Source: TNA, PROB 11/344
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In the Name of God Amen the Eight and Twentyth day of February In the Fower and Twentyth yeare of the Raigne of our soveraigne Lord King Charles the second over England &c And in the yeare of our Lord 1671 I Mary Hart of the City of Bristoll Widdow being of sound Mind and perfect Memory Tanks be given to Almighty God for the same yet being sick and weake in body and uncerteine of the tyme of my Death and dissolucon I doe now therefore make my last Will and Testament in manner and forme following That is to say First and principally I bequeath my Soule into the hands of Almighty God and my Body to be comitted tot he Earth from whence it was taken To be decently buryed at the discrecon of my Executor hereafter named trusting that by the meritts of my blessed Saviour Jesus Christ I may receive everlasting life and salvation Also for the disposall of the wordly Goods Lands and money which I have First I give and bequeath unto the Poore people of the Parish of Temple Three Pownds To be distributed amongst them by my Executor hereafter named by and with the advice of my Overseers of this my Will at or on the day of my Funerall Item I give and bequeath unto Mr Chettyin Minister of Temple church Twenty shillings as a Token of my Love and is in fail of all Dues he can demannd Item I give unto Mr Humphry Brent Minister Forty shillings whome I appoint and desire to preach my funerall sermon Item I give unto my Three brothers Francis Knight Sr John Knight and Isaac Knight and to my sister Elizabeth Lawford Twenty shillings a peece as Tokens of my Love to buy them Rings Item I give unto my Cosen Mary Bub Three Pownds To be disposed to hers and Childrens use according to her owne disrecon Item I give unto my Kinswoman Elizabeth Pitts Twenty shillings in token of Love Item I give unto my Cosen Robert Browne Twenty shillings to buy him a Ring Alsoe I give unto the Two Children of Judith Browne by him the said Robert Twenty shillings a peece To be paid unto him for theire use Item I remitt and discharg my Cosen William Hart of B???itt of all such moneyes he oweth me and doe desire my Executor and order him to delyver up his Books Item I give unto Elizabeth lately my servant maid Fyve shillings Item I give unto my eldest sonn Richard Hart a Flazon silver salt a Duzzen of spoones a Clarret wyne Boule and sack Boule and my best sute of Damask lynnen Item I give unto his sonn Charles Hart a silver Trinkett and a next of silver salt sellers together with a silver Porrenger Item I give and bequeath unto my sonn Arthur Hart Fyve Pownds of lawfull money of England To be paid him within a month after my Decease Item I give and bequeath unto my said sonn George Hart All that my Lease Estate and Interest of and in all that my messuage or Tenement Orchard Garden stable and other Outhouses with the appurtenncs now in the tenure of Arthur Hatthaway Butcher situat and being in Britten in the County of Gloucester To have and to hold unto him the said George Hart his executors administrators and assignes for and during the continuance of my Lease and Estate therein for the lyv? of Thomas Burnell Katherin his wife and Thomas theire sonn and the life of the longest lyver of them Item I farther give unto my said sonn George Hart Fyfty Pownds of lawfull money of England To be paid unto the said George Hart within Tenn yeares after my decease for this use and Trust That is to say my will and meaning touching the Fyfty Pownds before menconed given to my said sonn George Hart is to be and remaine in his hands for the use of the Child his wife Anne now goeth with or any other Child the said George Hart shall have at the end of Tenn yeares Item I further give and bequeath unto my said sonn George Hart a silver Flagon as a Token of my Love Item I give unto my said sonn George All my houshold stuff and Goods whatsoever in his houses at Bedminister Item I give and bequeath unto my said sonn George the little house I lately built out of one part of his stable Together with all Charges laid out on the house Item I give unto my sonn George the One half part of all my hay at Bedminister Item I give and bequeath unto my sonn John Hart All that my Messuage or Tenement with the appurtenances now in the occupacon of Robert Merritt Taylor and Goodwife Thomas Together with a Garden in possession of Mr JOhn Hawkins and also all the Goods and houshold stuff which shall be remayning in the house at the tyme of my decease situat and being in Temple street in the Parish of Temple in the said City of Bristoll To have and to hold the said Messuage Goods and premisses unto the said John Hart for and during the terme of his naturall life And from and after