John MALET

Male Est 1512 - 1570  (~ 58 years)


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  • Name John MALET  [1
    Born Est 1512  St Audries, West Quantoxhead, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Will 23 Oct 1570  Wooleigh, Beaford, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • MALLET, John esq. of Ullegh* in par. of Beaford

      Date of Will 23 Oct. 1570 wit. by Anthony Higgins, sergeant

      Proved 13 Nov 1570


      Bequests to prisoners in gaol of Exeter castle, to prisoners of Torrington to poor and prisoners of S. Molton, to poor of Crediton, to the leprose houses of Honyton and Tadyporte.

      To John Mounke my godson. To Thomas Stowford my kinsman, my feoffees of my land in Aishebeare shall stand seised of an estate for life of said Thomas Stowford to use of said Thomas of all the mansion house and barton lands called barton of Aishebeare and thereof to make him an estate for life after the death of Johan Stowford wid.

      In case my next heir will not perform my will as above relating to Stowford, said Thos. Stowford is to have £5 of lands to him and heirs male of his body with condit. that he shall not alienate same from my heirs, out of all my lands in co. Southampton called Kenstede popham besides Alton.

      My feoffees shall be seised of an estate for lives of my 2 sons Malachias and Michaell Mallet of those two mansion houses etc. in S. Molton called Hatche and Heale to use of said Malachias and Michaell for their lives.



      My feoffees shall maintain a competent house at Ulleghe for one whole year for the finding of my children and servants.

      To my 3 daughters Elizabeth Marie and Dorothie above that within my scedule and will annexed to my feoffment is provided
      for them, all there mothers apparell and jewells equally to be divided between them and £40 in money.

      To my 2 younger sons above that which is provided for them in my scedule and will annexed to my feoffment £20 to be divided bet. them.

      To Alice Canford 40s.

      To my son in law John Davells. To his wife my daughter her mothers gown of wrought vellot etc. and I give to Zeusbia a vellot wrought kertill and the crosse set with rubies and a diamond in the midst etc.

      To my friend Mr. Thomas Browne a ring.

      Residue to Malachias Mallet my son to dispose it to his three sisters marriage and for payment of my debts.


      Overseers: Sir Robt. Denys, knt. Thomas Monke, Thomas
      Mallet and Thomas Browne of Langtree Esqs.


      * now called Woolleigh Barton
    Died 25 Oct 1570  Wooleigh, Beaford, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Probate 13 Nov 1570  [2
    Probate 09 Oct 1571  Exeter Castle, Exeter, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Reference 7442 
    Residence Wooleigh, Beaford, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    • In "Notices of an English Branch of the Malet Family", by Arthur Malet, published 1885, John Malet's property is described as either "Ullegh in Beaford" or "Wolley". There exists today (2005), a farm called "Wooleigh Barton", and nearby a crossroads called "Wooleigh Cross", about halfway between Beaford and Great Torrington along B3220. This is very likely the location of John Malet's property.
    Notes 
    • He is not mentioned in his father's will. Perhaps he died young. [2]
    Person ID I7442  Southwest
    Last Modified 25 Mar 2013 

    Father Baldwin MALET,   b. Est 1481, Enmore, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 05 Aug 1533, St Audries, West Quantoxhead, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 52 years) 
    Mother Anne HACHE,   b. Est 1481, Wooleigh, Beaford, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Est 1512 
    Family ID F1619  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Margaret MONKE,   b. Est 1512, Powdridge, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Est 1537  [6
    Notes 
    • Excerpt from "Notices of an English Branch of the Malet Family", by Arthur Malet, published 1885, pp 56-57, appendices Y1-Y3:

      JOHN MALET OF ULLEGH, DEVON.

      Sir A.M.'s MSS. and the Rev. F. Brown's give us all the information that is necessary to trace the descent and family of John Malet of Ullegh (the more modern spelling seems to be Wolley). He was the second son of Baldwin Malet of St. Audries, the eldest of his issue by his second wife, Anne, the daughter of Thomas Hache and his wife Alice Basset; he inherited his mother's Wolley property.

      John Malet married Margaret, the daughter of Humphrey Moncke of Powdridge, Devon; by her he had issue eight children:

      1. Robert Malet, of Wolley, Devon. He married Elizabeth, daughter of George Rolle of Stevenston, by whom he had issue:

      1. John, o.s.p.
      2. Elizabeth, married Sir Arthur Acland; their son, Sir John Acland, married Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Francis Vincent of Stoke d'Abernon, Surrey, knight and baronet, who died 1647.

      Robert Malet sold Fulford to William Peryan, Chief Baron of the Exchequer.

      2. Francis Malet, o.s.p.
      3. Malachi Malet, heir.
      4. Michael Malet.*
      5. Elizabeth.
      6. Zenobia, married to John St. Aubyn of St. Clewance, Cornwall (see Cornwall Visitation).
      7. Mary.
      8. Dorothy, married August 22nd, 1568, to John Wood, gent.

