Thomas Densie of Bourton Pva, proven 3 July 1594
In the name of God Amen, the xxiiijth daye of Aprill in the yere of our Lord God 1594, I Thomas Denzie of Bourton Pva in the pishe of Cropredy and countie of Oxon England may benige weake & sicke in body but of sound and pfect remembrance thanks be to God doe ordaine & make this my last will & testament in manner & forme following: ffirst bequeathinge my soule to Allmyghty God my maker hopig onelie to be saved by the death of Jhesus Christ & my body to be buried in the churchyard of Cropready aforesaid. Item, I geve toward the reparie of the said church of Cropready vid of lawfull English money. Item, I geve unto every my god children ijd a peece of like lawfull English money. Item, I geve unto Elisabeth Denzie my wife all that my tenement or cottage house and two od lands thereunto belonging situate lyinge & beninge in the towne & fields of Bourton Magna & Bourton Lva aforesaid together with all manner houses orchards gardens back side casing & fitte & commodities unto the said cottage & tow lands belonging, all which were lately purchased of one John Collens late of Wardington in the said countie of Oxon, husbandman deceased. And also one quarter of land arable lying & beinge in the fields of Great & Little Bourton aforesaid for & during her natural life. And after her decease my will is that the said cottage house two od lands & quarterne of land & all other the premises which their appurtenaning shall wholy remaine & be unto John Denzie my sonne & to his heires for ever. But if it shall happen the said John Denzie to depart this life before the said Elisabeth his mother, then my will is that the said cottage two od lands & quarterne of land & all other the premises with the appurtenanances shall remaine & be be unto the rest of my children surviving. Item, I geve & bequeath unto the said John Denzie the some of sixe pounds xiijs iiijd of lawfull English money to be paid unto him when he shall accomplish the full age of xxi yeres. Item, I geve & bequeath unto Alice Denzie my daughter the like some of vith xiijs iiijd of lawfull English money to be paid her at the daye of her marriage or within iiij yeres next after my decease which first shall come. Item, I geve unto Richard Elkington of Mollington in the countie of Oxon aforesaid, husbandman two strikes of maslin & ij strikes of barlie to be paid him within two yeres next after my decease. Item, I geve unto Richard Terrie of Bourton Magna aforesaid, weaver, two strikes of maslin & two strickes of barlie to be paid him within the said tearme of two yeres next after my decease. Item, I geve unto Richard Elkington the sonne of Richard Elkington aforesaid an ewe. All the rest of my goods & cattles moveable & unmoveable my detts paid and funeralle discharged I geve unto Elizabeth Denzie my wife aforesaid whome I make my whole executor of this my last will & Testament. My overseers I make Richard Elkington & Richard Terry aforesaid & they to have for there paines xijd a peece. Witnesses hereof Richard Macocke writer hereof, Richard Elkington and Richard Terry. The debts which I doe ove are as followeth:
First to Richard Elkington aforesaid iijl xiijs iiijd
Then to Richard Terrey aforesaid the some of vl.
FAMILY GROUP RECORD OF
WILLIAM AND ALYS DENZE
William Denze of Bourton was born in the late 1400s. He married Alys. William died and was buried 23 May 1545 in Cropredy.
William and Alys had the following children:
*1. Richard, born in
about 1520 of Cropredy; married Jone; next married Katherine
Wright 7 October 1555 in Cropredy; of Little Bourton; will
written 1559 mentioning sons John, William and Thomas; buried
1559 in Cropredy.
2. Fremund, born in about 1525 of Cropredy; occupation - husbandman of Bourton; lived with niece Alese Howse in later years; buried September 1609 in Cropredy; will proven 1609.
3. Alice, born in about 1538 of Cropredy; married John Sherman 22 November 1556 in Cropredy.
4. Margytt, christened 27 March 1539 in Cropredy; buried 13 April 1539 in Cropredy.
5. William, christened 6 Jan 1540 in Cropredy; buried March 1558/9 in Cropredy; will proven 1558/9, mentions brothers John, Thomas, Richard and Fremund, and sister Elyne Polton.
6. Simond, christened 28 October 1540 in Cropredy; buried 14 November 1540 in Cropredy.
7. Anne, christened 18 November 1543 in Cropredy.
8. John, mentioned in brother William's will.
9. Elyne, mentioned in brother William's will; married Mr. Polton.
10. Thomas, mentioned in brother William's will; married Elizabeth Gyll 1544 in Mollington; had children John, Elizabeth and Alice; Elizabeth was a widow in her will of 1602.
SOURCES: Cropredy parish register; The Town of Cropredy,
1570-1640, Pamela Keegan; will of Richard Denzie, 1559; will
of Fremund Denzie, 1609; will of William Denzie, 1558/9;
will of Elizabeth Denzie, 1602, wills on
An earlier Denze is mentioned in the Poll Tax for Wardington in 1379:
Willelmus Dency 4d
SOURCE: The Poll Tax 1377, 1379 and 1381; Carolyn C. Fenwick.