20 April 1629 Will of Israell Gleson of Bristol (proved 30 August 1629)

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In the name of God Amen the seaven
and Twentith daie of Aprill in the yeare of our Lord god, One thousande, Sixe 
hundred, twentie and nyne And in the fifte yeare of the raigne of our Sovrainge
Lord Charles by the grace of god of England, Scotland, France and Ireland king
Defender of the Faith &c I Israell Gleson of the Cittie of Bristoll Bachelor of
lawe, and Notarie Publique, beinge in good health, and of perfect mynde and
memorie (thanks be given to Allmightie god) Doe make and ordaine this my
last will and testament in manner and forme followinge First I give and bequeath
my Soule into the handes of Allmightie god my maker, and of Jesus Christ his
onely begotten sonne, my onlie Saviour and Redeember, and of the holie ghost my Sanctifier
That is into the handes of the holie Trinitie in unitie, three persons, and one god ever-
lastinge, trustinge and stedfastlie beleevinge that I shalbe saved, and be made partaker of
everlastinge lief, by and through the most precious death passion, and merritts of Jesus
Christ, the second person in the holie Trinitie aforesaid, and not by or through anie
merritts of myne owne. And my bodie I comitt to the earth from whence it came, to
be buried in Christian buriall. item whereas I have, hould, and possesse by Indenture
of Lease grannted unto me, my Executors and assigns by the Deane and Chapter Ecctia
Cathis Sancta et individua Trinitatis Bristoll, under their Comon and Chapter Seale
bearinge date the nyneteenth daie of June, in the Twentith yeare of the Raigne of our
late Soveraigne Lord of famous memorie kinge James of England France and ireland
and of Scotland the five and fiftith, one Messuage or Tenement and a Lodge, Orchard,
and garden with their appurtenances thereunto belonginge and adioyninge, Scituate
lyinge and beinge in Horstreete within the limitts and bounds of the parish of Saint
Augustins the lesse within the Suburbes of the Cittie of Bristoll, and which the
premisses are now in the tenure, houldinge and occupacon of me the said Israell Gleson
for and during the terme of fortie yeares, next ensuinge the date of the said Indenture of
lease Nowe my will and meaninge is, and I doe hereby give and bequeath unto my loving
grandchildren William Gleson and Henrie Gleson sonnes of my late sonne William Gleson
deceased, All that my said messuage or Tenement, Lodge, orchard and garden with theire
appurtenances, together with the said Indenture of Lease, when and imediatlie from and
after the xpiracon or determinacon of my lovinge wief Alice Gleson her widdowhoode either
by death, marriage or otherwise, howe or whensoever (and not before) for and duringe all the
rest and residue of the said terme of fortie yeares menconed in the said lease which shalbe
then to come and unexpired. And in the meane time my will and meaninge is, that the saide
Lease shalbe delivered into the Custodie of the Chamber of Bristoll to the onely use and
behoofe of this my Legacie, and Legataries my grandchildren aforesaide, to be kept for them
untill thexpiracon of my said wiefs widdowhood, and then to be delivered unto them, and not
before. And therefore I here provide, and my true intent and meaninge is, that my saide
lovinge wief Alice shall hould and enioye, and have the use and occupacon of the saide
messuage or Tenement, Lodge, orchard, and garden with the appurtenances imediatlie from
and after my decease for and duringe the terme of her widdowhood onlie and noe longer, she
my said wief keepinge and maintayninge the reperacons, and payinge and discharginge all
rents and duties issuinge and to be issuinge out of or payable yearely or quarterly for the
said Tenement, Lodge, Orchard, and garden with the appurtenances Item I give & bequeath 
unto my said lovinge wief Alice Gleson the use occupacon, and receivinge of all my yearely
rents yssuinge out of any of my freehould, and Feefarme lands, which are or shalbe payable
and reserved unto me, my heires, executors, and assignes, by any lease, Demise, grant, or writinge
under my hand and Seale to her owne proper use, for and duringe her widdowhood onlie, or for
soe longe as she shall remayne widdowe after my decease, and for noe longer time or terme
Givinge unto her my said wief full power and authoritie to distraine for the said rents, or
