Family History - Geneaology


A John Hutley (1) is recorded as a yeoman farmer in Little Easton in the mid 1500’s. He is listed in the court records as a ‘Constable’ for Little Easton, a voluntary position to assist maintain the peace.

 John owned land in Little Easton called ‘Kybies’ which was situated in a street called ‘Duckstreate’.

 John had three sons, Thomas, William and Robert.  John died and was buried in Little Easton in 1581. On the death of John, court administration tookplace on the 10th March 1581 where it was 

recorded –
‘Adm. of Robert Hutley on the death of his father John Hutley Tenement in Lt Easton in a Street called Duckstreate, called Kybies, copyhold of the manor of Lt Easton Court of Kelham Throgmorton, esq., farmer. Steward: Wm.Waldegrave’. 

Robert Hutley died and was buried in Little Easton in 1588. Again court administration took place on the 9th April 1590 where it was recorded –

‘Adm. of Thomas Hutley on the death of his brother Robert Hutley and adm. of William Hutley on surr. of his brother Thos. Tenement in Lt Easton in a Street called Duckstreate, called Kybies, late of John Browns gent. Court of Edward Huberd, esq., farmer. Steward: Josia Clerke’.  

Thomas married in 1591 and his wife died and was buried in 1599/1600. Both dates recorded.

 In essence the land passed from John to his son Robert. In turn on his death it passed to Thomas until it would be surrendered to William.

 William first wife died and was buried in 1600 – she was recorded only as ‘wife of William Hutley’

 William remarried Margaret Eve in 1605, the same year that Robert’s wife died and was buried in 1605. But Margaret died and was buried also in 1606.

 William however remarried in 1607 to Margaret Stoatton in Felsted. Their son John Hutley (2) was born 1612/3 (again both dates recorded). It appears from what records remain that John was their only son.

 Thomas died and was buried in 1619, followed by William also dying in 1625 and being buried in Little Easton aswell.

 In his will dated 1622, William sets out that he gives all his lands in Little Easton, commonly called by the name of ‘Nobb’ and the two assets of meadow land now or last commonly called ‘Maudlints’ (also recorded as ‘Maudlouits’) to his son John.

 John was clearly still young as the will refers to the executor looking after John and when he becomes 16, John was to be paid 20 shillings a year for his purse. 

 After the death of William, John continued to work the land here with his mother Margaret still living at the family home at ‘Nobb’

 In September 1630 the Assize Court heard and indictment where Margaret Hutley had been robbed in her home, the events appear witnessed by John - recorded as the ‘Indictment of William Lea, John Graves and John Aylett labourers, all of Little Easton, about 11 p.m. broke into the house of Margaret Hutley widow and stole two "womens gownes" worth £5, "a pettycoate" worth 10s. "a wastcoate" worth 10s. And thirty tin dishes worth £5. Plead not guilty; (?) all acquitted. Witnesses: Thomas Streton, John Hutley, Samuel Fenton, Hutley.’(Assize records ASS 35/73/1/99 refer)

 Margaret died and was buried in 1643 at Little Easton, referred to only as ‘Widow Hutley’ within the register.

 It is believed John continued to farm in Little Easton. A John Hutley married a Mary Ingall in 1644 in Little Dunmow – It is believed this was John Hutley, his first marriage.

It is believed that Mary died sometime before 1650 when John then married Alice (also referred to as Avis) Godsaffe at Broomfield by which time he was a yeoman in Abbas Roothing. 

Their first son John (3) was born and baptised on the 25th October 1652 followed by a daughter Elizabeth who was baptised on the 26th September 1654 and another daughter Sarah baptised on the 19th January 1657.

Their son William was born and baptised on the 13th May 1659 but Alice died in December and was buried on the 24th December 1659.

 John (2) later remarried Mary Mitchell, spinster aged 50, from Rickling at Takeley, Essex on the 9th September 1665.

 Mary’s mother died in 1668 and in her will, prepared in 1666, she bequeathed ‘unto the four children of her son-in-law, John Hutley of Abbis Roothing, the sum of forty shillings to be paid to each of them within eight years of her decease.’

