Probated: Commissary Court of London, 10 Aug 1624
Richard Reeve thelder of Epping in the Countye of Essex Grocer? being sick in Body but pfect in mynde & memorie (for wch blessing I give god thanks) doe make this my last will & Testament in manner & forme as followeth First I give and bequeath my immortall soule into the hands of god my Creator whoe gave it me assureing my selfe certeynly of the free pdon & forgiveness of all my sinns in the blood of Jesus Christ my loveing & sweet saviour & Redeemer, and my BOdy to be buried in the Churchyard of the pish of Epping aforesayd in such a decent place as my executor shall think meet and convenient
Item I give & bequeath unto the poore people of the ? of the pish of Epping the sum of tenn shilling of lawfull money of England to be distributed amongst them wthin three monthes after my decease at the descretion of my executor
Item I give & bequeath unto Richard Reeve my eldest sonne my drawing table my Setle? my payorled? ? on it, my cupshelf? and my nest? of cubords standing in the hall, my twoe boards ? and chelins? in my shop wth my great Mest? of boxes in the same? shop and my shrudding? ....
Item I give & bequeath unto Agnes Waylett? my daughter my Bedsted standing in the chamber on the shop wth the curtaynes therto belonging, one fetherbed one bolster? one payre of sheets twoe blankets and the rugg wch lyeth usually uppon the same Bed, and my greate new chest standing in the same chamber. The rest of all my moveable goods cattells & chattells whatsoever ungiven & unbequeathed (excepting my Brewing pann hanging in the kitchen & my drawing table standing in the chamber in the hall) my debts being payde my funerall charges deducted and my will improved I give & bequeath unto John Reeve Samuell Reeve Elizabeth Reeve and Margaret Reeve my fower children to be equally divided betweene them
And I doe appoynt John Reeve my sonne to be my sole executor of this my last will & Testament and that the sd John Reeve shall have full power & authoritie hereby to place and bestowe my twoe youngest children Samuel & Margaret Reeve & to put forth the sd Samuel Reeve to be an apprentice unto such a trade or occupation as he shall think fitt at the charge of pt of the portion wch shall befall the sd Samuell Reeve at the tyme of the devision made according as before it is expressed in this my last Will & Testament, the rest of the sd portion to remayne in the hands of the sd John Reeve my sonne his executors & administrators untill the end & tearme of the apprenticeship then to yeld & delivr the sd goods or the value of them according as they shalbe praised by some sufficient experienced men unto the sd Samuel Reeve
And I give give and bequeath unto the sd John Reeve my sonne & executor my Brewing panne & my drawing table before excepted for his paynes & care to be taken in the pformance of this my last will & Testament.
And I desire my twoe loveing friends Crussie Burton & William Claye to be overseers to see this my last Will & Testament to be pformed according to the true intent & meaning thereof & I give unto my sd ovsers for the payment six shilling & eyght pence apeese. In witness whereof I the sd Richard Reeve have hereunto sett my hand and seale the daye & date above written
Read Sealed and published in prese of
Thomas (W) Ward