In the name of God Amen, This six and twentieth day of June A.D. one thousand six hundred and sixty and in the twelfth year of the reign of our sovereign Lord Charles II by the grace of God of England Scotland France and Ireland King defender of the faith etc., I, PETER TRYON of Harringworth in the County of Northampton Esquire being at present weak in body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be to Almighty God therefore do make and ordain my last will and Testament in manner following (that is to say) first and principally I do render my soul into the hands of Almighty God my creator and of Jesus Christ my only saviour and Redeemer trusting in and only by his merits to be saved expecting a joyful resurrection at the last day. My body I commit to the Earth to be buried in the parish church of Harringworth aforesaid in the vault their built by my late dear father deceased in such comely and decent manner as to my executors hereafter named shall be thought convenient without any pomp and state and the expending not above one hundred pounds and funeral charges above and besides what I shall particularly order. And whereas my personal estate and debts owing unto me and other my goods and chattels will not be sufficient wherewithal to pay my debts funeral charges and the several legacies and other sums of money in this my will hereafter particularly expressed and by me appointed to be paid done and performed my will therefore is and I do hereby appoint that (for the better enabling my executors hereinafter named to pay my debts and legacies hereinafter bequeathed and perform this my will) my said executors shall have receive and take the rents issues and profits of all and every my manors lands and hereditaments lying and being in Harringworth, Bullwick, Laxton, Seaton Colly, Weston Glaston and Edmonton, and in every or any of them in the counties of Northampton, Rutland and Middlesex and every or any of them or elsewhere in the same counties or any of them (permitting my wife to enjoy such lands as are settled upon her and not selling, felling or disposing of any timber or timber trees growing or to grow upon any of my said lands, it being my will and mind they should be preserved for my heirs) until such time as by and out of the same they shall have received such sums of money as (together with my personal estate) will suffice for payment of my debts and of the several legacies and other sums of money hereinafter bequeathed by this my will; and after the said sums of money so to be raised for performance of this my will shall be raised accordingly then I do give and bequeath all and every my manors lands and hereditament’s before mentioned together with the advowsons of the churches of Bullwick and Seaton (the manors of Colly Weston and all other my lands in Colly Weston and Edmonton aforesaid only excepted) unto my eldest JAMES TRYON and to his heirs and assigns for ever; and in like manner after the said sums of money are to be raised for performance of this my will shall be raised as aforesaid then I do give and bequeath my said manors of Colly Weston and all other my lands in Colly Weston aforesaid with my lands and tenements in Edmonton (not hereinafter bequeathed) unto my second son SAMUEL TRYON and to his heirs and assigns for ever; and if the said sums of money so to be raised for performance of this my will shall be raised before my eldest son James Tryon shall attain his age of one and twenty years then I do desire and appoint my said executors hereinafter named to receive and collect the rents revenues and profits of all and every my manors lands and hereditament’s hereinbefore bequeathed to my said son James until he my said son James his age of one and twenty years at which time I do desire and appoint my said executors to pay the said sums of money so by them received in the minority of my said son James over and above the moneys to be by them raised for the performance of this my will unto my said son James Tryon and in case he shall die before he attain such age then unto my son Samuel Tryon, and in like manner if the said sums of money so to be raised for performance of this my will shall be raised before my said son Samuel shall attain his full age of one and twenty years then I do desire and appoint my said executors to receive and collect the rents revenues and profits of the said manors of Colly Weston and lands in Colly Weston and Edmonton hereinbefore bequeathed to my said son Samuel until my said son Samuel shall attain his full age of one and twenty years, and then to pay the same to him my said son Samuel if he be then living; but if he be then dead then unto my said son James Tryon. Item; I give and bequeath unto each of my daughters SARAH TRYON and MARY TRYON the sum of five thousand pounds apiece of lawful money of England to be paid unto them respectively at their respective ages of one and twenty years or days of marriage first happening if the same shall be so soon raised by and out of my personal estate and the rents and profits of my manors and lands, or else as soon as the same shall be raised; and my will and meaning is that in case either of my said daughters shall happen to die before they shall have attained their respective ages of one and twenty years or be married then the legacy or legacies of her so dying shall be paid