Section two

JOHN BRENDE 1551-1606

William, the son of John, was the first of the family to be mentioned in the Highworth Parish records. The registers start in 1539 during the reign of Henry VIII, but there are a few missing years up to 1585, therefore it is assumed that John was born elsewhere. The only baptism recorded of a John in the area in this perod is John son of William Brynde at South Marston in 1551 (see Section 1) and as John left property in South Marston it is almost certain that he moved-to Highworth from that village, if so he moved before 1580 - see page 2-2A.

As the only John Brynd in the Highworth Hundred located to date he is probably the one elected Constable in 1589.

The Highworth Church records show that he had the following family:
William 1587-1645 
John 1590-1634 see next section
Bridget 1592-1601 
Henrye 1595d 1598
Thomas 1603 

In his will of 1606 which is in this section he is shown as being a Yeoman and his family as:
Wife - Ursula William (d. 1610)
John
Henrye
Thomas
Elizabeth
Anne
Margaret

Anne died in 1635 and from her will which is also in this section the following information is gleaned:

Mention is made of William Munday.

Perhaps Henrye and Thomas were killed in the Civil War.

Anne-1635 
William 1587-1645 m Edith Toms at Purton in 1616 she died 1626 at Highworth
 m Ann Lovelock in 1628died 1655
Margaret m William Munday 
John 1590-1634see next section
Bridget 1592-1601 
Henrye 1595 
Elizabeth  
Thomas 1603 

During John's life Highworth suffered from the plague in 1570 and a poor harvest in 1597. In the second half of the 16th century England's population had grown by about 45%. By the beginning of the 17th century Wiltshire's population was slightly above the national average, pressure on land was severe and by 1590 in the North of the County land holdings had been subdivided, over half were less than 20 acres in extent.

In the church records of Purton and Highworth the family of his son and heir, William, is shown as:

Agnes (Anne)
Bap Parton 1616-
m Richard Goulding in May 6, 1639 Highworth
Elinor (Hellen) 1619
Margaret 1621-
Edith 1623-
Thomas -1625
John
1626 

It is likely that the John born in 1626 was the one who sold a butcher's stall in Highworth market in 1675 and was Church Warden in 1678 and 1679.

WAS. Minutes of proceedings in sessions 1563. 1574-1592

MICHAELMAS SESSIONS 1589

[p. 274] Marleborough. Sessions of the Peace held Thursday after Michaelmas 31 Elizabeth before George lord Awdly, Henry Knevett and James Mervyn, knights, Edward Penruddock, Michael Earnly, John Penruddock, Walter Hungerford, William Read and John Warnford, esquires, Justices etc. .

John Lyde of Warmyster, yeoman, and his surety, David Grove of Damerham South, yeoman, each bound in 40l., for his appearance at the next Assizes to answer etc. The said Grove and his surety, the said Lyde, similarly bound.

Pro Pace. Robert Hampton of Stapleford, yeoman, bound in 10l., and his sureties; John Bigges and Daniel Durnell, both of the same, husbandmen, each in 5l., for his appearance at the next Sessions and for: his keeping the peace, particularly towards Marian Hewst. Comparuit et relexatur.

John Pynnell of Salisbury, groom, bound in 20l., and his sureties, Richard Pynnell of the same, yeoman, and William Grose of Fissherton Anger, smith, each in 10l., for his appearance at the next Assizes.

Constables elected- John Brynd for Highworth hundred in place of John Fissher; George Jaques for Malmesbury hundred in place of Simon James; John Barkbye for the said hundred in place of Geoffrey Clark.


Manor Court Book for Shrivenham (Hundred Courts) 1580-1583.

Translation from document ref. D/EEL M36 (Berkshire Record Office)

Court dated 21 December 23 Eliz. [1580]

In margin against previous entry: Eaton Hastinges

To this hundred court John Brinde of Highworth in the county of Wiltshire yeoman came with John Rogers and now being duly sworn proved that a cow coming as an estray within the tithing of Eaton Hastinges is his own and of his goods and chattels and not abandoned And he gives to the lord for/of .... 3d. paid to the bailiff there

In margin at end: .... 3d. paid.

Wiltshire Record Office 28-105

Dean of Sarum's Peculiar Court. The will of John Brende of Highworth, proved 1607.


