Ancestors of Tim Farr and The Descendants of Stephen Farr


Thomas FARR [Parents] was christened 1 on 26 Jun 1791 in Haynes, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. He was buried 2 on 8 Aug 1833 in Haynes, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. Thomas married 3 Elizabeth SIMMS on 17 Apr 1810 in Haynes, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.

Elizabeth SIMMS was christened on 30 Sep 1787 in Haynes, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. She was buried 1 on 5 Mar 1851 in Haynes, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. Elizabeth married 2 Thomas FARR on 17 Apr 1810 in Haynes, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.

They had the following children.

  M i Joseph FARR was christened on 17 Nov 1811.
  M ii
Samuel FARR was christened 1 on 21 Feb 1813 in Haynes, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.
  M iii
George FARR was christened 1 on 28 Sep 1817 in Haynes, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.
  F iv
Nanny FARR was christened 1 on 22 Apr 1818 in Haynes, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.
  M v John FARR was christened on 18 May 1823.
  F vi
Ann FARR was christened 1 on 18 May 1823 in Haynes, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.
  F vii
Louisa FARR was christened 1 on 14 Aug 1825 in Haynes, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.
  M viii
James FARR was christened 1 on 23 Mar 1828 in Haynes, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.

Joseph FARR [Parents] was christened 1 on 17 Nov 1811 in Haynes, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. Joseph married 2 Elizabeth GREEN on 20 Apr 1835 in Haynes, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.

Elizabeth GREEN was christened on 2 Jun 1816 in Haynes, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. Elizabeth married 1 Joseph FARR on 20 Apr 1835 in Haynes, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.


John FARR [Parents] was christened 1 on 18 May 1823 in Haynes, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. John married 2 Sarah Anne WRIGHT on 4 Jun 1843 in Haynes, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.

Sarah Anne WRIGHT was christened on 5 Aug 1821 in Haynes, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. Sarah married 1 John FARR on 4 Jun 1843 in Haynes, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.

They had the following children.

  M i
Joseph FARRE was christened 1 on 6 Oct 1850 in Haynes, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.

Joseph was also known as Fair.

FHL British film #1066919 Bishop's transcripts for Hawnes, 1602-1868.
  M ii
Samuel FARRE was christened 1 on 15 May 1853 in Haynes, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.

Samuel was also known as Fair.

FHL British film #1066919 Bishop's transcripts for Hawnes, 1602-1868.
  F iii
Mary Elizabeth FARR was born 1 in 1862 in Southill, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.

Mary was counted in a census 2 in 1881 in Southill, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.

Thomas FAYRE [Parents] [scrapbook] was born about 1477 in of Flitton, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. He died in 1537 in Elstow, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. Thomas married Custans about 1499 in Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.

Thomas's will was probated in 1537 in Elstow, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.

Will of Thomas Fayre
1 July 1537 proved 10 Aug. 1537.
Elvestow, Bedfordshire
Transcribed by Patricia Bell

Burial in the churchyard of Elvestow; to the high altar 4d; to the mother church of Lincoln2d; to the bells 12d; to the torches 12d; to the lights 12d. To daughter Agnes Fayre 40s. and to daughter Kateryng Fayre 20s. To son John Fayre a cow and a couple of steers. Wife Custans all the crop on the ground and the other which is in the house and barn, to pay the rent and the debts and to keep the house. Residue to wife Custans and son John Fayre to be equally divided between them “The said goodes to be devydyt betwene my wyffe and the other children” and if the children die, their parts to be used for the souls of testator and all Christians. Wife Custanes to have house and land in Flitwik until son John is able to occupy it.
Executors John Fayre and John Adnettes. Supervisor sir William Adnettes. Witnesses sir George Mayot, William Curtes, William Wright.


In 1528 Thomas Fayre is named executor of Thomas Fan's will of Elstow.

Custans was born about 1479 in Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. Custans married Thomas FAYRE about 1499 in Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.

They had the following children.

  F i
Agnes FAYRE was born about 1502 in of Flitton, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.
  F ii
Kateryng FAYRE was born about 1506 in of Flitton, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.
  M iii
William FAYRE was born about 1520 in Flitton, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.





In the 1578 Archidiaconal Visitation page 211, William Fare shows as not having received the communion for XII months in Flitton.
  M iv John FAYRE The Younger was born about 1525. He died in 1582.

Thomas FAYRE [Parents] [scrapbook] was born about 1453 in of Dunstable, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. He died in 1524 in Flitton, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. Thomas married Alys about 1476 in of Flitton, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.

Thomas had a will 1 on 10 Apr 1524 in Flitton, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. His will was probated 2 on 7 May 1524 in Flitton, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.

Will of Thomas Fayre.
10 Apr., pr. 7 May 1524. (2: 54)
Flitton, Bedfordshire
Transcribed by Patricia Bell

Burial in the churchyard of Flitton; to Lincoln cathedral 2d.; for his mortuary as customary; to the high altar 8d.. To wife Alys for life, then to son John Fayre and his heirs, testator's tenement or house in Flitton, with its appurtenances, they to keep a yearly obit in the parish church of Flitton for the souls of testator and all Christians. Residue to wife Alys.

Executrix wife Alys. Witn. Henry Richardes vicar, William Parrisse, John Parrisse.


Thomas Fayre's son, John, was know as John Jr. or John the Younger and Thomas' brother, John, was known as John Sr. or John the Elder. The following document from the Bedfordshire Luton Archives, helps to clarify this along with the will of John the Elder:

Reference
LL1/62

Title
Demise: William son and heir of Richard Olney deceased, to Richard Davy, Reginald Collopp bocher, & Richard Olney of Denehyll.

