John Stoke was born in about 1530 of Albrighton, Shropshire. He married Margery.

John died and was buried 13 March 1598 in Albrighton.

John Stoke burial

Burial record for John Stoke in Albrighton:
"John Stoke of Wyldicote husbandman and householder was buryed the xiijth daye of Marche 1598"

John left a will dated 26 March 1599.

John Stoke will

Will of John Stoke of Albrighton, 1599

Will of John Stoke of Albrighton, probated 26 March 1599

In the name of God Amen the seventh daie of March the yeare of the raigne of our Soveavant Lady Elizabeth and in the yeare of our Lord God 1599 I Jhon Stoke of Wildicote within the parish of Albrighton And in the Countie of Salope husbandman beinge sicke in body but of good and perfect memory thankes and prayes be given to Allmightie God dow make my last will and testament in manner and forme followinge First I commit my soule to Allmightie God my maker, savior and redeemer, trusting to bee savede only by the merittes of Christ Jesus. And for my worldly goods first I dow acknowledge that I am indebted & do owe unto Jhon Chapman the parsonne of Donnington. And unto my sonnne William what I promised at his mariage 20tie markes. And for my debtrs first Roger Fredgley my sonne in lawe oth mee visviij which I freely do forgive. Item Jhon Barney of Albrighton gentlemn oweth mee xxxs which my sonne Jhon Stoke assigned unto mee. I give unto my Brother William one Stryke of rye corne. Item I will that my sonne Thomas have his one halfe of all goods moveable & unmoveable which weare assigned unto him at the tyme of his mariage in full satisfaction for his childe parte. Item I give unto my towe sonnes at London John Stoke and Richard Stoke eyther of them one shipe. All the rest of my goodes and cattles my debtes payde legasses and my funeral expences and bequethes discharged I give and bequeth unto Margery my wyffe whom I make ordaine appoint my executrix to see that this my last will and testament bee truly and executed.

In the presence of William Harrington gentle. George Wightwicke clerke with dyvers others.

John Stoke inventory

Inventory for John Stoke, 1599

An inventory was created for John Stoke:

The inventory of all and singuler the goodes and cattles of Jhon Stoke of Wildicote the parish of Albrighton and within the Countie of Salope husbandman deceased made the xxiijth daie of March the yeare of our Lade Soverainge Lady Elizabeth. The xlith and in the yeare of our Lorde God 1599.

Imprimis one Bulloke - pryse – xlvjs viijd
Item towe kine – pryse – iiijls
Item haulfe the worth of one helffer – prise – xvs
Item one mare – prisse – xxxs
Item towe yonge swine – xs
Item fowre ould shipe & towe yonge lambes – xviijs
Item geese & hennes – ijs viijd
Item corne upon the grounde – prise – xls
Item corne & hey in the barne – xxvjs viijd
Item mucke – iijs iiijd
Item a hoope of hempfeede – xijd
Item all treenen stuffe & wednesbury wares – ijs
The bodinge and all aperie wares – xxs
Item towe spinninge weeles – xijd
Item sault meate byffe & baconne – vjs viijd
Item his wearing apparel – xs
Somma totalis xvli vis iiijd

The names of the praisers
Thomas Eate of Burwell
Jhon Fletcher of Wildicote
William Stoke
Roger Fredgley

John and Margery had the following children:

*1. Agnes, born in about 1560 of Albrighton; married Roger Frodgley 29 April 1582 in Albrighton.

2. John

3. William

4. Thomas

5. Richard

SOURCE: Albrighton parish register; will of John Stoke, 1599.

Earlier Stokes in Albrighton:

Thomas Stoke was buried 13 May 1558 in Albrighton. He is likely John's father.

Thomas Stoke burial

Burial record for Thomas Stoke in Albrighton:
"Thomas Stoke was buryed the xiijth daye of Maye 1558"

Only one Stoke family is listed in the Lay Subsidy of 1525 in Wildicote:

"Thomas Stoke xl.s - xii.d"