Source: TNA, PROB 11/47
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In the name of god amen In the yere of oure lorde god 1563 The vith daie of ffebruary I mawde Chester widdow weake in body and notwithstanding stronge in mynde doe willinglie and wt a free harte ??dre and give againe into the handes of my lorde my god my spirit which he of his fatherly goodnes gave unto me when he fasshioned this my body in my mothers wobe nothing doubting but that my lorde god for his mercies sake in the death and passion of his deerely beloved sonne Jesus Christ ower alo?? saviour and redemer will receyve my soule into his glory As concerning my body which wt a good will and free hartt I give over commending yt into the earth wherof yt came nothing doubting but that according to tharticle of ower faith at the greate daie of the fenerall resurrection when wee shall all appeare before the Judgment feat of god I shall receyve yt againe by the mighty power of god not a corruptible mortall weake and vile body as yt is nowe but an incorruptible ymmortall stronge perfect and in all poyntes like unto the glorious body of ower lorde and saviour Jesus Christe I will therfore that yt by entyred and buried in the Church of Saint Thomas by the body of mr william pykes somtime my deare husband in the Lorde wt such funerall order and obsequies as becommeth my Christian calling Item I will that some lerned mynister and preacher be provided there and then to preach gods most holly woorde to the edyfying and instruction of Christes members the holly and Catholike Church Item that there be given to xx? poore men xx? friese gownes and in likewise to so manny women the like Item I bequeath to the poore of Brystowe twenty poundes to be paied at my buriall or wtin one moneth after Item I bequeathe to Johane Bysse the younger one fetherbed wt aflocke bedd shetes covering and all to a bedd belonging Item I bequeath to her my sondaie salte and six silver spoones the working daie spoons Item I bequeath to the daughter of one John Sheperde Chandler forty shillings Item to the saide Sheperd her father forty shill ings and a friese gowne Item I bequeath to maistas Rowlande my sadd colloured Cassocke garded with velvet Item to goodwief Pryssey a moorening cassocke and forty shillings Item to Eliner ffry I bequeath six poundes xii ? iii ? a moorening cassocke and a great panne Item to Saules wief of Clifton?d a moorning cassocke Item I bequeath to every mayde of my house a ffrocke or Cassock as they like of my fine friese Item I be queath to Johane Longe a moorening cassocke with one portigne of golde Item to John Bysses wief a moore ning cassocke Item to goodwief Broadnane a friese cassocke and in monney twenty shillings Item to willm Chester the hangings in the parlor and in the halle Item to mr Oenge a spice dishe The reste of my goodes unbequethed or not bequeathed my debtes paied and my legacyes fulfylled I give to Watler Pykes my onlie sonne and Cicely Hagget wyddow my only daughter whome I make and constitute my full and lawfull executors Memorand that the said testatrix after the making of her will and testament spoke and saied thes woordes or the like in effect viz she gave unto Mary Wigmore twenty poundes out of the hundreth poundes which shoulde ???eve and come unto here by the legacie of her late sonne John Pykes witnes Walter Pykes Cicly Hattet and Katherin Pykes Welthyan and Ellyn servantes to the a- bovenamed m? Chester Probatum fuit [this paragraph continues in Latin and appears to grant probate on 3 November 1564] tercio die mensis Novembris Anno Domini Millimo quingen Sexagesimo quarto [to] Walteri Pikes [and] Cicilie Hagget
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