Will of Thomas Blackmore, Yeoman of Bishops Nympton

Proved 17 November 1648

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PROB 11/206/147, Records of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury

Transcribed by Elizabeth Kipp

1 In the name of God Amen. 
2 the seaventh day of August in the three and twentyth yeare of the Raigne of our
3 Soveraigne Lord Charles by the grace of God of England Scotland Frannce and
4 Ireland king defender of the Fayth etc I Thomas Blackmore of Bishops Nimpton in the
5 County of Devon Yeoman beinge sicke in bodye but of right and perfect memory (thankes
6 bee to Allmighty God) doe make and ordaine this my last will and Testament in man[n]er
7 and forme followinge Imprimis I bequeath my Soule into the handes of Allmighty God
8 my only Saviour and Redeemer hoping through his meritorious death and Passion to
9 enioy the ioyes of lyfe everlastinge and my body to Christian buryall Item I devise and
10 bequeath unto Johan my wife all the estate graunted by mee to her Father deceased and to
11 her brother Lewis Datscombe in the Rectory or Parsonnage of Bishops Nympton all my
12 estate in Wredburne scituate in East Ansty Parish All my estate in two parcell of land
13 called Gradethorn and Gradethorne meadowe lyinge and being w[i]thin the Parish of
14 Oakeford All the estate which of right she ought to have in Sowaell in the Parish of
15 Brushford and County of Somersett And the Forty poundes of money which was to her
16 given by her Father's last will and Testament All the chests and coffers which she was
17 owner of att the time of our Intermarrynge and one other great Chest which my Father
18 gave her Item I give and bequeath unto the sayd Johan my wyfe six kyne two mayned
19 weaning heyfer calves one Bull two heifer yearlinges one heifer of two yeares age
20 and upwardes Forty melch ewes now usually milked att Parsonage aforesayd twoe
21 Rammes and Twenty lambes the sayd Cattell and sheepe to bee allowed and appointed
22 by the free election of my Executor hereinafter nominated Item I give unto her one old
23 Mare one sydesaddle and packsaddle two hackney girts two pack girts one coveringe for
24 a syde saddle one bridle one halter and one payre of carne crookes Item I give unto her
25 all my Swyne hogges pigges and poultry that wholly goe att Parsonage Item I give
26 unto her all the bedsteddes bedds and their usual furniture standinge in the chamber over
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27 the Buttery there (the Curtynes and yron Rodes now thereunto hanging only excepted)
28 the Bedsteede Bedd and furniture uppon which my sonnes Thomas and Anthony doe nowe
29 usually lye Item I give unto her the halfe onelie of all my brasse potts the half onelie of
30 all my brasse pannes and caldrones the halfe onelie of all my pewter vessells one silver
31 bowle guilted and one silver spoon the halfe onelie of all my woodin vesselles att Parsonnage
32 one Garnier or corner Hutch standing on the Sowthsyde of the Mault howse att Parsonnage
33 one other corner Hutch standinge on the Easte syde of the sayd Mault howse allwayes wholy and
34 freely p[re]served to my Executors herinafter nominated Item I give unto hir my Tableboards
35 standinge in the Hall one squar Table standing on the West syde of the same hall my Table
36 board and livery Table in the Parlour three Formes now standings in the sayd hall nere
37 Parlour Item I give unto her all my Corne and Pease now in the Feildes att Parsonage
38 together w][ith the syth thereof Item I give unto her All my Corne in the Barne and other
39 Howeses att her Parsonage all my hay att Parsonage all my wooll all my spinninge
40 turnes and cardes one Skeaner all my butter and cheese one cheese Rack all my flesh
41 in sault or saulted (my two second best flitches of Bacon and all other howshold provision
42 whatsoever fitt for my Funerall only excepted) the same to bee freely had and taken by my
43 Executors without disturbance or dinyall Item I give unto her my greatest spitt my least
44 spitt my dripping Panns and Frying pann three of my bist casks all my ____inge
45 stuffe my dough sheetes my best corne pecke all my Ladders att Parsonage my best
46 chaire three Frame stoules all my Earthen vessells (my greatest earthen Jugg only excepted)
47 the Kettle in the hall and all my wood att Parsonage my best Table Cloth sixe of my best
48 Table napkins any best cheese wring my dry hurdle my two best Piggs troughes one
49 dozen of neeld spoones two dozen of ordinary Trenchers one dozen of fruite Trenchers my
50 best bellowes and two best each of pothookes and pothangers my Gridyron forskyron my
52 two best B_andyrons my second best payar of Andyrons my best lither bottle one
53 ____ and woll weightes and one bill hooke provided allwayes and my will and
54 meaninge is that yf Johan my wyfe doe not demeane and behave herselfe fairely and
55 instly to my Executor in this my will hereafter named in the true deliverance of all
56 such thinges unto him as doe or shall unto him rightfully belong that then the aforesayd
57 Legacyes herein before to hir bequeathed shal[l ]bee utterly voyd and all the right and property
58 of them shall wholy redonnd to the use and proffitt of my executor hereafter mentioned
59 the course thereof in case of difference to bee first heard and adiudged by my Overseers
60 and Rulers hereafter nominated Item I devise and bequeath unto Walter Blackmore
