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Court of Requests (PRO REQ2/68/7 Thos Pullen v Thos Bridge)

28.4.20Eliz1 (Monday 28 April 1578)

document 19400356

answer of Thos Bridge to the bill of complaint of Thos Pullen says that true it is that Thos Pullen mentioned in the bill eighteen years past or thereabouts was seised of in a tenements Jakes and of a little piece of ground Popes Hatch being copyhold or customary lands and holden of the earl of Oxford and manor of Earls Colne and of the garden being commonly called an osier garden but what estate the said Thos Pullen was seised of or had of and in the said garden he does not know and also was possessed of a certain mill being in Earls Colne with appurtenances for certain years then to come and endure and also of certain household stuff which stuff by his last will and testament in writing did give to Denyce Pullen then his wife except the best featherbed a bolster a pair of blankets a pair of sheets the best covering two pillows two pillowberes the best bedstead one tester and one dozen of silver spoons and a salt of silver all of which plate and implements of household stuff afore so reserved from Denyce Thos Pullen did bequeath to the complainant at the age of fifteen years the said Thos Pullen the father being so seised of the tenement Jakes and of Popes Hatch and the other (osier) garden by his last will did give and bequeath to the complainant Thos Pullen and his heirs according to the custom of the manor and further did give the lease and term of years of the watermill in Earls Colne with appurtenances to Denyce towards the bringing up of Thos Pullen his son now complainant in learning until he should come to the age of fifteen years keeping the mill in reparations and paying the lords rent and further did will that if his son Thos did fortune to depart out of this world before such time as he should accomplish the age of fifteen years Thos Pullen the testator did then give the sum of years to Denyce his wife and further willed that if it fortune Denyce to marry again the complainant then living then Thos Pullen willed the government of Thos Pullen now complainant his son and the lease of the watermill and term of years should be in the ordering of Thos Bridge his the defendant's father until the complainant should reach the age of fifteen years and afterwards the whole interest and term of years to remain to Thos Pullen the complainant the residue of all his goods and lands he did bequeath unto Denyce his wife and Thos Bridge father of the defendant towards the payment of his debts and performance of his will and did constitute Denyce and Thos his executors who did take upon them the administration of all and singular the said and proved the will accordingly afterwards Denyce did take to husband one Jn Davy by reason whereof Thos Bridge his father a year after about as he thinks entered into the mill with appurtenances and enjoyed it accordingly unto the tenor of the testament and did bring up and maintain the complainant at his proper costs and charges until he did accomplish the age of fifteen years and some longer time as the defendant supposes for which the defendant is to have allowance of the complainant as he thinks and also did take receive into his custody the dozen silver spoons and silver salt the featherbed and all things belonging to the same and likewise Thos Bridge the father and Thos Bridge now defendant did receive their issues and profits of the tenement Jakes Tenement for and during the term of nine years about being of the clear yearly value of 23s about and also Thos Bridge now defendant did take the issues and profits of the watermill and appurtenances and the osier garden and the croft of ground Popes Hatch being of yearly value of 5li18s8d altogether besides the lord's rent for the term of three years last past since such time as Thos Pullen had accomplished his age of fifteen years as the defendant thinks and the defendant has from time to time at his proper costs and charges in likewise maintained and kept the watermill in reparation and the house and also has maintained and kept the complainant being near three years for the which the defendant is to have his proper allowance of Thos Pullen as he thinks until xmas.last past when the complainant did depart from the defendant without any licence in the evening and the defendant further says that Thos Bridge the father became bound in one obligation in the sum of 300li unto one Hen Wallace and Antho Pilborowe the condition endorsed on the same that Thos Bridge the father should within one year convey and affirm to the defendant and Ann Bridge his wife and to his heirs certain lands and tenements in Earls Colne of the yearly value of 10li and after this the said Antho died which houses lands and hereditaments Thos Bridge the father never conveyed or assured by reason whereof the obligation was and is forfeited in the lifetime of Thos Bridge the father and afterwards Thos Bridge the father died three years past about being possessed of goods and chattels to the value of 75li6s3d and made his last will in writing and of the same did make the defendant his sole executor who proved the same and since the death of Thos Bridge the father Hen Wallace has commenced his suit upon the obligation against the defendant by reason that the condition was not performed by Thos Bridge the father and the suit is proceeded to issue upon recovery and the execution of which said judgement the defendant is to be charged by order of common law to the whole value of all the goods chattels debts whatsoever of Thos Bridge the father the which came to the possession and use of the defendant as executor unto his father so that the defendant ought not by the common law or in any court of equity be any further charged and further says that Thos Bridge the father was not seised of an estate of inheritance of any manner of lands or hereditaments being held by the deed which came to the defendant and without that the tenement Jakes and one parcel of ground Popes Hatch and the osier garden with appurtenances were of the yearly value of 40s above all manner of charges and without that the said Thos Bridge the father was possessed of a watermill in Earls Colne of yearly value of 8li above all manner of charges for the term of certain years and without that Thos Bridge the defendant did receive into his custody the sum of money and other the goods of Thos Pullen and also receive and take yearly for the use of the complainant to his knowledge during the space of eight years all the issues and profits of the mill and did also to his knowledge receive all the profits and issues of the tenement Jakes and the rest of the premises during the space of eighteen years otherwise than is aforementioned or without that to his remembrance afterwards the said Thos having received the profits and revenues of the lands and tenements money and goods in his possession lying on his deathbed did call before him one Thos Bridge his son now the defendant and gave to him and his heirs divers lands and tenements in Earls Colne upon condition that he should well and truly perform the will of the said Thos Pullen the elder and truly pay the complainant all such sums of money and goods as were due to him and very earnestly charged him upon his blessing to see the will of Thos Pullen in all charges truly performed and the goods money and other things so by him received safely and quietly delivered to the complainant according to the right and title he had as he remembers or without that the said Thos Bridge the father on his deathbed in the presence of divers and substantial persons caused Thos Bridge his son to swear truly to do the same accordingly as he thinks as he remembers and without that the said Thos Bridge the elder did leave sufficient money goods and chattels lands and tenements in Earls Colne and without the defendant did take into his possession the sum of 20li and above the sum shown in the inventory of the goods of Thos Bridge the elder and all the goods which by the last will of Thos Pullen his father were bequeathed to the complainant without that the lands and tenements with sufficient money and chattels of Thos Bridge the elder came to the hand and possession of Thos Bridge the younger otherwise than is afore specified without that any other thing mentioned in that bill and not answered etc he is ready to prove prays to be dismissed