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Chorley, 1619 Back to Summaries

Robert Heald of Ackhurst serves as a juror for two probate inquisitions:

Richard Waring of Heskin
Vol. xxii No. 82 -- 29 July, 1619

INQUISITION taken at Chorley, 29 July, 17 James [1619], before Edward Rigbye, Esq., Escheator, after the death of Richard Waringe of Heskine [in Eccleston parish], by the oath of William Chorley of Chorley, Esq., Thurstan Standish of Burgh, William Tootell of Healey, Hugh Tootell of the same, William Eckelston of Eckelston, Thomas Wasley of Chorley, George Browne of the same, Thurstan Maudesley of the same, James Sumpner of Leylond, Peter Blackehurst of the same, Miles Sumpner of the same, James Platt of Ducksburye, Roger Haydocke of Chorley, Lawrence Breres of the same, Thomas Nighgall of Coppull, William Breres of Chorley, and Robert Heald of Ackhurst, gentlemen, who say that Richard Waringe was seised in fee of 1 messuage, 24 acres of meadow and pasture in Heskin and Mawdesley [in Croston parish].

The premises in Heskin are held of Richard Mollinex, Knt. and Bart., by military service, viz., by fealty and escuage; the premises in Mawdesley are held of the Lord of Maudesley in free and common socage by fealty, and are worth pre ann. (clear) 10s.

Richard Waringe died at Heskine 1 Mar. last past [1618-19], and George Waringe, his son and next heir, is aged at the time of taking this Inquisition 60 years and more.

William Ellison
Vol. xxii No. 77 -- 29 July, 1619

INQUISITION taken at Chorley, 29 July, 17 James [1619] before Edward Rigbye, Esq., Escheator, after the death of William Ellison, by the oath of the same jurors, who say that William Ellison was seised in fee of 1 messuage, 15 acres of land, meadow and pasture, in Overdarwyne, which are held of the heirs of Thomas Langton, Knt., as of his manor of Walton in le dale, in free and common socage, by what rent the jury are ignorant, and are worth per ann. (clear) 10s.

William Ellison died 12 Aug. last past [1618], and William Dewhurst is his kinsman and next heir, viz. the son of George Dewhurst and Margaret Dewhurst, his wife, daughter and heir of the said William Ellison, and is aged at the time of taking this Inquisition 90 years 3 months and 10 days.

Source: J. Paul Rylands -- Lancashire inquisitions returned into the Chancery of the duchy of Lancashire and now existing in the Public record office, London : Stuart period Pt.2: 12 to 19 James I, p.130
(Record Society of Lancashire and Cheshire, vol. 16) (1887)




Leyland, 1620 Back to Summaries

Anne Heald, wife of William Heald of Leyland, is one of three sisters of Christopher Sumner, who died holding lands in Leyland of William Farington by rent of 2s 2d, including the two Carr heyes and the meadow.

Christopher Sumpner
Vol. xxiv. No. 8. -- 15 March, 1620-21.

INQUISITION taken at Chorley, 15 Mar., 18 James [1620-21] before Edward Rigby, Esq., Escheator, after the death of Christopher Sumpner, by oath of the same Jurors, who say that Christopher Sumpner, long before his death, was seised in fee of 1 messuage and 13 acres of land, meadow and pasture, in Leylond, lately in the tenure of one Joan Shawe, widow; also of 1 parcel of land in Leylond, commonly called "le prior's acre", and containing 3 roods of land; also of 1 parcel of meadow, containing 3 roods of land, situate in a certain close of land in Leyland called "Titmouse Crofte".

He, being so seised, by Indenture dated 10 Feb., 17 James [1619-20], at Leylond, gave the aforesaid premises to Charles and Jane Wereden, and their heirs, to hold forever, to the uses following, viz.: as to all the premises to the use of himself for life, without impeachment of waste; and after his death, then to the use of Alice Sumpner, his wife, if she should so long remain sole and chaste. After her marriage, then of and in 2 parts of the premises (in 3 parts to be divided) to the use of the heirs of the body of him the said Christopher; and of and in the 3rd part of the premises (in 3 parts to be divided) to the use of the said Alice for her life, and afterwards to the use of the heirs of the said Christopher; and for default then, as to 1 close of land, parcel of the premises called "Loou?hey", to the use of Richard Fleetwood, gentleman, son of Richard Fleetwood, Esq., and his heirs for ever, if the said Richard should survive the said Christopher; as to those closes of land called "le two Carr heyes and the meadow" to the use of one William Heald, junior, son of one William Heald, senior, and his heirs and assigns, if William Heald (the son) whould survive the said Christopher; and as to the aforesaid messuages, and all the houses and buildings whereof the said Christopher was seised, and 4 acres of land to the said messuages belonging, viz: 2 crofts, 3 gardens, 1 close and 2 parcels of land lying in "le Lower townefeild" of Leilond, to the use of Henry Fleetwood, gentleman, son of the aforesaid Richard Fleetwood, Esq., and his heirs for ever, if the said Henry should survive the said Christopher; and as to the parcel of land called "priors acre" and the 3 roods of meadow situate in the Titmouse Crofte aforesaid, to the use of Ellen Whalley, her heirs and assigns for ever, if she should survive the said Christopher, as by the deed aforesaid, shown to the Jurors, appears. By virtue whereof, and by force of the Statute of Uses, the said Christopher Sumpner was seised of all the premises as of freehold for life, with remainders as aforesaid, and, being so seised, he died 4 Nov., 18 James [1620], at Leylond, without heirs.

