A Continued Look at John Holyman's 1533 Will and What It Means....
With our last post, we began a review of the 1533 will of John Holyman of Cuddington, Buckinghamshire focusing on his bequests to St. Nicolas Roman Catholic Church. In this article we continue our review of his estate plans and note a significant increase in family wealth when compared to his father's 1521 will. As genealogist Anne Holmes (who transcribed these wills) observes, the Holymans in the 1500s were a family on the rise socially and economically.
Below Cuddington in the distance. This photograph was taken on a small rise southwest of the village. Undoubtedly some of this land was at one time in the Holyman family. Note the sheep grazing just as they did five centuries ago. November 2012
Line 50 - An indenture is a formal contract in this case concerning use of fields. The formal agreement would be copied twice, signed and then cut or torn in two at the indent, with each party having an identical statement of the bargain.
More on the Will next posting....
Genealogist Anne Holmes of Buckinghamshire, a careful and accurate historian, wanted these corrections listed in this article, which she noted after the first posting.
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