 It is uncertain as to who the fourth child she referred to was as John is only known at this time to have had 3 surviving children, referring to such in his will. John (2) however died in 1673 and was buried. In his will dated the 17th July 1673 he bequeathed to his beloved wife Mary all the ‘household linen and stuff’ she had brought with her.

 As an indication of the families affluence at this time he bequeathed to his two daughters Elizabeth and Sarah two hundred pounds a piece on attaining the ages of 21 by their brother John (3). In the meantime John was required on behalf of his father to pay them a £100 as maintenance in the meantime.

 John (2) in his will mentions that Sarah is expecting her first child and to assist she was to receive £40. Much of the linen and household items were to be equally divided between the three children.

 John (3) as his son received all remaining goods, chattels, bills, bonds, plate ready money and personal estate. Significantly there is no specific mention of any land by name or location although there most certainly was some but it was believed the land was predominently in Abbas Roding, Willingale Doe & Little Easton..

 After his death Mary his widow returned to Rickling where her family had land in Stansted Mountfitchet also. She herself was living at Stansted Mountfitchet when she died in 1696, appearing in the Tithe Records of 1693 as ‘widow Hutley’ with an offering of 4d. She was buried in Rickling.

John (3) married Judith Glasscock on July 27th 1675 at North Weald Bassett.


Their first son, also named John (3) was born and baptised at Abbas Roothing (now called Abbess Roding) on the 18th July 1676 . 

Their next son Thomas was born in 1677 and was baptised on the 22nd February 1678.

 There followed two daughters for John and Judith, first was Judith baptised on the 20th July 1680 whilst they still lived in Abbas Roothing.
However in the next few years both John and Judith moved to Willingale Doe where they continued to farm and their second daughter Avis was born, being baptised on the 27th June 1687.

 Their son Thomas when of age also began farming in Willingale Doe in his own right.

 John (3) on the death of his stepmother Mary in 1696 acquired the rights to the lands in Stansted Mountfitchet that appear to have belonged to her. John commenced farming there with his son Thomas. Thomas moved to Stansted Mountfitchet in 1696 and began to farm as a yeoman whilst retaining land in Willingale Doe and one of the Rothyng’s (the exact name could not be read but is now one of the Rodings). At this time it is unclear what happened to Thomas’s brother John who is believed to have died in 1701 and was buried at Abbas Roothing where his father was also shown living then at Willingale Doe. There is no record that he married.

 In the Essex Assizes held at Brentwood 19 July 1699 it was recorded on “Presentment of A ditch of Stansted Mountfitchet or 14 rods adjacent to Samuel Player's and John Hutley's close near the highway leading from Bute pond to Stansted Street, 1 February 10 William III, was and is full of sand and filth. Player and Hutley to cleanse it.” (Assize record ASS 35/140/2/10, ERO refers). Clearly John had fallen foul of not maintaining the ditches that surrounded land particularly adjacent to the highway.

 Little else is known of John Hutley (3), Thomas’s father. Thomas died in 1712 and in his will made shortly prior to his death, Thomas made his father (John) a joint Executor. The will being made just a few days before his death, would clearly indicate he knew that he was dying; the closeness in dates indicating his father John (3) was still alive.

 Mr Hutley appears in the Tithe records of 1697 where he was required to pay 9 shillings. In 1698 and 1699 he paid 8 shillings each year as tithe. It is not known if this was Thomas, his father (John) or his brother (John). But the family had clearly established themselves in Stansted Mountfitchet.

John (3) was still alive when his own last surviving son, Thomas, died in 1712 in Stansted Mountfitchet, Judith, his wife clearly lived in Stansted Mountfitchet from surviving records assisting her daughter-in-law Sarah with her young son John - (4).

 There is no record found yet of John’s death and there is no known will. But his grandson, also John (4), raised by Sarah  (his mother) and Judith (his grandmother) grew of age and would have inherited any lands passing down from his grandfather.

 Thomas in these early years in Stansted Mountfitchet remained unmarried but appeared to prosper well before his marriage in 1705.



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