1649 George Byshopp


In the name of God Amen, the nineteenth day of May in the year of our Lord God one thousand six hundred forty eight, I GEORGE BISHOPP of Bray in the County of Berks being weak in body yet of perfect memory praised be God do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following, vizt.  First I commend my soul into the hands of Almighty God my maker hoping assuredly through the only merits of Jesus Christ my Saviour to be made partaker of everlasting life and my body to be buried in the churchyard of Bray aforesaid.  ITEM; I give to the poor of the parish of Bray the sum of five pounds of lawful money of England.  ITEM; I give unto my sister MARGARET BOWYER the sum of five shillings.  ITEM; I give unto my kinswoman JOANE POTTER the wife of JOHN POTTER the sum of fifty shillings.  ITEM; I give unto my son ROBERT BISHOPP the sum of one hundred pounds of lawful money of England to be paid unto him within six months next after my decease.  ITEM; I give unto my three grandchildren GEORGE BYSHOPP, ROBERT BYSHOPP and JAMES BYSHOPP one hundred pounds apiece of lawful money of England to be paid unto the said George when he shall accomplish the age of one and twenty years and to Robert and James (to their guardian) at the aforesaid time of George his accomplishing his aforesaid age of one and twenty years; and my will and meaning is that if either of my said three grandchildren shall die before the said time when their portions are to be paid that then the portion of him so dying shall be equally divided between the other two that shall be alive or if two of them die then to descend and come solely to the survivor.  ITEM; I give unto my five grandchildren ANNE, ELIZABETH, MARY, MARGARETT and SARAH daughters of my son Robert Byshopp the sum of twenty pounds apiece to be paid to them when they shall accomplish their several ages of eighteen years or the time of their marriage whether shall first happen; and if either of my said five grandchildren shall happen to die before the said term of eighteen years of age or days of marriage then the portion or portions of her or them so dying shall remain and be equally divided amongst the residue that shall be left alive.  ITEM; I give to Daniel Bowyer and Elizabeth Bowyer that now both live with my son five shillings apiece; and my will further is that if my executrix hereafter named shall marry before any of my grandchildren shall have received their portions that then she give security before her marriage to my son Robert Byshopp for the payment thereof.  ITEM; all the residue of my goods and chattels unbequeathed my debts legacies and funeral expenses discharged I give and bequeath unto MARIE my wife whom I make sole executrix of this my last will and testament.  In witness whereof I have set to my hand and seal the day and year first above written – George Byshopp – signed sealed and published in the presence of John Lawrence, Richard Crittall (his mark)

Proved 12th April 1649 by Mary Byshopp relict and executrix


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