any of them, and to lett and sett any of my freehould, and feefarme landes, duringe here



Widdowhood onlie, and the grannts leases or Demises by her soe to be made to contynue and be
of force duringe her widdowhood onlie, and noe longer, She the said Alice my lovinge wief
payinge and sicharginge such quitt rent and rents in Fee farme, which in respect of my
freehould, and Feefarme Lands, I, my heires and assignes am and are to paie and discharge
yearely to any person or persons whomsoever Provided allwayes that if my said wief shall not
paie and discharge the said quitt rents, and rents in Feefarme as aforesaid, Then my will and
meaninge is, that then my said lagacie of the use and occupacon, and receivinge of all my
yearely rents aforesaid soe bequeathed to my said wief shalbe voyd to all intents and purposes
But if my said wief shall thinke it more expedient for her advancement in marriage or
otherwise, then she maie take to her and choose (if she please) the Thirds of the rents of
my freehould, and Feefarme lands, duringe her lief, or as longe as she shall live, accordinge
to the Comon lawes of this kingdome of England in that behalf established, which choice
(if she make) then my will and meaninge is, that she shall not enioyed my said guifte and
bequeast unto her, of the use, occupacon and receivinge of my said rents durigne her
widdowhood onlie in manner aforesaid. Provided allwaies and my meaninge is, That if
my said wief shall within one moneth next and imediatlie after my decase, give notice
and Declare unto my Overseers of this my last will and Testament, or any two of them
in writinge under her hand, what choice she will make vidlt, whether she doth accept of
the legacie of the use, occupacon, and receivinge of my said rents during her widdowhoode
onlie, or whether she will take or choose to enioye her Thirds of my said rents duringe
her naturall lief accordinge to the Comon lawes of this kingdome of England But if
my said wief shall give noe notice, or make noe Declaracon of her said choice in maner
aforesaid, Then my plaine will and meaninge is, and I doe hereby revoake my said legacy
of the use, occupacon, and receivinge of the yearely rents aforesaid, and doe make voyd the
siad legacie to all intents and purposes. Item I give and bequeath unto my granchild
and godsonne Israell Gleson my virginalls and Lute, my Iland Counter, my sett of boxes,
wherein some of my Evidences of my freehould lands doe lye) my writinge Deske, my
apparell, and my picture last drawne, and the Picture of my said late sonne William
Gleson deceased. Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter in lawe Ellinor Gleson, the
some of fortie shillings in lawfull and Currant money of England, for a token of my love
to be paid unto her within sixe moneths next after my decease. Item I give and bequeath
unto my said grandchild and godsonne Israell Gleson, and to my said grandchildren
William Gleson, and Henrie Gleson, to each and every of them the some of Twentie
poundes a peece of lawfull money of England, To be severally paid unto them and enioy
of them, at such time and times, as they my said grandchildren or any of them shall
attaine unto their severall age or ages of Twentie and one yeares.  And if it shall
happent hat any of my said grandchildren shall depart this lief before they shall sevrally
attaine unto their said severall ages of twentie and one yeares a peece, Then my will
and meaninge is, that the porcon or him or them that dieth, or dye before his or their
said age or ages of Twentie and one yeares a peece, shall accrue unto the Survivor or
Survivors of them part and partlike at his or their severall age or ages of Twentie
and one yeares a peece. Provided allwaies, and my will and meaninge is, that the said
severall legacies soe given and bequeathed to my said grandchildren, Israell, William, and
Henry Gleson, shall remayne in the hands of my said wief Alice Gleson, yet so, and to
the intent, that she shall (with the advise of my Overseers, or any two of them hereunder
named, putt or lett forth the aforesaid somes of money soe as before to my said grandchildren
given and bequeathed, at such lawfull interrest, and for the best proffitt she can for the
benefitt and advantage of them and every of them. And that my said wief Alice Gleson
shall enter into bond to my said Overseers or any two of them, with condicon for the
