John Exton


bap. 16/11/1628 Walkern, Hertfordshire
bur. 23/09/1712 Cottred Buring Place, Cottered, Hertfordshire

Parents

Francis Exton bur. 17/10/1680
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Marriages/Partnerships

Mary Exton bur. 16/09/1712

Children

b. 23/05/1656 Mary Exton Yardley
b. 24/04/1658 Martha Exton Yardley
b. 19/09/1661 John Exton Yardley bur. 02/10/1722
b. 04/03/1664 Elizabeth Exton Yardley
b. 30/01/1666 Petter Exton Yardley
b. 21/10/1668 Susanah Exton Cottered
b. 16/01/1672 Hester Exton Yardley bur. 24/04/1757
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Note: Includes only children from certificates, baptism entries, or from census entries where the relationship is specified. For married women, please see their husband's entry for children from censuses.

Occupations

1695 Grocer

Also known as

John Exon

Marriages Witnessed

11/10/1681 Marriage of Henery Starr and Mary Exton, Buntingford Meeting, Hertfordshire
10/10/1686 Marriage of George Robines and Elizabeth Exton, Cottered Meeting, Hertfordshire
24/06/1690 Marriage of John Exton and Frances Sell, Cottered Meeting, Hertfordshire
15/10/1696 Marriage of John Breett and Hester Exton, Cottered, Hertfordshire
Note: because marriage records do not indicate the relationship of the witnesses to the bride and groom, this list represents likely involvement of the individual on the basis of a name match.


Did You Know?

  • Mary Exton and her husband John Exton were buried a week apart.
  • There is a gap in the marriages recorded in the Walkern parish register between November 1658 and November 1662, which may explain why I haven't been able to find the marriage of Thomas Ecton to Martha Exton. I can't find a marriage for John Exton and Mary Exton, either, but I suspect they may have married at a Quaker meeting.
  • The ROLLCO index for the Drapers has two entries, dated 1645/6 and 1653, for a bond and freedom for a John Exton son of Francis Exton of 'Walcon' Hertfordshire.

