Richard HALKE

Male Abt 1518 - 1578  (~ 60 years)    Has 8 ancestors but no descendants in this family tree.


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  • Name Richard HALKE 
    Relationshipwith Teresa Ann GOATHAM
    Born Abt 1518 
    • From the age shown in his father's inquisition post mortem.
      I think it means he was aged about 45 when the inquisition was held in 1563, not when his father died in 1558 (if I am wrong about this he was born in about 1513).
      I am working on transcribing and translating the IPM; the picture should be clearer once this is completed.
    Gender Male 
    Bequest 1546 
    From his grandfather (and godfather) Richard Halke 
    Chancery Court dispute 1563 
    Will 20 Sep 1578 
    Written 
    • Most of the people mentioned in Richard's will are easily identified on the tree.

      Near the start of the will Richard left bequests to 'the wyef of Stephen Gyles' (ten shillings), 'Joane Johncock' - servant, left 20 nobles if she remained with Richard's widow until she (Joane) married, else less. In 2 places he gave a bequest, in one  a small tenement to one 'Gyles Johncock' who was shown as a servant. His grandfather Thomas Rose left a bequest to his servant Giles Jancock, who was clearly aged under 22 in 1526. I suspect it was the same Giles - possibly the father of Joane, servant to Richard and his wife. 

      Richard describes a William Jenkin as his brother; quite how he was a brother is not clear. Maybe the husband of a sister? He also mentions (in another, earlier, part of the will 'Sara Jenkyn' .
      A brother-in-law might be described as a brother.
      The only sister mentioned in a variety of documents is Joane, and it is clear she was a Handville by marriage.
      The other sort of brother-in-law would be his wife's brother, but one such is described, not only was his surname Lylgrand not Jenkin but Richard clearly described him as 'Henrye Lylgrand my wyves brother' and not as a brother.
      However, near the end of the will 'my syster Margerye' is left a house. No surname is given, either by marriage or birth.

      I am uncertain about whether the Richard who died in 1547 was the grandfather of this Richard or another Richard, probably the son of Sampson who died 1488.
      The Richard who died in 1547 had a grandson Richard who died in 1591; I believe this was the cousin to whom Richard left property in Elmstead (since although of Wye when he died that Richard had property in Hastingleigh, like his father, and in Elmstead). If the Richard who d. 1547 was the grandfather of this Richard then the Richard who d. 1591 would be first cousin of this Richard.

      A couple of people I am not yet certain about are Harrye Prowde of Canterbury  and Wyllyam Prowde of Wye.  However, it is evident that Rose Serlys of Wye was a Prowde by marriage; if Richard's mother was Agnes Rose then Rose was Richard's mother's first cousin; I suspect Harry and William were sons of Rose and so Richard's second cousins. (Rose was appointed executrix in the will of her brother Robert; Robert also mentioned a cousin Henry Prowde who could be the same person as the Harry to whom Richard left a bequest).Near the end of the will Richard leaves a couple of acres to Robert Moyle and Walter Moyle and mentions Mris Bennett Moyle - connection to this not given.
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    Benefactions Board
    One or two boards now hanging in the Church vestry which name some benefactors and what they left to the Church or parishioners.
    Included on this board is an entry
    “Richd: Halke of Wye left by Will date Sep 20 1578
    Nine Shillings a Year towards the repair of the Church”
    Curiously, this is not what Richard's will says. He said
    “I wyll & gyve towards the buyldynge of the Steple of the church of Wye Tenne pounds of lawfull money of England To be payd and bestowed bye my Executrixe,…
    The will of Richard Halke (d. 1578)
    The will of Richard Halke (d. 1578)
    Richard Halke is, I believe, my 11 x great uncle, brother of my ancestor Sampson.
    Buried 26 Nov 1578  Ss. Gregory and Martin’s Church, Wye, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • Described as 'of Wye' in the Chancery Court case of 1563, the relations described in his will show that it was the Richard brother of Sampson who died in 1578 (both written and proved that year).