and distributed as follows viz. To my other daughter then surviving one thousand pounds and the residue thereof to be divided between my said sons James and Samuel share and share alike if my said sons shall be then both living; but if one of them shall be dead then to the survivor of them my said sons; and if it shall happen that both my said daughters shall die before their said ages of one and twenty years or days of marriage, then I give and bequeath both their said legacies of five thousand pounds unto my said sons James and Samuel or such of my said sons shall be then living. And I do desire and appoint my loving wife JUDITH TRYON during her widowhood to take upon her the care and charge of education of my children during their minority is and for the better enabling her so to do I hereby give and bequeath to her during her widowhood my dwelling house in Edmonton with the orchards gardens and the forecloses next thereunto adjoining together with the use of my jewels plate furniture and goods in and about the same house and not hereinafter given away if she pleased to make that her place of residence it being my desire she should so do and that my goods may not be removed thence till near the expiration of the lease by which I hold the same (amongst other things) and likewise for the further enabling my said wife to bring up my children I do order and appoint my executors to pay unto her at Michaelmas and lady day by even portions one annual or yearly payment of two hundred pounds of lawful money of England during the minorities of my said children if she remained so long a widow but if she shall marry or died then I desire my sister SARAH TRYON to take the care and charge of educating my children and then and in that case I give and bequeath to my said sister the same house and furniture at the same yearly payment given to my wife for that purpose and if my said wife and sister shall both marry or died during the minority of my said children or any of them I desire and appoint my executors to take the care of the same according to their best directions. Item; I give unto my said loving wife Judith all the plate given her by my late father and sister Sarah and which I have bought since my intermarriage with her; also I give my said wife my best coach and two of my best coach horses. Item; I give to my dear sister Sarah Tryon my other coach and to coach horses and one ring set with a table diamond late belonging to my dear mother SARAH TRYON deceased and after the marriage or decease of my said wife I give and dispose as follows viz. To my eldest son James Tryon my best chain of pearls containing in number six and forty pearls; unto my youngest son Samuel Tryon my best table diamond ring and my second best basin and ewer of silver. Unto my eldest daughter Sarah a ring set with a rose diamond in the middle and two small diamonds on the sides with a pair of pendants of diamonds. Unto my daughter Mary a ring set with a table diamond. And if any of my said children shall happen to die before their respective ages of one and twenty years being sons and ages of one and twenty years or days of marriage being daughters then I give and bequeath the jewels bequeathed to him her or them so dying under the survivor and survivors of them share and share alike. And for the residue of the same jewels plate and household stuff in and about my said dwelling house at Edmonton after the marriage or decease of my said wife I give the same unto my said son James Tryon if he be then living but if he be then dead unto my said son Samuel. Item; I give and bequeath my books and library unto my said eldest son James and I desire my executors to remove them to Harringworth to be preserved for him until his age of twenty years and if he chanced to die before he attain that age then I give the same books and library to my son Samuel and I desire they may in like manner be preserved for him. Item; I give unto my said loving wife the use of my mansion house in Harringworth or any other of my houses in Northamptonshire or Rutland that shall be empty for herself and children in case of sickness or otherwise at her pleasure to retire unto and residing, and the use of such goods of mine as shall then be in such house until one of my sons shall attain his age of one and twenty years and she remaining a widow till that time. And my will and meaning is and I do hereby appoint my executors hereafter named to pay the several legacies that by any note or writing subscribed by or written with my own hand I shall at any time hereafter give and appoint all as if they had been inserted in this my will. All the rest and residue of my estate goods and chattels whatsoever not hereinbefore given and bequeathed (my debts legacies and funeral charges being there out first paid and deducted) I give and bequeath the same to my said son James Tryon in case he shall attain the age of one and twenty years but if he shall die before such age then I give and bequeath the same to my said son Samuel; and I do desire and appoint my executors hereafter named from time to time as they shall receive any sum or sums of money amounting to one thousand pounds or more for or out of my personal estate or out of the rents and profits of my manors and lands as aforesaid to dispose of the same at interest by and with the advice of my loving