THE HUMFREY FAMILY OF WENDOVER, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE
by Fred J. Nicholson
While my recent search for clues to the parentage of Jonas Humfrey, the New England settler, did not establish a definite connection, I did find evidence connecting some of the many Humfreys in the Wendover area. In particular, I was able to establish the identity of the Jonas Humfrey senior whose name appears in the Bishop's transcripts of Wendover during the early 1600's -- the period when Jonas Humfrey of New England was known in those same records as Jonas junior. In any attempt to identify the New England settler, it will be important to be able to distinguish between him and other men of the same name in the Wendover area.
The most important single source that I used to establish the identity of Jonas senior was a Chancery Court suit dating from the early 1600's. Among the documents on deposit at the Public Record Office relating to this suit are a number of depositions taken in February of the 10th year of King James (February, 1613). The suit involved a property dispute between Thomas and Joan Gibbons of Wendover, on the one hand, and Philip Okebanke, on the other. One of the deponents was Jonas Humfrey of Wendover. His identity is most fully developed in the following selected responses from his deposition:
Jonas Humphrey of Wendover in the Countye of Bucks yeoman of the age of xlvi yeares or thereabouts, Sworne &c.
(signed:) Jonas Humfrey
Since the statements were made in 1613, this Jonas' birth year was about 1567. In addition, this statement identifies his wife as the only daughter of John Okebanke by his first wife. The figure at the right shows the signature from this deposition.
The Okebanke family of Wendover is very well-documented, both in wills and in lawsuits. In particular, John Okebanke's will, dated 5 July 1603, named his daughter Elizabeth, wife of Jonas Humfrey, as well as his godson and grandson John Humfrey (under 14 years of age), son of Jonas Humfrey. Jonas was also one of the witnesses of the will.
In the will of Robert Okebanke of Chipping Wycombe, dated 1626, he indicated that his brother-in-law Jonas Humfrey, wheelwright, was alive at that time. Since Robert was a son of John Okebanke, this means that the Jonas Humfrey who married Elizabeth Okebanke was still alive in 1626, and is therefore evidently the "Jonas Humfrey senior" who appears in the Wendover records. From other wills and court documents, as well as parish registers, the structure of the Okebanke family of Wendover can be worked out and is shown at the end of this article. Even though there has not yet been any proven connection between this earlier Jonas Humfrey and Jonas Humfrey of Dorchester, some relationship seems likely (given the name and parish of origin), and documenting all connections seems the best way to proceed toward the eventual unpuzzling of this family.
There are other Humfrey wills from the area which add to our understanding of the relationships between several of the individuals of that name who appear in Wendover records. The will of George Humfrey of Aylesbury, a transcript of which appeared in English Origins of New England Families, First Series, Volume I, pg. 38. This will, dated 24 October 1604, named his wife Alice, his son William, his son Thomas, his daughter Margery Johnson and his brothers John and Jonas Humfrey. This will is of particular interest, since the original has been preserved in Buckinghamshire, and it includes the signatures of Jonas and John Humfrey as witnesses to the will. These signatures are shown in the illustration at the right. Jonas' signature matches the signature of the Jonas Humfrey who deposed in the Okebanke chancery suit mentioned earlier. This identifies, then, two brothers of the Jonas Humfrey who was born in 1567 -- John and George.
Another brother, Thomas Humfrey of Ellesborough, Bucks., also named his two brothers, John and Jonas, as his overseers. A comparison of their signatures (they also witnessed Thomas' will) with those appearing on the above-mentioned will of George Humfrey shows that, once again, they are the same, and that Thomas is yet another brother of the family. Like his brother Jonas, Thomas was a wheelwright.
From the appearance of the name Jonas in this family, it seems not unreasonable to expect that Jonas Humfrey of Dorchester, Massachusetts was a member of it. From his date of birth (about 1587), he would seem to have been of the next generation from the four brothers discussed above, and one might therefore try to determine which, if any, of them could have been his father. Unfortunately, an examination of the surviving bishop's transcripts of Wendover, combined with the provisions of the above-mentioned wills, yields evidence which makes such a relationship somewhat unlikely.
Neither Thomas nor George named a son Jonas in their wills. Both Jonas and John did have sons named Jonas recorded in Wendover -- in 1606 and 1605, respectively. Both these Jonases were much too young to have been Jonas of Dorchester, who married Frances Coley in 1607. This does not, of course, prove that none of these men was the father of Jonas of Dorchester, but in order for it to have been Thomas or George, he would have to have left his son out of his will (certainly possible), and for it to have been Jonas or John, he would have had to have two sons named Jonas (again, possible, but not common).
Another possibility would be for Jonas of Dorchester to have been a younger brother to the above four men, but again this entails two sons named Jonas in the same family -- not really an acceptable explanation without a great deal more evidence. Perhaps a likely hypothesis to explore, given the above considerations, would be that Jonas of New England was the son of yet another Humfrey brother.
