In the name of God Amen. I Thomas Winch of Bray in the County of Berks yeoman being of good and perfect memory thanks be given to God for it do make and ordain this to be my last will and testament in manner and form following. First I bequeath my soul into the hands of Almighty God my maker trusting through the death and passion of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and by his merits to have full remission of all my sins and to live with him in joys everlasting. And as for my body being just earth and ashes I will it to the earth again to be decently buried according to the direction of my executrix hereafter named. And such worldly goods as God hath blessed me with all I give and bequeath as hereafter followeth. First I give and bequeath to my eldest son Thomas Winch the sum of fifty pounds of lawful money of England twenty pounds to be paid when he shall come to the age of seventeen years of age and the other thirty pounds to be paid when he shall be of the age of one and twenty years. And I give unto him three acres of arable land being in the common field called Wick Field in the Parish of Bray when he shall accomplish the age of one and twenty years. ITEM I give and bequeath unto my sons John and Richard Winch forty pounds apiece to be paid to them at the age of one and twenty years by my executrix hereafter named. ITEM I give and bequeath unto my fourdaughters Mary Anne Elizabeth and Margaret the full sum of twenty pounds apiece of lawful money of England to be paid to them at the age of one and twenty years if they shall so long live But if any of my sons and daughters shall depart this life before the age of one and twenty years then his or her portion shall be equally divided between them that shall be living. ITEM I give and bequeath unto my servant Matthew Hayward ten shillings to be paid him the nine and twentieth day of September which shall be in the year of our Lord God 1663. And I do make and ordain my loving wife Margaret full and whole executrix of this my last will and testament but if she shall happen to be married again she shall give sufficient security to my overseers hereunder named And I do desire my loving neighbours James [Spratly] my brother in law Richard Winch and Thomas Mirklem to be overseers of this my last will and testament and do give to them twelve pence apiece. In witness whereof I the said Thomas Winch have hereunto set my hand and seal the seventeenth day of April in the year of our Lord God 1662 And in the fourteenth year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord Charles the Second by the grace of God of England Scotland France and Ireland King Defender of the Faith – Thomas Winch – This will was taken published and declared the day and year above written in the presence of us – the mark of James [Spratly] Richard Winch the mark of Thomas Mirklem Richard Bowyer
Probate 19/2/1662/3 Probatum fuit…
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