1664 Richard Deller


In the name of God, Amen; I Richard DELLER of Oakley Green in the Parish of Bray in the County of Berks, yeoman being sick of body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given to Almighty God for it, calling to mind the frailty of this life and the immutable decree of Almighty God that all flesh must die but the place where and the time when is to me most uncertain, to the end therefore, that my mind may be the better prepared for the consideration of heavenly things, I do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following. First I bequeath my soul to Almighty God that gave it and to Jesus Christ my Redeemer that redeemed it trusting in his merits of the free pardon and remission of all my sins and as for that temporal estate which God of his infinite merits has bestowed upon me I bequeath in manner and form following.  ITEM; I give and bequeath to my son William DELLER my house that lies in the parish of Cloworth in Dedworth Green now in the occupation of John Man and also one house lying and being in the parish of Lawrence Waltham with all the lands and backsides and outhouses thereto belonging.  ITEM; I give and bequeath to my son Thomas DELLER my house in Oakley Green late in the occupation of Richard Powney and adjoining to Mr Franklin’s land with the backsides thereto belonging with outhouses, orchards, gardens thereto belonging and one acre and a rood of land lying in the frith and (xxx) acres in (Sheres Railes Weere) and one half acre up to the (grilles Meade field).  ITEM; I give and bequeath to my son John DELLER the house now in the occupation of Robert Man in Oakley Green with the appurtances and three acres of land in (broad bush weere) shooting down upon the bourne and one acre of land lying in Queen Piece.  ITEM; I give and bequeath to my now beloved wife Elizabeth my now dwelling house in Oakley Green with the backside thereto belonging with all barns stables and outhouses thereto appertaining and all that my lands lying and being in the parish of Winfield commonly called Hunting Berry during her widowhood and no longer.  ITEM; I give and bequeath to my son Richard DELLER the sum of ten pounds to be paid within half a year after my decease.  ITEM; I bequeath my body to be buried in such decent manner as to my executor and executrix shall think fit.  ITEM; I do desire my brother in law Thomas FOORD and my brother in law John FINCH to be my overseers of this my last will and testament.  ITEM; I do make and constitute my now beloved wife Elizabeth and my son Nathaniel DELLER to be my executrix and executor to fulfil this my last will and testament, and as for the remainder of my personal estate it is my will that it shall be equally divided betwixt my executrix and my executor; witness my hand and seal this fifth day of April in the year of our Lord God one thousand six hundred sixty four – the mark of Richard Deller the Elder – sealed published and subscribed in the presence of the marks of John Powney, Hugh (Foade)

Proved 17th June 1664