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Earls Colne Manor Court Rolls (ERO D/DPr79)

19.10.1659 (Wednesday 19 October 1659)

document 39301874

whereas at a court held for the said manor 3.11.1657 Jn Stephens the younger was admitted tenant to him and his heirs by the surrender of Judith Rampton and Thos Rampton her son to one customary tenement or cottage with the yards and appurtenances called Brayes and whereas at the said court it was presented that afterwards sitting the court the said Jn Stephens did out of court surrender into the hands of the lord of the said manor by the hands of Giles Crow the lord's bailiff and in the presence of Wm Adams and Jn Clerke two customary tenants of the said manor the same witnessing the said tenement or cottage with the appurtenances amongst other things to the use of his last will and testament now at this court it was presented by the homage that the said Jn Stephens afterwards and before this court died of the said premises so seised whereupon at this court Magdalen Stephens daughter of the said Jn did come and show forth in court the last will and testament of the said Jn Stephens bearing date 4.11.1657 the tenor whereof concerning the premises is in these words I give and bequeath to Magdalen Stephens my daughter and to her heirs and assigns forever all that my copyhold cottage or tenement called Brayes with the yards and appurtenances thereunto belonging which I lately bought and purchased of Judith Rampton and Thos Rampton her son and thereupon the said Magdalen desired to be admitted tenant of the said premises to which said Magdalen the lord of the said manor by his said steward hath granted and delivered thereof seisin by the rod to have and to hold the said premises to the said Magdalen her heirs and assigns forever of the lord by the rod at the will of the lord according to the custom of the said manor by the rents and services due and she gave to the lord for a fine