Will of James Currum, Fuller of Culmstock, Devon (9 January 1658)
National Archives Catalogue Reference: PROB 11/272
Records of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury
Wootton Quire Numbers: 1 - 51
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Transcribed by Diane Harris
In the Name of God Amen the twenty three of July in the year of our Lord God, One thousand six hundred fifty and three. That whereas I James Curram of the parish of Culmstock in the County of Devon, fuller, being somewhat grievous with sickness of body yet nevertheless of memory sound and perfect, thanks be to Almighty God do make and declare this, my last Will or Testament in the manner and form following. First I bequeath my soule unto Almighty God, my Creator and Redeemer having a full trust and hope through the death and passion of Jesus Christ to attain and have everlasting life and salvation. Also in touching [semi illegible?] my worldly goods, I do give them and dispose them in manner and form as followeth. First I do give and bequeath unto William my sonne ten shillings. Item I do give and bequeath unto George Cape my godson twelve pence. Item I do give unto my wife Joane all my goods within doors and without if that she does not marry again after my decease, and if that she do marry again after my decease my will is that I do give her but two shillings in MONIE and the best bedd that I have purchased [semi illegible?] and her Crock that she brought with her. And if that she do marry again my will is that I do give and bequeath all my goods, the aforesaid within doors and without, unto William my sonne except that which is before executed. Item I do give unto my two brothers children six shillings, that is to say twelve pence apiece unto their six children, and if this be now performed it is according to my will. And I do declare my very good friend John Southwood to see this, my last will and testament performed in manner as aforesaid. And I do give unto him for his pains two shillings and six pence. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year first above written the signature of James Curram . . .
Witnesses are these George Tremlett. John Southwood.
My mind is that none of my goods which now is in my house shall not be exchanged nor altered by my wife without the consent of John Southwood and my sonne William. Witnesses are these George Tremlett, John Southwood.
The nynth day of January in the year of our Lord God according to the cannons and computations of the Church of England, One thousand six hundred fifty and seven. Letters of Administration issued forth to Joane Curram the relict and principle legaterie [sic] named in the last will and testament of James Curram late of Culmstock in the county of Devon, deceased. To administer all and singular the goods, chattels and debts of the said deceased according to the forms and assets of the said deceased's will, there being no executor named in the said will. She the said deceased ['s wife] being first legally sworn by virtue of a commission truly and faithfully to administer the forms.