Source: TNA, PROB 11/78
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In the name of god Amen I Nicholas Thorne of the Cittie of Bristoll gentleman beinge sicke of body but of perfect memorie (for the wth I humbly praise Almightie God my most mercifull Father) Do make my last will and testament in manner and forme followinge First I bequeath my sowle unto Almightie God hopinge assuredly to be saved by the mercies and merritts of Jhesus Christ whoe ???chsafed to shed his most pretious bloud to save me and such as beleeve in him And as touchinge the Disposition of my worldly goodes and possessions which God hath given me my will and meaninge is that my three Daughters namly Alice Katherine and Mirable shall have and enioye all my landes tenements and hereditaments unto them and the heires of theure bodies lawfully begotten And my intente and meaninge that when yt shall please Almightie God to call anie of my said Daughters out of this mortall lyfe then her portion or third parte of my said lande shall not goe unto the survivor or survivors of my said Daughters but shall fourthwith goe unto the next heire of my said Daughter or Daughters so Dyinge And whereas I am not able for some cawses to be so liberall unto my welbeloved wife as my harte Desireth my hartie request is unto my wellbeloved Daughters uppon my blessinge and to my sonne in lawes that they will quietly and with good will suffer my welbeloved wife theire mother to dwell in and enioye my howse in Smale Streete Duringe here naturall life And in respecte that I have heretofore given a verie liberall portion unto my welbeloved Daughters Alice Pykes & Katherine Neale whome I beseeche God to blesse and theire posteritie I Do nowe give the rest of all my goodes and Debts wherein I Do also comprhend the waynskott glasse howshoulde stuffe and furniture of my howse in Smale Streete unto my dearely beloved wife and my lovinge Daughter mirable Thorne whome I make my full and whole Executors And I Do Desire my welbeloved friende James Orenge and Robert Readwood to be the Overseers of this my last will and testamente In Witnes whereof I have hereunto put my hande and seale this sixteenth Daie of July 1591 By me Nicholas Thorne Signed sealed and Delivered in the prsence of us James Orenge Thomas Dune Roberte Frayer William Druse Probatum fuit Testamentum [this paragraph continues in Latin and appears to grant probate on 10 September 1591] decimo Die mensis Septembris Anno Domini millesimo quingentesimo nongesimo primo [to] Mirabelle Thorne filie et Executricum
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