Thomas CLARKE [Parents]-4113 was christened 1 on 7 Mar 1567/1568 in Banham, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom. He was buried 2 on 10 May 1638 in Banham, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom. Thomas married 3 (MRIN:281) Mary CANNE-4114 on 17 Oct 1602 in Banham, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom.
Thomas Clarke's will, witnessed by Robert Cook and Ro[torn], was dated 11 July 1637 and proved at New Buckenham 20 June 1638. Only the original will, folded and partially torn, has survived:
I Thomas Clarke of Banharn in ye countye of Norfolk yeoman being weake in Boddye But of good and pfect rememberance (praised be god) doe ordayne make appoint publish and declare this to be my last will and testament in manner and form followinge . . . I give and bequeath unto ye poore people of ye Towne of Banham the sum of twenty shillings of Lawfull english monye to be distributed amongst them at ye descretion of mye Executor hereafter nominated in this my will, and ye churchwarden of the said Towne of Banham within one quarter of a yeare after my decease. Item I give and bequeath unto Marye my beloved wife one messuage or Tenem[en]t called Williams with ye grounds hemplands and ortchyard to ye same beloriginge and aperteyninge contayninge by estimacion Twoe Acres and one Roode more or less To have and to hold . . . duringe ye tearme of her natural life and after her decease I give and bequeath the said Tenem[en]t and ye rest of ye said premises unto Mary Clarke my second daughter To hold . . during ye tearme of her naturale life And after the decease of said Mary my daughter I give my said messuage or Tenemt and ye rest of ye said premises unto Thomas Clarke my son to hold to him ye said Thomas my sonne and to his heirs and assignes for ever, Upon condicion following and not otherwyse (that is to saie) That ye saide Thomas my sonne his heirs executor or assignes shall paye or cause to be payed unto the children of ye said Marye my daughter [£40] in manner and forme following (that is to saie) [£10] thereofs within one yeare next after ye decease of ye said Marye my daughter, [£10] thereof when one yeare after next that And b[folded] [£10] per yeare untill ye said sum of [£40] be fully payed in forme aforesaid And if ye said Mary my daughter shall have noe child or [torn] children at ye time of her decease Then the said Thomas my sonne his heires executors or assignes [torn] payeinge unto Joseph Clarke my son within one year next after ye decease of ye said Mary my daughter [£10] of lawlull english money if it be lawfully demanded, Unto Eliza[beth] my daughter [£10] lyke moneye within one yeare next and emidiatly ensueing after that And unto Marye Wheelock my grandaughter her executors or Assignes [torn] of lyke money within one year next and emediatly ensueinge after that [torn] that yf ye said Thomas my sonne his heirs executors and assignes shall [torn] ye payment aforesaid [torn] to ye tenor and true meaning [torn] messuage or tenemt [torn] said premises unto ye said M[torn] granddaughter [torn end of page 1].....
unto ye said Thomas Clarke my sonne and to his heirs for ever All my messuage or Tenem[en]t where I now Dwell called Sylvns And all ye rest of my lands Tenem[en]ts and hereditam[ents] whatsoever both free and coppie which are unbequeathed situate lyinge and being in Banham aforesaid upon condicion following and not otherwise (that is to saye) That he ye said Thomas my sonne his executors ad[ministrators?] or assignes shall and doe paye or cause to be payed unto Mary my wife his mother her assign or assignes ye sume of [£8] yearelie during her natural lyffe at or in ye mothers house where she ye said Mary Shall inhabite in Banham aforesaid at ye twoe usual tearmes or feast in everye yeare of The annunciation of our Lady St Marye ye virgin and saint Mychael ye archangell by equale portions ye first payment thereof to be made at suche of ye said Feast as shall first happen next after my decease And allow and deliver unto her ye said Marye his mother yearalie during her life halfe a hundred of good faggot wood,
And also shall and doe in husbandly manner plow and tyll at his and there owrle costs and charges all such hempe grounds and other grounds as she ye said Marye shall have to be plowed And also that he ye said Thomas my sonne his heirs executors or assigns shall and doe well and truelie paye or cause to be payed unto Elizabeth Clarke my youngest daughter her heirs executors or assigns ye full some of [£40] At or in ye porch of ye parish Church of Banham ... [£20] thereof when ye said Elizabeth shall have accomplished ye age of one and twenty years (yf I the said Thomas and Johane Eldred my sister in law of Winfarthing in the said countye widdowe or one of us shall then be deceased [)], Otherwyse when one whole yeare next after ye decease of me ye said Thomas or of ye said Johane Eldred which shall first happen, And [£20] ye residue thereof within twoe yeares next ensueing after that in full payment of ye said some of [£40] provided always and my will and minde is that yf ye said Thomas my sonne shall denye refuse neglecte or forbear to pforme or paye eythere the annuytye to his mother or ye legacye to Elizabeth his sister. . . Then I will and my mynde is that ye said Mary my wife and Elizabeth my daughter shall enter upon all my Tenemlenits and
lands before bequeathed in this my will [to] ye said Thomas my sonne and hold occupie and enjoye ye same to them and there assignes until ye said annuity and legacyes before mencioned together with ye arrearage thereof (yf any shall be behinde) Be p[er]formed satysfied payd [torn] and discharged, Item I give and bequeath unto ye aforesaid Mary Wheelock my grandaughter [£5] be payed unto her by my executor herein appointed when she have accomplished her age of two and twenty yeares, Item I give and bequeath unto the said Mary my wife all and singular my [inwards?] moveables goods household stuffe and implem[en]ts of household stuffe plate pewter Brasse lynyngs and woolen within ye house excepting out of this gyfte the long table in ye parler, twoe chests there and one bedd furnished standing in ye little parlor All ye rest of my goods cattells and chattells implem[en]ts of household stuffs [illegible] whatsoever exepting suche Hempe (Viz) about one bushell and a half of seede sowering in and upon one hemplande belonging to ye said Tenem[en]t Sylvns and all suche come as Shalibe myne or in my possesion at ye tyme of my decease I give them [torn] ye said Thomas my sonne towards the payment of my debts and legacies ye moneys wch shalle be expended aboute ye probate of this my wyll which my will and mynde is shall[tornl three months next after my decease and to see my bodye decently buryed in christian buryal [folded] Thomas my sonne I doe ordayne and make sole executor of this my will And I doe nominate [folded] and appoint [folded] Cook of Banham aforesaid gent and Robt Pratt of Banham aforesaid yeoman Supervisors of this . . . and for there paynes I give them tenn shillings apiece to be payed unto [folded] six months next after my decease....
An extract following the will indicates that at the Court Leet of the Manor of Banham Marshall, Beckhall, and Greys held 16 April 10 Charles I, Thomas Clarke surrendered by the hand of Daniel Clarke, tenant of this manor, in the presence of John Clarke and Francis Parker, tenants of this manor, his messuage, land, and tenements to the performance of his testament and will.