Thomas Pope

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ChartsAncestors of William Jerome Pierce
Thomas Pope, whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here), died before 12 March 1602/3, when his will was proved.1

Thomas married (1) Margaret (…), say 1550;1 he married (2), as her 2nd husband, Johanna (…), before 25 September 1584. The ancestry of both wives is unknown (or not traced here).2

Thomas left a will dated 19 October 1602, and proved 12 March 1602/3 that included (paragraphing added for clarity):
"In bodie fulle of infirmities."

Most of his lands to descend to his several "succenders." The rest he had surrendered to the lord of manor of Taunton Deane, 24 Nov 1591, namely two cottages of bondland "then buylte into sixe almes hoses for poore people lienge in the hundred of Holwaye and Tythinge withoute the gate (i.e. Extraportam)".

Also 3 acres and one third of half an acre of meadow called Meadland in the tithing of Holway, surrendered to his son John Pope to the use of the poor, as expressed in writing 24 Nov 1591, requesting the deed to be performed and "laid up in saffetie amonge the deeds of the Towne land of the Towne of Taunton, there to be kept."

To the person or persons appointed to say daily prayers in the said Almshouse (the sixth house called the Bele Howse," 8s. per year, son John and wife Marie to pay the same out of the profits of two cottages in the tithhing without the gate, late beloning to Richard Bidgegood, which he had that day surrendered into the hands of the lord on that condition, and to be continued after John's death by his son, Thomas Pope the younger, his son John to nominate some honest poor man to read or say prayers daily in "the Belle Howse."

To the parish of Taunton St.l Mary Magdalene 12s. 4d. towards the repair of the chancel, on condition he may be there buried "under myne owne stone" with my first wife, to be paid to the churchwardens.

To the poor of the borough of Taunton 6s. 8d., to be distributed by the overseers of the poor to 20 poor persons "the most needie."

To the five alms people in his almshouse, 33s. 4d., to make them gowns.

To the preacher at his funeral, 10s.

To the parish of Sidberye in Devonshire 6s. 8 (half to parish, half to the poor).

To Thomas son of his son John, the furniture in the house Thomas dwells in with "seelings" and glass in the hall (etc., etc.), but to stay in the use of testator's wife for her life, and son John and his wife for their lives.

To his wife Ann various items of furniture enumerated.

Unspecified bequests to daughter Emme Symons; Elizabeth Gregorie, daughter of his daughter Hellenor Gregorie; Edmund, son of Thomas Whetcombe; Katherine Pope, sister of his nephew [perhaps meaning grandson?].

Daughter Hellenor to have his lease of the Shambles.

Mentions first wife Margarett, deceased.

Son John Executor; Overseers, friends John Michell of Bridgwater, merchant, Hugh Hill of Taunton, haberdasher, Lewis Pope of Taunton, merchant.3

Family 1

Margaret (…) d. bef. 1584
  • Johanna Pope+2 d. bef. 17 Jul 1629
  • John Pope3 d. aft. 1602
  • Emme Pope3 d. aft. 1602
  • Hellenor Pope3 d. aft. 1602

Family 2

Johanna (…)
This person was last edited on16 Dec 2017


  1. [S776] Burton W. Spear, "John Whitcomb," Search for the Passengers of the Mary & John, 1630, 26 (1997):61,67, further cited as Spear, Mary & John.
  2. [S776] Spear, "John Whitcomb," Mary & John, 26 (1997):61.
  3. [S776] Spear, "John Whitcomb," Mary & John, 26 (1997):67.