Descendants of the Berkshire Bints




Magdalene's 1686 Will











Lambourn Church



William Bint and Magdalen Hansaker married at Lambourn in 1673. We have no indication from which of the Berkshire families he originated. We do know that she was christened at Lambourn in 1655 the daughter of Charles & Joan Hansaker.                                                        

They did not have a long marriage as William died in February 1685 leaving her with six children, one of them being Dolphin's ancestor William Bint who was born in 1675.

Magdalen herself only lived till February 1687 but left a will bequeathing everything to her mother who was to take care of the children. 

She seems to have been reasonably wealthy as the estate was valued at 480 pounds which was a fair amount  in 1687. Her clothes were worth 10 pounds. 

Wills from these and other Berkshire Bint sheep farmers show a link with the village of West Ilsey where our name first appears in 15th century manor records. The spelling then seems to read Bynde which may justify the "name origins" textbooks theory that it was first derived from the occupation of binding, or possibly from the Old English word "boenet" meaning "dweller at an open grassland area.

The area in Upper Lambourn marked on the map as Bint's Bank may indicate a rough location, perhaps the building below the name, of the original farm.




In the Name of God Amen. The five and twentieth day of September in the year of our Lord God one thousand six hundred eighty and six,  I Magdalen Bint of Chipping Lambourne in the County of Berkshire, widdowe and one of the Executors of William Bint, late of Chipping Lambourne formerly my late husband, being weak of body but of a sound and perfect mind and understanding, do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner following

That is to say, first I bequeath my soul into the hands of Almighty, My Maker 

She goes on to bequeath her property to her mother Joan Smith 'to take a special care of all my children' and appoints her as sole executor.