Date Free Text
1550

Date From
1550

Date To
1550

Scope and Content
A messuage with curtilage & 17 acres of land and meadows dispersed in Flitwick. Whereof the messuage, curtilage & garden at Chirche ende, between late William Felour senior & the Innyng, abutting on the highway & a close of the lord; 2 acres together in the Innyng under the grantor's hedge, abutting on the Stokking North; 1 acre together called the Hedland Acre at Bradhegges, the lord on both sides; half acre in Acreyard Furlong, between the lord & Henry Collopp, abutting on the Highway East; half acre in the same next Thomas Sybley; 6 roods together on Sutton Furlong, next the same, abutting on Holowe way south; half acre in the Woodehame, abutting on Flitwick Wood; 1 rood in the same, between Reginald Collopp senior & the lord; 1 acre together on Hynkeshull in Broke Furlong, next Henry Collop. In East Field, half an acre in Nether Aldfeld, next Reginald Collopp senior; half acre in the same, between the vill's land & the grantor; half acre in Ouere Aldfeld, between Reginald and Henry Collopp; 1 acre on Stonyhull next Richard Davy, abutting on Goodrychhyll & the Gravell pyttes; 2 roods at Thomas Cranewell's Close Corner, next John Feirey junior, late of his father Thomas Feirey; 1 rood in the same next Reginald Collopp; half acre in Acreyardefurlong, between Richard Davy & Thomas Sybley; half acre on Wandyng Furlong; half acre at Grene Way, between Reginald and Henry Collopp; 1 acre in 4 rood abutting on Gull's hadland west and Croftland east; half acre on Croftland, next Reginald Collopp; 2 roods of land and meadow in Stanyate mede, next the lord, & 1 rood between Reginald Collopp and John Feirey senior & 1 rood between Henry & Reginald Collopp, & 1 rood next the lord; half acre meadow in the lower furlong at Stanyate, next Thomas Myddelton of Ampthill; 1 rood land Estowne mede, between Reginald Collopp & Thomas Cranewell. All of which the grantor's father Richard had as a grant of William Olney his grandfather by charter of 1501. To be held to the use of the grantor & his heirs according to the intents of his last Will. Witnesses: Thomas Olney of Luton, John Pylgryme of Offley, Thomas Grene vicar of Flitwick, Thomas Olney senior of Flitwick, William Byssett, Thomas Olney junior, William Lysett.

Alys was born about 1455 in Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. She died after 1524 in Flitton, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. Alys married Thomas FAYRE about 1476 in of Flitton, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.

They had the following children.

  M i Thomas FAYRE was born about 1477. He died in 1537.
  M ii John FAYRE The Elder was born about 1479. He died in 1554.

John FAYRE The Younger [Parents] was born about 1525 in of Flitton, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. He died in 1582 in Flitwick, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. John married Mrs. John FAYRE about 1548 in Flitwick, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.

John had a will on 28 Apr 1582 in Flitwick, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. His will was probated on 13 Jul 1582 in Flitwick, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.

Raised by his Uncle, John Fayre The Elder. He was mentioned many times in his uncles will and receives all of his uncles property in Flitwick. Also given Flitwick property in his father's will with stipulation "once he is able to occupy it". Possibly his mother Custans died before he was old enough to occupy it or she remarried and lost her right to the property.


John Fairey 1582 Flitwick
Archdeaconry of Bedfordshire
FHL Film #88016, pg. 65
Extract by Pam Bott

The date of the will is 28 Apr 1582.
John Fairey is from Denel End in the parish of Flitwick, Bedford. Denel End is a hamlet within Flitwick. He asks to be buried in the Flitwick churchyard.
He gives to all of his godchildren 4 pence each. He doesn’t mention their names.
He gives to Agnes Howson his servant and to all his other servants. He doesn’t give their names.
He gives to his maid Emme Cockes.
He has a son named Thomas who is deceased. Thomas’ wife is living and her name is Jane Fairey. Jane is pregnant and if the child lives to the age of 16 it will be paid 10 pounds.
John has a daughter named Margarett who is the wife of Henry Colloppe.
He has a son named Willyam Fairey whom he bequeaths his messuage in Denel End when Willyam turns 21. He also gives to his son Willyam the last year’s rent of the tenement wherein Thomas Charge now dwells.
John gives to the children of Thomas Odell.
He has a son named Edmond Fairye whom he makes his executor. Here the surname is spelled Fairye. Edmond gets the messuage in Denel End where his father John now lives between the messuage of George Colloppe east and the tenement of Willyam Siblie west.
Henry Colloppe his son in law is the overseer.
Witnesses are Thomas Odell, Rafe Cooke and Arthure Meaynarde.
Probate is in Latin. I can see the name Williame Smithe. Dated 13 July 1582.


Luton Archives
LL1/62
Title Demise: William son and heir of Richard Olney deceased, to Richard Davy, Reginald Collopp bocher, & Richard Olney of Denehyll.
Date 1550
Scope and Content A messuage with curtilage & 17 acres of land and meadows dispersed in Flitwick. Whereof the messuage, curtilage & garden at Chirche ende, between late William Felour senior & the Innyng, abutting on the highway & a close of the lord; 2 acres together in the Innyng under the grantor's hedge, abutting on the Stokking North; 1 acre together called the Hedland Acre at Bradhegges, the lord on both sides; half acre in Acreyard Furlong, between the lord & Henry Collopp, abutting on the Highway East; half acre in the same next Thomas Sybley; 6 roods together on Sutton Furlong, next the same, abutting on Holowe way south; half acre in the Woodehame, abutting on Flitwick Wood; 1 rood in the same, between Reginald Collopp senior & the lord; 1 acre together on Hynkeshull in Broke Furlong, next Henry Collop. In East Field, half an acre in Nether Aldfeld, next Reginald Collopp senior; half acre in the same, between the vill's land & the grantor; half acre in Ouere Aldfeld, between Reginald and Henry Collopp; 1 acre on Stonyhull next Richard Davy, abutting on Goodrychhyll & the Gravell pyttes; 2 roods at Thomas Cranewell's Close Corner, next John Feirey junior, late of his father Thomas Feirey; 1 rood in the same next Reginald Collopp; half acre in Acreyardefurlong, between Richard Davy & Thomas Sybley; half acre on Wandyng Furlong; half acre at Grene Way, between Reginald and Henry Collopp; 1 acre in 4 rood abutting on Gull's hadland west and Croftland east; half acre on Croftland, next Reginald Collopp; 2 roods of land and meadow in Stanyate mede, next the lord, & 1 rood between Reginald Collopp and John Feirey senior & 1 rood between Henry & Reginald Collopp, & 1 rood next the lord; half acre meadow in the lower furlong at Stanyate, next Thomas Myddelton of Ampthill; 1 rood land Estowne mede, between Reginald Collopp & Thomas Cranewell. All of which the grantor's father Richard had as a grant of William Olney his grandfather by charter of 1501. To be held to the use of the grantor & his heirs according to the intents of his last Will. Witnesses: Thomas Olney of Luton, John Pylgryme of Offley, Thomas Grene vicar of Flitwick, Thomas Olney senior of Flitwick, William Byssett, Thomas Olney junior, William Lysett.


