In the name of God Amen; the first day of December in the year of our Lord God 1642. I HUGH SMITH of Thatcham in the county of Berks yeoman being at Dadington in the county of Oxon and being in good health do make this my last will and testament in manner and form following; First I bequeath my soul to God and my body to the earth. ITEM; I give to the poor people of Dadington xxs and to the poor of Thatcham xxs to be paid and distributed within one year after my decease at the discretion of my executor. ITEM; I give to my son JOHN SMITH xxs and to my son EDWARD SMITH xxs. ITEM; I give to my son CALEB SMITH xxs. ITEM; I give to my son JOSUAH SMITH one yard land at Dadington now in the occupation of John Hierons which is part of some yard lands called the Lordshiplands. ITEM; I give to the aforesaid Josuah my son forty pounds to be paid within two years after my decease. ITEM; I give to my daughter HANNAH SMITH threescore pounds to be paid within one year after my decease and also twenty marks to be paid within three years after my decease. ITEM; I give to my daughter MARY SMITH threescore and ten pounds to be paid within one year after my decease and also ten pounds more to be paid her within three years after my decease. ITEM; I give to my daughter JANE SMITH one hundred pounds and all the money that she shall have in her keeping at the time of my decease in hope that she will be as a mother to her brothers and sisters. The rest of all my goods and chattels not yet by me given nor bequeathed I wholly give and bequeath to my son HUGH SMITH whom I do make my sole and only executor of this my last will and testament; and I do entreat my loving friends Francis Smith and Hugh Smith both of Broadfeild to be my overseers and I give them ten shillings apiece for their pains to be taken in and about the same. In witness I that said Hugh Smith have written the same the day and year above written and have hereto set my hand – Hugh Smith
Proved 30th June 1645 by Hugh Smith son and executor
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