Source: TNA, PROB 11/242
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In the name of God Amen I Thomas Holworthy of the Citty of Bristoll gen beinge sicke in body but of good memory thankes be to God Doe therefore make this my last Will and Testament in forme followinge (That is to day) whereas I have caused the Revertion of severall Coppiehold Tenements lyeing and beinge within my Mannor of Rowberow in the County of Somersett to be granted by Copie of Court Roll accordinge to the custome of the said Man nor to eight severall freinds of mine for theire lives in trust for my Executors and Administrators Amongst which the Revertion of one Tenement in the tenure of one William Lytheatt who then held and ?et houldeth the same for terme of his life was granted to Thomas Percyvall Esquire and Nicholas Southcott gen two of my said freinds for theire lives and the life of the longest liver of them Successively As by the Court Rolles of the said Mannor And one Deed Indented beareinge date the first day of May in the yeare of our lord god One thousand sixe hundred fiftie and two made betweene those my said Eight freinds of thone part and me of the other part more at large appeareth And whereas I am bound by Bond to pay Two hundred pounds to the use of my wife in case she shall survive me Nowe my will and meaneinge is that such monyes as shall be raysed by the exchange of the lives of the said Thomas Percivall and Nicholas Southcott in the said Tenement of the said William Lytheatt shall goe to my wife in satisfaction of the said Bond of twoo hundred pounds and in the meanetyme that she be permitted to take the profitts thereof duringe the same Revercon estates to her owne use Item my Will and meaneinge alsoe is That my sonne Thomas Holworth shall have to his owne use all such monyes as shall be raysed and made by the exchange of the rest of the lives for which the same Coppyhould Tenements were granted in Revercon as aforesaide The said monyes as the same shall arise to be paid to my loveinge freinds John Haggatt Esquire Francis Yeamans gen and my loveinge brother in lawe James Crofte Merchant to be by them imployed accordinge to theire discretions for the benefitt of my said sonne And in the meanetyme my said freinds to stand trusted with the same Revercon estates for the benefitt of my said sonne and the heires of his body lawfully to bee begotten And for default of such heires for the benefitt of Richard, Annd, and Mary three of the Children of my said brother in lawe James Crofte theire Executors and Administrators and it is my desire and meaneinge That my wife as often as there shall be oper tunity for the exchange of any of the said Revercon Estates shall at the ?? ?????? of the said John Haggatt Francis Yeamans and James Crofte or any of them keepe Courts and take surrenders of the same Revercon ???? soe granted in Trust as aforesaid or any of them and grant such estate and estates in lieu thereof as shall be contracted for in exchange for ??????? by the said John Haggatt Francis Yeamans and James Crofte or any of them And that my said wife after my decease shall on request ?????? bound to the said John Haggatt Francis Yeamans and James ????? for the doeing thereof Whereas I have Conveyed such Tenements and lands whereof I am seized in fee in the County of Gloucr T????? my selfe for life The remaynder to my wife for her life The remayn???? heires of my body begotten on her the Revercon expectant to my right heires I doe nowe will and devise the said Revercon expectant to James Crofte sonne of my said brother in lawe James Crofte his heires and assignes forever And I will that such Tenements and lands whereof I am possessed or interested for anyterme or number of yeares determineable on any life or lives in the said County of Gloucr shall from and after my decease be held and enioyed by my sonne Thomas Holworthy and the heires of his body lawfully to bee begotten And in default of such heires by the said James Crofte the sonne his heires and assignes and that my Executrix shall doe all Acts and things requisite for the better settleinge thereof to be enioyed accordingly All the rest and residue of my Goods Cattells Chattles and estate whatsoever, my debts and legacies beinge paid and funerall expences discharged I give and devise unto my said wife whom I make my full and whole Executrix of this my last Will and Testa- -ment Provided allwayes that if my said wife shall after my decease re- -fuse to become bound to the said John Haggatt Franncis Yeamans and James Crofte as aforesaid That then and in such case my will is that shee shall not have any benefitt out of the said Tenement of the said William Lytheatt but that the said Thomas Percivall and Nicholas Southcott shall stand trusted therewith for the benefitt of my sonne and the heires of his body lawfully to bee begotten And for defaults of such heires for the benefitt of the said Richard Mary and Anne Crofte theire Executors and Administrators And in such case my will is that my wife shall be Executrix only duringe the minority of my said sonne and in trust for him and to his use and shee not to have any benefitt by this my will In wittnes whereof I the said Thomas Holworthy have to this my last Will and Testament conteyned in theis fower sheetes of paper to every of which I have subscribed my name, put my hand, and seale, the third day of Aprill in the yeare of our lord god One thousand sixe hundred Fifty and fower Tho Holworthy Sealed and published in the presence of Joh Hag- -gatt Fra: Yeamans John Gwin Hum: Holloway This will was proved att Westminster before the Judges for Probate of Wills and granting Admtons lawfully authorized the fifth day of June in the yeare of our lord God One thousand sixe hundred Fiftie and fower By the Oath of [blank] the Relict and sole Executrix named in the said Will To whom Admdcon of all and singular the goods Chattells and Debts of the said Deceased was Committed, She beinge first sworne truely to Admster the same
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