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Will of Henry Smithwick, 1614



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  • Short Title Will of Henry Smithwick, 1614 
    Publisher Eneclann 
    Source ID S49 
    Text In the name of God amen. The six and twentieth day of May Anno Domini one thousand six hundred and fourteen and in the Years of the reign of our Sovereign Lord James by the grace of God King of England Scotland France and Ireland Defender of the Faith or that is to say of England France and Ireland the twelfth and of Scotland the seven and fortieth.

    I Henry Smithwick citizen and Salter of London being sick and weak in body but of good and perfect mind and memory (praise be to Almighty God therefore) and considering with my self that nothing is more certain than death and nothing more uncertain than the certain time thereof do make and ordain this my present testament containing therein my last will and mind in manner and form following that is to say first and principally I do willingly and with a free heart render and give again into the hands of my Lord god and creator my spirit which he of his fatherly goodness gave unto me when he first fashioned me in my mother's womb making me a living and a reasonable creature nothing doubting but that for his infinite mercies set forth in the precious blood of his dearly beloved son Jesus Christ our only saviour and redeemer He will receive my soul into his glory and place it in the company of the heavenly angels and blessed saints

    And as concerning my body even with a good will and a free heart I give it over commending it to the earth whereof it came to be buried by and at the Discretions of my wife and executors after named nothing doubting but according to the Article of my faith at the great day of the general resurrection when we all appear before the judgement seat of God, I shall receive the same by the mighty power of God wherewith he is able to subdue all things to himself, not a corruptable mortal weak and vile body as it now is but an incorruptable, immortal strong and perfect body in all points, like unto the glorious body of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

    And concerning the disposing of such worldly substance that it hath pleased Almighty God to give unto me and to bless me withall I do of in manner and form following that is to say:

    First I give and bequeath unto the poor inhabitants of the parish of the Abbotts Langley in the county of Hertford where I was born the sum of ten pounds of lawful English money to be paid into the hands of the churchwardens of the same parish for the time being within one year next after my decease to be by them distributed unto and among the same poor inhabitants in such manner as they with the Parson and some of the chief? parishioners thereof shall think fit.

    Item: I give and bequeath unto my brother Robert Smithwick the sum of twenty pounds.

    Item: I give and bequeath unto my sister Sence Glover the like sum of twenty pounds.

    Item: I give and bequeath unto Siloster Baker sometime my maidservant and now wife of Simon Baker the sum of ten pounds.

    Item: I give and bequeath unto George Driskell? my Apprentice the sum of fifteen pounds in accompence of the sum of ten pounds which I am to give him at the expiration his Apprenticeship and my will is that after he have served my wife the span of half a year after my death he be turned over to some master whom he shall like according to the custom of the Court of London to serve the residue of his Apprenticeship.

    Item: I give and bequeath unto my cousin Hugh Smithwick vintner the sum of five pounds to make him a _ last mentioned my wills and _ shall _ _ at my executors after named _ _ the _ _ the same.

    Item: I give and bequeath unto my nephew Henry Smithwick son of my brother Robert Smithwick the sum of ten pounds which I desire my executors to take _ _ for the payment thereof unto him at such time as they shall think fit and may be more for his good.

    Item: Whereas Raphe Merif_ oweth me by bond due the five and twentieth of March next the sum of fourscore pounds I do give and bequeath the same sum unto him. And hereby acquit and discharge him of and from the same bond in consideration of the pains and care he hath heretofore had and taken in my business and of diverse writings he had made and written for me. And I do will and desire him in further consideration of this my gift and bequest unto him that he be hereafter aiding and assisting unto my loved wife and children and executors in clearing? of the accounts between my self and Sir William Webb Knight in the best manner he can or may.

    Item: Concerning my well beloved wife Rose with whom I have coupled my self in the fear of God albeit I doubt not but that and after my departing according unto his promise will be unto her a husband yea a father or patron and defender and will not suffer her to lack if she trust fear and serve him; yet forasmuch as God hath blessed me with worldly substance and she is my own flesh I do therefore give and bequeath unto her all and singular my goods, chattels, plate, implements and household stuff remaining or being in or about my corner messuage or tenement wherein I now dwell in the parish of Saint Lawrence in the old Jury in London to do therewith her will and pleasure.

    Item: my will and mind is and I do hereby give and bequeath unto her the said Rose and her assigns the use and occupation of the same messuage or tenement from and after my decease until Webb Smithwick my son shall attain unto the age of one and twenty years (yet he so long live) and of all and every the rents and profits of my tenement on Tremonger Lane adjoining the same corner messuage from the time of my death until the said Webb Smithwick shall attain unto his said age of one and twenty years (yet he so long live).

