1670 Robert Charlton


In the name of God, Amen; the twelfth day of May in the year of our Lord God one thousand six hundred sixty eight, I Robert CHARLTON of Whitton in the County of Salop, Esquire, being well in body and of good and perfect memory, do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following: First and principally I commend my soul into the hands of Almighty God my maker, hoping assuredly by the only means and merits of Jesus Christ my Saviour and Redeemer to be made partake of the glorious resurrection and the life everlasting, and commend my body to the earth whereof it was made, to be buried in the chapel at Whitton near to my late dear wife Ann WITHE if I die in this County, otherwise at the discretion of my executors.  Inprimis, I give and bequeath unto my daughter Lettice one bed with silk curtains and valance wrought with (tentwork) now in her possession with a bedstead, cupboard and table, and all thereunto belonging, now standing in the house in Ludlow wherein I lately dwelt, in a room there which was my bedchamber.  ITEM; I give and bequeath unto Thomas Good DD ten pounds.  ITEM; I give and bequeath unto my son in law John BRIGHT twenty pounds.  ITEM; I give and bequeath unto my sister Margaret MILLINGTON five pounds. In the next place, my debts and funeral expenses paid I give and bequeath unto my sons Richard and Henry and unto my daughters Susan, Mary and Lettice all the rest and residue of my goods, cattle, chattels and personal estate to be equally divided amongst them. Lastly, I nominate and appoint my son in law John Bright and Lettice his wife to be my executor and executrix of this my last will and testament, not doubting but that they will in an honest careful and dutiful way see it really performed according to my true intent and meaning, and I do desire my good friend Thomas Goode DD to assist them and see in what he may that this my last will be really and honestly performed, and I do hereby revoke all former wills by me made at any time heretofore made or published.  In witness whereof I have hereunto put my hand and seal this twelfth day of May one thousand six hundred sixty eight – Robert Charlton – signed sealed and published in the presence of Thomas Rock, William Bright, John Beeston

Proved 13th May 1670