Post by Ian Goddard
Nothing of consequence, but since the eldest son is only given a shilling, property could have passed by primogeniture or copyhold without testamentary intervention. Unfortunately, Adam was not an uncommon name within the wider family - eg the administration of the estate of an Adam Eyre of Alfreton was granted at Lichfield in 1614.
Not to mention Adam Eyre of Hazelhead, the slightly later Civil War
soldier and diarist.
One thing which I've seen in these families is that the oldest son was
already married and had been set up in a property beforehand and
receives nothing or only a nominal amount. In one instance there was
the comment "he having been portioned afore".
In such instances one of the younger sons often stays on the farm to run
it and then inherits it. I've seen a mention of this inheritance refer
to an indenture, presumably an agreement that this would be the case.
I've also seen this son remain unmarried up to this point but then marry
PDQ after the father's death.
It could go wrong. My 5xggfather's younger brother died young, a few
months before the father.
Many thanks, Ian. Sometimes, without knowledge of local custom or access to manorial court rolls, it is almost impossible to determine how property passed within families.