1654 James Henbury


In the name of God Amen; I JAMES HENBURY of Fleet Street in the Parish of St Dunstan in the West, London, Silkman and Citizen and Skinner of London, being  at present by reason of my loss of eyesight and other distempers weak and ill of body but (blessed be God) of sound and competent mind and memory, do make and ordain this my last will and testament whereby I humbly commend my soul to Almighty God my Creator hoping through the merits of my Lord and Redeemer Jesus Christ to have pardon of all my sins and be eternally saved; my body I commit to the earth to be buried at the discretion of SUSAN my loving wife; and as touching my temporal estate I dispose as follows:  Inprimis: I give will and bequeath to my three children SUSAN HENBURY, ANNE HENBURY and SARAH HENBURY one hundred pounds apiece of lawful money of England to be paid unto them respectively at their several ages of one and twenty years or days of marriage first happening, and if any of them my said children shall happen to die before her or their said age or marriage first happening my will and appointment is that the legacy or legacies of the deceased of them shall be and remain to the survivors or survivor of them to be paid as aforesaid; and I give to the said Susan my eldest daughter my silver tankard over and besides her said legacy. And all the rest and residue of my goods, debts wares and personal estate I give and bequeath to the said Susan my wife and do make and appoint her my wife full and sole executrix of this my last will and testament.  And whereas I am seized of two messuages or tenements situate in Fleet Street in the parish of Saint Bride’s London which I have conveyed (as a jointure for my wife) to the uses following, namely to myself and wife for term of our lives and the life of the longer liver of us and after our deceases to the heirs of our two bodies and for want of such issue to the heirs of me the said James or to that effect, I do by this my will ratify and confirm the said estates according to the substance and tenor thereof and in case my said children shall all of them die without issue I do give devise and bequeath the said messuages with the appurtenances to the said Susan my wife and her heirs forever.  In witness  whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the nineteenth day of March in the year of our Lord God one thousand six hundred fifty three – James Henbury – signed sealed and published on the day of the date in the presence of John Lawrence, Stephen Henbury, Hen: Travers sen.


Proved 13th February 1654/5 by Susan Henbury, relict and executrix


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