In the name of God Amen; the twenty seventh day of August one thousand six hundred forty three I RICHARD WINCH of Kidlington in the County of Oxon being sick in body but in perfect memory and understanding thanks be to Almighty God, do ordain constitute and make this my last will and testament in manner and form following (vizt.) that is to say First of all I give and bequeath my soul into the hands of Almighty God my Saviour and Redeemer hoping by the merits death and passion of my Saviour Christ who died for me; and my body to be buried in the church of Kidlington if I the said Richard Winch do happen to decease this mortal life in the said [ ] of Kidlington. ITEM; I give to the church of Kidlington forty shillings to be paid and distributed on my funeral day. ITEM; I give and bequeath to my daughter ANNE WINCH ten pounds yearly during her natural life issuing and to be paid by my heirs out of the lands which I purchased of Thomas Lawrence and Christopher Smith and also out of a close called Nutters which I bought of my uncle RICHARD WINCH to be paid at the four usual feasts in the year (vizt.) at the Feast of St Michael the Archangel at the Nativity of our Blessed Lord and Saviour Christ Jesus, at the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and at the Feast of St John Baptist by equal and even portions and the first payment to begin at either of the feast which shall first happen after my decease. ITEM; I give and bequeath to my said daughter three score pounds of current English money to be employed and disposed of by my executor whom I appoint as a friend in trust for her to the best use and benefit for her livelihood and maintenance and that neither she nor her assigns shall receive the said three score pounds to dispose of but by the consent and appointment of my executor. ITEM; I give also to my said daughter six pairs of sheets. ITEM; I give and bequeath unto Sibbell Rudway (my old servant) four pounds yearly during her natural life issuing and to be paid by my heirs out of a tenement called and commonly known by the name of Mannards at the four usual feast in the year by equal and even portions vixt. at the Feast of St Michael the Archangel at the Nativity of our Blessed Lord and Saviour Christ Jesus, at the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and at the Feast of St John Baptist. ITEM; I give and bequeath also to the said Sibbell Rudway forty pounds of current English money to be paid within a fortnight after my decease. ITEM; I give also to Sybell Rudway four pairs of sheets. ITEM; I give and bequeath unto Alexander Halloway his children five pounds to be equally divided amongst the said children. ITEM; I give and bequeath to Edward Halloway his children five pounds to be equally divided amongst the said children. ITEM; I give to Thomas Allen the younger his children five pounds to be equally distributed amongst them. ITEM; I give to the School House of Kidlington twenty shillings towards the repairing of it. ITEM; that when my brother THOMAS WINCH doth pay my rent which is behind being threescore pounds I do give him ten pounds. ITEM; I give and bequeath to my grandchild JAMES WINCH ten pounds to be paid when he doth accomplish the age of one and twenty years with that fifty pounds which I am to pay to him at that time and furthermore if his Father in Law RICHARD BOWER brings in to my executor that writing he does detain and keep so unjustly from me then I give my said grandchild James Winch forty pounds more; but if he the said Richard Bower does not deliver that writing and deed to my executor then I will give him only the ten pounds before mentioned. ITEM; all thee rest of my goods and chattels which are not yet given nor bequeathed I do give and bequeath to Ralphe Harwood of Islipp whom I make my whole and sole executor of this my last will and testament renouncing all other former wills and testaments to be void and of none effect but this to be my absolute and last will firm and perfect in law requiring him to distribute all charges about my funeral pay all legacies and perform all other things and matters which belong to an executor. In witness whereof I have set my hand and seal the day and year above written. I desire Mr Prideaux to preach my funeral sermon and I do give him twenty shillings for his pains – (the mark of) Richard Winch – Witness Richard Prideaux provided always notwithstanding (by this postscript that I give and bequeath to my grandchild RICHARD WINCH forty pounds of current English money and also one featherbed with all things necessary belonging unto it for lodging. Witness Richard Prideaux
Proved 19th September 1648 by Ralphe Harwell executor
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