Francis Jackson will 31 Oct 1574 goldsmith
NOTE: This transcription would have been utter garble were it not for the eagle eye and astute contributions of Jan Waugh who caught all the parts that eluded me. I have added a paragraph break before each item to make it easier to follow. In the original, it was transcribed as one lengthy paragraph spread over parts of three pages. I did footnote some of the references to money, but not each succeeding time the same roman numeral was used.
In the name of God amen. The last daie of October in the year of our Lord God One thousand five hundred seventie and four  and in the xvi-th [16th] year of the reign of our Soverigne Ladie Elizabeth by the grace of God Queen of England France and Ireland defender of the faith. I Frances Jackson citizen and Goldsmith of London althoughe by God mercifull visita[t]ion at this tyme such my bodie yett his hollie name be praised therefore being of good perfect and sound memory doe make and ordain this my present testament and last will in manner and form following that is to say I doe whollie comitt and commend my life to Almighty God my merciful father by and throughe // the means of my only Savior and Redeemer Christ Jesus and when I shall have ended this transitory life I will that my bodie shalbe buried in Christian manner in hope of a joyful resurrection. And as to the dissolution of all my temporal goods and chattels and debts to me owinge / I will that thereof first my funeral charge with the makinge of the inventories of my goods and probate of this my testament in all and singular [such? cash?] as I doe or shall owe to any person or persons as they shall be due and payable shall be paid and bond. And then I will that all the residue of my goods and chattels and debts to me owinge acordinglie as the same shall be praised and valued in lawful and orderlie manner shallbe reconed and acompted into trooe severalequal parts. One equal parte thereof I do give and bequeath unto Anne my welbeloved wife for and in full recompense and contentation satisfaction  of all suche parte porcon [portion] as she in anyewise by the custome of the city of London or otherwise by any means can or maye have or clayme challenge or demand to have of any my goods chattels and debts to me owinge or of any part thereof
Item I give and bequeath to the maior, comynaltie and citizens of London govenors of the hospitall of Christ Brid(e)well and St. Thomas in Southwark and for and to the relief of the poor children in Christ Hospital aforesaid vi (pounds) xiij s. iiij d.
Item. I give to the relief of the poor persons in Ludgate , Newgate and the twoe compters in London x li that is to saie x s apece to be distributed in entire of the said funeral persons.
Item I give and bequeath x li to be distributed amongst the poor people in St. Foster's parish wherin I nowe dwell
Item I give and bequeath to my brother Richard Jackson and his sonnes the sum of cl li of lawful money of England between the said Richard and all his sonnes part and part like to be devyded.
Item. I give and bequeath to my sister Elizabeth Leeke and her children amongst her and her children part and part like to be devided the some of c liof like money as aforesaid.
Item I give towards ye repairing and amendinge of the highewaies betweene Kendall and Lancaster vli in money to be bestowed by the churche wardens of Burton aforesaid. /
Item I give and bequeath to my Awnte Brockbanes children amongst them part and part like to be divided x li in money.
Item. I give to John Jackson of Kirckebank in Burton aforesaid xli [pounds] in money.
Item I give to my brother John Jackson [sometimr servente with the said John Jackson of Kirckbank . iij li.
Item I give to everie (every) of my household perminentes? both men and maydes (maids) to be dwelling w[i]th me at my death x li apeice.
Item I give to my Goddaughter, the daughter of my cousin John Wiclif.v li (pounds) in money.
Item I give to my friends Robert Jackson …Ric Wiclif, Bartholomew Thebord and the wief of Mr. Burton the bruer to everie of them a gold ringe apeice to be worthe x li apeice. And I make and ordain my executors of this my present testament my said brother Richard Jackson and my loving friend Nicholas Layfield to which Nicholas for his pains therein and to be taken I give vi li xiij s. iij d. in money. And I make overseers hereof my loving friend Robert Coop and my said cozin John Wiclif, And I give to either of them for their pains there in to be taken one ringe of fine gold apeice./ The same ringe to be worthe one ounce apeice. And I doe forgive and by there presence release unto the said John Wiclif all debts duelie and demand whatsoever the residue of all and singuler my goods cattells and debte to me owinge not before given, bequeathed or appointed in and by these presents. I do give the one half therof in charitable relief of the poor people in Burton aforesaid to be distributed and bestowed by ye churche wardens there for the time being. And the other halfe therof I will shalbe bestowed in maintenance of the schoole in Burton aforesaid and for the good instrucon and educacon of children there. As to my said Executors with the advise of the said churchwardins shall [send?] most convenient And I doe by these presentes clerlie revoke, adnull and declare to be utterlie void all former testamente and I will whatsover by me herefore declared and made together with all the contente of the same, And I doe pronounce and declare that these presente doe conteyne myne onlie verie last will and testament In witness wherof hereto I have published my name and set my seal the day and year first in there presents above written / [ ] / Frances Jackson /
PROBATE: Nich. Layfeld Executor ... Richard Jackson, Executor. December 7, 1574.
NOTE: Here is a tree that I have compiled based on entries in Mary L. Jackson, Jackson, Beard and Allied Families Prepared and Privately Printed for Mary L. Jackson by the American Historical Society, Inc. New York 1925. This Francis is in the 5th generation.
1 William JACKSON
I have made a chart that may be helpful in ascertaining other JACKSON relations to this Francis JACKSON. A more complete chart organized alphabetically is posted on its own page:
 Francis JACKSON
 Anne JACKSON – I have yet to learn her maiden name. NOTE: She is still alive in 1574.
 contentation (NOTE: This word had been unclear before)
satisfaction (NOTE: This word had been unclear before)
 Oswall? Possibly a son from a previous marriage.of his wife.
 xx =20.0.0 li = pounds
 Elizabeth Unnamed
 It appears that these are a servant’s children.
 Margaret Unnamed
 = £10.0.0.
 St. Foster’s Parish. NOTE: I have not yet looked at the parish registers to see what more can be learned.
 Burton in Kendal. This is in the County of Cumbia, although in the past it was included in Co. Westmorland. This is an interesting reference and would lead me to suspect this is his parish of origin. It is particularly interesting because of the strong presence of JACKSONs of a similar class situated in nearby Kirby Lonsdale. SEE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burton-in-Kendal NOTE: There was an ongoing JACKSON presence in Burton in Kendal well into the 19th Century. SEE: http://www.northofthesands.org.uk/westmoreland/surname/17/jackson
 Richard JACKSON
 John JACKSON of Kirckebank in Burton.
 John JACKSON, a brother
 John WICLIF Cousin?
 Robert JACKSON.
 Bartholemew THEBORD
 Mr. BURTON?
 Nicholas LAYFIELD
 Robert COOP
 NOTE: The year was missing in the text.
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