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Wills (ERO D/ACW16/130A Wm Brewer sen of Great Tey 1662)

4.4.1662 (Friday 4 April 1662)

document 4500417

in the name of god amen the 4.4.1662 etc. I Wm Brewer the elder of Lamberds in the parish of Much Tey within the county of Essex yeoman being weak in body but of good and perfect mind and remembrance I do give god thanks therefore I do make ordain and declare this my last will and testament in manner and form following and I do herein and hereby utterly renounce and revoke all and every other will and wills by me heretofore made whatsoever first and principally I commit and commend my soul into the hands of almighty god the father my creator and to his forever blessed and beloved son jesus christ my only redeemer and to the holy ghost my comforter and my body to the earth from whence it came to be decently buried according to my degree and for that part and portion of worldly goods wherewith it hath pleased god out of his free favour and love to endow me withal here in the transitory life I do give and bequeath as followeth imprimis I give and bequeath unto Wm Brewer my son all my messuage or tenement in Much Tey aforesaid wherein I now dwell called Lamberts together with all my freehold and copyhold lands meadows pastures and feedings whatsoever thereunto belonging or therewith now used occupied reputed enjoyed esteemed as part parcel or member thereof and now in my own possession situate lying and being in the several parishes of Much Tey aforesaid Earls Colne and Chappell alias Pontisbright in the said county or in either of them excepting and reserving 1a of freehold meadow ground lying in Ray Meadow which I bought and purchased of Math Mootham of Much Tey aforesaid yeoman deceased to have and to hold the said messuage or tenement and lands with their and every of their appurtenances except before excepted unto the said Wm Brewer my son and to his heirs and assigns forever item I give and bequeath unto Mary Brewer and Ann Brewer the daughters of Sam Brewer my eldest son long since deceased my grandchildren the full sum of 5li apiece of good and lawful money of England to be paid unto them or to the survivor of them so soon as they shall attain to their several ages of 21yr by mine executor also I give and bequeath unto the said Mary Brewer and Ann Brewer my grandchildren or to the survivor of them the full sum of 40li of good and lawful money of England to be paid unto them or to the survivor of them at their several ages of 21yr upon the condition that they or the survivor of them do and shall according to the custom of the manor of Much Tey surrender all that their piece or parcel of land and pasture with the appurtenances called Coneys Lease to the only proper use and behoof of the said Wm Brewer my son and his heirs and assigns forever or that the said Mary Brewer Ann Brewer or the survivor of them shall be solely and secretly examined by the steward of the said manor of Much Tey if need should (torn) to require for the better assuring and conveying thereof unto the said Wm Brewer his heirs or assigns he the said Wm Brewer his heirs or assigns paying the sum of 40li on such examination and surrendering thereof as aforesaid item I give and bequeath unto Joshua Brewer my youngest son and to his heirs forever all that my copyhold messuage or tenement in the parish of Toulesburie in the said county called Ademotts or by whatsoever other name or names the same or any part or parcel thereof now are or at any time heretofore hath been called with all and singular every of the houses edifices buildings lands meadows pastures and feedings and all and every of their appurtenances whatsoever thereunto belonging or therewith now used occupied and enjoyed as part parcel or member thereof and now or very lately in the tenure and occupation of one Edw Spicer or his assigns item I give and bequeath unto the said Joshua Brewer my son and to his heirs and assigns forever all that my freehold 1a of meadow ground lying in Ray Meadow which I bought and purchased of the said Math Mootham item I give and bequeath unto the said Joshua Brewer my son the bedstead and all the bedding and furniture whatsoever thereunto belonging whereon I now usually lie now standing upon the chamber over the parlour and the trunk which formerly was my daughter Susan's and all the other things whatsoever now are or should be in it at the time of my death and both the key thereunto belonging item I give and bequeath unto Ann the now wife of Jacob Lane clerk my daughter the full sum of 20s of good and lawful money of England to be paid unto her by mine executor item I give and bequeath unto Sam Rogers Tim Rogers and Jas Rogers my three grandchildren the full sum of 5li apiece of good and lawful money of England to be paid unto every one of them so soon as they shall attain to their several ages of 24yr by mine executor item I give and bequeath unto Ann Rogers and Mary Rogers my two grandchildren the full sum of 5li apiece of the like lawful money of England to be paid unto them so soon as they shall attain to their several ages of 21yr or day of marriage which shall first happen by mine executor item I give and bequeath unto Eliz Lane another of my grandchildren the full sum of 40s of the like lawful money of England to be paid unto her so soon as she shall attain to her age of 21yr or day of marriage which shall first happen by mine executor item I give and bequeath unto Wm Strut my manservant and unto Bridget Knock my maidservant the full sum of 5s apiece of good lawful money of England item I give and bequeath unto Jn Bullock my servant the full sum of 3s4d of the like lawful money of England item I give and bequeath unto the poor people of the said parish of Much Tey the full sum of 20s of lawful money of England to be distributed amongst them at the discretion of my executor all the rest of my goods whatsoever or wheresoever unbequeathed my debts and legacies being paid and my body decently buried I do give and bequeath unto Wm Brewer and Joshua Brewer my two sons to be equally divided between them part and part like and I do entreat them to agree peaceably and quietly in deciding thereof in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day month and year above written sealed acknowledged published and declared to be his last will and testament in the presence of us Wm Adams scrivener mark Wm Strut witness mark Wm Stubbers