1658 March 14 Probate Will of Elizabeth JACKSON
In the name of God, Amen. The twelfth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred fifty and four. I Elizabeth Jackson of the precinct of Christ Church Canterbury, widow being of sound and perfect health & memory blessed be God therefore, yet by reason of my great age daily expecting a dissolution, doe make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following, that is to say, First I bequeath my soul unto God and my body I commit unto the Earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executors hereafter named. And for the defraying of all funeral expenses I do allow the sum of twenty pounds and no more. Item I give and bequeath unto Suzan the wife of Thomas Flood twenty shillings. Item I give unto the widow Lewis ten shillings. Item I give unto my servant which shall be living with me at the time of my decease twenty shillings. All which these legacies I will shall be now in lawful money of England within three months next after my decease. Item I give unto my grand-child Thomas the son of my son Thomas Jackson late deceased, twenty pounds, provided that if my said grandchild Thomas Jackson be either dead already or happen to dye before me then I give the said twenty pounds unto my son James Jackson as an addition to his portion. Item I give unto my grandchild Thomas the son of my son John Jackson late deceased twenty pounds which is the twenty pounds which his mother immediately after the death of her husband borrowed of my dear husband late deceased and is or should be remaining in the hands of his mother, executors or administrators of whom I will that her demand and require the same, but mine executors shall not be charged with the payment thereof. Item I give unto my grandchild and god-daughter Elizabeth, the wife of John Fanshawe twenty pounds Item I give unto my grandchild and my dear husband’s godson Thomas Bankes twenty pounds. Item I give unto my grandchildren Ann wife of George Gilpen, Elizabeth, the wife of Henry Catlum, Mary, the wife of (blank) Parker, Ann the wife of (blank) Cannon and James Barham the children of my daughter Ann Orchard, widow, late deceased to each of them fifty shillings a piece. Item I give unto Thomas the son of my son John Jackson late deceased fifty shillings. Item I give unto John Bankes, clerk my well-beloved son in law twenty pounds. Item I give unto my grandchild, Lodowick Jackson, fifty pounds besides the fifty pounds which I have already disbursed for him in money and clothes in placing him out. Item I give unto my son James Jackson ten pounds, Item I give unto my son Richard Jackson fifty pounds, all which respective legacies I will shall be paid in lawful money of England to the several Legatees respectively within one year next after my decease. Item I give unto my grandchild Ursula Jackson fifty pounds of like lawful money of England to be paid unto her within six months next after her marriage. And my will is that in the mean while it shall remain in the hands of mine executors to be improved by them according to their discretion toward her maintenance. Item I will that the gift and legacy bequeathed by my dear husband deceased by his last will and testament unto my daughter Jane the wife of Thomas Bedingfeild or Bodingfeild and to her two daughters shall stand firm and good in every particular. Item all my wearing apparel both linen and woolen I give unto my said daughter Jane Bedingfield immediately after my decease Item all my other linen (my funeral linen excepted) I give to my daughter or daughters which shall be living at the time of my death to be equally divided between them immediately after my decease. Item my will and meaning is that if my son in law Nicholas Bix doe pay unto mine executors ever after named within one year next after my decease the sum of two hundred and four score (260) pounds of lawful money of England then my executors shall convey and settle all those my houses and tenements which I hold by lease from the Mayor and commonalty of the city of Canterbury situate, lying and being within the said city unto three or more indifferent persons upon this trust following viz. that the said Trustees shall suffer the said Nicholas Bix and Elizabeth his wife to receive and take the profits thereof for and during the term of their natural lives and the natural life of the longest liver of them. And afterwards that the whole benefit of my said houses and tenements shall be equally divided between the children then in life of the said Nicholas [Bix] begotten on the body of the said Elizabeth my daughter. And in case there be then no such children in life the trust to be for the benefit of such of my owe immediate children as shall be then in life and after them for the benefit of my right heirs at common laws provided notwithstanding that if the said Nicholas Bix do not pay down to my executors the sum of two hundred & four score pounds within the time aforesaid then my will and meaning is that my said Executors hereafter named shall sell my said houses and tenements held by lease as aforesaid for the most that they can get for them unto any other who will buy the same. Item I will that my two houses in Mercery Lane in the said City of Canterbury (being fee simple) shall be sold by mine Executors hereafter named whom I do invest with full power and authority to make sale thereof accordingly for what they will yield. Item I do appoint & ordain that all my goods, plate, household stuff, ready moneys, movables and other chattel and chattels whatsoever shall be moderathe and indifferently apprised which with the valuation of my said houses both of fee simple and lease shall be all put together into one some. And my meaning is that my debts, funeral expenses and Legacies being all first discharged and paid the remainder shall be divided into so many equal shares and proportions as I shall have any immediate children surviving at the time of my decease and every one to have his or her share and part paid unto him or her or their heirs within one year next after my decease provided notwithstanding and my will and meaning is that the sum of thirty pounds which I have disbursed formerly at the earnest request of my son Richard and for his use shall be deducted out of the share and estate which shall arise and be due unto him by virtue of this my last will and testament. Likewise my will further is that my executor John Banke hereafter named shall be satisfied out of my said son Richard Jackson proportion and part all such debt as are owing and due unto him from my said son Richard Jackson which on his like earnest request I became bound to the said John Bankes in a bond of fifty pounds should be paid unto him within one month next after my decease, likewise my wish and meaning further is that my said son Richard Jackson shall before any legacy be paid either to him or to either of his children give unto my Executors a full and general release of all bonds, claims, interests and demands whatsoever as pretending to be due from me or any way arising to him after my decease out of the estate which I now stand seized of except so much as will be due unto him or them by virtue of this my last will and testament provided also. And my will and meaning is that my said daughter Jane Bedingfeild shall receive no profit, benefit or share among my surviving children until she first there in (same?) houses held by lease aforesaid of an disbursement? (adjudgment?) of one hundred pounds with the interest which shall be then come due unto Mr. John Cogan [Cozan?] of the same City of Canterbury, gent. which is the n( )tier and peculiar debt of my said daughter Jane. Item, I do make, constitute and ordain my well-beloved son James Jackson and my son in law John Bankes, clerk, the joint Executors of this my last will and testament, and I do hereby revoke and renounce all other wills by me formerly made and in particular I renounced my will be( ) date February one thousand six hundred forty six which I made in ( )rsuance of my late dear husband charge unto me in his last will and testament, but cannot continue it in four by reason of the great alterations happening by ye death of so many of my children since that time. And, I do ratify and confirm this present writing containing one whole sheet of pap(er) for my last will and testament. And further my will and meaning is that if any of my said sons or daughters or any other person or persons interested in any legacy or to any benefit by this my will shall or doe at any time after my decease endeavor, attempt or go about by entry suit in law or otherwise to overthrow or impeach this my will and testament or any part thereof, shall have no benefit by this my will. And that all my gifts and legacies therein contained unto him or them bequeathed, given or appointed shall be utterly void and of none effect and his, her or their legacies so attempting or endeavoring to overthrow or impeach this my will, or any ways to trouble or molest my said Executors or either of them, I absolutely give, will and bequeath unto my said executors or executor so troubled to be by him or them enjoyed to his or their own use or uses without any limitation or account whatsoever. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year first above written Elizabeth Jackson, sealed, subscribed, acknowledged, declared and published by the said Testatrix for her last will and testament in the presence of John Bankes, Jane Bedingfeilde, Edward Hirst, Thomas Swafler.
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