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Will of Thomas Poplewell of Beltoft. 1673

In the name of God Amen. 

The sixteenth day of March in the Five and Twentieth year of Charles the second of England King &c: Anno Domini 1672 I Thomas Poplewell of Beltoft in the parish of Belton in the Isle of Axholme and County of Lincoln yeoman sick and weak in body but perfect of Remembrance (Thanks be to God) do make this my last will and testament in manner and form following 

First and principally I bequeath my soul to Almighty God my merciful father and his son my sole redeemer and my body to the ground to be buried in the parish Church of Belton at the discretion of my Executrix and friends 

Item; I give and bequeath unto Dorothy my loving wife two acres of meadow or pasture lying and known by the Common name of Crooked acres in Beltoft, & two acres and a half of meadow lying in Tollman Inlake in the parish of Belton, six acres and Three Roods lying in Beltoft against the hawce close, & Fower acres and a half lying in Moorelands in Beltoft, half an acre lying upon stoneshouse, half an acre lying at the Millrawes in Belton, three Roods lying upon houndhill, & one Rood lying there in Belton, two selions lying near Cloocroft being three Roods, one acre & a Rood lying upon sanddail; To have and to hold all the above recited lands arable meadow & pasture with their and every of their appurtenances unto the said Dorothy my loving wife her heirs and assigns for ever. 

Item; I give and bequeath unto Christine Poplewell & Issabell Poplewell my daughters either of them the vallew of thirty shillings in brass, & either of them Ten pounds of lawful English money to be paid at their ages of twenty one years or marriage which shall first happen. 

Item; I give and bequeath to Christine Poplewell and Issabell Poplewell my daughters one acre of meadow or pasture lying in the wheate close & two acres of meadow or pasture lying in Weenall in Beltoft to be equally divided betwixt them by the supervisors of this my will or other friends 

Item; my will is that if either of my said daughters die before the age of twenty & one years that part of meadow given unto her so dying shall remain unto the surviving daughter [illegible] both happen to depart their natural lives before their ages above said, Then my Will is that Dorothy my loving wife shall have the said meadow pasture during her life natural and then to Remain unto the children of Willyam Poplewell my brother their heirs Executors & assigns for ever equally to be divided amongst them by whom they shall elect 

My Will is that ******* Issabell my daughters depart their natural life before their ages of twenty and one years, Then [my] Will is and I give the said Messuages lands and & other hereditaments last given and recited unto my loving wife during her life natural : And after the decease of the said Dorothy I give devise the Cheife Messuage wherein I doe now dwell with buildings orchards gardens Courtyards croft and ­ close to the same adjoining with the appurtenances to Humfrey Poplewell my nephew his heirs and Assigns for ever. 

Item my will is that (all the Residue of my hereditaments given above last given and recited decease of Dorothy my wife) I give and bequeath [to the] children of Thomas Poplewell my brother their assigns to be equally divided amongst them if the said Christine and Issabell depart their natural [life] before their ages abovesaid. 

Item all the residue remainder of my goods & chattels not given & ** my debts legacies & funerals discharged I give unto Dorothy my loving wife whom I make [executrix] of this my last Will & testament Revoking all former wills] and testaments. 

Item I ordain my trusty friends Spadman Clarke & Robert Bernard qur. Su******* my last Will & testament and I give to either pair of gloves a token of my love & their th** when they go about my occasions concerning 

In witness hereof I have sett my hand & seal & year first above written 

Witnesses hereof are 

Henry Marke 

James Poplewell 

Wm. Newton

At Gainsborough In the year of our Lord, 1673, the above-written will was proved and the goods of the said deceased to Dorothy [relict] of the said deceased and sole Executrix, being first [sworn] on the Holy Gospels, [before] Edward Lake etc., saving...

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