Also see supplementary records
Chapple ~ Fourth Generation
(from generations 1-6 the tree is speculative)

    Issue of Thomas Chapple and Catherine Courtenay  
1.   William CHAPPLE
Born c1530 (ref APT possibly based on age at marriage), bap not found in FamilySearch.

"A William Chapell who was a merchant was admitted as a Freeman of Exeter on the 10th September 1554 for which he paid a fine of 2 13s. 4d." (ref Exeter Freemen 1266-1967 by Margery Rowe and Andrew Jackson, supplied by John Street, Exeter City Council in 2013)

William married 30 Sep 1554 at Saint Petrock, Exeter, Devon to Christian CHAMBRE (ref FamilySearch M05050-1 and St Petrock Parish Records in Exeter; also in Boyd's Marriage Index in fmp).

This is the William Chappell who was Mayor of Exeter in 1569 and 1579 (see
www.exetermemories.co.uk). William was a Governor of the Merchant Venturers in 1566, trading with Spain and Portugal. The publication "The Parish of St Petrock" available at Exeter HC (courtesy M.Rice) contains the following information:
"2-3 Elizabeth (1560-1). Simon Knights and William Chaple. ....Both the wardens of this year were men of mark. Simon Knight, Sheriff in 1569, Mayor in 1570 and 1579, was a prominent Merchant Venturer, and Governor of the Guild in 1565. In 1577 he was deputed by this Company to Mr. John Peryam, "to ryde to London to conferr with the President and assistauntes of the Companye of Marchauntes tradinge Spayne and Portingale." In 1572 he was returned with Geoffry Tothill to represent Exeter in the second Parliament of Elizabeth. His death was registered at St. Petrock 2nd June, 1583. William Chappell, who succeeded him as Governor of the Merchant Venturers in 1566, was Mayor in 1569 and 1579. He died during his mayoralty, and was buried at St. Petrock on the 10th December, 1579."

Note the following information (ref Maggie Rice 2013):
"Thomas and his brother William were very clever in buying up lands, houses, marrying into the top Tudor families and getting on all the important committees of the day. They both died in their year as Mayors that is why their assets had to be recorded for the Orphans Courts. These were set up to admininster the assets on behalf of the children of wealthy men. In fact their money could be used to fund activities of the Council but the money had to be paid back once they reached 21. London, Winchester and Exeter had these Courts."

William was buried 10 Dec 1579 at Saint Petrock, Exeter (see above). The website
www.exetermemories.co.uk contains information of interest about Exeter.
Some of the properties mentioned in the index to the Will are: Talston, Exeter, Sydbury [Sidbury], Clyst St George, Iddesleigh and his farm at Brookwill, Brodclyst [Broadclyst].

THE WILL OF WILLIAM CHAPPELL (SUMMARY)
Chappell, William of St. Petrocks in Exeter, Merchant.
Date of Will 3 Feb 1578/79.
Proved 1 Feb 1579/80 by Edward Orwell procur. of Christian C.
To Thomas Hele, Gent, John Hassard of Lyme Regis, my brother Thomas C. & my cousin John C. of Exeter, merchants, my lease of Moiety of Manor of Iddesleigh until my eldest son Thomas C. is 26 or if he dies until my next heir is 26, and then to my sd. son or heir.
To my son Thomas C. all my term in one-fourth part of lands in Broadclyst in tenure of ... Germaine, widow, which I have by grant of Anthony Copleston gent.
To the poor 100 marks to be distributed by Mayor 7 Alder-man to sd, Anthony Copleston & Thomas Hele & my other Trustees.
To my Daughters Grace and Elizabeth 300 marks each and a Tankard of silver gilt at 21 or marriage.
To my son Richard C. my lands & property called Manston in Sidbury & to heirs male of his body; remr. to my eldest son Thomas C. & heirs male of his body remr. to my youngest son Nicholas C. & heirs male of his body, remr. to my right heirs.
To my sd. youngest son Nicholas C. my capet 1 house & lands called Winslade & all other my lands in St. George Cliste, also Cliste Barnefield, & all my lands called Larkbeare in St. Leonards now in tenure of Robert Edmonds or his assigns and to the heirs of his body; remr to my eldest son Thomas C. and heirs male to his body, remr. to my second son Richard C. and heirs male of his body; remr to my right heirs.
To my wife Christian my capital messuage of Brockwillin Broadclyst and all my lands and also an annuity of twenty pounds out of lands devised to my son Thomas C. or that shall decend from me to him or my heirs.
To my sons Richard and Nicholas 200 pounds each in satisfaction of their portion of my goods, and to each a goblet of silver double gilt and 6 of my best spoons.
To my son Richard my lease of lands in Southernay, "Parcell of the Mawdlyn". If any of my children die under age and unmarried their portions to remain to the survivors.
My son Thomas to have the disposition of my part of the advowson for Iddesleigh being Fosters grant.
Residue to my wife Christian, whom I make executrix.
Overseers, Thomas Hele, Anthony Copleston, my brother Thomas C. and my cousin John C.
[Will quoted by E.W.Chapple in 'The Chapples from Exeter to the Goldfields']


Burial of Christian Chaple 10 Jan 1597 at St Petrock, Exeter (ref documents seen by M.Rice 2013 at Exeter).

[In the Devon Heritage Centre Index of Wills is the reference to William Chappell, Alderman, 18 January 1579, Orphans Court Inventory 28a, seen by LS 2013. See the Photo Page for a selection of photographs taken then.]


























Will of William Chappell 1578/79



















Photo Page
    Children:  
  1. John CHAPPLE (1) bap 1555 at Saint Petrock, Exeter, Devon  
  2. Elizabeth CHAPPLE (1) bap 1556/57 at Saint Petrock, Exeter, Devon  
  2. Thomas CHAPPLE bap 1558 at Saint Petrock, Exeter, Devon  
  3. Jeayes CHAPPLE (1) bap 1559 at Saint Petrock, Exeter, Devon  
  4. Grace CHAPPLE bap 1560/61 at Saint Petrock, Exeter, Devon  
  5. Richard CHAPPLE bap 1562 at Saint Petrock, Exeter, Devon  
  6. Elizabeth CHAPPLE (2) bap 1563/64 at Saint Petrock, Exeter, Devon  
  7. Nicholas CHAPPLE bap 1565 at Saint Petrock, Exeter, Devon  
  8. Elizabeth CHAPPLE (3) bap 1566/67 at Saint Petrock, Exeter, Devon  
  9. John CHAPPLE (2) bap 1567 at Saint Petrock, Exeter, Devon  
  10. Jeas CHAPPLE (2) bap 1570 at Saint Petrock, Exeter, Devon
 
2.   Thomas CHAPPLE
Probably born at about c1535 (not c1544 as previously) based on his wealth and position at the time of his death in 1590.

