1644 James Wynch


In the name of God Amen, and the one and twentieth day of March AD 1639 and in the fifteenth year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord Charles by the grace of God King of England, and Scotland, France, and Ireland defender of the faith etc., I JAMES WYNCH citizen and woodmonger of London, being somewhat crazy of body but of good and perfect mind and memory, praised be Almighty God, and considering the certainty of death and the uncertain time thereof when it will please the Lord to call me out of this life, and do make and declare this my last will and testament in manner and form following. First and principally I commend my soul to God for my creator hoping and steadfastly believing to receive full and free remission and pardon of all my sins and offences by and through the only death passion resurrection and ascension of Jerusalem Christmas my alone Saviour and Redeemer, and my body I commit to the earth to be decently interred in Christian burial in such sort as my executrix hereunder named shall think fit. And as touching the disposing of such worldly estate and substance which it has pleased the Lord in some measure to bless me with all I give dispose and bequeath the same as follows, that is to say, inprimis whereas I have heretofore advanced my eldest daughter JANE in marriage with JOHN COLES and have already given unto her a competent portion therefore I now give and bequeath unto her the sum of ten pounds and no more of lawful money of England wherewith I will that she and her said husband shall rest satisfied and shall accept of in full of all such filial parts and portion which they may claim in or to my personal estate which said sum of ten pounds I will shall be paid unto my said daughter within one year next after my decease. ITEM; I give and bequeath unto my daughter MARY the sum of one hundred pounds of lawful money of England wherewith to be paid unto her by my executrix when she shall accomplish her age of one and twenty years or u poo n her day of marriage which of those times shall first and next happen to come or be after my decease. ITEM; I give and bequeath unto my youngest daughter ANN the sum of fifty pounds of like lawful money of England to be paid unto her likewise at her said age of one and twenty years or upon her day of marriage which shall first and next happen after my decease. ITEM; I give and bequeath unto my brother WILLIAM WYNCH the sum of forty shillings. ITEM; I give and bequeath unto my wife’s sister ROSE wife of ROBERT GRAVES the like sum of forty shillings to make her a ring to wear in remembrance of me. ITEM; I further give and bequeath unto my said brother William Wynch one suit of apparel fit and decent for the wearing such as my wife and executrix shall think meet and convenient for him to be delivered unto him within one month next after my decease. The rest and residue of all and singular my goods chattels and estates whatsoever (my debts being paid and funeral charges deducted and allowed) I wholly give devise and bequeath the same unto my loving wife MARY which Marie I hereby nominate make ordain and appoint sole executrix of this my last will and testament utterly revoking annulling and making void all former and other wills legacies and bequests by me heretofore in any wise willed named disposed or bequeathed and these presents to stand and be accounted as and for my very last will and testament and none other or otherwise. In witness whereof to this my present last will and testament (consisting of four sheets of paper besides this present sheets) I have to every sheet thereof set my hand and my seal at the top thereof fastened together with a label the day and year first above written – James Winch – sealed published delivered and declared as and for my last will and testament in the presence of us who were witnesses specially called thereunto: Richard Fordbynd and of me Fran. Wiseman.


Proved 30th August 1644 by Marie Winch, relict and executrix


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