Source: TNA, PROB 11/187
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In the name of God Amen The Nineteenth day of August Anno Dni 1641 Annoq Regni Regis Caroli ???? Anglis &c Decimo Septimo I Walter Chester of the Cittie of Bristoll Gent being stricken in yeers and being sicke & weake in body But of good & perfect mynde & memorie Thanckes be given to Almighty God for the samedoe make & ordayne this my lastwill & Testamt in manner & forme followinge First I Comend my self both Soule & body into the hands of God my Maker and of Jesus Christ my onely Savior & Redeemer Trustinge & stedfastly persuadinge myself that by & through his previous death & passion and his mercie & meritts and not by any meritts or defecte of myne owne I shalbe made partaker of everlastinge life & live with him for ever in his kingdom And my body I comitt to the earth from whence if came to be buryed in the Churchyard of the parish of St James within the said Cittie of Bristoll in xpian buriall at the discrecon of my Executrix hereunder named And as for that worldly estate which God of his infinite mercie hath lent mee in this life I dispose thereof as followeth Inprimis I give devise & bequeath unto my eldest sonne William Chester & to his heires for ever the Inheritance in Fee of all my freehold Lands Messuages & TEnements with thappurtenances scituate lyinge & being in Barton Regis in the County of Glouc And alsoe the Inheritance in Fee of the Messuage or Tenement wherein I now dwell and o the Messuage or Tenement thereunto adioyninge which were heretofore both one Messuage and Tenement scituate lying & being in Broadmeade within the suburbs of the said Cittie of Bristoll Together withall backsides gardens pavements Outletts profitts Comodities & appurtenncs whatsoever to the said Twoe Messuages or Tenements belonginge or in any wise appteyninge Item I give devise & bequeath unot my sonne Walter Chester & to his heires for ever All other my Landes Tenements and Tenements scituate within the said Cittie of Bristoll & the suburbs thereof with their appurtenances which I have setled & made over to him & his heires by way of Conveyance Item I give unto my said sonne William Chester One of my greatest twoe silver boles And thother of the said twoe Boles I give and bequeath unto my said sonne Walter Chester Item I give & bequeath unto my grandsonn Walter Chester sonne of my said sonne William one of my long guilte boles Item I give & bequeath unto my Grandchildren Bridgett & Allexander daughters of my said sonne William Chester one dozen of silver spoones called Apostle spoones equally betweene them parte & parte like Item I give & bequeath unto my Grandchildren Thomas & Charles sonnes of my said sonne Walter Chester to each of them one Ale Cupp of silver & guilte with letters engraven aboute them Item I give and bequeath unto my Grandchild Anne Raynesthorpe daughter of John Raynesthorpe Marryner five pounds in money To be payed unto her when shee shall accomplish y? age of Seaventeene yeeres Item I give & bequeath unto my Granddaughter Marie Holbrooke wife of Thomas Holbrooke Brewer my greate silver & gilt Salte And if shee happen to dye Then I give & bequeath the said Salte unto her first childe Item I give & bequeath unto my greate Grandchild Elizabeth Hicke foure little silver spoones and one litle wyne Cupp of silver Provided allwayes and my will & meaninge is And I doe hereby give & bequeath the use & occupacon and the receivinge & enioyinge of all te Rents & proffitts of all my said Landes Messuages & Tenements herein before menconed And alsoe the use & occupacon of all & singuler the said parcells of plate hereby before by mee given unto my welbeloved wife Elizabeth for & duringe the terme of her naturall life And after her decease the same to be delivered to the severall parties to whome the same are respectively given as aforesaid Item I give and bequeath unto the parish of St James aforesaid the sume of Five pounds in money to be payd unto the Churchwardens of the said parish Church (for the tyme being) for a sermon to be preached in the said parish Church upon Newyeares day in every yeare for ever as my guifte Item I give & bequeath unto Mr John Paul Clerk Minister of the said parish Church of St James forty shillings in money to preach my funerall sermon Item I give unto the poore people of the said parish Church of St James Fortie shillings in money to be given & distributed amongst them by my Executrix hereunder named on the day of my funerall at her discrecon Item I give & bequeath unto the Master & Company of Whitetamers within the said Cittie the sume of Forty shillings in money to accompany my Corps to Church at my funerall Item I give unto the widdow Prince late ye wife of Thomas Prince deceased Twenty shillings in money Item I give unto Walter Jenings Milliner Tenn shillings in money All the rest of my goods & Chattels whatsoever moveable & unmoveable plate Howsholdstuffe whatsoever herein not before by mee given & bequeathed (my debts & Legacies being payed & funerall expences discharged) I give devise & bequeath unto my said welbeloved wife Elizabeth whome I doe make & ordayne sole Executrix of this my last will & Testament And I doe hereby nominate Constitute & appointe my loveing freindes James Dyer Esquire and Hugh Browne Merchant to be Overseers of this my last will & Testament desireinge them to bee aydeing & assistinge to my said Executrix to see this my will performed accordinge to my true meaninge And I doe give unto each of them Twentie shillinges in money a peece as a token And I doe hereby annihilate & Revoke all former wills & Testaments by mee made either by writinge or word of mouth And doe declare this which is written in these Three sheetes of paper to bee my last Will & Testament In wittnes whereof and of other the prmisses I the said Walter Chester have hereunto sett my hand & seale the day & yeere first above written Signed p??d Walter Chester Signed sealed & acknowledged by the said Walter Chester to bee his last Will and Testament the said Nineteenth day of August Anno Dni 1641 in the Prsense of Tho Blount Bridgett Blount Thomas Harris George Hartwell N?? pub?? & John Hartwell Probatum fuit [this paragraph continues in Latin to grant probate on 12 October 1641] duodecimo die mensis Octobris Anno Dni Millmo Sexcentmo Quadragesimo primo [to] Elizabetha Chester Relicta
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