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Sunday, May 2, 2010

Bond 79374 & 79375

79374. Thomas Michell & 79375. Isabel ? {Bond}

1493-1500, “John Patenson v. The sheriffs of London ; Thomas Michell and Isabel, his wife, executrix and late the wife of John Newbond, of ‘The Crown,’ Stratford le Bow, and Robert Hoggys.” (S) UKNA.

Thomas died.

Isabel married 2nd John Fitzjames of Redlynch, Somerset, the father of Sir John Fitzjames, Chief Justice of the King’s Bench [created 1526.]

12/10/1510, John wrote his will naming his wife Isabel.

John Fitzjames died.

2/21/1526, Isabel, of Bruton, Wells, and Redlynch wrote her will naming many family members: Isabell Fitzjames, widowe, within the diocese of Bath and Wells. My body to be buried in Cristen burial where it shall please God and my frendes. … To my doughter my lady ffitzjames a gurdell of gold harneysed with golde. To my doughter Elizabeth fitzjames the yonger a gowne of chamlet purfilled with crymson velvet To my sonne Hugh Mallet of Corripole a goblet gilt bering armes of the libertts hed. To my godsonne Thomas Mallett a goblet gilt with the armes of the portcullis and the rose, and 6 silver sponys. To my doughter Isabell Mallett a nutt gilt, with a cover to the same, a mary mawdelyn box gilt with a cover to the same. To my sonne Hugh Mallett a fetherbed with a bolster, a paire of blanketts, 4 pillowes of downe, a counterpoynt of Imagery werke, 5 paire of fyne shetes, and 5 paire of yomen shetes, two borde clothes of diaper, a pair of towells of diaper, a doseyn of napkyns of diaper, a long carpett, half a doseyn of quysshons of carpet werk, two long quysshens for the chamber, oon cloth of batkyn and a nother of damaske werk, two coffers of sprewys, two ship coffers. To my doughter Isabell Mallet a blak gowne of chamlet furryd with martryns, my tryangle of golde. To my son Thomas Michell a basyn and an ewer of silver parcell gilt, a standing goblet with a cover bering armys of the libertts' hede, 2 fether bedds with two bolsters, 4 downe pillowes marked with A.B., a paire of fustians, a paire of blanketts, two counterpoints oon with the ymage of Our Lady and the other with diverse ymagery werke, a tabull cloth of diaper 6 yards in length, and 3 yards in brede, another borde cloth of diaper of the same werke, 6 napkins of like werke, 18 diaper napkins, two wasshing towells and a cupbord cloth of diaper, 3 carpetts, a cupborde, a cofir of korvid werk made in Bruton, a coffer of sprewis, a ship coffer stonding by the bedside, 6 quysshens with redde harts hedds, 2 long quysshens for the chamber, one of werke of batkyn and another of damaske werke. To my doughter Joane Michell wife of the said Thomas Michell my gowne of chamlet furryd with shanke, another tawny chamlet gowne purfilled with blak velwet and my best beads with a broche of golde. My will is the residue of all my gownes be distributed amongst my kynnesfolks by the discrecion of my overseer. … . Residue : Hugh Mallett and Thomas Michell (executors). Supervisor : my cosyn John Horsey the eldest (to him 53s. 4d.). In witness I have putto y seall. Witnesses : my lord chief Justice Maister John Fitzjames the yonger, Sir Robert Rotherham, Sir William Clement, and many moo. In witness that I knowe this is the verey true will of my said mother-in-lawe I, John ffitzjames the elder, chief Justice of the King's benche have written this with myn own hande. John Fitzjames senior.

10/4/1527, Isabel wrote a codicil to her will: … I, Isabell Fitzjames, of Bruton, widowe, over and above the said testament ffirst I will that my said testament and last will shall stonde in his full vertue and strength. Ffurthermore I will that the testor nowe being in the lowe chamber with the hangings aboute shall remayn there as it nowe is. I will that my lord Abbot shal have a vestment of white damaske braunched with golde and crosse of red satyn in the name of my mortuary yf it please my lord Abbot so to accept it. If nay, then I will that my executors shall dispoase the same vestment for the welth of my soule in som other use. I will that Sir William Clement, priest, shal have a counterpoynt of verdor whiche nowe lyeth upon my bedde in the chamber. I will that Sir Robert Rotheram, parishe prest, shal have a counterpoynt of imagery which nowe lyes upon me. My cosyn, Alice Storke, shal have my best bonet and a frontlett of tawny velwet. Joane Compton, doughter to the said Alice, shal have my best worsted kirtell. Grace Dodyngton my seconde best worsted kirtell. My cosyn, Dorathe Grene, a gowne of chamlet with wyde slevys, purfilled with shanks. Annes Kaylway, now my servant, shal have a gowne of blak cloth lyned with bokeram and purfilled with black velwet. Item, a kirtell of blak chamlet that was last made and 26s. 8d. over and above hir wages. Maister Doctour Fontdeloroy shal have a spone of silver and gilte. My lord chief Justice shal have a cup of silver and gilt with a cover ordeyned for ale in a token of remembrance. My cosyn Baskitt's wife shall have a harte of golde which I have used to were aboute my necke. William Clements, scoler at Oxford, shal have a peire of blanketts, a bolster, and 26s. 8d. in money to his exhibicion. My scoler, Sir Richard Browne, 6s. 8d. Mawde Mede, my olde servant, a matres, a bolster, and a paire of blanketts. Joan Patche, my servant, two petycots. Residue of all my goods I will shall be sold as it apperith in my testament. Witnesses : My lady FitzJames, William Grene, Robert Chycke, Sir William Clement, and Sir Robert Rotheram, with divers others.

Bef. 10/23/1527, Isabel died. (S) Will proved.

(S) Somerset Medieval Wills, Weaver, 1903, P51, P252.

Family notes:
• Isabel is generally associated with Thomas Michell, of Gurney Street, Cannington, who married Margaret. In his will of 1503 (S) Thomas names his wife as Margaret; son Thomas, daughter Isabel (not married, but an executor), and “brother” Master John Fitzjames. In Isabel’s will, a witness Master John Fitzjames calls Isabel his “mother-in-law”. This Thomas is clearly not Isabel’s husband as given in (S) Notices of an English Branch of the Malet Family; even though there are similar names in both families which are probably related. The Michelle and Fitzjames families were extensive and intermarried. It’s possible, since her other 3 children are female, that “Joan Michelle” in Isabel’s will is actually her daughter married to a relative “Thomas Michelle.”.

Child of Thomas and Isabel:

i. Isabel Michell (39687), born ~1495.

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