Three other Humfrey men of Wendover were having children more or less contemporaneously with Jonas of New England. Their relationship is also unknown, but their lists of children are given below, in order to complete the record of Wendover Humfreys of this period.
Further research in the land and court records might clarify this picture, and would, perhaps, finally place Jonas of New England in the context of a very extensive Humfrey family.
The following sections provide family outlines of the Humfrey and Okebanke families, was well as abstracts of wills and vital records on which article is based:
HUMFREY FAMILY OUTLINE
1 (JOHN?) HUMFREY
While the father of the four Humfrey brothers of the Wendover, Bucks., area is not known, he may have been the "John Umfrey ye eldest" who was buried at Wendover on 21 Feb 1605/6.
2 GEORGE HUMFREY
GEORGE HUMFREY was a wheelwright in Aylesbury, Bucks. He was buried at Aylesbury, Bucks., 11 December 1604.
The chief provisions of his will were:
to son William Humfrey: 10 shillings (within 3 months after my death)
to daughter Margery Johnson: 10 shillings (within 3 mo)
to son Thomas Humfrey: all my working tools
to poor of Aylesbury: 2 shillings
to godson George Bates: 12 pence
to godson John Browne: 12 pence
all the rest to wife Allice, whom I make executrix
brothers John Humfrey and Jonas Humfrey to be overseers, 2 shillings 6 pence each for their pains
witnesses: Robert Bell, John Umfrey, Jonas Humfrey
While John and Jonas Humfrey signed as witnesses, George Humfrey signed by mark.
Children of George and Alice (___) Humfrey:
3 THOMAS HUMFREY
THOMAS HUMFREY resided in Come in the parish of Ellesborough, Bucks. He was buried at Ellesborough, Bucks., 27 August 1616.
The chief provisions of his will were:
to be buried in Ellesborough
to eldest daughter Florence Wilde: 10 shillings (to be paid within one quarter of a year after my death)
to every one of her children: 12 pence apiece (to be paid at the same time)
to Edward Kighte, son of Andrew Kighte: 12 pence (pd as above)
to Alice Kighte, daughter of Andrew Kighte: 12 pence (pd as above)
to Thomas Kighte, son of Andrew Kighte: 10 shillings (pd as above)
to my servant Richard Allen: 6 shillings, 8 pence (pd as above)
all the rest to son Robert Humfrey, whom I make sole executor
brothers John Humfrey and Jonas Humfrey to be overseers
witnesses: Jonas Humfrey, John Umfrey, Richard Allen, John Timberlake
Thomas Humfrey signed by mark, his brothers signed in full.
Children of Thomas and ___ (___) Humfrey:
4 JONAS HUMFREY
JONAS HUMFREY was born circa 1567 (according to his age as given in a deposition for a Chancery case in 1613), and died after 1626, when he was named in the will of his brother-in-law Robert Okebanke. He was almost certainly also the Jonas Humfrey senior who was, with "his son John Humfrey" overseers of the will of Thomas Hawes of Wendover in 1640. He was a wheelwright in Wendover, Bucks.
He married ELIZABETH OKEBANKE, daughter of John and Katherine (___) Okebanke of Wendover, Bucks.
Children of Jonas and Elizabeth (Okebanke) Humfrey:
5 JOHN HUMFREY
JOHN HUMFREY evidently lived in Wendover. He is probably the "John Humfrey the eldest" who was buried there on 1 Nov 1630. His wife may have been the "Ales, wife of John Humfrey" who was buried at Wendover on 22 Oct 1623.
Children of John and Ales? (___) Humfrey, baptized at Wendover:
OTHER HUMFREYS OF WENDOVER:
HENRY HUMFREY of Wendover.
Children of Henry and ___ (___) Humfrey, baptized at Wendover:
NICHOLAS HUMFREY of Wendover; md. Wendover, Bucks., 25 Apr 1605, MARGARET MEARDE, daughter of George and Katheren Mearde of Ellisborough, Bucks. Nicholas was churchwarden of Wendover in 1633.
Children of Nicholas and Margaret (Mearde) Humfrey, baptized at Wendover:
THOMAS HUMFREY of Wendover; md. Ellisborough, Bucks., 24 Jul 1609, SUSAN MEARDE, daughter of George and Katheren Mearde of Ellisborough, Bucks. Died in Wendover in 1662.
Children of Thomas and Susan (Mearde) Humfrey, baptized at Wendover:
OKEBANKE FAMILY OUTLINE
1 EDMOND OKEBANKE
EDMOND OKEBANKE died in Wendover, Buckinghamshire, by 1588. His will was dated 30 Jan 1581/2 and proved 14 October 1588. He was married to ISABEL ___, who survived him.
In his lifetime, Edmond Okebanke was involved in many court cases, usually as defendant.
