In the name of God Amen; the sixteenth day of September AD 1644 in the xxth year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord Charles by the grace of God King of England Scotland France and Ireland Defender of the Faith etc; I RICHARD MAYOTT of Abingdon in the county of Berks gent being in good and perfect health thanks be to God yet considering the sickness and danger of the times do make and ordain my last will and testament in manner and form following: first I bequeath my soul into the hands of Almighty God hoping assuredly through the only merits of Jesus Christ my Saviour to inherit eternal life; and my body to the earth from whence it came to be buried in such decent manner as shall be thought fit by my executors hereafter named. ITEM; I give and devise unto my brother in law JOHN WICKHAM and my brother JOHN MAYOTT and their heirs all that messuage or tenement in Abingdon aforesaid wherein I now dwell with all the gardens orchards and backsides thereunto belonging and all my leasehold land and messuages in Abingdon to the end intent and purpose that the said John Wickham and John Mayott and their heirs shall sell the same so soon as they can after my decease and forth of the moneys thereof raised shall pay so much of my debts as my personal estate shall fall short and shall pay all the residue of the moneys thereof raised unto my three daughters JANE ELIZABETH and JUDETH at their several ages of eighteen years or at their marriage which shall first happen part and part like; and if it shall happen that either of my said daughters shall die before their several ages of eighteen years or marriage that then my will and meaning is that the whole money remain to the survivor or survivors of them. ITEM; I do give and devise unto my loving wife [MARTHA] all my lands tenements and hereditaments in Rufford and Chalgrove in the county of Oxon or in either of them for and during the term of her natural life for her full jointure according to my agreement before my marriage provided always that my said wife do yearly pay unto my second son WILLIAM MAYOTT after my decease the yearly rent or sum of ten pounds towards his bringing up and maintenance for and during her natural life and after the decease of my said wife I give and devise all my said lands tenements and hereditaments in Rufford and Chalgrove aforesaid or in either of them unto my said second son William Mayott and his heirs forever provided always and my will and meaning is that if my said son William shall happen to die before he shall attain unto the age of one and twenty years or that my eldest son THOMAS MAYOTT shall happen to die before he shall attain unto his age of xxj years then my said brothers John Wickham and John Mayott and their heirs shall have receive and take the rents and issues and profits of my said lands tenements and hereditaments in Rufford and Chalgrove aforesaid until they have raised my said three daughters portions with the moneys raised by the sale of my houses and leases in Abingdon unto the several sums of two hundred pounds apiece and in case either of my said three daughters shall happen to die before their several ages of eighteen years apiece or marriages which shall first happen then my will is that her or their portion or portions shall remain to the survivors or survivor of them; all the rest of my goods and chattels household stuff and estate and money and whatsoever not hereinbefore bequeathed my debts being paid and funeral expenses discharged I give and bequeath unto my said wife [Martha] whom I do make and ordain my full and whole executrix of this my last will and testament; and I do hereby will and appoint that all the rents issues and profits of my land at Culham in the county of Oxon shall be employed towards the payment of my debts until my heir shall attain unto his age of one and twenty years; and I do hereby nominate and appoint my said brothers Jno. Wickham and John Mayott overseers of this my last will and testament; and do give unto either of them for their pain twenty shillings apiece. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year first above written one thousand six hundred forty four – Richard Mayott – signed sealed and published in the presence of James Heron, John Reston, Thomas Payne, Chr. Blower
Proved 28th October 1645 by Martha Mayott executrix
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