Married 3 Feb 1565/66 at St Petrock, Exeter, Devon of Thomas Chappen to Thomazine CHAMBERLAINE (ref FamilySearch M05050-1 which has Thomasine, and St Petrock Parish Records in Exeter (z), also image in findmypast). We don't know when Thomazine was born but as she was mentioned in Humphrey's Will in 1558 as already being in a relationship with Thomas, she must have been at least 18 then, and hence was born earlier than 1540.

"A Thomas Capell was admitted as a Freeman of Exeter on 30th September 1566 for which he paid a fine of 1 (although the wording in records goes on to say he was 'pardoned by the Mayor and twenty four') " (ref Exeter Freemen 1266-1967 by Margery Rowe and Andrew Jackson)

The plague hit Exeter 1569/70 and many of the clergy and families moved out into the country, which may account for some missing baptism records (ref M.Rice).

Thomas was mentioned in his brother William's Will in 1578/79:
"To Thomas Hele, Gent, John Hassard of Lyme Regis, my brother Thomas C. & my cousin John C. of Exeter, merchants, my lease of Moiety of Manor of Iddesleigh until my eldest son Thomas C. is 26 or if he dies until my next heir is 26, and then to my sd. son or heir.
Overseers, Thomas Hele, Anthony Copleston, my brother Thomas C. and my cousin John C. "


Thomas was elected Sheriff of Exeter 1586/87; he was a Merchant and was Governor of the Society of Merchant Ventures at some time (ref B.Chapple 2012).

Thomas Chappell was Mayor of Exeter in 1588 (see
www.exetermemories.co.uk). Another member of the family, John Chappell, was Mayor in 1595.

Note the following information (ref Maggie Rice 2013):
"Thomas and his brother William were very clever in buying up lands, houses, marrying into the top Tudor families and getting on all the important committees of the day. They both died in their year as Mayors that is why their assets had to be recorded for the Orphans Courts. These were set up to admininster the assets on behalf of the children of wealthy men. In fact their money could be used to fund activities of the Council but the money had to be paid back once they reached 21. London, Winchester and Exeter had these Courts."

Death of Thomas

Thomas died 1590; he wrote a codicil to his Will in January 1590, and it was proved in May 1590.

 The following transcription has been made by L. Shade in 2013 from a photographed copy of the version of the Will held at the Devon Heritage Centre in Exeter.  Some words are obscure and corrections to the current transcription may be made in time. The DHC version differs slightly in spelling and some other particulars from the version provided by the National Archives, which has also been consulted and from which several words are provided in square brackets below. The writing is much easier to read in the DHC version but there are some abbreviations which are written out and clearer in the NA version.

The first section of the Will deals with the dispersal of the sum of thirty pounds to be used by various officials in the same way as the money received by them under the Will of Johan Tuckefield or Tuckerfield, widow of the late Alderman of the City, to be lent in sums of five pounds a year. Following this, distribution of money and goods is made to his children John, William, Richard, Thomas, George, Nicholas, Ambrose, Christofer, Elizabeth, Katheryne, and Johan, Johan's son David Bagwell, and their children William and Prisylla Bagwell.

None of his brother William's children are mentioned; perhaps they already had enough money. Brother Anthony is mentioned in respect of his children and grandchild, and brother George and his sons are mentioned.

Other people mentioned are his cousin Johan Chappell his 'mayde', William Brewer, Anthonye Chappell the son of Thomas Chappell (presumably his cousin Thomas). His Executrix and the beneficiary of the rest of the estate was his wife Thomasine; the overseers were his cousins John Chappell and Thomas Chappell, and John Davye and Nicholas Spycer.

