Abraham Holditch 1677
In the name of God Amenthe fifth day of February anno domini one thousand six hundred seventy seven I Abraham Holditch of Mile End Gent being in perfect mind and memory doe make and declare this my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say after all my just debts and funeral expanses are first fully satisfied and paid then my desire and will is that all my real and personal estate whatsoever and wherever may be faithfully valued appraised and equally divided into thirty two equal parts ffive of which equal parts I freely give and dispose to my oldest son Abraham to be paid unto him at the age of twenty years and to my second son Richard I give and dispose to him ffour other equal parts and to my eldest daughter Elizabeth I give and dispose to her ffour other equal parts and to my daughter Ann I give and dispose three other equal parts and to my daughter Agnes I give and dispose three other equal parts and to that child still in my wife's body and unborn to him her or them I give and dispose two other equal parts and my will and meaning is that all my children's legacies shall be paid unto them at their several ages of one and twenty years and if any of my children should happen to dye and depart this life before they shall arrive (attain to) at the age of one and twenty years as aforesaid then my will and meaning is that his or her legacies at dying shall be equally divided between my surviving children and my loving wife and my will and meaning is that my loving wife shall have the interest of every one of my children's legacies toward their bringing up and education and to Elizabeth my loving wife I freely of my own voluntary will give and dispose to her the other eleven remaining equall parts and I do hereby nominate constitute and warrant my aforesaid loving wife Elizabeth my sole and alone executrix of this my last will and testament and desire my loving friends the same Richard Goodlad of London and Thomas Stanton to be overseers of this my last will and testament and lastly I do hereby revoke disannul and call back all former wills promises and bequests whatsoever and this to stand and remain in full force and witness my hand and seal the day and year first above written. Abraham Holditch signed sealed and declared by the testator for and as his last will and testament in presence of us Thos Stanton, R. Goodlad, Margaret Morecock, the mark of Mary Orise [?]
ProbatumIn Latin, Elizabeth Holditch relict and executrix, probated 1677
NOTE: Elizabeth, wife of Abraham, was a Morecock, probably related to the Margaret Morecock who witnessed the will. First son of Abraham and Elizabeth was a William Holdedge, baptised 1664 at Stepney. As he was not mentioned in Abraham's will proved 20 Feb 1677/78, it was thought he did not survive. The "child still in my wife's body" may have been Robert HOLDAGE, christened 18 Apr 1678, Bull Lane Independent, Stepney, London, England, mother Elizabeth HOLDAGE. There is no known son James.
Abraham Holditch will (1677), Prerogative Court of Canterbury PROB/11/356, image 579, National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, downloaded from http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline