Will of Christopher Homfrey of Horton (Kirby) (1547)
Christopher Humphrey owned the land on which Hartley Hill Cottage, Church Road, was later built.
In the name of God, Amen. I Christopher Homfrey, being sick in body, whole and perfect in mind and memory. In the year of our Lord God 1546 (1547), in the first year of the King of England, Edward the Sixth, do make my last will and testament in manner and form following.
First I bequeath my soul to the hands of Almighty God, and my body to be buried in the churchyard of Horton. Also I give to my brother John Homfrey £3 of goods and lawful money of England, now being in hands of John Taylour of Horton, my brother in law, to be paid to the said John Homfrey, his heirs, executors or assigns at 2 several days, that is I say at the feast of St Michael the Archangel next coming after the date hereof – 30s. And at the feat of Easter next following after – 30s.
Item: I give to the said John Homfrey my brother, all my land which he and I do or did occupy together, lying in the parish of Hartley to him and to his heirs forever.
Item: I give to John Tyler my brother in law – 40s.
Item: I give to Richard my brother in law – 13s 4d.
Item: I give to Robert Childe and to John Childe, sons of Nicholas Childe – 6s 8d to be divided equally betwixt them, with 6s 8d remaineth in the hands of their father Nicholas Childe.
Item: I will that there be given out of hand – 2 quarters of malt to poor people, and all the residue of my malt to be ordered? And given at the discretion of John Teyler my brother in law.
Item: I give to Katherine Hughe, one ewe and a lamb.
Also I constitute and make my brother in law John Teylor, my full and lawful executor of this my last will and testament. And my well beloved uncle Thomas Homfray mine overseer.
These bearing witness the day and year above may ???? John Shalcrosse, curate there, Richard Maynard, John Reve with others.