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Will of William Day

of Eastchurch, Kent

Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC17/72/311
Submitted by Roy Day
In the name of God, Amen, The eleaventh day of [?]September in the yeare of our Lord God 1666, And in the eightenth yeare of the raigne of our Sov[er]aigne Lord Charles the second, by the grace of God, King of England etc,
I, William Day, of the p[ar]ish of Eastchurch in the Isle of Sheppy in the County of Kent, yeoman, being weake and sicke in Bodie, but of sound and p[er]fect memory, I give Almighty God thankes therefore, doe make and ordaine this my last Will and Testam[en]t in manner and forme Following.
First and before all things I co[m]me[n]d my Soule into the hands of Almighty God my Creator and Redeemer, And my Body to the Earth, to be decently buryed by myne Executor hereafter named.

Item I give and bequeath unto my two daughters Martha and Anne forty shillings apeece, to bee paid att their sev[er]all ages of One and Twenty yeares or dayes of their marryage, w[hi]ch shall first happen.
It[e]m I give unto my said two daughters all my late Wyves weareing apparrell, both lynnen and wollen, to bee equally devided betweene them.

Item I give and bequeath unto my two sonne John and Andrew Twenty pounds apeece, to bee paid att their sev[er]all ages of one and Twenty yeares.

All the rest and residue of my goods, Cattell and Chattles, if any shall remayne after my debts, legacies herein bequeathed, and funerall expences bee satisfied and paid, I give and bequeath unto my four children before named, to bee equally devided amongst them.

And I make and ordaine my loveing friend John Bollingham Executor of this my last Will and Testam[en]t.

Item it is my Will that my two daughters before named shall have all their sheepe w[hi]ch are now going and feedeing in my grounds.
Item I give and devise unto my two sonnes before named my house and Lands lyeing in the Citty of Colchester, or neere the same, to them and their heires for ever.

And this is my last Will and Testament. In witnesse whereof I have hereunto putt my hand and seale the day and yeare first above written.
Further it is my Will that if either of my said sonnes happen to dye before hee accomplish his age of one and twenty yeares then the Survivor shall enioy the Legacie of the decea[se]d.
William Day his m[ar]ke
Read, signed, sealed and for his last Will published and declared in the presence of
Richard Hooke his marke, Mich. Baldwin.

Probatum fuit h[uius]mo[d]i antescript[um] Test[ament]um Will[ielm]i Day def[uncti] 7o die mens[is] Maii Anno D[omi]ni 1667o Coram m[agist]ro Joh[ann]e Hunt cl[er]ico Co[m]missario l[egi]time authorizat[o] ven[erabi]lis viri Will[iel]mi Stede l[egum] d[o]c[t]or[is] Rev[er]endi viri D[omi]ni Archi[diaco]ni Cant[uariensis] Offi[cia]lis l[egi]time deputat[i] Juram[en]to Johannis Ruffin Creditor[is] prin[cipa]lis h[uius]mo[d]i defunct[i] necnon Tutoris etc Marthæ Day et Annæ Day filiar[um] h[uius]mo[d]i def[un]c[t]i et legatar[iarum] in h[uius]mo[d]i testam[en]to no[m]i[n]at[arum] Ac inde approbat[um] etc
Et quia Executor in h[uius]mo[d]i testam[en]to no[m]i[n]at[o] on[er]i execuc[ionis] eiusd[em] renun[ciavi]t Ideo d[omi]nus comisit ad[ministracion]em bonor[um] h[uius]mo[d]i def[uncti] cum testam[en]to h[uius]mo[d]i annexo p[re]fato Joh[ann]i Ruffin Creditori et tutori etc p[re]d[icto] durant[te] minor[i] ætat[e] p[re]fati Marthæ et Annæ Day minor[um] p[re]d[ictarum] et non al[ite]r neq[ue] ultra prius ad t[ac]ta sacros[an]c[t]a dei Evangelia iurat[o] Salvo iure cujuscu[n]que intere[ss]e haben[tis]

[This before-written will, of William Day deceased, Was proved on the 7th day of the month of May in the 1677th year of our Lord, Before Master John Hunt, clerk, lawfully authorised commissary of the worshipful William Stede, Doctor of Laws, lawfully deputed Official of the Reverend Lord Archdeacon of Canterbury, By the oath of John Ruffin, the principal creditor of this deceased, and indeed the tutor etc of Martha Day and Anne Day, the daughters of this deceased and legatees named in this will, And approved in respect thereof etc.
And because the Executor named in this will renounced the burden of execution of the same, Therefore the Lord committed administration of the goods of this deceased, with this will annexed, to the aforenamed John Ruffin, the creditor and tutor etc aforesaid, during the minor age of the aforenamed Martha and Anne Day, the minors aforesaid, and not otherwise or longer, he having been first sworn touching God’s holy gospels. Saving the right of any person whomsoever having an interest.]

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