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Wills (ERO D/ACW13/317 Mary Nevell of Chappel 1642)

30.5.1642 (Monday 30 May 1642)

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in the name of god amen the 30.5.1642 etc I Mary Nevell of Pontesbright alias Chappell in the county of Essex widow being weak lame and pained in body but of good memory thanks be given unto almighty god therefore do make and ordain this my present testament in writing containing herein my last will in manner and form following first I commit my soul into the hands of almighty god my creator redeemer and sanctifier and my body according to my degree to be buried by my husband Nich Nevell gent deceased in the chancel of the parish church of Chappell aforesaid at the discretion and with the advice of mine under named executrices and supervisors and for that portion of temporal goods which it hath pleased the lord of his goodness to endue me withal I give and bestow them as followeth imprimis I give unto my son Edm Nevell gent an enamelled ring with this res== remember the dead item I give unto him a suite of diaper napery that is to say one tablecloth and a dozen of tablenapkins being new of trencher work item I give unto each one of his children that he now hath 10s apiece of lawful english money the same money to be paid unto him my said son for the use and benefit of his children the said money and the other things unto my said son to be paid and delivered unto him within one quarter of a year after my decease and an acquittance under his hand shall be a sufficient discharge unto mine executrices for his children's portions item I do give and bequeath unto Rich Nevell eldest son of my son Wm deceased my husband's purse with his seal hanging upon the same item I do give him a silver beer bowl one of the best item I do give him one striped featherbed with curtains of green one coloured floor rug lying upon a field bed with the bedstead with mat and cord belonging thereto being in the green chamber with a bolster and one pillow item I give unto him four pairs of sheets one with another two pairs of pillowberes two dozen of table napkins of the best sort and three hand towels item I give him the basin and ewer item I give him a livery cupboard four pictures dornick hangings cobirons tongs and fire shovel of brass being all in the green chamber item I do give unto him a brass pot that was his greatgrandfather's and a brazen chafing dish item I do give unto him the jack in the kitchen and a great spit and the haunch pot and two dozen of round trenchers and all the brewing vessels and all the implements of household stuff in and belonging to the dairy house and a close stool item I do give him the clock in the hall and the corslett# with the furniture belonging thereto item I give him a velvet jacket and a black cloak lined with taffety which were his grandfather's and all the household and furniture in the great parlour except the carpet item I give and bequeath unto Antho Nevell my grandson 20li of lawful money of England to be paid him at his age of 20yr the money in the meantime to be put out by mine executrices or supervisors hereunder named for his best advantage item I give him a double gilt saltcellar and two silver spoons item I do give him bedstead and featherbed upon it in the middle chamber a green rug a bolster one pillow a pair of blankets belonging to the same three pairs of sheets and two pairs of pillowberes one with another item I do give him a flaxen tablecloth 4y long and one dozen of diaper napkins and three hand towels item I do give him walnutree drawing table in the hall with half a dozen of stools of broad stitch work and a form a livery cupboard standing in the closet a sideboard in the hall and two stools of broad stitch work and a needlework stool of irish stitch item I do give him one of the middle brass pots and two dozen of round trenchers item I give and bequeath unto Mary Nevell my granddaughter 5li of lawful money of England to be paid her within a quarter of a year after my decease item I give her a gold ring with a diamond stone set in it during her natural life and after her death to her sister Eliz Nevell item I give her my great white silver saltcellar one beer bowl and five of those silver spoons called sups item I give unto her the bedstead with mat and cord standing in the hall chamber and the featherbed which I lie on two pillows a bolster and a tapestry coverlet belonging to that bed and a livery table in the middle chamber item I give her six pairs of sheets and three pairs of pillowberes she and the other children to take their sheets and pillowberes one with another a pair of better and a pair of worse together item I give her my finest diaper tablecloth 6y long five dozen of napkins a sideboard cloth of damask and a livery square cloth of damask a damask napkin a damask towel and two dozen of round trenchers it em I give her the biggest brass pot and a great kettle and half a dozen of pewter dishes one with another item I give her two pewter candlesticks three porringers three plates and two little fruit dishes also I give her a charger and the brazen mortar and the pestle item I give her my carved chest and the little table standing in the chamber where the children lie item I give her my damask mark Mary Nevell(inserted) gown with the waist to it and my calamanco gown and my best scarlet petticoat with the waist to it and my satin kirtle and stomacher to it and my taffety petticoat with two silver laces item I give her my still item I give her the great trunk in the middle chamber and the chafer and a gold work stomacher and skirts and a gold work coif item I give unto her my large pair of flaxen sheets on condition that if any of her sisters have occasion to use them at their childbirths or lying in childbed that she do lend them unto them for that use item I give unto Eliz Nevell my granddaughter 5li of lawful money of England to be paid her at her age of 16yr item I give her a trunk with the letters of my name upon it item I give her one silver wine bowl the trencher saltcellar and three silver spoons item I give her the bedstead in the little parlour and a featherbed in the little chamber a tapestry coverlet a bolster two pair of pillowberes and two pillows and four pair of sheets one with another item I give her a diaper board cloth and a dozen of diaper napkins two dozen of other napkins one with another a damask napkin a broad stitch work napkin and a long diaper towel one flaxen and two other coarse tablecloths item I give her a skillet and a posnet a dripping pan with half a dozen pieces of pewter one with another item I give her three porringers three plates one charger one candlestick and two dozen of trenchers item I give her my stitched taffety gown and my tuft taffety petticoat item I give unto Grizigon Nevell another of my granddaughters 5li of lawful money of England to be paid her at her age of 16yr item I give her one chest one of the silver thistle bowls and three silver spoons item I give her the featherbed which Judith lieth on two