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Wills (PROB11/101/302-303v Roger Harlakenden 1602/3 1603)

2.1.1603 (Sunday 2 January 1603)

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in the name of god amen the 2.1.45Eliz1 etc. I Roger Harlakinden of Earls Colne in the county of Essex esq being sick in body but of good and perfect remembrance thanks be unto almighty god do ordain and make this my last will and testament in manner and form following first of all I bequeath my soul to almighty god trusting that through the death passion and resurrection of jesus christ my only saviour mediator and redeemer I shall rise again to immortality and everlasting joy with the elect children of god and I will that my body be decently buried in the high chancel of Earls Colne aforesaid and that a convenient tomb to be made for me there in the wall at the right hand of the door coming into the said chancel in or upon which said tomb I would have mention of all my wives and children item I will that there be given to the poor people of the same parish 5li of lawful money 40s thereof shall be distributed at my burial and the other 3li to be kept in stock and employed to the use of the most honest and needy poor people of the said parish a t the discretion of the minister and churchwardens and overseers with the consent and direction of four or six of the chiefest householders of the same parish for that time being item I will and bequeath unto the poor people of the parishes of Warehorne and Canordington in the county of Kent the sum of 40s apiece to be paid within 2yr next after my decease to be distributed by the ministers churchwardens overseers and four or six of the chief inhabitants of either of the said parishes as is aforesaid item my will and mind is that Robt Cobb my servant shall have and enjoy to him and his assigns during his natural life the house or tenement yards crofts and meadows on the back side thereof and now in the tenure and occupation of the said Robt Cobb now adjoining unto Hall Meadow the said Robt keeping and maintaining all the houses and premises in good and sufficient reparations and enclosures having great timber for the purpose assigned and allowed unto him within the parish of Earls Colne aforesaid and my will and meaning is further that if Edith now the wife of the said Robt shall happen to overlive her said husband that then the said Edith shall have and enjoy the said house and premises one year after the keeping the reparations and maintenance as is aforesaid item my will is that the said Robt Cobb shall be acquitted and discharged of all such sums of money or rents as he now oweth to me either for the said house and premises or for any other cause or reckoning whatsoever so as the said Robt Cobb shall not claim any debts or reckoning of me or mine executors or administrators item I give and bequeath unto Anne Cobb the daughter of the said Robt Cobb one croft lying at Colnefordhill and now in the occupation of Jn Warde her grandfather to have and to hold to her and her assigns until the said Anne shall accomplish her full age of one and twenty years if she shall so long live the said Anne paying therefore yearly during the said time the rent of 2s only unto the heirs in reversion or remainder and she keeping the same in good enclosures item I do give and bequeath unto Thos Andersonne my servant one tenement called LN Croft House with certain lands thereunto belonging and one other tenement called the Tilekill with the lands thereunto belonging now in the occupation of the said Thos and his assigns to have and to hold unto him and his assigns during the term of 40yr if the said Thos shall so long life for the yearly rent of 5li of lawful money payable in the heir or heirs in reversion or remainder at the two several feasts in the year by equal portions the said Thos keeping the same houses and enclosures in good reparations having rough timber to be assigned unto him within Earls Colne aforesaid and my will also is that the said Thos shall be acquitted and discharged of all reckonings and accounts whatsoever the rents of assize by him already collected only excepted item I give and bequeath unto Robt Pigott my servant as an increase of his wages so long as he shall be the servant unto either of my two sons Rich and Thos the tenement and yard now in the occupation of the said Robt Pigott or his assigns situate in Holle St together also with one other tenement late in the occupation of Steph Champney situate in the lower part of Holle St aforesaid he paying only the yearly rent of 2s apiece for either of the said tenements unto the heir or heirs in reversion or remainder and he the said Robt Pigott keeping both the said houses and yards in good and reasonable reparations and enclosures having rough timber to be assigned unto him in Earls Colne aforesaid provided always and my mind is that if it shall happen that the said Pigott shall be unwilling to serve either of my said sons or if both my said sons shall be unwilling to have the said Pigot to be their saving that then my mind is that the said Robt Pigott shall have the house and tenement first mentioned to be bequeathed unto him for the term of three years only for the rent aforesaid next after such disliking as is aforesaid and also my will and meaning is that for the other house or tenement that the now wife of the said Robt Pigott shall have the use thereof and her dwelling therein during the space of 5yr for the benefit of herself and Thos her son if they both or either of them shall so long live item I do give and bequeath every of my brother Jn Harlakenden his daughters being five in number the sum of 10li apiece to be paid to every of them within 3yr next after my decease and if shall happen that any of them do die before the time aforesaid of the payment then my will and meaning is that her or them parts so dying shall be equally divided among those then surviving item I do give and bequeath to every of my other servants both male and female that shall be dwelling with me at the time of my decease and have dwelt with me for the space of two whole years before the same of 20s apiece over and above their wages and to all my other servants 10s apiece above their wages to be paid to every of them within one year next after my decease item I do give unto Jn my brother Wm Harlakenden his servant and to Groome my son Rich his servant 10s apiece to be paid to either of them within six months after my decease item I do give unto old Wm Mannors 20s and to Kath Greene the wife of Randell Greene 40s to be paid to either of them within one year next after my decease item I give unto Wm Harlakenden my brother one of my best ambling nags and a ring of gold price 3li or else 3li in money to make him