true payment of the said legacies to my said grandchildren by me given and bequeathed
together with the use, imployment, or increase thereof to be paid unto them, or the
survivor of them at the time, and in manner aforesaid. Provided nevertheles, or notwthstanding



The premisses, and my will and meaninge is, That if there shalbe any occacon offered to laie out
and disburse any of my said grandchildrens severall legacies for their preferment, or the
preferment of any of them in any apprentishipp or Service they or any of them beinge
placed by and with the consent of my Overseers or any two of them) That then my saide
wief Alice shall disburse and paie out of the legacie of him or them soe placed and prefered,
in service such some and somes of money as shalbe agreed upon to be given to the master or
masters of him or them that shalbe so placed, my said wief takinge an Acquittance or
Acquittances for the receipt of the same money or moneyes soe paid any such master of masters
which acquittance or acquittances soe made and delivered to my said wief shalbe a sufficient
discharge for her against him or them of my said grandchildren out of which of their
legacies or legacie the same shalbe soe paid for soe much (either the whole severall legacie or
legacies or lesse) as shall appeare by the said acquittance or acquittances to be paid by my
said wief for the placinge of them or any of them in service in manner aforesaide Item
I give and bequeath and devise all and singular my landes which I hould in Fee simple
or Fee farme to me my heires and assignes in the Cittie of Bristoll or elswhere, wheresoevr
unto the said israell Gleson my grandchild and godsonne To have and to hould the saide
landes (after my said lovinge wief her widdowhood shalbe determined by her death or
marriage with any man whomsoever or otherwise after my decease) unto my said grand-
child Israell Gleson, and the heires of his bodie lawfully to be begotten And for default of
such heires of the bodie of my said Israell Gleson lawfully to be begottn I give bequeath and
devise the Remaynder of my said landes in Fee simple and Fee farme unto my said grandchild
William Gleson To have and to hould the said landes to him and the heires of his bodie
lawfully to be begotten (imediatly after the expiracon of my said wiefs widdowhood, and
decease of his said brother Israell Gelson, he dyinge without yssue of his body lawfully
to be begotten as aforesaid, and not before nor otherwise. And for default of such heires
of the bodie of the said William Gleson my grandchild lawfully to be begotten I give
bequeath and devise the Remainder over of my said lands in Fee simple, and lands in Fee
Farme unto my said grandchild Henry Gleson To have and to hould the said landes
to him and his heires and assignes for ever, after the determinacon of my said wiefs
widdowhood, and after the decease of his said brothers Israell and William Gleson
dyinge without yssue of their bodies lawfully to be begotten, and not before, or otherwise
Item whereas Sr Rowland Lacie of Shipton under Whitchwood in the Countie of
Oxon knight and Lord of the Mannor of Brislington in the Countie of Somersett
lately deceased, and Sr John Lacie knight sonne and heire apparent of the said Sr
Rowland Lacie by their Indenture of Lease bearinge date the twelveth daie of Maye
in the first yeare of the Rainge of our said Soveraigne Lord kinge Charles by the
grace of god of England Scotland France and Ireland &c have Demised granted,
and to Farme lett and sett unto me the said Israell Gleson the messuage and Tenemt
lately builded by me Scituat in Brislington aforesaid, together with all manner of
groundes, easments, woodes, waies &c to the said messuage or Tenement with the
appurtenances aforesaid, before, then, and nowe belonging and appertayninge To have
and to hould the said messuage or Tenement with the appurtenances aforesaid, to me
my Executors, Administrators, and assignes imediatly from the date of the said Indenture
of lease unto thende and terme, and for and duringe the terme of fowerscore and
nynteene yeares (if my said sonne William Gleson lately deceased and Israell Gleson
the younger, and William Gleson the younger or any of them should soe longe live)
as by the said Indenture of Lease it doth and maie at large appeare And whereas
afterwardes I the said Israell Gleson, for and to the better preferment & maintenance
