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Earls Colne Manor Court Rolls (ERO D/DPr81)

31.5.1691 (Sunday 31 May 1691)

document 40200494

at a court held 20.3.1684 Jn Josselin gentleman was admitted to one piece or parcel of land called Little Bridgemans with appurtenances abutting on a parcel of land called Loveland against the west and upon a way leading from Earls Colne to Colne Engaine to the north and also to two parts the whole into five parts divided of customary lands and tenement called Hobstevens containing 24a and also to all the customary lands called Pitchards containing 18a and also to the other three parts of the premises now at this court it appeared that the said Jn surrendered by the hands of Lance Bentall instead of the bailiff in the presence of Jn Cressener gentleman and Geo Toller gentleman all and singular the premises to the use of his last will and that the said Jn died after the last court upon which came Martha Josselin widow and relict of the said Jn and showed the will dated 20.6.1690 the tenor concerning the premises in the following words item I give and bequeath unto Martha my loving wife and to her heirs forever all my freehold and copyhold messuages lands and tenements whatsoever and wheresoever holden of the manor or manors of Colne Priory and Earls Colne upon this condition first that the said Martha my wife shall so soon as conveniently can be sell and convey such part and so much thereof and to such person and persons and their heirs forever as will buy the same for the paying and discharging my debts and dues both upon mortgage and otherwise which I now owe and am indebted and the remainder thereof after my debts paid and satisfied my will and mind is my wife shall have and receive the profits thereof during her life for the maintenance of herself and children and after the decease to the said Martha my wife my will and mind is that Ralph my son shall have the house wherein I now live and the remainder of my estate shall be by the said Martha my wife sold and the money arising on the sale thereof my will and mind is shall be equally divided to and amongst my children share and share alike at their several ages of twenty one years and as to the rest of my estate both real and personal and now in my own possession I give to the said Martha my wife for and towards the bringing up of my children and paying my debts and I do nominate and appoint the said Martha my wife sole executrix of this my will and the said Martha was admitted etc and gave fine