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In the name of God Amen.
The thirteenth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred and seventeen the fifteenth year of the reign of our Lord James by the Grace of God King of England France and Ireland Defender of the Faith and of Scotland the fifth, I John Smith of West Overton in the County of Wiltshire, widow being sick of body but of sound and perfect memory thanks be given unto Almighty God do ordain and make my last will and testament in manner and form following. First I give and bequeath my soul into the merciful hands of Almighty God hoping and assuredly trusting to be saved by the merits death and passion of my Saviour and Redeemer Jesus Christ and my body I commit to the earth from which it came to be buried within the parish church of Overton at the discretion of my executor.
Item, I give and bequeath to the poor of the parish in money five shillings to be disposed at the discretion of my executor
Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Stone in money twenty pounds, more I give and bequeath to my son’s daughter one of my lesser brass pans and my bell brass Posnet being in my chamber and one of the brass candle sticks standing upon the cupboard in my chamber and the basin which stands upon the cupboard in my chamber and seven of the pewter platters which be under the great chest in my chamber, one coffer Item I give and bequeath unto my said daughter four pairs of boots and one pair of woollen bers, Item I give and bequeath unto my said daughter all my wearing apparel as well linen and woollen
Item I give and bequeath unto Margaret Tarrant my sister in law three yards of course woollen clothe to make her a petticoat
Item I give and bequeath unto my son Robert’s eldest son William Smythe my great brass pot standing in my chamber and the brass candle belonging to him,
Item I give and bequeath to my son’s younger son Robert my brass chaffing dish
Item I give and bequeath unto my son Robert’s daughter Anne Smythe one pewter platter and a bearing sheet with a black Turk seam in the middle
Item I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Stone’s eldest daughter Joan Stone one feather bed one feather bolster and feather pillows. One with comforter, and one blanket Item
I give and bequeath unto my son in law’s James Phelps Alens Bramhorms youngest daughter Anne Phelps one woollen sheet and one brass candle stick which stands upon the cupboard in my chamber
Item I give and bequeath unto my servant Elizabeth Staff three yards of course white woollen cloth to maker her a petticoat,
the residue of my goods movable and unmoveable my expenses and funeral paid I give and bequeath unto Robert Smyth my son whom I do ordain and make my full and whole executor of this my last will and testament
also I do ordain and make my well beloved friend John Batt of the City of New Sarum in the County of Wiltshire, Gentleman overseer to this my last will and testament,
witnesses of this my will whose names are under written that is to say
J Ogers [Phelps?]