In a Star Chamber case (STAC 5 16/F19), Henry Free vs Edmund Okebanke, one of the interrogations said "did you see Johan Hill at Court, April, in the forrens of Wendover in 9th Elizabeth (1567)."
Another Star Chamber case (STAC 5 F29/34), dated 21 October, refers to the same events. Henry Free of Wendover, Bucks., yeoman, refers to a parliament held 5 Elizabeth (1562/3) where it was decided that if a man perjures himself in the Star Chamber, he must pay a fine and serve 6 months in prison. He claims that Edmund Okebanke of Wendover, husbandman, perjured himself when he said that he did not see one Jone Hill and Henry Free make surrender of lands in the open court of the said Manor on 27 Sep 13 Elizabeth (1571). Edmond Okebanke denies it.
In another Star Chamber case (STAC 5/W78/1), Henry Wyer of Cheping Wycombe, Bucks., yeoman, contests the ownership of certain lands (principally "Bucks Close") with a number of defendants, primarily Edmond Okebanke. Codefendants include William Okebanke of Wendover, laborer, and Robert Okebanke of Wendover, laborer (sons of Edmond). The statements are long and elaborate and include two very interesting versions of a riot which took place between the Wyer and Okebanke factions. Wyer's statement is particularly vivid and well-composed. Among other accusations, he says that Edmond Okebanke allowed Henry Rolffe "a man of light and lewd disposition" while staying at Okebanke's home, nightly to lie with his daughter Agnes Okebanke (even though Henry Rolff was then a married man).
In a Chancery suit, (C2 ELIZ W3/25), the complainant, Henry Wyer of Wendover Bucks., yeoman, claims that William Wyer, late of Wendover, deceased, father of the said Henry, left him certain lands. The deeds and papers are now in the hands of John Okebancke and Katheryn his wife, Henry Free, Isabell Okbanke, and John Wolfe and Agnes Wolfe his wife, all of Wendover. They deny it.
In a Chancery suit (C2 ELIZ W14/22), the complainant, John Wyatt of Wendover, Bucks., yeoman, complains of Edmund Okebanke, yeoman. He refers to events of June 20 Elizabeth (1578). Money matters are involved. "... the said Edmund Okebanke to be a very busy & troublesome man Altogether given to seeke extremyties and to be in continewell brambles."
In a Chancery suit (C3 series 2 135/22), the complainant was Edmond Okebanke. He claimed that he was then seized with land in Wendover made over by one William Wyer to one Henry Rolff. One Nicholas Kyppynge, Henry Grover, and Thomas Curtes broke into his (Okebanke's) place, destroying much (specified) and assaulting his children and servants, and that they beat and hurt them.
In another Chancery suit (C3 series 2 202/59), the complainant was William Hill of Wendover, yeoman. He claimed that his father, Robert Hill, late of Wendover, deceased, had land in Wendover which he devised to Edmund Okebanke of Wendover, yeoman, but that when Robert died, it was supposed to have come to William. Edmund Okebanke claims it. (Sometimes the name is spelled "Ogbancke" in this suit.)
In a Chancery suit (O4/24), Edmund Okebank of Wendover, Bucks., yeoman is the complainant vs Henry and John Collett in a land dispute.
In another suit (O4/36) date 7 Jun 1598? (probably should be 1578), Edmund Okebanke of Wendover, Bucks., yeoman, complains that Richard Wyat, late of Wendover, glover, assaulted and beat Edmund's son William. They went to court Epiphany 20 Elizabeth (1578). Interrogatories for this suit are to be found in O8/3.
In his will, dated 30 Jan 1581(/2) he referred to himself as a yeoman of Wendover, Bucks.
Children of Edmond and Isabel (___) Okebanke, probably born in Wendover:
2 WILLIAM OKEBANKE (EDMOND)
WILLIAM OKEBANKE died between 25 Sep and 14 Dec 1591, probably at Wendover, Bucks, although he appears to have lived in Aylesbury, where several of his children were baptized. He was married to JANE/JOAN ___, who survived him.
He had four children in 1582 (as stated in the will of his father), but referred in his own will only to three daughters: Jane, Mary, and Frances.
His father, Edmond, in his will, referred to William as his "eldest son" and named him, together with his (Edmond's) wife Isabel, his executor.
In his own will, he referred to himself as "gentleman."
Children of William and Jane/Joan (___) Okebanke:
3 AGNES OKEBANKE (EDMOND)
AGNES OKEBANKE was still living in 1603 at the writing of the will of her husband. She married before 1582, JOHN WOLF, who died between 3 Jul 1603 (the date of the writing of his will) and 18 Jul 1603 (when it was proved).
John Wolf, in his will, referred to himself as "gentleman" of Wendover.
Robert Browne, referred to in John's will as his son-in-law, may be the husband of a daughter or a stepson ("son-in-law" often referred to a stepson). If he was a stepson, then Agnes may have first married a man named Brown or John Wolf may have been married before. Robert Brown was "of Ordsall, Nottinghamshire" at the time of the probate of John Okebanke's will in 1603.
