[Marrying into money]
John Tapson of Bucklande Monachorum in the saide Countey of Devon yeoman WITNESSETH that the saide Alexander Ebbesworthie, as well in consideration of a mariage already had and solemnized between Nicholas Tapson of Bucklande Monachorum aforesaide yeoman the brother of the saide John Tapson and Agnes Ebbesworthie the eldest daughter of the saide Alexander Ebbesworthie, as also in consideration of the sume of Fiftie poundes of lawful money of Englande alreadie paide by the saide Nicholas Tapson unto the saide Alexander Ebbesworthie and of Twoe hundred and Twentie poundes more to be paide by the saide Nicholas Tapson unto the said Alexander Ebbesworthie, in manner and forme followinge, That is to saie Fiftie poundes parcel thereof on the xxjx th daie of October, one Thousande sixe hundred Thirtie nyne and Threeskore, and ten poundes more on the xxjx th daie of October one Thousande sixe hundred and Fortie and one hundred poundes residue of the same on the xxjxf th daie of October, one Thousande sixe hundred Fortie one, which Twoe hundred and twentie poundes is intended by the said Alexander Ebbesworthie as a portion for the advancement in mariage of Katherine Ebbesworthie the youngest daughter of the said Alexander Ebbesworthie. The saide Alexander Ebbesworthie shall and will before the Feast of the nativitie of St John Baptist next ensuinge the date hereof Levye one or more Fine or Fines with proclamations to be prosecuted in his majesties Courte of Common Pleas at Westminster unto the saide William Harrie and John Tapson of all that messuages, Landes, Tenements, and Hereditaments with Thappurtennances [the appurtenances] commonlie called by the severall name and names of
Ebbesworthie, Ebbesworthie Woode, and Easter Bidlake sett, lyenge and beinge within the said parishe of Bridestowe and abovesaid Countey of Devon and of all those messuages, Landes, Tenements, and Hereditaments with Thappurtennances commonlie called by the severall name and names of Blachford and Gnattor also Knattor with Thappurtennances sett, lyenge and beinge within the severall parishes of Sourton and Peterstavie, William Harry and John Tapson to be seised of the said properties.
Th[IS] 1633/4 marriage settlement explains how Ebsworthy and the other properties
came into the hands of the Tapson family. … The Exeter wedding had been held on 21 February 1632/3 in the church, tucked away in a comer of the Cathedral Close, of St. Martin. Although it is small, St. Martin’s was at that time regarded as a highly fashionable church, and without doubt the marriage was quite a social occasion, very county, with all the important gentryfolk arriving from the country in their coaches. … The early registers of St. Martin’s church were destroyed by bombing during World War II, but a transcript made by Nesbitt in 1926 has the entry:
21 Feb 1632 Nicholas Tapson and Agnis Elsworthy by licence. The two errors in the bride’s name are not repeated in Mann’s transcript of Exeter Marriage Licences:
15 Feb 1632 Nicholas Tapson of Buckland Monachorum and Agnes Ebsworthy of Briddestowe.