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THE WILL OF THOMAS CHAPPELL/CHAPPLE
Dated 22 Aug 1589 
Proved 9 May 1590 by Peter Johnson, Noty Publ Procurator of Thomasine C.
In the name of God Amen the XX2th [two and twentieth] Day of August in the yere of our Lord 1589 [a thousand five hundred eighty nyne] and in the XXX1th [one and thirtieth] yere of the raigne of our Sovergne Lady Elizabeth by the grace of god of Englande France and Irelande Queene defender of the faith. I Thomas Chappell Maior of the Citye of Exeter, Marchaunt, beinge of good and perfitt remembraunce thanks be to almyghty god doe make and ordayne this my last Will and testament in manner and forme followinge. First and principally I bequeath my soule to almighty god and my body to the Christian burial whensoever it shall please god to visite me. Item I give amongst the poore people of this Citty of Exeter fyve poundes of lawfull money of Englande to be distributed at the discretion of my overseers hereafter appointed. Item I give and bequeath unto the Maior Bailiffes and Comynaltye of the Citye of Exeter the full some of Thirtye poundes of lawfull moneye of Englande to be payde within three yeres next after my death that is to saye, yerely in the XXth [twentieth] day of June the some of Tenne pounds untill the full some of Thirtye poundes be payd upon condition and of Trust that they the said Maior Bayliffe and Comynalty of the sayd City then for the tyme beinge, the Govenor and Tresurer of the Marchaunts of the Citie Then for the tyme beinge, the M[aster] and M[aster] Wardens of the Companie of the Taylors then for the tyme beinge which shalbe assembled at the Counsaile Chamber of the said Citye by reason of the Last Will and devize of Johan Tuckfielde late wife of John Tuckefyeld late Alderman of the said City deceased and upon the receate of everye of the said somes of Tenne poundes my Will is that the same shalbe by them the said Maior and Receaver Governor and Treasurer M[aster] and M[aster] Warden put into a certayne Chest together with suche moneys as shalbe by them then receaved The said daye by reason of the said will of the said Johan Tuckfield there to remeyne untill the XXth [twentieth] daye of Julye then following, which XXth [twentieth] day of Julye my will is that the said Maior and Receyver Governor and Treasurer, M[aster] and M[aster] Warden shall deliver fourth the said severalll Somes of X [ten pounds] as it shall yerely Com into such Two inhabitants of the said City and freemen of the same as to them or the most parte of them shall seeme most meete viz to every of them five poundes to have and use the same for the share of three yeres unto the XXth [twentieth] of June then next followinge and then in the said XXth [twentieth] of June to redeliver and repaye the same some unto them delivered unto the said Maior and Receiver Governor and Treasurer M[aster] and M[aster] Warden betwene such howers and upon such good surfiet as they shall devise and to paye onlye the lyke fees for the makinge of the assuraunce and to the same Clarke as by the will of the sayd Johan Tuckfielde. My devise and my Will mynd is that the said severall somes of X [ten pounds] after the repayment thereof as aforesaid in the said XXth [twentieth] daye of Julye then next followinge shalbe delivered and put fourth agayne to Two other inhabitants and freemen of the sayd Cytye to have the same unto them for the lyfe tyme and in lyke manner and that the same shalbe as aforesaid received repayd and delivered fourth for ever from tyme to tyme as aforesaid accordinge to the late Will and Devise of the said Johan Tuckfielde to two inhabitants and freemen of the said Cytye the which I do desier the said Maior Bayliffs and Comynaltye to see to be performed as they have a care for the mayntenance of the good estate of the Cytye. Item I Give to my sonne John Chappell my best Salte Two littell Boles of Sylver gilte Two silver spoones and one hundred and fyftye pounds of lawfull money of England. Item I Give unto William Chappell my sonne one Sylver Tankerd gilted Two silver spoones and one hundred and fyfty poundes of lawfull money of England. Item I Give unto Richard Chapell my sonne one silver Tankerd gilted Two silver spoones and one hundred and fyfty poundes of lawfull money of Englande. Item I Give unto my sonne Thomas Chappell one silver Tankerd gilted Two silver spoones and one hundred and fyftye poundes lawfull money of England. Item I give unto George Chappell my sonne a Goblett of silver parcell gilte Two silver spoones and one hundred and fyfty poundes of lawfull money of England. Item I give unto Nicholas Chappell my sonne one Goblett of silver parcell gilte two silver spoones and one hundred and fyftye poundes lawfull money of England. Item I Give unto Ambrose Chappell my sonne one Goblett of silver parcell gilte Two silver spoones and one hundred and fyftye poundes lawfull money of Englande. Item I Give unto Christofer Chappell my sonne one silver Tankerd parcell gilte Two silver spoones and one hundred and fyfty pounds of lawfull money of Englande. Item I Give unto Elizabeth Chappell my daughter one silver Bole gilted and two silver spoones and one hundred and fyfty poundes of lawfull money of Englande. Item I Give unto Katheryne Chappell my daughter one silver Bole gilted Two silver spoones and one hundred and fyfty poundes lawfull money of England. Item I Give to Johan Bagwell my daughter one silver Bole gilted and two silver spoones all which said somes of money and plate before by me given and bequethed to be delivered them or any of them when they shall com to the age of Twenty and fower yeres or before at the discresion of their Mother and my Overseers in full contentation of all and every there legaces bequestes Childs parte and portion of my goods to them or any of them apportayninge or belongnige by reason or force of the Custome of the foresaid Cittye of Exon [Exeter] and if it happen that any of my children to dye before they shall accomplish the age of Twentye and fower yeres or before any of this my bequeste be delivered unto them That then my Will and mynde is that the parte and portion of every or any of them so deceasinge shalbe and remayne to and amongeth residue of my children that shalbe then livinge by equall portion to be devided. Item I remite to Davide Bagwell my sonne in law Twenty poundes of lawfull money of Englande which he oweth to me. Item I Give unto the said David Bagwell Thirtye poundes of lawfull money of Englande. Item I Give unto the foresaid David Bagwells children called William Bagwell and Prisylla Bagwell and to every of them the some of three pounds six shillings and eight pence a peece of lawfull money of England. Item I Give to every of my servants that shalbe with me dwelling at the hower of my death Ten shillings a peece of good and lawfull money of Englande. Item I Give to Rober [*NA version has "Brother"] Chappell my brother Anthonies sonne XXs [twentie shillings] of lawfull money of England. Item I Give to my Coson Johan Chappell my mayde fyve markes of lawfull money of Englande. Item I Give to Edward Chappell mye Brother Anthony Chappells sonne Twenty shillings of lawfull money of Englande. Item I Give unto Humfry Chappell sonne unto Edward Chappell when he shall com to be of the age of XX1 [one and twentie] years the some of Twenty shillings of lawfull money of Englande. Item I Give unto William Brewer Twenty shillings of lawfull money of England. Item I give unto my Brother George Chapell fower poundes of lawfull money of Englande. [*This sentence omitted from DHC version.] Item I Give unto my brother George Chappells Two sonnes Twenty shillings a peece of lawfull money of Englande. Item I Give unto Anthonye Chappell the sonne of Thomas Chappell the sum of XXs [twenty shillings] of lawfull money of Englande. I Give and bequethe to every of my god Children two shillings a peece. Item I Give and bequeth to the poore people of Alphington Twenty shillings of lawfull monye of Englande. Also my Will mynde and intent is that Thomasyne my wyfe shall duringe her naturall lyfe have hold and enjoy all that garden of myne lyeinge neere the highe streete of the foresaid Cytye of Exeter which I lately purchased of one Henry Paramore deceased provided allwayes and my Will intent and meaninge is that if anie of my said children do or shall at any tyme or tymes herafter demannde or require to have any parte or portion of my goods or Chattels beinge in and at the tyme of my death or before by reason of the Custom of the Citye of Exeter or otherwyse to appertayne or belonge to them or either of them by reason of their his or her childs parte or portion of my goods or Chattells or otherwise if any of my said Children shall or do upon the tender or offer of their his or her legases refuse to make to my said Executrix a sufficient release and discharge of their his or her parte or portion of my said goods to them him or her belonging for their his or her Childs parte but cleaminge by force of the said Custom of the City of Exeter that then all and every gyfte legases and bequests to them him and her devised willed or bequeathed so denying or refusing shalbe utterly frustrate voyde and of none effect as of them him or her so denying or refusing had never by me named or mentioned in this my last Testament. The residue of all my goods Chattells moveable and unmoveable not given nor bequeathed my debts legaces and funeralls payd I freely give and bequeath unto the foresaid Thomasine my Wife whom I make and ordayne my full and whole Executrix of this my present last Will and Testament and she to order and dispose the same as to her wisdom shalbe thought most meete and convenient. And for my overseers I make and ordayne Mr John Davye Mr  Nicholas Spycer my Cousin John Chappell and my Cousin Thomas Chappell and for the better accomplishment of this my last will and Testament accordinge to the intent and true meaninge thereof I Give to every of my overseers for their paynes takinge therein the Some of Twentye shillings a peece of lawfull monye of Englande. In witnes whereof I the said Thomas Chappell have here unto subscribed my hande and sett to my Seale the day and yere above written in the presence of those whose names are here under written. [The National Archives version has here  the names Thomas Chappell, John Chappell the elder, Thomasin Chappell.]

