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William HANCOCK, died 1526 in Bucks, but from south Derbys?

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William HANCOCK, died 1526 in Bucks, but from south Derbys?

Matt Tompkins (View posts)
Posted: 1089295084000
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I would be grateful for any information anyone can give me about the Derbyshire (or Staffordshire) connections of a William Hancock who lived in Great Horwood, Buckinghamshire, from 1514 until his death in 1526.

At his death he had a wife Alice, a son John and a daughter Cecily. He left them his messuage and yardland (about 36 acres of arable land and meadow, plus rights of common pasture), with the proviso that if John and Cecily died without heirs then the land was to be sold and the proceeds used to pay 6s 8d to each of the churches of Great Horwood (where he probably lived), Little Horwood, Adstock, Addington (all adjacent to Great Horwood), Clifton Cabell, Chilcot and Stretton Affyld.

The last three places are probably Clifton Campville, Chilcote and Stretton en le Field, on the border between southern Derbyshire and southeastern Staffordshire (and also right next to Warwickshire and Leicestershire). He presumably left these bequests to those churches because he had once lived there, or at least owned land there. There were no Hancocks in Great Horwood before his arrival in or shortly before 1514, so it must be quite possible that he was born in one of these three Derbys/Staffs parishes.


Matt Tompkins
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