Probated: Prerogative Court of Canterbury, 9 Nov 1649
Recorded: Piece 210 (Fairfax), folio 13 reverse
Giles Reeve of Finchingfield in the County of Essex yeoman being weake in body but of good and perfect memory and understanding (praised be god therefore) doe make and ordaine this my last will & testament in manner and forme following.
First I commend my soule into the hand of Almighty god my Creator hoping and trusting by the only meritts of Jessu Christ my only saviour and Redeemer to receive full and free pardon of all my sinns and to inheritt eternall life my body I comend to the earth from whence it came to be decently buried by the direction of my executor hereafter named. And as touching my worldly goods wherewithall god hath blessed me I will give and devise the same in manner and forme following.
Imprimis I give and bequeath to my loving mother Dorothy Reeve the sume of twenty pounds the same to be paid unto her within one year next after my decease by my executor hereafter named
Item I give and bequeath unto Joseph Reeve my brother all that my tenement or cottage in Frinchingfield aforesaid with the appurtenances which I late purchased of Luke & Bird? Chapman now in the tenure and occupation of Thomas challit and Daniel Shed their assign or assigns to have and to hold unto the said Joseph Reeve his heirs and assigns forever
Item I give and bequeath unto the said Joseph Reeve the sume of tenn pounds of current money the same to be paid unto him by my executor hereafter named within six monthes next after my decease
And I give unto the said Joseph Reeve my best suite of apparrell viz my coate ? my best hat and my best boote and sap?
Item I give and bequeath unto Thomas Reeve my brother the sum of forty pounds of currant money of England the same to be paid unto him within two years next after my decease And my will and mind is that if it happen the said Thomas Reeve to dye before he shall come and receive the said legacie then I will and devise the said sume of forty pound unto the said Joseph Reeve my brother to be given unto him by my executor hereafter named within the sume of tenn pounds of current money of England the same to be paid unto him by my executor hereafter named when he shall accomplish the age of one and twenty years
Item I give unto the poour of the parrish of Frinchingfield where I was borne the sume of five pounds of current money of England the same to be distributed amongst them by the discretion of my executor hereafter named within one yeare next after my decease.
Item I give unto Anna Wakeing my servant the sume of five shillings to be paid within one month next after my decease
The rest and residue of all and singular my goods chattells rights and creditts whatsoever my debts and legacies funerall charges probate of this my will and all other charges incident thereunto being first payd and deducted I doe hereby give and bequeath unto my loveing brother John Reeve whom I make and constitute to bee my full and sole executor of this my last will and testament desireing him to see that my last will and testament truly performed and I do hereby revoke all former wills by me made and doe hereby declare this same to be my very last will and testament In witnesse whereof I the said Giles Reeve have hereunto sett my hand and seale this day and yeare first above written
the mark of Giles Reeve
Signed Sealed declared and published to be the last will and testament of the said Giles Reeve in the presence of us whose names are subscribed the same being soe published and declared this day and yeare first above written Will Tym Thomas ?