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You can't rely on Ancestry.

For Medieval sources available online, the best place to start is here:

He has sources for many medieval records.

Kent / Re: Preb[b]les in Kent c1500-1650
« on: Monday 29 April 19 16:33 BST (UK)  »
There are indexes for Common Pleas records here:

And for a few Kings Bench records here:

The front page for the site is here:

And there is a Wiki for the site. Many other records have been indexed (Chancery, Star Chamber, etc). These can be searched here:

There are about ten million images of records there, with an average of two images per side of parchment. Far less than 10% of that total have been indexed.

Also, we have kept the original spellings of surnames (Prebyll, Prebill, etc) so you will need to try all variants.

Kent / Re: Preb[b]les in Kent c1500-1650
« on: Sunday 28 April 19 04:51 BST (UK)  »
Here are some in Common Pleas, near Maidstone:

Stephen Prebyll, of East Peckam, husbandman, 1492
Kent. Sellynge, William, prior of Christ Church Priory, versus Godyng, John, of Hadlowe, husbandman; Prebyll, Stephen, of Est Peckam, husbandman; Wode, William, of Pecham, husbandman. Debt
Hilary term 1492, third entry

William Prebyll, of East Farley, yeoman, 1500
Kent. Mason, John, of Lowce, executors of; (Wethyr, William; Agnes his wife) versus Jurdan, Thomas, executors of; (Warde, Robert, of Est Farley, clerk; Reyne, John, of Est Farley, mason; Prebyll, William, of Est Farley, yeoman). Debt
Hilary term 1500, fourth entry:

William Prebyll, of Barming, husbandman, 1502
Kent. Richard Avane versus John Harres, of Stone by Gravesend, husbandman, and William Prebyll, of Barmyng, husbandman. Debt of 40 shillings,
Hilary term 1502: last entry

Prebill, William, of Barming, husbandman, 1516
Kent. Fane, Richard versus Colyn, Roger, of Tonbregge, laborer; Prebill, William, of Barmyng, husbandman; Plotte, Thomas, of Stokbury, husbandman; Stonall, Thomas, of Barkyng, Essex, husbandman; Kydde, Richard, of Mepeham, husbandman. Debt.
Hilary term 1516, third entry:

Prebyll, William, of Barming, yeoman, 1530; Robert Prebyll, of Yalding, husbandman
London. Robynson, Richard, clerk, versus Prebyll, William, of Bernyng, Kent, yeoman; Baker, John, of Est Pekham, Kent, yeoman; Malham, William, of Dympchurch, Romney Marsh, Kent, clerk; Exbrygge, Robert, of Osprenge, Kent, innholder; Prebyll, Robert, of Yaldyng, Kent, husbandman. Debt
Hilary term 1530, first entry:

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: Latin will from 1438
« on: Saturday 20 April 19 16:10 BST (UK)  »
I have to be pretty quick to get ahead of Bookbox!

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: Latin will from 1438
« on: Friday 19 April 19 18:29 BST (UK)  »
It's all religious bequests, high altar, vicar, etc., with residue to executors Margaret my wife, William Prentys, Richard Brachet.

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: Latin will on FS
« on: Thursday 18 April 19 11:20 BST (UK)  »
Here's another Coket in that area: Richard Coket, of Great Levermere, yeoman.

Hilary term 1429

Suffolk. Richard Coket, of Magna Levermere, yeoman, attached to answer Robert Clopton, William Clopton, esquire; John Smyth, clerk; Augustine Duntton; John Holt; and Roger Merssh on a complaint that he, together with Thomas Thirlowe, of Magna Levermere, yeoman; Richard Hargwheham, of Magna Levermere, yeoman; Edmund Smyth, of Magna Levermere, yeoman; Henry Smyth, of Magna Levermere, yeoman; and Walter Hunte, of Magna Levermere, yeoman, trampled and destroyed hay (herbam…conculcavit et consumpsit) worth 40 pounds at Magna Levermere.

Richard answered that the land was waste ground called Leveremere More which had been common pasture time out of mind.

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: Latin will on FS
« on: Monday 15 April 19 11:16 BST (UK)  »
I'll see if any of them are in The Poll Taxes of 1377, 1379, and 1381, by Carolyn Fenwick.

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: Latin will on FS
« on: Monday 15 April 19 10:07 BST (UK)  »
I wonder if this could be an earlier generation of this family, Simon Coket, of Ingham by Bury, yeoman. Possibly the father of Walter Coket of Ingham? Also here is a John Coket, of Thetford, yeoman.

Easter 1416, f 524
Norwich. Robert Brasyer, of Norwich versus William Maweteld, of Thurton, gent; Waren atte Lane, of Ocle, yeoman; John Wolleman, of Ingham juxta Bury, Suff, yeoman; Simon Coket, of Ingham juxta Bury, yeoman; John Coket, of Thetford, yeoman. Debt of 100 shillings from each of them.

Fourth entry:

Also, I don't know if this is the same individual in the Medieval Soldier database, since he is identified only by name:

Simon Coket, Expedition France, 1417, from a Muster Roll

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: Latin will on FS
« on: Sunday 14 April 19 05:56 BST (UK)  »
Calendar of Papal Registers Relating to Great Britain and Ireland: vol. 9, 1431-1447, published by HMSO 1912.
Coket, William, clerk
Cocte, William, rector of Livermere and Horningsheath
Volume 9 is on British History Online. I don't know if other volumes are.

I think this William rector of Livermere must be an error. In his father's will in 1445, he was identified as Walter, rector of Livermere.

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