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Will of Dame Theodosia Prettyman. 1687.


In the name of God Amen


I, Theodosia Prettyman, widow of John Prettyman late of Loddington in the County of Leicester Knight Baronet, being now grown aged but of perfect health mind and memory and calling to mind the uncertainty of death and the uncertainty of the time thereof do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following


First I do commend my soul to God that gave it hoping through the merits and passion of Jesus Christ eternal salvation believing in the holy catholic faith, and my body to the Earth from whence it came to be buried in such decent manner as my executor and executrix hereafter named shall think fit in the parish church where I shall happen to die, and as for my worldly estate I give and dispose of in the same manner following


First, I will that all the debts which I shall owe at the time of my death be well and truly paid by my executor and executrix hereafter named and my funeral expenses discharged


First, I desire that my executors and executrix be fully paid all the money they have dispersed already for me and shall disperse in the recovery of my estate, all the debts whatsoever are to be paid out of it when recovered and the best advantage made for that purpose to themselves and all others whatsoever


First, I do give and bequeath unto my dear and loving brother Mr Edward Adams, merchant of London, £100 and the moneys to be paid him that I owe him which he has expended for me


Item, I give unto my dear and loving sister Mrs Mary Adams, spinster, £300 in consideration of the damages she has suffered and moneys paid for me


Item, I give my nephew John Adams, gent, £50


Item, I give unto my nephew Edward Adams, merchant of London, £50


Item, I give unto my niece Francis Adams £50, to my niece Elizabeth Adams £50, to my niece Sarah Adams £50, to my niece Mary Adams £50


Item, I give unto Mrs Margaret Bolton £10


Item, I give unto my cozen Edward Taylor five pounds


Item, I give unto my cozen Elizabeth Clater five pounds, to her son George Clater five pounds


Item, I give unto my cozen Jane Lombard the debt which was due to her father from Mrs Catherine Thatcher and myself being £30


Item, I give unto my cousin Thomas Adams three pounds to buy him a silver bowl


Item, I give unto Mr John Griffen, the Bradier, £10 to buy him a silver tankard


Item, I give unto Mrs Abigail Cresty five pounds and all the money to be paid her that I owe her


Item, I give to Mr George Parkison, Mrs Champion’s brother, £10


Item, I give unto the Lady Elizabeth Lentall, widow, £30


Item, I give unto Mrs Elizabeth Latham £20 and all my wearing clothes and the small household goods that I have


Item, I give Sybil Bishop, widow, five pounds and the money to be paid her that I owe her


Item, I give unto Mrs Elizabeth Middleton 40 shillings and the money to be paid that I owe her


Item, I give unto Mrs Elizabeth Queen, spinster of Westminster, three pounds


Item, unto Grace Brown, the Dyer’s widow, three pounds


Item, I give unto Mrs Ann Atwood, Mrs Elizabeth Francis’ is daughter, the five and twenty pounds I owed her mother Mrs Elizabeth Francis in her lifetime


Item, I give unto James Percy Esq a ring of 20 shillings and the money to be paid him that I owe him, as for the lease and release that I gave unto him upon consideration of payment of moneys I was never in possession nor do yet know whether there ever will be anything but to avoid all trouble no agreement was ever performed on either side, and to avoid further trouble the mortgage of the land Mrs Catherine Thatcher and I joined in to John Marshall, attorney, for £300, the executor of the said John Marshall laying execution forcefully upon me and was acquitted by law and my executor and executrix are not liable to pay any money to the said Marshall’s executor being I suffered aforesaid imprisonment for several years and did not extend it upon the land but upon my person which was acquitted and absolutely discharged by law


Item, I give unto Mr John Vergot 20 shillings


Item, I give Mrs Ann Price 20 shillings to buy her a ring


Item, I give unto Mr William Fairfax 20 shillings


Item, I give my books and pictures unto the Lady Elizabeth Lenthall and Mrs Ann Price


All the rest and residue of my estate in land and in equity, whatsoever in my disposal and not before by me otherwise given and bequeathed, Mrs Catherine Thatcher’s debts and mine being paid, I lay all my estate both real and personal I give unto John Lacy Esq and Beatrix his wife whom I do hereby make and ordain the said John Lacy and Beatrix his wife my executor and executrix to see this my last will and Testament performed, revoking all former Wills and Testaments by me made


And I do make and all declare this to be my last will and Testament and in witness thereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the third day of August in the third year of the reign of our Lord James II of England Scotland France and Ireland, King Defender of the Faith, Anno Domini 1687


Theodosia Prettyman


Signed sealed published and declared by the said Dame Theodosia Prettyman to be her last will and Testament in the presence of 


Ann Price


Margarett Parrer


The mark of Elizabeth King


William Fairfax


Probate in London 26 November 1692 by Beatrix Lacy wife of John Lacy executrix, John Lacy the other executor named in the will having died.











Last updated 26 December 2012