In the name of God Amen. The eight and twentieth January and in the fortieth 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 GILBERT MUNKE of Ockford Phitzpaine in the county of Dorset husbandman although sick in body yet of good and perfect remembrance (God be praised) therefore do make this my last will and testament in manner and form following: First I bequeath my soul into the hands of Almighty God my Creator and Redeemer and my body to be buried in the churchyard of Ockford Pitzpaine aforesaid. ITEM; I give to the repairing of the same church twenty shillings and I do give in stock for the relief of the poor of the same parish to remain for ever five pounds. ITEM; I give to the repairing of the parish church of Childockford three shillings four pence and to the poor people there three shillings four pence. ITEM; I give to every one of my Godchildren five shillings apiece. ITEM; I give to every one of the children that RICHARD EYRES of Childockford had by my sister six shillings eight pence apiece. ITEM; I give to the poor fatherless child that is at Alice Lynsies in Ockford Pitzpaine six shillings eight pence. ITEM; I give to Alice Eyers my servant the best cow I have and the best brass pan the best brass crock save one one heifer of two years of age one great trendell the best coverlet the best coffer with all my linen saving the best pair of sheets and the best pair of pillow ties and in money fifty shillings six pence. ITEM; I give to four of my brother WILLIAM MUNK’s children six shillings eight pence apiece. ITEM; I give to Thomas Brefer six shillings eight pence. ITEM; I give to Joane Keeby servant to William Foorde my best cow save one and in money fifty shillings six pence. ITEM; I give to George Keeby six shillings eight pence. ITEM; I give to Robert Stacie of Hinton mary twenty shillings. ITEM; I give to William Eyers and to Robert his brother six shillings eight pence apiece. ITEM; I give to Anne White the best pair of sheets and the best pair of pillow ties and in money twenty shillings. ITEM; I give to Edward May twelve pence and to Bridget May a pottenger. ITEM; I give the best of my wearing apparel to my brother William Munke the worst to the poor. As for all the rest of my goods and cattell as well moveable as unmoveable and not disposed of in this my last will and testament (my debts and legacies being paid) I give and bequeath unto JOHN MUNKE my brother William Munke’s son and to RICHARD KEEBY my sister’s son the which two persons I do make joint executors of this my last will and testament and so to the end all things may be duly executed according to the true and plain meaning I have appointed for the overseers of the same my trusty and well-beloved friends William Foorde and William May unto whom I give for their pains five shillings apiece. Gilbert Munk’s mark. Signed and sealed in the presence of us viz. Thomas Batten, Robert White, Martin Foys, Robert Hancocke
Proved 10th March 1597/8 by John Moncke and Richard Keeby (executors)
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