61 my sonne all my estate in Knoll Downes and Wibworthy Moore together w[i]th all my wrytings
62 thereonto belonging And yf Hugh Blackmore my sonne shall happin to dye before hee
63 shall undertake the estate of Matrimony I doe then devise and bequith unto the sayd
64 Walter my sonne all my right and interist in the Parsonage of Bishops Nympton duringe
65 the Terme to mee therein graunted Item I give and bequeath unto the sayd Walter my
66 sonne Thirty poundes of lawfull money of England to be payd within two yeares next after
67 my decease Item I give unto the sayd Walter my best long rydinge Coate lyned w[i]th bayis
68 Item I give and bequeath unto Johan Blackmore my daughter nynety poundes of
69 lawfull money of England to be payd within one yeare next after my death Item I give
70 and bequeath unto Margarett Blackmore my daughter Thirty poundes of lawfull
71 money of England to bee payd within two yeares next after my decease Provided allwayes
72 ande my will and meaninge is that yf my sonne Walter my daughter Johan or my
73 daughter Margarett shall happen to dye before he shee or they shal[l ]bee maryed soe as yet doe
74 soe exceed fower yeares next after my death that then the Legacyes and Portions herein
75 before given and bequeathed unto the sayd Walter Johan and Margarett shall remayn
76 and bee equally devided between the Survivor or Survivors of them and my Executor
77 hereafter mentioned ioyntly and together with them And further whereas my brother
78 Lewes Datscombe hath often promised mee to provide sufficiently for my sonne Lewes
79 Blackmore now in his Instley and espicially in June last past did againe _______
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80 his sayd Promise yet neverthelesse I give and bequeath unto the sayd Lewes my sonne as a
81 Filial portion Twenty two poundes lawfull money of England of which sixteene poundes
82 ys now in my brother Datscombes handes and the other six poundes in my wyfes hand
83 And whereas I have heretofore for Fatherly affiction given and grannted unto my two
84 sonnes Thomas and Anthony twoe severall estates in Threwston and East Threwston
85 yet nevertheless I give and bequeath unto the sayd Thomas and Anthony Twenty pounds
86 apeece of lawfull English money to bee payd unto them within Fouer yeares next after
87 my decease or sooner yf a convenient opportunity for their better preferment shall
88 fitly require yet Provided allwayes that yf the sayd Thomas and Anthony together
89 with Julian there sister or eyther of them shall happen to survive the foresayd Johan
90 their mother that then the Tenant and Tenants of the Parsonage aforesayd shall well
91 and truely pay unto each of them the sayd Thomas Anthony and Julian the somme of
92 Three poundes six shillinges and eight pence yearly untill such time as they shall severally
93 accomplish the age of seventeen yeares Item I give unto my three daughters Agnes
94 Jane and Julian Fifty poundes a peece of lawfull money of England Agnes her Fifty
95 poundes to be payd within one month after she shall accomplish the age of one and Twenty
96 yeares Jane her Fifty poundes to be payd within one month after she shall accomplish
97 the age of one and Twenty Yeares Julyan her Fifty poundes to bee payd within sixe
98 yeares next after my death not doubtinge but that my wyfi their mother being lefte
99 well furnished both within doores and without will inlarge their portions sufficiently
100 hereafter Item I doe appoint my Executors to pay unto John Quinteck Five shillings
101 Item I give unto the Poore of the Parish of Bishopps Nympton Twenty shillinges
102 All the residue of my goodes and chattells not herein before given nor bequeathed
103 I give and bequeath unto Hugh Blackmore my sonne whom I make and ordaine
104 the sole and whole Executor of this my last will and Testament And I doe appointe
105 my wel[l ]beloved freindes and kinsmen John Towte John Pincombe David Hill and William
106 Pincombe the younger to bee Rulers and Overseers of this my last will and Testament
107 And I give unto each of them for their paynes takinge herein three shillinges
108 foure pence Witnesse my hand and Seale the day and yeare first above wrytten
109 This I doe add and annex unto this my last will and Testament as a
110 Codicill these thinges followinge viz[ a vi]t whereas I have thereby given and bequeathed
111 unto my daughters Agnes Jane and Julian Fifty poundes a peece to Thomas
112 and Anthony my sonnes Twenty poundes a peece in manner and forme therein
113 severally expressed my further will intent and meaning is that yf the sole sayd Agnes
114 Jane Julian Thomas and Anthony or any or either of them shall happen to dye
115 before the guiftes and legacyes to them soe given and bequeathed shal[l ]bee come due
116 and payable that then the sayd Guiftes and legacyes of him her or them or eyther
117 of them soe dyinge as affore sayd shall wholy ridund and in__ to the Proffitt and
118 advantage of the Survivors and Survivor of them to bee equally devided among
119 them Item I give unto my wyfe and to each of my children and to such other freinds
120 as my Executor shall thinke fitt one payre of Black gloves to bee worn att my
121 Funerall Item I give to my sayd wyfe one Rodden Fla_ke to keepe clothes in Item
122 I give unto my wyfe my greene corsitt of Jersey Thomas Blackmoore
123 Sealed published and declared as his last will and Testament in presence of
124 Mathew Hinscombe Anthony Blackmoore

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