Luton Archives:
AD57
Title Sale by William Gostwyck of Marston Morton, gentleman, to John Farye of Flitwick, yeoman, of land called Stockwell in Wroxhill in the parish of Marston. (Signature.)
Date 8 May 1632

X26/1
Title Grant by Letters Patent of the reversion
Date 15 July 5 Eliz. (1563)
Scope and Content Grant by letters patent (in Latin) Reciting: - lease for 21 years from 1537 by the Crown to William Gostwicke and Ann, his wife of (a)-(u) below at an annual rent of £14/9/4 (£12/6/8 for the priory, £2/2/8 for the land etc.); - lease of 1546 from the end of the 21 years for another 19 years by the Crown to Thomas Leigh of London, gentleman of (a)-(u) below at a rent of £14/9/4 as in 1537 Operative Part - the Crown granted reversion of the priory and (a)-() to Thomas Leigh and Anne, his wife, for £404 and an annual rent of £13/9/4 excepting from the grant all bells and lead on the premises, lead in the windows, advowsons, rectories, vicarages and ecclesiastical premises Property: (a) house and site of the late dissolved Priory of Cauldwell; (b) Mother Field of 34 acres; (c) Bedhole Field of 29½ acres; (d) Roiver Field of 12 acres; (e) Moswell Field of 25½ acres; (f) land lying next to the wall of the late priory of 23 acres; (g) Barks Ditche of 47 acres; (h) land in Kempston Field of 14½ acres; (i) arable and grazing lying beyond le Conygre of 8 acres; (j) Hamme Meade of 8 acres; (k) two crofts called Weste Crofte and Longe Crofte of 18 acres; (l) croft called Pilcrofte Close of 11 acres; (m) Water Close of 11 acres; (n) le Conyngree of 12 acres; (o) le barne yarde of 1½ acres; (p) Great Ramsell and Little Ramsell of 14 acres; (q) Clay Crofte of 12 acres; (r) Meghell Close of 14 acres (b)-(r) were reserved to the use of the guest-house of the priory (s) close of pasture called Stockinge in Kempston in the occupation of John Fayrie at a rent of 15/8 per annum; (t) close of pasture called More Close in Kempston in the occupation of John Fyssher at 6/8 per annum rent; (u) an acre of arable land worth 4d. per annum in Willington


Luton Archives document that shows the relationship of John to Thomas:
LL1/62
Title Demise: William son and heir of Richard Olney deceased, to Richard Davy, Reginald Collopp bocher, & Richard Olney of Denehyll.
Date 1550
Scope and Content A messuage with curtilage & 17 acres of land and meadows dispersed in Flitwick. Whereof the messuage, curtilage & garden at Chirche ende, between late William Felour senior & the Innyng, abutting on the highway & a close of the lord; 2 acres together in the Innyng under the grantor's hedge, abutting on the Stokking North; 1 acre together called the Hedland Acre at Bradhegges, the lord on both sides; half acre in Acreyard Furlong, between the lord & Henry Collopp, abutting on the Highway East; half acre in the same next Thomas Sybley; 6 roods together on Sutton Furlong, next the same, abutting on Holowe way south; half acre in the Woodehame, abutting on Flitwick Wood; 1 rood in the same, between Reginald Collopp senior & the lord; 1 acre together on Hynkeshull in Broke Furlong, next Henry Collop. In East Field, half an acre in Nether Aldfeld, next Reginald Collopp senior; half acre in the same, between the vill's land & the grantor; half acre in Ouere Aldfeld, between Reginald and Henry Collopp; 1 acre on Stonyhull next Richard Davy, abutting on Goodrychhyll & the Gravell pyttes; 2 roods at Thomas Cranewell's Close Corner, next John Feirey junior, late of his father Thomas Feirey; 1 rood in the same next Reginald Collopp; half acre in Acreyardefurlong, between Richard Davy & Thomas Sybley; half acre on Wandyng Furlong; half acre at Grene Way, between Reginald and Henry Collopp; 1 acre in 4 rood abutting on Gull's hadland west and Croftland east; half acre on Croftland, next Reginald Collopp; 2 roods of land and meadow in Stanyate mede, next the lord, & 1 rood between Reginald Collopp and John Feirey senior & 1 rood between Henry & Reginald Collopp, & 1 rood next the lord; half acre meadow in the lower furlong at Stanyate, next Thomas Myddelton of Ampthill; 1 rood land Estowne mede, between Reginald Collopp & Thomas Cranewell. All of which the grantor's father Richard had as a grant of William Olney his grandfather by charter of 1501. To be held to the use of the grantor & his heirs according to the intents of his last Will. Witnesses: Thomas Olney of Luton, John Pylgryme of Offley, Thomas Grene vicar of Flitwick, Thomas Olney senior of Flitwick, William Byssett, Thomas Olney junior, William Lysett.


LL1/75 Title Grant: John Fayre of Flitwick, yeoman, to his son Edmund Fayre of Dunstable, mercer.- The messuage in which he dwells at Dennell ende between the tenements of George Collop in occupation of John Wood, and William Sybley, in occupation of Thomas Odell; also 34½ acres land in the Fields, and 6 acres meadow in Stanyate mede, and l rood meadow in Church end mede; to the sole use of him and his heirs.
Witnesses: Henry Collop, Thomas Odell, Richard Coke, Anthony Maynad.
Date 1582

Mrs. John FAYRE. Mrs. married John FAYRE The Younger about 1548 in Flitwick, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.

They had the following children.

  M i Thomas FAYRE was born about 1550. He died before 1582.
  M ii Edmond FAYRE was born about 1553. He died on 9 Dec 1617.
  F iii Margarett FAYRE was born about 1556.
  M iv William FARE was born about 1563. He died on 27 Jul 1624.

John FAYRE The Elder [Parents] [scrapbook] was born about 1479 in of Wootton, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. He died in 1554 in Wootton, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. John married Agnes about 1499 in of Wootton, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.

John had a will 1 on 23 Sep 1553 in Wootton, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. His will was probated 2 in Dec 1554 in Wootton, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.

This John is mentioned in the will of John Fayrey Mercer and Master of Calais as his cousin.

John and his wife Agnes are mentioned in the will of Harry Goditot, Wootton 1522 (see notes for Agnes). John is also mentioned in the will of Tho. Paulle sr. Wootton 1505 and his name is spelled "Fere".

