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Will of John Blake of Stoford, Wiltshire. 1545



1 In the name of god amen the viiij th day of February
2 the yere of our lord god M CCCCC xlv I John Blake of Stowford
3 of the p[ar]ishe of Southe Newton of a goode mynd and of goode reme[m]
4 brancs makythe my last wyll and testame[n]t in man[ner] or forme folowyng
5 First I gyve my sowle to almyghty god to the blessyd virgine our
6 lady saynt mary and to all the goo[d]ly co[m]pany of heavyn And my
7 body to be buried in the churche yarde of saynt Andrew of Southe
8 newton Also I gyve to the churche of South Newton one wether 
9 Also to the brothers of our lady one ewe Also to the high Aulter one
10 wether. Also to B Thomas Wellys one ewe Also I gyve to ev[er]y[ ea]che  of
11 my god chyldren iiijd Also I gyve to ev[er]y[ ea]che of my chyldrens chyldren 
12 iiijd Also I gyve to ev[er]y[ ea]che of my chyldren one shepe Also I gyve to
13 Thomas Blake my son one old cart w[i]t[h] all apparell or all thyngys
14 p[er]teynyng therto one horse and all my rayments or apparell p[er]teynyng
15 to my Body (except ij gownys) Also I gyve to Thomas Blake my
16 sonne a plow chayne one yron wegge and a nyche Also I gyve
17 to Robert Blake sonne to Thomas Blake one yron wegge and a
18 shepe called a hogge Also I gyve to Rob[er]t Blake of South Newton
19 my best hooyse and one hogg Also I gyve to Johan Blake my s____t
20 and kynswoma[n] one ewe and a lambe Also I wyll that Edithe my wyfe
21 have for the tyme of her life xx ti shepe and one kowe to kype and make
22 a yerely obyte or dyryges for the helthe of my sowle and all christen
23 sowles And after her d[e]p[ar]tyng or d[ea]the I wyll that John my sonne
24 shall have the forsaid xx ti shepe and kowe And kypt the obit or diriges
25 yerely in lyke man[ner] And that he fynd an ordre a fore his d[e]
26 p[ar]tyng that the diriges or obite ev[er] after to be kepte The Re
27 sydew of my goods I gyve to Edithe my wyfe whic[h] y make
28 myne executrix and to distribute for my sowle as she thynkyth
29 best w[i]t[h] consell of John Blake my sonne whic[h] I make sup[er]visor
30 of this my last wyll or testament Thes Beyng witnes Robt 
31 Blake the carpentar Raf Mener w[i]t[h] other



In the name of God Amen.


The 9th day of February the year of our lord god 1545 I John Blake of Stowford of the parish of South Newton of a good mind and of good remembrance maketh my last will and testament in manner or form following:


First I give my soul to almighty God, to the blessed virgin our lady Saint Mary and to all the goodly company of heaven And my body to be buried in the church yard of saint Andrew of South Newton 


Also I give to the church of South Newton one wether [Note 1] 


Also to the brothers of Our Lady one ewe 


Also to the high Alter one wether. 


Also to B Thomas Wellys one ewe 


Also I give to every eache of my god children 4d 


Also I give to every each of my children's chyldren 4d 


Also I give to every each of my children one sheep 


Also I give to Thomas Blake my son one old cart with all apparell or all things pertaining thereto, one horse and all my raiments or apparell pertaining to my Body (except 2 gowns) 


Also I give to Thomas Blake my son a plow chain, one iron wedge and a nyche 


Also I give to Robert Blake, son to Thomas Blake one iron wedge and a sheep called a hogge 


Also I give to Robert Blake of South Newton my best hooyse and one hogg 


Also I give to Johan Blake my s*****t and kynswoman one ewe and a lamb 


Also I will that Edithe my wife have for the time of her life 20 sheep and one cow to keep and make a yearly obit or dirge for the health of my soul and all christian souls 


And after her departing or death I will that John my son shall have the forsaid 20 sheep and cow and keep the obit or dirges yearly in like manner and that he find an order afore his departing that the dirges or obit ever after to be kept.


The Residue of my goods I give to Edithe my wife which I make my executrix and to distribute for my soul as she think best with counsell of John Blake my sonne which I make supervisor of this my last will or testament


These being witnesses

 

Robt Blake the carpenter 


Raf Mener 


with others




Notes:
1. A wether or vether is a castrated sheep.




Last updated 12 August 2013