1567 Nicholas Cadbury

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In the name of God Amen. The 21st day of November in the year of our Lord God 1567 [21/11/1567]  I NICHOLAS CADBURY of the town and borough of Wareham within the county of Dorset being of perfect mind and remembrance thanks be given to God although somewhat diseased and sick in body do ordain and make this my [] testament containing therein my last will in manner and form following.  That is to say First and principally I commend my soul into the hands of Almighty God my Saviour and Redeemer and my body to be buried in the churchyard of Our Lady in Wareham aforesaid to the maintenance of which church I give and bequeath forty shillings.  ITEM I give and bequeath to ELIONOR my Wife my manor of ARNE and SLEAPE together with one yearly rent of forty pounds to be taken of Thomas Homber for the tenement which he now holdeth of me the said Nicholas Cadbury lying in [Worishett] all which manor and rent aforesaid my will and mind is that Elionor my wife shall enjoy during her natural life. But my will and mind is that my said wife nor her assigns shall at no time during her life commit nor do neither cause to be committed nor done in or upon any said manor of Arne and Sleape or the tenement aforesaid during her natural life no manner of [] that is to say in letting of all or any manner of houses, selling of any manner of great timber trees or decaying of hedges or ditches belonging to any part or parcel of my said manor or tenement.  ITEM; I give and bequeath to JONE my daughter one hundred marks to be paid her at the day of her marriage or else at the age of 21 years.  ITEM; I give and bequeath to AGNES my daughter fifty pounds to be paid her at the day of her marriage or at the age of 21 years. And if it happen any of my said daughters to decease before they accomplish the age of 21 years or else be married that then my will and mind is that her part so deceased to remain to that child that my wife goeth withall[1] and if it happen that child to decease that then that portion to remain to the other children then living.  ITEM; to that child which my wife now goeth withall fifty pounds.  ITEM; my will and mind is that my manor of Arne and Sleape with all the rest of land after the decease of Elynor my wife wholly to remain to that child which my wife now goeth withall if it be a man child; if it be not a man child then to remain to all three of my daughters during their lives doing no waste in and upon any part or parcel of my said land and after their decease to remain to the next heir male of one of me the said Nicholas Cadbury. ITEM; I give and bequeath all the residue of my goods to that child which my wife now goeth withall saving fourty pounds of money which I give to my wife Elinor whom I do make my executrix of this my last will and testament. And my will and mind is that my Overseers undernamed shall have the custody keeping and using of all the goods which is bequeathed to that child which my wife now goeth withall (whether it be man child or woman child) so that if it be a man child my will mind and intent is that my overseers shall with that good over and above my bequests purchase some piece of land as shall come to the value of that my said good to the use of that child which my wife now goeth withall if it be a man child to him and to his heirs forever; if it be not a man child then to my daughters during their lives; And after the decease of my said daughters wholly to remain to the next heir male of the Cadbury. And of this my last will and testament I do constitute ordain and appoint my well-beloved friends J’hon Plixte gentleman, John Franke and John Pricher to be my overseers and they to see it performed accordingly. And for their pains taking in and about the accomplishment of this my testament and last will I give and bequeath to every of them ten shillings apiece. During the space of seven years and also their charges to be borne in doing any travail in and about this my last will and testament.  Also my will and mind is that the residue of my lands not given nor bequeathed if it be not a man child that my wife goeth withall to remain to my daughters during their lives and after to remain as is aforesaid.  ITEM; my will and mind is that my wife Elioner shall have the custody of my children until they come to the age or days of their marriage all the rents which shall come and grow of all my lands which I have not bequeathed and that my said overseers shall have the using custody and keeping of all my legacies and other goods for the best advantage for my said children until they come to the full age or else be married; and also I appoint Francis Burges top gather my rents and to account for the same once by the year to my overseers. And he to have for his pains [13 s 3d] by the year.  ITEM; My will and mind is that my children shall make unto Francis Burgis sufficient estate in the law of the house wherein he now dwelleth when they shall come to their full ages to be held unto the said Frances or his assigns during the term of [36] years.  Sealed signed and delivered in the presence of Thomas Harfelde, John Rige, Mathew knight, Francis Burgis, [Wothers Testers] Johanne Buckler Scriptor

 

Proved 16th March 1567 by Elianore (Relict and Executrix)

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[1] Edith Cadbury (who married William Pitt of Strathfield Saye, Hants)

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