John's will tells us it was written on November 11, 1542 and that he died in 1546. Other documents state he was buried November 1, 1546. If the soil was not frozen, then he was probably buried the same day he died or within a day or so. We assume he died in Scarning (spelled "Skerning" in the will) because his will states he is "of Skerning". What we know of John comes exclusively from his will. An understanding of the times reveals that John was a man of means. In the will he is called a yeoman. The term yeoman has changed over time, but in the 16th Century England it indicated a farmer who "owned" land in some capacity. The highest level of ownership was freehold, which is outright ownership with no time limit. The other is called leasehold ownership where the individual has "ownership" of the land for a specific number of years. Translation of John's will points toward a leasehold ownership arrangement. The Garter Principal King of Arms states that a yeoman would not normalluy have less than 100 acres.
John's wife, Katherine, is lised in his will and she is co-executor along with their son, Robert. She is assumed to have been born between 1495 & 1505. Like john, her birth information is unknown and she is assumed to have been born in Scarning. No information has been found concerning her death and is typically shown as "aft. 1546". Documentation of their marriage has not been found and therefore her maiden name is also unknown.
Facts concerning John's will:
Throughout the will John's surname is spelled HAMONDE. Adding the "e" at the end of Hamond was a common way of spelling the surname prior to the 1700's.
Will was made November 11, 1542.
To Katherine, his wife, he bequeathed the household good, his milking herd, harness, and a bay colt.
To his son Robert, a bed, 20 cows, and a grey mare. The bed would have included headboard, mattress, and beding.
To his son Edmund, 20 cows.
To his son, Nicholas, 10 cows,
To his daughter, Margaret, 5 cows.
To his daughter, Marion, 5 cows.
To his eldest son John, a white mare, a cart, harness, and collars.
To his eldest daughter Elizabeth, one white cow. Based on the location and wording of this individual it is believed she is the eoldest daugher of his eldest son John. This would be John's granddaughter.
Robert Hamonde the Younger, one brown cow. This individual is either the son of Robert, or the son of his brother, John the Elder. The title of "the Younger" is a designation to distinguish him from Robert the Executor. It does not necessarily mean it is Robert's son even though Robert did have a son named Robert. He is certainly John's grandson.
Alice Hamonde, one brown cow. She is believed to be John the Elder's daugher and therefore John's granddaughter.
Katherine & Robert are executors.
Proceeds from corn and other household earning was to go towards keeping house for a year.
His last bequeath was to his servant, Margaret Collen, who he leaves 12d (one shilling).
The documented children of John and Katherine Hamond are:
John, the Elder
birth: about 1521 in Scarning, Norfolk, England.
death: about 1560 in Flordon, Norfolk, England. Flordon (also seen as Floedon) is southwest of Norwich, the current capital of Norfolk.
children: assumed to be Elizabeth and Alice. Possibly Robert.
documentation: his father's will
Edmund, of Trowse
birth: about 1522 in Scarning, Norfolk, England.
death: 1584 (probably in Trowse, a villiage 1.5 miles southeast of Norwich)
documentation: his father's will and his own will.
Robert, the Exor
birth: about 1524 in Scarning, Norfolk, England.
death: 1606 in Wendling, Norfolk, England (a village about 1.5 miles northwest of Scarning).
married: Agnes Penton in Scarning on July 10, 1547.
children: Katherine, Francis, Leonard, Marion, John, Anne, Susanna, Henry, Robert
documentation: father's will, marriage register, Scarning Hall Manor Rolls as jury member 1558/9, son Henry's enrollment in Caius College in 1582/3 where his called Robert of Wendling, and Susanna's baptismal record.
birth: about 1533 in Scarning, Norfolk, England.
death: 1600 in Wendling, Norfolk, England, probably in April.
buried: April 13, 1600 in Wendling, Norfolk, England.
married: Margaret, who was buried in Scarning December 25, 1590.
documentation: father's will, Norfolk burial register, and wife's burial register.
birth: about 1539 in Scarning, Norfolk, England.
death: October 1612 in Wendling, Norfolk, England.
married: Robert Craske in Scarning on October 1, 1559.
documentation: father's will and marriage registry.
Marion (aka; Maria)
birth: about 1542 in Scarning, Norfolk, England.
married: Thomas Penton in Scarning on May 25, 1562.
children: Edmund Edus
documentation: father's will and marriage register.
There is another possible child in an individual named William who born in about 1523 in Scarning. He is not listed in John Hamond's will, which is significant. The only source for this possibility comes from researcher Stratton Owen Hammon (1904-1997).