FAMILY GROUP RECORD OF
ROBERT AND ELLEN CARTWRIGHT ALIAS MATKYN
Robert Cartwright alias Matkyn was christened 5 October 1603 in Duffield of
the townland of Shottle, the son of Robert and Issabell Cartwright
alias Matkyn. He married Ellen.
Robert died in 1661, leaving a will written in September 1661 and proven 20 December 1661. His will mentions "my sonns John and Robert and my daughter Issabell" and "Ellen my wief".
After his death,
he is mentioned in the will of his brother Henry Matkyn alias
Cartwright, a weaver of Duffield, written 6 October
1668: "My brother Robert Matkin children thirty pounds to
be equally divided amongst them." In 1670 Henry adds an
addendum leaving Robert's children thirty pounds more. His
will also mentions "I give to eight silenced ministers
foure poundes" and "I leave to the poore of Duffield
to make that up that hath been payd frome the house wherein
I now live six pounds a peace for twentie poore pepooll upon
Saint Thomas Day for ever".
Another will was left by John Matkyn alias Cartwright, weaver of Shottle in Duffield parish in 1673. This is most likely also Robert's relative. He leaves bequests to his wife Ffrances and daughters Anna and Sarah. Edward Bramley was named as one of his executors.
Robert and Ellen had the following children:
SOURCE: Will of Robert Cartwright alias Matkyn, 1661; will of Henry Matkyn alias Cartwright, 1670; will of John Matkyn alias Cartwright, 1673.
In the name of God Amen, I Robert Cartwright
als Matkyn of Shottle in the parishe of Duffeld and in
Countie of Derbie, webster, do make this my last will
and testament in manner and forme as followeth: I
beinge, the Lord be praised in perfect sense and memorie
thoughe somewhat weake in bodie. Imprimis, I give and
bequeath my soule to God my maker and to Jesus Christe
my redeemer and my bodie to be buried in the parrishe
church yarde of Duffeld and all the rest of my worldy
goodes I give and bequeath as hereafter following,
Imprimis, I give and bequeath to my sonne Thomas
Cartwright alias Matkyn 102 pence. Item I give and
bequeath to my sonne Henry Cartwright als Matkyn 102
pence. Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Anne
Cartwright als Matkin 102 pence. Item, I give and
bequeath all the sheepe which are mine ownd unto my wife
Issabell Cartwright alias to due with them what she
will. And And as for the rest of my goodes quick and
dead whatsoever I doe wholie give them to my wife
Issabell Cartwright als Matkyn and to my sonne Robert
Matkyn als Cartwright and to my sonne William Cartwright
als Matkyn, and I do make my sonne Robert Cartwright als
Matkyn my full and sole executor of this my last will
and testament. And I doe make Henrie Cartwright als
Matkyn and Wm. Cartwright als Matkyn supervisors of the
same and give to each of them wyd for there paynes, my
funeral discharged, my debts paid. In witness where of I
the said Robert Cartwright als Matkyn have unto this my
last will and testament sett my hand and seale the
seaventeenth daie of April in the first yeare of the
raigne of our Soveraigne Lord Charles King of England,
Scotland, Ffrance and Ireland, defender of the faith,
Anno Dom 1630.
It is interesting to note that William goes by the name
Cartwright in his will of 1589, but both sons Robert and
William are shown as Cartwright alias Matkyn in their wills of
1620 and 1630, and the name continues for several generations.
Alias in this case might be used to differentiate from a
family of the same name, to acknowledge a change of name, or
to acknowledge an inheritance.