Children of John and Agnes (Okebanke) Wolf:
4 ELIZABETH OKEBANKE (EDMOND)
ELIZABETH OKEBANKE, married before 1582, ___ HATLEY. No further information.
5 JOHN OKEBANKE (EDMOND)
JOHN OKEBANKE died at Wendover, Bucks, between 5 Jul 1603 (the date of the writing of his will) and 26 Sep 1603 (when it was proved). His son Edmund said, in 1613, that his father had died "about the monthe of June or July in the first yeare of his Ma.ties Raigne that nowe ys" (1603). Jonas Humfrey testified that John died of the plague.
He was married at least twice. His first wife, to whom he was married before April 1575, was KATHARINE ___. His wife at the time of his death was JOAN ___. In his will, he calls himself a "gentleman" of Wendover borough.
It is difficult to determine which children were born to each of John's (known) two wives. From a Chancery suit in which Jonas Humfrey testified, it is known that Elizabeth was the only daughter John Okebanke had by his first wife. This places Elizabeth and Joan, at least. In this same suit, Joan is referred to as the mother in law of Philip, therefore placing him also as a son of Katherine. Philippa was named in Edmond Okebanke (the elder)'s will in 1582, making it likely that she, too, was a daughter of Katherine.
One might guess that Joan and John were married about 1588: in 1613, Jonas Humfrey said he'd known Joan Gibbons, wife of Thomas, some 25 years. There is some reason to believe she was the widow of John Okebanke, and was therefore may have married him about 1588, when Jonas first came to know her. Given the probable date of Robert's marriage (shortly before his death in 1626), he was probably also a son of Joan. This leaves the mother of John and Francis uncertain.
Children of John and Katharine (___) Okebanke:
Children of John Okebanke:
Children of John and Joan (___) Okebanke:
6 ROBERT OKEBANKE (EDMOND)
ROBERT OKEBANKE was born about 1570, according to statements made during one of the many chancery cases in which his father was involved, in which he was called "laborer" in 1587, age about 17. However, a burial record in Aylesbury for Robert, son of Edmond Okebanke on 3 Mar 1575/6 suggests a later date of birth.
7 EDMOND OKEBANKE (JOHN, EDMOND)
EDMOND OKEBANKE was born circa 1576 (according to the age he gave at the time of a 1613 court case.
In this Chancery case (C24/385), dated 17 Feb 10 James (1613), Edmund was a witness, and was described as "Edmund Okebancke of East Smithefeilde neere the Tower of London gent. aged 37 yeares or thereaboutes."
In a Close Roll conveyance dated 20 October 2 James I (1604), Edmond Okebanke of Wendover, Bucks., gent., sold his house and land to Jonas Humfrey of the same, yeoman, and William Huff of Little Missenden, Bucks., yeoman. The house was described as the house he "now lives in." The house and lands were conveyed to John Okebanke and Katherine his wife by Edmond Okebanke of Wendover borough, yeoman, deceased, by his indenture dated 9 April 17 Elizabeth (1575).
He married, by 1604, KATHARINE ___, who is mentioned in a Close Roll deed dated 20 Jan 2 James I (1604/5). At that time, Edmond was described as a yeoman of Wendover. In this conveyance, he sold to Edward Moore of Shinfield, Berks., gent., the Greyhound "(now called the Chequer)" on South Street in Wendover, land which was then in the occupation of Henry Wyer, and land which was then in the occupation of Anne Woulf, widow.
Children of Edmond and Katherine (___) Okebanke:
8 ROBERT OKEBANKE (JOHN, EDMOND)
ROBERT OKEBANKE was baptized in Wendover on 23 May 1602. He was buried 12 Feb 1626/7 in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.
He married, by 1626, SARAH WAGG, who was baptized at Monks Risborough, Bucks., 2 Nov 1606, daughter of John and Sarah (Gibbons) Wagg. She was buried 29 Nov 1628 in High Wycombe.
Robert was a linen draper at the time of the writing of his will. He was called a mercer on his burial record.
Children of Robert and Sarah (Wagg) Okebanke:
WILLS on which the article is based:
WILL OF GEORGE HUMFREY
Archdeaconry Bucks., peculiar of Aylesbury
In the name of God Amen The ffower and twentieth day of October in the Yeare of our Lord god 1604 I George Humfrey of Ailesbury in the county of Bucks whelewright sicke in body ...
unto Willyam Humfrey my sonne tenn shillinges ... within three monethes next after my decease ...
unto Margery Johnson my daughter tenne shillinges ... within three monethes next after my decease ...
unto Thomas Humfrey my sonne all my woorkinge tooles ...
unto the most distressed poore people of Ailesbury two shillinges ...
unto George Bates my godson xii d ...
unto John Browne my godson xii d ...
All the rest of my goodes aswell moveable as immoveable ... unto Allice Humfrey my wife whom I do make sole executrix ...