 Memorand the sixth day of September Anno 1589 Wheras I have devised and bequeathed to my sonne John Chappell one hundred and fyfty poundes amongst other things as aforesaid for as much as I have now lately payde to the said John Chappell my sonne one hundred poundes and twenty poundes of lawfull Englishe money I will that the residue thereof beinge Thirty poundes shalbe only payde to my said sonne John and no more money thereof any thinges in my said Testament to the contrary not withstanding.


 On the iXth [ninth] day of January [1590] my Will and mynd is that my Executrix shall give unto Sixetene poore people eache of them one black gowne of Cotton.

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 The DHC document continues with a reference to the value of the inventory of Thomas Chappell "late Maior of the Citie of Exon". The figures are in archaic writing.

 Further details of entitlement to payments follow and there is a list of the his children, the main beneficiaries (but omitting Johan as she did not receive any money). There are John, William, Richard, Thomas, George, Nicholas, Ambrose, Christopher, Elizabeth and Katheryne.

[In the Devon Heritage Centre there was also a document called Orphans' Court Inventory 43 dated 16 June 1590 relating to Thomas Chappell, Merchant, seen by LS 2013. The references to the Will of Thomas Chappell (Merchant), Mayor of Exeter, Orphans Court Wills, Book 142, f.15 and book 143, f.1 were dated 22 August 1589. See the Photo Page for a selection of photographs taken of the Inventory.]

Death of Thomazine

Thomazine was buried 27 Dec 1617 (ref documents seen by M.Rice 2013). Her place of death or burial was Saint Olave, Exeter, Devon (ref B.Chapple 2012).
There is a reference to the Will of Thomazine Chappell, (proved 1618 in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury), widow of Thomas Chappel, alderman of Exeter, Devon (ref Ancestry). Thomazine's Will is transcribed below.

THE WILL OF THOMAZINE CHAPPELL/CHAPPLE
Dated 23 Nov 1617
Chappell, Thomazine of Exeter widow, late the wife of Thomas Chappell, Alderman
Proved 28 Apr 1618 by executors

