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Will of Israel Weevells

of Canterbury, Kent


Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC17/66/9
Submitted by Veronica Nops
In the Name of God Amen the seaven and twentieth Daye of the Monthe of September the Yeare of Our Lord God one thousand sixe hundred and twentie fower.
I ISRAEL WEEVELLS of the City of Canterbury Clothier being at this present verie sicke and weake in body yet of sound and perfect memory I praise the Lord my God for it doe therfor make and ordaine this my last Will and Testament in manner and forme followinge. That is to saye first and principally I recommend my soule into the merciful Hands of my gracious God and Father that gave it me not dobtinge but assuredlie looking for a joyfull resurrecion of the same at the last Daye and my body I leave to dust from whence it came and doe desire it may be decentIie buried in the Parish Churchyard of St. Mildred in Canterbury as neare the dead corpses of my deare father and mother there interred as convenientlye may be.
And as concerninge that worldlie estate whether goods or lands which God of his infinite mercy hathe make me steward of in this world. I dispose the same in the manner following.

First I give to the poore people of the Parish of St. Mildreds in Canterburie twentie sixe yards of lassess at 20d a yarde and 6s 8d in money to be distributed to and amongst each of them as my Executrix hereafter to be named as she shall thinke fitt and within one month next after my decease.

Item I give to the wife of THOMAS COCKS 6s.
Item I give to my Cousen WILLIAM FULLER 10s.
Item I give to HENRY FULLER and ELIZABETH my Cousen JOHN FULLERs children 20s apeece.
And I give to ISACK FULLER and AGNES FULLER my Cousens 6s 8d apeece.
Item I give to my loveing Mother in Law MARY SUTTON fower quoins in brasse of mee and one peece of gould of about 7s.
And to my Brother JOHN SUTTON my citteron.
And to my Brother ROBERT SUTTON one halfe a crowne in gould.
Item I give to my Brother PACKENHAM my best cloake suit onle.
And to my Sister PACKENHAM l0s.
And to my Sister SHARPESTED One French crowne.
I give to AGNES BARTON 5s.
And to ELLEN the wife of ELLES WATTS I give my old cloake or such other thing instead of as my Executrix shall thinke fitt.
Item I give more to the sayd AGNES BARTON one of my jerkins as my Executor shall thinke fitt to make her a wastecoat.
Item I give to my apprentice THOMAS CORHAM two payres of Shermans Sheers and the old presse and two pairse of handles and a cutteinge board.
And my Will is that all these legacies shall bee payd and bee delivered within one moneth next after my decease.

And it is my desire to have a goode sermon preched at my burial by whome my Executrix shall thinke fitt and the Minister (that makes it) whome my minde is should bee doctor and shall have for his paines l0s.

I give to my daughter GRACE fourtie pounds of currant English money.
More I give to my said daughter GRACE the house next to THOMAS GIBSON in Stower Streete in Canterbury wherin a Stranger whose name (as I take it) JOHN LE BEUX now dwelleth to bee had and holden to her and her heires forever.

I give to my daughter JOANE the house and the appurtenances thereto wherein the aforesaid THOMAS GIBSON now dwelleth and situat in Stower Streete aforesaid to bee had and holden to her and her heires forever.
More I give to my said daughter JOANE the sume of thirtie pounds of currant English money.

Item I give to my daughter SARA the sume of fourtie pounds of currant English money.
And also I do give and devise to her the said SARA my house backside and appurtenances now in the occupacon of JOHN FENTIN situate in the Parish of Holie Crosse of Westgate to bee had and holden to her and her heires forever

I give to my daughter PATIENCE fourtie pounds of currant English money.
More I give to my daughter Patience the house and the appurtenances thereunto wherein THOMAS BULLOCK now dwelleth and adjoining to the said FENTINs sons house to bee had and holden to her and her heires forever.

Item I give to my daughter MARY the sume of fourtie pounds of currant English money.
Alsoe I give to her my said daughter MARY my house with the appurtenances in Furie Lane which was Mother DUNKINs to be had and holden to her and her heires forever.

All my other houses lands tenements backsides and appurtenances thereto belonging whatsoever and wheresoever I give to my sonne JOHN WEEVELLS to bee had and holden to him and his heires forever.
Item I give to my Brother PACKENHAMs children all my woollen apparell not formerly given except my best suite.

All the Rest and of my goods chattells cattells debts moveables plate and personal estate whatsoever I give to my deare and loveing wife ALICE WEEVELLS assured my selfe of her especiall care to bring up my children in the Feare of God.
Such sayd ALICE my wife I doe make and ordaine her onely and sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament.

And because my sayd wife is nowe visited with sickness and the matter of her recovry doubtful my mind and meaninge to bee and my will is that if my sayd wife shall depart this life before she shall have taken uppon her the execution of this my last Will shall have disposed of my personall estate then I doe substitute and secondarily appoint my good neighbour and friend JOHN STANLEY to take uppon him the execution of this my Will and the administration of my Personall Estate or thereof as shall remaine unadministered by my aforesaid Executrix at her death. And him in her place and stead shee dying as aforesaid I name my Executor.
And if hee shall soe take uppon him the execution of this my Will then I give him for his paines therein to bee taken and care to bee had of my children the sume of five pounds of currant English money.
And then I give will and bequeath all the residue of my goods about therein formerly given to my wife to my sixe children to be equally divided amongst them.

In Witness whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and seale dated the year and day first above written. ISRAEL WEEVELLS Published declared Sealed Signed and confirmed by the said ISRAEL WEEVELLS for his last Will and Testament in the presence of
JOHN STANLEY - RICHARD BIRKENHEAD - THOMAS MILLES


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