In the name of God Amen; the eight and twentieth day of September in the year of our Lord God one thousand six hundred and six; I EDWARD SEARLE of Honiton in the County of Devon linen draper sick in body but sound in mind and of perfect memory (God be thanked) do make this my last will and testament in manner and form following. First I bequeath myself wholly body and soul to Almighty God and to be buried in Christian manner. ITEM; I give to the poor of Honiton twenty shillings. ITEM; I give to Eleanor Pringe of [Arobiscombe] which is my Goddaughter six shillings. ITEM; I give to my son PHILLIPPE SEARLE one hundred and ten pounds to be paid within one year next after my decease. ITEM; I give to my daughter THOMASINE two hundred pounds to be paid at her day of marriage. ITEM; I give to my daughter BARBARA two hundred pounds to be paid at her day of marriage if she accomplish her age of twenty years provided that if the said Thomasine or Barbara or either of them do happen to die before this money be due my will and mind is that then it shall remain amongst the rest of my children that are then living by equal portions to be divided. ITEM; I give and bequeath to my son WILLIAM my tenement with the appurtenances in Wolfton now in my own possession for four score years and ten years if the said William so long shall happen to live. ITEM; more I give and bequeath to my said son William all that tenement with the appurtenances which Thomas Walter and Robert Walter now hold in Wolfton aforesaid; to have and to hold after their decease for four score and ten years if the said William so long shall happen to live; and if the said William have a child or children by lawful marriage living at the time of his death then my will and mind is that all the said remises shall remain to the said William’s child or children during my estate in the same if mt son GEORGE so long live. ITEM; I give and bequeath to my said son William the tithe of my ground of Penland and Footland during the whole term of that grant which I have of and from John Newcomb vicar of […pawtris]. ITEM; I give and bequeath unto my said son William one close of meadow ground called Rodpoole lying in Wolfton which I bought of one John Harrys deceased during the term of that lease which I have of and from the said John Harrys. ITEM; I give and bequeath unto my said son William the whole lease and term of Rodfeilde and Penfeilde and thirteen acres and half of ground in the old Park lying in the parish of old Drinkswill which I bought of one George [Hulls] Esquire which is the king’s land provided always and my mind is that if William dies before he be married then all the before devised premises with their appurtenances shall remain to and amongst the children of my sons George and Phillippe between them equally to be divided during all my estate and interest in the same. ITEM; I give unto my said son William fifty pounds to be paid unto him when he shall accomplish the age of twenty and two years; and further my will and mind is that all the rents issues and profits of all the lands and tenements aforesaid which I have given unto my said son William shall be received by my overseers and executor and to be employed by them unto some increase for him until he accomplish the age of twenty and one years and then to be paid unto him. ITEM; my will and mind further is that my foresaid executor shall yearly pay unto my two daughters Thomasine and Barbara eight pounds apiece to and for their maintenance until they are married provided that if my son George do happen to die before such time as my said daughters Thomasine or Barbara shall marry then my will and mind is that the foresaid legacies of two hundred pounds apiece given as aforesaid shall be paid unto my overseers within one year next after the death of the said George to be employed for their use and benefit until such time as it shall become due by my foresaid gifts; and further my will and mind is that if my said daughters Thomasine or Barbara or either of them shall happen to die before they shall be married that then the person or persons of them or either of them so dying shall remain amongst the rest of my children that shall be then living equally to be divided. ITEM; I give and bequeath unto my son George and to the heirs of his body lawfully begotten all my lands and tenements with their appurtenances in Cotleigh Gittlesham Buckerell and Honiton forever; and for default of such issue I will that all my said lands and tenements with their appurtenances shall remain unto William my son and to the heirs of his body lawfully begotten forever paying for the same the sum of two hundred pounds of lawful English money in form following: to wit unto his brother Phillippe the sum of one hundred pounds within one year next after the decease of the said George his brother without issue as aforesaid; and the other hundred pounds unto the said Phillippe and unto Thomasine and Barbara his sisters in form following (to wit) unto the said Phillippe fifty pounds and unto the said Thomasine and Barbara the other fifty pounds equally to be divided between them to be paid within two years next after the death of the said George without issue as aforesaid; all the residue of my goods and chattels whatsoever (not before given nor bequeathed my debts legacies and funeral expenses discharged) I give and bequeath unto George Searle my son whom I make my full whole and sole executor appointing and ordaining Barnarde Byrde and John Tielingethe younger my overseers praying them to see this my last will and testament to be performed according to my meaning herein expressed; and for their pains I give to each of them six shillings eight pence apiece. In witness whereof I the said Edward Searle have hereunto set my hand and seal in the presence of Barnard Byrde John Tirling the elder and John Tirling the younger. By me – Edward Searle – Branard Byrde, the sign of John Tirling the elder, John Tirling the younger
Proved 23rd June 1607 by George Searle, natural son and executor
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