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Wills (DL/C/420/17/31 Thos Hales 1637)

29.8.1637 (Tuesday 29 August 1637)

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in the name of god amen the 29.8.1637 etc. I Thos Hales the elder of Earls Colne in the county of Essex yeoman and in the diocese of London being sick in body but of good and perfect memory thanks be given unto almighty god do make this my last will and testament declaring thereby and therein my full mind and purpose in manner and form following first and principally I give and commend my soul into the hands of almighty god my maker and creator with an assured trust and confidence through the death passion and merit of my lord and saviour jesus christ to have full pardon and remission of all my sins and offences and for those worldly goods tenements and lands in which it hath pleased god of his great goodness to bless me withal item I give and bequeath unto Thos Hales my son all my lands and tenements with their and every their appurtenances lying and being in Earls Colne abovesaid all which lands are holden of the manor of the Priory and my house and orchard doth hold of the manor of Gilberts also in Earls Colne to him the said Thos Hales and to his heirs forever lawfully begotten and for want of such heirs after the decease of the said Thos Hales my mind and will is that all my said lands and tenements with their appurtenances shall be sold to the best advantage and equally be divided among my children and children's children that then shall be living memo that these three lines which are erased out was done before the said Thos Hales did confirm this his last will and testament(inserted) item I give and bequeath unto Ambr Browning and Mary his now wife and to Thos and to Priscilla and to Wm and to Ann and to Nich the children of the said Ambr and Mary that is to say to my son in law Ambr Browning 20s of good and lawful money of England and also I give unto Mary my daughter the wife of the said Ambr 20s of like money of England to be paid unto them within three years next after my decease and also I give unto their five children formerly named that is to say to Thos Pricilla Wm Ann and Nich 20s to every of them apiece to be paid unto them as they shall accomplish the age of 21yr item I give and bequeath unto Wm Hoye my son in law and to Pricilla his now wife 20s to either of them apiece to be paid unto them within three years next after my decease item I give and bequeath unto the four children of Pricilla Hoye my daughter that is to say Robt Smyth Wm Smyth Pricilla Hoye Wm Hoye her children 20s of like money of England to every one apiece to be paid unto them at the several ages of 21yr item I give and bequeath unto Hen Nittingale my son in law 20s of like money of England to be paid unto him within three years next after my decease item I give and bequeath unto Alice the now wife of the said Hen Nittingale 20s of like money of England to be paid unto her within three years next after my decease item I give and bequeath unto Mary Nitingale daughter of the said Hen 3li of like money of En gland and also I give and bequeath unto Pricilla Nitingale the other daughter 3li of like money of England to be unto them and either of them at the age of 21yr item I give and bequeath unto Alice Nitingale the other daughter of the said Hen 3li of like money of England to be paid unto her within six years next after my decease item I give and bequeath unto Rich Nitingale the son of the said Hen 6li to be employed by my executor to the best advantage until Rich Nitingale come of the age of 21yr and if it shall happen or chance that if any of Hen Nitingale's children shall depart this life before the said legacies be satisfied and paid that then my mind and will is that they shall be one and another heirs all my debts and personal rights and all my movable goods of what sort nature or kind soever I give and bequeath unto Thos Hales my son whom I do make and ordain my sole executor to see my body decently buried in christian burial my legacies paid and this my last will and testament well and truly performed and also I do make and ordain my good friend Geo Cockerell supervisor of this my last will and testament revoking and disannulling all former wills which have by me heretofore made in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day month and year first above mentioned and expressed sealed signed and delivered in the presence of us Jn Read Geo Cockerell mark Jn Browne mark Thos Hales