4 June 1685 Will of Thomas Baker of Poole, mariner (proved 18 December 1685)

Source: TNA, PROB 11/381

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In the Name of God Amen I
Thomas Baker sometimes of Arne in the Isle of Purbecke in the County of Dorst
and now of the towne and Church of Poole Marriner being in health and perfect
memory God be espreased therefore doe make this my last will and testament in maner 
and forme following first I bequeath my soule into the hands of Allmighty God my
Creator hopeing for everlasting life in the Kingdome of Heaven through his grate
mercy in Jesus Christ my Lord and only Saviour and redeemer and my body to 
Christian buriall to bee buried at Arne aforesaid in my wifes grave and under the 
same TombeStone with this inscription to bee cutt out in Roman Letters in the 
same Stone here lyes the bodyes of Thomas Baker and Mary his wife in hopes of 
a Joyfull resurrection at the Last day I doe hereby revoke and make void all
former wills Legacies guifts and bequests by mee formerly made willed or bequeathed 
as for my worldly goods wherewith Allmighty God hath given mee I doe give and
dispose thereof as followeth Item I give unto my sonne Roger Baker if hee be liveing 
and to come into England twenty shillings and A Gold Ring which I usually weare 
upon my finger with a seale and deaths head in the Seale with some bookes besides 
what hee hath already of myne Item I give and bequeath unto my sonne John Baker 
five pounds and all my wearing apparell Linnen and Woollen and doe acquitt him 
of all monys whatsoever due to mee by bond bill or Accounts Item my will and 
meaning is that there bee paid unto John Snow five pounds in full of a debt my said
sonne John owes the said Snow Item I give and bequeath unto my sid sonne John
Bakers three sonnes namely John Robert and Thomas the summe of fifty pounds
to bee equally divided betweene them when they attaine to theire respective age of 
Twenty five yeares and if either of them the said John Robert and Thomas my

Grandchildren shall happen to dye before hee or they atteyne the said age then the legacy
or share of him soe dying shall remaine and bee paid to the Survivor or Survivours of 
them Item I give and bequeath unto my said sonne John Bakers three daughters I
namely Grace Elizabeth and Edith to each of them five pounds to bee paid to them when
they severally attaine the age of twenty five yeares or within Six monthes after their 
severall marriages which shall first happen and if any or either of them happen to 
decease before the Legacie shall become due then the Legacy of her soe dyeing shall
remaine and bee paid to the Survivors or Survivor of them Item I give and bequeath 
unto my Loveing daughter Mary Cleeves one hundred and fifty pounds which she 
oweth mee upon two bonds Item whereas there will bee due frome mee unto my Sonn
in Law Abraham Huse in short time after my decease one hundred pounds which mony
my will and desire is may be paid him with what convenient speed may bee according 
an agreement made with him before hee married my daughter Item I give and bequeath 
unto my dauther Sith Huse five Children or soe many of them as shall bee liveing 
at the time of my decease twenty shillings a peice Item I give and bequeath unto
my Grandsonne Thomas Bowan and to each of his Children that shall bee liveing at 
the time of my decease twenty shillings Item I give and bequeath unto my Grandsonn
James Bowan and to each of his Children that shall bee liveing at the time of my
decease twenty shillings Item I give unto my Grandaughter Mary Baker if liveing 
at the time of my decease twenty shillings Item I give unto Avice Streete my Grand
daughter and unto her three sonns William Thomas and Henry five pounds a 
peece to bee paid them out of the interest mony theire Father William Streete oweth
mee Item I give unto my Grandchild Mary Young all such goods which she hath in
her handes of mine as is menconed in my booke of Account and to her three Children 
which she now hath or soe many of them as shall bee Liveing at the time of my
decease five pounds apeice Item I give devise and bequeath unto my Grandchild John
Cleeves all that my Messuage or Tenement with thappurtenances lying and being 
in the Towne and County of Poole aforesaid wherein his Mother the said Mary
Cleeves now dwelleth which I purchased to mee and my heires of and from Thomas 
Luggs and John Veason to have and to hold the said messuage or Tenement from and 
after my decease and the decease of her the said Mary Cleeves unto him the said John
Cleeves and to his heires for ever Item I likewise give and Devise unto my Grand
children William Cleeves and Alice Cleeves and to their heires for ever all that my
little house and Garden lying and being in the towne and County of Poole aforesaid
which I purchased of my Father in Law David Tito adjoyning to the new Almeshouse
in the west streete in Poole aforesaid Item all the rest of my goods rights Creditts 
and Chattles whatsoever not before herein by mee given or bequeathed my debts 
Legacies and funerall expences being first paid and discharged I give and bequeath 
unto them the said Alice Cleeves and William Cleeves my said Grandchildren whome 
I make Executrix and Executor of this my last will and testament and my will is 
that my said daughter Mary Cleeves shall act for my said Grandchildren and make 
use of my estate towards the maintenance and education of the said Alice and 
William untill the said Alice bee married and the said William attaine the age of 
five and twenty yeares and I doe nominate and appointe my liveing friends Henry
Lewen of Wimborne Minister in the County of Dorsett gent and Mr John Fursman
of Wareham in the said County of Dorsett Overseers of this my last will and testament 
desireing them to bee aiding and assisting unto my said Executrix and Executors in the 
due Execution and performance of this my will and in token of my love I give to each 
of my said Overseers five shillings besides what charges and expences they or either 
of them shall disburse and be putt unto in and aboute this my will to bee allowed them
respectively by my Executrix and Executor In witnesse whereof I the said Thomas 
Baker have hereunto sett my hand and seale the fowerth day of June in the first &

of the raigne of our Soveraigne Lord James the second by the grace of God of England 
Scotland France and Ireland King defender of the faith &c Annoq Dni one thousand 
six hundred eighty and five Thomas Baker Signed sealed published and declared by the 
said Thomas Baker to his last will and testament in the presence of Peter Hiley 
Miles Bownes Jere Huntt 

Probatum fuit ... apud London ...
[this paragraph continues in Latin to grant probate on 18 December 1685]
Decimo Octavo die mensis
Decembris Anno Domini millimo sexcemmo Octogemo quinto 
Alicia Cleeves 

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