Ruth and Ian Hounsell
The National Achives catalogue references for two wills which we have transcribed
which belong to East India Company captains are as
Richard,who was his brother, was baptised on 30 October 1581, also in Symondsbury.
Thomas left the bulk of his estate to Margery Boyd to whom he was betrothed, but he also left £20 each to his father and mother. His nephew Thomas Trincoll, son of Thomas's sister Agnes, was left £10. His"loving friend" John Elary wrote the will and it was witnessed by Francis Braye.
Richard's will is longer and more detailed. He left "£40 of current English money" to Andrew and Elizabeth Hounsell, (his parents); his brother, John, was to receive "£15 sterling" and each of John's children were to have "£5 apeece".
Each of his 4 sisters and each of
their children were to have "£5 apeece". £10 was to be given to "the
poore of the parish where I was borne, by name Symondeburough . Amongst
the other bequests were payments of "10 Rialls of Eight to Thomas
Darby, preacher": the curate of Stepney Church was to be given a bond
for £5 sterling: George Watford a Mariner of Limehouse was left "£5
current English money" and his wife Jane Watford was left "£100 current
He then goes on to list bequests to various members of his crew:
The residue of his estate was left to relations apart from the money