In the name of God Amen, I LUKE JUSTICE of the Parish of St Olaves Old Jewry in London, Apothecary, being sick and weak in body but in good sound and perfect mind and memory, thanks be to God, do make and declare my last will and testament in manner and form following, that is to say: Imprimis I bequeath my soul to God and my body to the earth to be decently buried in the Parish aforenamed in the same grave where my wife lies buried; and as for my worldly goods of what kind and nature so ever after my funeral charges and debts are paid and satisfied, I give and bequeath them all to my dear child HESTER JUSTICE and I do commit her to the sole care and governance of her two uncles, THOMAS ROUS of Hatton garden, London, Gentleman and WILLIAM ROUS, Citizen and Apothecary of London and I do make and ordain them also Executors of this my last will and testament for the good and benefit of my said child and in case it shall happen that my said child should die or depart this mortal life before she shall attain the age of one and twenty years or day of marriage then I will and bequeath unto the several persons hereinafter named the several legacies and sums of money hereinafter mentioned, vizt: to my Aunt Mrs ELIZABETH ROUS wife of the aforesaid Thomas Rous; to my Aunt Mrs SUSAN ROUS wife of the aforesaid William Rous; to my Aunt Mrs FRANCES BOOMER; to my Cousin Mrs KIND; to my Cousin JOHN WYNCH; to my Cousin HESTER ROUS; to my Aunt Mrs HESTER DARKER; to my Brother Mr THOMAS JUSTICE to each and every of them ten pounds apiece; to my Sister STANTON for her children twenty pounds and her release and acquittance shall be unto my Executors a good and sufficient discharge for the same to my Cousin Mrs HESTER COLSON; to my Cousin ELIZABETH ROUS, daughter of my said Uncle Thomas Rous; to Mr Randolph Sharey to each of them five pounds apiece; and in case of my child’s death as aforesaid and not otherwise I give and bequeath unto my Sister Mrs ELIZABETH ROUS, daughter of my Father-in-Law Mr ROBERT ROUS my gold watch; and in case of such decease of my child as aforesaid and not otherwise, I give and bequeath unto my said Father-in-Law Mr Robert Rous the sum of three hundred pounds of lawful money of England; and I also will that presently after my decease my Executors give my silver watch to my good friend Henry Young. All the rest and residue of my goods chattels and estate I give leave and bequeath unto my said two Uncles Thomas Rous and William Rous and I do hereby revoke and make void all former wills by me at any time heretofore made. In witness whereof I the said Luke Justice have set my hand and seal the seventeenth day of January A.D. one thousand six hundred eighty six and in the second year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord, King James the Second over England etc. – Luke Justice – signed sealed published declared and delivered by the testator for and as his last will and testament the day of the date hereof in the presence of us Tho: Greene D.D. [ ] Wynch Scr. Arthur Edgley
Proved 16th October 1690 by William Rous with administration reserved for Thomas Rous
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