The messuage, and the 13 acres of land thereto belonging, and all other the premises in the county are held of William Farrington, Esq., as of his manor of Leylond, in free ans common socage, viz: by fealty and the yearly rent of 2s. 2d. and are worth per ann. (clear) 20s. Anne Heald, now the wife of William Heald, senior, and Jane and Ellen Sumpner, are the sisters and next heirs of the aforesaid Christopher, and are aged respectively at the time of taking of this Inquisition -- Anne, 40 years; Jane, 39 years; and Ellen, 38 years and more. Alice, wife of Christopher, Richard Fleetwood (the son), Henry Fleetwood, William Heald, and Ellen Whalley still survive at Leylond.

Source: J. Paul Rylands -- Lancashire inquisitions returned into the Chancery of the duchy of Lancashire and now existing in the Public record office, London : Stuart period Pt.2: 12 to 19 James I, p.220
(Record Society of Lancashire and Cheshire, vol. 16) (1887)


Walton-in-le-Dale, 1651 Back to Summaries

William Heald is parish priest at Low Chapel, Walton-le-Dale. His stipend is augmented by a committee set up to redistribute excess tithes 'plundered' by papist and delinquent landowners.

December 10th, 1651

By vertue of an act of parliamt. for paymt. of augmentac~ons out of impropriate rectories, vicarages & tithes, seqd. from papists & delinqts., it is ordered that ye yearly sume of 50 li. be paid out of ye surplage of ye proffitts of ye impropriate tithes of Whittle, Curden, Clayton, Exton & Bispham, seqd. from ye Earle of Derby, James Anderton Esqr., Christopher Bannister & Thomas Stanley, papists and delinqts., for increase of ye maintenance of Wm. Heald, minister of ye chapell of Walton in Ledale, wthin ye parish of Blackburne, in ye sd. county, ye present meynteyn'nce thereto belonging being but a stipend of 4 li. a yeare. And ye Comrs. for Seqeons. in ye sd. county are required to pay ye sd. 50 li. to him according to ye purport of ye aforesaid act -- G. Millington, Jo. Bourchiere, Wm. Hay, Wm. Leyman (Bodl. MSS, 328, fol 67)

July 14th, 1652

Whereas this Comittee have ye 10th of December, 1651, granted the yearly summe of fifty pounds out of the surplus of the proffitts of the impropriate tithes of Whittle, Curedon, Clayton, Exton and Bispham, sequestered from the Earl of Derby, James Anderton Esqr., Christopher Banister, and Thomas Stanley, papists and delinqts., for increase of the maintenance of Wm Heald, ministr. of the chappell of Walton in le Dale, in the county of Lancr; for that the said fifty pounds a yeare cannot bee received the said tithes being already overcharged, it is ordered that the said ordr. be discharged, and that in lieu thereof the yearely summe of fifty pounds bee paid and continued to the sd. Mr. Heald out of the impropriate tithes of Ince, Chorlton and Stretford in the same county, seqrd. from Sir Cecil Trafford, Knt. and Thomas Garrad, Esqr., recusts., together with the arreares thereof, for such time as the said Mr. Heald hath officiated in the said chappell. And the Comrs. for Seqcons. in the said county are required to pay the said arreares and continue the paymts. of the said fifty pounds a year from time to time hereaftr., according to the act of parlt. in that behalfe -- Jam. Ashe, J. Danvers, M. Oldisworth, Ro. Gratwick (Bodl MSS, 328 fol 67. RO MS, 2F fol 711)

24th May, 1652 Paied Mr William Heald minister at Lowe Church or Walton in the Dale p.te of the augmentation due unto him out of the impropriate tithes of Chorleton & Stretford seqrd. from Sr. Cecill Trafford since July 1651 12-5-0
1 Oct., 1652 Paid the said Mr Heald more in p.te out of the tithes aforesaid the summ of 9-3-0
15 Sept., 31 Jan., 1652. Paid the said Mr Heald more in full of his augmentacon due unto him for one yeare endinge 24th December 1652 out of tithes aforesaid 50-0-0

Source: W.A. Shaw -- Minutes of the Committee for the relief of plundered minstries and Trustees for the maintenance of minstries relating to Lancashire and Cheshire Part II 1650 - 1660, pp.107, 121, 249
(Record Society of Lancashire and Cheshire, vol. 34) (1896)

cf.: University of Cambridge, 1645


Manchester, 1618 Back to Summaries

William Heald, barber, posts a bond of 5 and is bound over to keep the peace and appear at the next Session.

