In the name of God Amen; the nineteenth day of May in the year of our Lord God one thousand six hundred fifty and four; I RICHARD WRENCH of the Parish of Saint Bridgets als Brides London, Haberdasher, being sick in body but of perfect whole and good remembrance thanks be therefore given to Almighty God and yet considering the frailty of this transitory life do make and ordain this my testament and last will in form following: first and principally I commend my soul into the hands of Almighty God my only maker and creator trusting and assuredly believing to be saved by the precious merits of Jesus Christ my only saviour and redeemer with his elect in his heavenly kingdom and what small means the Lord has given me power to dispose of I give and bequeath the same in form following: Imprimis, I give and bequeath to my son WILLIAM WRENCH five shillings of lawful money of England. ITEM; I give and bequeath to my daughter DOROTHIE MORRIS the wife of JOHN MORRIS five shillings of like lawful money and to Elizabeth Bunning the wife of Richard Bunning the sum of five shillings. All the rest and residue of my estate whatsoever I freely give and bequeath to my beloved wife MARGARETT WRENCH and of this my testament and last will I do make her my full and sole executrix of this my last will and testament renouncing all former wills by me willed or bequeathed and I desire my said executrix and beloved wife Margarett Wrench to be careful in the performance of this my testament and last will and that she will pay the legacies here by me left within the space of three months next after my decease or she will answer at the fearful day of judgement when the secrets of all hearts will be opened. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the nineteenth day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred fifty and four – (the mark of) Richard Wrench – signed sealed published and delivered by me Richard Wrench as my last will and testament in the presence of John Whetstone, Thomas Jardene scr.
Proved 12th October 1655 by Margarett Wrench, relict and executrix
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