In the name of God Amen; the seventeenth day of February in the year of Our Lord God according to the computation of the Church of England one thousand six hundred and fourteen [17/2/1614/5]; I WILLIAM MATTINGLEY of Cookham in the County of Berks yeoman being at this time somewhat sickly and weak in body but of good and perfect remembrance, I praise Almighty God for the same, knowing that as death unto all mankind is most certain, so the time and hour thereof is altogether uncertain, have thought good therefore to ordain and make my last will and testament in manner and form following: viz. first and principally I commit my soul into the hands of Almighty God hoping assuredly through the merits of Jesus Christ to be saved and my body I commit to the earth from whence it came to be buried in the parish church or churchyard of Cookham aforesaid in such decent sort as to my executors hereafter named shall be thought fit. ITEM; I give and bequeath unto the poor people of the several parishes of Cookham and Lawrence Waltham the sum of forty shillings that is to say twenty shillings into each parish to be paid and delivered into the hands of the overseers of the poor of the same several parishes and by them to be distributed where most need is within one month next after my death.. ITEM; I give and bequeath unto WILLIAM THOMAS JOHN EDWARD SYMON GEORGE MARY MARTHA SARA and MARGERYsons and daughters of my son in law THOMAS GODFREY the several sums of six pounds thirteen shillings and four pence apiece to be paid unto them severally at their several ages of one and twenty years or days of marriage which shall first happen. ITEM; I give and bequeath unto ANNE and ELLEN daughters of my son in law RICHARD SMYTH the several sums of five pounds apiece to be likewise paid at their several ages of one and twenty years or days of marriage which shall first happen. ITEM; I give and bequeath unto every of the children of my son RICHARD MATTINGLEY the several sums of ten shillings apiece to be paid unto them at their several ages of sixteen years. ITEM; I give and bequeath unto every of the children of my son in law EDWARD PRESCOTT the like several sums of ten shillings apiece to be likewaise paid unto them at their several ages of sixteen years; and my will and meaning is that if any of the children of my said son Richard Mattingley or of the said Edward Prescott shall happen to be above the said age of sixteen years at the time of my death that then the several legacies of him or her that shall exceed the said age shall be paid within two months after my death. ITEM; I give and bequeath unto WILLIAM MATTINGLEY my younger son all that messuage tenements or inn with the appurtenances called the RED LYON situate and being in MAYDENHED within the parish of Cookham aforesaid and all those two closes of meadow and pasture ground in Cookham aforesaid called PICKED CLOSE and BURNS CLOSE alias TOOGOODE and FENNYINGE and one acre of meadow lying in HOLMANLIAS in Cookham aforesaid and four acres and a half of meadow lying in FORLEAS wihtin the parish of BRAY and all other the lands tenements and hereditaments which I and my said son in law Thomas Godfrey did lately purchase to us and our heirs of one Henrie Peck gent and wherein the said Thomas Godfrey since the same purchase has released unto me and my heirs all his right and title to have and to hold the same messuage tenements or inn closes and other the premises unto the said William my son and heirs of his body lawfully begotten; and for the default of such issue I then will that the same shall be and remain unto the aforenamed William Godfrey eldest son of the said Thomas Godfrey and to the heirs and assigns of the same William Godfrey forever. ITEM; I do also give and bequeath unto the said William my son all other my freehold lands tenements and hereditaments whatsoever situate lying and being within the several parishes hamlets and [forks] of Cookham Bray and BYNFIELD or any of them in the said county of Berks; to have and to hold unto the said William my son and to the heirs of his body lawfully begotten; and for default of such issue I then give will and devise the same unto my daughter MARY now wife of the said Thomas Godfrey and to the heirs of her body lawfully begotten. And for default of such issue then to the right heirs of me the said William Mattingley for ever. All the residue of my goods and chattels as well moveable as unmoveable not otherwise herein before bequeathed (my debts paid my funeral expenses discharged and this my last will in all things duly performed) I do wholly give and bequeath unto ANNE my wife and the said William my son the which Anne and William my son do ordain and make joint executors of this my last will and testament; in witness whereof to these two sheets of paper containing therein my true and perfect last will I have set my hand and seal dated the day and year first above written 1614 – William Mattingley – Sealed subscribed and publisghed by the said William Mattingley in the presence of Jo: [Shript] Rolfe Tanner Henry Edwards
Proved 14th November 1615 by Anne (relict and executrix)
Case between Anne Hathorne alias Mattingley wife of Nathaniel Hathorne and relict and one of the executors of the testator and Richard Mattingley of Lawrence Waltham in the County of Berkshire, Margery Smith alias Mattingley of the parish of Sancte FFidis Virginis Civitate London, the natural son and daughter and legitimate heirs; William Godfrey of Oxford University and Martha Burton alias Prescod wife of Thomas Burton of the parish of Sancti Barthi parvi prape Regale Excambium Civitate London.
Judgement 16th February 1619/20
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