1552 Guy Crafford


In the name of God Amen; this is the past will and testament of me Guy CRAFFORD of London Esquire made the 23rd day of January in the year of our Lord God 1552? First and principally I give and bequeath my soul unto Almighty God my maker, Redeemer and Saviour, and my body  to be buried within the church of Saint Elens. ITEM; I give unto my daughters Denys, Elizabeth and Grissell to every of them forty pounds towards their marriages and that to be levied of my plate and jewels, and that my wife shall have the occupation of the same money unto such time as they shall be married, and then to deliver it unto them, and every of them to be other’s heir, and I will that if any of my said daughters do marry or bestow herself without the consent of her mother that then she to lose her part bequeathed.  ITEM; I give to my son Nicholas twenty pounds.  ITEM; I give to my son Edward twenty pounds to be paid to them at their full and lawful age by my wife.  ITEM; I give to my daughter COLSHALL one gilt spoon for a remembrance to pray for me.  ITEM; I will that Anthony Smyth shall have fifty pounds in money that was his mother’s over and besides certain household stuff which also was his mother’s at the time of her death.  The residue of all my goods and chattels, my debts and legacies paid, I give and bequeath unto my well beloved wife whom I make my sole and full executor desiring her to be good unto my children and (xxx) as my (xxx) trust is in her. In witness whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name the day and year above written. Witness to this will – Thomas Watson, clerk; John Watson, gentleman; Guy Stafford; Richard Stafford; Thomas Colshall

Proved 12th March 1552