Robert Purse

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ChartsAncestors of Harriet Hanson Robinson
Robert Purse, son of (…) Purse, died between 22 July 1614 and 23 January 1616/17, (dates of his will and its proof).1

Robert probably had a first wife, mother of his three older children, as they were all over 21 when he wrote his will in 1614;1 he married (2) Judith Hammond, whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here), about 1593 (the two younger daughters being under 21 in 1614).1

Robert Purse left a will dated 22 July 1614, and proved 23 Jan 1616/7. In it, he named or mentioned (paragraphing added for clarity):
To my wife's brother Gilbert Hammon 10;
to my wife Judith half household stuff and crops, except honey, three of best kine and best horse or mare;
to my sister Amy 6d p.w. for life and 2;
to my wife's sister Elizabeth Hammon 2;
to my brother in law William Hammond 1;
to my brother Walter Pursse 1;
to my brother Vincent Pursse 10;
to my servant John Swaye 1;
to my other servants 10s each;
to my godchildren 2s each;
to my daughters Catherine and Agnes 300 between them at 21 or marriage;
to my grandson Henry Okely son of my daughter Joan 5 at 21;
residue to my son Robert, exec;
friends Henry Elsteed of Worplesdon, husbandman, Richard Hamon my brother in law and brother Walter, overseers (2 each);
to my daughter Joan wife of William Okeley of Woking, yeoman for life two closes in Worplesdon (16 acres) in my own occupation one called Fursey Field and the other Varney Field which I lately bought from Christopher Harwood of Worplesdon, yeoman and after her death to my grandson Robert Okeley;
to my daughter Elizabeth wife of Robert Russell of Worplesdon, yeoman 7 acres part meadow, part arable in Worplesdon called Dummores Land which I lately bought from said Christopher and after her death to her son Robert Russell;
all my messuage The Half Moon, Guildford in occupation of Philip Millis to my four daughters Joan, Elizabeth, Catherine and Agnes 2 p.a. out of said messuage; residue to my son Robert, exec.
Witnesses: Thomas Fytch, scr; John Merick servant to said scr; William Goodwin, servant to said scr; John Fytch

TNA Ref PROB 11/127/46.1


Judith Hammond d. aft. 22 Jul 1614
  • Joan Purse1 b. bef. 1593
  • Elizabeth Purse1 b. bef. 1593
  • Robert Purse1 b. bef. 1593
  • Agnes Purse+2,3 b. aft. 1593, d. 15 Mar 1638/39
  • Catherine Purse1 b. aft. 1593
This person was last edited on15 Jul 2023


  1. [S949], England & Wales, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858 (on-line database & images), PROB 11/127/46 (46 Cope), Original data: Records of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Series PROB 11, Kew, England: The National Archives, further cited as PCC Wills & Probate.
  2. [S998] Horatio N. Otis, "Family of Stoughton," The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 5 (Jul 1851): 350, further cited as Otis, "Family of Stoughton."
  3. [S1947] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families (Five vols., Salt Lake City, Utah: s.p., 2013), 5:51 (Stoughton 20), further cited as Richardson, Royal Ancestry.