Will of Joanne Forde, 1644 (proved 1647)

Introductory notes by Shirley Knight

According to Arthur Clear, Joanne Forde was born a Lowndes.  This seems to be a misinterpretation of her will made in 1644 where she left £20 each to William Lownes and his wife Frances "my kinswoman".

Frances Wendover had married William Lownds at Winslow on 27 Oct 1615.

There had been an earlier Wendover/Lowndes marriage at Winslow on 5 Nov 1604 when Henry Wendover married Elizabeth Lownds.   She was the widow of Robert Lowndes, d.1602 (see will of Thomas Lowndes, 1622).

Clear has also said that the lid of a chalice given by Joanne Forde to Winslow Church is engraved with her date of birth as 25 Dec 1564.  According to the Winslow registers, Joanne Wendover was baptised 24 December 1564.  This error could have arisen from the fact that Joane was long-lived and was buried at St Botolph, Bishopsgate, London, 21 April 1647.

Jone Wyndober married Edward Nicholson at St Botolph, Bishopsgate, 10 July 1586. and Joane Nicholsone married Samuell Foarde at St Botolph, Bishopsgate, 14 November 1603.

The will makes other references to Wendover as kin and the Executor was Thomas Wendover.

The land for the poor was bought in 1648, and Winslow's leading inhabitants became trustees.

Sources: Winslow Parish Register transcript
                Ancestry London Parish Register

Will of Joane Forde

Items pertaining to Winslow. National Archive Reference: PROB/11/200.

The items relevant to Winslow commence on page 3 of the document from National Archives and continue on to page 4. The will has become badly smudged at one point and difficult to read properly.

1.  Item I give and bequeath unto the

2. Parson and Churchwardens of the Parrish and Towne of Winslowe in the County

3. of Bucks where I was borne for the use of the poore of the same Parrish the some

4. of one hundred pounds in lawful money of England to be payd unto them by my Executor

5. hereafter named when they shall finde out tender and present unto him a purchase of

6. some land of Inheritance to be bought in their sayd parrish of the value of five or

7. six poundes p(er) annum and really contract for buy and purchase the same for a p(er)petuity    

8. for the poore of the sayd Towne and parrish with the sayd money The which Five

9. or six poundes p(er) annum soe to be bought and purchased with the sayd One hundred poundes

10. as aforesayd  I will shalbe yearely every yeare for ever distributed and given by the

11. sayde Parson and Churchwardens and other substantiall Inhabitants of the sayd

12. Towne and Parrish to the most pious impotent and needy persons of the sayd

13. Towne and parrish  as in their dictressions shall seeme necessarace and Convenient Item

14. I give and bequeath unto the say Parson and Churchwardens to their Successors

15. Parson and Churchwardens of the sayd Parrish and Towne of Winslowe for the

16. tyme being for the use and service of the Communion Table in the sayd Parish church

17. one Cupp or Challice of Silver Guilt of the value of Ten pounds of lawfull

18. money of England the same to be bought by my Executor with my name to be engraven

19. about ytt and p(re)sented and given to the sayd Parson and Churchwardens within three

20. months of my decease.    

Other provisions include:

Item I further give and bequeath unto the sayd Parson and Churchwardens of the Parrish of St Bottolph without Bishopsgate London All such som(m)e and som(m)es of money as I have lent uppon the Parliaments proposic(i)ons or to be repaid upon the Publique faith

And for Richard Stutbury somtyme my servant I give the som(m)e of Tenn pounds of like money

Item I give and bequeath unto William Lownes and Francis [sic] his wife my Kinswoman to each of them the som(m)e of twenty pounds of lawfull money of England And to every of their children Males and females that shalbe living at the tyme of my decease Thirty pounds a peece of like money

I give and bequeath unto Ann Wendover the daughter of Thomas Wendover my kinsman the som(m)e of one hundred pounds of like money

And I ordaine and appoint the sayd Thomas Wendover my Kinseman full and sole Executor of this my last will and Testament And doe give and bequeath to him All the rest and residue of my Leases moneys goods and Chattells whatsoever not herein given or bequeathed And I will limitt and appointe That he shall expende about my Funerall the som(m)e of Two hundred and fiftie pounds or thereabouts as to him shall seeme convenient

Thomas Wendover failed to pay the legacies to the three children of William and Frances Lowndes (Dionise, Elizabeth and Wendover) who were under 21. As a result William, as their guardian, took out a writ demanding that he produce an inventory and pay the legacies (National Archives, C3/452/64). William's elder son Robert would also have been entitled to a legacy, but he was in America at the time.


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