I doe hereby nominate and appoynt John Humfrey and Jonas Humfrey by brethren overseers ...
unto each of them for their paynes takinge herein ii s vi d a peece
wittnesses: Robt Bell, John Umfey, Jonas Humfrey
signed by mark
proved: 15 March 1604
WILL OF THOMAS HUMFREY
Archdeaconry of Bucks.
In the name of god Amen: June the 23th 1616: I Thomas Humfrey of Come in the parishe of Elesboroughe in the countie of Buckes: beinge sicke in bodie ...
my bodie to be buried in the church yarde of Elesborowe ...
to fflorence Wilde, my elldest daughter the somme of x s ... within one quarter of a yeare nexte after my decease ...
to every one of her chilldren xii d a peece ...
to Edward Kighte the sonne of Andrew Kighte xii d ...
to Alice Kighte the daughter of Andrew Kighte xii d ...
to Thomas Kighte the sonne of Andrewe Kighte the some of x s ...
to Richard Allen my servant vi s viii d ...
All the rest of my worldly goodes ... to Robert Humfrey my sonne whome I ordaine to be my sole executor ...
I doe appointe my brother John Humfrey and my brother Jonas Humfrey to be overseers of this my laste will & testament ...
witnesses: Jonas Humfrey, John Humfrey, Richard Allen, John Timberlake
signed by mark
proved 26 Sep 1616
WILL OF EDMUND OKEBANKE
Archdeaconry of Bucks.
The xxx day of January 1581
In the name of god Amen I Edmond Okbanck of Wendov(er) in the county of Buck yoman being sicke
in Bodie ...
to Willm Okebanck my eldest sonne all the mesuage ... wherin I now dwell and all that my mesuage ... in Wendov(er) aforesaid now in the ... occupation of Henry Jonson And also ... my mesuage ... in Wendov(er) aforesaid ... in the ... occupation of one Thomas Wells ... And also my lands closes ... within the towne p(ar)ishe and felds of Wendov(er) ...
unto my daughter Agnes Wolf wiffe unto John Wolf of Wendov(er) aforesaid vi l ...
unto my daughter Elizabeth Hatley iiii l ...
unto ffrancis Medlam daughter unto Phillipp Medlam of London gent x l ...
unto my daughter Hatleyes three children iii l to be equally devided betwen them ...
unto my daughter Agnes Wolffe her two children Sibell Wolf & Richard Wolf x l to be equally devided betwene them ...
unto Edmond Okebancke sonne unto John Okebancke of Wendov(er) aforesaid xx s ...
unto Phillipp Okebancke daughter unto the aforesaid John xx s ...
unto Willm Okebancke his foure children iiii l to be equally devided betwene them ...
unto Hugh Rolf of Wendov(er) and to his sonne Jonas Rolf xxs to be equally devided betwene them ...
All the rest of my goods ... unto Isabell my wiffe & William Okebancke my sonn Whom I make & ordeyne my full & sole Executors ...
my Executors herin named shall not meddle w(i)th any ... Legacy Without the consent ... of John ffounteyne of Walton in the p(ar)ish of Aylesbury in the countie of Buck gent and Raff Hill thelder of Quember fforrens in the countie aforesaid yoman Whom I doe ordeyne & make over seers of this my last will ...
last I geve & beq(u)eth unto Hugh Rlf of Wendover xxs over and above that w(hi)ch is expressed in my Will
proved 14 Oct 1588
WILL OF WILLIAM OKEBANKE
Archdeaconry of Bucks.
In the name of god Amen the xxvth day of September and in the yere of our lordd one thowsand fyve hundrethe nynetie and one I Wyllm Okebanke of Wendover in the cowntye of Buck gent ...
to my dowters Jane & ffransys ... one messuage ... in Wendover now in the tenure of George Cartar? ...
to Mary my dowter one cottage liing in Wendover afforesaid in Damaris lane late in the tenure of Thomas Wells gent? ... all the rest of my goodes movehable and unmoveable unbequethed ... unto Jone my wyfe Whom I make myne executricks ...
yf any of my dawters dyen befor ... the aage of xxi yeres or beffor they be maryed ...
proved 14 Dec 1591
WILL OF JOHN OKEBANKE
Archdeaconry of Bucks.
In the name of god Amen. the vth daye of Julye ... 1603
I John Okebanke of Wendover burrowe in the county
of Bucks gent being sicke in bodye ...
unto Joane Okebanke nowe my wife for and in consideration of the discharging & payment of my debts and legacyes one howse or tenement ... wherin I nowe dwell scituate in Wendover aforesayd which did discend ... unto me ... after the decease of Edmond Okebanke my late father deceasced, And also one peece of meadowe conteyning ten Acres lyenge in the p(ar)ishe of Alisburye & Bearton in ... Bucks w(hi)ch I lately purchased of one Mrs Bosse of Bearton And also one howse & close called Basses Close and tenn Acres of land w(i)th one close of pasture lyeng in the Cley feilde of Wendover aforesayd w(hi)ch I lately purchased of
Nicholas Hill and Barnard Hill together w(i)th all
other my lands ... lyeng and being w(i)thin the p(ar)ishe of Wendover aforsayd ... to have ... from the daye of my death for eyght years from thence ... payeng therfore yearlye ... unto Edmond Okebanke my eldest sonne ... ten pownds ...
