When John Denchfield, maltster of North Marston, made his will in 1689, he instructed that his beloved wife Audrey was to receive food and lodging for three months following his death as, he rather cryptically noted, she was otherwise well provided for.
Audrey’s own will, written 4 August 1704, a few months before her death, offers an explanation of how she was cared for after John’s death, and hints at who Audrey Denchfield was.
The Last Will & Testament of Awdry Denchfield made ye 4th day of Agust 1704
In the Name of God Amen I Awdry Denchfield of Thornborough in the County of
Bucks Willow being in sound & pfect mind & Memory though weak in Body——
praise be given to Almightly God do make & Ordaine this my present Last Will and —
Testament in manner & forme following (…more)
At a minimum, there were four Denchfield men living in North Marston in the mid 17th century – Mathew Denchfield (1601-ca1660) and his three sons: Richard, John, and Matthew. (see NOTE 1) Other than his baptism in 1637, there is no mention of Richard in the North Marston parish registers. Matthew, born in 1641, married a woman from Stone in 1673 and settled in Wing. John, the middle son, remained in North Marston, married at least twice, and was affluent enough to leave an estate with property in three villages when he died at the fairly young age of 50. Yesterday I posted a transcription of John’s will, HERE. It’s wordy and a bit confusing to follow, but by taking it piece by piece, a picture of John’s family and life in North Marston begins to form:
In the Name of God Amen, I John Denchfield of (…more)
John Denchfield was the son of Mathew Denchfield, whose own will is transcribed HERE…. John was born 30 November 1639, and at the age of 19 was, as we know from his father’s will, engaged in an apprenticeship, which most likely involved the iron trade, as John made his living as an iremonger.*
Although there is no record of a marriage in any of the existing Buckinghamshire parish registers, it appears John was married at least twice: first to Parnell, with whom he had seven children, and then to Audrey who is named in his will.
Eli was an enormous help with the transcription
Here is the transcription of John’s (rather long-winded) will, made 18 June 1689. It was proved in November of the same year. It’s a lot to digest….I’ll be back later in the week with an abstract and some thoughts on what this document (…more)