Brende.
In the name of God Amen the
second day of October Anno Dm 1606
I John Brend of Westrop in the parish of
Highworth in the county of Wilts and
diocese of Sarum yeoman sick and weak of body
but of good and perfect rememberance (thanks be
unto Almighty God)
do make & ordain my
testament concerning my last will, in manner &
form following, first I commend my soul
into the hands of Almighty God putting my
assured confidence in the merits of Christ's
death & passion & my body to be buried in the
churchyard of Highworth. Item I give to the
Church of Sarum 12d. Item I give to the [?]     [*copy poor]
Church of Highworth 2s. Item my will and
meaning is that my son John shall have &
enjoy all the rents, issues & profits of the
tenements & house now in the tenure hold
& occupation of Richard Straunge the elder for the
space of six years next after the day of
my decease
decease and that then it shall return again to
my heir. Item my will & meaning is that
my son Henry shall have & enjoy the rents
issues & profits of the house or tenement in
South Marston
now in the tenure occupation
or possession of one Thomas Lunte for the space
of six years next after >the day of< my decease & that then
it shall return again to my heir Item I give to
the said Henry my son a heifer of two years
old. Item my will & meaning is that Thomas
my son & Elizabeth my daughter shall have &
enjoy all the rents & profits of my house after
the day of my decease, equally divided between
them, and then it shall return again to my
heir Item my will & meaning is that the lease
demised & granted to my daughters Anne &
Margaret
shall so remain to them their uses &
profit without any let or molestation of my heir
Executrix or any other, which lease is of the house
now in the tenure & occupation of one William
Sodberye
mercer. Item I give & bequeath to Wm (William)
my son & heir, a feather bed, a little silver cup
& two silver spoons Provided always & my will &
meaning is, that if my son & heir shall
dis-allow this my last will & testament, or any part or
clause thereof & shall not suffer his brothers &
sisters quietly to receive have & enjoy the said
legacies and bequests, to them by me given & bequeathed
in manner aforesaid, according to the true intent
& meaning of this my last will & testament that
then my land shall descend unto my next heir
All the rest of my goods movable & unmovable
cattle and chattels not given & bequeathed I give unto
Ursula my wife whom I make my sole executrix
of this my last will & testament. Finally I make
ordain constitute nominate & appoint my trusty
& well beloved friends Jherom Coxe & Adam Blandy
to be my overseers of this my last will & testament
desiring them to see the same in all things performed
my debts and legacies paid & my funeral ((things
performed my debts & legacies paid & my funeral))
expense in decent manner according to my degree
& calling
calling discharged. Item I give unto them 12d. Item
I give to every one of my godchildren 6d
apiece, witness hereunto William Browke
Giles Diston
clerk Alexander Duckett
the mark of John Brend.




Margin: Inventory val
xxxviili xs iiiid [37 10s 4d]

Abbreviated translation of the Latin Probate Act:

Probate of the testament of John Brend late of Westrop deceased in the Peculiar jurisdiction of the Dean of Sarum before the Venerable William Wilkinson official of the Lord Dean of Sarum granted 21st October 1607 at Highworth.

Anne Brind d. 1635 (R12-179 Deans Court).

This will is hard to read and several mistakes have probably been made.

In the name of God amen the 20th day of March in the year of the favour of our sovereign Lord .. Anno ... 1635 I Anne Breind of Westrop in the parish of Highworth in County of Wilts do .... though weak in body yet (I thank my God of good and perfect memory do make and declare my last will and testament in manner and form following ..........I commend my soul unto the hands of Almighty God my maker and redeemer and body to be buried in the parish churchyard of Highworth aforesaid.

Item I give unto the children of my brother John Breind five shillings a piece

Item I give unto Hellen Breind the daughter of my brother William Breind sixteen shillings

Item I give John Breind the son of my said brother William Breind sixteen shillings Item I give Edith Breind the daughter of my brother William Breind sixteen shillings Item I give and bequeath to Anne Breind the eldest daughter of my brother William Breind (whom I make my sole executor) all and all manner of my goods and chattels moveable and unmovable body beer dads and debts and all other things that shall appear to be due and oweing but ...payd....the above ........ legacies and I do make and ordain my brother William Breind and William Munday of Marston ...the overseer of this my last will and testament.

William Brend William Munday Probatum

Highworth....15th August 1635

An inventory & term account of all the goods moveable & unmoveable of Anne Brine late of Westrop in the parish of High worth in the county of Wilts spinster taken this sixt day of April in the eleventh year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord Charles by the grace of God of England &r in the expense of us whose name are under written
Impn all her wearing appareil30s
It. one bedstead one feather bed two feather pillows
on coverlet one pair of sheets on blanket
20s
It. one brass pole one small bible two plattens two ........?13s
It. one chest one old cupboard and one coffer10s
It. all the lumber1s
It. in money... owing10

Barnabe Keimer
William Munday
William Brend .................Highworth..............15th August 1635....................: Johnson Reg.
Annex to Section 2
Descendants of sons of John Brende 1551-1606

A B C
1. Anne - March 26, 1635 will  
2. William 1587-(July 26, 1645?)
m Edith Toms at Purton June 3, 1616 d 1626
m Ann Lovelock at Highworth June 12, 1628 d 1655
Agnes (Anne)
Bap Parton 1616-
m Richard Goulding in May 6, 1639 Highworth
Elinor (Hellen) 1619
Margaret 1621-
Edith 1623-
Thomas -1625
John 1626
3. Margaret
m William Munday August 25, 1611 at Highworth
 
4. Elizabeth  
5. John 1590-1634
Yeoman/Husbandman
m Katharina Batson
See-next section
6. Bridget 1592-1601  
7. Henrye 1595  
8. Thomas July 28, 1603-  

Note: One daughter was born in 1598.
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Draft Pedigree of Brind of Wanborough & Stanton Fitz-Herbert