Source: TNA, PROB 11/379
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In the name of God Amen the Thirteenth day of November in the six and thirtieth yeare of the reigne of our Sovereigne Lord King Charles the second of England &c Annoque Dm one thousand six hundred eighty foure I John Bird of the Townty and County of Poole Hosier being weake in body but thankes bee to God of a sound and perfect minde and memorie and knowing the uncerteinety of this my natruall life being desirous to settle things in order before I die I doe make and ordeine this my last will and Testament in manner and forme following hereby revokeing declareing and makeing null and void all former and other wills whatsoever by mee formerly made or declared in word or writing and ratyfyeing publishing and declareing these presents to bee my only and last will that is to say First and principally I committ my soule into the hands of Almighty God my Creator and unto Jesus Christ my only Saviour and Redeemer trusting in and through him to receive full pardon and forgivenesse of all my sinns and to bee preserved to everlasting life after this temporall life shall be ended my body I committ unto the earth to bee buried in Gods appointed time after such decent and christian manner as mine Executors hereunder named shall thinke fitt in the Assured hope of a Joyfull Resurrection And as for my worldly estate which the Lord in mercy hath lent mee my will and desire is that after my decease the same should bee bestowed as followeth Imps I give and bequeath unto my loveing wife Susanna Bird one equall halfe part or moiety of all my dwelling house and appurenances wherein I now live To have and to hold unto her for and dureing soe long time as shee shall remaine a widdow in my name and after my said wifes decease or againe Marriage which may first happen I doe give and bequeath the same one equall halfe part or moiety of the said dwelling house and appurtenances to bee and remaine ?? to mine Executors undernamed towards the makeing good of and their paying and dischargeing of my legacies undermentioned Item I doe give and bequeath the other one halfe part or moiety of my above said dwelling house and appurtenances to bee and remaine from and after my decease unto my sonne Timothy Bird and his heires forever item I doe give & bequeath unto my aforesaid loveing wife Susanna Bird and unto my sonne Timothy Bird all my knitting and spinning worke which shall be abroad in knitters and spinners hands and unfinished at my decease and all the other things and Implements belonging to my trade to bee equally dividied betweene my said wife and sonne Timothy Item I give and bequeath unto my sonne William Bird One shilling Item I give unto my sonne in law Thomas Browne and to my daughter Jane his wife to each of them one shilling apeece Item I give and bequeath unto my sonne Thomas Bird the summe of Tenne pounds sterling Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Susanna the wife of Thomas Pike the sume of Fifty pounds sterling Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Anne Bird the summe of fifty pounds sterling Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Margaret Bird the summe of fifty pounds sterling Item I give and bequeath unto my sonne Timothy Bird the summe of Fifty pounds sterling Item I give and bequeath unto my sonne Samuel Bird the summe of Fifty pounds sterling Item I give and bequeath unto my sonne John Bird the summe of Fifty pounds sterling Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth Bird the summe of Fifty pounds sterling Item I give and bequeath unto my sonne Edward Bird the summe of Fifty pounds sterling Provided alwayes and my will & desire is that after my decease all my moneys shipping goods wares Merchandizes estate & things whatsoever which I shall leave behinde mee shall bee to pay my said Legacies my debts & funerall expences being first paid & discharged (my dwelling house and Appurtenances only excepted) and whatsoever my said estate which is to pay my legacies shall amount unto more or lesse then I have above menconed bequeathed Then in such case every one above namely and each of them to whom I have herein bequeathed money shall receive and enioye or else bear??ate & allow their severall and respective proportionall parts of what mony my said estate shall happen to be more or lesse according to proportion of the severall & respective summes of mony which I have above mentioned bequeathed And I doe hereby nominate appoint constitute & make my sonns Timothy Bird & John Bird to bee the joint and sole Executors of this my last Will & Testament And I doe appoint and desire my loveing friends Mr Thomas Smith and William Vallis the younger of Poole aforesaid to bee the Overseeres of this my will to assist my said Executors and to take care and see that this my will shall bee rightly and truly performed & fullfilled according to the true intent & meaning of these psents In witnesse whereof I have hereunto putt my hand & seale Dated the day & yeare first above written the marke of John Bird Signed Sealed published and declared by the above named Testator John Bird these psents to bee his last Will 7 Testament in pseence of Jacob Hiller Samuell Valls John Millett Probatum fuit [... this paragraph continues in latin and appears to grant admon on 11 February 1684 "Undecimo die mensis Februy Anno Domini millsimo sexcenino ocogemo quarto" to "Timothei Bird et Johannis Bird filierum et Executorum"]
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