This John Fayrey's will is also #151 on this same film with slight variations I will add if pertinent. Shows in Court of Augmentations 1542 as being of Wootton and having land in Dyvelles Flitwick. (Vol. II, pg. 14 #289)


Luton Online Archives Reference X740/12
TitleFeoffment ('dimisimus, liberavimus, feoffavimus et hac presenti carta nostra confirmavimus') from William Snowden of Ickwell in the parish of Northill, tilemaker, and Thomas Fowkys of Wootton, Robert Pawle of the same, John Fayre and Thomas Borage of the same, to William Bowrne of Wootton and Thomas Cowper of the same and all men living there ('ac omnibus hominibus ibidem Inhabitantibus') of: (a) 1 parcel of land [being]...next to the churchyard ('Cemitorium') of Wootton containing in length 63' by the standard ('per le Standert') and in width 20' on which parcel a new house, belonging to the vill and parish of Wootton, was lately built ('in quadam parcella terre modo nova domo ibidem edificat' pertinenti villat' parochial' de Wotton'') and which parcel was one part of a messuage which WS etc, had by the gift and feoffment of Lord John Mordaunt (by the name of John Mordaunt, knight), Edward Feteplace, John Elmys, esq., and Robert Latymer to the use of WS [etc] their heirs and assigns as appears in a certain charter of Feoffment dated 1 June 24 Hen VIII (1532). Habendum (the parcel; the messuage to be held of WS, 'Tenendum mesuagium mei predicti Willelmi Snowden'',) to WB etc., their heirs and assigns to the use of the common aid of the village of Wootton ('ad opus et usum communis auxilij villate de Wotton''), their heirs and assigns for ever. Witnesses: John Abrewtan'?, Thomas Adam, John Nityngale, William Kentt, Walter Hopkyns of Wootton with others. Dated at Wootton, 4 Nov 24 Hen. VIII. Seals (on pendant tags): 5 viz. (left to right):1. half missing (probably round), red wax, very rubbed, no design visible. Sig. of WS on foot fold.2. square (with rounded corners), red wax, good impression, complete, design- grid pattern;3. missing.4. square/round, red wax, vague traces of impression, 1/3 missing. 5. missing.Dorse: inscribed 'the towne land'.Latin
Date 4 November 1532

Archdeaconry of Bedfordshire
Film #1066790, Will #245
23 Sept 1553
Wootton, Bedford
Transcribed by Pam Bott

In the name of god amen in the yere of our Lord god 1553 (#245 has CCCCLIII) the 23td day of the moneth of Septemb(er) I John ffayre of Wotton in the countie of Bedford the elder and in the dioc (#245 has “dyossees”) of Lincoln being in hole mynde and pfect remembrance make this my prese(nt) testam(en)t in manner and forme following ffirst I bequeth my sowle to all mightie god our Savior maker and redeemer and my body to buryed in the pishe (parish) churche of wotton aforesaid I bequeth for my inortnary ?? after the ftathte or statnte? In that case pbided (#245 has the same phrase here with the same spellings.  I don't know what he is saying here.  Pbided could be provided but he doesn't indicate it is an abbreviation in either will)  Itm I bequeth to the poore mens box
Being in the churche of Wotton 3 shillings 4 pence for to be geven unto the poore people in Wotton aforesaid Item I geve and bequeth to John ffayre my brothers sonne a cople (couple) of stires (steers) of thre (three) yeres old and 2 horses price of either of them 14 shillings 4 pence and 6 quart (quarts or quarters - will #245 reads qrt(er)ss of barley & also 4 quart (will #245 has qt) of beanes and peyson (will #245 has “peysyn”?? don't know what it means) together my igeled (will #245 has my aigid - aged??) Itm I geve and bequeth to the said John a shod carte not of my best nov yet of the worst a cowe and a heifer Item I geve to ew(er)y on (one) of my god children 4 shillings if they do comme for it wt in on (one) hole yere after my deathe and the Residwe (residue) of all my moveable goods unbequethed my detts paid and this my present testame(n)t to be pformed (performed wt good effect I geve and bequethe them to Agnes ffayre my wif for to be at her dispsion (will #245 has **“disposiooen” (disposition) as she shall think moste beste and expedient to be don (done) for the helth of my sowle my good friends sowles and al (all) chrysten sowles whom I do ordeyne (ordain) & make my faythefull execut(res) and Thomas Harvey of wotton only and for to be execut(or) and for to have for his paynes taking therein 3 shillings 4 pence Itm I utterly revok and annill (anul) all and ew(er)y other Testame(n)t or testame(n)tes bequethes by me in my wise made before this tyme named willed & bequeathed And I will that this my presen(t) testame(n)t wt al the leguces (legacies) therein aniordingln (will #245 has anordngln - don't know what means??) Shall stand and abyde for my very testame(n)t and no other nor no other wise Item I will & desyer (desire) Rob(er)t palle (will #245 says “Pall”) of wotton for to be the supvisor (supervisor) of this my presen(t) testame(n)t And he to have for his paynes taking therin 3 shillings 4 pence Thes being witness to this my p(re)s(en)t testame(n)t Rich (no abb.) Simpson of by ***admin(ster?) (will #245 has by ademst er) thom(a)s starbrige (will #245 has “Stanbryge) Ric (will #245 has Richard) nytingale John ffayre the young(er) and Robert Palle


John Fayre shows in the Court of Augmentations in 1536/7 as having "Close called stokking at will" in Kempston.


Archdeaconry of Bedfordshire
23 Sept 1553
Wootton, Bedford
Film #1066790
Will #151 with addendum
Transcribed by Pam Bott

