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Nicholas 3837

Nicholas made the will on 25 July 1684, a codicil was made on the thirtieth of July and probate was granted on 20 August, less than a month later.

In the codicil it makes the place for distribution to be his " new mansun (mansion) house " but it doesn’t state where it is.

There is no reference to his wife, so presumably she has died before him.


Ian Gotts in Kings Lynn has tracked down the property through a book by Robin Carver, Hempstead: A Norfolk Village ( 2000 ), Chapter 9

 "In the 17th Century Brownwood Farm belonged to the Gotts family, passing under the Will of Nicholas Gotts dated July 24th 1684 mostly to his son Owen Gotts but part to his second son, also called Nicholas.

On April 16th 1690 Owen Gotts sold to Edmund Brightman, who died shortly afterwards leaving his property to his widow Mary. Nicholas Gotts’s family must have retained his share of the land because in 1695 Nicholas Gotts junior of North Walsham sold it to Peter Drury a tailor.

 Brownwood Farm is south of the village between Marlpit Lane and Pond Hills. It is marked on the Ordnance Survey Map Pathfinder 841 (TG03/13) for Holt."

With reference to the ‘ring of my ancestors’ I assume this is to the ring used by Richard 843 on the lease dated 1633, which adds weight not only to Nicholas being part of this tree but also to Richard being potentially his grandfather.

Thanks to Ian Gotts of Kings Lynn for the information

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