1631 Richard Winch Sailor


In the name of God Amen etc; I RICHARD WINCH sayler [sailor] in the good ship Jonah being sick of body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be to God therefore do make and ordain 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 the sea.  ITEM; I give unto Edward George [Chief Mate] thirty shillings.  ITEM; to Andrew Gulliford twenty shillings and to James White ten shillings which legacies my will and desire is that they may be paid out of my wages due for service from the Honourable East India Company; and for what shall remain over and above (these legacies being paid) or my salary etc and also all such goods furniture etc as shall be found appertaining to me  either in my shop or house I give and bequeath it to my dearly beloved wife ELIZABETH WINCH but in case my said wife should happen to be deceased before the arrival of these presents in England my will is that sixty pounds which is the remainder of my wife’s dowrybequeathed to her by her father Thomas Westcott and now remaining in the hands of Symon Boyes of Bray in the County of Berks yeoman as also forty pounds fallen to my said wife by the death of her younger sister Mary Westcott and now remaining in the hands of the said Symon Boyes be given to my brother JOHN WINCH on Cornhill in the City of London Leatherseller and whatsoever else shall be found appertaining to me either in household stuff goods or wares the aforenamed legacies only excepted I give and bequeath to my aforenamed brother John Winch whom I likewise ordain sole executor of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this first of May AD one thousand six hundred and thirty – Richard Winch witnesses Francis Carter Edward Shemen John Rathband


Proved 3rd May 1631 by John Winch, brother, Elizabeth Winch being deceased 

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