John Casse
of Sawdon, co. York, d. 16026.

Date of birth or baptism: Unknown.
Place of birth or baptism: Unknown.

Date of death: 13 March 1601[/2] 8 May 1606.
Place of burial: Brompton by Sawdon, co. York.
The will of John Casse, transcribed below, dated 13 March 1601[/2] and proved 8 May 1606, stated that we was to be buried at Brompton. The parish registers of Brompton are defective for this period, making it difficult to narrow the date further.

Father: Rowland Casse, of Sawdon, d. 1 August 1571 2 October 1572.
Mother: Unknown.

Spouse(s): Unknown.
Possible clues to the origin of John's spouse would be his sister-in-law Anne Sharpe, widow, and his brother-in-law Peter Nesfeild, both mentioned in the will of John Casse.

Children:
John Casse's will names his sons Eustace, William, and Richard, and the cases of Alice and Gregory are covered individually under their entries. For the placement of Frances in this family, see the discussion below.

Frances Casse,
m. (1) Brompton, 14 October 1585,
Henry Carlill, living 27 April 1611.
m. (2) Snainton, 2 July 1616, James Burton.
The proof that Frances was a daughter of John Casse is discussed below.

Eustace Casse, bur. Brompton 27 February 1625[/6];
m. Brompton, 23 November 1591, Ann Barker, bur. Brompton, 19 August 1612.
[Brompton PR] The will of Eustace Casse is transcribed below.

Alice Casse, d. 21 November 1623 15 March 1623[/4];
m. (1) Brompton, 15 November 1594, William Bewshaw, bur. Brompton, 3 August 1614;
m. (2) by lic., Brompton, 30 October 1615, Richard Hey, living 21 November 1623.
[Brompton PR] The will of William Bewshaw of Brompton, husbandman, dated 1 August 1614, and proved 10 January 1614[/5], mentioned his wife Alice, daughter Elizabeth Bewshaw, the unnamed children of brother Brandie Bewshaw, the unnamed children of sister Jone Harrysonn, sister Elizabeth Readhead, and Giles Bainbridg, clerk [PCY 33: 374, FHL film #99,499]. In 1615, Richard Hey of Brompton and Alice Bewshaw of Scawby (i.e., Scalby), widow, had a license to marry at Brompton [Paver's ML (to 1630), 13: 386]. Alice's place in this family is proved by her will, transcribed below, dated 21 November 1623 and proved 15 March 1623[/4], in which she named Ewstasy Casse and William Casse as her brothers.

William Casse, of Sawdon, bur. Brompton, 6 November 1633.
[Brompton PR] His will, which was proved 22 November 1633 [Rydall Act Book, FHL film #100,041], is not yet available on film at Salt Lake City.

Richard Casse, bur. Brompton, 31 July 1632;
m. Jane _____, living 21 July 1632.
[Brompton PR] The will of Richard Casse is transcribed below.

Gregory Casse, living 3 August 1585, not in the will of John Casse, 13 March 1601[/2].
See the will of John's brother Gregory (on the page of Rowland Casse), dated 3 August 1585, which mentions John's son Gregory. The Brompton registers show the burial of a Gregory Casse on 6 May 1586 who could be either this Gregory Casse or the same named son of John's brother Robert [Brompton PR].


Will of John Casse of Sawdon, dated 13 March 1601[/2], proved 8 May 1606.

