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Will of Richard Daye

of Wittersham, Kent


Source: Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC32/45/96
Submitted by Roy Day
In the name of God, Amen, the seaventh day of Aprill one thousand six hundred and twentye,
I, Richard Daye, of the p[ar]ish of Withersume, in the Isle of Oxne in the County of Kent, husbandman, beinge sicke of bodye, but of goode and perfect remembraunce, thancks be unto Almighty God, doe make this my testament and last will in such manner and forme as followeth, vizt,
First I will and bequeath my soule unto Almightye God my Creator, assuredly trustinge and firmly beleivinge to have the free pardon and forgivenes of all my sinnes, onely by and through the death and meritts of Jesus Christ my onely saviour and redeemer, and my body to be buried in the churchyard of the parishe of Withersume, or in such other place as it shall please Almighty God.

Item I will and bequeath unto the poore people of Withersume 12d of lawful English money, to bee distributed unto them within one halfe yeare after my decease by mine Executor in this my will heerafter to bee named.
Item I give and bequeth unto Brigget my wife the su[m]me of thirteene shillings and foure pence of lawfull Englishe money, to bee paid unto her within one quarter of a yeare after my decease by mine Executor in this my will heerafter named.
Item I doe likewise give unto the said Brigget my wife all her wearinge apparell w[hi]ch she now hath belonging to her body whatsoever, to bee deliv[er]ed unto her p[re]sently after my decease by mine Executor heerafter named in this my will.

Item it is likewise my will and mind that mine Executor in this my will hereafter named shall finde or keepe Briggett my wife one whole yeare after my decease with meate, bread and drinke and other necessaries meete for her dyet, together with wadhinge and lodginge and fire duringe the time aforesaid,
And after the ende of one whole yeare after my decease I doe likewise will, give and bequeath unto the said Briggett my wife the su[m]me of foure poundes of lawfull money of England, to bee paid unto her from thenceforthe yearely after the ende and expiration of one whole yeare after my decease aforesaid, and likewise that the said foure poundes shall bee yearely paid quarterly by even and equall portions unto the said Briggett my wife duringe her naturall life by mine Executor [in] this my will heerafter to bee named.
Item I likewise doe will, give and bequeath unto Brigget my wife one halfe seame of wheare and one halfe seame of mault, to bee deliv[er]ed unto her within one weeke after the ende of one whole yeare after my decease by mine Executor in this my will heerafter named.

Item I doe likewise will, give and bequeath ten poundes of lawfull Englishe money to bee bestowed upon schoolinge or puttinge to p[re]ntis of Richard Bucher, the sonne of John Bucher my sonne in lawe, to bee paid or bestowed upon the said Richard Bucher by mine Executor heerafter named at his discretion.

Item all the rest of my moveable goods, chattells and debts unbequeathed, after what name or nature the same now is or for ever hereafter shall bee founde, all the rest I say I doe will, give and bequeath unto John Bucher my sonne in lawe, of the aforesaid parishe of Withersume, he payinge out thereof all my debts and legacies and discharginge all other my funerall expences, W[hi]ch John Bucher I, the said Richard Day, do make and ordeine to bee my full and whole Executor of and unto this my last will and testament.

In witnes whereof I, the said Richard Daye, have heerunto sett my hande and seale the day and yeare above written.
Memorandu[m] that at and before th’ensealinge of these p[re]sents the worde (Briggett) was six times enterlyned.
Richard Day his marke

Probatum fuit h[uius]mo[d]i testamentu[m] Rich[ard]i Daye nup[er] p[ar]o[chi]ĉ de Wittersham Cant[uariensis] dioces[is] def[un]c[t]i xviijo die Januarii Anno d[omi]ni 1620 iuxta cursum ecclesiĉ Anglicanĉ Cora[m] m[agist]ro Davide Platt Cl[er]ico Surro[gat]o etc p[rese]nte me Henrico Somner no[tar]io pub[li]co Juramento Joh[ann]is Bucher unici Executoris in d[i]c[t]o testamento nominat[i] Ac inde app[ro]batum etc Ac co[m]missa est Admi[ni]stratio bonoru[m] etc d[i]c[t]um def[un]c[t]u[m] et eius test[ament]um h[uius]mo[d]i concernen[tium] prefato exec[ut]ori prius Jurat[o] etc Salvo Jure cuiuscunq[ue]

[This will, of Richard Daye, late of the parish of Wittersham, in the diocese of Canterbury, deceased, Was proved on the 18th day of January in the year of our Lord, according to the course of the English church, 1620, Before Master David Platt, clerk, surrogate etc, in the presence of me, Henry Somner, notary public, By the oath of John Bucher, the sole Executor named in the said will, And approved thereof etc, And administration of the goods etc concerning the said deceased and this his will was committed to the aforenamed executor, he having been first sworn etc. Saving the right of any person whomsoever.]


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