Will of William Cartwryght, 1589
In the name of God Amen, the xxvijth of
October in the xxxth yeare of the raygne of our most
gratiose souvereign Ladye Elyzabeth by the grace of God of
England, Ffrance and Ireland,queene, defender of the fayth,
I Willm Cartewryght of Duffield in the county of
Derby, Webster, deseased in bodye but of good & pfyct
mynde & remembrance, I thanke God, institute, ordayne
& make thys my last wyll & testament in maner and
forme following, ffyrst I geve & bequethe my sole to
Almyghty God my maker & to Jesus Christ my redeemer, and
my bodye to be buryed in Duffield church yarde wheresoever
it shall please my executors heareafter named. Also, my wyll
and mynd is that John Cartewryght my eldyste sone
shall have these goods both quicke & deade which is his
owed, geven bothe by me & other of his frends, knowne
both by himself his mother & my other executors. Item, I
geve to Robt Cartewryght my second sone, fyve pounds
of lawfull Englysh mony in full recompense of his chylde
pte. Item, I geve to Willm Cartewryght my third sonne
xijd in recompense of his chylde pte, & also I geve to Thomas
Fletcher my son in law & Margreat his wyfe
other xijd in recompense of her chylde pts, &
furthermore I geve to my afforesayd eldest sone John
halfe my workinge toles as lomes, geres & halfe of all
that belongeth to my occupation pvyded always that the brode
lome is to be devyded equallye amongst all my fore
children, viz John, Robt, Willm & Henrye Cartewryght.
Also I geve to Kateren Cartewryght my wife all my
byes, the greatest brasse pott & my second brasse
pan& I geve to my son Henry Cartewryght my
greatest brasse pan, and finally my wyll it that I be I be
honestlye brought home & my funeral expenses discharged
of the whole of my goods, and all the rest of all my goods,
bothe moveable & unmoveablye I geve the whollye to the
afforsayd Katheren my wyfe & Henrye my son who
I ordayne & make my trew & lawfull executors & I
desire Mr Willm Bradshaw of Duffeld & Mr Willm Bradshaw
of Derby to bee (overseers).
Detts oweinge to me, viz. Willm Cartewryght my sone oweth to me xls wanting iiijd.
In wyttnes thereof
Mr Willm Bradshaw
& Raphe Compton
A trew inventorye of all the goods and cattell that dyd belonge or appertayne unto Willm Cartewryght deseassed, sene and praysed the vith day of August ano Regina Elyzabth, xxxith 1589 by Mr Willm Bradshaw of Duffeld and Mr WillmBradshaw of Derby, Thomas Grand, an Raph Compton.
Imprimis thrye kyne, and halfe of thrye
calves to - vil xiijs iijd
Item one twyntes heyfor and one year ould calfe - xl vis viijd
Item one butt - xxxs
Item one swine & tow pygge – xs
Item for byees – vs
Item for puter and brass & maslyn – xls
Item one ould amlrye, a borde, a forme & tressles, cheres, stoles, shelfes, kytte lomes, fats, tubs, bedstyddes, and all other wooden ware – xxs
Item for cosves – vs
Item fore matteresses, tow blankets, fore coverlydds, thryes wyndowsheetes, fyve pare of sheetes &boulsters, pyllowes and pyllowbeares – vl xs
Item sayer chushins – iijs
Item his working owne geares & instarments – xls
Item corne and hay – xls
Item his apperall and one Edward shyllinge in his purse – xs
Item one iron spytt, a land yron & other iron ware – ijs
Som totals xxiiijl xiiijs
William and Kateren had the following children:
1. John, mentioned in father's will of 1589; mentioned in brother's will of 1620.
*2. Robert, married Issabell; occupation webster; mentioned in father's will of 1589; called Robert Cartwright alias Matkyn of Duffield is his will dated 17 April 1630
3. William, occupation weaver; has sons Anthonie,
Thomas and Robert, daughter Hellen; mentioned in father's will
of 1589; called William Cartwright alias Matkyn of Osmaston in
his will of 1620.
4. Margreat; married Thomas Fletcher; mentioned in
father's will of 1589.
5 Henrye, mentioned in father's will of 1589.
Kateren died and was buried 15 January 1610 in Duffield.
SOURCE: Duffield parish register; Will of William
Cartwryght, 1589; will of Robert Cartwright alias Matkyn,
1630; will of William Cartwright alias Matkyn, 1620, on
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