of my said sonne, by my Indenture of Lease, by me made unto him the said William
Gleson my sonne, bearinge date the Twentith daie of December in the said first yeare
of the raigne of our said Soveraigne Lord kinge Charles Have demised, grannted, and to
Farme lett and sett unto him the said William Gleson my sonne his executors, administrators



And assignes all the said messuage and Tenement with all and singular the aforesaide
premisses with their appurtenances for and during the full time and terme of fowerscore
and five yeares (if he my said sonne William Gleson and Israell Gleson, and William
Gleson ^ or any or either of them should happen soe longe to live Reservinge upon the		^ sonnes of the said
said Lease unto me the said Israell Gleson and my assignes, duringe my naturall life		  William Gleson
the yearely rent of Tenne poundes PER anum to be paid quarterly with a provisoe in
the said Identure of Lease contayned in theis wordes followinge That is to saie
Provided allwaies, that if it shall heppen the said yearely rent or some of Tenne
poundes to be behinde and unpaide in part and in all by the space of tenne daies
next after any or either of the said feast daies of payment in which as aforesaid
the same is lymitted and appointed to be paid Or if the said Gleson partie
to theis presents shall att any time hereafter duringe the said terme, either by his last
will and testament or otherwise Demise or grannt, alien, lett, sett, assigned or sett over, or
by any other wayes or meanes, passe or convey awaie the said Demises premisses, or anie
part or parcell thereof to any person or persons whatsoever for any time or terme
whatsoever otherwise then onlie from yeare to yeare to an under Tenant at a Rack rent
or to some person or persons for the use and behoofe of Ellinor his nowe wief for the
terme of her pure widdowhood onlie, That then and at all times after such default of
payment of the rent hereby reserved alienacon, lettinge, settinge, Demisinge or conveying
of the premisses or any part thereof, other then as aforesaid, contrarie to the true
meaninge of theis presents This present Indenture of Lease, and everie Demise grannt
Article, Covenant, and agreement herein contayned shall cease, Determine, and be
utterly voyde and of none effect to all intents and purposes whatsoever And that
then and at all times from thenceforth afterwardes, it shall and maie be lawfull to
and for the said Israell Gleson partie to theis presents his Executors, administrators
and assignes or any of them into and upon all and singular the said Demised premisses
with the appurtenances, and everie part and parcell thereof wholie to reenter, and
the same to have againe reposseed and reinioyed, as in his or their first and former
estate or estates This Indenture or anie thinge herein contayned to the contrary thereof
in any wise notwithstandinge As in and by the said last recited Indenture of Lease
grannted to my said sonne William Gleson more at large likewise appeareth And
whereas my said sonne William Gleson Did by his Deede indented bearinge date the
Three and twentih daie of December in the said first yeare of the raigne of our
said Soveraigne Lord kinge Charles convey and assure the said messuage and Tenemt
and premisses unto Thomas Wickham of Charter house Henton in the Countie of
Somersett yeoman, and unto John Wickham of Westerleight in the Countie of Glouc
yeoman, to the use of the said Ellinor Gleson, late wief of my said sonne William
Gleson, for the terme of her widdowhood onlie, To comence and take effect imediatlie
from and after the decease of my said sonne William Gleson, As by the said last recited
Deede indented more plainely likewise appeareth. And whereas before the decease of him
the said William Gleson my sonne, he the said William Gleson my sonne Did by his
Deede unter his hand and Seale bearinge date the Three and twentith daie of Aprill
in the yeare of our Lord god 1628 in the fowrth yeare of the Raigne of our Saide
Soveraigne Lord kinge Charles aforesaid Deliver and make over unto the aforesaide
Thomas Wickham all his goodes and chattells moveable and imoveable both within doores
and without          as by the said Deede of Sale more plainely alsoe appeareth
By reason of which said Deede of sale soe made to the said Thomas Wickham contrary
to the afore recited Promiss contayned in the said Lease grannted by me to my said sonne
