Will of Henry Pym, innholder, 1666 (proved 1667)

Herts RO 9AR80

In the name of God Amen the second day of December one thousand six hundred sixty six I Henry Pym of Winslow in the County of Buckes Inholder being weake in body but of sound and perfect memory I praise my God for the same I doe make this my last will and testament in manner following First I commend my soule to Allmighty God that gave it mee trusting to be saved by the onely meritts of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and my body to bee decently interred at the discretion of my Executors and of my overseers hereafter named and for my worldly effect I dispose of it as follows First I give unto [....]y Pym the daughter of my brother Edward Pyme the sum(m)e of twenty shillings of lawfull English money and \I give unto my God Sonne John Shelton all my weareing clothes and my will is that Roger Attwood shall have use of my cake print till one of my Executors shall marry with a Baker by Traid and if any of them marry a Baker by trade she that soe first marryes shall have it I give to John Fenner John Hickes the older and Peter Studsbury tenn shillings a peice and to Ellen Hickes the life sum(m)e of ten shillings and the rest and residue of my estate my debts and legacies being paid and my Funerall being decently performed I give my two Grandchildren Dorothey and Anne Pym equally to be divided between them and I doe make and ordaine the said Dorothy and Anne sole Executors of this my last will and I do appointe the said John Fenner John Hicks and Peter Studsbury overseers thereof In witnesse whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and seale the day and yeare above written John [sic] Pym his marke signed and sealed in the Presence of Oliver Lawrens No(tary) Pub(lic) John Hikes

[Probate at St Albans 24 April 1667 to Dorothy and Anne Pym, executrices]


Henry Pym was innholder of The Bell. His burial was not recorded in the parish registers. His first wife Dorothy (widow of John Mason, daughter of Henry Wallis) died in 1647; his wife Ellen was buried on 25 June 1654. His granddaughters were the children of his son Henry (who married Joan Stutsbury in 1641 and was buried on 21 Jan 1656/7): Dorothy was baptised on 3 July 1647 and Anne on 15 Aug 1653. He also had a grandson Silvester Pym (bap. 21 July 1650, bur. 24 June 1666). At the October 1665 manor court they were in the guardianship of John Henly, perhaps their stepfather. Dorothy married John Plomer at Stone in 1668 and Anne married James Hunt at Stone in 1672.

In 1636, Henry Pimme was reprimanded by the Archdeacon for selling bread on Sundays (Herts RO ASA7/31, f.3).


Copyright 12 October, 2016