In the name of God Amen; the eighteenth day of May in the year of our Lord God according to the computation of the Church of England one thousand six hundred and fifty, I WILLIAM HATHORNE of Binfield in the County of Berks, yeoman being whole and perfect in mind and of good remembrance thanks be to God therefore do make and ordain this 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 and my body to Christian burial. ITEM; I give and bequeath unto the poor people of the parish of Binfield aforesaid twenty shillings in money to be distributed amongst such as have most need at the discretion of my executrix on the day of my burial. ITEM; I give and devise unto ROBERT HATHORNE my son all that my messuage or tenement now in the tenure of my brother in law JOHN LAWRENCE situate and being in Bray in the County of Berks together with all barns stables outhouses orchards gardens backsides easements profits and hereditaments thereunto belonging and also that my cottage closes and parcels of land pasture and meadow lying and being in Bray aforesaid and hereafter particularly mentioned that is to say one barn with two orchards and five closes of pasture and meadow ground called Waterhouse Barn, Neathouse mead, the two Butts Bishopps Close and the backside containing in all eighteen acres more or less lying together near unto the said messuage and abutting upon Oakley Greene towards the north and also five closes of pasture and meadow ground whereof four are called [Wises] and the other is called New Close containing eighteen acres more or less lying together and abutting upon Oakley Greene towards the south, one cottage with a hay house and backside late in the tenure of Richard Braisier containing one acre more or less abutting upon Oakley Greene aforesaid towards the north and also one close and one pidle of pasture ground called Godlers containing seven acres more or less adjoining to a lane leading out of Okeley Greene into Didworth Greene towards the south to have and to hold the said messuage or tenement cottage closes or parcels of land and all other the premises before mentioned unto the said Robert Hathorne my son and to his heirs and assigns forever upon trust and confidence and to the end intent and purpose that the said Robert Hathorne my son his heirs or assigns shall give and pay unto WILLIAM HATHORNE my eldest son his executors and assigns the sum of one hundred pounds of lawful money of England within two years next after my decease; and also shall give and pay unto JOHN HATHORNE my son his executors or assigns the sum of twenty pounds of lawful money of England within three years next after my decease. ITEM; I give unto NATHANIELL HATHORNE my son twenty shillings in money. ITEM; I further give and bequeath unto the said John Hathorne my son twenty pounds of lawful money of England to be paid to him if he shall be living otherwise to his wife and children within one year next after my decease. ITEM; I give and devise unto EDMOND HATHORNE my youngest son all those my five acres and one rood of meadow ground (whereof some part is now arable) and also all those my thirty and one acres of land arable be they more or less lying and being in Bray aforesaid in the said County of berks in the field s and meads [ ] dispersed by whereof one acre and a half of the said meadow grounds lies in a mead called Bullock’s Mead, the acre falls by lot) one acre and one rood thereof lies in Bray Mead in a furlong called Wickhorne and three roods thereof lie in the East Furlong there and one acre and one rood thereof lie in Bed Mead and the other two roods thereof lie in Okely Doles there and ten acres of the said arable land lie in a field there called Oakley Field half an acre thereof lie in a field called the Frithe and two acres thereof lie in a field called the Wickefield and the other eighteen acres and a half lie in the West Fields there to have and to hold the said five acres and one rood of meadow ground (whereof part is now arable) and the said thirty and one acres of land arable with their appurtenances unto the said Edmund Hathorne my son and to his heirs and assigns forever upon trust and confidence and to the end intent and purpose that the said Edmund Hathorne my son his heirs or assigns shall give and pay unto ELIZABETH my daughter the wife of Mr RICHARD DAVENPORT her executors or assigns the sum of forty pounds of lawful money of England within two years next after my decease. ITEM; I give to ANNE my daughter the wife of HUGH SMITH twenty shillings in money and to ELIZABETH her daughter five shillings. ITEM; I give and bequeath unto ROBERT SARA ANNE and KATHERINE the children of my son in law PHILLIPP LEE the several sums of five shillings apiece in money. All the rest and residue of my goods catell and household stuff not otherwise hereinbefore by me given or bequeathed my debts being paid my funeral expenses discharged and this my last will and testament in all things duly performed I wholly give and bequeath unto SARA HATHORNE my wife whom I ordain and make my sole executrix of this my last will and testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written – William Hathorne – sealed subscribed and acknowledged to be the last will and testament of the said William Hathorne in the presence of John Sowthey als. Hayle, Thomas Dyer, Robert Sowthey als. Hayle
Proved 2nd May 1651 by Sara Hathorne relict and executrix.
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