1582 Thomas Cradock Parson

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In the name of God Amen. The tenth day of December in the year of our Lord God one thousand five hundred eighty two. I THOMAS CRADOCKE parson of Aston Tirrold and vicar of Blubery[1] in Berks sick in body but perfect in memory thanks be unto Almighty God do ordain and make this my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say:  First I bequeath my soul to Almighty God and my body to be buried in the middle of the Chancel of Aston Tirrold under the Communion Table. Also I give to the mother Church of Salisbury twelve pence.  Also I give to the poor mens box of Aston Tirrold twenty shillings which twenty shillings I will to be distributed by the hands of four discrete men dwelling in the same parish whereof William Waldron gentleman to be the chiefest and the other three men to be chosen by him whom he shall like well of to be men of such good consciences to distribute charity to the poor dwellings in Aston Tirrold where they shall see most need requireth.  ITEM; I give to the poor mens box in Blubery twenty shillings which twenty shillings I will to be distributed by the hands of William Greathand gentleman to be the chiefest and the other three men to be chosen by him whom he shall like well of to be men of such good consciences to distribute charity to the poor in Blubery where they shall see most need requireth.  ITEM; I give to the poverty of dwelling in the two Thruppes five shillings that is to say two shillings six pence to be distributed by the hands of Henrye Slade dwelling in Upthroupe and the other to be distributed by the hands of William Kebblewhitte of Uppton.  ITEM; I give to my sister BRIDGETT twenty shillings.  Also I give to three of my brother RAFF CRADOCK’s children twenty shillings a piece, that is to say to ROBERT, THOMAS and AGNES. Also I give to Thomas Dawson my Godson dwelling in Moore parish by New Bridge beyond Abington ten shillings.  Also I give to every of my Godchildren two bushels of barley or else two shillings of money a piece.  ITEM; I give to the Right Worshipful and my singular good Master Mr William Dunche Esquire the choice at his pleasure whether he will take all my long trees blocks or roots which lyeth in my house or court in Aston Tirrold aforesaid, the other which he leaveth I give unto my young Master Mr Edmund Dunche his son.  Also I give to the Right Worshipful and my especial good Mrs Mary Dunche my black ambling gelding.  ITEM; I give unto my young Mrs Anne Dunche after my departure the best cow that I have with calf at her own choice.  Also I give unto the next incumbent which shall come next after me towards dilapidations of the parsonage one acre of wheat in the field which was more than ever was given me Although notwithstanding it was in such great decay when I came to dwell on it that it was ready to fall down as all the parishioners can very well witness and testify the same.  ITEM; I give unto ZACHARYE CRADOCK my son my long cart my dungcart my plough and harness with all manner of furniture belonging to the same.  ITEM; I give to my son Zacharye Cradocke my two mares that is to say my grey mare and my dun mare.  Also I give to MARGERIE CRADOCK my wife my little brown bay nag or gelding which nag shall be kept at my son’s own charge until after the probation of my will.  And that afterward my son to buy him of her if they can agree of price.  Also I will that all my wheat and barley be sold to the most advantage that may be to make Margery Cradock my wife in stock of forty pounds in money if it will amount to be made out of the wheat and barley or else I will that all my beast or [fyne] be sold by the oversight of my Right Worshipful Mr William Dunche Esquire to help make up her this forty pounds made of the wheat barley beast or fyne.  I will that it be distributed to my sister Bridgett and to my brother Raphe Cradock’s three children, viz Robert Thomas and Agnes.  ITEM; I give to Margery my wife the best cow which calved first and a little red heffer with calf.  Also I will that all my hay and [feaches] about my parsonage be sold to help make my sons wives children their little stock.  The residue of my goods unbequeathed I do give unto my son Zacharye Cradock’s first child if it lives twelve months and onje day after it is born.  And last of all I do ordain and make Margerye Cradock my wife my executrix and Zachary Cradock my son my executor so that Zacharye Cradock my son  do agree well with his mother and that they two seeing that this my last will and testament to be truly performed viz. my funeral expenses discharged and my debts. This will was read before me William Dunche the last day of January one thousand five hundred and eighty two AD [in the reign of Queen Elizabeth 25] as his father’s last will. By me William Dunche and Zacharye Cradock

Probate 5th February 1582/3 by Margery Cradock (relict and executrix) and Zachary Cradock (executor)



[1] Blewbury, Berks

 

 

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