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Will of John Snell of Chawleigh, Devon (13 Oct 1657)

© Crown Copyright

PROB 11/268, Records of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Ruthen Quire Numbers: 359-410

Transcribed by Joanne Dyer


In the name of God Amen the seven and twentieth day of December one thousand six hundred and ffiftie six I John Snell of Chawleigh being of a sounde minde and perfect remembrance praise be unto Almightie God doe make and ordaine this my last Will and Testament in manner and forme following ffirst I committ my soule to the Lord my Maker and my body to Christian buriall ffirst I give to the poore of Chawley ffortie shillings to be distributed within one month after my Decease Item I give and bequeath unto John my eldest sonne the terme of ffour score yeares in Norton after my decease and Tamzine my wife Alsoe I give to John my sonne one little mare to be delivered within one month after my decease Also I give unto John the pound and stone and apple wring which is standing alone in the pound house Item I give him a bedstead a chust a table board and a fforme which is now standing in the parlour which Goods hold to hime after the decease of Thomazine my wife Item I give unto Anne my sonnes wife one spruce chust Item I give unto Lewis my sonne all such right as I have in a Tenement called Dockhame as by a deed doth more plainly appeare which right is to begin and take effect at the decease of Thomazine my wife and not before Also I give unto Lewes all such dead goods as is upon the said Tenement Item I give unto my daughter Abigaill three score and tenn pounds when she comes to the age of one and twentie yeares One spruce chest after the decease of her Mother Item I give unto William my sonne all the right which I have in one Tenement in Romsley which tenement I desire and intrust William Webber to take upon his part of the rent and to putt it to the best proffitt that the said William thinkes fitt before my sonne shall accomplish the age of one and twenty and to give monyes yearly to my wife if he shall be called thereto if the said William Webber happen to die before my sonne shall come to the age of one and twentie then I instruct my wife to putt it to the best proffitt for him Item I give unto my sonne William thirtie pounds when he comes att the age one and twentie Item I give unto my sonne William the bedstead in the hall chamber and the great chest in the parlour chamber after the decease of Thomasine my wife Item I give unto Dorothie Webber and all my servants one sheepe a piece Item I give unto Joane Radford one shilling All my Goods not given or bequeathed I give unto Tamsin my wife whome I make my whole and sole executrix of this my last Will and Testament hereof I have hereunto sett my hand and seale the day and yeare first above written

This Will was proved at London the thirteenth day of October in the year of our Lord God one thousand six hundred ffiftie and seven before the judges for probate of Wills and granting Administrations lawfully authorised by the oath of Thomasin Snell the relict and sole and only Executrix named in the last Will and Testament of the Deceased to whome Administration of all and singular the Goods Chattels and debts of the said deceased was granted and committed she being first legallie sworne by virtue of a commission trulie and faythfullie to adminis for the same