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Grimley, a parish in the lower division of the hundred of Oswaldslow county of Worcester, 4½ miles northwest of Worcester... in the archdeaconry and diocese of Worcester, rated in the king's books at £14. 0. 10., endowed with £10 per annum private benefaction, and £200 royal bounty, and in the patronage of the Bishop of Worcester. The church is dedicated to St. Bartholomew. There is a chapel of ease at Hallow, in this parish... 3 miles north northwest of Worcester...

20 Oct 1618 - 16 Feb 1618-19 (Worcester, EN, Parker 18) Will of John FLEETE of Hallowe, Co Worcester, Esq. Dated 20 Oct 1618, Codicil 28 Dec 1618, proved 16 Feb 1618/19. [Abstracted] To be enterred in parish church of St. Ellyn in the Citie of Worcester. Greatest parte of my Landes Tenements and leases are already conveyed at marriage of my Sonne Thomas FLEETE… to sonne Thomas FLEETE one silver bason… given unto me by my Father Mr. Thomas FLEETE. To my sonne John FLEETE land in St. Johns in Bedwardine, Co Worcester called Colewick or Colemans Land, lease of Rouckswood [Rockwood? Rookwood?] Farms, he paying yearlie out of profitts thereof unto my neiphoe Rafe TWIGFALL, £5. Also my Lease of St. Hellens Harbor with meadowe thereunto belonging and one other meadow adjoining granted by my Cosin Mr. Robert STEYNOR, and now in occupation of John SMYTHE, also one parcell of grounde lying neere Perry wood, co. Worcester, called Ryngswood als the Harp. To my daughter Anne ACTON, one silver salt. Whereas I have before my marriage, conveyed unto my Brother in lawe Edward BOUGHTON of Litle Lawford in Co Warwick, Esq., and others my Lease of Perry Courte, neere the City of Worcester for the benefitt of my wife. Now yf my wife shall decease before th expiracon of the said Lease then the Residue unexpired shall remain to my said Sonne John FLEETE. Residuary Legatee & Sole Executrix: Anne, my wife. Wits: Thomas DANFORD, Edmond COWLING, Thomas PENSON, John SMYTHE. Codicil 28 Dec 1618: my Grandchilde Anne ACTON at age of 17, Godsonne, John ACTON, dau Anne ACTON, her other two children, to be paid at age of twentie and one yeres, granchilde, John FLEETE, to be paid at age, sonne in lawe Mr. Thomas ACTON, brother Mr. Edward FLEETE, sister COWCHER and sister MITTON; Neiphues Mr. Thomas NASH, Mr. Thomas FLEETE, Mr. Thomas COWCHER, Mr. John COWCHER & Mr. John NASHE and to my Neece Mrs. Mary HALL, each to make them rings. To my Cosins Mr. Thomas HALL & Jane wife of Mr. Roger FARLEY. To the City of Worcester, my Father's Picture and my owne picture to be set up over the "Tollsey" of the said Citie amongst the other pictures there. To the anncient Clerke, William YOUNGER, to my servants Thomas DANFORD, John PERKINSON, George JACKMAN (w/mention of Ridmarley), Thomas PENSON, & Edward COWLINGE, Johane BIDLE; to the poore of Hallow. Wits: John PARKINSON, George JACKMAN, Thomas DANFORD. Proved 16 Feb 1618-19 by the sole executrix named. (Virginia Gleanings from England, Wm. G. Stanard, Editor, VMHB, Vol. III, No. 4, pp. 360-367) SW: PINSON COUCHER BIDDLE

Notes: The above family may have been close kin to Henry FLEET I of Lancaster and Old Rappa. Cos VA, whose property was adjacent to that of John Combs of Richmond Co VA, s/o Archdale Combs I. Stanard believed that Thomas FLEET the father might have been (not researched) the Thomas FLEET I who was s/o William & Katherine HONEYWOOD Fleet of Chatham, Kent, grandparents of Henry FLEET, Sr. of Lancaster & Old Rappahannock Cos, Virginia (s/o William & Debora SCOTT Fleet), which would make the above John FLEET and Henry FLEET I of Virginia, 1st cousins. Also note that John FLEET refers to his brother-in-law, Edward BOUGHTON of Little Laughton, Warwickshire, and the 1619 Visitation of Warwickshire indicates that Katherine BOUGHTON, d/o Edward, m William COMBS (s/o Thomas & Mary SAVAGE Combs), and that Joyce COMBS (d/o Thomas & Mary SAVAGE) m Edward BOUGHTON of Cawson, Warwickshire. See Also Lane-Nash intermarriages with Combs of Warwickshire. Hallow is abt 6 miles northwest of Ashley, Crowle (home of the ancestors of the Combs of Warwickshire). Two IGI entries exist for Combs in Hallow; however, only the first is a parish extract:

14 Feb 1642 Hallow, Worcester, England. Married: Alice COOMES and Thomas KINGS (IGI, Ba: E094761, So: 415181, Pr: 1238608)

A second entry, source unknown, indicates that an Elinor COMBES, the wife of Roger POWELL, was b ca 1662 in Hallow (IGI, F#: 446271, @, SP: Pre-1970 [indicates no original source])

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