a ring in remembrance of me to be paid within a month next after my decease item I do will and request that my said brother shall during his life have the use of the chamber and study that now he hath and also shall have his diet and lodging in my now dwelling house freely when and so often as he shall come to have and take the same for himself his man servant and two geldings during his life item I do will and bequeath the sum of 10li to be distributed to five goodly preachers by the appointment and good discretion of my said brother Wm Harlakenden within two years next after my decease item I give unto my son in law mr Clem Stonard and to Mabell Stonard his wife and to Franc Stonard their son the sum of 3li apiece to make every of them a ring of gold in remembrance of me to be paid to every of them within one year next after my decease and I do also give unto my said daughter my three bowls of silver which were mine before my last marriage to be delivered immediately after my decease and whereas I have heretofore promised to pay to my said son Stonard the sum of 50li after my decease in consideration of certain lands which he should have had of me I do declare that I have already paid unto him 20li parcel of the said 50li and my will and meaning is that the other 30li or so much thereof as shall be unpaid at the time of my decease shall be paid unto him within two years next after my decease item I do give unto my nephew Geo Harlakenden of Yeldam the sum of 3li to make him a ring of gold in remembrance of me to be paid to him within two years after my decease item I do give and bequeath unto Anne my loving wife all such jewels which now are in her custody and were hers before I married with her and all one other jewel which I gave her when I was a suitor unto her and all the new gold chain which she hath and then I also gave unto with all other pearls or jewels which then or since I have given unto her and also five of my best milch kine and my best coach with two of my coach horses at her election with all the furniture belonging to them and five quarters of wheat five quarters of barley malt and five quarters of oats all sweet and good for her provision to be delivered to her at my now dwelling house within ten days next after my decease and also two of my best feather beds with all the furniture linen excepted to them belonging at her election and I do also give and bequeath unto my said wife the lease of Hadham which I had with her and also I do give unto her after the end of one month next after my decease the one moiety of the lease of the house at Westminster which I had with her in marriage to have and to hold to her and her assigns for and during so many of the years as she the said Anne shall happen to live and no longer the remainder thereof I do give to mine executors hereunder named towards the performing of this my will item I do give unto my said wife one wainscot chest standing in the little chamber with all the linen therein upon these conditions hereafter following that is to say that the said Anne my wife shall ratify and confirm one lease heretofore made by me and herself unto Wm Harlakenden my brother according to the purpose of the same indenture of lease and also shall permit and suffer my executors peaceably and quietly to have and enjoy all my other goods and chattels whatsoever before not being bequeathed unto her and I do heartily request my said wife to be good unto all my children and to give unto my said sons some good and reasonable time for the payment or delivery of such sums of money or goods as they are to pay and deliver unto her after my decease either by bond or otherwise all the residue of my goods and chattels whatsoever my debts and legacies being paid and my funeral discharged I do wholly give and bequeath to Rich Harlakenden and Thos Harlakenden my sons for and towards the performance of this my last will and testament and I do also will and devise unto my said executors all that the lease and interest and benefit of the part of the park called Earles Colne Park as the same is divided from the new way that leadeth from Colne aforesaid towards Markshall green as the same lieth on the east side of the said way and lieth towards Coggeshall and also all the like lease and interest in the manor of Earls Colne and other the lands therewith leased which is made to my brother Wm myself and Anne my wife to have and to hold the same lease and part of the same park and other the premises to them and their assigns for and during the term of three score years next after my decease if the said Anne shall so long live and for and during the term of forty years next after the decease of the said Anne for and towards the payment of debts and the performance of this my will item my will and mind further is that after the time and term of years before devised unto my said executors the reversion and remainder of the said manor and the lands and tenements thereunto belonging with all the royalties and rents of assize and also all the said part of the park(inserted) shall wholly be and remain unto Rich Harlakenden my son and to his heirs male(inserted) of his body lawfully begotten and to be begotten and for default of such heirs(inserted) male then I do will and devise the same and entire parcel thereof unto Thos Harlakenden my son and to the heirs males of his body lawfully or(inserted) to be begotten or to be begotten and for default of such issue the remainder to the right heirs of me the said Jm Roger for ever and I do constitute and appoint my said two sons the only executors of this my last will and testament charging them to see the same to be truly and faithfully performed in all points and for the better performance thereof my will and meaning is that my said sons shall severally enter into bond in the sum of 500li unto my said brother Wm Harlakenden with a condition that they shall for their parts well and truly perform this same will and if either of my said sons shall not enter into bond unto my said brother as is aforesaid then my will and meaning is that he shall not be my executor nor take any benefit by this my will but then my meaning is that my said brother shall be my executor with my other son that shall so enter into bond as is aforesaid the said Wm entering into the like bond unto his coexecutor as is aforesaid and I do renounce and revoke all other wills heretofore made by me and I do request my said brother Wm and all other persons that have any assignment of leases or other deeds of gift made to them by me or my appointment of any thing whatsoever that they would assure the same according to this my will and the trust reposed in them in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written Roger Harlakenden Robt Sandforde