MAY 12.
os    Recog. p ( Matheu. Millner de Manchr. Poyntmaker in x li.
( Joh.em Millner de ead. Poynter in v li.
( Willm. Heald de ead. Barber in v li.
pro pace et compar. apud prox. Session. relaxatr. ut antea
Source: Ernest Axon -- Notes of Proceedings at Sessions held at Manchester, 1616-1623, p. 43
(Record Society of Lancashire and Cheshire, vol. 42) (1901)


Manchester, 1620 Back to Summaries

Ellen, wife of Robert Held of Manchester, gives evidence against Robert Ouldham, who is accused of stealing 58s. from a chest belonging to Thomas Maddocke, with whom the Healds are living.

SEPTEMBER 3.
Exa.iacons [Examinations] taken at Manchester iijtio die Septembris 1620
before Edm Prestwich and Osw Mosley esqrs &c

[Sept. probably an error for Oct., as the first deposition refers to Sept. 25.]

Ellen wife of Robert Held of Manchester husb: informeth &c that on Mundaie the xxvth of Sept last Robert Ouldham came into the howse of one Thomas Maddocke where also this informer dwelleth and ernestlie requesteth her to fetch him a pot of ale wch at his importunitie shee did and att her returne the said Ouldham sent awaie the children wch were then come from the schoole unto their mother and also sent this informr to fetch him a penieworth of nutts wch when shee brought hee tooke at her and went his waie but concrninge the taking of the monie or breakinge of the Chest shee understood nothing untill the wife of the said Maddocke was come & found the same &c.

Margrett wife of Thomas Maddocke of Manchr. husb: informeth &c that on Mundaie the 25th of September last past about 4 of the clocke in the afternoone there was taken out of a chest in the dwelling howse of the sd Maddocke 58s in monie in a purse there beinge this informr out of the same howse. And at her returne shee pceiving the said Chest to bee broken open shee inquired who had beene in the said howse in her absence and one Ellen wife of Robert Held who dwelleth in the same hjowse said that one Robert Ouldham came to the same howse and sent her out for a 1d of ale and that shee returning quicklie againe hee sent her out for a 1d of nutts. And this informers fower yonge Children also came unto her where shee was workinge and said that Robert Ouldham came unto their howse & bade them goe unto their mother wch caused this informr to suspect the said Ouldham to have broken the said chest and taken out the monie whereuppon this informr repaired unto the said Ouldham & accused him of the said facte butt hee constantlie denied the same neverthelesse this informer pcuring a warrant to apprehend the said Ouldham and to bring him before some Justice of peace to be exa.ied the said Ouldham did avoid and flee so as the Constables of Manchester could not apprhend him.

Thomas Maddocke prd. saith that the said some of 58s being taken out of his chest and haveing a suspic~on of Rob Ouldham by reason of the report of Ellen wife of Robt. Heald (as in the infomac~on of Margrett his wife is set downe) this informr pcured a warrant to the constab. of Manchester to apprehend the said Ouldham and to bring him to bee exai.ed before so,e Justice of peace but the Const of Manchestr could not find the said Ro: Ouldham dureing 3 daies for that it was reported the said Ouldham was gone towards Irelande yet in that time one Willm. Ouldham father to the said Robt., Thom Tomson, Mr Potto & Mr Cudworth the younger treated wth this informr to rest satisfied and his monie should bee conveied into his chest againe so this informer on Fridaie morning did seeke in the said chest & there found his monie tied in a linen Cloath but not the purse that was taken awaie. And further saith that the monie wch was conveied into his chest was not as hee thinketh the same that was taken thence for that there was therein 2 peeces of gold the one of xxs thothr xjs but the monie that was taken thence was all in silver.

Rich: Harrison servant unto Ro: Oldham prd. informeth &c that on Thursdaie last being the 28t of Sept: his said mr sent for him unto the howse of one Tho Dickonson in the Deansgate and there delivered unto this informer a purse wth monie therein & bade him keepe the same & tell no bodie thereof but give it backe to him when he askt for it neverthelesse this informr showed the purse forthwth to divers psons wch being tould unto the said Robert Ouldham hee sent for this informr and tooke the said purse from him againe and did strike this informr uppon the face because hee had showed the same.

Thomas Maddocke prd ten. in xxli psequi ad pxim. session. pacis.

Edm: Prestwich.
Osw Mosley

Source: Ernest Axon -- Notes of Proceedings at Sessions held at Manchester, p. 128
(Record Society of Lancashire and Cheshire, vol. 42) (1901)


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