Stephen Ley

Male Abt 1620 - 1686  (~ 66 years)


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  • Name Stephen Ley 
    Born Abt 1620  East Putford, Devon, 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 May 1686  East Putford, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 15 May 1686  Buckland Brewer, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I507  Victoria Boutilier's Genealogy Pages
    Last Modified 21 Jul 2022 

    Father Stephen Ley,   b. ca 1580, East Putford, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. ca 1655, East Putford, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 75 years) 
    Mother Susan Fortescue,   b. ca 1580, Inwardleigh, Devon, England (or, Combe, Holbeton, Devon, England) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1647, East Putford, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 67 years) 
    Married ca 1604 
    Family ID F2036  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Grace Smyth,   b. 1628, Great Torrington, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 13 May 1651  Frithelstock, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Stephen Ley,   b. Abt 1652, East Putford, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. May 1716, Weare Giffard, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 64 years)
     2. Grace Ley,   b. Between 1651 and 1663, East Putford, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jan 1663, East Putford, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 12 years)
    +3. Susanna Ley,   b. ca 1660, East Putford, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jan 1715, West Putford, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 55 years)
     4. Grace Ley,   b. ca 1665, East Putford, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1689, East Putford, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 24 years)
    +5. Thomas Ley,   b. Abt 1667, East Putford (?), Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Oct 1743, Monkleigh, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 76 years)
    Last Modified 21 Jul 2022 
    Family ID F226  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • John Cory b. 1505 + Jane Skenick of Trewint, Cornwall
      Stephen Cory b 1530 + Miss Yeo of Atworthy, Devon
      Juliana Cory + Thomas Ley (Leigh) 'of East Putford, Devon' (born ca. 1560s) [Visitations of Devon]
      Two sons of the above: Stephen Ley (at East Putford; married Susan Fortescue of Combe in Holbeton [Susan Ley, bur. Buckland Brewer, 1647/48]; Thomas Ley (Thomas Ley m. Elizabeth Bridgman of Monkleigh, 1610 @ Buckland Brewer)

      Devon Muster Roll 1569
      Thomas Ley G 7 (income of goods 10 to 20 pounds)

      Devon Subsidies 1543, Buckland Brewer
      John Ley 5
      Thomas Ley 20

      Devon Subsidies 1524, Buckland Brewer
      John Ley G5
      Thomas Ley G5



      Probate of will of George Fortescue of Combe in Holbeton, Esq., dated 9 May 1628. £40...
      This record is held by Plymouth Archives, The Box

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      Reference: 107/76
      Description:

      Probate of will of George Fortescue of Combe in Holbeton, Esq., dated 9 May 1628.


      £40 to four youngest children of Susan, his daughter, wife of Stephen Ley; £100 to Garthered Fortescue, daughter of Bartholomew, his son and heir apparent, on her marriage; £100 to Arthur, son of Bartholomew Fortescue, on age of 21.


      Messuages and lands called Birchment and Landsend in Colebrooke, occupied by Rose Snell, or John Snell or Christopher Snell, her sons, to Arthur Fortescue, son of Bartholomew Fortescue, for 30 years from the death of the tenants.


      Messuages in Bridgerule and Colebrooke, and messuages, etc. called Burrells Combe in Holbeton: messuages and two closes called Firebeacon Parke and Blindwell in the same; ground one acre, called Gagford Hill in the same: and messuages and land in Lowdisworthie in Colebrooke and Bridgerule, to Philip Hurle, Esq., Willyam Bligh of Modbury, Esq., John Cole of Holbeton, yeoman, and John Venning of Holbeton, yeoman, on trust to pay his debts, and then for John Fortescue, son and heir apparent of Bartholmew Fortescue, and the heirs male of his body, failing whom., to Arthur Fortescue and the heirs male of his body, failing whom to the heirs of the body of the testator, etc.


      Power to lease capital messuage of Coombe in trust for Bartholomew, his son, failing whom, to John and Arthur, his grandsons.


      Proved at Plympton Maurice
      Date: 29 May 1628
      Held by: Plymouth Archives, The Box, not available at The National Archives
      Language: English



      "John Cole of St. Olave, Hart Street, London, gent., 25 July 1620...reference to a grant made 6 Aug 5th James by Richard Cole late of Buckesh Esq. unto Thomas Lea of East Putford, Devon, gent. & c., which the said Thomas Ley assigned and set over unto testator...." Soame, 88"
      Genealogical Gleanings in England, Vol. 2, H. Fitz-Gilbert Waters pub. NEHGS, 1901, p. 1223


      Stephen Ley, gen., in East Putford on Protestation Returns.
      https://iiif.collectionsbase.org.uk/GB61/GB61_HL_PO_JO_10_1_84_23/e5tD3#?c=0&m=0&s=0&cv=0&xywh=-258%2C106%2C1731%2C585


      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.
      Stephen Ley the elder of East Putford Gentleman
      Daughter Dorothie Prance; daughter Jane Venning; daughter Julian Meddon and her three youngest children that now are; grandson William Prance, grandchildren Robert Bray and Mary Bray; daughter Mary Ley; son Stephen Ley executor.

      Julian Ley m. 08 Jul 1639 @ Buckland Brewer, Anthony Meddon.
      Tristram Bray of North Tamerton + Jane = parents of Robert and Mary Bray @ North Tamerton. Tristram Bray died ca 1647 Year 1646-1647
      Forename Tristram
      Surname BRAY
      Description yeoman
      Parish North Tamerton
      Abode North Tamerton
      Reference AP/B/1202
      Film Number 2276035
      Image Range 847-1163
      Reference Range AP/B/1152-1210
      Cornwall OPC
      Maybe, but John Venning of West Putford, and Jane Ley of East Putford, were married at East Putford 3 Feb 1647/8 (BB BT's)
      Bishops Transcripts for Buckland Brewer.
      Dorothia daughter of Stephanus of East Putford Ley and Susanna uxor. Feb 1605
      East Putford 1613. Julian the daughter of Stephen Ley June 14 1613.
      East Putford 1615. Jane daughter of Stephen Ley Oct 15, 1615.


      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
      Catalogue description
      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

      Catalogue description Devon Record Office
      This record is held by Devon Archives and Local Studies Service (South West Heritage Trust)

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      Reference: Z16/1/4/9
      Title: Devon Record Office
      Description:

      Inventory


      Of the goods of John Barnefield of Mambrey, gent. exhibited 8 December 1654.


      Amounts to £458. 12s. 7d.


      Appraised by Thomas Wellington of Great Torrington, gent. and Stephen Ley of East Putford
      Date: 19 October 1654
      Held by: Devon Archives and Local Studies Service (South West Heritage Trust), not available at The National Archives
      Former reference in its original department: DD. 48036
      Language: English

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