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John Franklin

Prerogative Court of Canterbury will made: 22nd September 1641
Probate Date: 23rd January 1655/6
Proved by Andrew Franklin, brother of the testator
National Archive Catalogue reference: PROB 11/252

The original document is in the custody of the National Archives


September 22th 1641
In the Name of God Amen I John Franklin of Litle Billington in the parrish of Laighton Bussard And County of Bedford being sicke in Body, but of good and perfect remembrance Thankes be to Almighty God doe ordaine and make This my Last Will and Testament the day and yeare Above written In manner and forme following first I Commend my soule to God and my Body to Bee Buried in the Churchyard of Laighton And for those worldly goods God hath blessed me with all I dispose of as it followeth. First I bequeath and give unto Jane my Loveing wife fifteene pounds and all her Appurell And all Household Things shee brought with her unto mee Item I Give to my daughter Jone Franklin all my freehold Land Lying in the Feilds of Standbridge And which I purchased Latly of Tho[mas] Clark assoone as shee shall Accomplish the age of one and twenty yeares And in the meane tyme my Executor hereafter Mentioned to have the proffitts of the aforesayd Land towards the Bringing of her upp And if it shall please God That my daughter Jone die before she Accomplish that Age or without heire Then to returne to my daughter Elizabeth Franklin Item I give unto my daughter Elizabeth Franklin all my Coppy hold Land Lying within the feildes of Billington Lately purchased of Thomas so soone as shee shall Accomplish the age of one and Twenty yeares And in the meane Time my Executor shall have the proffitts of the sayd Land Toward the Bringing of her upp And and if she dy before she Come to that age or with out he\i/res Then to returne to my daughter Jone and her heires And all the rest of my Goods \&/ Chattells unbequeathed (my debts Legacies funerall expences and Children educated And paying The fine for Takeing upp the Coppy hold Land Given to my daughter Elizabeth) I give unto my Brother Andrew Franklin whom I make sole Executor of This my Last will and Testament In wittnes whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and seale the day and yeare above written The Marke of John Franklin sealed and delivered in the p[re]sence of John Turner William Marten Richard Townsend ./

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