In the name of God Amen. The four and twentieth day of October in the eight and thirtieth year of the reign of our sovereign lady Elizabeth by the grace of God Queen of England France and Ireland, defender of the faith etc. I THOMAS MAYOTT the Elder of the Borough of Abingdon in the County of Berks, gent., being sick of body but in good and perfect remembrance 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 unto almighty God my maker redeemer and saviour, and my body to be buried in my parish church of St Hellins in Abingdon. ITEM; I give unto the mother church of Sarum two pence. And for that my will and meaning is my farm at Cullam in the County of Oxon should remain and continue in my name and blood after my decease; therefore I do give and bequeath the same my farm of Cullam to my son THOMAS and to the heirs males of his body lawfully begotten, and for lack of such issue then the same to remain unto JOHN my second son and to his heirs males of his body lawfully begotten; and for lack of such issue then the same to remain unto CHRISTOPHER my third son and to his heirs males of his body lawfully begotten; and for lack of such issue then to remain unto RICHARD my fourth son and to his heirs males of his body lawfully begotten; and for lack of such issue then to remain unto ROBERT my fifth son and to his heirs males of his body lawfully begotten; and for lack of such issue then to remain unto NICHOLAS my sixth son and to the heirs males of his body lawfully begotten; and for lack of such issue then to the right heirs of me the said Thomas Mayott the Elder for ever. ITEM; I give and bequeath unto AGNES my wife the one half of all my household stuff of what nature so ever the same be of; and my will is that my said wife shall have and enjoy during the life of my mother ELLYNOR MAYOTT the benefit of all my land in [Wekefeilde] and six pounds thirteen shillings four pence out of my farm of Cullam during the life of my said mother; and after the decease of my said mother my will is that my said wife shall have ten pounds yearly out of my said farm of Cullam. ITEM; my will is that my said wife (if she please) shall remain and dwell in the house wherein I now inhabit with my said son Thomas during so long as she keep herself sole and unmarried. ITEM; I give and bequeath unto KATHERYN my daughter forty pounds to be paid her in manner and form following: viz. twenty pounds the day of her marriage and the other twenty pounds within one year next after her marriage. ITEM; I give and bequeath unto John, Christopher, Richard, Robert, Nicholas and ELLYNOR MAYOTT, my sons and daughter and to every of them forty pounds apiece to be paid unto them at their several ages of four and twenty years or at such times as my overseers shall think convenient for them to have it; and that my will is that my wife and my son Thomas so long as they keep house together shall have the keeping and bringing up of my said children and afterwards my son Thomas to have the keeping and bringing up of my said children. ITEM; I give and bequeath unto AGNES, the daughter of JOHN CHAUNDLER ten pounds to be paid her at her age of twenty one years or the day of her marriage at which of those times shall first happen. ITEM; I give and bequeath unto JOHN, RANDALL and SARA three of the children of my brother RANDALL COWELL of London to every of them forty shillings to be paid unto them when the shall attain to their several ages of one and twenty years. And the residue of all my goods and cattels unbequeathed I do give and bequeath unto my said son Thomas whom I make my full and only executor of this my last will and testament. And I do desire my brother Mr Paule Crupwood, Mr Robert Mayott, Mr Frances Litle, MrAnthony Tersdall, Mr James Hyde and my son JOHN CHAUNDLER to be my overseers of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto put my hand and seal the day and year first above written – Thomas Mayott – witnesses hereunto Richard Mayott, Thomas Reade and John Chaundler
Probate 11th November 1596 granted to Thomas Mayott, the son and executor.
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