[if she fails to do this] then ... it shall ... be laufull for my sayd sonne Edmond ... into the sayd p(re)misses ... to enter and distrayne ...
to my sayd sonne Edmond Okebanke ... after ... the sayd tearme of eyght yeares All and singular the sayd howses ... tenements
... before bequeathed, One howse called the chcquer ... And
also the sayd tenn Acres of land, And the sayd close of pasture lyeng in the feild aforesayd And also all thoos three closes ... w(i)thin ... Wendover aforesayd comonly called ... the upper Quingeons feild and the lower Quingeons feild w(hi)ch I purchased of Michaell Hill ... unto the sayd Edmond my sonne and the heirs
of his bodye laufully begotten, And for default of such Issue to ... John Okebanke my second sonne and to the heirs of his bodye laufully begotten, And for defaulte of such Issue to the Right heirs of me the sayd John Okebanke forev(er) ...
[if Edmond impedes Joan, she will have all this] for ... xxi years ... w(i)thout any rent payeng ... and after the ... sayd tearme ... the sayd p(re)mises ... shalbe ... to my sayd sonne
John Okebanke, And to the heirs males of his bodye laufully begotten, and for default of such issue to ffranncis Okebanke my third sonne & to the heirs males of his bodye laufully
begotten, and for default of such issue to the right heirs of me the sayd John Okebanke ...
unto my sayd sonne John Okebanke the howse or tenement called the Checker ... and ... the sayd tenn acres of land and the sayd close of pasture lyenge in the claye feeld aforesayd ... after ... the sayd tearme of eyght years ... to the said John And ... the heirs of his bodye laufully to be begotten, And for default of such issue, then to the use and behoofe of my sayd sonne ffranncis And of the heirs of his bodye laufully to be begotten, And for defaulte of such issue to the use & behoofe of the right heirs of me the sayd John Okebanke ...
unto my sayd sonne ffrancis Okebanke the sayd three closes called
upper Quingeons feild and lower Quingeons feild lyeng in Wendover forrens aforesayd w(hi)ch I bought of Michaell Hill ... after thexpiration of the sayd ... eyght yeares ... to the use and behoofe of the sayd ffrancis and of the heirs of his bodye laufully begotten, and for default of such issue to the use and behoofe of my sayd sonne John Okebanke and the heirs of his bodye laufully begotten, And for default of such issue to the use and behoofe of my sayd sonne Edmond Okebanke and of his heirs ...
unto my daughter Elizabeth wife of Jonas Humfery the sume of ten pownds ... to be payd unto her by Joane my sayd wife w(i)thin fowre years next after my decease ...
unto John my sayd sonne the some of xxx pownds ... to be payd
unto him ... [at] the age of eyghteene years ... yf [he died before that] ... then my will is that my sayd sonne ffrancis shall have the sayd some of xx li to be payd him at such tyme as my sayd sonne John shall have accomplished the age of eyghteene years yf he have lived ...
to Joane my daughter the some of on hundred pounds ... to be payd to her at ... the age of xvi years, And yf it happen my sayd daughter Joane to dye before she shall Accomplishe the sayd age of xvi years then my will is that the sayde some of one hundred marks shalbe payed and equally devided amongst my sonnes, John ffrancis, and Robert, and my syd daughter Elizabeth wife of the sayd Jonas Humferye at the same tyme as my sayd daughter Joane should have accomplished the sayd age of xviii years yf she had lived ...
unto my sonne Robert one hundred marks of laufull Englishe monye to be payd to him by Joane my sayd wife so soone as he ... come to the age of eyghteen years and yf it happen my sayd sonne Robert dye before he shall accomplishe the sayd age of xviii years, then my will is that my sayd sonnes John and ffranncis and my daughter Joane shall then have the sayd some of one hundred marks equally devided amongst them, at such tyme as the sayd Robert should have accomplished the age of xviii yeares yf he had lived ...
unto my grandchilde & godsonne John Humfrey the sonne of Jonas Humferye, the some of five pownds to be payd him at such tyme as
he shall accomplishe the age of fowrteene years ...
to the poore of this p(ar)ishe xiiis iiiid ...
All the rest ... of my goods ... unto Joane Okebanke my good and loving wife whome I doe make my sole Executrix ...
