FAMILY GROUP RECORD OF
EDMOND TANNER AND
Edmond Tanner was born in about 1560 of Cropredy. He worked as a
mercer, or fabric merchant. Edmond married Isabel Lamprie 2 July
1584 in Cropredy. They had no children. Isabel died and was buried
25 August 1615 in Cropredy.
In The Town of Cropredy, Edmond's next marriage is discussed, “Edmund
Tanner’s first wife Isabell Lamprie bore him no children over
thirty-one years, then exactly three months after Isabell was
buried, this mercer, now in his mid-fifties, married Constance
Tustin. Edmund must have been proud of their three daughters,
though one died but what joy when two sons followed. Edmund junior
was born in 1622 after seven years of marriage. The length of time
his wife was able to feed them increased from eleven to fourteen
months and then nearly two years. In 1630 after fifteen years he
died in his early seventies leaving her with five children who
were soon to gain a stepfather. Sadly their mother was not long
for this world.” (The Town of Cropredy 1570-1640)
Edmond married Constance Tustin 23 November 1615 in Cropredy.
She is sometimes shown as Constant. She was the daughter of Richard
Tusten and Joyse Goolde of Bloxham.
Marriage record for Edmond Tanner and
Constance Tustin in Cropredy:
"Edmond Tanner and Constant Tustin weare married the xxiijth
daye of November"
Edmond was not born in Cropredy, as shown in The Town of
Cropredy: “Going back in inventories in the last part of
the sixteenth century,one of the strangers who came into the town
already able to write was Edmond Tanner, the mercer. He kept in
touch with Clarsons of Horley. Edmond Tanner may never have
written a will, but did witness three and acted as overseer when
asked, one of who was the widow Robins. Tanner could do “accompts”
and was invaluable at inventories and was called out to at least
fourteen, not only to farms around him and down Creampot, but also
to craftsmen.” The Town of Cropredy
The Tanners lived at #39 in Cropredy.
Edmond's career is also discussed in The Town of
Cropredy: “It was a different kind of situation when your
whole business ran on credit. Edmond Tanner who had the
mercer’s shop only favoured short term credit. The vicar had
to advance the money against his parish clerk’s next quarterly
wage and also his curate Mr. Man of Mollington, to satisfy the
mercer’s demands. The debts due by the Tanner’s “Shopp booke”
in 1630 were slight compared to others “Due from severall
persons for wares as appeth by the shoppbook” £1-8s-4d.”
(The Town of Cropredy 1570-1640)
Edmond died and was buried 6 September 1630 in Cropredy.
Burial record for Edmond Tanner in Cropredy: "Edmond Tanner
was buried the vith daye of September"
He left a will dated 7 August 1630:
Will of Edmond Tanner, 1630
In the name of God Amen: the seaventh day of August Anno Die
1630: I Edmond Tanner of Cropredy in the
Countye of Oxon, mercer, beinge sick and weake in body, yet thanks
be to God, of good and pfect remembrance doe make and ordayne this
my last will and testament in manner and forme following, ffirst I
give and bequeath my soule into the hands of Almightye God my
maker hopeinge assuredly, believing that through the meritts,
death and passion of Jesus Christ my Saviour my sins are fully
remitted and forgiven and the mercifull favor of God soe fully
purchased unto me that whensoever these my days of mortality shall
receive their out I shalbe made a ptaker of everlasting life in
his heavenly kingdom my body I commit to the earth willing it be
decently buryed in the churchyard of Cropredy aforesaid there to
rest in an assured hope of a joyfull resurrection at the day at
the comeinge of my Lord and Saviour unto judgment: And for such
worldly goods as it has pleased God to give me the use of in this
life I dispose them as following: Impris, I give and bequeath to my
sonne Edmund Tanner the greatest brasse pott, two
paire of sheets, one paire of yellow blankets, one feather bed and
five pounds of money. Item I give and bequeath unto my
sonne John Tanner my other brasse pott, two payre of
sheets, one coverlet and coffer, my malt mill and five pounds in
money. Item I give and bequeath to Sarah Tanner my
daughter my greatest two paire of sheets, my greatest
brasse kettle and bedsteed in the chamber, one coverlet and five
pounds of money. Item I give to my daughter Elizabeth
Tanner two paire of sheets, one coverlet, one coffer,
one brasse kettle, one bedsted and five pounds in money. Item I
give to my daughter Hannah Tanner two paire
of sheets, one coverlet, two pewter platters, one porringer, one
brasse kettle and five pounds in money. Item I give to my said
daughters one dozen and a half of napkin to be equally
devided amongst them. And my will is that all the legacyes herein
above given and bequeathed unto my said five children shalbe paid
them in manner followeinge, (that is to say) to my two sonnes when
they shall accomplish the age of one and twenty yeares be bound to
prentice or be married which shall first happen, and to my
daughters when they shall accomplish the age of eighteen yeares or
be marryed which shall first happen. But if it happen that Constance
my nowe wife doe marry agayne then my will and
meaning is that all the legacyes herein before given to my said
children shalbe paid by my executors hereafter named unto the
overseers at this my last & testament within three monethes
next after next after my said wife shalbe marryed and to be by my
said overseers putt forth and imployed to the best use, benefit
and profit they can for the good of my said children until they
shall accomplish the severall ages aforesaid, be bounde to
prentices or be marryed which shall first happen. And if any of my
said children happen to dye before his her or their portens be
paid them then my will is that his her or their persons soe dyinge
shalbe equally devided amongst then which shalbe then liveinge.
All the rest of my goods, cattles and chattles unbequeathed, my
debts and legacy
Expenses discharged I give and bequeath to Constance
my nowe wife whom I make and ordayne sole
executrix of this my last will and testament truly and honestly to
pforme the same and for the better pformance thereof I will and
desire John Clarson of Horley, clarke and my brother in
lawe John Goodwyn of Horton aforesaid to be the the
overseers of this my last will and testament to see it honestly
and truly pformed according to my true will and meaning herein
sett downe & declared. And I doe hereby revoke all former
wills by me made. In witness whereof I have to this my last will
& testament sett my hand and seale the day and year
Sealed, subscribed and published in the presence of us:
Robert Robbines, Charles Hall
Edmond's death left his widow with five children to care for,
from age two to age fourteen. Edmond and Constance's youngest
daughter Hanna died and was buried at the age of four, after her
Constance married Nehemiah Gardner four years later, on 20 April
1634 in Cropredy. Her oldest daughter Sara married just four months
later at the age of 18.
Constance died and was buried just about one year later on 11 March
1635/6 in Cropredy.
Burial record for Constance Gardner in Cropredy:
Edmond and Constance had the following children:
"Constant Gardner was buried the xith daye of March"
*1. Sarah, christened 8 December 1616 in Cropredy; married
John Wyatt 24 August 1634.
2. Hanna, christened 16 August 1618 in Cropredy; may have
3. Elizabeth, christened 20 September 1620 in Cropredy.
4. Edmond, christened 26 October 1622 in Cropredy.
5. John, christened 16 August 1625 in Cropredy; married
Elizabeth; buried 21 September 1645 in Cropredy.
6. Hannah, christened 8 March 1627/8 in Cropredy; buried 25
February 1631/2 in Cropredy.
SOURCES: Cropredy parish register; The Town of Cropredy
1570-1640, Pamela Keegan.