friend Robert Clayton for the sooner advance of the same legacies and portions and afterwards for the benefit of my said two sons and at the hazard and adventure of my said sons; and whereas at the time of my death I may have a considerable stock of cattle and diverse grounds in my own hand which stock may not be convenient to be immediately sold nor is it reasonable that my executors should stand to any hazard of the same after an appraisement made, my will and meaning therefore is and I do hereby declare that it shall be lawful for my executors either to sell of the same stock and let the ground or else to continue the same or any other ground they shall think fit with stock of cattle or by ploughing for the best advantage they can for my children without any loss or damage to my said executors by the death of cattle damage of goods or the like (it being my intent they shall be accountable only for what they shall really and bone fide make and receive for the same any law or custom to the contrary notwithstanding). And whereas I did intend to have created a memorial for my late father in Harringworth Church and for my mother in the church of Great St Helens London for which I have in order of vestry, now my will and desire is my executors would be pleased to perform the same not expending above [ ] hundred marks upon both the said monuments in the several places and I do hereby ordain and appoint my loving brother JOHN HUXLEY Esqmy cousin JOHN HUXLEY, eldest son of my said brother, and my said sister Sarah Tryon executors of this my last will and Testament, and I give unto them the sum of 50 pounds apiece to bestow in a piece of plate to keep in remembrance of me not doubting but they will with all faithfulness and care perform this my will and great trust reposed in them. In witness whereof to this my last will and Testament contained in this and the six preceding sheets I the said Peter Tryon have subscribed my name to each sheet and fixed my seal to the [ ] of them the day and year first above written – Peter Tryon – signed sealed published and declared by the said Peter Tryon for his last will and Testament after the interlining of these words (until one of my sons shall attain his age of one and twenty years and she remaining a widow till that time) in the sixth sheet in the presence of Peter Cullen, Thomas Newton, John Batty, Robert Clayton, Scr: Edward Witton
A Codicil to be annexed to the last will and Testament of me Peter Tryon Esq, dated the sixth and twentieth day of this instance month of June A.D. one thousand six hundred and sixty and to be accounted as part thereof. Imprimis: I give and bequeath unto my niece JANE CROKE the sum of one thousand pounds of lawful money of England to be paid unto her by my executors on the day of her marriage will stop and I also give unto her for maintenance and till her marriage one annual or yearly sum or payment of forty pounds of like money to be paid unto her by my executors at lady day and Michaelmas by even portions the first payment to begin and be made at such of the same feast that shall next happen after my decease and to end at her death or marriage first happening. Provided notwithstanding that she the said Jane Croke so shall upon receipt of the said one thousand pounds release to my executors all other legacies whatsoever she can or may claim or pretend to be due to her either from my late father Moses Tryon deceased or myself by virtue of my will promise or grant whatsoever otherwise the same legacy of one thousand pounds shall be void. Item I give to the poor of the parish of Harringworth twenty nobles; to the poor of the parish of Edmonton twenty nobles; to the poor of the parish of Bullwick ten nobles to the poor of the parish of Colly Weston five nobles the poor of the parish of Seaton ten nobles all to be distributed by my executors. Item I give to my sister Sarah Tryon ten pounds for morning to my brother John Huxley [the elder and his wife ten pounds apiece for mourning] , to my brother Sir JOHN LAWRENCE and his lady ten pounds apiece for mourning, to my brother ABRAHAM CULLEN and his wife ten pounds apiece for mourning, to my brother BIDDOLPH and his wife ten pounds apiece for mourning, to my brother PETER CULLEN ten pounds for morning to my niece Jane Croke ten pounds for mourning, to my cousin John Huxley the younger and his wife ten pounds apiece for mourning, to my loving friend Robert Clayton Scrivener ten pounds for morning to my loving friend [ ] ten pounds in money, to all my servants that shall be living with me at my decease and have lived with me five years five pounds apiece for [ ] all my other servants living with me at my decease forty shillings apiece for mourning, to Mr John Nobbs Minister of Bullwick forty shillings to buy him a ring. In witness whereof to this my Codicil to be affixed to my last will and to be accounted as part thereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this seven and twentieth day of June one thousand six hundred and sixty. Sealed, signed, published and declared by the said Peter Tryon as a codicil to be annexed to his last will in the presence of Robert Clayton, Richard Southwell.
24th December 1660 by Judith Tryon natural mother and Guardian of James Tryon, minor, natural son of Peter Tryon of Edmonton.
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