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John Prime

circa 1617 - 1679

John Prime's signature from his will in 1679
John's signature from his will in 1679(13)

Father John Prime
Mother Dorothy Senior
Wife Mary Dawes
Children Dorothy, Francis, Richard, Ann, Mary, Elizabeth, John, Daniel, Peter, Nathaniel, John, un-named


John was born about 1614-1620, the son of John and Dorothy(1), and had at least two siblings - William and Edward(13). He was probably born in or around Weston Underwood (where his father originated and his younger brother Edward was born), but if not then in the parish of Darley (where his mother originated). I suspect the former is far more likely, and that he moved to Darley as a teenager, to live and/or work with relatives on his mother's side. He was certainly living there by the time he married Mary Dawes in Mackworth on 19th May 1641(15). Given the proximity of Mackworth to Weston Underwood, he probably knew her from before he moved to Darley, especially given his father was overseer of her uncle's will five years later(19).

His movements over the next 9 years are not known but he next appears when his daughter Mary was baptised in Darley in 1650(2). Another daughter Elizabeth followed in 1652 at which time his residence was recorded as Wensley(3). A son John followed in 1654(4), then Daniel in 1656(5), Peter in 1657(6) and Nathaniel in 1661(7).

His son John died in 1662(8) so when another son was born the following year he was named John too(9).

He had another child in 1664 but they died before they were even baptised (10). He also had another 4 children whose dates of birth are not known - Dorothy, Richard, Francis and Ann(13). They were probably all born between his marriage in 1641 and the baptism of his daughter Mary in 1650.

His wife Mary died in 1668(11). He died around Christmas 1679(14), just a day or two after writing his will(13).


Brief details of his children:



Sources:

  1. John's father is identified via his will naming his brother Edward in Sheffield (13), and Edward being the son of John Prime of Weston Underwood. Given that there was a couple named John and Dorothy in Weston Underwood, who had married in Darley(17), and that both John and his brother William's eldest daughters were named Dorothy, then this couple must have been his parents. His date of birth is estimated based on his parents marriage in 1614(17) and his eldest daughter Dorothy's marriage in 1659(18).
  2. Parish Register of St Helen, Darley includes the entry:
    [Christeninges 1650] Mary the daught of John Prime baptized 4th of April
  3. Parish Register of St Helen, Darley includes the entry:
    [Christeninges 1652] Elizabeth the daughr of John Prime of Wendsley baptized 29th of February
  4. Parish Register of St Helen, Darley includes the entry:
    [Christeninges 1654] John ye sonne of John Prime [Bapt.....] 6th of January
  5. Parish Register of St Helen, Darley includes the entry:
    [Christeninges 1656] Daniell the sonne of John Prime was baptized 28 day of March 1656
  6. Parish Register of St Helen, Darley includes the entry:
    [Christeninges 1657] [Peeter] the sonne of John Prime of Wensley Baptized the 6 day of November
  7. Parish Register of St Helen, Darley includes the entry:
    [Christeninges 1661] Nathaniell the sonne of John Prime was Baptized the twentieth day of Jamuary
  8. Parish Register of St Helen, Darley includes the entry:
    [Burialls 1662] John the sonne of John Prime of Wensley Buried the the second day of may
  9. Parish Register of St Helen, Darley includes the entry:
    [Christeninges 1663] John the sonne of John Prime was Baptized the fifteenth day of march
  10. Parish Register of St Helen, Darley includes the entry:
    [Burialls 1664] A childe of John Prime of Wensley Buried the the 27th of June
  11. Parish Register of St Helen, Darley includes the entry:
    [Burialls 1668] Mary the wife of John Prime was Buried the the ninth day of march
  12. Parish Register of St Helen, Darley includes the entry:
    [Burialls 1676] Peter the son of John Prime of Wensley was Buried the the 30 day of March
  13. Will of John Prime (ref: B/C/11/John Prime, Wensley, 1680 @ Lichfield Record Office) reads:
    In the name of god Amen. The 21th day of December in the one and thirtith yeare of or souvraigne
    lord king, Charles the second ~ I John Prime of Wendsley yeoman being weake in body but of sound
    and perfect memory praised bee god for the same and calling to remembrance the uncertainty of this transitory
    life, and being desirouse to settle things in ever do make constitute and appoint this my last will and testament in
    manner and form following. That is to say first and principally I commend my soul to almighty god my creator
    hoping & fully trusting and beleeveing that I shall receive full pardon for all my sinns & be saved through
    the merits of my Saviour and redeemer jesus Christ and my body to the earth to be buried in such decent
    manner as to my executors herein named shall seeme [meet]. And as touching my worldly estate my will and meaning
    is the same shall bee imployed and bestowed as hereafter by this my last will is expressed. Imprimis I give and
    bequeath unto my sonne Richard Prime The house in Wendsley whereing he now liveth with the barnes stable and
    what other housing thereunto belongs together with the croft and garden adjoyning and belonging to the same house
    to him and his Heirs for ever. Item I give unto my sonne Daniel Prime our old house in Wendsley
    aforsd Adjoyning to Widdow Gothards house with a little back side thereto belonging to him and his heirs
    for ever. Item I give unto my sonne Nathaniel Prime The dwelling house in Wendsley wherein I
    now live together with all out houses gardens and Croft there unto belonging to him and his heirs for ever.
    Item I give and bequeath unto my two sonnes Richard and Nathaniel and to their heirs for ever my twenty
    fourth part of all those grooves in Wendsley aforsd called by the names of the Milne Close grooves
    Blackwells grooves straw [coes] oldfield head groove [Shimie] Arbour Old wood and New wood and all shafts
    mears of ground and soughs whatsoever belonging to the grooves aforsd or to any of them. They the
    sd Richard and Nathaniel Prime paying and discharging all my debts wherein I stand angaged or indebted
    in to any person or persons whatsoever, And also paying and discharging all those legacies which hereafter in this
    my last will are expressed. I give and bequeath unto my daughter Mary Prime the sum of fifty pounds
    that is to say twenty five pounds to be paid her within one yeare after my desease and other twenty and
    five pounds two yeares after my deseace. Item I give and bequeath unto my sonne Daniel Prime
    the sum of Thirty pounds, to be paid within one yeare and a day after my deseace. Item I give and
    bequeath unto my Grandchild Lydia Maddock the sum of tenn pounds to be paid two years after
    my deseace. Item I give and bequeath unto my sonne Francis Prime the sume of five pounds to bee
    paid within one yeare after my deseace, Also I give unto sd sonne Francis (one bond from George
    Maddock and Robert Maddock made to mee with obligation of forty pounds for the true payment of
    twenty pounds) which sd sum I do impower my sonne Francis to sue for recover and take to his owne
    proper use as well as I my self might or ought to have done. Item I give unto my daughter Anne the
    Wife of John Bentley the sum of five pounds to bee paid two years after my deseace. Also I
    do hereby order and appoint my two sonnes Richard and Nathaniel to [lend] unto my daughter Dorothy the
    wife of George Maddock one Cow to [unlimted with milke] so long as shee shall [b....] and stand in [....].
    Item I give and bequeath all my household goods unto my sonne Daniel Prime and to my sonne Nathaniel
    Prime and to my daughter Mary Prime to bee equally divided amongst them. Also I do constitute ordaine and
    appoint my sonn Richard Prime and my sonne Nathaniel Prime the executors of this my last will and testament.
    And further I do desire my brother Edward Prime of Sheffield gent and my brother William Prime of Farley
    to take care and oversight of this my last will and to see it bee performed accordingly. In witnesse whereof I
    have here unto set my hand and seale the day and yeare first above written.
    Sealed and published
    in the presence of                                                         John Prime
    Anth Rishton
    Samuel Bond O his mark
    Antho: Alsop
    
