1654 Will - William Reeve


1654 Will - William Reeve


Dated: 9 May 1654, Much (Great) Baddow, Essex
Probated: Prerogative Court of Canterbury, 16 Jun 1654
Recorded: Piece 235 (Alchin), folio 375


In the name of God Amen The Nynth Day of May in the yeare of our Lord god one thousand six hundred fifty and foure I William Reeve of Much Baddow in the County of Essex husbandman beinge sicke and weake of body but of sound and perfect memory praise bee given unto god for the same And knowinge the uncertenty of this life on earth and beinge desirous to settle things in order Doe make this my Last Will and Testament in manner and forme followinge that is to saye first and principally I commend my soule to Allmighty god my Creator assuredly beleeveinge that I shall receive full pardon and free remission of all my sinns and bee saved by the precious death and meritts of my blessed savior and redeemer Christ Jesus and my body to the arth from whence it was taken to bee buried in such decent and Christian manner as to my executrix hereafter mentioned shalbee thought meet and coveynient and touching such worldly estate as the Lord in mercy hath lent mee My will and meaning is the same shalbee imployed and bestowed as hereafter by this my Will is expressed
And first I doe revoke renounce frustate and make voyde all wills by mee formerly made and declare and appointe this my Last Will and Testament
Item I give and bequeath unto Francis Reeve my sonne the somme of tenn pounds to bee payde unto him by my executrix hereafternamed when he shall accomplish the full age of one and twenty yeares or at his day of marriage which shall first happen
Item my will and meaninge is that the sayde tenn pounds which I give to my sayde sonn Francis as aforesayde shalbee made and raised out of the goods chattles and household stuffe that I have and came to mee by the marriage of Margarett Feild my late wife deceased
Item I give and bequeath unto Joane Reeve my beloved wife all my goods chattles cattells and household stuffe whatsoever and my sayd wife to bringe uppp educate and maitaine my sayde sonne Francis Reeve out of the benefit thereof and to binde him an apprentice to a good and a sufficient trade when he is of fitt and conveynient age. And my will and mind is that Joane my sayde wife shall pay all my debts and discharge my funeral payment out of the use and benefit of the sayde goods chattles cattells and household stuffe before unto her bequeathed
Item I desire and appointe my kinsman Phillip Barrett of Much Baddow to take it uppon him to bee overseer of this my will and to bee an assistant unto my executrix in the execution of the same
Item I make and ordaine Joane Reeve my saide wife to bee sole executrix of this my Last Will and Testament
In witness whereof I have hereunto sett my hand ands eale the day and yeare first above written
William Reeve

Sealed and Subscribed in the presence of Phillipp Barrett Thomas Chalke Christopher Landley his arke
These words (and my sayd wife were interlined before the ensealing hereof

The Sixteenth day of June in the yeare of our Lord god According to the Computation of the church of England one thousand six hundred fifty and foure a commission or Letters of Administration issued forth to Joane Reeve the Relict of the sayde Deceased and sole executrix named in this will of the said Deceased to whom was committed Administration of all and singular the goods chattles and debts of the sayde deceased according to the tenor and effect of this will of the sayde deceased shee beinge first legally sworne by virute of a commission well and truely to Administer the same


England & Wales, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858 (Ancestry)