Henry Rolfe's Will, 1558

     The Will of Henry Rolff thelder of Hamptworth in the parish of Downton, co. Wylts, husbandman, 5 May 1558.  To be buried in the church lytten of St. Lawrence in Downton.  To our lady church in Sarum 2d.  To the reparation of my parish church in Downton 8d.  To Alis Whytehere, my servant, a ewe and a lamb, my wife's petticoat, etc.  To the children of my sister Margaret Blake of Playtford a ewe lamb among them.  To Elizabeth Blaake my wife's black hat.  To Agnes Saunders' children a bullock among them.  To Agnes Bampton a frock.  To William Hyckeman my best "hooses."  To Dennys Husse a brass pot.  To my son Richard Rolfe my great brass pot, a cupboard, etc., and he shall have three kine at fifteen years of age, to be delivered by Henry Rolfe the younger* of Hamptworth or by his assigns, he being one of my overseers for the keeping of my said son Richard.  To Margaret Rolfe, my daughter, all my wife's wearing gear unbequeathed, and at the age of fifteen years two kine to be delivered to her by John Lyght of Hamptworth, he being the other of my overseers for the keeping of my said daughter Margaret.  To my son Richard and my daughter Margaret all my instuff of household at fifteen years, equally divided; if both die, reversion to the children of Thomas Blaake, Thomas Husse, Agnes Sawnders, John Lyght and Henry Rolff the younger for the perfect bringing up of my children Richard and Margaret until the age of fifteen.  Witnesses:  Willm Marks, preist, and Thomas Husse.  Proved 4 June 1558, by John Lyght and Henry Rolff Jun. (Archdeaconry of Sarum, vol. 3, fo. 97.)

*Is this a nephew?  There was a Henry Rolfe obviously closely connected to Henry the elder who died in 1579 and whose will is also in these papers.  He had a wife named Thomasyn, possibly Stride (he had a brother-in-law named Stephen Stride), a daughter whose married name was Owery and who apparently predeceased him, leaving one daughter named Johan (Joane); I infer from the will's language that Mr. Owery was either also dead or estranged, as he is not mentioned at all.  There appear to be no other progeny, and the daughter could easily have been born after 1558, so this is a definite candidate for the person named above, but his exact relationship is never clarified.