In the name of God Amen; the twelfth day of July AD one thousand six hundred forty and the sixteenth year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord Charles by the grace of God King of England, Scotland, France and Ireland, defendant of the faith etc., I WALTER GIBBS of the Parish of St Dunstan in the West in the County of Middx, Taylor, being in health and perfect memory, praised be to Almighty God, taking into consideration that naturally I am born and ordained to die and pass from this transitory life to a better and that the hour of death is so uncertain that it often times overtakes us when we least think of it, am now therefore minded to make and ordain my last will and testament in manner and form following, that is to say: First and principally I commend my soul into the hands of Almighty God my maker and Jesus Christ the son my only Saviour and Redeemer in whom and by whose most glorious death and precious blood-shedding my full trust is to have remission of all my sins and everlasting salvation; and my body I commit to the earth to be interred in Christian burial at the discretion of my executrix hereafter named; and as touching the small talent of worldly wealth which God of his great mercy and goodness has sent unto me, I give and bequeath unto my son WALTER GIBBS the sum of five pounds; ITEM; I give to my son ROBERT GIBBS the sum of twenty pounds lawful money of England. ITEM; I give and bequeath unto my two daughters SUZAN GIBBS and ALICE GIBBS to each of them the sum of twenty pounds apiece like money, which legacies to my said children my will is that my executrix shall pay them within a year next after my decease. ITEM; I give unto my brother PETER GIBBS and to my two sisters AVIS and PASCRE to every of them twenty shillings apiece for a ring; and all the rest and residue of my goods chattels and personal estate whatsoever (after my debts legacies and funeral charges paid and discharged) I give and bequeath unto my loving wife SARA GIBBS whom I do hereby make and ordain sole executrix of this my last will and testament and my hope and desire is that as my executrix has always been a most kind and loving wife unto me so she will still continue a kind and loving mother unto her and my children in their education and bringing up in the fear of God according to my special trust and confidence reposed in her and I do here by these presents revoke and disannul all former or other wills by me heretofore made. In witness whereof I the said Walter Gibbs have hereunto put my hand and seal the day first above written – Walter Gibbs– signed sealed published and declared for the last will and testament of the said Walter Gibbs in the presence fo us: Robert Rodway, Willm Welsh; Clemens Barnes scriptor
Memorandum that the word sixteenth in the first line and the words twenty in the tenth and twelfth lines were interlined before the sealing hereof: William Welsh, Robert Rodway, Clemens Barnes scriptor
Proved 14th November 1648 by Suzanna (sic.) Gibbs, relict and executrix
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