This is the last will of me John ffeyre of Wotton thelder (the elder) in the counte of Bedford Mede at Wotton on the 23 day of the moneth of Septemb (er) and in the disposing of al my landes Tentes (abb. For “tenements”) Rentes annuities and efectes meadows pastures and fedinges wodes (woods) and underwodes wt all and singler the app (er) tenannces set lying and being in the pishe of wooton Kempton and flitwyk in the countie of Bedford both freeholds and also of copyholdes ffirst I will and grawnt by this prefes (preface) that Agnes ffayre my wif to have and peacefully to enioye (enjoy) on (one) close cawlyd the hold Lying and being in the prishe of wotton aforesaid to have and to hold the foresaid close wth the app (er) tenances to the sayd agnes my wif and to her asigines after the decease of me the sayd John ffayre to be at her dsposition during her lif naturall yelding (yielding) to the chif (chief) lord therof the service dew (due) and custome upon co(n) dition that Agnes ffayre my wif shall do or caused to be don in deades of charite for my sowle and my good frendes sowles and all Chrsten (Christian) sowles to the valew (value) of 2 shillings 4 pence by yere to be don at her disposition as she shall think most best during her lifetime and after the discease of agnes my wif all the sayd closse wth the app (er) tenannces holie (wholly) to remayne to Joanne Eyre my daught(er) the wif of John Eyre of Kemston to have and to hold all the sayd close wth the app(er) tenannces to the sayd Joanne my daught(er) during her lif naturall wt owt strics (stress) or waste making yelding to the chef lord of the ffee the service dwe and costome (custom) therof and after the dicease of the sayd Joanne Eyre my daught(er) al the sayd closse wt the app(er) tenannces holie to remayne to Rob(er)t Eyre her son and heyre appara(n)t to have and to hold al the said closse wt the ap(er) tenannces to the sayd Rob(er)t & to his heyres male of his body lawfully begotten for ev(er) yelding to the chef lord of the fee the service dewe and custome therof and if it happen the sayd Rob(er)t Eyre for to disease wt owt heyre male of grawnt by this prefes that all the sayd closse wt the app(er) tenannces holy for to remayne to John ffayre my brothers son and to his heyrs males of his body lawfully begotten forev(er) yelding to the chef Lord of the fee the service therof by right Lawe and custome and for luk of suche I sue the remainder therof holy (wholly) for to remayne to the right heyres of me the forsayd John ffayre thelder (the elder) forev(er) more yelding to the chef lord of the fee the service dew and custome therof also I geve and bequete will and assigne to the sayd agnes fayre my wif al my mesuage for lying and being in bewill in the pishe of fflitwyk in the countie of Bedford aforesaid now being in the occupacen (occupation) of John fflower of Bene aforesaid wt all the Landes & tentes (tenements) medows pastures closes and fedinges wt all the app)er) tennance to the sayd mesuage belonging to have and to hold al the sayd mesuage wt the ther p(re) misses (premises) wt ther app(er) tenannces to the sayd Agnes ffayre my wif and to her assignes during her naturall life to be wt her disposition wt al commodities p(er)fectes thereon belonging or apperteynning yelding to the chefe lordes of the fee the servicethereof by right dwe and custome Itm I will that after the discease of agnes fayre my wif that John fayre my brothers son shall have al my sayd mesewage in level in the pishe of fflitwyk aforesaid to him and to his heyres for ev(er) yelding to the lordes thereof by right service dew and custome upon condition following that is to say that the fore sayd John ffayre his heyres executors and admi(ni)strators (administrators) shal say thes summes of money following wt in six yeres nexte after the death of agnes ffayre my wif that is to say & Rob(er)t Odel my daught(er)s sonne 20 shillings to Thomas Odel his his brother 20 shillings to John Odel his brother 20 shillings to William Odel his brother 20 shillings to Edmund Odel his brother 20 shillings and to Agnes ffookes ther syster 20 shillings and to Elizabeth Odel her syster 20 shillings so many of them to be payd as shall remayne alive wt in the foresaid six yeres after the death of agnes ffayre my wif and if any of them depte (depart) afore thend (the end) and become of age afore sayd six yeres then my will is that the said mony so named to be paid shall remayne stil in the handes of the sayd John ffayre his heyres executors or admi(ni)strators to his ther own p(ro) per uses kep (keep) I and beqth will and assigne to Agnes ffayre my wif all my howsse set and being in wod (wood) end of kemsten aforesaid now being in the tenur and occupa(t)ion (occupation) of on (one) John Eyre my son in Lawe and Joanne Eyre his wif my daught(er) wt the app (er) tenances therto belonging wch howsse and other the premises wth the app(er) tenannaces I the sayd John ffayre thelder (the elder) do hold by copy of courte revoke after custome and man(er) therof To have and to hold all the sayd house and other the premises wth * thapp(er) tenannces to the sayd Agnes my wif and to her assignes during her naturall life according to the custome and man(er) therof & after the decease of the sayd agnes my wif I will & grawnte by this presentes that al the sayd house and other the p(re) misses wth thapp(er) tenannces hole to remayne to the foresaid Joane Eyre my daught(er) & her assignes during her naturall Liffe according to the custome and man(er) therof and after the decease of the sayd Joanne Eyre my daught(er) I will & gra(nt) by this my last will that all that sayd howse and other the p(re) misses wth thapp(er) tenannces hole (wholly) to remayne to Rob(er)t Eyre her sonne To have and to hold al the sayd howse and other the premises to the sayd Rob(er)t & his heyres and assignes according to the custome and man(er) therof Also I will & grawnte that agnes ffayre my wif to have all the close cawled Hiey (high) crofte wt few acars of land erable therto belonging called peny land during her natural lif and after ther decease of the sayd agnes ffayre my wif I will and grawnt by this prefeces that all the sayd close crawlyd hiye crofte wt fwl acars of land erable that belonging callyd peny land hole to remayne to the howse that John Eyre my sonne in lawe now dwelling after custome and man(er) therof and after the decease of Joane Eyre my daught(er) the remanyder therof to Rob(er)t Eyre her son according to the sayd custome & man(er) therof Also I will & grawnt by this prefeces that whosoev(er) dose (does) occupie and enioye (enjoy) the close cawlyd the holtt on thapp(er) thenannces nexte after the decease of the sayd Joane Eyre my daughter do pay or cawse to be payd to agnes Colma(n) wif to, thom(a)s Colma(n) of Shelington (shillington) my daughter daught(er) xls (10 pounds) of good & lawful money of England wt in the space of on (one) hole yere nexte I immediately after the decease of Joanne Eyre my daught(er) also I will & grawnte by this p(re) sentes that agnes ffayer my wif to have & peacefully to enioye al my ferme (farm) that I now dwell in during my yeres according to the * tenor of my * leace is by *Indenture therof sahl show & appere and if it happe(n) the sayd agnes my wif for to depte (depart) before the sayd yeres be expired then I will & grawnt that John ffayre my brothers sonne to have the * revertion (reversion) of my sayd yeres of the sayd Leace In witness wherof I the sayd John ffayre thelder to this my prefes Last will have set to my seall & signed wt my owne hand this being witness thereunto Richard Sampson of Bydmn (Bedminster) thom(a) Stanbrige Rich Nitingall John ffayer the young(er) & Rob(er)t pall Itm I geve to agnes ffayer my wif 7 * Bdes (bed) of arabel landes that I the sayd John ffayre bought of on (one) Willim Gosse of kempton to her & her her heyres for ev(er) whom I make my executrix and thom(a)s (Thomas) Harvey my executo(ur)s in my testame(n)t do the appere
The bottom portion (6 lines) is in Latin but lists the year December 1554. So it was probated over a year later in Bedford.