In the name of God Amen, the three and twentieth day of November in the year of our Lord God one thousand six hundred and seventeen I Thomazin Chappell of the Cittie of Exeter widowe late the wife of Thomas Chappell one of the Aldermen of the said Cittie deceased being of good and perfect memory thanks be unto almighty god doe make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following. First and principallie I bequeath my soule to almighty God and my body to the christian buriall whistsoever it shall please god to wish (?) me. Item. I give amongst the poore people of this Citty of Exeter fortie shillings of lawfull money of England to be distributed at the discretion of my Overseers hereafter appointed. Item. I give and bequeath to the poor people of Alphington twentie shillings of lawfull money of England. Item. I give to the poor people of St. Thomas parish sixe shillings and eight pence. Item. I give towarde the repayringe of the way leading from St. Thomas parish towards Alphington towne thirteen shillings and fower pence. Item. I give unto my sonne John Chappell one gilt bole half a dozen of silver spoons one silver doublett one _ coate and one hundred marks of lawfull money of England to be payd within six months after my death. Item. I give unto my sonne Nicholas Chappell one other gilt bole half a dozen of silver spoons and twenty poundes of lawfull money of England. Item. I give unto my daughter Joane Parr twenty pounds of lawfull money of England one silver tankard gilt and six silver spoons. Item. I give unto my daughter Elizabeth Collyns five poundes of lawfull money of England one silver tankard purest gilt and six silver spoones. Item. I give unto my daughter Katherine Wakeham five pounds of lawfull money of England one silver tankard purest gilt and six silver spoons. Item. I give all my apparrell _ _ _ _ unto my aforesaid three daughters Joane Elizabeth and Katherine to be equally divided and to be distributed unto them by my Executors with the advice and consent of my Overseers. Item. I give unto eleven sonnes and daughters of my sonne John Chappell viz unto every one of them fortie shillings and to his eldest sonne Thomas Chappell one little gilt bole. Item. I give unto seven sonnes and daughters of my sonne Nicholas Chappell viz unto everie one of them fortie shillings. Item. I give unto the three sonnes of my sonne George Chappell viz unto everie one of them fortie shillings. Item. I give unto six sonnes and daughters of my daughter Joane Parr viz unto everie one of them fortie shillings. Item. I give unto Elizabeth Collyns my daughters daughter fortie shillings. Item. I give unto my brother Richard Chappell twentie pounds of lawful money of England. Item. I give unto my daughter in law Thomazine Chappell fortie shillings of lawful money of England. Item. I give unto her oldest sonne Thomas Chappell my best stone cupp covered with silver gilt and unto her oldest daughter Christian Chappell I give a white silver goblet. Item. I give unto William Chappell the oldest sonne of my sonne George Chapple one stone cup covered with silver and gilt. Item. I give unto Ann(?) Chappell daughter of my sonne John Chappell a white silver goblett. Item. I give unto my sonne Nicholas Chappell one little _ _ and six olde _ wrought with _ and yellow and two little _ _ wrought with _ _ . Item. I give unto my daughter Katherine Wakeham one _ with two _ and six of my best _ wrought with blue and yellow. Item. I give unto my cousin Robert Chappell dwelling uppon St Davyd Downe without the Northgate of the City of Exeter tenn shillings and unto his sonne William Chappell six shillings. Item. I give unto my cousin Joane Preston ten shillings and unto her daughter Thomazin Preston six shillings. Item. I give unto my servant Agnes D... the sum of three pounds of current English money if she be remayning with me at my dying day. Item. Whereas I have a lease for terme of _ years at _ of one stable courtlodge and garden in the Parish of St Mary Steppes and lying without the west gate of the said citty of Exeter. I give the said stable courtlodge and garden unto Nicholas Chappell my sonne to have and to hold to him and to his assigns during all my estate and terme yet to come in and to the same. Item. Whereas also I have a lease for terms of remaining (?) years not ending of the house wherein I now dwell and wherein Mr Thomas _ now dwelling unto which house there is now belonging one of lands lying in St Davyid parish without the northgate of the citty of Exeter containing by estimation fower acres my will and meaning is that _ house and stall (?) _ and loft _ for a rent to the best value by my Executors during all _ _ and in and to the same and that the high rennt thereof due unto the high lord shall be payd by my Executors out of the same. And likewise my will is that my Executors shall pay unto my sonne Christopher Chappell out of the rent of the foresaid house and _ four pounds of lawfull money of England to be payd by twentie shillings every quarter unto him during the said lease. And the residue of the said rent of the house and _ _ remayning to be divided equally and paid unto my two sonnes John Chappell and Nicholas Chappell. And if any one of them happen to dye before the said lease be expired then my will is that the said rents shall come to the longest liver of them. Item. Whereas I have a lease for term of certain years yet enduring of one house in the parish of St. Petrock north the Citty of Exeter wherein William Champres now dwelleth my will and meaning is that the said hose shall _ and lett out yearly for a rent to the visitation (?) _ by my Executors during all my _ and term yet to come in and to the same and the _ _ rents thereof due unto the high Lord (is) payd by my Executors out of the same and the residue of the rents of the said house thereof coming to be divided equallie and to be payd unto my three daughters Joane Parr, Elizabeth Collings and Catherine Wakeham during the said lease and if any of them happen to die then the said rents to be payd unto those that shall be living and for the longest liver of them untill the lease be expired provided also that my former legatees before by this my last will and testament given and bequeathed _ duly paid unto the persons before mentioned according to this my will within six months next following after my death. Item. I give unto Barbara Boon the daughter of Edward Boon deceased twentie shillings current English money. Furthermore my will and wish is that after my debts legacies and funerell fully discharged the residue of all my goods and chattels not given nor bequeathed I give and bequeath unto my sonne Nicholas Chappell and my daughter Joane Parr who I make my whole and sole Executors of this my last will and testament putting trust and confidence in them that they will _ as much as in them worth for this my present last will and testament to be performed. And I doe also nominate and appoint my loving friend Mr. Edward Tra (?) the elder gent. and Mr. Thomas Amy (?) gent overseers of this my final last will and testament. And for Mr. Tra (?) for his payment I doe give him fortie shillings. And to Mr. Thomas Amy (?) for his payment I doe give him twentie shillings provided allways and my will and intent is that if any of my sonnes or sonnes in law before named doe at any time hereafter disturb or impede or sue my Executors for any matter or cause concerning me the said Thomazin and will not stand to the legacies by this my will bequeathed and will not release unto my said Executors all such actions as they shall make or might have against them as my Executors upon their reasonable demand that then everie of the said sonnes and sonnes in law which shall sue or impede my said executors or either of them or will not release unto the said executors for any cause as aforesaid shall _ legacies before in these presents mentioned to be given unto them and my devise and gift unto him or them or them before given shall be voyd and of none effect. In witness whereof I the said Thomazin Chappell have hereunto sett my hand and seal the day and year first above written 1617. The signe of Thomazin Chappell the worded and lynch _ with __ was interlined before the sealing and delivery hereof. Signed sealed and delivered and published to be the last will and testament in the presence of us underwritten. John Chapple Morris(?) Boone Robert Boit(?)


(end of text, revised by L. & F. Shade from transcription by David Dixon 2013)

Unidentified people from the above Will are 'my brother Richard Chappell', 'my cousin Robert Chappell and his son William Chappell'', 'my cousin Joane Preston' and 'her daughter Thomazin Preston' and the witness 'John Chapple'. These are referred to on the supplementary page.




























































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Will of Thomazine Chappell 1617 (pdf)

Will of Thomazine Chappell (NA)
    Children:  
  1. John CHAPPLE born 1566 in Exeter, Devon  
  2. Joan CHAPPLE bap 1568 at Saint Petrock, Exeter, Devon  
  3. William CHAPPLE bap 1569 at Saint Petrock, Exeter, Devon  
  3. Jaeyes CHAPPLE bap 1570 at Saint Petrock, Exeter, Devon  
  4. Nicholas CHAPPLE born 1571/72 in Exeter, Devon  
  5. Elizabeth CHAPPLE bap 1573 at Saint Petrock, Exeter, Devon  
  6. Richard CHAPPLE bap 1575 at Saint Petrock, Exeter, Devon  
  7. Thomas CHAPPLE bap 1577/78 at Saint Petrock, Exeter, Devon  
  8. George CHAPPLE bap 1578 at Saint Petrock, Exeter, Devon  
  9. Ambrose CHAPPLE bap 1580 at Saint Petrock, Exeter, Devon  
  10. Katherine CHAPPLE bap 1582 at Saint Petrock, Exeter, Devon  
  11. Christopher CHAPPLE bap 1584 at Saint Petrock, Exeter Devon
 
3.   Anthony CHAPPLE
Born c1539 - see below. Records not found in FamilySearch. No information found in Google search.

There are references references in the Will of his brother Thomas in 1589 to Anthony's children Robert and Edward, and Edward's son Humphrey.

Based on this information, Anthony would if alive be a grandfather in 1589 and so probably 50 years of age, though it suggests that he is not alive, due to not receiving anything. This would make his birth date around 1539 (not 1549 as previously listed).

Anthony's children were mentioned in the Will of his brother George in 1592:
"To Joan Chapell, dau. of my brother Anthony, 5s.
To Robert Chapell, his son, 5s."



    Children:  
  1. Robert CHAPPLE  
  2. Edward CHAPPLE  
  3. Joan CHAPPLE
 
4.   George CHAPPLE
George married Alice, surname unknown (ref, their matching Wills).

George was mentioned in the Will of his brother Thomas in 1589:
"
Item I give unto my Brother George Chapell fower poundes of lawfull money of Englande. [*This sentence omitted from DHC version.] Item I Give unto my brother George Chappells Two sonnes Twenty shillings a peece of lawfull money of Englande."

