Earls Colne Manor Court Rolls (ERO D/DPr78)

28.12.1640 (Wednesday 28 December 1640)

document 38701581

whereas at a court here held 26.9.1639 it was shown by the homage that Jn Bruer who held for himself and his heirs one cottage and garden with appurtenances lying in the aforesaid Earls Colne then in the tenure or occupation of Robt Seaver as is shown by the court roll bearing the date 16.2.1631 surrendered into the hands of the lord the said cottage with appurtenances to the use and behoof of his last will and that afterwards and before the said court he died seised thereof now to this court came Abigail Stanley now wife of Edw Stanley and late wife of the said Jn Bruer and brought here into court the last will and testament of the said Jn Brewer in writing bearing the date 8.3.1638 the tenor of which as far as the premises in these words following first I give and bequeath unto Abigail my well beloved wife all that my house or cottage wherein Robt Seaver now dwelleth with all the yard gardens backsides whatever with the appurtenances to the same belonging situate in Earls Colne for and during the term of her natural life and if it shall happen that I have no child or children by her then I give and bequeath my said house or cottage with the appurtenances to Hugh Brewer my brother and to the heirs of his body lawfully begotten and for want of such issue then I give and bequeath my said house or cottage aforesaid with appurtenances to Jn Clerke my sister's son and to his heirs forever and furthermore it is shown by the homage that the said Jn Bruer did not have children by the said Abigail his wife upon which here into court came the said Abigail Stanley and humbly sought admittance to whom the lord by the said steward granted and delivered seisin by the rod to have and to hold the said cottage and other premises with appurtenances to the said Abigail and her assigns for her lifetime the remainder thereof in the aforesaid form from the lord by the rod at the will of the lord according to the customs of the said manor by the rents services and customs thereunto belonging and by right accustomed and she gave to the lord her fine