This document may help find John's land
Reference LL1/56 Luton Archives
Title Grant: Agnes, daughter and coheiress of William Pottere, in her widowhood, to Richard London of Steppingley.
Date 1507
Scope and Content 2 acres 3 rood land. 1 acre in le Hamme at Flitwick Wood Corner between John Fairy and the road from Steppingley to Estowne, abutting of John Olney and the Earl of Kent; half acre in Denyll Innyng, between the Earl of Kent & Thomas Fyndell alias Paige, abutting on the King's way; 2 roods on Fletefurlong, the Earl of Kent on both sides; half acre in Aldfeld between the Earl & Thomas Olney, abutting on Aldfeld dytche; 1 rood on Smalfan Furlong, between Thomas Olney & John Kyng, abutting on Stanyate dytche. Witnesses: William Cranewelle, Henry Kyng, John Grene alias Lythyng.
Diplomatic notes  Seal; a grid

Luton Archives
LL1/230
Title Grant: John Feiry senior of Wootton to John Jenkyns senior of [Steppingley]
Date 1543
Scope and Content All his lands and tenements in Wootton, Kempston [torn]. Winesses: William Borne senior, Thomas Borage, John Brewton, Richard Stanbrygge, John Frankleyn.
Existence of copies  copy at LL1/149

Agnes 1 was born about 1481 in of Wootton, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. She died after 1554. Agnes married John FAYRE The Elder about 1499 in of Wootton, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.

Harry Godicot, Wooton
Archdeaconry of Bedfordshire
Will 31 Oct, 1522, Probate 8 Nov 1522 #251

Harry Goditot, Wootton. 31 Oct. 1522, pr. 8 Nov. (251) For mortuary or principal “that is right after the custom of the towne”; to the church of Lincoln 2d.; to the high altar 12d.; to the bells - - - ; to the torches 20d.; to Our Lady of Pity an ewe and a lamb; to the painting of the tabernacle of Our Lady 3s. 4d.; to the sepulchre light a sheep; to Kempston church I qtr. malt.

Tow. Margt. his copyhold in Kempston for life, then to - - - [Fa]yre and his w.; if Agnes Fayre dies without issue property to be sold and used for his and his friends' souls; to Agnes Fayre a house in Kempston called “Prestles” with 3 r. lying in the Marsh, she doing yearly 3 masses for his soul; and after death of w. the great brass pot and red coffer. Residue to w. Margt. to dispose of for his soul “as it shall please her”.

Exors. w. Margt. and Jn. Fayre. Overseer Jn. Bolton. Witn. Harry Brown, Thos. Barbor, Thos. Cause, Jn. Gervys.

They had the following children.

  F i Elizabeth FAYRE was born in 1500.
  F ii Agnes FAYRE was born about 1502.
  F iii Joanne FAYRE was born about 1505.

John FAYREYE [Parents] [scrapbook] was born about 1425 in of Flitwick, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. He died after 1479. John married Mrs. John FAYREY in 1448.

Probably John Fayreye of Flitwick.

Historians of the Priory of Dunstable believe that John Fayrey was possibly the father of Henry Fayrey. They do concede that Henry's son was John Fayrey the husband of Mary Butler.

The only feasible candidate for this John is John Fayreye of Flitwick. The Flitwick property passes down this family line until 1824 when it passes to the Adams family. John's property in Dunstable passes down his son Henry's line. We know that the Flitwick Farrs and Dunstable Farrs are connected to our John Fayre through the wills of all the cousins.


Formation of Surnames
The Anglo-Saxons used only personal names, sometimes with nicknames and patronymics, so it was not until after the Norman Conquest that inherited surnames were adopted. Originally these were only borne by nobles and were likely to be restricted to the place of origin, preceded by 'de' as in modern French, or the father's name preceded by 'Fitz' (from French fils 'son').

Comments by A. L. Ferreri:
The above statement on the formation of surnames among the Normans is paradoxically, both too general and restricted and could be true in some cases but not, as an example, in the case of the Ferrers line in England, which came from Normandy/Brittany to England. The Ferrers line is in fact an ancient one, predating the rise of Norman-power in Normandie, that of the Merovingian King Clovis of the Franks, that of Charlemagne of the Carolingians, that of the Capetians etc. and continues back to the times of the Roman Empire, as the surname shows to have its roots in a Latin irregular verb-: fero-tuli-latum-ferre to which the Latin word for iron, i.e., ferrum also relates. It may even be possible that the Latin fero relates to the Hebrew verb pharr but then, the relation to the word iron would disappear in a Semitic scenario.

One must always remember that at Hasting (Senlac Hill) there were three contingents under the command of William the Conqueror. There was a Norman contingent at the centre of the battle-line, a French and sundries [[ Germans (Montfort=BastenBerg), Italians (Beauchamp=Bellocampo), Provencals, Flemish, Burgundians, etc. ]] at the right wing and a Breton one at the left wing. Saxons and Danes had surnames but these were not hereditary. For example, I believe Harold was surnamed Hardraada. I believe that even among the Saxons common people also had surnames, however there were no means/resources to record these. Hence we tend to conclude that they did not have any surname. If we did not have the communication-resources we enjoy, we also would do away with surnames as a luxury. We know about each other's surnames through the resources we posess. else we would also be, in practice, surnameless.

Yes among the Irish the records of the Irish and Scottish Kings are quite extensive and complete. If one reads Tacitus the Roman historian, one is supplied with name and surname of non-patrician Romans. However, records do not show their descendents as only wealthy patricians with resources could afford recordings, perhaps by hiring an historian or a scribe to compile a written record, or the famous would be recorded at public expenses in stoneworks.

The use of names and surnames presupposes the existence of an alphabet, writing and recordings, perhaps even visual ones such as heraldic devices. The science of language of heraldry began in about 900 AD.

Alternatively, in the absence of written records and the safe places in which to store these, it presupposes the limited reliance on the extraordinary memory of the Bards and this meant that only Royal and Princely lines could be memorized.

The idea and need of a name and differentiating surname has always existed, however dominated by the available resources required to record and perpetuate these.

Before 1000 AD Roman societies were divided in patricians and non-patricians. The word 'patrician' from pater meaning-: father, refers to a person's having a personal record about his ancestry about his fathers. Such a person, if living on his/her historical, ancestral territory, generally belonged to the founding fathers of the village, town etc. Even at the beginning of the Middle Ages after the Dark Ages, in about 1000 AD every Italian townlet had its founding fathers duly recorded in the local records. These were the nobles who jealously guarded their status. There was not yet one predominant one among those claiming founder-father status in townlets, as the Roman custom of sharing power was still in force in Italian society. However as the struggles between Empire and Papacy began to weaken centralization feudalism arose and  individual nobles began to agitate for dominance in the areas where they had most of their resources.

Upon achieving dominance in an area, the need to establish a hereditary line also arose and the search for a distinctive surname. In Lombardy for example, one can read about Ferreri, Ferrari, Visconti, Sforza, Scaligeri, Acuto, etc.

LL1/49 (Get this doc in Luton!!)
Title Grant: William Fayreye of Denel to William Wythamour of Flitwick, William Bunbury & Henry Potter of Eston, & Thomas Da of Flitton. All his lands & tenements in Flitwick and Denel. Witness: John Lucy, Walter Man, Nicholas Olneye, William Felour, John Croft.
Date 1443
Diplomatic notes  seal: a fragment


LL1/50
Title Grant: Henry Potter of Estoun' to John Bunbury of Estoun.
Date 1454
Scope and Content Half acre and a swathe of meadow (andena) in Brodemede, abutting North on the 'communis ripa'. Personal names:Thomas Arnold. Witnesses: Thomas Cranewell, John Croft, William Olneye, Ralf Olneye, John Fayreye.(has to be at least 21)
Diplomatic notes  Seal
Keywords East End, Flitwick; FLITWICK; fields, Flitwick


Reference LL1/52
Title Demise: John son of William Bunbury of Estoun, Reginald son of Richard Welyco of Flitton, Edmund son of John Welyams of Soulbury, to John Fayreye of Denehyll (at least 46 now).
Date 1479
Scope and Content A tenement formerly of John Hermere at Denehyll between John Cook & John Grene, reaching from the highway to the Common Field. Further, of 21 acres one and a half rood of land & meadow; whereof 1 acre lies in East Field towards a croft late of Henry Stepingle & land of Nicholas Olney; half acre in Flete Furlong, next the Prior of Dunstable; 1 acre towards Cranewellus Crofte, next Henry Coton; 2 acres together on Blakelond, next William Page; 1 rood on Brook Furlong next the lord; 1 rood under Pesecroft; 1 acre at Fletefurlong next John Rawlynsone; 1 and a half rood together in Nethur Henxhyll under Ryehegge; 1 rood in the same next the Prior of Dunstable; 1 rood being the headland (forera) of Blakelond; half acre being the headland of Myddelfurlong & of Cranewellecrof Furlong; half acre under Cranewellecrof next Nicholas Olney; 1 acre on Ouere Smaluan next William Sheperde, abutting South on Whytebrede; 5 roods together on Henxhull called the Flete Furlong, next the Prior; 1 acre on Myddellfurlong in Henxhull, next the Prior; 1 acre in West Field next the lord, at the end of Sere Pers Croft; half acre in Newedyche Furlong, next the Prior; half acre at Rugewey next John Lucas; half acre on Thorn Furlong, next late Richard Boynoun; 1 rood in the same next Henry Stepyngle; half acre on Myddel Furlong next William Gulle; 3 roods together at the Shepcote next William Bunbury; half acre at Akeryerde Furlong, next the Piror; half acre at Spanhale next the lord; half acre under Flytwode next the Prior; half acre at Brodelayes next late William Fayreye; half acre in the same next Walter Man; half acre on Henxhull in Myddel Furlong next William Fayreye; half acre in Holewey Furlong, next John Tayllour, abutting on a headland of the Prior; half acre in Hodych next the Prior; 3 rood together in Spanhale next the lord's wood; half acre next Flitwick Wood, next Richard Boynoun, abutting on Spanhale. Also half acre of meadow in Smalvanmede next the Prior; 1 rood on Nethersmalvan next the Prior; 1 rood in the same next John Cranewell. All of which the fathers of the grantors, now deceased, held jointly with John Wheler now deceased, by the feoffment of Thomas Fayreye also deceased (Possible father or brother of William). Witnesses: John Cotun, John Grene, John Cranewell, Thomas Fyndell, William Grene.
Keywords FLITWICK; fields, Flitwick; East End, Flitwick; field names

Mrs. John FAYREY. Mrs. married John FAYREYE in 1448.

They had the following children.

  M i William FAYRE was born about 1450. He died in btw 6 Oct 1501 and 25 Jan 1502/3.
  M ii Thomas FAYRE was born about 1453. He died in 1524.
  M iii Master Henry FAYREY Haberdasher of London was born about 1455. He died on 28 Dec 1516.

William FAYREYE [Parents] [scrapbook] was born in 1398 in of Flitwick, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. He died after 1443 in of Flitwick, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. William married Mrs. William FAYREYE about 1423 in of Flitwick, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.

Probably William Fayreye (son or brother to Thomas Fayreye).

LL1/49 (Get this doc in Luton archives!!)
Title Grant: William Fayreye of Denel to William Wythamour of Flitwick, William Bunbury & Henry Potter of Eston, & Thomas Da of Flitton. All his lands & tenements in Flitwick and Denel. Witness: John Lucy, Walter Man, Nicholas Olneye, William Felour, John Croft.
Date 1443
Diplomatic notes  seal: a fragment

PRO C 1/16/638
Extract by Pam Bott
Tim, here’s the scoop on this document.
A William Busby and his wife Jone, also spelled Johan in the document, are addressing the gracious lord archbishop of Canterbury and Chancellor of England. It states that Jone is an heir and cousin to Adam Lyllyngston. She is also a daughter of John Sone. This is a court case where William and Jone Busby are accusing William Wheler and William Fayree of wrongfully seizing, holding, and occupying 5 acres of land in Flitwick, Bedford that lawfully should belong to the Busbys. It looks like it may have been bestowed to the Busbys by a William Man and his wife Margaret who died without issue.
Pam

Mrs. William FAYREYE was born about 1400 in of Flitwick, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. Mrs. married William FAYREYE about 1423 in of Flitwick, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.

They had the following children.

  M i John FAYREYE was born about 1425. He died after 1479.

Master Henry FAYREY Haberdasher of London [Parents] [scrapbook] was born about 1455 in of Dunstable, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. He died on 28 Dec 1516 in Dunstable, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. Henry married Agnes about 1478 in Dunstable, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.

Is possibly the same Henry mentioned in John Whyte's will (1501 Hulcote) as a bro. (brother-in-law).

