Sir William Culpeper of Preston Hall in Aylesford, 1st Bart.1

Male, #8550, (1588 - 1651)
Father*Sir Thomas Culpeper of Preston Hall in Aylesford, co. Kent (s 1549 - 12 Oct 1604)
Mother*Maria Pynner (s 1570 - )
Name-AltSpell This surname is sometimes spelled Culpepper. 
Name-AltSpell This surname is sometimes spelled Colepeper. 
Birth*1588 William was born in 1588. 
WillDec 1600 He is mentioned in the will of Sir Thomas Culpeper of Preston Hall in Aylesford, co. Kent in Dec 1600.2,3 
Death of Father12 Oct 1604 His father Sir Thomas Culpeper of Preston Hall in Aylesford, co. Kent died on 12 Oct 1604. 
Degree*1609 He received a degree from B.A., at St. Alban's Hall, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, in 1609. 
Honor*1611 William was honored in 1611. 
Marriage*say 1628 He married Helen Spencer say 1628. 
Birth of Sonsay 1630 His son Sir Richard Culpeper of Preston Hall, 2nd Bart. was born say 1630. 
Will20 Dec 1631 He is mentioned in the will of Thomas Culpeper of Aylesford on 20 Dec 1631.4,3 
Biography* On the death of Sir Thomas of Preston Hall in 1604, the estate passed to the eldest son William.
     He was admitted to St. Alban Hall in 1606 at age 18
     He was created a Baronet in 1627 by Charles 1 (1625-49) and became Sheriff of Kent in 1637. He had three daughters, Alicia, Francis and Helen.5,1 
Will*23 Dec 1648 He made a will at Aylesford, co. Kent, England, on 23 Dec 1648.

In the name of God Amen. The three and twentieth day of December in the Four and Twentieth year (23 Dec 1648) of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord Charles by the Grace of God King of England, Scotland, France and Ireland. Defender of the faith Anno Domi 1648. I Sir William Colepeyr of Aylesford in the County of Kent Baronet being of sound mind and perfect in memory desiring to settle my Estate in such good order that after my Death there may be no controversy therein do hereby make and Ordain this my Last Will and Testament in manor and form following.
     First I bequeath my Soul into the hands of my Creator to Jesus Christ my Redeemer and to the Holy Ghost my Comforter not doubting to be numbered amongst the elect Saints of God and by through the only merited Death and meritorious sacrifice of my only Saviour Jesus Christ, and I appoint my body to be buried in the Chancel of the Parish Church of Aylesbury aforesaid near the tomb of my dearest father and mother. And touching my Worldly goods which my gracious God of his bounteous mercy hath liberally bestowed upon me. I will and bequeath the same in manor and form following. First I will and bequeath to the poor of the parish of Aylesford Forty Shillings to be distributed amongst them at my funeral by my Executrix hereafter named.
     Item I give and bequeath to each of my children born and to be born that shall be living at the time of my Decease Ten Pounds a piece of lawful money of England to be paid unto them by my Executrix hereafter named within one month next after my Decease.
     Item I give and bequeath to my loving wife Dame Hellen (Helen Spencer) and her heirs for ever all that my Messuage and Lands called *oofe* with the appurtenances situate and being in the parish of East Malling in the said County of Kent and now of late in the tenure or occupation of Widow Stretfeild.
     Item I further give unto my said loving Wife and her heirs for ever one Annuity or Yearly rent of Thirty Three Shillings and Four Pence which I have out of certain lands lying at Boxley in the County aforesaid hereto for the inheritance of John Brewer Gent and granted by the John Fisher unto John Colepepyr the father (John Culpeper of Preston Hall, Aylesford, Esq.) and John Colepepyr the son (John Culpeper of Grays Inn, Essex) ancestors of me the said Sir William Colepepyr.
     Item I give and bequeath unto my said wellbeloved Wife Dame Hellen and her heirs and assigns for ever all my Lands Tenements Rents and Hereditaments with their and every of their appurtenances hereafter mentioned and expressed that is to say all that my Manor of Bethersden with their appurtenances in the Parish of Headcorn in the County as aforesaid and all other my Messuages Lands and Tenements and with all singular their appurtenances in Headcorn aforesaid with all our late tenure in the several tenures or occupation of Henry Dabbe Robert Waterman and Richard Hirgin and now of John Bishop and John Dabbe Senior of their assignes ****** or Indenteranto and all other my Messuages lands and Tenements whatsoever in Headcorn aforesaid to have and to hold the said Manor of Bethersden with the Appertenances and all other the said Messuages lands Tenements in Headcorn East Malling and Boxley aforesaid unto my said wellbeloved Wife her assigns for ever.
     Item my will and meaning is that the said Dame Hellen my Wife shall have and may hold and enjoy all that my Manor of Merston and all other Messuages Lands Tenements and Woods and Heriditaments whatsoever which heretofore upon marriage conveyed and assured to my said wife for her future the same to be had and holden unto her in such manner and form as by the same they are settled and enjoyed, and as touching all and singular my other goods chattels real and personal Debts, Bills, Bonds especially ready money Plate various Household stuff and Implements of House keeping ( my debts Legarties and Funeral expenditure first discharged satisfied and paid.)
     I give and bequeath to my dear and loving wife Dame Hellen Colepepyr whom also I ordain and appoint my sole and whole executrix of this my Last Will and Testament and revoking all former wills by me made do publish and declare this present writing consisting of five sheets of papers to the former whereof I have subscribed my name and to this have my hand and seal have set the day and year first above written in the presence of those wholly named and hereafter subscribed viz, Richard Colepepyr (Richard Culpeper), Thomas Baft, and Richard Beaver.
     William Colepepyr.6 
Death*1651 He died in 1651.6 
Probate*5 Nov 1651 Probate action was taken on William's estate on 5 Nov 1651 at Canterbury, co. Kent, England,

