William Ivileafe, gent, Frome Selwood, Somerset
July 8, 1681, probate February 21, 1688/9
In the name of God amen The eighth day of July in the year of the reign of our sovereign Lord Charles the second by the grace of God of England Scotland France and Ireland King defender of the faith of the three and thirtieth anno domi one thousand six hundred eighty one. I William Ivileafe of Frome Selwood in the county of Somerset gent being in perfect health and memory (thanks be given to Almighty God) but considering that mortality always attends the children of Adam revoking all former wills by me heretofore made do make ordain and declare this my last will and testament in manner and form following:
Imprimus I bequeath my soule into the hands of Almighty God my Creator hoping that through the meritorious death and passion of Jesus Christ my Savior and Redeemer to have pardon and forgiveness of all my sins and a joyful inheritance among the saints _____ hereafter and for my body I commit it to the earth to be buried in Christian burial according to the discretion of my Executrix hereafter named and as for my temporal estate which almighty God has been pleased to entrust me withall I give and dispose as followeth:
Item whereas I am seized in fee to me and my heyres for ever of and in certain lands and tenements situate lying and being at a place called the Fen in the parish of Hemington in the County of Somerset, late in the several possessions or occupations of John Coombe and Richard Coombe his son and Richard Vigor I give will and devise the same lands and tenements with all and singular their appurtenances called Coombe which I purchased of John Coombe and Richard Coombe his son unto my son Joseph Ivileafe and to the heyres of his body lawfully begotten or to be begotten and for default of such I give to my right heyres forever
Item I give will and devise the residue of my lands before mentioned lying in the parish of Hemington aforesaid late in the possession of Richard Vigor unto my said son Joseph Ivileafe and to the heyres of his body lawfully begotten or to be begotten and for default of such issue to my right heyres for ever
Item I give to my daughter in law Alice Boyce the sum of twenty pounds the sum of which to be paid to her within one year next after my decease but if she happen to dye before it becomes due unto her the same to remain to my Executrix
Item I bequeath unto Grace Marshall my sister the sum of ten pounds to be paid unto her within one year next after my decease but if she happen to dye before it become due unto her the same to remain to my Executrix
Item I give and bequeath to Robert Boyce son of the said Alice Boyce the sum of forty pounds to be paid unto him within one year next after my death but if he happen to dye before it become due to him the same to remain to my Executrix
Item I give and bequeath unto John Boyce and Sarah Boyce sonne and daughter of my said daughter-in-law Alice Boyce the sum of ten pounds apiece to be paid within one year next after my decease but if they or either of them happen to dye before it become due unto them the legacy or legacies of them or either of them not dying to remain to my Executrix
All the rest and residue of my goods and chattels that I am now possessed of and all my money and plate not herein or before given or bequeathed I give and bequeath unto Elizabeth my well beloved wife whom I make and ordain Executrix of this my last will and testament. And I do make and ordain my sonne in law William Whitchurch William Leversedge and John Bull overseers of this last will and testament desireing them to see the same performed according to the true meaning thereof and I give to every of them six shillings and eight pence apiece for their paines therein. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written William Ivileafe. Signed sealed and published in the presence of us George Parry, James Hayter Edm: Jones
Probatum [in Latin, not exact translation but summarized as follows] This will was proved at London on 21st February 1688 [i.e.1688/9] before Sir Richard Raines, Doctor of Laws, in the PCC, by the oath of Eliza Ivileafe, relict and executrix named in the will, to whom was granted administration of all and singulary the goods, [something] and credits of the deceased having sworn to do so faithfully on the Holy Scriptures.
William Ivileafe will (1681), Prerogative Court of Canterbury Prob/11/395 Image 936, National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, downloaded from http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline. Transcribed by Cindy Holdridge Smith, November 6, 2006.