Was a member of the Fraternity of St. John The Baptist. Henry was listed twice in the will of Sir William Newton, clerk and chaplain of the guild or fraternity of St. John the Baptist of Dunstable. William Grene, the president of the fraternity, was also listed twice. Both William Grene and Henry Farye were given money for Counsel and both were named as executors.

Among the possessions of the fraternity was the Fayrey pall given to it by Henry Fayrey, a member of the London Haberdashers' Company, who died in 1516. It passed with the Brotherhood House to the Wingate family, and after many vicissitudes came into the possession of the churchwardens, who allowed the poor to use it at funerals at a charge of 6d. In 1812 the churchwardens sold it, and it was not restored to the town till 1891. The pall belongs to the Flemish School of Art of the 15th century and is richly worked. The names of Henry and Agnes Fayrey, and of John and Mary Fayrey, father and mother of Henry, occur upon it, and there are portraits of the two latter. (fn. 260) The pall is now kept at the rectory.
From: 'Parishes: Dunstable', A History of the County of Bedford: Volume 3 (1912), pp. 349-68.

Brasses of Henry Fayrey and his wife Agnes are found in St. Peter's church in Dunsatble, Bedfordshire and in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. The main inscribed brass reads: 'Of your charity pray for the soul of Henry Fayrey and Agnes his wife which lyeth buried under this stone, and the said Henry deceased the 28th Day of December 1516'. The main figures are all depicted wearing shrouds. The complete brass would have had an additional plate showing a group of daughters and four roundels. The remaining brass does depict that Henry and Angnes had five sons.

Interestingly I've only been able to find five candidates for the sons of Henry. Two of the five have been identified as sons for sure, Robert and John.


Henry was a Haberdasher:

Company History

The Worshipful Company of Haberdashers has its origins in medieval times. Throughout six and a half centuries it has moved away from its historical involvement in the trade of haberdashery and developed into a significant supporter of schools and education in England and Wales.

The Company has its roots in a fraternity, a group of people who lived in the same area doing the same sort of work in medieval times and who worshipped at St. Paul's Cathedral. Members were haberdashers by trade. They sold ribbons, beads, purses, gloves, pins, caps and toys and in 1502 were joined by the hatmakers' fraternity. Thereafter there were two types of haberdasher: haberdashers of hats and the original haberdashers of small wares.

The first surviving ordinances were recorded by the Mayor's Court in 1371. In 1446 the Company adopted its first Coat of Arms, an important symbol when many people could not read. In 1448 the Company was granted a charter of incorporation by Henry VI enabling it to hold land and to have its own Hall in which to hold meetings. The first of three subsequent Halls was built on the corner of Staining Lane and Maiden Lane (now Gresham Street) in 1459.

By 1650 the population of London had grown to such an extent that it was no longer possible to control the haberdashery trade. This resulted in a change of direction, over a long period, to the Company as it is now, with its emphasis on education and charitable giving. To this day the Company continues its historical involvement in the governance of the City of London.

The history of the Company is contained in its archives held in the Guildhall Library and information on the history of the Company can be obtained from the Company’s archivist.

The Company is eighth in order of precedence and is, therefore, one of the Great Twelve Livery Companies.

Agnes [scrapbook] was born about 1457 in of Dunstable, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. She died before 1516 in Dunstable, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. Agnes married Master Henry FAYREY Haberdasher of London about 1478 in Dunstable, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.

Last name may be Whyte. If she is a Whyte then she is the sister of John Whyte who died in 1501 and his will was witnessed by William Fayrey.

They had the following children.

  M i Henry FEYRY was born about 1479. He died in bet 3 Jan 1522/3 and 24 Jan 1522/3.
  M ii Master John FAYREY Mercer of London Stapler of Calais was born about 1480. He died in 1540.
  M iii Robert FAYERY Portcullis Pursuivant was born about 1483. He died in 1549.
  M iv
William FAYREY died 1 after 1557 in Willington, Bedford, England, United Kingdom.





Probably son of Henry. Was servant of Sir John Gostwick Knight for fourteen years from 1542 to 1556 of Willington. In The Edwardian Inventories of Bedfordshire by F.C. Eeles it is stated on page xxi of the introduction that it is believed that William Fayry is possibly connected with Henry Fayrey's family of Dunstable.

William is mentioned in the will of William Smith about the same year that he would have started in the service of Sir John Gostwick:

ABP/R6/214
Folio 181d
William Smyth of Howghton Regis made 21 Sep. 1543 proved 12 Nov. 1543.
"To William Fayre of Chalton a gown."


The following is from The Edwardian Inventories of Bedfordshire by F.C. Eeles:

William Fayry of Willington in the county of Bedford,  yoman, ot the agge of fifty yeares or ther aboute, and  howshold servaunte withe Sir John Gostwike for the space  of xiiij yeares, and after parisshinoner in the same towne xiiij  yeares, sworn and examyned, deposethe that as toching the  coppe, vestment, decon and subdecon, of clothe of gold, the  swet of vestmentes of whight damask specifyd and mentioned  in the same presentment, he of his propre notice never  knew none suche ther all the said space, and as to the crosse  of sillver and gillt enameled, a payre of cruettes of silver, a  chalice of silver and parsell gillt, he deposethe, that thei were  the proper goodes of the said Sir John Gostwik, and som-  tymes the said Sir John wold lend theim to the churche  upon festivall days, and ther to be used and occupyed, and at  night brought home againe to the manor howse, farther he  saythe that in all the said space, he never hard that the said  Sir John did gyve, sell, nor bequethe, neither the said crosse,  cruettes, nor chalice of sillver, nor any of theim to the  churche of Willington aforsaid, nor to the churchwordens  ther to the use of the said churche, by word, wyll, nor  wrytinge, for he hathe continewed in the same towne, the  space of xxviij yeares. Also the said William saithe that  one John Dawes, somtyme being clerk ther and William  Sangle, churchwardens, lost certein vestmentes wherupon Sir  John Gostwik commawdid a inventory to be mad that the  clerk for the tyme beinge and the churchwardens for the  tyme beinge shulld be accomptable at all tymes for the same.  And that in confirmation of this present depotition the said  William Fayry have sett to his hand.
Nycholas Luke.
Lewyes Dyve.
  M v
Thomas FERRE died after 22 Oct 1544 in Shefford, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.



Probably son of Henry.

PRO ref., ABP/R10/140

Court held 22 Oct. 1544 in the chapel of Shefford.
Shitlington . Thomas Ferre had carnally known Agnes Clay who is now pregnant. Penance. Also he to pay her £3 6s. 8d. to support herself and the child, when it comes.

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