Backwell Wills and Indentures


Collated by Mary Mason.


1548 Nov 20 John Rodney of Backwell.

To my daughter Elizabeth Rodney to the charge of my brother in law Edmund Mordant. My daughter Ann Rodney to the charge of my Thomas Powell my brother in law and my sister, his wife. Lands in Chipping Norton, co. Oxon. My mansion houses of Stoke Rodney and Backwell.

My son Maurice Rodney under age, 100 towards the furnishing of his household, at 21. To my sisters Elizabeth and Ann Powtrell, all the apparel of Ann Rodney, my late wife dec. My cousins and godchildren William and Dorothy Fetyplave 20s each. My brother in laws Edmund Mordaunt and Thomas and Nicolas Powtrell, Exors. My cousins William Vowell and his wife. To my cousin John Roynon 40s and to each of his younger children not married 40s. To every of my aunt Roynon`s unmarried children 40s. Proved 1549 Jan.

1577 Aug 10 Edmund Tynte of Backwell, yeoman.

To Church of Bourton . Margaret my wife, sons William and Robert, Sister Joan Daniell. Cousin John Cockes the elder. Katherine daughter of my Aunt Porter. To my son William all my books. Cousin Edward Peytone and Thomas Daniell to have successively the keeping of the key of my study, where my books be. To my son Richard , my sword and target. Daughter Elizabeth. Edward my son. Money in charge for the children of my kinsman Edmund Tynte, deceased. Edward Peyton and Thomas Daniell, Executors. Lands in Sandford and Wiviscombe.

Proved 1580 Sep 12.


1648 June 9 Edmund Parsons of Backwell, yeoman.

To my eldest son Edmund, my sons Richard, Edward and John. My daughter Mary Webb. My wife Mary Parsons. Witness Richard Arthur and John Reed of Backwell, overseers. Proved 1652 Sep 4 by Mary Parsons.


1626 Oct 5 Thomas Jenkins, Rector of Backwell, Somerset.

To be buried at Backwell. Poor of Backwell 10 for ever. Poor of Naylsey 5 for ever. Poor of Barrow Gurney 40s. My wife Elizabeth 50. To Humphrey Jenkins vicar of Backwell my great gilted salt sellar and my gilted cruse. Lands in Naylsey and St. Andrews Glamorganshire.

Proved 20 Mar 1626/7.

1627 Apr 13 Thomas Debden of Backwell, Somerset, Gent.

Poor of Backwell 5. My wife Margaret. My daughter Margaret. My son Thomas 150. My daughter Elizabeth 200. My son John 200. My son Richard.

Proved 20 May 1827 by Margaret Debden, widow.

1649 3 Jan Richard Debden of Backwell, Somerset, Gent.

To be buried near my ancestors. Poor of Backwell 20s. My eldest daughter Mary Debden. My eldest son Thomas Debden, My sons Richard and John. My daughters Ann and Elizabeth. My sister Margaret Watkins. My land at Downside. My wife. My son John Debden, Esq.

Proved 11 Feb 1649 by Mary Debden the relict during minority of John Debden.


1650 June 3 Richard Arthur the elder of Backwell, gent.

To be buried at Backwell church. To the poor 10 at the disposing of my son Richard Arthur. To my wife the lease of my house where I dwell.To my kinsfolk Robert Arthur and Mary Arthur 6 each. My kinsman Roger Smith 20s. To John Porter 20s. To My son in law Thomas Stephens a lease of land etc. My grandchild Thomas Stephens 1s. My sister 40s. My kinsman Arthur Norman. My son Richard Arthur, Exec: Overseer Thomas Tucker of Nailsey and my brother in law John Blanchard to each 40s. Proved 1650 Nov 26 by his son Richard Arthur.





1548 Indenture: This indenture made January 3 1548 between John Shepert of Backwell, husbandman and Nicholas Harvey of Brockley, gentleman, witnesseth that John Shepert for 5 hath sold to Nicholas Brockley all his tenement and lands in Backwell, to hold of the chief lord of the fee, discharged of all encumbrances, the rents due to the chief lord of the fee excepted; also all deeds concerning the premises to Nicolas Harvey; and we John Shepert and Nicolas Harvey bind us well and truly to keep the sale and covenants in this indenture.