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Will of James Franklin, miller of East Kennett. 1623


The last Will and Testament of James Francklyn very sick in Body but of perfect sense and memory made in the year of our Lord God 1623 in the name of God amen 


Imprimis, I bequeath my body to the Burial and my Soul to Everlasting life Item, 


I give and bequeath unto my father John Francklyn 40 shillings to be paid at my day of burial. 


Item, I give and bequeath unto my cousin Katherine Francklyn, Cycily Francklyn, Joyce Francklyn, Edward Francklyn, Anne Hitchcooke and Suzan Hytchcooke each of them one ewe and lamb and to Cycily Deston one lamb. 


Item, I give and bequeath unto Francis Francklin and Edward Francklin my Brothers the demanding working keeping and disposing of all other my Goods and Chattle whatsoever to make the most of it and what sum it doth amount unto the same to keep in their hands and custody until the death of John Francklin my father and Elizabeth my mother and the interest and use of the said sum to remain to go [unto] the benefit of my said father and mother to be paid yearly from my said death during the natural lives of the said John my father and Elizabeth my mother and the longest liver of either of them and afterwards the sum be valued appraised or made to be equally divided amongst my said Brothers in general and my sister as shall be living at the death of my said father and mother. 


And for the performance and operating of this my last Will and Testament I constitute and ordain my two Brothers Francis Francklin and Edward Francklin to be my joint faithful and lawful Executors and for their ability and power to perform the same as aforesaid I leave and bequeath unto them all those goods and Chattle in such places and from such persons as followeth here annexed in the back side of my last Will and Testament and to my said Executors I give and bequeath six pence apiece wishing and desiring them to be performed the same according to my intent and meaning as they shall confirm the Accuracy at the last Day. 


In witness hereof I have ******* set my hand [and] seal the 19th day of April in the said year of our Lord God 1623. 


I do constitute and make my Uncle Mr Richard Franklin and Robert Kingsman of *** Overton junior ** is married to be my overseers in token hereof I give each of them 12 pence.



Edwds Franklin


Witnesses


*** Franklin

John Truman (mark T)

Robert Feebins



Proved at Marlborough on 23rd April 1623








Last updated 23 December 2011