George died between 1592 and 1594. His Will is as follows.
"CHAPELL, George of Southmolton.
Date of Will 23 Mar. 1592.
Proved 26 June 1594 by the proctor of Nicholas Chapell.
To be buried in the churchyard of S. Moulton or elsewhere.
To the poor of S. Moulton 40s.
To Alice my wife 'twoe quye and tenne yeowes' my second best feather bed and all that belongs to it, my best pan, 'my other best Crocke three pewter dishes performed'.
To Robert Chapell my son 100, my best featherbed and my best gown.
To my son Christopher Chapell, all my term to come in 'Breparkes'.
To Joan Chapell, dau. of my brother Anthony, 5s.
To Robert Chapell, his son, 5s.
To Every godchild 4d; to every servant 12d.
Executor, son Christopher Chapell.
Witnesses: Thomas Venner.
Overseer: My cousin Nicholas Chapell."

Alice died between 1602 and 1603.
"CHAPPELL, Alice of South Molton.
A memorandum or brief note as touching my cosin Alice Chappell's last will, made at her request by me Richard Chappell, 6 Apr 1602.
Proved 12 May, 1603.
Imprimis. Whereas my deceased husband George Chappell did by his last will give me 10 ewes, I now bequeath 5 of them to my eldest son Christopher Chappell and the other 5 to my youngest son Robert Chappell.
To my son Robert, bed which my husband likewise gave me by his will.
To my daughter in law Anne Chappell, clothing.
To my daughter in law Johane Chappell, clothing.
To my goddaughter Mary Chappell d. of my son Robert a bullock and 2 sheep.
To Luce Chappell d. of my son Christopher Chappell pair of silver hooks etc.
To Gonnett Chappell d. of my son Christopher sheep.
To John Chappell son of my son Robert a sheep.
Residue to my 2 sons Christopher and Robert equally, they to be executors.
In witness whereof, I the said Richard Chappell have put my hand, by me Richd Chappell, by me Nicholas Chappell."

Wills courtesy of M. Rice 2013.










Will of George Chapell 1592
















Will of Alice Chappell 1602
    Children:  
  1. Christopher CHAPPLE  
  2. Robert CHAPPLE
 
    Issue of Anthony Chapple  
1.   Christopher CHAPPLE

I am assuming that Christopher is the son of Anthony because of the proximity of the names in (uncle) John's Will in 1561:
"Item I give unto Anthony Chappell my brother X in money. Item I give unto Christofer Chappell my brothers sonne X in money and half a dozen of spoons which remained with my mother."
Also assuming that this Christopher is the one mentioned in Humphrey's Will in 1558 on previous generation:
"Item to Christofer Chappell 40 shillings."
 
    Issue of William Chapple  
1.   Elizabeth CHAPPLE

Elizabeth was mentioned in her uncle John's Will in 1561:
"I
tem I give unto Elizabeth Chappell my brother Williams daughter X in money. "

Assuming that this Elizabeth is the one mentioned in Humphrey's Will in 1558 on previous generation:
"Item to Elizabeth Chappell of Exeter 40 shillings."
 
    Issue of unknown CHAPPLE, possibly Thomas, Anthony or William  
1.   John CHAPPLE
It is not known if all the people listed in this section are siblings.

John was mentioned in his cousin William's Will in 1578/79:
"To Thomas Hele, Gent, John Hassard of Lyme Regis, my brother Thomas C. & my cousin John C. of Exeter, merchants, my lease of Moiety of Manor of Iddesleigh until my eldest son Thomas C. is 26 or if he dies until my next heir is 26, and then to my sd. son or heir.
Overseers, Thomas Hele, Anthony Copleston, my brother Thomas C. and my cousin John C. "

John was also mentioned in the Will of his cousin Thomas in 1589:
"
And for my overseers I make and ordayne Mr John Davye Mr  Nicholas Spycer my Cousin John Chappell and my Cousin Thomas Chappell and for the better accomplishment of this my last will and Testament accordinge to the intent and true meaninge thereof I Give to every of my overseers for their paynes takinge therein the Some of Twentye shillings a peece of lawfull monye of Englande. In witnes whereof I the said Thomas Chappell have here unto subscribed my hande and sett to my Seale the day and yere above written in the presence of those whose names are here under written. [The National Archives version has here  the names Thomas Chappell, John Chappell the elder, Thomasin Chappell.]"

The Will of John Chappell 'The Elder' in 1612 is almost certainly this person, being called 'The Elder' and being a Merchant of Exeter.

John was married to Elynor, surname unknown. See a document at the National Archives dated Nov 1613 relating to a dispute between her sons Richard and Arthur (see next generation for wording).