In the name of god amen I John Casse of Sawdon in Pickeringlieth in the County of yorke yeoman sicke of bodye but of perfecte remembrance praised be Allmighty god doe make and ordaine this my laste will and testament in manner and forme followinge Revokinge all former wills First and principallie I bequeath my soule into the hands of Allmighty god my maker and redemer by whose pretious death and passion I truste onelie to be saved and by no other waies nor meanes for my bodye to be buried in the Churcheyeard of Brompton Churche nighe my freinds where they were buried Item I give to the poore of Sawdon iijs iiijd to goe forward in the same order as william Myles gave xs Item I give and will that Richard Casse my sonne shall have my neither house and garthe and close with twoe oxganges of arrable lande and meadowe thereunto belonginge with thappurtnancs in as large and ample manner to all intents and purposes as I the said John Casse hathe heretofore had at any tyme or occupied the same and to take place at suche tyme as Eustace Casse his heires or assignes shall have take occupye or enioye one farme in Sawdon now in thoccupacion of Anne Sharpe widdowe my sister in Lawe To have and to holde to him the said Richard Casse his executors or assignes from the tyme aforesaid for and duringe the tearme and whole tearme and tyme of xxj yeares yeildinge and payinge yearlie therefore to my said sonne Eustace Casse his heires or Assignes the yearelie Rente of iijs iiijd yearelie at Penticoste onelie and to paie therefore to the quenes Majestie a pounde of Pepper yearlie And the said Richard Casse his executors or assignes to upholde the same in sufficient reparacions as he shall enter of the same and soe to leave it sufficiently repaired at the end of xxj yeares Item I give to Alice Bewshawe wief of william Bewshawe of Brompton the some of Fower pounds in consideracion of her whole porcion Item I will and give to william Casse my sonne the Farme I dwell in with my whole lease with thappurtnancs thereunto belonginge in as large and ample manner as I have it from John Dowe late of Newton deceased Item I give to Henry Carlill children everie one of them a ewe and a lambe and to william Carlill his sonne ij ewes and ij lambes Item I give to Margarett Carlill daughter of Henry Carlill one greate brasse pott Item I give to Dorothie Bewshawe daughter of william Bewshawe a yowe and a lambe Item I give to be equallie divided betwixte my sonnes william Casse and Richard Casse All the reste of my goods not in this will bequeathed or to be bequeathed uppon Condicion that they wilbe ruled if any contraversies shall happen to arise betwixte them for anythinge to abide the order awarde deame & Judgment of Mr. Gawine Pollard and Peter Nesfeild my brother in lawe Item I give to Mr. Gawine Pollard xs I give to Jane Mantle my servante ijs Item I give to twoe Boyes my servants eyther of them vjd I give to Peter Nesfeild Children iijs iiijd Item I make executors of this my laste will and testament william Casse and Richard Casse my sonnes In witnesse whereof I have sette my hande the xiijth daie of Marche in the xliiijth yeare of the Raigne of our Soveraigne Lady Elizabeth by the grace of god Queene of England France and Ireland defender of the faithe &c. /1601/ witnesses Gawine Pollard Eustace Casse Peter Nesfeild Christofer Myles. Proved 8 May 1606 by William Casse and Richard Casse. [PCY 30: 44, FHL film #99,494]

Will of Alice Hey of Stainton Dale, dated 21 November 1623, proved 15 March 1623[/4].

In the name of God amen the one and twentieth daie of November Anno domini 1623 I Alice Hey of Staintondale the wife of Richard Hey of Staintondale aforesaid being sick of body but of good perfect remembrance praised be god do make this my last will and testament in manner and Forme Following First I Comend my soule into the handes of Almightie god hopeing by the meritts of Jesus Christ his sonne and my Saviour to have my sinnes pardoned and to be made partaker of the Joyes of the kingdome of heaven and my bodie to be buried in the Churchyeard of Scalby Also I give to John Colson the sonne of Gawen Colson tenn poundes which my husband Richard Hey standeth(?) bound that I sh--e <----> to(?) dispose at or before the tyme of my(?) death and my will is that the said tenn poundes shalbe put forward for the use of the said John Colson until he Come to the age of twentie one yeares and then the said tenn pounds and the benefit And increase thereof to Come to the said John Colson and my will is that if the said John Coulson die before he be xxi yeares of age then the said tenn pounds and the increase thereof to Come to the said John Coulson and my will is that if the said John Colson dye before he be twentie one yeares then the said tenn poundes and the increase thereof shall Come to the Children of the said Gawen Colson if he have any to be devided amongst them [I] appoint and intreat my two bretheren Ewstasy Casse and William Casse the Supervisors of this my will to see that this my will be truely Executed and I make Gawin Colson of Brompton the Executor of this my will Witnesses hereof William Ashton and Robert Hey. Proved 15 March 1623[/4] by Gawin Colson. [PCY 37: 579, FHL film #99,507; the italicized words appear to have been accidently repeated when the will was copied]

Will of Ewstas Casse of Sawdon, dated 26 February 1625[/6], proved 20 March 1625[/6].