pillows with two pillowberes a bolster and four pair of sheets a dozen of diaper napkins and two dozen of other napkins one damask napkin one flaxen tablecloth and another shorter tablecloth one livery board cloth two hand towels item I give her a little brass pot half a dozen of pewter dishes one with another three porringers two plates one charger one pewter candlestick a skillet and two dozen of trenchers item I give unto her my kersey gown and my red chamlet petticoat with two silver laces item I give and bequeath unto my granddaughter Bridget Nevell 10li of lawful money of England to be paid her at her age of 21yr item I give her a chest item I give her one of the silver thistle bowls and two silver spoons and a pomander done about with gold item I give her the bed whereon the children lie with two pair of pillowberes one bolster one pillow four pair of sheets one with another one long coarse tablecloth two shorter tablecloths two hand towels and a livery cloth item I give her four pewter dishes one with another three porringers one charger a chafing dish with an handle three dozen of napkins one of my gold work coifs item I give and bequeath unto Margt Nevell my youngest granddaughter 5li of lawful money of England to be paid her at her age of 21yr all the said several portions of money before and hereafter given to be paid by mine executrices item I give unto her one silver beaker a little wine bowl and a pomander in gold and two silver spoons item I give her the carpet in the parlour and a pair of cobirons with brass tops a fire shovel and a pair of tongs item I give her two pair of pillowberes one pillow four pair of sheets one with another one long coarse tablecloth two shorter three dozen of napkins and two towels item I give her three pewter dishes one charger one chafing dish and one little brass pot and two dozen of trenchers item I give her a gold work coif wrought with the spider and all my other wearing apparel linen and woollen unbequeathed I give unto my aforesaid five granddaughters viz Mary Eliz Grysigon Bridget and Margt to be equally divided amongst them item I give and bequeath unto Judith Nevell my husband's kinswoman 5li of lawful money of England to be paid her within a quarter of a year after my decease item I give her an half headed bedstead with a bed standing in the little chamber by the green chamber a bolster a pillow and a damask coverlet that lieth upon my bed two pair of sheets two pair of pillowberes two dozen of napkins all of the strongest sort item I give her an iron pot a kettle which is used every day and a little table then standeth in the kitchen and a chair a gridiron and a little spit and a pair of cobirons in the kitchen item I give her a couple of my strongest shifts and smocks and an holland apron item I give her a good cow and an hog and my will and meaning is that her cow and hog shall be sold for her at the best hand and the money thereof that her cow and hog shall be sold for as also her other portion of 5li to be paid and delivered her within a quarter of a year after my decease item I give unto the poor people of Chappell 20s of lawful money of England to be distributed amongst them at the discretion of mine under named executrices and supervisors item my will and meaning is that as well all my movable goods and household stuff within my house as also all my chattels goods the books which mark Mary Nevell(inserted) were my husband's my corn cattle and stock without my house of what nature kind or quality soever or in whose hands soever the same be that is yet unbequeathed and not given my debts paid my legacies performed and my funeral expenses discharged shall be sold to the best advantage and the money that shall accrue arise and come thereof shall be divided part and part alike amongst my aforesaid five granddaughters and my will is that Margt Nevell the youngest shall have the greatest of the several parts of the said goods equally divided for to increase her portion and further it is my will and meaning that the several legacies or sums of money given unto my grandson Antho Nevell and to my two granddaughters Bridget Nevell and Margt shall remain in the hands of mine under named executrices to be paid unto them at their several ages of 21yr and likewise their several portions of plate linen and other movable goods within the house before bequeathed unto them to be safely kept and reserved by my said executrices and well and truly delivered unto my said grandchildren when they shall have accomplished their several ages of 21yr and if it shall happen any of my said grandchildren to die before he she or they shall have come to receive their portions of money and goods then my will and meaning is that the portion or portions of him her or them so dying to be equally divided amongst the residue of the children that remain alive and my will and meaning is and I do provide that if my son Edm Nevell or any of my grandchildren shall not be contented with his or their aforesaid gifts or portions well and duly paid unto them but shall make strife or contention or move any suit in law with any of the other children then he she or they shall have but 12d for their portion that shall so make difference and their former several portion or portions before to them or any of them bequeathed and given shall be utterly void and I do nominate ordain and make mine aforesaid two granddaughters Mary Nevell and Eliz Nevell her sister mine executrices unto this my last will and testament to prove the same putting them in trust desiring and enjoining them to do perform fulfil and execute with all care and good conscience this my last testament and everything therein contained duly and justly in all points to their power according to my true intent and meaning and that they be careful that they themselves neither do any wrong and manner of way to their other brothers and sisters but let them have their dues nor suffer others to wrong or defeat them of anything that given them that is their due so much as in them lieth and that they do bring my body decently to the earth burying me by my husband aforesaid and I do appoint and make mr Jn Sayer esq and mr Rich Harlakenden esq supervisors of this my last will and testament entreating that they will be pleased to take the pains to be assistant and helpful to my said executrices in directing and advising them for the best concerning this my will in the prizing and selling of my stock and dividing the same to my said five granddaughters and to see that this my last will and testament be diligently and duly performed and fulfilled according to my true intent purpose and meaning in witness whereof that this is mine act and deed I have to either of these three sheets of paper wherein my will is contained subscribed my mark and to the last sheet hereof I have set my hand and seal and do declare this to be my last testament in the presence of these whose names are underwritten sealed signed and delivered and published as her act and deed in the presence of Alex Pigot minister Edm Turner mark Rich Keeme mark Mary Nevell