WILL OF JOHN CHAPPELL Merchant and Alderman 1612
In the name of God Amen the sixteenth day of August in the year of our lord God one thousand six hundred and eleven and in the year of the reign of our sovereign Lord James by the grace of God of England France and Ireland King the syxth and of Scotland the five and fortieth Defender of the faith. I John Chappell the elder of the Cittie of Exeter Merchant and one of the Aldermen of the said Cittie being right and sound of mynd and in my perforce remembrance thanks be unto God make and ordayne this my present testament declaring _ my last Will in manner and form following. First I comend my soule in the most mercifull handes of God and my bodie to Christian buriall. Item I give and bequeath unto the poore people of the parish of Chittlehampton in the Countie of Devon fortie shillings of lawfull money of England. And to the poore peopell of the parish of Alphington in the said Countie other fortie shillings of like money to be dystributed amongst the said poore people of the said parish by the discretion of the wardens and side men of the said parish. Item I give and bequeath to the Mayor Bayliffes and Comonaltie of the Cittie of Exeter five poundes thirteen shillings and four pence of lawfull English money according to their discretion to be distributed amongst the poore people of _ the parish within the said Cittie and Countie of the said Cittie. Item I give and bequeath to my sonne Henry Chappell my best salte of silver gilted two silver spoones and one of my tankards of silver gilted. To my sonne Arthur Chappell my nexte beste silver salte gilted with two silver spoones and a silver Bole gilted. To my daughter Willmote _ my best broad Bole of silver gilt. To my youngest sonne Richard Chappell my round silver salte and two silver spoones. But nevertheless I will that Elynor my wife and executrix of this my testament shall have the use and occupation of all the said plate bequeathed to my said children as aforesaid during her life and not to be distributed untill after her death or before at her will and pleasure. Item I give and bequeath to my said youngest sonne Richard Chappell the some of one hundred and fiftie poundes of lawfull money of England to be paid hym at the age of 20 (something) years, and untill his age of 20 (something) years my Executrix to pay the said Richard Chappell tenne poundes yearly quarterly by even portions. To my said sonne Arthur Chappell one hundred poundes of lyke money. And to my sonne Henry one hundred poundes of lawfull English money. To be paid them the said Arthur and Henry by my Executrix within one year next after my death. And unto everie of my God Children _ apece. Item I devise will and bequeath unto my said sonnes Henry Chappell and Arthur Chappell an annual rent of sixteen poundes of lawfull money of England to be yssuing and going out of all those messuages landes and tenements within their apportionments lying and being in Alphington aforesaid in the said Countie of Devon which I the said John Chappell there have and hold by severall devyses and leases by deedes indented thereof to me made and granted by Sir William Courtney Knight for diverse severall termes of years next and owing and in the said deedes indented it doth and may appear. To have levie and _ the said annuall rent of sixteen poundes unto the said Henry and Arthur and their assignes for and during the terme of fortie yeares next ensuing after my death fully to be complete and ended if John Chappell the younger my oldest sonne so long shall live and after if Elynor my wife so long after my death shall live sole and be unmarried to any man att the Feast of St Michaell the Archangell the birth of our lord God the Annuntiation of the blessed virgyne Marie and the Natyvitie of St John Baptist by equall portions to be paid uppon confidence and trust to and for the use benefitt and mayntenance of the said John Chappell the younger his wyfe and children according to the good discretion of the said Henry and Arthur and of either of them longest living and of them and of everie of their assigne and assignes. And if it happen the said annual rent of sixteen poundes to be behind and unpaid in part or in all by the space of one month after any Feast of the Feasts aforesaid which in the same as aforesaid is lymited to be paid that then it shall and maye be lawefull to and for the said Henry and Arthur and their assignes into the said messuage landes and tenements in Alphington aforesaid to enter and dis_ and the distress (?) and distresses (?) there found lawfully to take drive carrie away and ympound and then to detayne and keepe the same untill the said annuall rent so being behind together with the _ thereof if any shall happen to be shalbe fullie contented and paid uppon the said confidence and trust and to and for the use and benefitt before mentioned. Item I devise and bequeath unto Richard Chappell the elder my sonne an annuall rent of tenne poundes of lawfull money of England to be issuing and going forth out of the said messuages landes and tenements within their apportionments in Alphington aforesaid, to have enjoy leave and receave the said annuall rent of tenne poundes unto the said Richard Chappell the elder for and during the terme of fortie yeares next after my death fully to be compleat and ended if the said Elynor my wife so long after my death shall live sole a widdow and unmarried to any man and also if the said Richard the elder so long shall lyve, att the Feastes aforesaid by equall portions to be paid and if it happen the said annuall rent of tenne poundes to be behind and unpaid in part or in all by the space of one month after any Feast of the Feasts aforesaid which in the same as aforesaid is lymited to be paid that then it shall and maye be lawfull to and for the said Richard Chappell the elder and his assignes into the said messuages landes and tenements to enter and _ and the _ and _ there found lawfully to take drive carrie _ and impound and therein to deteyn and keep the same untill the said annual rent so being behind together with the _ thereof if any shall happen to be shalbe _ _ and paid. Item I devise will and bequeath unto the said Elynor my wife all the said messuages landes tenements reversions and rent with their appertenances in Alphington aforesaid and all those my messuages landes tenements and rents and reversions with their appertenances lying and being in the Cittie of Exeter aforesaid and in the parish of St Sidwells in the Countie of the Cittie of Exeter which I the said John Chappell the elder have and hold diverse severall termes of years yet enduring by virtue and force of diverse leases and _ thereof to me made, to have and to hold the said messuages lands and tenements except the messuages within I now inhabit and dwell in the Cittie of Exeter aforesaid unto the said Elynor for and during the term of fortie years next ensuing after my death fully to be ended if the said Elynor so long shall live sole a widdow and unmarried to any man, and to have and hold the said messuage wherein I now dwell in the said Cittie of Exeter with the appertenance for and during the term of fortie years if the said Elynor so long shall live, the said messuages landes and tenements in Alphington aforesaid and also the said Elynor charged and chargeable with the payment of the said severall annual rents by me devised and bequeathed to my said sonnes as aforesaid. And I the said John Chappell the elder do further devise and will by this my testament that after the determination and expiration of the said estate and term devised and bequeathed to the said Elynor of and in the premises as aforesaid that all that messuage and tenement and the lands belonging to the same with the appertanences lying and being in Alphington aforesaid with the said Sir William Courtney Knight by his deed indented bearing date the third day of November in the two and twentieth year of the reign of the late Queen Elizabeth and _ and _ to me the said John Chappell the elder for and during the term of _ _ and nineteen years from the Feast of St Michael the Archangel then last past if I the said John Chappell the elder, the said Elynor my wife, and John Chappell the younger my sonne did lyve, shall remayne and come to the said Henry Chappell and Arthur Chappell during all the said term of years that shall then to come and enduring of and in the term uppon confidence and trust to and for the use benefitt and better mayntenance of the said John Chappell the younger his wife and children as aforesaid and by them and the _ of them to be from tyme to tyme sett and letten to the best profitt and benefitt for the said John Chappell my sonne his wyfe and children. Item I devyse will and bequeath unto the said Richard Chappell the elder an other annual rent of twentie poundes of lawfull money of England to be issuing and going forth out of the foresaid messuages landes and tenements in Alphington aforesaid other than the said messuage and tenement and the land belonging to the same with the _ _ the said Sir William Courtney by his deed indented _ date the said third day of November in the two and twentie year of the reign of the late Queen Elizabeth did donate and grant to me the said John Chappell the elder as aforesaid ...
etc etc etc   
 [There follows a great deal of further repetition.]


















