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1637 will of Sarah Hawker

Widow of Hawker's Farm, Vagg


In the name of God Amen The fourth day of Aprill in the thirteenth yeare of the raigne of our Soveraigne Lord Charles by the grace of God of England Scotland France and Ireland King Defender of the faith 1637 I Sarah Hawker of Vagg in the parrish of yeavill in the Countie of Som[er]sett widdowe being sicke of body but of p[er]fect memory thankes be given to almightie God doe make and ordaine this my last will and testament in manner and forme following First I comend my soule into the hands of almightie God my maker and redeemer hopeing assuredly through the merrits of Christs passion to be made partaker of his heavenly kingdome And my body I comitt to the earth to be buried neare the body of my late deceased Husband Item I give to the Church of yeavill fortie shillings and to the poore of the same parrish of yeaill fortie shillings Item to the Church of Chiltorne twentie shillings and to the poore of the same twentie shillings Item I give unto my Daughter Sarah Hawker my wedding Ring and half of all my wearing apparrell both woollen and lynnen and half my Childbed lynnen And the other half of my apparrell and Childbed lynnen I give to my Daughter Francis Hawker equally to be divided betweene them and my Grandmothers Gould Ring I give to my Daughter Frances Item I give unto my two Daughters Sara Hawker and Francis hawker fyftie pounds apeece to be payed to each of them either at the tyme or their marriage or att the age of one and twentie yeares which shall first happen Item I give to my Daughter Frances a black Jett Ring Item I give to my Mother Compton my Mother in Lawe Hawker my sister Bonner and my sister Bale and to my Coson Elizabeth Colston twentie shillings a peece to buy Rings to weare for my sake Item I give to Mr Doctor Seward of yeavill fourtie shillings to preach my funerall sermon It[e]m I give to my Cosen Hugh Hawker all such debts as are due from Mr Cheriton upon bonde and fower pounds more Item I give to Thomas Salmon Francis Spencer Margret French and Elizabeth Baker my servants to each of them fortie shillings apeece Item all my goods lands and Chattles not formerly given and bequeathed my funerall rites and [oblegines?] performed I doe give and bequeath unto Thomas Hawker my sonne whome I doe make my sole executor of this my last will & testament Lastly I doe constitute and appoint my deare Mother Mary Compton of Wigbeare [Wigborough?] in the parrish of South Petherton in the Countie of Som[er]set widdow and my loveing brother Henry Bonner of [Waston?] in the parrish of Combe St Nicholas in the Countie aforesayd gent and my loveing Cosen Henry Bonner the sonne of the said Henry Bonner gent to be overseers of this my last Will and Testament To w[hi]ch Overseers and to the Survivors or survivor of them I doe comitt my wholle trust and confidence for the educacon and breeding of my sonne Thomas Hawker my said executor and Sarah hawker and Frances Hawker my Daughters and likewise that the said overseers and the Survivors and survivor of them shall receave and take into their hands and Custody all such rents yssues and proffitts of all my saide Childrens lands tenements goods and Chattles whatsoever dureing thier minorities and when they or either of them shall attaine unto the full age of one and twentoe yeares respectively than to be accomptable of all the sayd rents yssues and proffits lands ten[amen]ts goods and Chattles w[hi]ch they or either of them my said overseers their executors or administrators shall have then remayning in their Custodye or [word illegible] have formly receaved into their hands and Custody In witnes whereof I have here unto set my hand and seale the day and yeare first abovewritten

the marke of Sarah Hawker

signed & sealed in the presence of [word illegible]

Thoma Smith     John Bale     Hugh Hawker     Thomas Salmon     the marke of Joane Jeanes    
the mark of Sarah Masters     The marke of Joane Patche


Proved in1637


Transcribed by Bob Osborn



The Hawker brass in St John's church, showing the Arms of Hawker impaling Duke.