William Gleson The said Indenture of Lease is (by divers profound and deeplie learned
in the Comon lawes of this kingdome of England) thought in and by the said lawes
to be voyd and forfeited unto me the said Israell Gleson my Executors, Administrators
and assignes Nowe I the said Israell Gleson by this my last will and Testament Doe



Devise give and bequeath unto him the above named Israell Gleson my grandchild and godsonne
all and singular the residue of the said terme of fowrescore and nynteene yeares menconed in
the said Indenture of Lease to me grannted by the above named Sr Rowland Lacie and
Sr John Lacie knights in manner afforesaide, And likewise all the time and terme of fower
score and five yeares which are nowe accrued, or shall hereafter accrue and growe due unto
me my executors administrators and assignes by reason of the voydance and forfeiture of
the said Indenture of Lease of fowerscore and five yeares by me heretofore Demised and
granted unto my foresaide sonne William Gleson deceased in manner aforesaid (if he
the said Israell Gleson my grandchild and godsonne shall happen soe longe to live And
if he the said Israell Gleson my grandchild and godsonne shall happen to depart this
lief, and dye before thexpiracon of the said terme of fowerscore and nynteene yeares
aforesaide, or fowerscore and five yeares nowe accrewed, or hereafter to accrewe, or nowe
in manner aforesaid forfeited, or hereafter to be forfeited unto me the said Israell Gleson
my Executors, Administrators, and assignes, Then I give devise and bequeath the residue
of the said terme of fowerscore and nynteene yeares, and benefitt of the said forfeiture
of the foresaid Indenture of Lease of fowerscore and five yeares unto my foresaid grand-
child William Gleson for all the said residue of the said terme of fowerscore and
nynteene yeares, and fowerscore and five yeares, which shalbe then to come, if he the said
William Gleson my Grandchilde shall happen soe longe to live. And whereas my intent
and meaninge was from the beginninge, and soe still is, that my said grandchildren or one
of them should enioye the said premisses after the decease of their father, and after the
determinacon of their mothers widdowhood, for all the residue of the terme of yeares wch
should be then to come and unexpired, menconed in the said Lease of fowerscore and
nyneteene yeares grannted unto me, or in the said Lease of fowerscore and five yeares
grannted by me to my said sonne William Gleson as aforesaid In regard whereof, and for
feare least the said Bill of sale, or Deede of guift made by my said sonne William Gleson
to the said Thomas Wickham should take effect, and he, his Executors, administrators,
or assignes should by vertue thereof take the benefitt of the said Lease of fowerscore
and five yeares grannted by me to my said sonne after the determinacon of his said
wief Ellinor her widdowes estate therein, and so utterly dispossesse my said granchildren
thereof I therefore have entered upon the said Tenement and Sealed a lease of eiectment
or purpose to trye the title thereof, and to preserve the same for my said grandchildren
accordinge to my first intent and meaninge. Nowe therefore my will and meaninge is
That if it shall please god, to call me out of this lief before the said cause be tryed, then
I doe appoint my Executrix hereunder named to proceede in that suite (if sheh shalbe
advised by Councell learned in the lawe soe to doe) And in that case I leave and give
unto my said Executrix Thirtie poundes over and above her owne legacie and legacies
to disburse in that suite for the Recovery of the said messuage and premisses (still intending
and I doe hereby declare That my will and meaninge is, to make good my said daughter
in lawes estate in the premisses for her widdowhood onlie, but doe desire to preserve the
residue of the terme after thexpiracon of widdowhood for my said grandchildren as
aforesaid. Provided allwaies, and my will and meaninge is, That if the said Thirtie
poundes shall not be all, nor anie part thereof laid out and disbursed in the said suite
Then my will and meaninge is, that the whole, or the overplus thereof remayninge
shalbe devided amongst my said grandchildren, Israell, Willam, and Henry equally
betweene them part and partlike, and shalbe paid unto them in such manner as the
legacies herein before to them given by me are herein appointed to be paid unto them.
