In the name of God Amen; I DOROTHY RIDOUT of Hengsbridge in the county of Somerset, widow being sick and weak in body but of good and perfect memory praised be God do make this my last will and testament in manner and form following; first I bequeath my soul into the hands of Almighty God my maker and Jesus Christ my Redeemer by whose death and Passion I hope to be saved and my body to be buried in the Church or Churchyard and the discretion of my friends. ITEM; I give to the church of Hengsbridge three shillings and four pence. ITEM; I give unto the poor of Hengsbridge five shillings. ITEM; I give unto Thomas Bingham and Marie Bingham and John Bingham the children of Nicholas Bingham the elder all such money as is due unto me upon bond from Nicholas Bingham the younger to be equally divided between them and my executors to have the use of it until they shall come to lawful age or bestow it in any tenement for the said children. ITEM; I give unto the same three children all such money as is due unto me upon bonds from Thomas Weston Junior gent and Hugh Weston gent to be equally divided between them only forty pounds to be paid forth of it unto my son JOHN RYDOUT and to have the use of the rest until they come to lawful age as aforesaid. ITEM; I give unto MARY BINGHAM my Grandchild one featherbed and bolster a coverlet a pair of sheets a pair of blankets a pair of pillow ties and one Holland sheet. ITEM; to THOMAS BINGHAM my grandchild a pair of sheets and one pillow tie. ITEM; I give to JOHN BINHAM my grandchild one pair of sheets and a pillow tie. ITEM; I give unto the said Thomas Bingham one cow. ITEM; I give unto Mary Bingham aforesaid one cow. ITEM; I give unto John Bingham aforesaid one cow. ITEM; I give unto my daughter CONSTANCE BINGHAM all my wearing apparel both linen and woollen. ITEM; I give unto NICHOLAS BINGHAM my son in law all such money as is due unto me upon bond from William Hackett; I give unto Marie Bingham aforesaid one coffer and one pewter dish and to Thomas Bingham aforesaid a pewter dish and to John Bingham aforesaid a pewter dish; all the rest of my goods and chattels moveable and unmoveable not given nor bequeathed I give unto my son JOHN RYDOUT whom I make my whole executor of this my last will and testament and I do entreat and appoint my well beloved friends Edmond Lowth and Robert Porter to be my overseers to see this my will to be performed and unto them I give two shillings and six pence apiece. In witness whereof I the said Dorothy Rydout have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year first above written – (the mark of) Dorothy Rydout – witness hereunto Edmond Lovell (his mark), Robert Weston (his mark), John […]
Proved 3oth November 1648 by John Rydout son and executor
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