1603 Nicholas Pytt


In the name of God Amen I NICHOLAS PITT the Elder of Weeke Regis in the County of Dorset yeoman sick of body but of perfect memory thanks be to God do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following: first I bequeath my soul into the hands of the Almighty God who first created it and to Jesus Christ the eternal son of God who with his most precious blood redeemed it; and my body to be buried in the Churchyard of Weeke Regis aforesaid.  ITEM; I give and bequeath to the Parish church of the said Weeke twenty shillings to be paid at the feast of Easter next after the time of my decease.  ITEM; I give and bequeath unto the poor of Weeke Regis aforesaid twenty shillings to be paid shortly after my decease and delivered by the discretion and appointment of MARGERIE PYTT my wife.  ITEM; I give and bequeath to ELIZABETH PITT my daughter if my abovenamed wifeMargerie Pytt happen to be with child at this present with a man child and the same child live one hundred pounds to be made of my grounds at my said wife’s discretion and to be paid her at such time as she shall accomplish the age of twenty and four years if she my said daughter be ordered and governed in making her choice and bestowing herself in marriage by her mother and Uncle Robert Scott William Maunsell of Waymouth and Melcombe Regis merchant and other her most especial and nearest friends otherwise if my said wife happen not to be with child with a man child as aforesaid or the same child do not live then my will is that she shall not have the said hundred pounds given her.  ITEM; to my said daughter I do further give and bequeath the second best bed that is now in my house with all such furniture as belongs to such a bed my dishes of equal sorts to be delivered her as before. All my other goods and moveables whatsoever not expressed and bequeathed my debts and legacies being paid I give and bequeath to my said wife whom I make constitute and ordain William Maunsell of Waymouth and Melcombe Regis merchant and Robert Scott of Childe Okforde my brother in law my overseers unto whom I do appoint for their pains to either of them ten shillings.  In witness whereof I the said Nicholas Pytt have to this my said will and testament put to my hand and subscribed my name even the tenth day of July in the four and fortieth year of the reign of our Sovereign Lady Elizabeth and in the year of our Lord God one thousand six hundred and two [10/7/1602] in the presence of Nicholas Pytt, Henry Pytt, William Maunsell, James Scott

Proved 24th May 1603 by Margerie (relict and executrix)


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