And my will and meaninge is, and I doe hereby appoint, that all the Evidences of my
freehould landes, and the lease of my house at Brislington aforesaid, and the Counter
parte of the Lease grannted to my late sonne William Gleson shall remayne in the
custodie and keepinge of my said wief Alice untill my said grandchilde Israell Gleson or
such other of my said grandchildren whom the same shall or maie concerne shall have



Accomplished his or their age of twentie and one yeares as aforesaid, and then to be
delivered unto him or them accordinge to my true meaninge, my said wief givinge a noat
unto my Overseers for the receipt of the said Evidences and writings by tale Item
whereas my late brother in lawe Mr John Guy one of the Aldermen of the said Cittie
of Bristoll nowe deceased, my cosen Edward Petre of the said Cittie Marchant, my
Nephewes Phillipp Ellis, and Walter Ellis of the same Cittie Merchants have lent
unto, and doe, and did stand ingaged for my said late sonne William Gleson deceased in
severall somes of money for which noe satisfaccon can be given out of his estate And
forthat I conceive my said brother in lawe and kinsmen, did soe become bound for, and
did lend my said sonne, the said somes of money for my sake I therefore being willinge
out of myne owne free will to make some part of satisfaccon to them for the debts
they have, and are to paie for my said sonne, and for the money which they have
lent unto him soe farr as my poore estate maie conveniently beare it (if I or my said
Executrix hereunder named shall recover and be possessed of the Revercon or Remainder
or residue of the said fowerscore and five yeares menconed in the said Lease grannted
to my said sonne, which shalbe to come therein of and in the said Tenement and prmisses
at Bristlington aforesaid after thexpiracon or determinacon of the widdowhood of the saide
Ellinor Gleson my daughter in lawe as aforesaid, Doe then and in that case give and
bequeath unto my sister in lawe Anne Guy the Relict and Executrix of the last will
and Testament of the said John Guy and unto my said kinsmen the severall legacies
hereafter in theis presents particularly expressed, towardes the losses and hindrances they
have, and are like to sustaine by my said sonne William Gleson deceased. That is to saie,
I give and bequeath unto my said sister in lawe Anne Guy the some of Tenne poundes in
money To the said Edward Petre five poundes in money. To the said Phillipp Ellis five
poundes in money, and to the said Walter Ellis, fortie shillings in money to be paid
unto them by my Executrix hereunder named, whithin sixe moneths next cominge after my
decease (if I shall in my lief time be soe possessed of the said residue of the said terme of 85
yeares menconed in the said Lease as aforesaid) Or ells within sixe moneths next coming
after my Executrix shalbe soe possessed of the said residue of the said terme of 85 yeares
menconed in the said Lease, and not before, nor ells, nor otherwise. Item I give and
bequeath unto my said lovinge Nephewe Phillipp Ellis Doctor Junctinns works in two
volumes in folio of and concerninge Astrologie and Astronomy. Item I give & bequeath
unto my lovinge freinde Humffrey Andrewew, all my Bookes of Heraldrie or Armorie
exceptinge my booke called Cassanens de Gloria Mundi, wherein there is discourse of
Heraldry. Item I give and bequeath unto my nephewe Francis Gleson Paraselsus works in
seaven bookes whereof one is in folio, all the rest in quarto. Item I give unto my brother
William Gleson amongest him and the rest of his sonnes (except the said Francis)
Twelve of my Bookes to be chosen by him out of all my Cattalogue of bookes (Except such
as are herein before by me given. Item all the rest of my books I give and bequeath unto
my said three grandchildren Israell, William, and Henry to be equally devided betweene
them part and partlike. Item I give and bequeath unto my ould servant Dorothy Moody
als Parker Twentie shillinges And to the maide servant that shall serve me, and my wife
att the time of my decease Twentie shillinges in money. Item I give unto        Bevan
the wief of Ellway Bevan my ould freind and neighbour tenne shillings in money Item
I give and bequeath unto the poore of the parish of Little Saint Augustines wherein I
nowe live, Three poundes of lawfull money of England to be distributed unto them by
the Churchwardens of the said parish for the time beinge Item I give and bequeath unto
the poore of other parishes in Bristoll fortie shillinges in money to be distributed in two
