+ post 1629
Purrier (Purryar), Robert Phage, Joan (Purrier) Gidding's second husband and Richard Gyddinge were on the Clapham Manorial Rolls 18 January 1620/1 and 2 April 1623, with forty acres, six beasts and forty-eight sheep. At Michaelmas 1627, the Clapham & Oakley Rolls include among the rents "of the heyre of Michaell Gyddinge for the house and land in the tenure of Robert Phage, 02li ijs vjd [£2 : 2shillings : 6d] Since Richard Gidding was Michael Giddings heir, it seems that Robert Phage rented land from him. The following from the Greene document is of interest: Research into the Purriers has not established Joan (Purrier) Gidding's ancestry beyond her parentage. Sixteenth-century Purriers left wills in Cranfield and Turvey, both in Bedfordshire. "Jone" Purrier of Turvey, obviously a widow, left a will dated 28 August 1555, naming sons William, Thomas, John and probably - the relationship is not stated - Robert, daughter Anne Edwards, various grandchildren and others (Source: ABP/W 1555/216 Bedford Record Office. …..Thomas Purrier, father of Joan Gidding was probably born too late to be mentioned in a 1555 will. Turvey is about six miles from Clapham and lies the River Great Ouse on the county border with Buckinghamshire. Thomas Purrier married Isabel Tilbrooke at Oakley, 16 January 1586/7. Isabel Purrier was buried (recorded at Clapham) 13 December 1621. Thomas Purrier was included in the Clapham Manorial Roll, 18 Janury 1620/1 with seventeen acres of freehold land, two beasts and twenty sheep. He is mentioned in the rolls 1621 - 1627. Thomas Purrier left a will that enables the full identity of his daughter's first and second marriages. It is also a document of considerable human interest. Greene's transcript of the will follows: I the name of god amen the 22th februaryAno do[mini] 1622 [/3] - I Thomas Purrier of Clapham I the County of Bedd [ford] husbandman beinge at this present sicke and weake of Boby but yet of good and perfect memory thankes be to god doe ordayne & make this my last will and testament in manner and form following, ffirst and Principally I comend my soule into the handes of Almighty god that [crossed out] trustinge assuredly and belevinge to be saved by the only meritte & Passion of Christ Jesus my only savior and Redeemerand my body to the earth to be buryed at the discretion of my executors I the church yard of Oakley. Ffirst I give and bequeath to Thomas Candy a blinde man poore - iijs [3 shillings]- And to wydow hather [?], wydow Elyzabeuth Gydding, wydow Randes, wydow meadows - ijs [2 shillings] a peace to be payd presently after my decease. It[em] I give and bequeath to my dughhter Joane now wyfe of Robert Phage my best cowe, ij ewes & - ij - wether sheep called hoggesvilles, wich my will is that my daughter should have them at hur owne disposinge and that my executors shall have power to take them or the profittes that doe arise of them frome the husband of my daugher Joane if he doe not suffer her to quietly Inoye [sic] them and to have them leest and the proffites arisinge to hur only use and as as[?] hur mind is they should be bestowed. It[em] I give and bequeath to Thomas, mary, Martha, and Rebecca the Children of my daughter Joane aforsayd xxs [1 pound] a peece to be sett and Increased to the benefit of the sayd children until the day of marriage or of lawful age wich doe please god shall first come, wich money is to be Imployed at the discretion of my executors hearaftyer named; also I give to the sayd children every one of them a sheep, a sheot [sheet] & a pewter dish. It[em] all th erest of my goods and chattels whatsoever I give and bequeath to George Giddinge the sonne of my daughter Joane whome I doe make my executor and because he is under age I make his uncull Richard Gyddinge and my cozen Edward [corrected from Robert] Gayle of Okley as sole executors with him for the better bringing of him up in learninge and other thinges needful for him. And of this my last will and testament I doe ordayne John Colbey and John Becke overseers of the same and the sayd John Becke shall have for his paynes xijd [Crossed through] ijs. And all other wills I doe deny and shalbe of noe effect. In wittnes hereof I the sayd Thomas Purrier have sett to my hand the day and yeare above wrighten. Thomas Purrier signed by mark, as did two of the witnesses, John Becke and Robert Phage. The third witness, John Colbey, wrote his signature and it is clear that he was the scribe. The will was proved 28 April 1629. A copy of the will is appended (Source: APB/W 1629/102 Bedford Record Office.) Although in 1630 Elizabeth Gidding left most of her property to Robert Phage in the will above, Thomas Purrier clearly did not trust him and by making him one of the witnesses to his will, he made sure that his son-in-law knew what he thought of him. Purrier was also forestalling any claim that Phage might make that he was not cognisant of the terms of the will.
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