Henry Worth of Washfield, 1680
Summary of Will, from Devonshire Wills by Charles Worthy, pub. circa 1896, pg 28
Transcribed by Edna Marlow
1680. The last Will of Henry Worth of Washfield, dated 19th Jany., 1677:
He desires to be buried "without superfluity of blackes" but decently, and six of the labourers on the estate to "attend his hearse" and to have 6s each and a "gowne."
"Item-- I give L10 towards the purchasinge some father estate as for buyings of Bibles or some other books of divinity to be yearly distributed amongst the poor people of Washfield for ever."
"To my son, Thomas Worth, 4s for a ring."
"To my son, Alexander Worth, the lyvinge of Wood, which I lately purchased in the parish of Uplowman, to him and his heirs for ever, and the sum of L300 to stock it."
To daughter Dorothy, wife of Robert Collins of Autry (Ottery St. Mary) Clearke, L100.
"To my daughter, Elizabeth Oliver, a ring of 20s. value."
"To my daughter, Mary Worth, L700." "To the Servants at Worth at time of my death 40s. each. To my Son John's wife "my best piece of plate." To my brother Arthur Worth, Sons-in-law Robert Collins, Benjamin Oliver, Esq., Humphry Shobrooke Merchant, dau-in-law Anne Worth, Nephew Wm. Pincombe, two brothers-in-law, Francis and Thomas Bampfylde a ring each of 20s value. Residue to Son John Worth, who is Sole Exor.
Witnesses, George Abraham, John Besley, and Emlin Clatworthy.
Codicil, dated 12th Jany., 1679-80.
He leaves his brother Arthur Worth L10. and to the children of his daughter-in-law Ann Worth L10. each. He leaves to his Son Alexander, the books, trunks, boxes, and other things in the study over the porch at Worth House.
Witnesses, Benjamin Oliver, Roger Dodge, Saml. Clemens.
Seal of Family Arms. Arg., an Eagle dispd. wings elevated, with two necks Sa. Beaks and legs Gules. Helmet and Mantling. Crest. "An Arm erect vested erms gloved erm. holding an Eagle's leg couped or."