Summary of Will of Henry Hearder of High Bray 1568
[O.M.Coll.8/36, West Country Studies Library, Exeter]
Date of will. 5 June 1568. Proved 30 June 1568, by Joan Hearder, at Exeter, in the Archdeaconry of Barum (Barnstaple).
To be buried in the parish church of High Bray.
To my daughters Agnes, Elizabeth and Grace, under 21.
To my son, William Hearder.
To John Hearder, the younger, after the death of his brother.
To Abraham Hearder, Hester Hearder and Joan Hearder, children of the said William Hearder.
To Mary, my daughter and her children, after the death of her mother.
To John Hearder of Goodleigh.
Residue to my wife, Joan Hearder, whom I make my executrix.
Overseers, William Hearder, John Hearder, the younger, Richard Doddridge of South Molton, and John Symon of Wolley.
Witnessed, Peter Currier, Priest, Curate of High Bray.
This extract was made by Miss Moger before most of the Devon wills were destroyed in 1942.
The above Richard Doddridge may have been the father of the judge, Sir John Doddridge. Richard Doddridge of Holland Street, Barnstaple, married Joan Badcock or Harder (Hearder?). They had at least three children :- Amy, who married John Pyncombe of South Molton. John, born about 1555, BA Oxford, Mayor of Barnstaple 1579, MP 1586-7, died 13 September 1628, age 73. Left no children, his heir being his brother, Pentecost Dodderidge. Pentecost Dodderidge was an Alderman of Barnstaple. See 'Records of the Ancient Borough of South Molton,' by John Cock, 1893. Also refer to the 'Visitation of the County of Devon, 1620,' published by the Harleian Society, 1872.