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Help and advice for Bideford: Will of Dame Mary Grenville (1623)

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Will and Inventory of Dame Mary Grenville

Written 11th November 1619, proved 24th November 1623

Provided by David Carter

Transcriber's Note: The original document does not appear to have survived, but this transcript, produced by David Carter from the Oswyn Murray collection of Wills, Vol.13 (located on microfilm in Salt Lake City Family History Library), appears to be genuine and verbatim.

In the Name of God, Amen, the eleaventh day of November in the sixteenth yeere of the Raigne of Our soveraigne Lord James by the Grace of God Kinge of England, Fraunce and Ireland, Defender of the Faith cr. And of Scotland the three and fiftieth.

I Dame Mary GRENVILLE beinge in perfecte and good remembrance (thanks be given to Almightie God) and mynded according to the Christian usage to dispose of my goods and chattels, Landes, tenements, and hereditaments in such manner and forme as after my departure out of this vale of misery there should be no controversie concerning the same, do make and ordayne this my Last Will and Testament, in manner and forme following.

First I doe comytte my soule into the hands of Almightie God my Creator and to Jesus Christ his sonne my sole redeemer by whose death and passion I doe with a true and lively faith undoubtedly trust to be saved and made heire of his heavenly kingdome which he hath purchased by shedding his most precious blood for all those that believe in him and my body to the grand (sic) to be buryed where and as it shall seeme good unto my Executrixes hereafter in this my Last Will and Testament nominated and ordained.

Item: I doe give and bequeath to the poore of the Parish of Winkleigh forty shillings.

Item: I doe give and bequeath to the poore of the Parish of Broadwood Kelly forty shillings.

Item: I doe give and bequeath to the poore of the Parish of Monckeokehampton forty shillings. And to the poore of Byddeford forty shillings. All which several somes of forty shillings my will and desire is should be distributed by the direction of my overseers hereafter mentioned unto the poore of the sayd parishes within one moneth next after my decease.

Item: I doe give and bequeath unto Abigall STONNINGE ? my late servant, a ringe of twenty shillings to be delivered unto her within one yeere next after my decease.

Item: I doe give and bequeath untoGrenville WEEKES my godsonne the some of Five pounds sterling to be payd him within one moneth next after my decease.

Item: I doe give and bequeath unto Mary BURGES Five pounds sterling to be payd her within six months next after my decease.

Item: I doe give and bequeath unto Mably BAKER my servaunt twenty nobles sterling to be payde her within six months next after my decease.

Item: I doe give and bequeath unto George DODGE my servaunt one yeerly annuytie of fortie shillings stirlinge during his life.

Item: My will and desire is that my daughter Ursula shall after my decease remaine and be under the government and tuition of my daughters Katherine ABBOTT and Bridgett GREMVILE and they to have and receave her yeerly rent or annuytie of theretie pounds from her brother for her maintenance.

Item: I doe will devise give and bequeath unto my two daughters Katharine ABBOTT and Bridgett GREMVILE and to their heires and assigns for ever all my lands howses messuages tenements and hereditaments whatsoever situate lyinge and beinge in the Parish of Monckokehampton in the County of Devon.

Item: The residewe of all my goods chattels and cattles landes tenements and hereditaments not before given or bequeathed (my funeral expenses and debtes being payed) I doe give and bequeath unto the sayd Katherine ABBOT and Bridgett GREMVILE my daughters and do make and ordayne them my sole and joynt executrixes of this my last Will and Testament.

And I doe constitute and point my Cosen Symon WEEKES Esq (Esquier) to be overseer of this my last Will and Testament requestinge him to see the same instly. p'formed.

In Witnesse whereof I have to this my Last Will and Testament sett my hands and seale the day and yeere first above written, 1619.

Signed sealed and delivered in the presence of Simon WEEKES, John DIBLEY, Amey WALKER.

The Signe of Mary GRENVILE.

1623 Nov 12 Oaths of Executrixes Katharine ABBOTT and Bridgett GREMVYLE.

The Inventory of the goods and chattels of the Lady Mary GREYNVILE late of Byddeforde in the County of Devon, deceased, taken and prised by Digory TREMAYNE of Poundstock in the County of Cornewall and Thomas TAYLOR of Byddeforde in the County of Devon, ge'men the xi day of November in anno D'ni 1623 as followeth (there are set out various items of household goods, furniture and plate with the values attached).

Sworn at £144.10.0.

1623 ix March. Executrixes oaths exhibited.

Inventory of the goods and chattells of the Lady Mary GREYNVILE of Byddeforde in the County of Devon, deceased. Taken and priced by Digory TREMAYNE of Poundstock in the County of Cornewall and Thomas TAYLOR of Byddeforde in the County of Devon, geaven the xith day of November in anno dmn. 1623 as followeth:-

  Li.
Beddinge valued and priced at xl.
Plate valued in xv.
Coverlette and quilte priced in x.
Cheste and trunke priced in iii.
Potts and pans valued in iii.
Woodden vessel priced in xl.s.
Lynninge valued in v.li.
Boarde and Bedsteads val. in v.li.
Formes and stooles val. in xx.s.
Pewter priced in xl.s.
Other utynsells, valued in xx.s.
Money owinge unto her lviix.li.
   
                      S'm'a Toll. cxliiij.x.s. (£144.10s.0d)
   
Exhtn fuit et est prs hei Invnty purend Johem Clefford (or Clifford) de Dowland yen noce? exquit cr. pro vero cr. ru extephana de addendo si. cr.
   
ix.Martii.1623 nupte. cr.