Documentary Sources

In the Name of God Amen I John Exton of Yardley in the County of Hertford yeoman doe make ^and ordain^ this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following First I commit my soul into the hands of Almighty God my holy and heavenly Father and my Body to be buried in the Earth at the discretion of my Executor hereafter named and as for my wordly Goods I doe give and bequeath as followeth Item I doe give and bequeath one little piece of Pasture or Ley Ground inclosed at the upper end of my own Ground called Brixbery field being also called the burying place unto all Christian people to bury their dead there who doe desire the same frank and free without mony and without price so long as the World shall endure with all Ways and Foot pathes leading thereunto as also one common way for Horses Carts and Coaches to come out of Cottered Street on the Backside of John Sadlers House and Orchard leading unto the said burying place with all such retinue or Company that doth desire to see the dead Corps laid into the Ground as also one foot path in and through my own Barkside and Orchard during the said time of Burialls and further if in length of time the place be found too strait for the Graves then I doe give and bequeath an Addition unto the young Ashen and Elme Trees further into my own ground being about Twenty two foot one ways and about seventeen Foot the other Ways and that those Trees shall stand upon the new Bank and a four foot ditch beyond them and so stock up the old Fence and I doe hereby institute and appoint my son John Exton and my Grandson George Robins and my Grandson John Starr and my loving Friend Thomas Eddridge as Feoffees in Trust to see the same burying place kept and preserved in a christian and decent manner for the purpose intended and no otherwayes and also to whom they or anyone or two of them shall appoint after their decease Item I doe give and bequeath unto my lo Wife Mary Exton all my Freehold Lands and Houses whatsoever in Yardly Cottered and else where for and during the full time and Term of her naturall Life and that she make no strips nor Wast upon any part of the premises but keep the same in good repairs and tenantable or else Twenty pounds a year paid her by my son John Exton or his Heirs Executors or Administrators by four equall quarterly payments that is five pounds for each quarter provides that she shall always revocke her joynture being part of my Freehold Lands and also such Beds and Bedding as shall be necessary for a Woman of her degree and after her decease I doe give and bequeath all my Houses and Lands both Copy and Freehold whatsoever unto my son John Exton and unto his Heirs for ever upon Condition that he shall pay all my debts Legacies and Buriall Charges Item I doe give and bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth Robines the sum of One hundred pounds to be paid her two years after the decease of Mary my Wife and soon after that I doe give and bequeath unto all her Children five pounds apiece to be paid them at the Age of four and twenty years apiece Item I doe give and bequeath unto my daughter Susannah Lucus the sum of One hundred pounds to be paid her four Years after the decease of Mary my Wife and soon after that I doe give and bequeath unto all her Children five pounds apiece to be paid them as they shall attain to the Age of four and twenty Years apiece Item I doe give and bequeath unto my daughter Esther Breett the Sum of One hundred pounds to be paid her six Years after the decease of Mary my Wife and soon after that I doe give and bequeath unto all her Children the sum of five pounds apiece to be paid them as they shall attain to the Age of four and twenty years apiece Item I doe give and bequeath unto my Son in Law Henry Starr the sum of Ten pounds to be paid him five years after the decease of Mary my Wife and soon after that I doe give and bequeath unto his son John Starr the Sum of five pounds to be paid him at the Age of four and twenty years Item I doe and [sic] bequeath unto Thomas Halfhead the Younger and James his Brother the sum of fifty shillings apiece and doe order my Executor to receive five pounds of their Father due to me upon Bond and so then pay them five pounds apiece Eight years after the decease of my Wife Mary Exton and for the better inabling of my son John Exton aforesaid to pay all my debts and Legacies above mentioned I doe give and bequeath unto him all my stock of Goods moneys and Chattles with Houshold stuff and Implements of Husbandry whatsoever and to his Heirs for ever instituting and appointing him full and whole Executor of this my last Will and Testament making all Wills and Testaments by me formerly made void and of none Effect Witness my hand and seale this 9: day of the 10:th Month called december 1710 Io: Exton Witness The mark of Elizabeth Hall The mark of Sarah Haxford The mark of Elizabeth Hall And my Mind and Will is that if any of my Gifts and Legacies be behind and not paid at the time limited and appointed after demand made of the same that then the party grieved shall have full power and Authority to distrain upon any part or parcell of my Freehold Lands or Tenements with all other the premises and to take lead carry and drive away any or all the Goods that they or any of them shall shall [sic] find upon them whether it be live stock or dead stock and the same retain and keep untill the End of three days and if not redeemed by payment of the moneys then to appraised and sell the same and to returne the overplus to the Owner if any be and if that will not doe to pay the debt and reasonable Charges then the party or parties grieved shall receive all the Rents and Profitts of all my Freehold Lands and premises both in Yardley and Cottered or else where Timber and Timber Trees always excepted untill the just and due Gift or Legacy be honestly paid Item I give also unto my son John Exton all my Farming stock with Graine Corne Hay Cows Sheep Horses Carts Plowes Harrows Waggons and all other Implements of Husbandry with all my Goods and Chattles to him and his Heirs for ever and doe also make and ordain my loving son John Exton full and sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament as is within written and doe also as is aforesaid frustrate and make void all Wills and Testaments by me formerly made and for the confirmation of this and the within written Will and Testament I have hereunto with my own hand signed and sealed the same the 18th day of the same Tenth month called december 1710 ./. Jo: Exton Signed and sealed and declared to be the last Will and Testament of him the said John Exton the Testator in the presence of William Burroughs John Oliver John Smith ./.

