More on the Ancestry of Alice Blower, Wife of Richard Brackett of Braintree. Contributed by John B. Threlfall, Madison, Wisconsin.
In The American Genealogist (52 [19761. 65-75) it was shown that Nicholas Vincent of Bildeston, Suffolk, England, was the great-great-grandfather of Alice Blower, wife of Richard Brackett of Sudbury, England, and Braintree, Mass. The author recently discovered the following Prerogative Court of Canterbury will which was previously missed because of the erratic spelling of the name by the scribe. This was the will of the father of Nicholas, beyond all doubt, for toward the end of the will where Andrew names his son Nicholas to be one of the executors, the scribe more correctly spells the name Vynsent. Although the will names only one son and a son-in-law specifically, the other bequests suggest grandchildren by other daughters.
21 February 1521/2 the will of Andrewe Wensent of Bylston, diocese of Norwich . . . to be buried in the church yard of Bildeston . . . to the church of Bildeston for the painting of the roll 13s.4d. . . . William Byrche my son in law to have my house and land in Whatfield which was William Goodwynnes and he to fynde in the church of Whatfield a lamp burning and every year to bestow for dirge and mass Sd. and this to be done by them that shall have the occupation of the said house and land called Good~nnes... Thomas Chapleyne of Monks Eleigh to have a certain land called Bentesse and to bestow for dirge and mass every year 12d. and after his death to the son of the said Thomas who was begotten of his first wife, and if the son die, then to remain to the 2 daughters his sisters ... to Nettlestead church 6s.8d. My wife to have the house and land in Naughton for life, then to Nicholas my son and to his heirs. Nicholas to have all my houses and lands in Bildeston except I will my wife his mother have her dwelling house for life if she keep her widow, also the movables, and if it be that she cannot be with Nicholas and his wife, then she to take her movables and her chamber or dwelling where it pleases her... Nicholas my son to have the tenement at Monks Eleigh called Shoppis, and my ground lying in Chellesworth. to Edy Broke 3s.4d., Andrew Broke 6s.Sd., William Broke 20d., and Alice his sister 20d., Andrew Hommys l2d., Andrew Bonde 12d., William Byrche the younger l2d., Andrew Vynsent the younger to have 6s.8d. to pray for me. Executors to be Nicholas Vynsent of Bildeston and William Byrche of Cheflesworth, and Thomas Chappelen of Monks Eleigh to be supervisor. Witnesses: Nicholas Brownsmyth, John Taillor, Richard Wryth, Edmund Raycroft, et alia. Also. 26s.8d. for my burial, at my 7th day lOs., at my month day 20s., every year an obit for thirty years for which 6s.8d. Proved 16 May 1522 (Prerogative Court of Canterbury, 3 Ayloffe).
Printed from NEHG Register, Volume 139, April 1985,0 New England Historic Genealogical Society & Broderbund Software, Inc., Banner Blue Division, March 4,2001