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Will of Robert Michell, Yeoman, of Stockland, Dorset (now Devon)

Proved 25 November 1628

© Crown Copyright

PROB 11/154/473, Records of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury

Transcribed by Kathleen Noye

[Dated 16 Oct 1628, Proved 25 Nov 1628]

In the name of God Amen The xvith daie of October, in the yeare of our Lord God one thousand sixe hundred twentie eight I Robert Michell of Stockland in the Countie of Dorset yeoman Doe make and ordaine this my last will and testament in manner and forme following viz Inprimis I commend my soule into the hand[es] of god hopeing for life and salvation only by the meritt[es] of Jesus Christ my Redeemer, And my bodie to decent buriall Item I giue to the poore of the p[ar]ish of Stocland fortie shilling[es] Ite[m] I giue vnto John Cawly my brother in lawe Twentie poundes Ite[m] I doe giue more vnto the said John Cawly nine pound[es] w[hi]ch he doth owe vnto mee Ite[m] I giue vnto John Cawly, the younger sonne of the foresaid John Cawly the som[m]e of twentie poundes Ite[m] I giue vnto William Purchase my kinsman ten poundes Item I giue more vnto the said William Purchase fifteene pound[es] w[hi]ch he doth owe vnto mee It[em] I giue vnto An[n]e Weekes the wife of Willia[m] Weekes of Aliscombe my kinswoma[n] ten poundes It[em] I giue vnto Michaell Rodman al[ia]s Knoles ten poundes Ite[m] I giue more vnto the said Michaell Rodman seuen pound[es] w[hi]ch his ffather George Rodman doth owe vnto mee Ite[m] I giue vnto Henry Cawly my kinsman now dwelling w[i]th me fifteene pound[es] Ite[m] I giue vnto Anne Cawly, Sister of the said Henry fiue poundes Ite[m] I giue vnto John Michell of Stockland my kinsman three poundes Ite[m] I giue vnto Henry Michell brother of the said John three poundes Ite[m] I giue vnto Agnes Perriam three pounds Ite[m] I giue vnto Thamasine Hull the wiffe of George Hull of Crewkerne three pounds Ite[m] I giue vnto John Crandon of Wambrooke my kinsman fortie shilling[es] Ite[m] I giue vnto Robert Hobbes of Dullwoode thetcher [thatcher?] fortie shillings Ite[m] I giue vnto the old Balaman [?] of Honiton w[i]th whom I haue vsed to hoalf [?] at my comeinge to the market[es] fortie shilling[es] Ite[m] I giue vnto my Godsonne Ames Cawley twentie shillings I giue vnto my godsonne Nicholas Knight Twentie shilling[es] Ite[m] I giue vnto my godsonne George Cawly of Offill [?] Twentie shilling[es] Ite[m] I giue vnto all the rest of my godchildren xijd [12 shillings] apeece The rest of my goods & Chattells not giuen and bequeathed I giue vnto my wiffe Alice Michell whom I doe make sole Executrix of this my last will and Testament and I doe intreate and appoint Alexander Skinner Clearke and John Knight of Yarcombe Yeoman to bee the Overseers of this my Will In witnes whereof I haue herevnto sett my hand and seale the daie and yeare abouewritten The marke of Robert Michell Witnesses Alex: Skinner John Knight . / .

Probatum fuit Testamentum Suprascriptum apud London Coram venerabili viro Domino Henrico Marten Milite legum Doctore Curit Prerogative Cantuarionsis Magist[e]ri Custodis sive Commissaris l[egi]time constituto Vicesimo quinto die mensis Nouembris Anno Domini Millesimo sexcentesimo vicesimo octavo Juramento Alicie Relicte dicti defuncti et Executricis in huiusmodi Testamento nominat Cui Commissa fuit Administratio omnium et singulorum bonorum iurium et Creditorum dicti Defuncti De bene et fideliter Administrando eadem ad sancta Dei Evangelia Coram Alexandro Skynner ??lico Vigore Commissionis in ea p[ar]te al[ia]s emauat Jurat./. Ex[aminatus] /

Translation: The above written will was proved in London before the venerable Sir Henry Marten, knight, Doctor of Law, Master, Keeper or Commissary for the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, lawfully constituted, on.the twenty-fifth day of the month of November in the Year of our Lord one thousand six hundred twenty-eight, by oath of Alice, relict and executrix of the said deceased, named in the same will, to whom administration was granted of all and singular the goods, rights and credits of the said deceased, sworn on the Holy Gospel of God before Alexander Skynner well and faithfully to administer the same, by force of a commission in that respect issued at another time. Examined.