Vicesimo sexto die Febr. Anno domini 1625. In the name of god amen I Ewstas Casse of Sawdon in Pickering Lythe in the Countie of yorke yeoman beeing sicke in bodie but in mynd and remembrance perfect and whole thankes bee to god Almightie doe make and ordeine this my last will and testament in manner and forme following First I commend my soule into the hands of Almightie god my maker and to Jesus Christ my Saviour and redeemer and my bodie to bee buried in the parrish Church of Brompton according to the discrecion of my freinds And my mortuarie as the law will And as for the disposing of my temporall good my mind and will is and I doe give and bequeath unto my brother William Casse and his heires for ever my house wherein I nowe dwell with all thappurtennces thereunto belonging Item I doe give and bequeath unto my said brother William Casse and his heires for ever one Cottage wherein William Flinton nowe dwelleth with all the appurtennces thereunto belonging Item I doe give and bequeath unto Ewstas Casse the sonne of Richard Casse one Feather bedd with two boulsters and the bedsteade wherein I doe lie and one great Oken Chist and the same to remaine in the Custodie of my brother William Casse during the nonage of the said Ewstas Casse Item I doe give & bequeath unto John Casse the sonne of Richard Casse one other bedstead and one great Oaken great Oken [sic] Chest Item I doe give and bequeath unto Alice Fordon the some of three poundes of good lawfull currant English money Item I doe give & bequeath unto Margarett the wife of William Myles of Brompton all the wooll which is nowe about my house unoccupied Item I doe give and bequeath unto Jane Cake my servant one newe Chest standing att my bedd foote Item I doe give & bequeath unto the said Jane Cake one little brasse pott and a brasse candle sticke Item I doe give and bequeath unto Peter Cake one Chest nowe standing in the Chamber Item I doe give and bequeath unto Elizabeth Casse one Oken Chist nowe standing in the Parler and one Candlesticke Item I doe give & bequeath unto Ann [D?]orcken the daughter of Thomas [D?]orcken one gimer Lambe Item I doe give and bequeath unto the poore of the Towne of Saudon five shillinges and the sume to remaine for ever to the use of the poore there Item I doe give and bequeath to my brother William Casse the some of tenn poundes which is in the hands of my brother Richard Casse of Brompton Item I doe give and bequeath unto Mr. Roberte Trekosten Fortie shillinges Item I doe give and bequeath unto Mr. Roberte Sewell Vicar of Brompton twentie shillinges which is in the handes of my brother Richard Casse Item I doe give and bequeath unto Roberte Butler and his wife Fortie shillinges which is in the handes of my brother Richard Casse Item I doe give and bequeath unto Roberte Merrie of Brompton five shillings Item I doe give and bequeath unto Alice Fordon one bedstead two Coverletts ane dudding one Codd, one pillowbeene and two h--den sheets and one new blankett which is nowe lying on my bedd Item I doe give & bequeath unto the said Alice Fordon one Almenie(?) and one Cubboorde nowe standing in my house Item I doe give & bequeath unto the said Alice Fordon one brasse pott one candlestick and one doublar Item I doe give and bequeath unto the foresaid Alice Fordon one Oatmeale and Troughe and one Hempebrake Item I doe give unto the said Alice Fordon one Ewe and one Lambe Item I doe give unto she aforesaid one Spitt, one pann one kettle and one Frying pann Item I doe give and bequeathe unto my brother William Casse the best Table cloth and one Pillowbeene which is in a Clost in the Chamber And I doe give and bequeath the said Chest with all that is in the same unto Alice Fordon the aforesaid Table clothe and pillowbeene only onelie [sic] excepted Item I doe give and bequeath unto my brother William Casse all my right and tythe interest and tenement right of one close which I have in occupacion called the Prior garth Item the residue of all my goods unbequeathed my debtes paid my Will fullfilled my legacies and funderall expences discharged and my bodie honestlie buried I doe and ordeine William Casse my brother sole Executor of this my last will and testament to whom I give the rest of all my goods unbequeathed In witnes whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and seale the daye and yeare first above wrytten Theis beeing witnesses Roberte Cake and Roberte Merrie. Proved 20 March 1625[/6] by William Casse. [PCY 39: 346, FHL film #99,511]

Will of Richard Casse of Sawdon, dated 21 July 1632, proved 9 May 1633.