Proved before William Clarke Doctor of Law and Surrogate of Sir Nathaniel Brent Knight and also Doctor of Law Master or Keeper of the Prerogative Court the fifth day of November in the year of or Lord God One Thousand Six Hundred and Fifty One (5 Nov 1661) by the Oath of Dame Hellen Colepepyr the relic of the said Deceased and Execurtix named in the said Will to whom was committed Administration of all and singular the goods Chattels and debts of the said Deceased thee being first legally sworn will and freely administering the same.6,3 
Will30 Jul 1657 He is mentioned in the will of Sir Richard Culpeper of Preston Hall, 2nd Bart. on 30 Jul 1657.7,8 

Family

Helen Spencer (say 1591 - 1677)
Marriage*say 1628 He married Helen Spencer say 1628. 
Children
ChartsThe 12th century Culpepers of England: Descendant Chart (16 generations, Males only)
Last Edited25 Mar 2012

Citations

  1. Col. F.W.T. Attree R.E./F.S.A. & Rev. J.H.L. Booker M.A., "Colepeper of Aylesford Pedigree in The Sussex Colepepers, Part I", Sussex Archaelogical Collection, Vol. XLVII, 1904.
  2. Public Records Office, National Archives, London.
    Will of Thomas Culpeper of Aylesford Kent (#8542), transcribed by Charles Andrew Grigsby from the images at: http://gen.culpepper.com/archives/uk/wills/images/Thomas_of_Aylesford_1604.pdf.
  3. E-mail written 2007 to Warren Culpepper from Charles Andrew Grigsby, England, e-mail address.
  4. Public Records Office, National Archives, London.
    Will of Thomas Culpeper of Aylesford Kent (#8546), transcribed by Charles Andrew Grigsby from the images at: http://gen.culpepper.com/archives/uk/wills/images/Thomas_of_Aylesford_1632.pdf.
  5. James H. Sephton, Preston Hall, Aylesford, 496 Station Road, Aylesford, Kent: J. H. Sephton, 1997, Repository: Warren Culpepper's Personal Library.
  6. Public Records Office, National Archives, London.
    Will of Sir William Colepeper of Preston Hall in Aylesford (#8550), dated 23 Dec 1648, proved 5 Nov 1661, P.C.C., 208 Grey, transcribed by Charles Andrew Grigsby from images at: http://gen.culpepper.com/archives/uk/wills/images/William_of_Aylesford_1651.pdf.
  7. Public Records Office, National Archives, London.
    Will of Sir Richard Culpeper of Maidstone, dated 30 Jul 1657, transcribed by Charles Andrew Grigsby from the image at: http://gen.culpepper.com/archives/uk/wills/images/Richard_of_Maidstone_1660.pdf.
  8. E-mail written 18 Sep 2012 to Warren L. Culpepper from John Buckley, Lancaster, England, e-mail address.
    John provided numerous edits, improving the accuracy of Charles Grigsby's transcription.