In the name of God Amen, the fifteenth day of June AD one thousand six hundred fifty two; I EDMOND HATHORNE of London Yeoman, being sick in body but in sound and perfect mind and memory praised be God for the same do ordain and make these presents to be and contain 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 Creator believing the free pardon and forgiveness of all my sins and also life everlasting in by and through the only merits death and passion of his dear and only begotten son Jesus Christ my only Saviour and Redeemer; and as for my body I commend it to the earth whereof it came believing and hoping of a joyful resurrection of the same; desiring the same may be interred in comely and Christian manner; and as touching the transitory and worldly estate which it has pleased God to bestow upon me in this present life I will and dispose of the same as follows: First I give and bequeath unto my loving mother SARA HATHORNE the sum of ten pounds of lawful money of England. ITEM; I give unto my sister ANN SMITH the wife of HUGH SMITH twenty shillings. ITEM; I give unto John Hanscombe a servant belonging to Gresham College in London ten shillings. ITEM; I give unto Anne Hawkins my master’s maid servant ten shillings. ITEM; I give and devise unto my brother ROBERT HATHORNE my little tenement with an acre of land belonging unto it freehold set lying and being in the parish of Bray in the County of Berks abutting upon Oakley Green to have and to hold the said tenement and one acre of land unto my said brother Robert Hathorne and to his heirs and assigns forever. ITEM; I give and devise unto my brother NATHANIEL HATHORNE all those my five acres and one rood of meadow grounds whereof some part is arable; and also all those my thirty and one acres of land arable be they more or less lying and being in the parish of Bray aforesaid in the fields and meads there dispersed whereof one acre and a half of the said meadow ground lies in a mead called Bullocks mead (the acre falls by lot) one acre and one rood thereof lies in Bray Mead in a furlong called Mirthorne and three roods thereof lie in East Furlong there, and one acre and one rood thereof lie in Bedmeade and the other two roods thereof lie in Oakley Doles there and ten acres of the said arable land lie in a field there called Oakley Field half an acre thereof lies in a field called the Frith and two acres thereof lie in a field called the Wickfield and the other eighteen acres and a half lie in the West Field there to have and to hold the said five acres and one rood of meadow ground whereof some part is arable and the said thirty and one acres of land arable with their appurtenances unto my said brother Nathaniel Hathorne and to his heirs and assigns forever. ITEM; all the rest of my goods and estate whatsoever unbequeathed my debts and legacies being paid and my funeral expenses discharged I give and bequeath unto my said brother Nathaniel Hathorne whom I do ordain and make sole executor of this my present last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the fifteenth day of June AD 1652 above written – Edmond Hathorne – sealed subscribed published and declared by the said testator for his last will and testament in the presence (the mark of) Ann Webster, John Warner senr, clerke of the parish of St Hellens within Bishopsgate, London
Proved 26th June 1652 by Nathaniel Hathorne, executor
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