In the Name of God Amen The first day of June Anno Domini 1635 and in the 11th year of the Reign of our sovereign Lord Charles by the grace of God of England Scotland France and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith etc. |
I William WHITEWAY the younger of Dorchester in the County of Dorset Merchant being in perfect sense and memory thanks be given to Almighty God considering the frailty of my weak body subject unto death every moment and yet uncertain of the time when it shall please god to call me out of this frail estate, And being desirous to settle in peace that small portion which Almighty God hath bestowed upon me in this present world Revoking all former Wills do make and ordain this my last will and Testament in manner and form following:
And First and principally I commend my soul unto the mercy of Almighty God my heavenly father who hath redeemed the same by the only merits death and passion of his only son my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ
My Body I commit to Christian burial to be buried in St peters Church yard in Dorchester aforementioned before the porch going into the church.
Item: I Give and bequeath unto the poor people of the three parishes in dorchester aforesaid the sum of ten pounds to be equally distributed between them at or shortly after my burial according to the discretion of my executor herein nominated.
Item: I Give and bequeath unto the Free School of the town of Dorchester the sum of twenty pounds to be employed and be at the disposal of the Mayor, Alderman and Capital Burgesses of the Borough of Dorchester or the major part of them for the maintenance and benefit of the same school.
Item:/Whereas my father William WHITEWAY the elder doth by obligation stand bound unto my loving father in law John PARKINS Merchant in the sum of one thousand pounds with condition to this or the like effect following that I should leave unto my dear and loving wife Eleanor the sum of eight hundred pounds to be paid her within one year after my decease. Now in discharge of the said bond and satisfaction thereof I do hereby give and bequeath unto my said wife the sum of eight hundred pounds to be paid unto her within one year after my decease.
Item: I Give unto John WHITE preacher of Gods Holy word of Dorchester Forty shillings to be bestowed in a ring for him.
Item: I Give unto my loving sister in Law Mistress Elizabeth BULL one gold ring of the price of forty shillings in token of my love for her.
Item: I Give unto my maid servant Luce HICKSON the sum of Forty Shillings
Item: I Give unto my servant Katherine DAVIS if she live with me until my death the sum of Ten shillings
All the Residue: of my goods whatsoever moveable and unmovable not before given and bequeathed my debts and legacies being paid and my funeral expenses and all other charges paid and discharged I Give and bequeath unto my dear and loving father William WHITEWAY the elder whom I make and ordain executor in trust of this my last will and Testament to and for the use and benefit of my loving son William WHITEWAY whose education I do commit to my said father desiring him for gods glory and my child's good out of my said estate to breed [bring] him up and bestow and lay out in purchase all or some part of the said estate hereby appointed to my son William in land, leases,annuities or otherwise as to my said executor shall seem to be most beneficial for my said son.
2. His parents were William WHITEWAY (1570-1639) the elder and Mary MOUNSELL (1579-1655)
3. His great grandparents were William WHITEWAY(1532-1614) of Denbury in Devon and Thomasin GOULD who died 1613
4. His younger brother John WHITEWAY (1614-1679) married Mary WHITE (died 1658) the daughter of Stephen WHITE (1578-1629) and his wife Mary WATERHOUSE. Stephen White was the younger brother of the Rev. John White
5. William & Eleanor had the following children: Mary (1621-1625); William (1622-1656); Margaret (1624-1628); John (1625-1626); John (1628-1631) Mary (1630-1631) Elenor (1633-1634) Mary born 1635 after his death.