This sixteenth day of June AD 1644, I PETER ENT Citizen and Clothworker of London at this present in sound and perfect memory thanks be unto my good God, yet considering with myself the uncertainty of this frail life do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following: First I commit and commend my mortal soul into the hands of my Creator assuring myself through the death and passion and by the only merits of my blessed Saviour and Redeemer to obtain life everlasting. My body I commit to the earth whence it came to be buried at the discretion of my executors hereafter mentioned and in such manner of decency as does best suit with my condition. My temporal estate wherewith God has blessed me I dispose of as follows. Imprimis I give and bequeath to the Parishes of St Peters and St Marys in Sandwich the sum of five pounds vizt. to each [50 shillings] to be distributed to the poor of the said parishes according to the discretion of the Churchwardens then being. ITEM; I give to the poor of the Dutch Congregation in Sandwich the sum of ten pounds of lawful money of England to be paid to the Deacons of the said congregation within one month after my decease. As for the residue of my personal estate, my funeral debts and charges being discharged, according to the ancient and laudable custom of the City of London I do hereby divide the same into three equal parts; one full third part whereof I give to JUDITH my well-beloved Wife; one other third part thereof I give to my only Daughter JUDITH ENT to be paid unto her the said Judith my Daughter with the profits the same third part shall produce allowing my wife fifty pounds of lawful money of England yearly to be paid for the maintenance of the said Judith at the age of one and twenty years or day of marriage which of them shall first happen after the day of my death. And if it shall happen the said Judith my daughter to die before she shall attain to the full age of one and twenty years or day of marriage aforesaid then my will and meaning is, and I do hereby demise the moiety or one half part of the third part to the said Judith my daughter bequeathed as aforesaid to the said Judith my wife and the other moiety to be divided into three equal parts, two parts whereof I give to my Brother GEORGE ENT Doctor in Physick and the other third part residue to my Brother JOSIAS ENT, Merchant and my three sisters JUDITH ELWOOD, JANE WOOLMAN and ANNE ENT to be equally divided between them. ITEM; I give to my said wife Judith all my household stuff and plate whatsoever which properly belong to me and which jointly with my Partner and loving Brother in Law JOHN FREDERICK does equally belong to us both I give the same to the said Judith my wife. ITEM; I give to my dear wife nine hundred pounds of lawful money of England. ITEM; I give to my dear Mother JUDITH ENT the full sum of three hundred pounds to be paid to her within three months after my decease or to such person or persons whom by her last will and testament she my said mother shall nominate and appoint. ITEM; I give to my brother Josias Ent aforesaid the sum of one hundred pounds of like money to be paid as the said Josias shall nominate and appoint. ITEM; I give to my sister Judeth Elwood the sum of two hundred pounds of like money to be paid as aforesaid or to such person or persons as she shall nominate and appoint and in default of such nomination then to such children as she shall leave behind her to be equally parted between them. ITEM; I give to my sister Jane Woolman the sum of two hundred pounds of the like money to be paid as aforesaid or to such person or persons as she shall nominate and appoint if she happen to die before the receipt thereof or in default of such nomination or appointment to such of my brothers and sisters George, Josias, Judith and Anne as shall be then living to be divided equally between them. ITEM; I give to my sister Anne Ent the sum of two hundred pounds of like money to be paid her within the space of six months or to such person or persons as she shall nominate and appoint. ITEM; I bequeath to my loving brother George Ent Doctor of Physick the sum of three hundred pounds of like money to be paid within the space of eighteen months after my decease or sooner if the estate or moneys come in to the said George Ent or to whom he shall nominate and appoint. ITEM; I give to my brother in law and partner the sum of two hundred pounds as a testimony of my love for his pains to be taken in gathering in of any estate or to whom he shall nominate and appoint. ITEM; I give to Alice Hope my Maidservant the sum of ten pounds of like money to be paid her within six months after my decease, and if she dwell with my wife to the day of the said Alice her marriage then I bequeath unto her ten pounds more of the like money to be paid her at the day of her marriage. ITEM; I give to TUNNIKEN ENT of Sandwich, widow the sum of twenty pounds of like money to be paid her within six months after my decease or to whom she shall nominate and appoint. ITEM; I give towards the reparation of two houses in St Johns Hospital in Sandwich the sum of fifteen pounds on condition my wife may nominate the two first inhabitants, whereof Thomas Pardue of Sandwich Porter shall be one and not otherwise. ITEM; I give to Edward Burston one Porter the sum of ten pounds of the like money within six months after my decease. ITEM; I give to Mary Masters widow of London the sum of two pounds of like money. ITEM; I give to Susanna Rickseyes of Sandwich the sum of five pounds to be paid her by [12d] a week till the sum be paid. ITEM; I give to Robt Dunkin of Sandwich Jurate the sum of [40 shillings] to buy him a ring. ITEM; I give to my Mother in Law JUDITH RUYS the sum of ten pounds of like money to buy her a ring. ITEM; I give to Judith White Elizabeth Harsner Servants to Mother Ruys and Elizabeth and Kate Servants to my brother Frederick the sum of forty shillings to every one of them. My further will and meaning is that what overplus or suplusage of my estate has not been bequeathed by me the same to be paid to my foresaid brother George Ent and I will and order that Judith Ent my loving wife and John Frederick my brother and partner be executors of this my last will and testament and I also will that George Ent and Josias Ent my brothers be overseers of my said will and testament. The last name and hand of Peter Ent sealed and delivered in the presence of us: Anne Hall, Edward Plover.
Memorandum that about and often before the time of the said Peter Ent sealing and delivering of his said last will and testament he being then likewise of perfect mind and memory and with intent of adding to and further expressing of the same did say and declare before several persons and credible witnesses that his will was to give and that he did give and bequeath to Mr Thomas Houghton of [Colechurch] the sum of ten pounds and another that his funeral expense or the charge thereof should be borne and disbursed out of his said third part or portion of his goods according to the purpose and direction set down in the said will.
Proved 3rd September 1644 by Judith Ent, relict and John Frederick, brother in law, executors
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