Will of Thomas Edmonds, Rector of Tingewick, 1669 (proved 1670)

National Archives PROB 11/332/25

Wednesday - December 15 1669 Oxon.  In the Name of God Amen I Thomas Edmonds Rector of Tyngswick in the County of Bucks doe make this my last will & testament as follows being (blessed be God) in sound and perfect memory and of good understanding.  First I com(m)itt my soule into the hands of Almighty God begging pardon for my sins through the blood of my saviour Christ As for my worldly goods I dispose of them as followes [blank] I do constitute and appoint Rev. Edward Hanbury M(aste)r of Arts & fellow of New Colledge in Oxford my sole Executor Disposing first of the Legacies I bequeath which are as follows [blank]  Imprimis I give to my Aunt Joane Kirby forty pounds Item I give to my Neece Elizabeth Grace daughter of Thomas Grace of Swanburne in the County of Bucks fifty pound Item I give to Isabell Bayley the sum(m)e of Five pound Item I give to Abell Bayley Father of the said Isabell five pound.  I appoint Twenty pound to be spent on my funerall Item I give to Henry Hughes my musket bandaleir sword and belt which are now in the possession of Thomas Norcot of Tingeswick Item I give to Elizabeth Hughes my God daughter the sum(m)e of five pound Witness my hand & seale Tho(mas) Edmondes signed sealed and delivered by the s(ai)d Thomas Edmondes as his last will in the presence of us John Drujean Thomas Sellar

[Probate granted to Edward Hanbury 7 January 1669/70]


At the 1669 manor court, Judith Edmunds widow and Thomas Edmunds clerk surrendered a messuage situate at Hanging Stile in Winslow to the use of Henry Hewes of Winslowe. Judith was apparently Thomas' stepmother (she was married to his father by 1654), and the widow of Richard Edmunds, gent. Thomas was therefore the grandson of William Edmunds (d.1632), who owned The Crown and a substantial landholding. He appears to be the Thomas son of Richard and Sarah Edmunds baptised at Winslow on 4 July 1637. According to the Visitation of Bucks in 1634, Sarah was the daughter of Ambrose Sacheverell of Tadmarton, Oxon.

According to Oxford University Alumni, Thomas Edmunds attended New College from 1655. He graduated BA 1659 and MA 1663. He seems only to have become Rector of Tingewick in 1669.

Thomas' aunt Joan Kirby of Winslow died in 1686; see her will for more information. Henry Hughes (d.1706) was her executor, and married to her niece Elizabeth Overing; see the Edmunds family.

An Elizabeth Grace daughter of Thomas was baptised at Swanbourne in 1660. She was a beneficiary of Joan Kirby's husband Thomas in 1666. She was the Elizabeth wife of Thomas Rice who inherited Joan's land in Winslow.

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