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Wills ~ ROOKE surname



Will of John Rooke 1585, Potterne, Wilts


Last Will and Testament of 1 July 1585 proved 27 May 1587

Signed Sealed and Published in presence (witnesses) of John Borce Hawkes, Thomas Powell, Thomas Longe, William Longe


I John Rooke of Potterne, County of Wilts Husbandman .....

Beneficiaries: Church of Sacisburye, Church of Potterne, Poor of Potterne, Joanne Collyes (dau), Agnes (dau), John Bristowe (god son).

Executrix: Alice Rooke (wife), Agnes (dau)

Overseers: Thomas Longe, William Longe

Others mentioned: Thomas Collyus

Source: National Archives, document reference PROB 11/70
Extracted from the Registry of the Prerogative Court of London


Will of William Rooke 1649, Potterne, Wilts


Last Will and Testament of 9 May 1649 proved 23 June 1649

Signed Sealed and Published in presence (witnesses) of William Lye and Phillipp Smith


I William Rooke of Potterne, County of Wilts Yeoman .....

Beneficiaries: Church of Potterne, Poor of Potterne, Elizabeth Lye (dau), Phillip Smith (grandchild), William (son), Joane Rooke 9dau in law), Rebecca Smith (dau), Jane (dau), Anne (dau), Elizbeth (wife), William Lye (son in law).

Executor: Richard (son)

Others mentioned: John Blanford (son in law)

Source: National Archives (A2A), document reference PROB 11/208
Extracted from the Registry of the Prerogative Court of London


Will of Elizabeth Rooke 1667, Potterne, Wilts


Last Will and Testament of 15 Dec 1667

Signed Sealed and Published in presence (witnesses) of Thomas Wates and Ellinor Bonfill


I Elizabeth Rooke of Potterne, County of Wilts Widow .....

Beneficiaries: Church of Potterne, Poor of Potterne, ? Smyth (grandchild), William Smyth (grandchild), Phillipe Smyth (grandchild), William Smyth (grandchild), Hugh Rooke (grandchild), Elizabeth Lye (dau), Francis (son), Richard (son), daughter Grubbe, Anne (dau)
A part of the will is damaged, possibly missed some beneficiaries

Sole Executor: Anne (dau)

Overseers: Francis (son) and William Lye (son in law)

Inventory: Dated 13 February 1667. Appraised by William Lye and Phillip Smith
A part of the inventory is damaged

Source: WSHC Chippenham, document reference P1/R/125


Administration Bond of Richard Rooke 1691, Potterne, Wilts


Administration Bond dated 7 Dec 1691
Administration Witnesses James Hillman and Jonathan ?

Administrators: William Rooke of Potterne (nephew) and William Maynard, Cordwainer

Inventory: Appraised by Thomas White. Value £405 7s 0d

Source: WSHC Chippenham, document reference P1/R/179

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Will of William Rooke 1701, Potterne, Wilts


Last Will and Testament of 17 June 1701 proved 17 Nov 1701

Signed Sealed and Published in presence (witnesses) of Jane Taylor, Joyce Snell, William Sainsbury


I William Rooke of Potterne, County of Wilts Gentleman .....

Beneficiaries: Hester (Wife), Thomas North (son in law), Jane (dau), Ann (dau), Hester (dau), Elizabeth (dau), Charles (son), Child (due to be born), Thomas White (brother in law), Richard (son)

Sole Executor: Richard Rooke (son)

Trustees and Overseers: Thomas North, Thomas White

Source: National Archives, document reference PROB 11/462
Extracted from the Registry of the Prerogative Court of London


Administration Bond of Richard Rooke 1711, Potterne, Wilts


Administration Bond dated 18 July 1711
Administration Witnesses Robert Loggan and John Paradise

Administrator: Richard Rook, son of William Rook who was son of Francis Rook brother of ? Rook

Source: WSHC Chippenham, document reference P1/R/239


Will of Richard Rooke 1723, Potterne, Wilts


Last Will and Testament of 15 Dec 1723 and proved 8 Feb 1724

Signed Sealed and Published in presence (witnesses) of Elizabeth batson, Edwd Hope junr and John Mathyson.


I Richard Rooke of Potterne, County of Wilts Gent .....

Beneficiaries:Richard (only son and under twenty one years of age), Mary Anne (wife), poor of parish of Potterne, Thomas North (nephew and son of brother in law Thomas North), Richard John and Hester North (children of brother in law Richard North),

Sole Executor: Richard (son)

Executors in Trust: Mary anne (wife), William Davis (friend of Highworth), Thomas Batson Davis esq (friend),

Estate mentioned: Freehold lands and hereditaments

Source: National Archives, document reference PROB 11/602
Extracted from the Registry of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury




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