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Wills (ERO D/ACW22/253 D/ACR11/238 Wm Adams 1700 1700/1)

15.12.1700 (Monday 15 December 1700)

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in the name of god amen I Wm Adams of Earls Colne in the county of Essex carpenter being ill in body but of sound and perfect sense and memory blessed be god therefore do make and ordain this my last will and testament and touching the distribution of such worldly goods as it hath pleased the lord in mercy to lend me I dispose of them as followeth item I give and bequeath to Eliz Adams my loving wife the house wherein I now dwell called Reves with the yards orchards gardens and all other the premises with the appurtenances to the same belonging during her natural life I give also to the said Eliz my wife my copyhold tenement with the appurtenances called Firmen Tylers in the occupation of Jn Buck I give to Eliz my wife and her heirs forever but my will and mind is that she pay or cause to be paid to Wm Adams son of Thos Adams my kinsman 5li of money within one year year (sic) next after her decease and for want of payment of the aforesaid sum of 5li to seize upon the house and premises until the said sum of 5li be fully satisfied contented and paid all the rest of my goods and chattels whatsoever I give to Eliz my loving wife paying my debts legacies and funeral charges item I give and bequeath to Hen Adams my brother 1s and lastly I do nominate and appoint Eliz Adams my loving wife sole executrix of this my last will and testament revoking all former wills and testaments by me in anywise heretofore made or declared in witness whereunto I set my hand and seal in 15.12.1700 signed sealed pronounced and delivered to be the last will and testament of the aforesaid Wm Adams in the presence of us Thos Christin Wheat mark Mary Hutchinson Thos Baron Wm Adams