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Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: Latin will on FS
« on: Saturday 13 April 19 17:14 BST (UK)  »
Norf. William Coket, of Ingham, clerk, and William Boneman (or Boueman), of Thetford, chaplain, versus Walter Veyll, of Thetford, draper, and William Mychell, of Thetford, tailor. Debt of 14 marks.

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: Latin will on FS
« on: Saturday 13 April 19 16:50 BST (UK)  »
It's quite abbreviated, but the prayers for John Coket and Margaret his wife in his will are for his father and mother. "patris mei... et matris mei"

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: Latin will on FS
« on: Saturday 13 April 19 16:20 BST (UK)  »
He is clericus or clergy, which must make him the son of John and Margaret.

The will date is 12 April 1482.

Most of the Cokets are familiar, but a couple might be identified from Common Pleas records.

Thomas Coket could be this man (Badwell Ash is just a few miles away):
d 915
Thomas Coket, of Badwell Ash, wheelwright

Fourth entry:

William Coket, clerk, could be this:
William Coket, of Ingham, Norf, clerk
Hilary term 1468, sixth entry:

The county in the margin is Norfolk. There is an Ingham in Norfolk, as well as one in Suffolk, near Bury St Edmunds, so I'm inclined to think this Ingham must be the one in Suffolk.

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: Latin will on FS
« on: Saturday 13 April 19 15:57 BST (UK)  »
To be buried in the chapel of the Blessed Saint Mary, Ampton
(lots of bequests to churches)
To Alice the wife of Hamon Claxton, a maser
To Margaret the wife of Robert Thorsby, 20 ewes
To Agnes the wife of John Althorp, 6s 8d
To Alice Thorysby 20 sheep
To Alice Croftys, 13s 4d
To Thomas Croft 20 sheep
To Alice Clerk 20 sheep
To John Cokett 20 sheep
To Thomas Coket 20 sheep
To John Coket junior 20 sheep
To Bede Thoresby 20 sheep
To John Althorp junior
To John Claxton 13s 4d
To Alice Claxton 13s 4d
William Coket, clerk
To Valentine Stabeler
Prayers for himself, John Coket and Margaret his wife
To Elizabeth Coket, wife of John Coket my nephew
To Robert Rycheman, rector of Ampton, a robe (toga)
To John Coket junior a robe
To John Boteler my servant
To Alice the wife of John Boteler
Executors John Coket junior, Robert Rycheman, Valentine Stabeler

In 1437 he is called yeoman when he, Walter of Great Livermere, Walter of Ingham, and several others were sued for taking rabbits and pheasants.

Easter term 1437
d 1767
Suff. William Curteys, abbot of Bury St Edmunds Abbey versus Nicholas Fysshere, of Hemgrave, clerk; Nicholas Bacot, of Ikelyngham, clerk; Walter Coket, of Magna Levermere, clerk; John Chaundeler, of Bury St Edmunds, yeoman; Brice Bocher, of Bury St Edmunds, yeoman; William Burgeys, of Bury St Edmunds, yeoman; John Blankpayn, of Bury St Edmunds, yeoman; Giles Braksted, of Bury St Edmunds, smith; John Coket, of Ampton, yeoman; Walter Coket, of Ingham, yeoman; John Crosse, senior, of Bury St Edmunds, butcher; Henry Gatle, of Berton, yeoman. Trespass: free warren and taking rabbits, pheasants and other small game.

Fourth entry:

Here is a lawsuit from 1434 that identifies John Coket of Ampton as a woolmonger.

Second half of second line:
John Coket de Ampton in com Suff, wolmonger.

He is one of the executors of John Holgate, of Bradefeld Senclere/Bradfield St Clare. This is from 1434, so I suppose this must be the elder John Coket, rather than the one who left a will in 1483.

Second entry, Essex in the left margin:

Here are some more names

Margaret my wife
Walter, my son, rector of Lyvermer
Walter Coket, of Ingham
John Coket, of Ampton
John Coket of Bury St Edmunds

John Croft, of Bury St Edmunds

This is starting to have some interesting bits.

Walter my son, rector of Lyvernde or Lyvermere(?)

Walter my brother

John Coket of (?) Bucy ?

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: Short latin will
« on: Thursday 11 April 19 18:22 BST (UK)  »
The executors are the ones in parentheses. They were the plaintiffs, so the debts were owed to JC senior.

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