)

I can't entirely make out how the scores of Syms are related to each other, however, so I'll be posting a snippet :)

This is what I have so far:

"give and bequeath to daughter Elizabeth Syms my [...] ring and my [...] Item I give
and bequeath to Richard Syms her husband and my son in law twenty shillings Item I give
and bequeath to his [...] son Richard Syms one [...] shillings To his son William
Syms forty shillings To his two(?) sons Randall and Anthony each of them"

Margaret Butler seems to have taken the in law part seriously,
so I think the "My cousin Richard Syms" is likely the husband
of her cousin by blood Elizabeth Syms the elder, and the father of her
daughter Elizabeth also mentioned in the will.

Any help is appreciated :)

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Settlement mentioned in 1600s Will
« on: Monday 03 April 17 17:17 BST (UK)  »
I have never encountered a settlement before, so this is really exciting :)

I can make out some bits of it, but not most of it.

Any help in translating these snippets would be deeply appreciated :)

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Will 1600s
« on: Friday 31 March 17 18:35 BST (UK)  »

The name in the third line - Edward something!

Does anyone have any suggestions for what it might be? :)

All always, all help is tremendously appreciated!

Does anyone have any idea who these people might be?  :)

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Richard Bix
« on: Saturday 25 March 17 23:21 GMT (UK)  »
Since I got such good help the last time I posted, I thought I might try another brain twister :) I cannot make head or tails of it, though the name Richard Bix should be in there somewhere.

I think it might be in Latin, besides  ::)

Thank you so much again on beforehand :)

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Testament from the 1600s
« on: Wednesday 22 March 17 19:23 GMT (UK)  »

I am really hoping that somebody that can help me :) I think I have deciphered most of it, but this part has me stymied. In addition, it is a kind of perplexing and important part!

Thank you on beforehand :)

Adding a second screenshot as I thought the first was a bit blurry.

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