I do desire my loving freend & kinsman Robert Brown of Ordsall in the county of Nott gent ... to be sup(er)visor herof, And in consideration of his paynes herin I doe herby bequeath unto him the some of x l ...
witnesses: Robert Browne, Jonas Humfery
proved 26 Sep 1603
WILL OF ROBERT OKEBANKE
Archdeaconry of Bucks.
29 January 1626
In the name of God Amen; I Robert Okebanck of the Burrough of Chepping Wicombe in the County of Buck Lynnendraper, being sick ...
unto the Poore People of Wendover (where I first tooke breath) fforty shillings ... to be Distributed amongst them ... by my brother in Law Jonas Humfrey of Wendover aforesaid Wheelewright
unto the Poore People of the Burrough of Chepping Wicombe aforesaid ffifty shillings ...
to the Poore people of the parish of Chepping Wicombe Tenn shillings ...
unto my Daughter Sara okebanck & to her heires issuing of her body ... my messuage or Tenemt ... wherein I now Dwell and wch I latelie purchased ... of my ffather in law Thomas Gibbins gent ...
unto my said Daughter Sara Twenty poundes ... at her age of Sixteene Yeares or the day of her marriage (wch shall first happen) ...
if my said Daughter Sara shall Depart this life wthout heires of her body lawfully issuing (or begotten) Then the said messuage or tenemt ... shall goe ... unto my loving wief Sara, for & during her naturall life and after her decease ... unto my brother William Gibbins & to his heires for ever And that my said Brother William ... shall ... pay ... unto my Sister Margery Welles ... the Some of Twenty poundes ...
The rest of all & singuler my goodes ... unto my loving wief Sara Okebanck, Whom I hereby nominate ... my ... Executrix ...
my Executrix shall have & enioy the messuage or Tenemt untill my said Daughter Sara shall attaine ... Twenty & one yeares ...
WILL OF JOHN WOLF
Archdeaconry Court of Bucks.
1602-04 book, page 35
In the name of god Amen the third daye of July ... 1603 I John
Wolfe of Wendover in the county of Bucks gent sick in bodye ...
unto the poore of this parishe of Wendover the summe of xiii s iiii d ...
unto Mr Kellye the minister of the parishe in regard of his paynes he hath taken wth me in my sicknes xx s ...
The ... Rest of all my goods ... unto Anne Wolfe my ... wife whome I doe make my sole Executorix ...
not doubting but that she will according unto her motherly love have a care of the education bringing up and preferment of my sonnes Richard and Edward according unto her habileti
And yf my sayd sonnes Richard or Edward ... shall ... sewe or molest my sayd wife for any filiall or childes portion ... then they or hee ... shall but only have the sume of five pownds apeece ...
And I doe desier my loving freend Mr Kellye of Wendover And my loving sonne in lawe Robert Browne to see the performance of this my last will ... to be supervisors therof ...
witnesses: William Kellye minister of Wendover & Robert Browne
proved 18 July 1603
PARISH RECORDS on which the article is based:
Wendover Bishop's Transcripts
1576 -- nil
bp 25 Jan 1600/1 Henry Umffreye, son of John
1601 -- missing
bp 23 May Robert Okebanke, ye son of John
bp 7 Nov Isabell Umfrey, dau of Joh:
bp 7 Nov Thomas Umfrey, son of Henry
bur 25 Jan 1602/3 Isabell Umfrey, dau John
1603 -- missing
bp 16 Sep Katharen Okebancke, dau Edmond
bur 23 Jan 1604/5 Katharen Okebancke, dau Edmond
bur 26 Feb 1604/5 Mary Umfrey, dau of widdow Umfrey
bp 15 Aug Jonas Umfrey, son of John Umfrey
bp 22 Sep Mary Umfrey, dau of Henry Umfrey
bp __ ___ Edmond Okebanke, son of Edmond
bur 1 Jun Anna Wolfe, widow
bur 3 Jan 1605/6 John Umfrey, son of John
bur 21 Feb 1605/6 John Umfrey ye eldest
bur 3 Mar 1605/6 Edmond Okebanke, son of Edmonde
md 25 Apr Nicholas Humfrey and Margaret Mearde
bp 13 Jul Katharen Umfrey, dau Nicholas
