In the name of God Amen I Alice LODER of Dorchester in the County of Dorset widow being of perfect mind and memory but sensible of my frail & mortal estate and condition in this uncertain life Do make & ordain this my last will & Testament.
Impremis: I commit my soul into the hands who gave it & my body I commit to christian burial in St Peters Church next my dear husbands grave.
Item: I give to the poor of the parish of St Peters & to the poor of the parish of Trinity in Dorchester aforesaid, to each parish twenty shillings a piece.
Item: I give unto my sister Mary LYNINGTON of Weymouth Five Pounds, & such of my wearing apparel as my executors in their discretion shall think fit.
Item: I give unto my son Gilbert [LODER] a trundle bedstead (2) & a coverlet;
Item: I give to my Cousin Margaret ATKINS my silk gown & twenty shillings in money
Item: I give to my son James LODER and his wife to each of them a gold ring worth twelve shillings a piece.
Signed Alice LODER with her seal
Signed Sealed & published by the said Alice LODER to be her last will & Testament in the presence of
The mark of Alice SEAGER
(1). Alice LODER was buried at St Peters Church Dorchester on 13th May 1664
(2). A trundle bedstead is another name for a truckle bedstead
(3). Dorchester was a centre for non conformist religions at this date and many parishioners did not agree with the ejectment of Ministers from their livings or the passing of the Five Mile Act. Many like Alice continued to support them and a bequest in a Will was one way of showing loyalty
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