Thomas Culpeper of Crawley, Esq.1

Male, #8696, (say 1473 - before 1540)
Father*Nicholas Culpeper of Wakehurst (s 1437 - 23 May 1510)
Mother*Elizabeth Wakehurst (s 1449 - a 1517)
Name-AltSpell This surname is sometimes spelled Culpepper. 
Name-AltSpell This surname is sometimes spelled Colepeper. 
Birth*say 1473 Thomas was born say 1473. 
Marriage*say 1512 He married Anne (?) say 1512. 
Will22 Sep 1516 He is mentioned in the will of Richard Culpeper of Wakehurst on 22 Sep 1516.2 
Death*before 1540 He died before 1540. 
Biography* Thomas Culpeper of Crawley, Esq., who from the Inq. P.M. of John Fenner and from the will of his uncle, Richard Culpeper, appears to have been married shortly before 1513 (when her younger son was aged four year) to Anne, the widow of Thomas Fenner, his son, who died shortly before his father. The will of John Fenner, the father, and Thomas Fenner, the son, were both proved in P.C.C. in 1513. John Fenner gives his messuage in Crawley with certain lands to Anne Fenner, late the wife of Thomas Fenner, his son, and nor;• the wife of Thomas Culpeper, for her life. She is also to have his lands in Ifeld called Bonewyks and Westland until her younger son, John Fenner, aged four years, shall attain the age of 21. "Anne" describes herself in her will as "Joane," widow of Thomas Culpeper of Crawley, Esq., and as she mentions no Culpepers in it we may assume that she left no issue by her second husband. Her will is not dated, but was proved between 1541-1549. Her husband, Thomas Culpeper, is probably the defendant in an action, William Williams, clerk, versus Thomas Culpeper.
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Interrogatories:
Whether the said plaintiff made a lease of years of the parsonage of Burstow unto the said Thomas Culpeper or not and what rent the said Thomas should pay yearly and what chambers or any other things were reserved to the said person… and many other interrogatories.
Among the evidence given is that of Thomas Busse of Burstow, carpenter. He says that he does not know whether the said William Williams, clerk, leased the said parsonage to Thomas Culpeper or not, but at the end of his evidence he says he knows and did see the said Thomas Culpeper come to the said Williams clerk for to have a mattock from him which he claimed to be his mattock and thereupon the said Thomas Culpeper and William clerk fell out and made a fray together, but who was in the fault, this deponent knows not.
Thomas Bray, yeoman of Burstow deposed that he knows not whether the parsonage was leased to Thomas Culpeper or not "And he says that the said William clerk in the house of this deponent required the said Thomas Culpeper that he might have his rent of the said parsonage to him due, and thereupon they multiplied words together, and then the said Thomas Culpeper broke the brow of the said William, clerk, with the shaft of a knife so that the blade ran down his face in the presence of this deponent. And he says by the report of one William Playce and Robert Fulcher late of Burstow that the said Thomas Culpeper did assent the said William, clerk, to have a mattock from him which was the proper good of the said clerk, and then the said Culpeper gave the said William, clerk a blow or two with a staff for he was not able to sing mass for a fortnight after, and thereupon the said clerk plucked the said Culpeper down by the beard in the sight of the wife of the said Culpeper who with one or two of her servants came running to help to beat the said William clerk, so that he was forced to cry to the said William Playce and Robert Fulcher for aid. How be it the said Culpeper took away the said mattock by force, and by report the said Culpeper drew his dagger at another time to strike the said William, clerk, and more he cannot depose.
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Source: The Sussex Colepepers-II.
 

Family

Anne (?) (say 1489 - before 1549)
Marriage*say 1512 He married Anne (?) say 1512. 
ChartsThe 12th century Culpepers of England: Descendant Chart (16 generations, Males only)
Last Edited21 Mar 2012

Citations

  1. Col. F.W.T. Attree R.E./F.S.A. & Rev. J.H.L. Booker M.A., "The Sussex Colepepers, Part II", Sussex Archaeological Collections, XLVIII,65-98, (1905)http://gen.culpepper.com/historical/sussex/default.htm.
  2. Col. F.W.T. Attree R.E./F.S.A. & Rev. J.H.L. Booker M.A., "The Sussex Colepepers, Part II", Sussex Archaeological Collections, XLVIII,65-98, (1905)http://gen.culpepper.com/historical/sussex/default.htm.
    Pp 65-66.