This is a partial transcription of a lawsuit from the English Chancery decrees (courtesy of WAALT) John Buckner & Jane his wife v. William Rutland and others (sic) C78/1927, no. 16
I've only transcribed the first part of it, since like most legal complaints, it's long and repetitive, and I haven't seen anything additional in the following matter (though I haven't looked at all of it closely).
The suit deals with the administration of the estate of James Buttes of "Shiffton" Suffolk (which has been quite difficult to identify), who died intestate in 1704. Like a lot of chancery suits, it actually gives more information than a typical will, since the relationships of the parties have to be spelled out very specifically. The gist of it is that James Buttes had no children and his siblings were deceased at the time of his death, but he had one cousin germane (Jane Cotterell Buckner) and three apparent, perhaps half, cousins, Elizabeth (Gower) Gould, Ann (Gower) Rutland, and Penelope (White) Ryder. Ann Rutland's husband, William Rutland, was administrating the estate and was accused by Jane Buckner of attempting to cut her out of the proceeds, which is what the whole thing revolves around. Jane's father Matthew Cotterell had been a previous administrator, and there was probably one before that since he was "de bonis non". Where it might be of interest to someone is that it names Jane's husband as John Buckner and notes that he was a soldier "beyond sea" when she filed the suit (he had to give her permission to do so). The other interesting thing is that the defendants were from very wealthy and notable London families), including one knight, Sir Edward Gould.
These are undoubtedly the same John and Jane Buckner (alias Catterell) from another chancery suit, Buckner v. Castelman (C 6/373/78) dated 1710-11, though in that case John Buckner is identified as a gentleman of Raydon, Suffolk, pretty clearly identifies him as John Buckner III, a grandson of John Buckner, salter of London (see C78/958 on WAALT), who died in 1670 leaving a property in Raydon to his son John. The whole series of suits seems to have dragged out from about 1705 to 1726 or so.
One should note that the Will of James Rutland (1737), son of William Rutland, mentions having paid an "answer to a bill in Chancery of one Buckner", so the suit may have been at least partially successful.
Incidentally, if you're having trouble with the grammar, this text liberally uses an archaic possessive construction that was current in the early 1700s, which has "his" as the equivalent of the modern apostrophe-s (which is actually what the apostrophe represents), so "James his debts" means "James's debts".
Matthew Cotterell Jane Cotterell m. John Buckner Alice Cotterell m. John Buttes James Buttes d. 1704, Shipton, Suffolk John Buttes m. Alice COtterell James Buttes Anne ? m. Richard Gower (of Bisham House, grocer of London, d. 1688) Elizabeth Gower (d. 1687) m. (Sir) Edward Gould (or Gold, also London merchant, mentioned in Pepys diaries, oddly enough, ca 1648-1728) Ann Gower m. Wiliam Rutland (Jr.), merchant of London Penelope ? m. John White Penelope White m. Martin Ryder Esq.
A lot of these people seem to be from Devonshire.
Whereas heretofore that is to say in or? about the Termes of the holy trinity Which Was in the yeare of our Lord According? to the Computation of the Church of England one thousand seven hundred and nine John Buckner And Jane his Wife complts Exhibited their Bill of Complt into this high and honoble Court against William Rutland and others Defendants thereby setting forth that the Complt Jane Was the surviving child of Matthew Cotterell the Administrator de bonis non of James Buttes thereinafter named And that the said Matthew Cotterell had noe brothers ..one sister Alice by name who marryed John Buttes by Whome she had onely the said James Buttes to Whome the said Complt Jane Was Cozen German they being brothers and sisters Children and that the said Alice the Complts Aunt survived John Buttes And dyed thirty yeares since seaseing James their onely Child of About twenty one yeares of age who was at his death seised of diverse Lands and tenements in D?????e And ^(possessed of a) personall estate of greate value in his owne and others names and the said James dyed Intestate about the yeare one thousand seavene hundred and four at Shiffton in Suffolke and for the better maunagement of his estate kept part of it in his owne possession And Stocked? the same and sell the other part and kept bookes of account Wherein he entred receipts payments debts and other matters relating to his reall and personall estate and had notes or memorandums thereof That the complt knew not of the said James his death ?? Aprill one thowsand seven hundred and five And the Defendant Rutland and Anne his wife (since deceased) on pretence she was next of kinn procured letters of Administration of the said James his personall estate and Wriengs(?) belonging to the same and reall estate and profittes thereof ??? to the hands of the Defendant Rutland or his wife or one or one of them and Complts applyed to informed them that the Complt Janes Was cozen German to the said James as aforesaid and required an account for the assesses of rent and other the personall estate of the said James and to pay the Complts surty ??? thereof as ??? Complt Janes right blongin? to them by the Act for Settling Intestates estates or otherwise That the Defendt and his said wife pretended that John the said James his father had oneley two sisters of the halfe blood vizt Anne and Penelope both deceased And that the said Ann intermarried with Richard Gower by Whome she issue oneley two daughters vizt Elizabeth the wife of Edward Gould and the said Anne wife of the said Defendt Rutland and thatt the said Penellope since deceased intermarried with John White by whome she had issue onely one daughter Pelelope who marryed with Martin Ryder Esqr. and that the said personall estate after the said James his debts and funerall charges were paid ought to be distributed amongst the said Elizabeth Ann and Penelope as sisters children of the said John the said James his father and that the Complt not haveing made and legal? proofes of the Complt Janes being daughter of the said Matthew Cotterall brother of the said Alice Cottrell mother of the said Jane ought not to have and part of the said James his personall estate That the Complt Janes Comenced a suite in the P*rogats of the said James his personall estate pursuant to an authority given her by her husband who was then a souldier beyond sea and the Complts made full proofe of the Complt Janes being Cozen German and next of kinn to the said James and was proceeding to Sentence to present Which the said Defendt Rutland his wife Who ^(then) ?Wed? the Complt Jane to be Cozen German to the said James proposed ending the same suite amicably and promised to to be just in discovering and accounting for the said personall estate Which Was then or should afterward come to their hands and to pay the Complt her full part thereof That the said Defendant Rutland and others Assumed that he the said Rutland had about the first of march one thousand seaven hundred and four on sath? exhibited a true and perfect inventory of the said James his personall estate and what expended relateing thereto and that the said disbursements Were reasonable and ought to be allowed and that the surplusage...