    A true and perfect inventory of the goods chattells and
    cattells of John Prime of wendsley lately deceased
    taken and priced by Robert Cliffe gent, William Prime,
    John Ocspring and Anthony Alsop upon the 14th day
    of January in the thirty first yeare of the reigne
    or our Sovreigne lord Charles the second and in
    the yeare or our lord 1679.
                                                                 li     s     d
    Imprimis his purse and apparell                               3     0     0
    Item Three cows two bullocks two stirks
               and four calves                                   17     0     0
    Item Twenty four sheep                                        2    10     0
    Item Two horses one colt and one Fillie                       9    13     4
    Item one swine                                                0    13     0
    Item Hay and corne                                            4     0     0
    Item Husbandry ware                                           0    13     4
                                                                 ______________
                                                                 37    11     8
    Household goods in the nether chamber
        2 chests a kimnell and shelves                            0    15     0
    Item In the little chamber 2 beds one cubbord a cheste
        a box and 2 cheares                                       4    10     0
    Item In the nether parlour a table 2 stools & 2 cheares       1     5     0
    Item in the little parlour one bed one cubbord one
        table two stools and two cheares                          4     0     0
    Item In the upper parlour one bed                             1     0     0
    Item In the upper chamber one bed & empty bed stead           0    10     0
    Item In the house one table one forme a seiled seat
        2 cheares one stoole one little square table & a cubbord  2    16     0
    Item A clock and a gun                                        2     0     0
    Item Seven [let] cushions and 6 other cushions                0    13     0
    Item Five paire of sheets besides what are on the beds
        2 table clothes 6 napkins and a [dibor] towel             2     6     8
    Item Peuter and brasse                                        4     2    16
    Item One iron pott frying pan fire irons another iron
        within the Chimney and one great chest in the entry       1    12     0
    Item For litts tubbs barrells wheeles & other wooden ware     1     0     0
                                                                 ______________
                                                                 26    12     6
    Robert Cliffe     Will Prime
    John Ocspring     Antho Alsop                 Sum totall     63     4     2
      his mark
    
    Probate granted 5/5/1680 to Richard Prime & Nathaniel Prime
  14. Parish Register of St Helen, Darley includes the entry:
    [Burialls 1679] John Prime of Wensley was buryed Decemb. 26
  15. The entry in the parish register(16) gives Mary's surname as 'Dawe' rather than 'Dawes', but see her page for further evidence showing it to be 'Dawes'
  16. Parish Register of All Saints, Mackworth includes the entry:
    [1641] Matrim inter Joh: Prime de Darleigh et Mariam Dawe de Mackworth Maii 19
  17. See his father's page
  18. Parish Register of St Helen, Darley includes the entry:
    [1659] George Maddock & Dorothy Prime were Married the second day of June
  19. See his wife's page



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