In the name of god Amen the one and twentieth day of July In the yeare of our lord god One thousand six hundret thirty and two I Richard Casse of Sawdon in Pickeringlith within the County of yorke yeoman beinge sicke and weake in body but in minde and remembrance perfect and whole thankes be unto Almighty god do make and ordaine this my last will and testament in manner and forme Followinge First I Commend my soule into the hands of Almighty god my maker and to Jesus Christ my saviour and redeemer by Whome and through Whome I trust to have Remission of all my sinnes and my body to be buried in the parrish Church of Brompton as neare to the place where my Friends hath Formerly beene buried as Conveniently may bee and my mortuary as the Will Item Whereas I have in my dwellinge house in Sawdon the tearme of Eighteene yeares in lease unexpired my mind and Will is that my wife Jane Casse shall have hold use occupie possesse and enioy the sayd house withall the profittes and Commodityes thereunto belonginge according to the tennure of the sayd lease for and duringe the tearme of Eight yeares, Provided that if shee doe Marrie before the end on Eight yeares then that shee or her assignes shall satisfie and pay unto John Casse William Casse my sonnes and Jane Casse my daughter the somme of Fower pounds of lawfull English money yeerely duringe the remainder of the sayd Eight yeares after she bee married and att the end of Eight yeares shall leave the sayd house well and sufficiently Repayred at the sight of Fower indifferent men And I doe give and bequeath unto my brother William Casse the Tenn yeares after the sayd Eight yeares The sayd William Casse payinge unto John Casse and William Casse my sonnes and to Jane Casse my daughter to every one of them Twenty pounds when they shall Comme to lawfull yeares of age And whereas I did formerly lett unto Thomas Gibson one dwellinge house att Brompton for the tearme and time of tenn yeares whereof there shalbe two yeares Expired att or uppon the third day of May next comminge my mind and will is that if it please god that I Change my life and die before the third day of May next that then the eight yeares which my wife is to have in the lease att Saudon shall beginne att May day next and end accordinge to the lease unexpired which I lett to Gibson Item I doe give and bequeath to Ewestace Casse my sonne my sonne [sic] one payre of new waine wheeles one payre of new waine blades which are now at Brompton withall other sufficient timber as shalbe needfull to make him a new waine Item I doe give unto Jane Casse my daughter the somme of Five pounds Item I doe give unto William Casse my sonne tenn shorne sheep Item the residue of all my goods unbequeathed my debts payd my will fulfilled my legacies and funerall Expences discharged my body honestly buried I doe make and ordaine John Casse William Casse my sonnes and Jane Casse my daughter joynte and whole Executors of this my last will and testament and I doe make Jane Casse now my wife Tutor and gardian for these my thre Children duringe there minority and nonage; and I doe nake and appointe Richard Carlill and John Beriman of Sawdon Supervisors of this my last will and Testament In witnes hereof I have hereunto sett my hand and seale the day and yeare above written Tests Richard Carlill John Bereman Robert Merrie. Proved 9 May 1633. [PCY 42: 170, FHL film #99,518]


The parentage of Frances Casse

The will of John Casse of Sawdon, dated 13 March 1601/2 and proved 8 May 1606, and transcribed above, gives a ewe and a lambe to each of Henry Carlill's children, two of whom are named with further bequests. The same bequest was given to Dorothie, daughter of William Bewshawe. The fact that no relationship was stated does not mean anything, for it was common in wills of the time to mention individuals without explicitly giving the relationship. For example, John's will mentions Alice, wife of William Bewshawe, without any stated relationship, although we know from other records that she was his daughter [see above in the entry for Alice and the will of Alice Hey]. Indications of a connection between the families of John Casse and Henry Carlill continue in the next generation, for the will of John's son Eustace Casse gives a legacy to Margarett, wife of William Myles, a daughter of Henry Carlill, and Henry's son Richard Carlill was one of the supervisors of the will of John's son Richard Casse. Since we know from the marriage record of Henry Carlill that his wife Frances was a Casse by birth, a close relationship between John Casse and Frances Casse is clear. The chronology suggests that Frances Casse was a daughter of John Casse.

This appears to be confirmed by the will of Rowland Casse, dated 1 August 1571 (see the page of Rowland Casse for a transcript), which mentions, among many others, Frances Casse, daughter of John Casse, the John Casse being evidently his son named elsewhere in the will. It would be nice to complete the picture by getting proof that Rowland's son John Casse was the same person as the John Casse who heads this page. This seems to be confirmed by the will of Robert Casse (see the page of Robert Casse for a transcript), which gives "to Ustans Casse a mett of malt to his marriage". This is undoubtedly Eustace Casse, son of the present John Casse, suggesting that he was the brother John Casse mentioned in Robert's will. Although it would be nice to have more, the evidence that we do have stands up fairly well, and we conclude that Henry Carlill's wife Frances Casse was the daughter of John Casse and granddaughter of Rowland Casse.


Reference abbreviations

Brompton PR = Parish registers of Brompton (by Sawdon), co. York, FHL film #573,986.

Paver's ML (to 1630) = "Paver's Marriage Licenses", Yorkshire Archaeological Journal 7: 289-304; 9: 55-70, 362-379; 10: 35-50, 169-204, 445-460; 11: 209-245; 12: 116-122, 143-158, 269-284, 429-432; 13: 371-386; 14: 220-238, 458-506; 16: 1-37; 17: 155-191; 20: 68-97.

PCY = Prerogative and Exchequer Court of the Archbiship of York.


Compiled by Stewart Baldwin

First uploaded 13 May 2011.