1661 Elizabeth Winch of London


In the name of God Amen; I ELIZABETH WINCHof the Parish of Great all Hallows London, Spinster, being now bound for Virginia in the parts beyond the seas in the good ship called the Recovery of London and not knowing how it may please the Lord to deal by me in whose hands our lives are, do make and declare this my last will and Testament in manner and form following, that is to say: first, I commit my soul to God my maker hoping through the merits of Jesus Christ my saviour and blessed Redeemer to obtain the full and free pardon and forgiveness of all my sins and everlasting life in glory after this painful life ended; and whereas my late grandmother Martha Rowse of White Waltham in the County of Berks deceased in and by her last will and Testament gave and demised to me the said Elizabeth Winch one messuage or tenement or house with barns stables and other the appurtenances thereto belonging and also all that Orchard and close near or adjoining to the said house and premises situate lying and being in White Waltham aforesaid in the County of Berks now in the possession of John Brookes the tenant there to, to hold to me and my heirs for ever, I paying certain legacies which are all paid except 3 pounds given to my brother THOMAS WINCH; now I the said Elizabeth for the love and affection that I have and bear to RICHARD WINCH my brother and to my brother JOHN WINCH do give devise and bequeath to them my said brothers the said house land and premises to them and their heirs for ever. The rest and residue of all and singular my goods chattels and estate whatsoever I give and bequeath to my said loving brothers whom I make joint executors of this my last will and Testament. I revoke all former Wills gifts and legacies and bequests by me heretofore made given willed or bequeathed; and do make and appoint this to be my last will and Testament, in witness whereof I the said Elizabeth Winch have here to set my hand and seal this ninth day of January in the year of our Lord God one thousand six hundred fifty and nine – Elizabeth winch – signed sealed and published in the presence of William Trigg, Francis Bartlett Scrivner at Holborn Conduits.


Proved 9th May 1661 by Richard Winch, brother and executor


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