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Will of Richard Franklin, Gentleman of East Kennett, Wiltshire. 1634

In the name of God Amen.

The nineteenth day of May in the fourth year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord Charles by the Grace of God King of England Scotland and France and Ireland Defender of the Faith I Richard Franklyn of East Kennett in the County of Wilts Gent. Being sick in body and of good and perfect memory thanks be unto God do ordain and make my last will and testament in manner and form following viz first and principally I commit my soul into the hands of Almighty God my creator and my body to the earth in the Christian manner to be buried hoping for a joyful resurrection thereof at the last day and through the death and merits of my Saviour Jesus Christ to have full remission of all my sins and after this transitory life ended to have life everlasting in heaven 

Item I give and bequeath to Cicilie Franklyn my daughter the bed and bedstead now being in the chamber over my parlour with all the furniture thereunto used and the table board and frame in my parlour with the stools belonging to the same board and the form and chairs one Turkey carpet six Turkey cushions one trunk being in the parlour chamber two of the lesser silk cushions the one half part of the linen in the house the one half of the brass and pewter 

Item I give unto my daughter Joyce all that bedstead and bedding now being in my hall chamber my second best chain the table board in the hall and one form my best silk cushion the one half of my linen the one half of my brass and pewter 

Item I do give unto every of the children of my daughter Ann twenty shillings 

Item I give unto my daughter Mary my black cow 

I give unto every of the children of my said daughter Mary (Ann excepted) forty shillings apiece to be delivered unto my said daughters Cicilie and Joyce to be by them disposed to the uses of the said children as they shall think fit 

The residue of my goods and chattels my debts being paid and funeral discharged I do give unto Edward Franklyn my son making him the executor of this my will and testament 

Item I do give unto my servant William Rutt three pounds in money and to Robert Furbins my white furred cow 

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above said 

Richard Franklyn

witnessed hereunto 

Thomas Bennett Notary Public 

John Smyth 

Robert Kingsman senior 

Robert Kingsman junior

Proved at London before the honourable John Henry Marten doctor of Laws Master Keeper of the Commissary of the prerogative Court on 13th June 1634, lawfully constituted by the oath of Edward Franklyn son of the deceased the executor named in the will to whom administration was granted of all and singular the goods chattels and credits of the said deceased being first sworn to well and truly administer.

Last updated 23 December 2011