penny loafes of bread at the time of my funerall Item I give and bequeath unto the
vicar of Little Saint Augustins aforesaide for Tithes forgotten Tenne shillings in money
to be paid within sixe moneths next after my decease Item I give and bequeath unto the
Right worshippfull my lovinge freinds the Deane and Chapter of the Cathedrall Church



Sanctae et individua Trinitatis Bristoll, the some of fortie shillings of lawfull English
money upon the Condicon followinge, vidlt, That they shall afford me a convenient place to
be buried in, in the South Ile of the said Cathedrall Church as neere unto the place there
where my somtime lovinge wief Marrian and my deere father Walter Gleson lye buried
And withall I doe forgive and release unto them all such somes of money which shalbe due
and owinge unto me by the said Deane and Chapter at the time of my decease upon the same
Condicon and noe otherwise Item if it shall happen that my bodie be buried in the saide 
Cathedrall Church, and neere the places afore specified, Then and in that case, and noe
otherwise I give and bequeath unto the Cha??ter of the said Cathedrall Church two
shillinges, and unto the master of the Choristers, two shillings And unto the pettie Cammons
eighteene pence a peece, And to every singinge man Twelve pence a peece. And to everie
Chorister sixe pence a peece. And to the Porter and Sexton there Twelve pence a peece. Item
I desire my said lovinge brother William Gleson of Marnhull in the Countie of Dorsett to
???? and yeald a true accompt with and to my Executrix undernamed and written
concerninge one Elizabeth Doninge here legacies of money, of plate, Lease of a house, and
the yearely rent thereof, and other things given and bequeathed unto her in the last will
and testament of William Doninge her late father deceased, because such her legacies were
left in and to the Custodie and care of my said lovinge brother Walter Gleson as Guardian
unto her the said Elizabeth. The which legacies of money, or plate, house, and yearely
rent, and other thinges togeather with her the said Elizabeth Doninge were delivered over
by my said father Walter Gleson (whilest he lived) into the hands care and Custodie of my
said lovinge brother William Gleson, who hath entered into Bond or obligacon with condicon
amongest other thinges, to discharge me (who am Executor to my said father, nominated in
his last will and testament, and to save me harmeles and discharge me my heires executors
administrators and assignes from all troubles suits and Demands whatsoever which she the
said Elizabeth Doninge her Executors, administrators, or assignes, maie by any manner of
waie or meanes have, comence, aske, or recover against me the said Israell Gleson my
heires, executors, administrators, or assignes, as by the said Bond and Condicon thereof more
at large appeareth Item all and singular the rest and residue of my goodes and chattells, plate
and personall estate whatsoever, not before in this my last will and testament, to any person
or persons given or bequeathed (my funeralls, debts and legacies being first discharged, satisfied
and paid, I give and bequeath unto my said welbeloved wief Alice Gleson whom I make
constitute and ordaine to be full and whole and sole Executrix of this my last will and
testament, Revoakinge hereby all former last wills and Testaments by me at any time
before made And doe acknowledge this to be my true last will and testament And I doe
hereby desire and intreat my said wief Alice Gleson and Executrix to bestowe very smale
charges as conveniently she maie in the solempinzinge of my funeralls, because and for feare
of desperatt debts due to me, that maie happen not to be recovered by her (which god forbidd)
for then my estate will not beare any great charge to be bestowed on my funerall expences
Provided allwaies and my will and meaninge is, that if my said wief, shall refuse, or shall not
within one moneth after my decease enter into Bond for the payment of the said Legacies
and somes of money given unto my said grandchildren as aforesaid, Then I doe hereby
annihilate, make voyd and take awaye the said Executorshipp from my said wief And I doe
then and in that case make and ordaine my said grandchildren Israell, William, and
Henry Coexecutors of this my last will and testament Item my will and meaninge is
And I doe by this my last will and testament ordaine, that if any Legatory to whom
I have given, devised, or bequeathed any my lands freehould, money goodes, Chattells or
plate shall goe about, endeavor, or by any meanes attempt to impugne or gainsaie this
