Thomas died and was buried 28
August 1557 in Cropredy.
He left a will written 21 August
1557, and proven 1558. The will mentions his wife Jone,
daughters Elzabeth, Avys (Alice), Margerie, and brother William
Testamentum Thomae Gyll paroch'
In the name of God Amen the xxj daye of August Anno d'ni 1557 I Thomas Gyll with a parfette memory and sicke in body doo make my wyll in this maner and forme ffyrst I betake my sowle to God all myghtie and to his blessed mother Saynte Marie and to all the holly cumpanye in Heaven my bodye to be buryed in the churche yarde of owr Ladie in the parisshe of Cropredye. I doo gyve unto the hye alter for foregotten tythes iiijd And to the reparac'ons of the same xijd And to the sepulcre light iiijd And to the roodelight iiijd And to the bells xijd And to the sowe Bridge iiijd And to ev'y godchilde ijd apece.
And I doo gyve unto Margarett Lynton the croppe of a quartern lande called Cowpers lande for the space of one yere And I doo gyve unto Elzabeth my dawghter my greate brasse potte and my greate spytte and a quartern Lande and my Wyll is that Jone my wyffe shall have the occupying of it so longe as she dothe lyve. And I doo gyve unto Elzabeth my dawghter my best Iron bounde carte And to Jone my wyffe and Elzabeth my dawghter my hole teeme as it is nowe, And I doo make Jone my wyffe and Elzabeth my dawghter my full executrices they to bringe my bodye honestly to the grounde perfourmyng my wyll and to paye my detts they to have the resydew of my goods unbequested These goods to be departed betwyxt theym two by the discretion of my overseers and other honest men. And when these goods be departed in even porc'ons then my wyll is that Avys and Margerye my dawghters shall have halffe of my goods with their syster Elzabeth. And my wyll is that Avys and Margerie my dawghters
shall have ether of theym a colte of three yeres olde bred up betwyxte theym two beyng my executrices. And to Richarde Gyll tymber to make hym a plough with all. And I doo make Wyllyam Gyll my brother Thomas Plantte and Hugh Sabyne my overseers they to have for their Labors iijs iiijd apece. And yf that Avys my dawghter and Margerie her syster be not contente that Elzaby my dawghter shall have my greate spytte my greate potte and my quartern Lande as they dyd promisse me that they wolde be contente therwith or els they shall have no parte with Elzaby my dawghter and this is my my wyll that it shalbe ordered. These bering wytnesse here-of Richarde Denze John Russell with certen other. Thus Jhesu reste my sowle at his pleasure amen
Thomas and Jone had the following children:
*2. Elizabeth, married Thomas Densie; left a will dated 16 June 1596 in Cropredy.
3. Margery, christened 13 December 1539 in Cropredy
4. William, buried 9 February 1556/7 in Cropredy.
Other early Gylls
in Cropredy and Great Bourton:
Thomas and William may be the son of John Gyll of Cropredy, who was buried 20 April 1545 in Cropredy. John was mentioned in a land deed in October 1512: "Roger Lupton and Rich. Skipwith grant to Thos. Ffrench, Rob. Lumbard, Rich. Howse, Hugh Page, Will. Lumbard, Rog. Truste, Rob. Burman, Will. Grene, Tho. Smyth, Tho. Dalton, Will. Newman, Rob. Osborne, Peter Lumbard, John Shereman, John Gubbys, Tho. Hall, John Gyll, Tho. Plant, Will. Walker, Tho. Gobyn, Valentine Jamys, Tho. Colyer, John Jefkyns, Thos. Browne and Tho. Bacheler, of Cropredy, our two tenements in Wardington, two crofts appertaining, and a quarter of a yardland; one tenement and croft between Hugh Tynkok, north, and Rob. Mathew, south; the other tenement and croft between Joan Sabyon, widow, east, and Juliana Collys, west; which tenements lately were Thos. Besonds’, of Wardington." (Historical Notices of Cropredy)
SOURCES: Cropredy parish register on CD; A History of the County of Oxford, vol. 10; “The Town of Cropredy”, Pamela Keegan; will of William Gill, 1557; Thomas Gyll, 1558, wills on http://wills.oxfordshirefhs.org.uk and www.findmypast.co.uk.