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Alexander Weller

Alexander Weller

Male Abt 1540 - 1596  (~ 56 years)

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  • Name Alexander Weller 
    Born Abt 1540 
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Cranbrook, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Clothier 
    Will 16 Jun 1596  Cranbrook, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • He described himself as Alexander Weller the elder of Cranbrook, clothier and left property in Cranbrook, Hawkhurst, Goudhurst, Frittenden, Ruckinge and Newchurch, Kent. He made a bequest of 100 marks toward the erection of a House of Correction in Cranbrook or the making of "a Stocke to be ymployed to sett the poore on worke". He left items of clothing to his brother William Weller and "my brother Nicholas Anaway" and £5 to his sister Alice Pecke. He bequeathed his household stuff, two of his best cows and £100 to his wife, Elizabeth. He left £400 to his son Dence Weller and £200 to all but one of each of his other children - Richard, Stephen, Alexander, Agnes, Elizabeth and Katheren. The bequest to Agnes was dependent upon her not marrying Richard Waterman of Cranbrook. If she did so, he made provision so that Richard Waterman could not benefit from the money. He left his son Richard the lease of a property he had purchased from Richard Portriffe of Rye, Sussex and a further bequest of £5 was made to his brother, William. The residue of his goods was left to his son, John Weller whom he appointed executor. He appointed his brothers, John and Lawrence Weller overseers of the will, bequeathing each of them 40 shillings. The cash alone in these bequests would be worth over £210,000 in today's money.

      He left an annual income to his wife, Elizabeth of £50 deriving from property in Cranbrook, Hawkhurst, Goudhurst, Frittenden, Ruckinge and Newchurch, Kent together with a messuage and garden in Cranbrook, occupied by Widow Portriffe. He bequeathed property in Goudhurst to his son, Dence and property in Cranbrook, Ruckinge and Newchurch to his son, John. His son, Richard received a dyehouse in Cranbrook, together with its copper and vessels which was occupied by Alexander's brother, John Weller, as well as two other properties in Cranbrook and lands in Frittenden. He left property in Cranbrook to his son, Stephen, some of which was also in the tenure of his brother, John. Finally, he left property to his son, Alexander in Cranbrook and Hawkhurst once he reached the age of 23.

      The will was witnessed by Nicholas Anaway and Lawrence Weller, who was its scribe.
    Buried 28 Jun 1596  Cranbrook, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Probate 15 Jul 1596  Prerogative Court of Canterbury, London Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • His son, John Weller was granted administration.
    Person ID I2184  Main Tree
    Last Modified 2 Jan 2018 

    Father Richard Weller,   b. Abt 1515,   d. Bef 1573  (Age ~ 57 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Catherine Sharpeigh,   b. Abt 1515,   bur. 15 Feb 1573, Cranbrook, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 58 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F221  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth Dence,   b. Abt 1540,   bur. 3 Mar 1606/07, Cranbrook, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 67 years) 
    Married 5 Nov 1565  Cranbrook, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Children 
    +1. Dence Weller,   c. 15 Sep 1566, Cranbrook, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. 30 May 1619, Cranbrook, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 52 years)  [natural]
    +2. Agnes Weller,   b. Abt 1568  [natural]
    +3. John Weller,   c. 24 Oct 1569, Cranbrook, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. 5 May 1623, Cranbrook, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 53 years)  [natural]
     4. Gervase Weller,   c. 27 Apr 1572, Cranbrook, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. 19 Aug 1576, Cranbrook, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 4 years)  [natural]
    +5. Richard Weller,   c. 18 Apr 1574, Cranbrook, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. 21 Oct 1611, Cranbrook, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 37 years)  [natural]
    +6. Stephen Weller,   c. 2 Sep 1576, Cranbrook, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. 10 Feb 1634/35, Cranbrook, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 58 years)  [natural]
    +7. Elizabeth Weller,   c. 23 Mar 1578, Cranbrook, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. 11 Dec 1655, Cranbrook, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 77 years)  [natural]
     8. Catherine Weller,   c. 11 Oct 1579, Cranbrook, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
    +9. Alexander Weller,   c. 20 Nov 1580, Cranbrook, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. 4 Feb 1611/12, Cranbrook, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 31 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 2 Jan 2018 
    Family ID F496  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Clothier - - Cranbrook, Kent Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 5 Nov 1565 - Cranbrook, Kent Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsWill - 16 Jun 1596 - Cranbrook, Kent Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 28 Jun 1596 - Cranbrook, Kent Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S418] Will of Alexander Weller 1596, Alexander Weller, (written on 16 June 1596 and proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury on 15 July 1596, registered copy;), PROB 11/88.

    2. [S304] Parish Registers - Vol 3, Incorporating the Mary Wigan Transcripts, The Kent Family History Society, (KFHS CD-ROM 12, including Benenden (C 1558-1906, M 1578-1836, B 1558-1906), Cranbrook (C 1559-1812, M 1559-1837, B 1559-1812) and Rolvenden (C 1558-1840, M 1558-1840, B 1558-1840);), burial of Elizabeth Rodgers, w Roland & d Alexander WELLER Clothier, 11 Dec 1655, Cranbrook (Reliability: 2).

    3. [S309] Transcript of the Parish Register of Cranbrook, Kent, burial of Allexander Weller, senior (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S309] Transcript of the Parish Register of Cranbrook, Kent, marriage of Allexander Wellard & Elizabeth Dence (Reliability: 3).