Source: PROB 11/529/81
National Archive

In the name of God Amen the fifth day of June in the yeare of our Lord God One thousand six hundred seaventy & eight I Francis Exton of Walkerne in the County of Hertf Grocer being ancient and weake of Body But of sound and perfect mind memory and vnderstanding I prayse God therefore And Considering the vncertaine estate of this transitory life doo make this my last will and Testament in manner and forme following (that is to say) First and principally I Committ my Soule into the hands of Allmighty God Believeing to receiue (?) forgivenesse of my sins through the meritts of my Saviour Jesus Christ And my Body to the Earth from whence it was taken there to be buried according to the discretion of my Executors herein afternamed And as touching such wordly [sic] estate as the Lord in mercy hath bestowed vpon me my mind and meaning is that the same shall be disposed of as followeth Imprimis I doe give and bequeath to my loveing Wife Margarett Exton the annuall sum[m]e of Six pounds of lawfull money of England to be paid vnto her or her Assignes by my Executo' yearely and every yeare dureing her naturall life on the five and twentith [sic] day of March the four and twentith day of June the nine and twentith day of September and the five and twentith day of December or within seaven dayes respectively next ensueing every of the said dayes by foure even & equall porc[i]ons or payments Also I will that my said Wife shall haue the Use of so many of my goods and housholdstuffe [sic] as shall be necessary and convenient for her dureing her naturall life And when shee dyes or departs this life (haueing survived me) That my Executo' shall beare pay and discharge all her funerall Charges Item I give and bequeath to my Grandchildren Mary Exton John Exton Elizabeth Exton Susan Exton and Hester Exton the Sonn and Daughters of my Sonn John Exton ... the severall sumes of Five pounds a piece of lawfull money of England to be paid them by my Executo' within Six months next after the severall deceases of me and the said Margarett my Wife Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Frances Nicholson now Wife of Robert Nicholson of Hertford the sum[m]e of Five pounds of like money to be paid her within nine months next after the severall deceases of me and my saide Wife Item I give and bequeath to my Grandaughter Frances Bond the Wife of Thomas Bond the sume of five pounds of like money to be paid her within twelve months next after the severall deceases of me and my said Wife Item I give and bequeath to mellinsalem Nicholson sonn of the said Robert Nicholson the sum[m]e of Five pounds of like money to be paid him within fifteene months next after the severall deceases of me and my Said Wife Item I give and bequeath to Martha Exton John Exton Mary Exton Francis Exton Edward Exton and Elizabeth Exton Sonns and Daughters of my Sonn Thomas Exton the severall sum[m]es of Five pounds a piece of lawfull money of England to be paid vnto them respectively in manner following (that is to say) to the eldest of them five pounds within eighteene months next after the severall deaths or deceases of me and the said Margarett my Wife If such eldest of them shall then be of the age of one and twenty yeares ^other??? when he attaines to that age^ And afterwards to the rest of them severally five pounds a piece at the end of every three months successively according to their seniority and as they atttaine to their severall ages of one and twenty yeares till their said sum[m]es or legacies of five pounds a piece be paid to them respectiuely Item I give and bequeath to my Sonn George Exton Five shillings in lieu and full satisfacc[i]on of all the share or part that he may haue or clayme of in or to my personall estate or any part thereof And also to the foure eldest Children now liveing of my said Sonn George Exton the severall su[m]mes of Five pounds a piece of like money ~???~ to be paid them in manner following (that is to say) to the eldest of them five pounds within thirty six six [sic] months next after the severall deceases of me and the said Margarett my Wife if such eldest Child be then of the age of one and twenty yeares otherwise when he attaine to that age And afterwards to the other three of them severally five pounds a piece according to their seniority and as they attaine to their severall ages of one and twenty yeares at the ends of three months successively till their said severall Five pounds be paid them respectively Provided Allwayes and my mind and will is That if my Stocke goods chattells and personall estate or the money thereby to be made after the deaths of me & my said Wife shall come short and not be sufficient to pay off and cleare in full the said severall payments of Five pounds by me bequeathed & as aforesaid (over aboue and besides my debts funerall charges and severall Legacies of Five and twenty pounds herein after menc[i]oned) That then a proporc[i]onable abatement shall be made in the same severall payments or Legacies of Five pounds And my mind and Will further ^is^ I doe hereby appoint That the said severall sum[m]es or Legacies of five pounds vntill the severall times before limited & appointed for the payment of the same shall remaine and be in the hands and possession of my said Sonn John Exton his executo's Adm's or Assignes Item I doe give and bequeath vnto my said Sonns John Exton and Thomas Exton the severall sum[m]es of twenty and five pounds a piece of lawfull money of England Item I make constitute appoint & Ordaine my said Sonns John Exton and Thomas Exton joint executo' of this my last Will and Testament And (for the enabling them to pay off and discharge my funerall Charges Debts Legacies and to performe this my Will) I doe give and bequeath vnto them their exec' Adm' & Assinges All and singul' my goods Chattels Stocke Ware Comodities [sic] Houshold stuffe Implements of houshold and husbandry moneys debts dues Rents to be due at my decease Leases Bills Bonds moveables and personall Estate whatsoever (Except the vse of such goods & houshold stuffe as shall be necessary for my said Wife dureing her naturall life as aforesaid) to sell and dispose of the same As they shall thinke most convenient and with the same or the profitt threof or the money thereby to be made faithfully to pay off and discharge my said funerall Charges Debts Legacies and bequests aforesaid According to the direcc[i]ons of this my last Will & Testament and my true intent & meaneing herein And Lastly I doe Revoke and make void All other Wills by me heretofore made And doe publish and Declare this to be my last Will and Testament In witnesse Whereof I haue herevnto sett my hand and Seale the day and yeare first abouewritten
Fra?is Ecston
Subscribed Sealed published William Cuttredy
and declared in the p[re]sence of
Tho: Sell:
the marke of | Henery Goodin the marke of + William loremer

Source: PROB 20/884
National Archive

Locations

16/11/1628 Church, Walkern, Hertfordshire
23/09/1712 Cottred Buring Place, Cottered
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