      The two sisters seem also to have married, as John Malet in his will names " my son-in-law, John Davell," and Michael Malet names in his will " my nephew and godson, Richard Ferrars, and my niece, Eleanor Halfe," so that all of them appear to have married, one of them twice.

      The Rev. F. Brown has summarised his will thus:-- "John Malet of Ullegh, in Beaford, Devon, Esq., no date. My sons Malachias and Michael, my three daughters Elizabeth, Mary, Dorothy, --my son-in-law, John Davell-- overseers, Sir Robert Denys, Kt., Thomas Moncke, and Thomas Malet. By Malachi Malet, Nov. 14, 1570."

      From the same source I take the summaries of two other wills;** they are of this period, but I cannot identify the persons named.


      * Michael Malet, Nov'r 29, 1636. Lands in Black Torrington, Sutcombe, and East Verworth, Devon, conveyed to my late brother Malachi Malet and his heirs; for the full assurance thereof I devise these lands to my nephew Thomas Malet, Serg't -at -law, he being the son and heir of my said late brother Malachi. To my nephew and godson Richard Ferrars £100. To my niece Eleanor Halfe £10. To my nephew and executor Thomas Malet all my goods, etc. To poor of Poyntingotn 40s.

      By Thomas Malet, March 21, 1650 - 1.


      **[Capell, 82.] Married at Bridgwater, October 22, 1571, Thomas Shercombe and Christian Holworthy.

      Christian Shercombe, widow, of Bridgwater, May 2, 1613. To my cousin Francis Malet £30. To Dorothy Malet, daughter of Francis Malet, £5. May 12, 1613.


      ** William Malet, Esq., West Quantockshead, 1644. Hugh Malet, of Sampford Arundel, April 14, 1673. April 12, 1673. My wife Mary--my sons Francis and John Malet; my daughter Elisabeth. Tenement in Moorlinch proved April 19, 1674. [4]
    Children 
     1. Francis MALET,   b. Est 1540, Wooleigh, Beaford, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    +2. Robert MALET,   b. Abt 1545, Wooleigh, Beaford, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Apr 1577, Colaton Raleigh, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 32 years)
     3. Elizabeth MALET,   b. Est 1546, Wooleigh, Beaford, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Zenobia MALET,   b. Est 1548, Wooleigh, Beaford, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Mary MALET,   b. Est 1550, Wooleigh, Beaford, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    +6. Malachi MALET,   b. Est 1552, Wooleigh, Beaford, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Oct 1613, Poyntington, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 61 years)
     7. Dorothy MALET,   b. Est 1554, Wooleigh, Beaford, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Michael MALET,   b. Est 1556, Wooleigh, Beaford, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 21 Mar 1650  (Age ~ 94 years)
    Last Modified 24 Oct 2017 
    Family ID F1840  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - Est 1512 - St Audries, West Quantoxhead, Somerset, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsWill - 23 Oct 1570 - Wooleigh, Beaford, Devon, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 25 Oct 1570 - Wooleigh, Beaford, Devon, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProbate - 09 Oct 1571 - Exeter Castle, Exeter, Devon, England Link to Google Earth
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    Wooleigh (or 'Ullegh' as it was known in old documents) near Beaford, was the former home of the Wooleigh Mallets who were close cousins of the Mallets of Ash. Both branches were descended from the Mallets of Enmore.

    Wooleigh was originally known as Wolves' Wood, written "uullegh" in early Saxon times. The early Saxons had no letter w, but of course that's what their double u eventually became. This double u construction (which was originally pronounced "oo-ugh", naturally mutating to "wugh" if said rapidly) was often dropped in later spellings (i.e.Ullegh), probably because later peoples had forgotten the etymology.

    The family held the barton until the early 17th century until it passed to the Acland family through John Mallet's grand-daughter Eleanor when she married Arthur Acland. Her cousins became the second St Audries branch of Somerset, with landholdings in east Devon (Honiton area), Dorset (Poyntington) and Wiltshire (Newton Toney).

    The farmhouse as we see it today retains most of its features from the days of Mallet ownership (16th century) and is Grade II* listed.

    [With special thanks to Mr. Pengelly]

  • Sources 
    1. [S1780] Family History, Malet, Arthur Malet, (Harrison & Sons, St. Martin's Lane, London, England, MDCCCLXXXV (1885)), M8W994S136., pp 50.

    2. [S1823] Probate, John Mallet (1570), Compiler: Moger, Miss Olive, (Original Date, Oct. 23, 1570), Moger Collection.

    3. [S1841] Inquest Post Mortem, John Malet, Compiler: Moger, Miss Olive, (Original Date, Oct. 9, 1571).

    4. [S1780] Family History, Malet, Arthur Malet, (Harrison & Sons, St. Martin's Lane, London, England, MDCCCLXXXV (1885)), M8W994S136., pp 56-57.

    5. [S1810] Map, Great Torrington, Ordinance Survey, (1990), M8J2720S401.

    6. [S1780] Family History, Malet, Arthur Malet, (Harrison & Sons, St. Martin's Lane, London, England, MDCCCLXXXV (1885)), M8W994S136., pp 56.