Post by Jordan Vandenberg
I have looking for information regarding the parents of Winifred Spacote who married Lionel Goodrick, and while searching for information on her parents Henry Sapcote, Mayor of Lincoln and Jane Smyth, I came across a couple of things that I think have identified the family his 2nd wife Alice came from.
In Lincolnshire Notes and Queries, Volume 2 the section on Henry Sapcote makes mention of George Chippingdale who is referred to as a brother-in-law of Henry Sapcote, but the individual making the query was unsure of the connection creating the relationship between the two. It is linked below.
I stumbled across a catalogue entry at Nottingham Archives which is for a marriage settlement for William Goodrick and Alice Sapcote widow of Henry Sapcote, Mayor of Lincoln. I found this interesting, because the trustees for the settlement were Lyon Goodrick, Edward Spacote, George Chippingdale and Roger Oliver, and that it identified Alice Sapcote as the widow of Henry Sapcote. It is linked and outlined below.
Repository GB 0157 Nottinghamshire Archives
FullCatalogue View collection catalogue
Title Marriage settlement
Date 20 Dec 1554
Extent 1 doc
(1) William Gudricke of Nethertoynton [Low Toynton, Lincolnshire] gentleman
(2) Alice Sapcote, widow formerly wife of late Henry Sapcote, gentleman
(3) Leonard Gudricke, esq; Edward Sapcote, gentleman; George Chippingdale; and Roger Oliver, trustees
Reciting intended marriage of (1) and (2) now (1) to (3) for marriage settlement and specified uses of (1) and (2) of all messuages, tofts, cottages, crofts, dovecotes, lands, meadows etc, in Low Toynton, Grainsby, High Toynton and Tetford [Lincolnshire]. Warranty clause.
Dated 20 Dec 1 and 2 Philip and Mary, 1554.
Parchment; signature and seal of (1).
Digging a little deeper into the connection between the Sapcotes and the Chippingdales I found a pedigree that identifies Alice (Ada in the pedigree) as a sister of George Chippingdale and wife of Henry Sapcott of Elton, co. Huntingdon. It is linked below.
If anyone could shed any further light on this matter, I would be interested.
Here we are at last....
I have transcribed the Will of Henry Sapcote of Lincoln, dated 21 January 1553.
He has some interesting information in it, he held several parcels of lands and various houses, and leases of a number of parsonages that he bequeathed to family.
He leaves items to Amy Hollingworth his daughter, to George, Thomas, Henry, Jerome, John and Nicholas his sons, to Jane Dowman his daughter, to Dorothy his daughter, to brother in law George Chippingdale and to godson John Chippingdale, to Amy the daughter of son Edward, to his brother William, parson of Waddington, to Wenefryd Goddricke his daughter and Mary his daughter, to Ann Sapcote daughter in law, and much goods and possessions to Alice his 2nd wife.
I have transcribed the Will of Edward Sapcote of Lincoln, esquire, dated 10 July 1578, eldest son and heir of Henry.
He left bequests to Henry his eldest son & heir, to Elizabeth Burnabie his daughter, to Thomas Burnabie son in law, to Richard Burnabie son of Thomas, niece Grace Dowman, Amy Wilson his kinswoman, George Sapcote, Alice Sapcote daughter of his brother Nicholas, William Kelke son in law. There is nothing left to his wife who must be deceased.
This will of Edward has been transcribed into modern English by Nina Green and published at www.oxford-shakespeare.com/probate/PROB_11_60_550.pdf from the National Archives version of the will, ref: PROB 11/60/550 and it was referenced in sgm on 3/2/2017. Nina Green claims copyright on that modern spelled version.
Interestingly, there is a discrepancy between the probate version and the Lincs Archives version. She quotes “to every of my women servants to whom there is none especial given, 3s 4d”. This line is correct by the Lincs version. She then quotes “ to every of my men servants to whom there is none especial legacy given, five shillings over and above their wages”. This bequest to the men servants is missing from the Lincs version. Of course it is a minor issue but it begs the question of potential errors in the primary records that we generally consider as being reliable.
I have transcribed the Will of George Chippingdale of Lincoln, gent, dated 13 June 1579. He leaves much to Mary his wife and to Edward his son, bequests to Ellin Richforthe and Mary Smithe his wive’s daughters, to Chrinn[?] Chippingdale and Mary her sister, daughters of his son John, to Ormond Hill son in law and Ellen Rustforthe daughter in law, to Richard Smith son in law, to Tobias Chippingdale son of Doctor Chippingdale his son and to Katherine the Doctor’s daughter, to Edmond Chippingdale his son (underage).
Of especial interest to me is his bequest “to Alice Mallet my sister in law and Roger Oliver her brother”. This is Alice, 2nd wife of Henry Sapcote and we thought she was a Chippingdale daughter. This makes it clear that she was born Alice Oliver and that she married 1st an unidentified Chippingdale who was brother of George. I had previously wondered whether there might be an early marriage for her because I estimated that she was in her 30’s when married to Henry. So now we know that she was Alice Oliver/Chippingdale/Sapcote/Goodricke/Mallet. We know only of one confirmed daughter, Ann Goodricke who married 1st Edward Rowlston and 2nd Paul Hamerton, but it is possible that some of Henry’s late issue could have been from her.
There is a lot of text to these 3 wills, so I have uploaded them into Dropbox. They may be viewed and downloaded at this link: