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John Baynard

Prerogative Court of Canterbury will made: 23rd January 1677/8
Probate Date: 6th November 1678
Proved by Anne Merydale
National Archive Catalogue reference: PROB 11/358

The original document is in the custody of the National Archives


January the three and twentieth An[n]o Domini one thousand six hundred seventie seven in the nyne and twentieth yeare of his Majesties Reigne I John Baynard of Heath and Reach in the Parish of Layton Budezard in the County of Bedford Clerke doe in the day and yeare abovewritten make and ordaine this my last will and Testament in maner and forme following; My dayes are extinct, the Grave is readie for mee; Let the dirt be returned to the Earth as it was, And the Spirit to God that gave it, With whome I long to be through the Merits of Jesus Christ in an Estate of perfect holiness and happiness forever: That outward estate that God hath gratiously given his servant I dispose of as followeth: Inprimis, To my Kinswoman Rebekah Evans I give & bequeath tenn pounds in money, one Coverlid, one featherbedd, and two paire of Blankets, two paire of sheets: Item to Mary Glover (a gratious good woman) I give and bequeath tenn pounds in money: Item to Sarah Smith of Harborough and Frances Lee of Burton Latimar (both hopefully good) I give and bequeath tenn pounds apeece in money: Item to Jane Mossenden of Harborough and Elizabeth Cox of Kettering I give and bequeath tow pounds apeice in money:. And whereas John Lawford of Ketering oweth mee an hundred pounds upon Bond I give and bequeath the one halfe of it unto his Sonne John Lawford whome hee had by his first wife; All the aforesaid legacies to be payd two yeares after my decease: All the rest of my Goods Chatells movables and imovables I give and bequeath to Anne Merydale the wife of Danvers Merydale (my true and faithfull Servant) whome I make sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament: Item to the Poore of Reach I give tenn Pounds, to be disposed of as Danvers Merydale shall think fitting:. John Baynard:. Signed sealed and published in the presence of Luke Merydale:. Thomas Edmunds:. Edmund Merydale:.

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