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Wills (ERO D/ACW20/238 D/ACR10/236 Wm Adams sen 1687 1687/8)

30.6.1687 (Thursday 30 June 1687)

document 5000005

memorandum the 30.6.1687 etc. I Wm Adams sen of Earls Colne in the county of Essex carpenter being sick and weak in body but of good and perfect remembrance thanks be given to god therefore do hereby constitute and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following as touching such worldly estate as it hath pleased the almighty god to bless me with I give and dispose the same as followeth item I give and bequeath to my well beloved wife Susannah Adams a featherbed and bolster two pillows rug blanket curtains and valance belonging to the bed whereon I and my wife now lie with a bedstead now standing in the hall chamber and two boxes and a trunk in the hall chamber with all the linen and other goods in them whatsoever the middle brass kettles two skillets two of the middle sized pewter dishes one pair of cobirons standing in the hall one pair of tongs one fire pan the middle spit the little gridiron one brass frying pan two joined stools the square table in the hall the low red leather chair one little hutch standing in the room where I now lie item I give and bequeath to my son Hen Adams the sum of 5li of lawful money of England to be paid within six months next after my decease by my executor hereunder named item I give and bequeath to my grandson Hen Adams son of my son Hen Adams all and singular my copy and freehold houses commonly called and known by the name of Taverne or by whatsoever other name or names the same or any one part thereof hath heretofore been called with the appurtenances whatsoever thereunto belonging or formerly belonging situate lying and being in Earls Colne aforesaid now in the tenure or occupation of Joseph Sewell and Ann Snellocke to be to the said Hen and his heirs forever upon condition hereafter mentioned that is to say the said Hen Adams my grandson shall pay unto my brother Thos Adams of South Halsted the full sum of 20s of lawful money of England yearly and every year during the whole term or time of his natural life the said 20s to be paid yearly at four even and equal portions and at the four usual days of payment that is to say our lady day midsummer saint michael and christmas or within one and twenty days next after any day of payment provided the said Hen my grandson shall refuse or neglect to pay the said 20s a year at the several payments aforementioned but shall be unpaid or any part thereof by the space of one and twenty days or more then my will is the said Thos Adams my brother shall and may lawfully seize have hold occupy and enjoy all that part of the aforementioned house where the said Ann Snellocke now dwelleth which is free to be to the said Thos Adams during the whole term or time of his natural life without any let hindrance interruption or molestation of the said Hen Adams or any person or persons by from or under him whatsoever and also I do appoint my son Hen Adams to be guardian for my grandson Hen Adams and to receive all the rents and profits of the said house towards the bringing of him up and also to bear the same in repairs provided that the said Hen Adams my grandson shalt depart this life before he shall be of the age of 21yr then my will is that the said houses shall be to my son Hen Adams his father for and during the whole term or time of his natural life and after his decease then to be to my brother Thos Adams and to his heirs forever item also I give and bequeath unto my brother Thos Adams a half headed bedstead standing in the chamber over the hall with a strawbed and a little table and also all my wearing clothes linen and woollen hose shoes and hats Wm Adams (inserted) item I give and bequeath to my grandson Hen Adams one featherbed one feather bolster one feather pillow two blankets one rug one posted bedstead with curtains and valance standing in the parlour chamber one joined cupboard which formerly stood in the parlour chamber one red leather chair standing in the chamber where I lie one joined hutch standing in the chamber over the hall one pair of coal irons with brass heads one wainscot box which stands in the chamber where I now lie and a brass candlestick commonly called the callis candlestick all which goods before bequeathed and delivered unto my grandson Hen Adams when he shall attain to the years of 21yr by my executor hereafter named and a table and all the rest of my goods and chattels implements whatsoever or wheresoever not already bequeathed I do constitute and make my son Wm Adams my true and sole executor he paying discharging all my debts funeral expenses revoking and annulling all other former will or wills by me formerly made whatsoever ratifying and confirming this and none other to be my last will and testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written sealed signed published and pronounced in the presence of Jn Fletcher sen mark Thos Bigsby Jn Bagshawe Wm Adams