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Last Will and Testament of Alice Turney - 1552/3

The Will of Alice TURNEY Widow of Hollingdon in the Parish of Sulbury dated the last day of December 1551 (note called Gurney & Turney indiscriminately in other documents)

Alice gives to the powre mens boxe within the Churche of Sulbury four pence and to the powre people ten pence each

Directs that her husbands Will be truly performed but it is unfortunately lost

To her son John TURNEY she gives besides his father bequest a couple of steers, the iron work for a cart, two quarters of Barley, two Sheep and three pewter platters.

To her daughter Alice TURNEY Sheets, pewter platter, charger, candlesticks, chafing dish, a haunchgirdle, a gown, a basin of latten, a cupboard &c &c

Her son Barnard TURNEY is to give John and Alice 13 shillings and four pence each instead of some silver given them by their fathers Will.

Her sons John and Barnard are to hold these bequests until they are distributed by the Overseers of the Will together with their fathers bequests

Then follow similar bequest to her son Barnard the elder of her two TURNEY sons

Then follow bequest attributed to her brood of Gurney children being John, William, Thomas, and Agnes who married ALLEN, a family named COLLYN who Mr. F. G. Gurney claims was another Gurney daughter’s family, probably Thomasine

Then Alice reverts to Barnard and gives six quarters of gain, partly wheat, partly Barley and Beans and a dung cart.

To John TURNEY a dung cart

To Alice TURNEY her daughter her best curtain for a bed and her best pan

All other Wills void, Residue to sons Barnard TURNEY & John GURNEY and all unmarried children, and the sons are made Executors

Appoints Master John BOSPE the Lawyer of Bierton & Aylesbury to oversee my children

Will proved 16th of January 1552/3 at Whitchurch. Probate delayed by a Law Suit Admin to Barnard and John TURNEY


Thomas GURNEY s of William & Joan of Eggington in Leighton Buzzard BDF
Direct line of descent from the earliest known Gurney's in BKM 1361 and before
Thomas married Alice SHEPPARD c. 1510-3 Thomas died young, aged about 37-9 c. 1528/9.
Alice m x 2 John TURNEY/TOURNEY.

Alice was probably a daughter of William SHEPPARD The Elder of Littlecote and sister to William SHEPPARD of Littlecote who died in 1545 or 1546
Married 1st Thomas GURNEY of Broughton Abbots in Bierton c. 1510
Married 2nd John TURNEY of Hollingdon c. 1521
Alice is probably buried in the central passage off the nave at Soulbury
TURNEY Children, Barnard TURNEY of Hollingdon, John TURNEY of Stewkley and Alice. All unmarried at the time of their mothers Will.
Mr F G Gurney (obit 1947) Claims a multiple line of descent from Barnard and has left his Will note books etc to Buckinghamshire Archaeological Society.

Transcript by Mr F.G.Gurney (1947).
Acknowledgements to John Gurney for providing me with the above.

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