1643 Adam Gibbs


In the name of God Amen, the fifth day of December A.D. 1643 and in the nineteenth year of the reign of our sovereign Lord Charles by the grace of God of England Scotland France and Ireland King defender of the faith etc, I, ADAM GIBBS of St Dunstan’s in the West London, Hosier, being at this time weak in body but of perfect mind and memory for which I praise Almighty God and taking into consideration the manifold uncertainties of this life do make ordain and declare this my present last will and Testament revoking all wills by me heretofore made. First, I yield my soul up into the hands of Almighty God who gave it and my body to the Earth from whence it came to be buried where it shall please God to appoint for me. And touching the temporal estate which God has given me I give demise and bequeath the same in manner following: viz. First I give and bequeath unto my loving uncle WALTER GIBBS and to my aunt SUSAN GIBBS his wife to each of them twenty shillings to buy a ring for each of them. Item; I give unto the two sons of my said uncle Walter Gibbs five pounds apiece and to the two daughters of my said uncle forty shillings apiece. Item I give and bequeath unto my loving brother JOHN GIBBS the sum of four pounds per annum to be paid yearly during such time as he shall continue and live in Ireland and the first payment to be made and to begin at that usual quarterly feast that shall next happen and come after my decease and in case my said brother John Gibbs shall come into England I give unto him fifty pounds of current money of England in view of the said four pounds per annum and my will is that after payment of the said fifty pounds before pounds per annum shall cease and be no longer paid. Item; I give and bequeath unto the poor of the parish of St Dunstan in the West three pounds, I give and bequeath unto my father’s other brothers and sisters and to every of their children twenty shillings apiece to buy each of them a ring. Item; I give unto my sister JUDITH WINCH forty shillings to buy her a ring. Item I give unto the poor married soldiers that have ventured their lives in the service of the Parliament five pounds to be paid and distributed at the discretion of my executor hereafter named. Item; I give and bequeath unto John styles and his wife of the parish of St Clement Danes in County Middlesex to each of them twenty shillings for rings. Item; I give unto my friend Martha Styles daughter of the said John Styles the sum of ten pounds of current money. Item; I give and bequeath all the rest and residue of my goods chattels debts ready money and land whatsoever not before hereby given or bequeathed unto my loving brother in law JOHN WINCH whom I do hereby make and ordain the sole executor of this my last will and Testament. In witness whereof I the said Adam Gibbs have to this my present last will and Testament set my hand and seal the day and year first above written – Adam Gibbs – signed sealed published and delivered by the said Adam Gibbs for his last will and Testament in the presence of John Man, James Wynde.

Proved 21 December 1643 by John Winch


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