    Item: I give and bequeath unto her the said Rose all that Indenture of Lease bearing date the tenth day of January in the tenth year of the reign of our said Sovereign Lord King James of England France and Ireland and of Scotland the six and fortieth to me made and granted by and from the said Sir William Webb Knight of all that great messuage or tenement and Wharf thereto adjoining called Draper's Key or Gibson's Key and other things therein mentioned. And all my estate right title interest property claim and demand whatsoever of in and to the same messuage or tenement wharf and other things by the said Indenture demised by force and virtue of the said Indenture of Lease or otherwise howsoever (paying and performing all and every such yearly? rent payments co_ promised and agreements as I my executors or assigns ought to pay or perform for and in respect of the same Indenture of Lease and premises.

    Item: I give and bequeath unto my said son Webb Smithwick all that my said corner messuage or tenement wherein I now dwell together with the said tenement thereto adjoining: to have and to hold the same and every part and parcel thereof from and after he the said Webb Smithwick shall attain unto his said age of one and twenty years or the death of the said Rose my wife which first shall happen unto him the said Webb Smithwick and the heirs of his body And for want of such issue unto the child or children which my wife now goeth with and the heirs of his her or their bodies.

    Item: I give and bequeath unto him the said Webb Smithwick the sum of one hundred pounds.

    Item: I give and bequeath unto the child or children which the said Rose my wife now goeth with the sum of five hundred pounds which several sums of one hundred and four hundred pounds my will and mind is shall be paid unto them or the Survivor of them when and him her or they shall attain unto him her or their several ages of of one and twenty years. And I desire my executors that they will take the best care as they can and shall think fit for the payment of the same sums of money unto my _ children as aforesaid. And I entreat thereto for the mean time to be had or made my will and mind so shall be employed by my said wife and executors for and toward the education and bringing up of my said child and children.

    Item: I ordain and make executors of this my last testament my wellbeloved friend Mr. Laurence Greene grocer and Mr. John Ross draper citizens of London to each of whom for their pains herein to be taken I give and bequeath the sum of _ pounds desiring them to perform this my present testatment according to my true meaning in the best manner they can shall think fit. And further my will and mind is that my said executors shall deliver and pay the _ and rest and residue of all and such my goods chattels and credits whatsoever which shall be belonging unto me at the time of my decease after my debts paid and legacies herein before given and bequested being deducted and my funeral charges discharged unto my said loving wife Rose to the end she may the better dicate and bring up my _ children in learning and the fear of God which I _ pray her to have a motherly care of.

    And my will and mind is that the gifts and legacies herein before by my given and bequeathed unto my said wife shall be in full recompense and satisfaction of her dower and right of dower and _ provided that if the said Webb Smithwick my son and the said child or children which my wife now goeth with shall happen to decease before they attain to their age of one and twenty years then I will and bequeath the said sum of three hundred pounds which by the _ hereof they should have had unto my wife if she be living at the time of their death and if she be dead then equally to and amongst the children of the said Robert Smithwick and Sence Glover to be divided.

    And further if they the said Webb Smithwick and child or children shall _ decease as afore said I give and bequeath my said corner messuage and tenement afordsaid to my said loving wife for and during the term of her natural life and after decease to my wife's heirs _

    Item: I give and bequeath to my cousin Lidia Glover Daughter of my sister Sence Glover the sum of three pounds.

    Item: I give and bequeath unto the said Raphe Merif_ for his payment in writing this my present testament forty shillings as to make him a R_ to _ in remembrance of me and the business I have herein desired him.

    In witness whereof to this my present testament written in nine sheets of paper I have set my hand and state the date and year first abovewritten. Henry Smithwick.

    Signed sealed published and for the last will and testament of the said Henry Smithwick pronounced in the presence of us:
    Thomas Fine Alexander B_ Robert B_ Robt Gladwyll

    Probatum fuit testamentum suprascriptum apud London coram Magro Edmundo Pope legum doctore Surrogato venerabilis viri Dni Johannis Benet militis legum etiam doctoris Curie Prerogative Cantuariensis Magristri Custodi sive Commissarii legitime constituti vicesimo secundo die Mensis Novembris Anno Domini millesimo sexcentesimo primo decimo quarto jurato Laurent Greene et Johannis Ross executorum in eodem testamento nominat Quibus commissa fuit Administratio bonorum jurium et creditorum dicti defuniti de bono et ad Sancta Dei Evangelia Jurat.
     
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