Sir Thomas Culpeper of Bedgebury in Goudhurst

Male, #8592, (say 1501 - 13 May 1558)
Father*Sir Alexander Culpeper of Bedgebury & Hardreshull, Knight (s 1470 - 1541)
Mother*Constantia Chamberlayn (s 1470 - 1542)
Name-AltSpell This surname is sometimes spelled Colepeper. 
Name-AltSpell This surname is sometimes spelled Culpepper. 
Birth*say 1501 Thomas was born say 1501. 
Marriage*say 1522 He married Elizabeth Hawte say 1522. 
Birth of Sonsay 1527 His son John Culpeper was born say 1527. 
Birth of Sonsay 1531 His son Walter Culpeper was born say 1531. 
Birth of Soncirca 1535 His son Sir Alexander Culpeper of Bedgebury, Knight was born circa 1535 at Bedgebury, Goudhurst, co. Kent, England.1 
Marriage*say 1540 He married Ellen Hendley say 1540. 
Will20 May 1540 He is mentioned in the will of Sir Alexander Culpeper of Bedgebury & Hardreshull, Knight at Goudhurst, co. Kent, England, on 20 May 1540.2,3 
Death of Spousesay 1540 His wife Elizabeth Hawte died say 1540. 
Death of Father1541 His father Sir Alexander Culpeper of Bedgebury & Hardreshull, Knight died in 1541 at Goudhurst, co. Kent, England
Will4 Oct 1541 He is mentioned in the will of Constantia Chamberlayn at Goudhurst, co. Kent, England, on 4 Oct 1541.4,5 
Death of Mother1542 His mother Constantia Chamberlayn died in 1542 at Goudhurst, co. Kent, England
Birth of Sonsay 1543 His son George Culpeper of Buston in Hunton, co. Kent was born say 1543. 
Birth of Sonsay 1544 His son Walter Culpeper of Buston in Hunton was born say 1544. 
Birth of Sonsay 1545 His son Ponyng Culpeper was born say 1545. 
Will*6 Aug 1557 He made a will at Goudhurst, co. Kent, England, on 6 Aug 1557.

Written wt myn owne hande 6 August 1557 I THOMAS CULPEPER of Bedgebery in Kent esquier.
     To be buried in the chapell ouer agayn where that my graundefather lieth wt in the parish church of Gowdehust [Goudhurst] [or where it please God] according to the laudable custom and vsage that shal then fortune to be had wt in this Realme of England in the Catholicke Churche.
     To Ellen my welbeloved wiffe (Ellen Hendley) all her apparell, jewelles &e which she hath heretofore at any tyme vsed to ware. Also all my corne and grayne and thone half of all the beofes and muttons and all my beere, wynes, all other kynde of provision at Begebery and Maytam. My wief to keep the partes of my three sonnes, George (George Culpeper of Buston in Hunton, co. Kent), Walter (Walter Culpeper of Buston in Hunton) and Ponyngs Colepepper (Ponyng Culpeper) till they come to 21.
     Vnto my said wif my twoo dosenne of siluer plates my twoo white siluer saltes my white basinne and ewer of siluer my littill white cupp off siluer and to Ponnyngs Colepepper his cup, salte and spones that his three godfathers and godmother gave him.
     Also to my said wife hir pillion, geldinge and nagge or mare that she vsithe to ryde on. To my said wif and to George, Walter, and Ponyngs Colepepper our sonnes £100 egallie to be devided.
     All other my cattalles, goods &e., my father, my mothers willes and myn being performed I doo geve unto Alexaunder Culpepper(Sir Alexander Culpeper of Bedgebury, Knight) my eldest sonne and executor.
     Ouerseers Ellen Culpepper my welbeloved wif, Sr. John Baker, Knight (Sir John Baker of Kent), my most derest brother Sir George Harper (Sir George Harper) and my brother in law Maister George Vane (George Fane of Badesley).
     To the poor of Gowdeherst, Cranbroke, Hawkeherst, Horsmonden, Lambherst, Marden, Stapleherst, Benenden and Rowenden everye of thies parrishes 20s.
     And as concerning my manors, lands &e in Kent, Sussex or elswhere, whereas I have made severall feoffamentes to thuse of my sonnes severally in tayle wt diverse remaynders my will is that all other my mannors &e I will and lymyte to Alexaunder Culpepper my eldest sonne and theirs males of his bodye and for lacke to George C. my sonne and for lacke thenne to Water C. and then to Ponyngs C. and then to theires males of my body and to my right heires.
     Codicill: Will my brother George Harper and my brother Vane wt my sonne Alexander be my executors.
     I will my brother Harper shal have my sorrell horse and my brother Fane another at his awne choyse and either of them £40 for their paynes taking and Henry Fane my blacke horse to make hym a horsman.
     Proved: 20 October 1558 by Alexander Culpeper executor. (P.C.C. 60 Noodes).6 
Death*13 May 1558 He died at Goudhurst, co. Kent, England, on 13 May 1558. 
Burial*after 13 May 1558 His body was interred after 13 May 1558 at St. Mary's Church, Goudhurst, co. Kent, England. See photographs of his monument at:
http://gen.culpepper.com/archives/uk/places/goudhurst3.htm
Will30 Jan 1644 He is mentioned in the will of Sir Alexander Culpeper of Greenway Court, Knight on 30 Jan 1644.7,8 

Family 1

Elizabeth Hawte (say 1504 - say 1540)
Marriage*say 1522 He married Elizabeth Hawte say 1522. 
Children

Family 2

Ellen Hendley (say 1524 - 1606)
Marriage*say 1540 He married Ellen Hendley say 1540. 
Children
ChartsThe 12th century Culpepers of England: Descendant Chart (16 generations, Males only)
Last Edited17 May 2011

Citations

  1. J. A. Venn, compiler, Alumni Cantabrigienses (Alumni of Cambridge University), Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 1921.
    Alexander Culpeper of Bedgebury, Kent.
  2. Alexander Culpeper of Bedgebury Will, 20 May 1540
    Tudor P.C.C. Will Transcription by L. L. Duncan - Book 54 page 28.
  3. Public Records Office, National Archives, London.
    Image of will at: /archives/uk/wills/images/Alexander_of_Goudhurst_1541.pdf.
  4. Constance Culpeper of Goudhurst Will, 4 Oct 1541
    Tudor P.C.C. Will Transcription by L. L. Duncan - Book 54 page 37.
  5. Public Records Office, National Archives, London.
    Image of will at: http://gen.culpepper.com/archives/uk/wills/images/Constance_of_Goudhurst_1542-1.pdf
    and http://gen.culpepper.com/archives/uk/wills/images/Constance_of_Goudhurst_1542-2.pdf.
  6. Thomas Culpeper of Bedgebury Will, 6 Aug 1557
    Tudor P.C.C. Will Transcription by L. L. Duncan - Book 54 page 70.
  7. Fairfax Harrison, The Proprietors of the Northern Neck - Chapters of Culpepper Genealogy, Richmond, VA: The Old Dominion Press (Privately printed), 1926, Repository: LDS Family History Library - Salt Lake City, Call No. US/CAN Film #929429. Transcription available online at: http://gen.culpepper.com/historical/nneck/default.htm
    P. C. C. Rivers, 157.
    Image:http://gen.culpepper.com/archives/uk/wills/images/Alexander_of_Greenway_Court_1645-1.pdf.
  8. Public Records Office, National Archives, London.
    Image of will at: /archives/uk/wills/images/Alexander_of_Greenway_Court_1645-1.pdf.