his decease my Will is that it shall remaine unto the heires of his body lawfully to be begotten And for defalt of such heires my Will and Intent is That the last named Messuage Goods and premisses shall be and remaine unto my sonn George Hart his heirs and assignes for ever Item I give unto my sonn John Hart A silver Tankard and a Clarrett wine Bowle with a small sack Bowle and a silver salt seller and Six silver spoones Item I give and bequeath unto my said sonn John a Feather bedd and bolster and a fl??k bedd and bolster and a paire of blancketts with Two paire of sheets and an ordinary paire of Canvas sheets with Two pillow cases and pillowes Item I give unto my said sonn John all the residue of my Linnen Brasse and pewter after that the particulars of linnen brasse and pewter are receyved by the persons to whome I have given any part thereof my Will and meaning is That after my Daughter Ballard and others named and to be named have had what I have bequeathed and intent to give That then my said sonn John to have all the Remainder Item I give unto my daughter Elizabeth Ballard Twoe silver Candle Cupps a s???? Chest of silver and a plate together with a wrought silver dish Item I give unto my said daughter Elizabeth One Duzzen and a half of Gowlas Napkins and a Table Cloth hem'd and stitc'ht Together with all my wearing apparrell Item I farther give her One feather bedd and bolster and all my Child bedd linnen Item I give and bequeath unto my said daughter Elizabeth Ballards Two sonnes John and George Ballard Fyfty Pownds of lawfull money of England a peece To be paid unto them and every of them respectively at theire age of One and Twenty yeares And my Will and intest further herein is That the aforesaid sume of fyfty Pownds a peece given unto the said John and George Ballard shall within a Twelve Moneth after my decease be putt into the Chamber of the city of Bristoll by my Executor and the use and profitt of the said Money by mee divised to the said John and George Ballard Ballard during theire minority I give unto my said daughter Elizabeth Farther I declare my Will and meaning toching the devise by mee made to John and George Ballard of Fyfty Pownds a peece That if it should happen that either of them should dye before the accomplishment of theire age of One and Twenty That then said sume by mee given shall be and remaine unto the survivor of them And farther its my Will That in Case both John and George Ballard should happen to dye without accomplishment of the age of One and Twenty yeares That then it shall be and remaine unto and for the uses of any other Child or Children my said Daughter Elizabeth may or shall have Item I gyve unto my sonn Arthur Hart All my Goods which are in his houses upon the Bridg of Bristoll and also all my Goods and houshold stuff which are in his houses in Wine streete in said City Item I give unto my brother Mr George Greenuff Twenty shillings as a Token of my Love to buy him a Ring Item I give and bequeath unto my kinswoman Mrs V??y The sume of Twenty shillings as a Token of my love Item I give unto her more Twenty shill: for the use of her sick daughter and some of my old Clothes Item I give unto my Cosen Thomas Littman Twenty shillings as a Token of Love to buy him a Ring Item all the rest of my moneyes Bonds specialtyes Goods Chattells Debts Rights Creditts and personall Estate whatsoever (my Plate lynnen Brasse Pewter and other houshold Goods and Legacys aforesaid otherwise above bequeathed or herein after bequeathed only excepted) my deceased husband Mr George Harts Legacyes and my owne Debts and Legacys being fully paid and my funerall expences discharged I wholy give and bequeath unto my said sonn Richard Hart whome I make constitute and appoint my full and whole Executor of this my last Will and Testament Item I entreat and appoint my loving brother Mr Francis Knight and my said sonn George Hart to be Overseers of this my last Will and Testament desiring theire best advise and assistence unto my said Executor for the due performance of this my will In witnes whereof I the said Mary Hart have to this my last will and Testament conteyned in Two sheets of paper sett my hand and seale the day and yeare first above written ^ Mary Hart Signed sealed published and ^ [there is an unclear note in the margin] declared to be the last Will and Testament of mee Mary Hart in the presence of Elizabeth Ballard George Hart Abigall Holland The Mark of Anne Harris Probatum apud London [... this paragraph continues in Latin to grant probate on 31 March 1678] ultimo Die Mensis Martii Anno Domini Millesimo Sexcentesimo Septuagesimo Quarto [to] Richardi Hart filii dicta defuncta et Executoris
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