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circa 1518 - 1546
George was probably born around 1518 (1) somewhere in the parish of Youlgreave - possibly at Meadow Place, the son of Robert and Agneta (2). He had two younger brothers - Robert and William, and a sister Josephine (4).
His mother died when he was very young (3), and his father in 1541 (4). His father left a number of bequests to George in his will, and its probable that George would have also taken over the family lands at Meadow Place. Sometime, probably soon afterwards, he married Anne Gilbert of Youlgreave (5), and they had a son Richard (6).
George died young, in (or possibly just before) 1546 (7).
Brief details of his children:
- Richard has his own page.
The Probate Act Book for the Diocese of Lichfield (Ref: B/C/10i/4 folio 44 @ Lichfield Record Office) contains as entry dated 14th June 1546, concerning the estate of George Bradbury of Youlgreave. Anne his widow is asked to submit an inventory by July next. The actual probate documents have not survived.
The Probate Act Book for the Diocese of Lichfield (Ref B/C/10i/4 folio 62b @ Lichfield Record Office) contains as entry dated 13th May 1547, concerning the estate of George Bradbery of Youlgreave. Administration was granted to Anne his widow, and George Alen her husband. The actual probate documents have not survived.
Will of Richard Bradbury (ref: B/C/11/Richard Bradbury, Youlgreave, 1581 @ Lichfield Record Office) reads:
- His parents married in about 1515, and George was the eldest surviving son at his father's death in 1541, implying a birth date of about 1515-1520
- He is only thought to have had one child, probably not too long before he died young about 1546. It seems fair to assume he was in his early twenties when his first child was born, implying a bith date around the early 1520s.
- See his father's page for details.
- The Feudal History of the County of Derby, by John Pym Yeatman, Volume 3, Secion 6, page 409, quotes from a court roll from 7th May 15 Henry VIII  :
Robt. Bradbury, of Yolgreve, surrendered a mess. and 15a. in Prestcliff, late Thos. Hodkinson, Thos. Cokayne, Kt., George Vernon, Esq., Otiwell Needham, ..... Miller, jun., enfeoffed the said Robt. Bradbury that he should make a feoffment of the said lands to the use of himself and Agneta his late wife, and daughter of John Miller of Dale, in tail and in default of issue to his own right heirs, according to terms of a marriage settlement of the 6 Hy. VIII [1514/15].
- Will of Robert Bradbury (ref: B/C/11/Robert Bradbury, Youlgreave, 1541 @ Lichfield Record Office) reads:
In the nayme of god amen in the yer of our lord god a thousand fyve hundred & xl the xxiii daye of
March I Robert Bradbery of Yollowgreve of holl mynd and gud remembrance make my testament and last wyll
in this manner & forme fowloyng Firste I beqwethe my soule to allmyghte god to ayr lady saynt mary
and to all the compeny in heven my body to be berytt in the chyrche of Yollowgreve in sayntt peter where
It[em] I beqwethe to mayster vycar for my mortuary as the lawe wyll. It[em] to the sayd vycar to pray for
me iiis iiiid It[em] to sayntt Cead of Lychefeld vid It[em] to the reparacyons of Yollowgreve churche iiis iiiid
It[em] I beqwethe to George Bradbery my son all my [purchett] lands in Yollowgreve and in the towne and
fyldys of the same with my tacke whyche I hayd of the abbott & conventt of Leycester nowe beyng in the
kyngs holdyng It[em] to the sayd George for hys heyr lomys vi silver sponys of my best my beste pott
my best fedur bad with a bolster ii pelows ii coverlets ii payr of shets the beste gyrdyll yt was my
wyffs the best payr of beds yt was my wyffs a payr of [taclye hokys] my best panne my beste candyll
styke my best [burd] with ii trestyls my best wayn my best ploghe my best harow a payr of blanketts
a spytt with a payr of gawbartes a brasyn mortar a [stepe fatte] in the barne & a grett wayder. Item I be
qwethe to Sir Crystofer Noth xiid to pray for me Item to Joes [Rypston] xxs Item to Agnes Bradbery ye
wyffe of Ryc Bradbery iiis iiiid Item I wyll my gods be devydyd in iii parts when I am broght home &
my detts payd and George my son to have my iii partt & the other ii parts to remayne to Robt Bradbery
my son Wyllm Bradbery my son & Joes Bradbery my doghter Item I gyff unto Nycolas Stone Nycolas
Halows Ryc Halows Ryc Halle Elyzabeth Bradbery & Emmott Torre my [servands] evrie of them xiid
Item I wyll that George Bradbery my son have all my [tymber] and to gyff unto his ii bredren
& hys syster xls Item I beqweth to Robt Cobbe for his labors xxs Item I orden constitute & make
my trewe and lawfull executor George Bradbery my son to dyspose for the helth of my soule and
all crysten soules as he wyll ownsring to god Item I hertely desyr myster James Fouljambe to be
my supervysor and he to have for hys paynes xls Thes wyttenys Syr Hugh [Heype] priest
Syr Crystofer Northe Wyllm Bradbery with other [moo]
Item I wyll yt my doghter Joes Bradbery shall have viiili xs more then my sonnes Wyllm & Robt
have to ther partes.
- Pedigree of the Gilbert family of Yolgreave in the visitations of 1569 and 1611 (as published in "The Genealogist (New Series)" Volumes 7 & 8).
- Richard Bradbury must have been the son of george & Anne, as Anne later remarried George Allen (8), and two of their sons (Richard's half brothers) are mentioned in his will (9).
In the name of God Amen they tenth daye of Aprill And in
xxiiiith yeare of they raigne of our sovaryine Ladie
Elizabeth by they grace of god of England France &
Ireland [.....] defender of the they fayth [..] wytneseth
that I Richard Bradbury of the parish of Yolgreve in
they countye of Darbie sore syck in bodie yet thanks
be unto allmightie god of perfitt witte & memorie
dreading death to approach & drawe nere & they tyme
thereof is uncertin: do make this my last will and
testament in maner and forme folowing fyrst I gyve &
bequethe my soule to almightie god my maker and
redimor trusting that by they merits of christs passion
they sonne my soule to be saved Also I will that my
body be buried in the parish church of Yolgreve before
they pulpit: Also I will that my detts be payde of my
wholle goods and my funerall expences discharged according
to they lawes of this realme And that then they residue
^of my goods to remayne and gooe to my younger sonne Thomas
Bradbury And he & they to be in they custodie of my
Brother George Alen of they Woodhouse until he come
to they full age of xxi yeares. Also I most hertely
desier my wellbeloved brother in lawe Anthony
Alen to have they governmant of my sonne and heire
Francis Bradbury and to be allowed for his bringing upp
att they discrescion and [seygte] of Mr Francis Gilbert
and my brother George Alin; Also I ordayne
constitute and make my forsaid brother George Alin my
trewe and lawfull executor to see that this my last
will & testament be performed: And Mr Francis Gilbert
& my brother Anthony Alin to ^be my supervisors of this
my last will and testament: These wytneses
Richard Knyfton vicar: Ric Alin. George Eliot. [Henry?]
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