      From PR entry (image on FMP, viewed 5 Aug 2015)
      "Rychard Hawcke the yonger was buryed the xxvit day of november [Ao 1578]"
    Probate 8 Dec 1578  Archdeaconry Court, Canterbury, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I17429  Teresa's tree
    Last Modified 28 Jul 2019 

    Father William HALKE,   b. Est 1493,   bur. 7 Nov 1558, Ss. Gregory and Martin’s Church, Wye, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 65 years) 
    Mother Agnes ROSE,   b. Est 1495,   d. Bef 1558  (Age ~ 62 years) 
    Married Between 1505 and 1511 
    • I did estimate 1517 from approximate dob of first known son - though there could be daughters or chidlren who didn't survive born earlier. Agnes was not married when her grandfather Thomas Rose wrote his will in 1505, but I suspect she was the 'Agnes Halke' named in the will of this Agnes's grandfather's wife, Agnes Rose (formerly Andrew). That will refers to 'Agnes Halke suentyme my s[er]vant' but I don't think being servant to Agnes wife of John Rose means she couldn't also have been her step-granddaughter.

      Was it this William, i.e. the father of Sampson and his siblings, who died in 1558, who had been married to Agnes Rose?


      Both Thomas Rose, father of Agnes, and the Richard Halke who died in 1546 left bequests to the children of William, namely Richard and Thomas. That points very strongly it being the William son of Richard who died in 1546 who married Agnes. 

      Clearly this William was the son of a Richard, but was he the son of the Richard who died in 1546? Sampson who died in 1488 also left a son Richard, could he too have had a son William?
      Having examined the wills there is nothing in that of Sampson (d. 1488) to suggest he owned anything outside of Wye. By contrast, the John who died in 1492 left property in Hastingleigh, Elmstead and Brabourne to his son Richard. And the Richard who died in 1546 left property in Hastingleigh and Elmstead to a godson (who I suspect was also a grandson). There is no mention of Brabourne - perhaps that land had already passed to his son William in his lifetime.

      When Agnes's grandfather John ROSE wrote his will in 1505 he referred to 4 daughters of his son Thomas, all of whom were unmarried.
      By the time Thomas wrote his will in 1526 she was married.
      This points to William and Agnes marrying between 1505 and 1526, and to them having had 2 sons by the time Thomas wrote his will, so the marriage must have been at least a little before 1526.
      This ties in with William whose IPM shows he had a son Richard, the oldest named in the document, born about 1518.

      The more I look at the wills and other documents the more I think that it was my ancestor William who was married to Agnes Rose and that his father was the Richard who died in 1546.

      For example, William's son Richard, clearly the son of this William since he mentions brothers John, Sampson and Christopher in his will, and sister Joan, etc., appears to have had the same servant as his probable grandfather Thomas Rose. He left bequests to Prowdes, relations of Agnes Rose's (though this alone would not be good evidence, since the way a certain social class intermarried it is quite possible they were also relations on his father's side).  

      The large gaps in ages between the children named in William's inquisition post mortem could be due to them being from different marriages. The span, though, is not too great for one mother and it could simply be that there were children in the middle who pre-deceased their father or were female (and so not mentioned in in inquisition post mortem). Looking at William's will and other documents not only shows evidence of one or more daughters, but also of 2 sons living when he died but not named in the IPM.

      The 's' at the end of a word can be hard to distinguish from a flourish in old hand-writing, but there is nothing after 'wiff' in the request in William's will (register copy) for him to be buried in Wye Church 'besides my wiff'. Since there was no bequest to a living wife, this does suggest William was only married once and Agnes was the mother of all of his children.
      (Unless an 's' in the original will was mis-read as a flourish when the register copy was made; unfortunately the original will appears not to have survived).
    Children 7 children 
    Family ID F6989    |  Family Chart

    Family Jane LYLGRAND,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married
    • dsp (judging by Richard's will)
    Last Modified 21 Jul 2015 
    Family ID F7427    |  Family Chart

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