bp 19 Oct Jonas Umfrey, son Jonas
bp 15 Feb 1606/7 Phillipp Umfrey, dau of John
bur 10 Apr Jonas Umfrey, son of John
md 11 Jun Jonas Umfrey and Frances Coley
bp 26 Apr Sarah Umfrey, dau Henry
bp 26 May John Okebanke, son Edmond
bp 21 Feb 1607/8 John Umfrey, son Nicholas
bur 19 Mar 1607/8 owlde Mother Umfrey
bp 19 Jun Elizabeth Umfrey, dau Jonas
bp __ ___ William Umfrey, son Henry
bp __ ___ John Umfrey, son John
bur 4 Jul Elizabeth Umfrey, dau Jonas
bur 3 Mar 1608/9 Francis Okebanke, son Edmond
md 6 Nov Ralph Tomkins and Katharen Foster
1609 -- missing
bp 3 Jun James Coley, son of Richard
bp 23 Sep Frances Umfrey, dau Thomas
bp 10 Mar 1610/1 Anna Umfrey, dau Henry
bp 9 Feb 1611/2 George Umfrey, son Thomas
bp 12 Mar 1611/2 Nicholas Umfrey, son Nicholas
[most burials missing -- torn]
bp 5 Nov Henry Umfrey, son Henry
bp 22 Aug Sarah Umfrey, dau Jonas
bp 31 Oct Peter Foster, son of Richard
bp 29 Jun Thomas H...y, son Thomas
bp 11 Jun Phillipp Humfrey, dau Henry
bp 25 Jun Elizabeth Cooley, dau Richard
bp 29 Jul Henry Foster, son Richard
[burials missing after November -- torn]
bp 14 Jul Edward Humfrey, son John
bp 14 Jul Susanna Foster, dau Thomas
bp 11 Aug Agnes Humfrey, dau Thomas
bp 20 Oct Elizabeth Humfrey, dau Nicholas
bur 15 Jun John Cooley, son of Richard
bp 26 Oct John Foster, son of Richard
bp 11 Dec Elizabeth Humfrey, dau of Jonas thelder
bp 4 Feb 1617/8 Margaret Humfrey, dau Henry
bur 4 Jan 1617/8 Francis ye wife of Jonas Humfrey younger
bur 7 Feb 1617/8 Margaret Humfrey, infant
bur 2 Mar 1617/8 Thomas Foster
md 29 Oct Thomas Hastewall and Elizabeth Humfrey
[difficult to read]
bp __ Aug Isabell Humfrey, dau Thomas
1619 -- missing
bp 8 Oct Thomas, son of Thomas Haslewall
[missing all mg, bur, bp after December -- torn]
bp 2 Sep Jonas, son of Jonas Humfrey junior
bp 2 Mar 1622/3 Francis son of Richard Cooley
bur 19 Jan 1622/3 Isabell, wife of John Humfrey
bp 6 Apr John, son of Thomas Humfrey
bp 8 Jun Robert, son of Nicholas Humfrey
md 25 Jan 1623/4 Henry Humfrey and Anne Baldwyn
md 25? Jan 1623/4 John Humfrey and Elizabeth Welch
bur 3 Sep Anna Foster, an infant
bur 22 Oct Ales, wife of John Humfrey
bp 28 Jan 1624/5 Ales, dau Henry Humfrey junior
[missing bp's before May]
1625 -- missing
1626 -- nil
bp 25 Nov Jonas, son of Thomas Humfrey
bp 27 Oct Richard, son of Henry Humfrey junior
bur 17 Mar 1627/8 widow Foster
bur 22 May Phillipp Humfrey
md 2 Feb 1628/9 George Smith and Sara Humfrey
bp 7 Jun Henry, son Nicholas Humfrey
md 28 Oct Wm Stallward and Mary Humfrey
md 31 Jan 1629/30 Thomas Humfrey and Anne Phillipps
bp 13 Jun John, son of Henry Humfrey
bp 13 Jun Edward, son of Thomas Humfrey
bp 22 Aug John, son of Wm Stallward
bur 1 Nov John Humfrey the eldest
bp 11 Mar 1631/2 Mary, dau Wm Stallward
bp 19 Aug Mary, dau Thomas Humfrey
bp 11 Feb 1632/3 Thomas, son Henry Humfrey
md 30 Sep Robt Williams and Katherine Humfrey
bp 25 Mar Anne, dau Jonas Humfrey ye yonger
bp 5 Jan 1633/4 Thomas, son of Wm Stallward
Nicholas Humfrey was churchwarden
bp 4 Jan 1634/5 Jonas, son Jonas Humphrey jr
bp 28 Feb 1635/6 Sara, dau Wm Stallward
1636 -- missing
bp 2 Apr Elizabeth, dau Wm Stallward
bp 7 Sep Sara, dau of Thomas Humfrey
bur 26 Apr Elizabeth, wf of John Humfrey
bur 21 Oct Sara Humfrey an infant
bp 15 Apr Katherine the dau of Jonas Humfrey and Anne Russell his wife
bp 10 Jun Ellen, dau John Humfrey and Ellen Durrant his wife
bp 7 Oct Agnes, dau Thomas Humfrey and Amy Phillips his wife
md 2 Jul John Humfrey and Agnes Winch, widow
md 13 Oct Edward Humfrey and Agnes Jennings
bur 3 Nov an infant of Thomas Humfrey
bur 17 Feb 1638/9 wife of Richard Coley
bp [circa June] Nicholas Humfrey, son of Henry
bp 30 Oct Agnes, dau of Nicholas Humfrey
bp 29 Mar Elizabeth, dau Jonas Humfrey
bp 20 Dec John, son of Edward Humfrey
bur 28 Mar Richard Coley