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William Studds

Prerogative Court of Canterbury will made: 3rd April 1646
Probate Date: 7th May 1647
Proved by Jeremy Studds, son of the testator
National Archive Catalogue reference: PROB 11/200

The original document is in the custody of the National Archives


In the name of God Amen. The three and twentieth day of Aprill Anno D[omi]ni 1646. I Will[ia]m Studds of Heath in the parish of Laighton Bussard in the Countie of Bed[for]d husbandm[an] doe ordayne and make these p[re]sentes my last will and testament in this mann[er] following First and above all earthly things I comend my self in soule & body to the mercie of allmightie god in hope of a ioyfull resurrecion Item I give and bequeath unto Margery my wife and unto Jeremy Studs my sonne all my messuage or te[nemen]nt in the Heath wherein I now dwell w[i]th all the houses edifices yards gardens Orchards backsides Closes arrable landes Comons proffites and app[er]ten[an]ces to the said messuage or te[neme]nt belonging or app[er]tayning To hould and use together dureing the life of the sayd Margery my wife And after her decease Then wholly to remayne unto the sayd Jeremy Studds and his heyres forever Item I give unto Thomas Studds my Sonne Tenn poundes of lawfull money of Englande to be payed unto him within one yeare after his apprentishipp is ended And yf my sayd Sonne Thomas happen to dye before his legacy shalbe due as aforesaid Then my will is his sayd legacie shalbe equally devided betweene my two daughters Ellen and Elizabeth Item I give unto Elizabeth my daughter Tenn poundes To be paied unto her within fower yeares next after my decease And yf yt happen my said daughter Elizabeth dye before this her legacie shalbe due as aforesaid Then I give the sayd Legacie unto my Sonne Thomas and his Assignes forever Item I give unto my daughter Hellen Jenkins and John her Sonne my blacke bullock with the white starr on the Forehead to breed a Cowe; And my daughter to have and take the proffitt And the Cow being bred to be maintayned or exchanged for the use of her Sonne John Item I give and bequeath unto the other Children of my daughter Jenkins To either of them an Ewe sheepe And to be delivered unto them at Michelmas come twelve moneth Item all the residue of my Goods Cattles and Chattles and moveable and unmoveable unbequeathed I give and bequeath unto Margerie my loveing wife and unto Jereme Studds my Sonne whome I make joynt Executors of this my last will and Testament, To see my iust and true debtes payed my Legacies performed and Funerall discharged and my body decently brought to the Earth. In wittnesse whereof I the sayd William Studds to this my sayd will have sett my hande and Seale the day and yeare first above written; and acknowledged the same in the presence of us whose names are hereunder subscribed videlicet The marke and Seale of William Studds, The marke of William Honner William Hogg sr. ./

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