WILLIAM FROST of Glemsford, county Suffolk, England, was probably born about 1495-1500. His wife was named Philippa. William died in the summer of 1549, testate. After his death, his widow remarried on 15 September 1552 at Glemsford, John Webb of Lidgate, which is about eight miles from Glemsford. He was a widower, his wife Rose having been buried at Lidgate on 11 February 1551/2. John and Philippa (___) (Frost) Webb had a daughter, Anna, baptized in 1553, so it is apparent that Philippa was probably horn after 1508. Philippa was buried at Lidgate on 20 January 1577/8 and John Webb on 25 July 1558.
A William Frost appears in the Glemsford Subsidy list for 1524 when he was taxed two shillings on £4. An abstract of his will follows.
5 July 1549 - the will of WILLIAM FROST of Glemsford. county Suffolk ... sick in body ... to be buried in the churchyard of Glemsford for tithes forgotten 11s..... to wife Phyllip £5 a year for life ... Roger my eldest son shall pay every year for 4 years this sum ... to wife Phillip her dwelling in these howss of my bed house, including use of parlor, parlor chamber and buttery. Son Roger to keep for my wife 2 beasts during her life and firewood during the 4 years ... Son Roger to have profits and usage of hall lands for 4 years on condition that he see Henry my son relieved with meat, drink and apparell at school or to see him set to a good service. Son Roger to keep house in repair during 4 years. Roger to have plow, cart, 15 head of beasts and bullocks and 40 sheep ... to John my middle son my tenement and lands that were Strutt's except one pightell called Rawlyns, and one piece of land lying in Melfed and a piece of pasture called Rogylles pasture, to him for 4 years to him at his entrance, 2 horses, 5 head of cattle, 15 sheep and after the entrance of the said ,John my middle son into his tenement and land to him given, he shall pay to my wife Phvllip 40s. a year of the said £5, he also to find his mother fire wood ... to my younger son John at the age of 26 my tenement called Rogilles with Rogille's pasture, Rawlings pightell, and a meadow of an acre. And that young John shall have his ease always to carry and drive to his grounds over old John's lands, said brother to pay his brother old John rent of 10s. a year... to son young John a Bullock and 5 sheep ... to son Henry when he reaches age of 26, 2 meadows at Sedmell and Newcroft. If son Roger pays 40 marks within 1 year after Henry reaches 26, then Roger shall have it. To son Roger after the death of his mother, 6 silver spoons. To Jonas Woode my acre of land in Melfyld that I bought of Stynte, at age 26, or £4 which son Roger shall pay him for it. If Jonas die before he reaches 26, son Roger shall pay my 3 daughters' children the said £4. To John Wood the new house at Strut's where he dwells now, for 3 years. paying for reparations 3s.4d. yearly ... To Roger Rysbye my tenement called Rogell with the yard except Rawlins, he to pay 22d. a year for reparations for 3 years ... to my 3 daughters the debt due me by Stephen Tonye and William Merchall. To daughters Audrye and Jane each a seam of barley ... to my sister Jurdon a quarter of barley and a combe of wheat ... If wife remarries, she is not to have her dwelling or beasts but shall have yearly £6 to be paid to her by 2 eldest Sons Roger and John, Roger to pay her £3.13s. and John my eldest son 46s. 8d. Executors: sons Roger and Henry, Wife Phullip to have half my household stuff ... to wife Phullip 2 of my best beds. Witnesses: Robert Stansbye, Giles Fyrman. Proved 15 September 1549. (Ref.: R2121/536 & W1/8/43)