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Will of Roger Earle of Stokingham

Proved 30 March 1659

© Crown Copyright

PROB 11/289/397, Records of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury

Transcribed by Bev Edmonds

In the Name of God Amen
This tenth day of June in the yeare of our Lord God accordinge to the Camp........? of the Church of England one thousand sixe hundred ~ fifty and eight I Roger Earle of Stokingham in the County of Devon being sicke in bodye but in perfect memory doe make and ordaine this my Last Will & Testement in ..... and manner as followeth inprimus I give bequeath my Soule into the mournful handes of God whoe gave it humblye ............?...............? his ....? by a ...fold right of Creation and purposeful beinge an welbeloved same my only blessed Redeemer through whome earth from whence it may taken to had...ly? informed in the parish of Stokingham amonge others my Christian bretheren in hope of a glorious resurrection with them by the power of the resurrection of Christ whoo became the first fr....ity? of them that .ept? [slept] the ..........? and further ? of my faith Item I give unto the poore of the Towne Stokingham aforesaid Twoe Shillinges to be paid on my ffunerall day Item I give and bequeath unto my oldest sonne John All my right title and interest in all my chattels estates that are in my possession or purchased but not yet in my hand Reservinge and exemptinge such reservations & exempinge as are hereinafter Reserved and exempted Item I give and bequeath unto my said sonne John the bedd and bed sheads ? [sheets] with the appurtenancies thereto belonginge that and nowe in the Broad chamber, the ....? ...? in the long chamber and my second best brasse croker? Item I give and bequeath unto my sonne Robert Tenne pounds to be paid within one yeare and a day after my decease Item I give & bequeath unto my oldest daughter Joane Tenne pounds to be paid within one yeare and a day after my decease Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Joane aforesaid shillinges a yeare to be paid quarterlie out of the Tement called the Buddles duringe the full terme of Twenty yeares y..............? after the death of her mother, an seaven yeares after the marriage of her mother Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Jane Tenne poundes to be paid within one yeare and a day after my decease Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth Tenne poundes to be paid within twoe yeares and a day after my decease [ in column Item I give and bequeath unto my sonne Roger Tenne Pounds to be paid within twoe yeares and a day after my decease] Item my Will and desire that incase any of the aforementioned sonnes and daughters dye before they arrive to a full estate or married, their portion be equally devided amonge the survivinge brothers and sisters Item my will is and I hereby ordaine that incase my present wife Margerie doe marrie after my decease That the revenues and whole benefit of the Buddles and Crosse Parke (if then in hand) to be equally distributed among the space? of seavin yeares imediately then ensueinge amonge my children ( that is to saie) John, Robert, Joane, Jane, Elizabeth and Roger, to soe many of them as shall then be livinge Item I devise Item I devise [sic] Mr Robert Meese? and James Adams the younger to be Overseers if this my last Will and Testament Item I declare constitute and ordaine my well beloved wife Margery my full and whole Executrix of all my goodes and chattels whatsoever as well within ......? as without to pay my debts and such legacies as are before given and bequeathed Already provided and such is my Will and testament that upon the day of her marriage or day of her death the forementioned parcells of ground called The Buddles and the Crosse Parke be delivered up into the possession of my sonne John and the Cottage with the garden and Quilletty....? of ground in Shere.nbe? belonginge and other appurtenances formerlie knowne by the naime of ..euches [Deaches?]Tenement and to des..ond? to my said sonne John imediately upon the dayth of her death And that this is my last Will and Testament I have in the presence of credible witnesses under named sette my hand and Seale the day & yeare above writeen. Roger Earle, Sealed and signed in the presence of Robert Meese, John Samaster, James Adams

This Will was proved in London the thirtieth day of March in the yeare of our Lord One thousand sixe hundred fiftye nyne before the Judges for Probate of Wills and grantinge administrations lawfullie authorised By the oath of margerie Earle the relict and executrix named in the said Will to whome was ....ed administration of all and singular the goods chattles and debts of the said deceased. Shee beinge first sworne by ...? of a Commission .est ? and truely to administer.