1655 Sara Hathorne


In the name of God Amen; the fifth day of September in the year of our Lord God according to the computation of the Church of England one thousand six hundred fifty and five, I SARA HATHORNE of Binfield in the County of Berks, widow, being sick in my body but of a sound mind and in good and perfect remembrance, I praise Almighty God therefore, do ordain and make 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 to the poor people of Binfield aforesaid twenty shillings in money to be bestowed on such as have most need at the discretion of my executor on the day of my burial.  ITEM; I give and bequeath unto ROBERT HATHORNE my son a round table in the chamber over the hall with a drawer to him a great joined chair in the parlour and my elm chest in the chamber over the parlour and two pillow beers one of them a Holland pillow beer and the other of them a flaxen pillow beer, two silver spoons, one of my best joined stools in the hall, a cupboard cloth wrought with blue at the ends and a great brazen candlestick.  ITEM; I give and bequeath unto ANNE my daughter the wife of HUGH SMITH my best feather bed and bolster belonging to him a feather pillow two blankets my green rug my green [sea] curtains and valance to them two pairs of my better sheets the fourth part of all my pewter my lesser brass pot and pothooks my little skillet all my wearing apparel three of my bigger milk bowls a low leather chair my best green matted chair the biggest chest that was her father’s and ten pounds of lawful money of England to be paid unto her by my executor hereafter named. ITEM; I give and bequeath to my two grandchildren ANNE LEE and KATHERINE LEE twenty shillings apiece of lawful money of England.  ITEM; I give and bequeath to all the residue of my grandchildren, that is to say: SARA HATHORNE, ELIZABETH HATHORNE and ELIZABETH HATHORNE, SUSANNA HATHORNE, NATHANIEL HATHORNE, WILLIAM SMITH and ELIZABETH SMITH the several sums of ten shillings apiece of lawful English money to be paid unto them by my executor.  ITEM; I give and bequeath unto Anne Middleton my late servant ten shillings.  ITEM; all the residue of my goods and chattels not otherwise herein before by me given or bequeathed any 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 my well beloved son NATHANIEL HATHORNE whom I make my sole executor of this my last will and testament.  In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year first above written – (the mark of) Sara Hathorne – sealed subscribed and published in the presence of John Yonge, (the mark of) Henry Otwaie


Proved 14th March 1655/6 by Nathaniel Hathorne son and executor


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