A Final Look at the Will of Thomas Hollyman, 1558
This is the last part of the Will of the person whom I believe to be my 10th great grandfather, Thomas Hollyman of Cuddington, Buckinghamshire, England. My 10th great grandmother was Dorothy Clark. Let's study this section for the secrets it might reveal to a family historian. Click on the Will text twice and it should enlarge.
Line 36, 37, 42 and 45 - Thomas revealed he had lands in locations other than the village of Cuddington. This is a remarkable acquisition of property since his father died in 1533. Hadham and Hartwell are a few miles of Cuddington, but Rousham is in another county.
While Thomas made additional arrangements for most of his children, he did not further mention son Christopher, who is my 9th great grandfather (so evidence indicates). Hmmm...rather than believing Christopher was an unfavored child, perhaps Thomas was a minor. However, Christopher's later marriage to another leading Buckinghamshire family, the Lee's of Dinton, would ease his way in the world.
Line 54 - It was common to name one's sons after their father and grandfathers. We note one child named John and the son, Christopher, a name that continues in the family to this day. Where did that name come from? My belief is the name is from Dorothy Clark's father, Christopher, who is identified as Thomas' father-in-law in the Will!
My continuing thanks to genealogist Anne Holmes for her work in translating these 16th Century wills.
Next Holyman's in the first Elizabethan age....
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