In the name of God Amen, in the twelfth year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord Charles by the grace of God King of England, Scotland, France and Ireland, Defender of the Faith etc, and in the year of our Lord God, one thousand six hundred thirty seven, I Charles HASTINGS of Yelford in the County of Oxford, Clerk, being weak in body but sound in mind and memory, do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following, viz., inprimis, I will and bequeath my soul into the hands of my maker God Almighty, nothing doubting but that in and for the merits of the son and my alone saviour Christ Jesus he will accept receive and glorify it. ITEM; I will and bequeath my body to the earth to be interred in the parish churchyard of Daylsford if it so seem convenient to my executors. ITEM; I will and bequeath to my well beloved niece Tamazine FOX the sum of five and twenty pounds to be paid unto her by my brother George HASTINGS the Younger when she shall accomplish the age of seventeen years which will be the tenth day of March which shall be in the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred and forty if she shall be then living, or else the money to remain to the use of my said brother. ITEM; my will and meaning is that the said George Hastings my brother shall pay unto the said Tamazine Fox the sum of forty shillings per annum as the interest of the said legacy till the time aforesaid be expired, that is to say every six months twenty shillings to begin with the first six months next after my decease. ITEM; I will and bequeath to the same Tamazine Fox one bowl of silver and one flagon. ITEM; I will and bequeath to my well beloved niece Susan JOHNSON one featherbed, two feather bolsters, one down pillow, one pair and a half of blankets, one green (rug), one green pair of curtains and valance with other appurtenances, also, six turkey cushions. ITEM; I will and bequeath to my nephew Symon Lydall five pounds to be paid unto him within one month after my decease. ITEM; all the rest of my goods moveable and immovable, debts, bills, rents whatsoever I will and bequeath to Susan HASTINGS my mother and George Hastings the Younger my brother whom I make executors of this my last will and testament, disclaiming all other wills either made or to be made. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year first above written – by me Charles Hastings – sealed in the presence of George Hastings senior, Richard Mare, Alice Smyth.
Proved 15th May 1637