my last will and Testament, or any legacie to any person or persons by me therein
given, devised or bequeathed, That then such Legatorie or Legatories shall fall from him
or their legacie or legacies And I doe withdrawe and take away the same legacie or
legacies from him or them, that shall soe goe, endeavour, or by any meanes attempt to



Impugne or strive against my legacie, guift, devise or bequest herein before contayned
and not otherwise And I doe hereby appoint and ordaine my foresaid lovinge brother
William Gleson, my loving nephewes Phillipp Ellis, and Walter Ellis, and my lovinge
freind George Hartwell to be Overseers of this my last will and Testament, hoping and
constantlie trustinge, that they and every of them wilbe aydinge and assisting with 
their advise and indeavor, to my said wief Alice Gleson and Executrix before named in
the mannaginge and performinge of this my last will and testament, And I doe give to
each and every of my said Overseers fortie shillings a peece in money for their paines
to be taken therein Item I give and bequeath unto my nephewe Richard Ellis (whom I
hadd almost forgotten) Twentie shillings in money. And this my last will and testament
I have subscribed with myne owne hand In wittnes whereof, and of all other the
premisses I have hereunto sett my hand and seale the daie and yeare first above written
istraell Gleson. Signed, Sealed and acknowledged, by the said Israell Gleson thelder to be
his last will and testament the daie and yeare first above written In the presence of
George Harrison, Humffrey Andrewes, Rch: Hasler, Roger Roydon, George Hartwell Scr
Md. That whereas I Israell Gleson of the Cittie of Bristoll gent, did by my will
bearinge date the Seaven and twentith daie of Aprill last past before the date hereof
give and bequeath unto my grandchildren Israell Gleson, William Gleson, and Henrie
Gleson the some of Twentie poundes a peece of lawfull money of England, as appeareth
in the Third sheete of paper parcell of my said will Nowe I doe by this my Codicill
give and bequeath unto the said Israell Gleson Tenne poundes, and to the said William
Gleson tenne poundes, and to the said henrie Gleson Twentie poundes over and above
the said Twentie poundes a peece given unto them by me, in and by my said will. And I
doe declare this Codicill and the legacies hereby by me given to be parcell of my last
will and testament And I doe hereby declare, that my will and meaninge is, that the
legacies given by this my Codicill shalbe paid in such manner and forme as the saide
legacies of Twentie poundes a peece, are to be paide, and as is expressed, in my said
will. And I doe hereby intreat my lovinge wief (if she thinke fitt) and not otherwise
to bringe upp my grandchild Israel Gleson at Schooole untill he be fitt to be placed
out, and then I desire he maie be place with some Civilian in London. And I desire
my daughter in lawe Ellinor Gleson to allowe the Tenne pounds a yeare which she
nowe payeth unto my yearely towardes the bringinge upp of the said Israell Gleson
her sonne. All which I leave to the discrecon of my wief and my said daughter in lawe
as they shall thinke fitt and agree togeather And whereas I have given nothinge to
some of my freinds and godchildren in token of my love (my estate beinge weake)
I leave it to my wifes discrecon to doe as she shall thinke fitt therein, And as touching
the lease which I have of the Tenement with thappurtenances in Brislington in
the Countie of Somersett which I bought of Sr Rowland Lacie and Sr John Lacie
knights my will is, and I doe hereby declare, that the same, and all my right and
terme thereunto after my decease, shall accrewe and come unto my said grandchildren
israell Gleson and William Gleson according as I have given the same in and by my
said will of the Seaven and Twentith daie of Aprill last which legacie and bequest in
my said will touchinge the saide Lease and lyvinge I doe hereby ratifie and confirme
And so I Comende my Soule into the hands of allmightie god, and ofmy Saviour Jesus
Christ god everlastinge. In wittnes whereof I have caused this Codicill to be made
the second daie of July Anno Dni 1629 and have hereunto sett my hand and Seale the
same daie, in the presence of the wittnesses hereundernamed By me Israell Gleson
Edward Allmond, George Harrison, George Hartwell Scr

Probatum fuit testamentum [this paragraph continues in Latin to grant probate at London 
on 30 August 1629]
Tricesimo die Mensis Augusti Anno Dmi Millesimo Sexcentesimo vicesimo Nono
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