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William Chilterne

Prerogative Court of Canterbury will made: 1st March 1655/6
Probate Date: 4th November 1657
Proved by Anne Chilterne, widow of the testator
National Archive Catalogue reference: PROB 11/272

The original document is in the custody of the National Archives


In the Name of God Amen. The first day of March In the yeare of our Lord God according to the Computac[i]on now used in England one Thousand six hundred fiftye and five I William Chilterne of litle Billingdon in the parish of Leighton Bussard in the Countye of Bedford husbandman being Aged and weake of body yet in good and perfect memory Thankes be to Almighty god and calling to remembrance the uncertaine estate of this transitory life and that all flesh must yeeld unto death when god shall please to call doe make Constitute ordaine and declare this my last will and Testament In manner and forme followeing revolkeing and annulling by theis presents all and every Testament and Testaments will and wills heretofore by mee made and declared either by word or by writeing And this is to bee taken only for my last will & testament and none other And first being penitent & sorry from the bottome of my heart for my sins past most humbly desireing forgivenesse for the same I Give my Soule unto Almighty God my Saviour and redeemer in whom & by the merritts of Jesus Christ I trust and beleive assuredly to be saved and to have full remission and forgivennesse of all my sinns and that my soule with my body at the generall day of resurrect[i]on shall rise againe with Joy And through the merritts of Jesus Christs death and passion possesse and Inheritt the Kingedome of heaven prepared for his Elect and Chosen and my body to be buried in Christian buriall according to the discretion of my Executrix hereafter named And for setlinge of my temporall estate which god of his infinite mercy hath beene pleased to blesse mee withall and bestow upon me far above my deserts I doe order give and dispose of the same in manner and forme followeing (that is to say) Imprimis I doe will and Bequeath unto John Chilterne the sonne of Nicholas Chilterne my Brother deceased the some of Eight pounds of lawfull money of England w[hi]ch is due and payable unto mee by bond from John Walker of Pitson al[ia]s Pitleshorne in the County of Buckingham husbandman with all some & somes of money due upon the same bond w[hi]ch I will shall bee paid unto him within six monethes next after my decease Item I doe Will and bequeath unto Elizabeth Chilterne the daughter of my said Brother Nicholas Chilterne deceased the some of Eight pounds of lawfull money of England w[hi]ch is due & payeable unto mee by John Butterfeild of Istinghoe in the said County of Buck[ingham] Carpenter by bond with all some & somes of money whatsoever due upon the same bond w[hi]ch I will shalbee paid unto him within six moneths next after my decease All the rest of my goods Chattells Cattell ready money bondes bills & debtes due unto mee whatsoever not hereby mee willed and bequeathed my debtes and Legacies paid and my funerall expences discharged I doe will and bequeath unto my deare and loveinge wife Anne Chilterne whoe I doe make and ordaine my sole Executrix of this my last will & testament by mee made In witnes whereof I have Caused this p[re]sent writeinge to bee made & I have hereunto sett my hand & seale the day & yeare first above written in the p[re]sence of these whose names are hereunder written. ///. William Chilterne his marke. ///. Published & declared to bee my last will & testament in the p[re]sence of us. ///. Giles Jenkins. ///. & John Chapman. ///.

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