In the name of God Amen; the three and twentieth day of November in the year of our Lord God and Saviour Jesus Christ according to the computation of the Church of England one thousand six hundred fifty and three, I GILBERT PEPPER of Barton upon Humber in the County of Lincoln, clerke, being sick in body but of good and perfect remembrance and understanding and memory, praised be God therefore, do hereby make my last will and testament in manner and form following; and first I bequeath my soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave it with full assurance of eternal salvation through the precious merits of my dear Saviour Jesus Christ only; and my body I give unto the earth from whence it came to be decently interred in the church of Saint Mary’s in Barton aforesaid; and for my temporal estate my will is as follows: Imprimis I do give and bequeath unto my son DENNIS PEPPER whom I do make the sole executor of this my will all my library of books and one silver cup that was given to him by my cousin MIRIAM THURSTON. ITEM; I do give unto my daughter MAGDALEN PEPPER fifty pounds of good and lawful money of England to be paid unto her when she shall attain the age of eighteen years or at the day of her marriage which shall first happen provided that if she departs this life before the expiration of the said time that then twenty-five pounds of the foresaid fifty shall go to my son Dennis and the other moiety to my daughter MARY PEPPER. ITEM; I do give unto my daughter Mary Pepper the sum of forty pounds to be paid unto her when she shall attain the age of seventeen years provided that if she depart this life before the expiration of the foresaid time that then the foresaid forty pounds shall go to my daughter Magdalen only. ITEM; I do give unto the poor of Barton aforesaid the sum of forty shillings to be distributed according to the discretion of the churchwardens and overseers of the poor within one month after my decease. ITEM; I do make my dear brother DENNIS PEPPER and my beloved friend Robert Thorpe of Coxhill, clerke, the supervisors of this my will and for their pains and care therein I do give unto each of them five shillings. ITEM; all the rest of my goods of my estate of what kind so ever which is not already bequeathed my debts being paid and my funeral expenses discharged I do give to my dear and well beloved wife MARY PEPPER. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written – Gilbert Pepper – sealed and delivered in the presence of Jo: Fryer, Thomas Jackson, Elizabeth Browne (her mark)
Proved 12th December 1654 by Dennis Pepper son and executor
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