Will of John Chappell the Elder 1612 (pdf)

Will of John Chappell the Elder (NA)
    Children:  
  1. John CHAPPLE  
  2. Henry CHAPPLE  
  3. Arthur CHAPPLE  
  4. Richard CHAPPLE  
  5. Willmote CHAPPLE
 
2.   Nicholas CHAPPLE
It is not known if all the people listed in this section are siblings.

Nicholas was mentioned in his cousin George's Will in 1592:
"
Proved 26 June 1594 by the proctor of Nicholas Chapell.
Overseer: My cousin Nicholas Chapell."

Presumably the same Nicholas was mentioned as witness in his cousin in law Alice's Will in 1602:
In witness whereof, I the said Richard Chappell have put my hand, by me Richd Chappell, by me Nicholas Chappell."
 
3.   Richard CHAPPLE
It is not known if all the people listed in this section are siblings.

Richard was mentioned in his cousin-in-law Alice's Will in 1602:
"
A memorandum or brief note as touching my cosin Alice Chappell's last will, made at her request by me Richard Chappell, 6 Apr 1602.
In witness whereof, I the said Richard Chappell have put my hand, by me Richd Chappell, by me Nicholas Chappell."

 
4.   Thomas CHAPPLE
It is not known if all the people listed in this section are siblings.

Thomas was mentioned in the Will of Thomas Chappell in 1589:
"
Item I Give unto Anthonye Chappell the sonne of Thomas Chappell the sum of XXs [twenty shillings] of lawfull money of Englande."

Thomas was also mentioned as overseer and witness to the Will of Thomas Chappell in 1589:
"And for my overseers I make and ordayne Mr John Davye Mr  Nicholas Spycer my Cousin John Chappell and my Cousin Thomas Chappell and for the better accomplishment of this my last will and Testament accordinge to the intent and true meaninge thereof I Give to every of my overseers for their paynes takinge therein the Some of Twentye shillings a peece of lawfull monye of Englande. In witnes whereof I the said Thomas Chappell have here unto subscribed my hande and sett to my Seale the day and yere above written in the presence of those whose names are here under written. [The National Archives version has here  the names Thomas Chappell, John Chappell the elder, Thomasin Chappell.]"
 
    Child:  
  1. Anthony CHAPPLE bap 1586 at Saint Kerrian, Exeter, Devon
 
5.   Johan CHAPPLE
It is not known if all the people listed in this section are siblings. Johan could have been the wife of one of the others.

Johan was mentioned in the Will of Thomas in 1589:
"
Item I Give to my Coson Johan Chappell my mayde fyve markes of lawfull money of Englande."
 
       
    Issue of John CHAPPLE (of Fulbrook)  
1.   Gonet CHAPPLE

She was mentioned in her father's Will in 1580:
"To Gonet Berye my daughter 10 and to every of my daughters daughters, that is Agnes, Johane and Dorothy 6s 3d and to each of my daughters sons a sheep each."

Gonet (given as Gunnet in the Visitation to the County of Devon in 1620) married John BERRY of Chittlehampton. Further details about the Berry family appear in a chart on page 28 of the Visitation to the County of Devon in 1620, see
page index for source.
 
    Children:  
  1. Agnes BERRY  
  2. Johane BERRY  
  3. Dorothy BERRY  
  4. John BERRY
 
2.   Robert CHAPPLE

He was mentioned in his father's Will in 1580:
"To my son Robert Chapell 40 and a pair of iron bound wheels and a long wain which my son William had.
To Elizabeth Chapell my son Robert Chapell's daughter a heifer.
To Agnes Chapell my son Robert Chapell's dau 20s."
 
    Children:  
  1. Elizabeth CHAPPLE  
  2. Agnes CHAPPLE
 
3.   William CHAPPLE

William appears to have been quite young when he died, as indicated by the youth of his children. His having a brother Roger makes it almost certain that this is the correct placement for this Will.

WILLIAM CHAPPELL of Chittlehampton, husbandman.
Date of Will 27 March 1580.
Proved 20 June 1580.

To be buried in churchyard of Chittlehampton.
To my daughter Agnes Chappell 20 when she is (?) or married.
To my daughter Joanne Chappell 40s.
My brother in law Nicholas Slocock shall have the government of my daughter Joanne until she is 21.
To my son James Chappell all my plough stuffe after the death of my wife.
To my son William Chappell all such lands and tenements as I have in South Molton, as long as he liveth and the said Wm. shall pay to my son James Chappell, my heir for the same all such rents as to him doth or shall hereafter belong.
Residue to Agnes Chappell my wife, executrix.
Overseers: Wm. Dallin, Nicholas Slococke, Philip Ley and Roger Chapple my brother.
Witnesses: Simon Dallinge and Nicholas Ranold.
Invent. made 14 Apr. 1580 by James Skinner and Roger Cawsey of Chittlehampton.
Sum 77 8s. 10d.
[From typed document supplied by Maggie Rice 2013]

He was mentioned in his father's Will in November 1580 and was already deceased.
"To my son Robert Chapell 40 and a pair of iron bound wheels and a long wain which my son William had. To every of my son William Chapell's children a sheep each."
 
    Children:  
  1. Agnes CHAPPLE  
  2. Joanne CHAPPLE  
  3. James CHAPPLE  
  4. William CHAPPLE
 
4.   John CHAPPLE

He was mentioned in his father's Will in 1580:
"To my son John Chapell 20.
To John Chapell my son John Chapell's son 20s."
 
    Children:  
  1. Katheryn CHAPPLE bap 1573 at Saint Kerrian, Exeter, Devon  
  2. John CHAPPLE bap 1574 at Saint Kerrian, Exeter, Devon  
  3. Alles CHAPPLE bap 1575/76 at Saint Kerrian, Exeter, Devon
 
5.   Roger CHAPPLE

Mentioned in his brother William's Will in 1580:
"Overseers: Wm. Dallin, Nicholas Slococke, Philip Ley and Roger Chapple my brother."

He was mentioned in his father's Will in 1580 and received the residue and was the Executor:
"To John Chapell my son Roger's son a heifer.
To Joan Chapell and William Chappell my son Roger Chapell's children a sheep each.
Residue to Roger my son, exr."
 
    Children:  
  1. John CHAPPLE  
  2. Joan CHAPPLE  
  3. William CHAPPLE  



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