Stephen Ley

Male Abt 1620 - Abt 1686  (~ 66 years)


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  • Name Stephen Ley 
    Born Abt 1620  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1641/42  East Putford, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Stephen Ley, Jr. and Sr, signed protestation returns  
    _UID 2044CFC0B94ED54599441CC4C13F4047587B 
    Died Abt 1686  East Putford, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Buckland Brewer, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I507  Victoria Boutilier's Genealogy Pages
    Last Modified 24 Jun 2020 

    Family Grace Smyth,   b. Abt 1630,   d. Abt 1689, East Putford, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 59 years) 
    Married 1651  Frithelstock, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Stephen Ley,   b. Abt 1650,   d. May 1716, Weare Giffard, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 66 years)
    Last Modified 23 May 2017 
    Family ID F226  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Will of Stephen Ley, Gentleman of East Putford dated 6 April 1655 National Archives ref. PROB 11/249
      Stephen's father's will; he was the only son.


      He was married to Grace Smyth in Frithelstock in 1651, was this Stephen's first marriage?

      https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C5726336
      Chancery court
      Short title: Ley v Salterne. Plaintiffs: Julian Ley widow (administratrix of Thomas Ley)...
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      Reference: C 2/JasI/L12/60
      Description:
      Short title: Ley v Salterne.

      Plaintiffs: Julian Ley widow (administratrix of Thomas Ley) and Stephen Ley and Thomas Ley.

      Defendants: George Salterne.

      Subject: bonds.

      Document type: [pleadings]

      Date: 1603-1625
      Held by: The National Archives, Kew
      Legal status: Public Record(s)
      Closure status: Open Document, Open Description
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      Short title: Cooke v Ley. Plaintiffs: Sir William Cooke and Radigond Cooke his wife...
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      Reference: C 2/JasI/C24/37
      Description:
      Short title: Cooke v Ley.

      Plaintiffs: Sir William Cooke and Radigond Cooke his wife (executrix of Richard Cole, her former husband).

      Defendants: Thomas Ley, Stephen Ley and Thomas Ley, his sons.

      Subject: Venton, in North Tamerton, and lands and tenements in Kilkhampton, Cornwall.

      Document type: [pleadings].

      Date: 1603-1625
      Held by: The National Archives, Kew
      Legal status: Public Record(s)
      Closure status: Open Document, Open Description

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      Devon Record Office Z16/1/1/51 1 May 1651
      These documents are held at Devon Record Office
      Former reference: DD. 47091
      Contents:
      Feoffment and assignment marriage settlement
      (1) Stephen Ley the elder of Eastputford, gent., and Stephen Ley the younger, his son and heir.
      (2) Thomas Wellington, mayor of Great Torrington, Abraham Barnefilde of Eastputford, gent., Abraham Denis of Great Torrington, merchant, and Grace Smyth, daughter of James Smyth of Great Torrington, merchant
      Messuages, lands and tenements in Ven and Patereygh Walls otherwise Parche Culles Walls otherwise Partridge Walls in the tenure of (1).
      To be held to the use of Stephen Ley the elder until the marriage of Stephen Ley the younger and Grace Smyth, then to the use of Stephen Ley the younger for life, then to Grace Smyth for life, for her jointure, and then to the right heirs of Stephen Ley the younger forever.
      Messuages and tenement with appurtenances in Eastputford in the tenure of (1) called Huddells Bargaine or Tenement and a tenement with appurtenances called Orchard in Eastputford assigned for the residue of a term of years granted by Henry Rolle late of Stevinstone, esq., deceased to Stephen Ley the elder, determinable with the lives of Susan Ley, deceased wife of Stephen Ley the elder, Mary their daughter, and John Meddon, son of Anthony Meddon of Buckland Bruer.
      To be held to the use of Stephen Ley the younger for life, then to Grace Smyth, and thereafter to uses to be appointed by Stephen Ley.
      Consideration: £300 to be paid by James Smyth as marriage portion.



      Devon Record Office Z16/1/28/1 25 June 1635 11 Charles I
      These documents are held at Devon Record Office
      Former reference: DD. 47270
      Lease:
      (1) John Barnefield, gent., Stephen Ley, gent., Jasper Powe, yeoman, Abraham Barnefield, son of the said John, and Stephen Ley son of the said Stephen, feoffees in trust for the parish of East Putford
      (2) Bartholomew Aishe of East Putford, husbandman
      Cottage called the Pristes House, a garden and an acre of land with appurtenances, with commons, formerly in the tenure of Vincent Calmadye, now of (2)
      Term: 99 years or the lives of (2), Pascha his wife and Thomas their son
      Rent: 4s
      Covenant b (2) to build two new rooms on to the premises
      Consideration: £17 6s. 8d

      https://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/DEV/DevonWillsProject/DWP-Leo-Ly
      Ley Stephen East Putford DEV 1686 W le BARN BECK T.