Memorandum that the twelfth day of March AD one thousand six hundred and eight [12/3/1608] and in the years of the reign of our Sovereign Lord James by the grace of God King of England Scotland France and Ireland defender of the faith etc., that is to say of England France and Ireland the sixth and of Scotland the two and fortieth MICHAEL BARBOR citizen and salter of London being sick of body but of good and perfect memory did in the presence of the witnesses hereafter named (noncupatively) make and declare his last will and testament in the words or to this effect following: that is to say: first I commit my soul into the hands of Almighty God my creator assuredly trusting through the merits of his son Jesus Christ my Redeemer to be saved and made partaker (amongst his elect) of his heavenly kingdom and my body I recommend to the earth from whence it came to be buried in such convenient place and in such decent manner as shall seem good in the discretion of my executrix. And as concerning such worldly estate goods and chattels wherewith it has pleased the Almighty to bless me in this transitory world I dispose thereof as follows: Imprimis I give and bequeath to WILLIAM BARBOR my son two hundred pounds in money. ITEM; I bequeath to my brother ANTHONY BARBOR who now dwells with me one hundred pounds in money. ITEM; I give and bequeath to my sister EDITH BARBOR forty pounds in money. ITEM; I give and bequeath to my sister HELLEN now wife of WILLIAM GREGORY of Mynehead in the county of Somerset yeoman twenty pounds in money. ITEM; I give and bequeath to my servant Thomas Washer ten pounds in money. ITEM; I give and bequeath to my servant Nicholas Bande forty shillings in money. ITEM; I give and bequeath to my servant Elizabeth Guthrome five pounds in money. ITEM; I give and bequeath to my servant Hellen Sanders twenty shillings in money. ITEM; I give and bequeath to and amongst the poor people inhabiting within the parish of St Mary Somerset where I now dwell five pounds in money. ITEM; I give and bequeath to Michaell North Samuell Leame and John Olyver my Godchildren three pounds in money (that is to say) to every of them twenty shillings apiece. ITEM; I give and bequeath to Elizabeth now the wife of Nicholas Meacocke forty shillings in money. ITEM; I give and bequeath to Elizabeth the wife of Thomas Steele citizen and Ironmonger of London forty shillings in money. ITEM; I give and bequeath to William North citizen and Merchant Tailor of London forty shillings in money. ITEM; I give and bequeath to Richard Browne Sexton of the Parish Church of St Mary Somerset aforesaid twenty shillings in money. The residue of all my goods chattels rights and credits not hereby bequeathed (my funeral charges being discharged and my debts and legacies being satisfied) I give and bequeath to ALICE my loving wife whom I make sole executrix of this my last will and testament upon trust and confidence that she will to the uttermost of her power duly execute the same according to my true intent and meaning. And I do ordain and make my very loving friends William May Brewer and Randall Carter Tallow handler citizens of London overseers of this my last will upon the like trust and confidence that they will be aiding and assistants to my said executrix in the execution of this my will (as occasion shall require) and in respect of their pains therein to be taken I give and bequeath unto them forty shillings apiece in money to make them rings of gold. Witnesses hereof – Jo: Harryson Scrivenor and John Griffithes servant to the said Scrivenor
Proved 23rd March 1608/9 by Alice (relict and executrix)
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