1644 Richard Hawthorne


In the name of God Amen; I RICHARD HAWTHORNE of the Parish of Lawrence Waltham Berks yeoman sick in body but of perfect sense and memory do make this my last will and testament as follows:  Inprimis I bequeath my soul into the hands of Almighty God trusting to be saved by the merits of Christ my Saviour and my body to be decently buried according to the discretion of my executrix; and my real and personal estate I bequeath as follows: Inprimis I bequeath to my eldest son RICHARD and his heirs of the land of which I am possessed in Bray the sum of ten pounds per annum to have and to enjoy the same when as he shall attain to thirty years of age; and the rest of my estate in land to be equally divided betwixt my two younger sons viz. THOMAS and ROBERT and my three daughters viz. JANE, MARIE and ELIZABETH to have and to hold the same to them and their heirs; and as for the yearly revenue of the ten pound land per annum bequeathed to my eldest son Richard my will is that my dear wife KATHERINE have the same till he shall attain to thirty years of age; if she shall live so long; and as for the revenues of the remainder of my land bequeathed to my other children my will is that she shall have the same during her natural life for the better maintenance of herself and the better education of my said children not doubting but that she will be careful in this particular and to this end place them out apprentices and to service as she shall find convenient for her ease and their benefit; and as for my stock of corn cattle and other personal estate I bequeath the same wholly to her for the payment of my debt which if it happen not to be sufficient then my will is that she make sale of such house and land lying in Bray as I bought of my brother WILLIAM HAWTHORNE and I also make her sole executrix of this my last will and testament; and do desire that the Worshipful Thomas Foote Alderman of the City of London that also Thomas Wilkinson minister and Mark Thonbridge of Lawrence Waltham would be pleased to be overseers of this my last will and testament.  In witness whereof I have set my hand and seal October the twenty fourth one thousand six hundred forty four – Richard Hawthorne – signed sealed and delivered in the presence of Thomas Wilkinson cleric Mark Thobridge


Proved 15th January 1644/5 by Katherine Hawthorne relict and executrix


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