The name John Emptiach appears as a witness in the wills of Christina Emptiache (widow of Michael) and George (son of Michael and Christina) but, as a witness, no relationship was given. Was this that John?
Christina Emptiach named her surviving sons and her two daughters in-law, both named Alice. She also named Jone Austen and the sons of George Emptiach as beneficiaries. It seems likely that Jone was George’s widow, remarried.
Analysis of the wills and testaments of the Emptiach and the Colner [Culmer] families shows that the members of one family frequently appeared in the wills of the other, either as a beneficiary, as feoffees or as witnesses.
George Emptiach left his goods and lands to his wife Johanne and to his sons Jeffery and Peter when they reached 21.
Michael Emptiach left four ewes and four lambs to each of his four sons and the residue of his goods to his wife Christina.
We are currently working with 95 wills, most of them dated before the days of censuses and civil registration and some even before the parish registers and in Latin. We are extracting information in the hope of establishing the various family branches.