In the name of God Amen; I HENRY BARNARDISTON of Ickwelburie in the parish of Norrill in the county of Bedford esquire sick in body but of good and perfect memory (God be praised) do make this my last will and testament in manner and form following: first I bequeath my soul into the hands of Almighty God my maker and redeemer and my body to be decently buried at the will of my executrix hereafter named and as touching the disposition of my estate real and personal I give and bequeath unto my loving wife ELIZABETH and to her heirs forever the reversion and reversions remainder and remainders of the house wherein my mother now dwells and the other house lands and hereditaments therewith purchased of Humfrey Fish Esquire, William Tichmarsh, Christopher Clerke, John Clerke and Rebecca Clerke and I do also give and bequeath unto my said loving wife and her heirs the reversion and remainder of and in all that close of pasture called Further Leeming wherein my brother RICHARD BARNARDISTON and ELIZABETH his wife have an estate for term of their lives and the longer liver of them together with all other my lands and hereditaments in Norrell aforesaid. ITEM; I give and devise to my loving kinsman WILLIAM GEERY of Grays Inn in the county of Middx esquire and to my loving brother GEORGE BARNARDISTON all those closes of pasture and wood ground called Bowells Fields situate in the Parish of Old Warden in the said county of Bedford containing seventy and three acres or thereabouts with their appurtenances mortgaged to George Eversden for five hundred pounds for certain years yet to come; and also one close of pasture with the appurtenances called Doctors Pasture containing forty acres or thereabouts and that parcel of a ground called Maryslade containing twenty acres or thereabouts both of them lying in the said parish of Norrill in the said county of Bedford now in mortgage for certain years yet to come for [two/five] hundred pounds unto one George Brittaine all which premises mentioned to be mortgaged as aforesaid my mind and will is shall be sold by my said cousin and brother and the redemption moneys being first satisfied I will and appoint that the residue of the moneys to be raised by sale thereof shall be then paid unto the said Elizabeth my loving wife to hold to her own use. ITEM; all my goods and chattels whatsoever I do hereby give and bequeath unto Elizabeth my said loving wife (except my part and share of those grounds which were given me by my father HAMES deceased) which I do hereby give and bequeath unto my daughter JUDITH and in case she die before my mother HAMES then I give and bequeath the said goods unto my sons GEORGE THOMAS and BENJAMIN to be equally divided between them; and I do make my said wife Elizabeth my sole executrix of this my last will and testament not doubting but she will have a tender respect uto all my children unto whose care I commit and commend them. In witness whereof I have unto this my will contained in four sheets of paper set my hand and seal the eleventh day of December in the sixteenth 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 AD 1640 – Henry Barnardiston – sealed signed and published as the last will and testament of the said Henry Barnardiston the day and year above written in the presence of W Ward, Ge. Gery, Will. Colby
Proved 12th February 1644/5 by Elizabeth Barnardiston relict and executrix
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