Item I give unto Alice Steere my daughter All my goods and chattells who I make my lawfull Executrix which shee shall enioye? when shee cometh unto the age of eighteene yeares And if it shall soe fall ....? my daughter Alice Steere shall dye before shee come to that age to enioye it Then my will is that Edward Chowne Thomas Chowne Annis Usborn and Susan Durtnold shall enioy all my goods and chattells aforesaid, and further my will is that my goods and chattells shalbe equally devided betweene them only my will is that Annis Usborn shall have the greatest share of the foure by twenty shillings furthermore my will is That the abovesaid Edward Chowne Thomas Chowne Annis Usban and Susan Durtnold if they shall come enioy my goods as aforesaid shall pay unto John Chowne my brother twenty shillings [inserted - & to my sister Joane Chowne twenty shillings]
my will is that Edward Lanes? of Marden and Edward Chowne of the same parish shalbe
the Overseers of this my last will and testament and shalbe ....? to improve my goods
and chattells aforesaid unto my daughter Alice Steere her best advantage untill shee come
unto the age of eighteene yeares as aforesaid and then shee shall enioy it in wittness
hereof I have to this my last will sett my hand Alice Steere
wittnes Joane Parkes Joshuah Sharpey The ..? of widdow ..?
Proved 11 September 1649 by Edward Lanes and Edward Chowne to Alice Steere, filia naturalis
ffirst he gave to his daughter Alice one bed and bedsteadlewith the curtaines belonging .? it, three blanketts two paire of sheets and a coverled all standing and being in his best chamber, one ioyned chest standing in the chamber over the hall and one cubbord standing in the hall of his dwelling house and tenn pounds money to be all payd and delivered unto her at her age of eighteene yeares And withall willed that if his said daughter should dye before she came to be eighteene yeares old That then his wife Alice should have all the before menconed things and Legacies to her selfe
ffurther he gave to his brothers thr..? to each of them a Sheep.
To Elizabeth Hall five shillings,
And to the poore of Marden five shillings to be distributed as his wife should think fit And lastly he said that Alice his said wife should be his said Executrix there being then present together and Wittnesses of the ....? Bennett wife of George May and Ann Usborne widdow both of Marden and ..?
Wittnesses the mark of George May Ann Usbon?
Administration granted 11 September 1649 to Edward Lane and Edward Chowne, guardians and ..? of Alice Steere, filia naturalis of Thomas Steere of Marden, deceased,
(In the latin paragraph on the proving of the will, Alice the mother, who would have been Thomas's Executrix, was said to have died during her daughter's minority).
Wills of Thomas and Alice Steere