Probated: Prerogative Court of Canterbury, 7 May 1614
Recorded: Piece 123 (Lawe), folio 376 reverse
Richard Reeve of Margaret Rothing the county of Essex yeoman being weake and feable in bodie but of good and pfect remembrance thanks be given to god doe make ordain devise and decalre this my last will and testament in manner following that is to saye
ffirst I commend my soule into the mercifull hands of god that being? it? by the meritte of Christ to be saved and my bodie I recommend unto Christian burial.
Item I give unto my near kinsman John Howe of Navestocke in the county of Essex yeoman all that my messuage tenement and land of where I dwell called hinnfeyes? and ? in the parish of Margaret Rothing aforesaid to his heirs forever uppon condison that the saide John Gowe his heirs and assigns shall pforme these legacies following that is to say
Item I give unto every of the children of Laurence Pearhill lately deceased namely unto Lawrence Peathill John Pearhill Symon Pearhill tenne pounds apeece of lawful English money and to Elizabeth Pearhill Joane Pearhill and Abraham young ? the younger my sister daughter ? unto every of their three last rehearsal twentie pounds a peece of lawful english money to be paid unto them at their severall ages of one and twenty years
Item I give to every of the children of George Maule of Peittlewell in the said county Butcher namely unto Thomas Mawletenne pounds and to George Maude and Johane Maule unto every of them twenty pounds a peece of lyke lawfull english money to be paid unto them at their severall ages of one and twenty yeares
Item I give to every of the daughters of James Nashe of greater Hursteel? in the said county husbandman that is to saye to every of the daughters of the said James Nashe which he hath by Susan my sistere daughter to every of them twenty pounds a peece of like lawfull English money if they be then liveinge or any of them to be paid unto evy of them at their severall ages of one and twenty yeares
Item I give to every of the daughters of Palmer Nowe? liveing that married Mary Gowe the sister of John Gowe to every of them five pounds a peece of lawful English moeny to be paid unto them at their several ages of one and twenty years if they or any of them be then liveing provided alwaise and my minde is that if the said John Howe my kinsman first mentioned his heirrs or executors shall refuse to paie all or any parte of the said severall legacies before beqeuathed at such? tymes as hearin are mentioned and intended to all or any one of these said several children named or unnamed or shall refuse to prove this my will according to law and my true meaning hearein that then it shall and may be lawfull and I doe wholly give dispose and bequeath the said messuage tenement and land above bequeathed called humfryet and ? in Margaret Rothing or by and other name whatsoever the same be called or known unto my good friend and cosin John Lukyn of Ffonthere? in the parish of Good Easter yeoman my overseer heareafter nominated and to his heires for ever yet uppon ths condison that the said John Lukyn his heires executors or assignes shall truely paye and pforme all and every the said legacies which I have formerly given to be pformed and done by my kinsman John Gowe his heires or executors formerely named and not otherwise
Item I give and devise all that my f? messuages tenemants and lands in Bromfield and Chelmford in the said county of Essex called Ffisherd? or by any other name whatsoever the same be called or known by nowe in the tenure? and ? of one William Caffe? or his assignes unto William Howe of Laynden in the sayde County husbandman and to his heires forever yet upon this condision that the said William Howe his heires executors Administrators or Assigns shall pay or cause to be paid unto one George Maule ? of Peittlewell? in the said Countye Butcher for the tearme of one and twenty yeares ane annuity or yearely rent of seven? pounds of lawfull english money to be paid to the said George Mawle the ? his heires executors or assigns halfe yearely at the ? usuall? ffeaste? of the yeare Thannuncation? of our Ladie Sainte Mary the virgin and Sainte Michaell tharchanngell by even ? or within twentie daise next after either of the said ffeaste? daise? of payment being lawfully demanded which of them shall first ? next after my decease provided allwaise and my will is that if the said Willm Howe his heirs executors or assigns shall refuse to paye unto the said George & Mawle thelor? his hexecutors or assigns all or any parte of the said annuity or yearely rent of seven pounds at aforesaid at the said tymes and tearmes of payment contrary to my true meaninge hearein, that then I will that the said George Mawle his heires or executor shall ? ?, in have possesse and enjoy at his and their own propper inheritannce forever that ? of ? all of the said messuage called Ffishard at aforesaid ? called that is to saie Tuffet? Lease ? meade and marked tonn? only knowne by these named the first ? that is to saie tuffet lease abbutteth uppon a chase lane leadeinge from the highe waye from Chelmsford towards Braintree on the north heade to hamleade and the south head abbuttinge uppon a meade towarde the howse called the little meade all which three ? abbuttinge at aforesaid uppon hamleafe? toward the east and north going all once owte of an other.
Item my minde and will is that the saide William Caffe? his executors and assigns shall farme the said messuage and tenemants called Fishard as aforesaid, he the said William Caffe his executor or assignes giveing for it as an other will give, which if the said William Caffe shall refuse to doe then I will uppon lawfull warneinge by the said William Howe given that the said William Caffe shall quietly departe from the sayde farme soe called Fishard and at his said departure my will is that the said William Howe his heires or assignes shall freely give to the said William Caffe his executor or assigns the full somme of five pound of lawfull English money or els the saide Willm Caffe not to departe from thence but shall remaine farmer till at he hath donne
Item I give to Richard Mawle his heires executor or assignes all that my tyme and tearme of ? yeares in a tenement called Peallt? lyeinge in Peittlewell aforesaid to have and to houlde to the saide Richard Mawle his executor or assigns my said tearune and tyme in the said tenement called Peatti with the ?weiteing that conferm the same presently after my decease
Item I give to Abraham younge the elder of Peittlewell aforesaid his heires executor and assigns all that my tyme and terme of yeares in a tenement called Butler hamstall lyeing in Peittlewell as aforesaid owe in the tenure and occupason of the same Abraham younge or his assignes to hace and to houlde to the saide Abraham younge his exxecutor and assignes with all weiteing that concerne the saime? presently after my decease
Item I give unto the poore people of Margaret Rothinge where I dwell the somme of fower poundes of lawfull english money to be payd unto them by my executor at the discretion of the minister and ? of the saide parrish in fower yearely payments in the nexte fouwer yeares after my decease. All the rest of my goods cattell ad chattell my debts paid and my funerall honestly discharged I give and bequeath unto the before named John Howe whome I make sett and ordaine my sole executor of this my last will and testament And lastly my minde and will is that if the said John Howe my kinsman shall refuse the proveing and pformeing of this my will contrary to that true? which I doe repose in him then and in that case I doe nomiate sett and ordaine my former metioned cosen and frind John Lukin of Fonther in the parrish of Good Easter my sole executor of this my last will and testmaent to see it well pformed. But if the said John Howe will take it upon him to be my executor & I hope he will then I doe nominate and appoint the said John Luin of Fonther onely my overseer hearein together with my ?mare which I have and noe more.
In witness whereof I the said Richard Reeve have heareunto sett my hande and seale the daie and yeare above written one thousand sixe hundred and fourteene
Published Sealed and acknowledged by the said testator as his last will and revokeing all other former wills in the presence of us John Lukin Richard Barnard and of me Samuell Pighon Clarke
Memoranda at the sealinge heareof that there were fower ? in the first hafe blotted onto and other things in the first Brond? and each leafet were interlyned and amended by the consent of the said testator witnesse hereunto John Lukin Richard Barnard and of me Samuell Pighon Clarke