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1661 Will of John Clarke



In the name of God Amen the first day of October in the thirteenth yeare of the Raigne of our Soveraigne Lord Charles the Second by the grace of God Kinge of England Scotland France and Ireland Defender of the Faith Anno Domini One Thousand Six Hundred Sixty One I John Clagge within the parishe of Yeovell in the Countie of Somersett Gent[leman] beinge weake of body but of perfecte minde and memory thankes bee to Allmighty God doe make and ordaine this my present last will and testament in manner followinge First I Commend my Soule into the hands of God my maker hopinge assuredly through the onely merritts of jesus Christ my Saviour and Redeemer to bee made partaker of life Eternall in his everlasting Kingdome of glory And I committ my body to the earth whereof it is made Item I give to the Church where it shall please God my body shall bee buried by the discretion of my Executrix hereafter named Forty shillings Item I doe give unto my sister Susan Mines if she shall bee livinge at my death twenty pounds Item Whereas I have heretofore sealed and executed a certaine Indenture bearinge date on or aboute the twentieth day of June in the eighth yeare of the Raigne of our late Soveraigne Lord King Charles made betweene me and others of the one parte and John Hodges Esq[uire] of the other parte By which all that my Mannor Capitall Messuage and Farme of [Pouches?] and other lands and hereditaments are therein and thereby limited or intended to come and bee after my decease unto my wife Anne Clarke And also whereas I have by my one other Indenture or deed dated on or about the Nynth day of November in the fifteenth yeare of the Raigne of our said lait Soveraigne Lord Kinge Charles and made betweene me of the one parte and Thomas Napper and Henry Crewkerne Gent[leman] (Deceased) of the other parte limitted or appointed severall other of my lands Tenements and hereditaments to come and bee in like manner unto the said Anne my wife for her life after my decease as in and by the same deeds may more fully appeare Now the Intent my said wife may the better hold and enjoy All the said Mannor lands Tenements and Hereditaments unto her soe limitted and intended for her life as aforesaid I doe hereby by this my last will ratifye and confirme the said Mannor and all and singular the lands Tenements and Hereditaments in the same severall recited Indentures or Deedes unto her the said Anne And that all the said premisses shall come remaine and bee unto her duringe her life according to the purporte of the said Deeds And because I have ever founde my said wife to have bin a most faithfull Carefull and lovinge wife unto me And by whose special care my estate hath bin [word illegible] and augmented I doe by this my last will give devise and bequeath unto my said ife Anne all these my lands Tenements and hereditaments which I lately had and purchased of Henry Hodges Deceased called Chilthorne [Heares?] or by what other name the same are or were formerly called To have and to hold the said last mentioned Premisses unto the said Anne my wife for her life And after her decease unto my brother William Clarke for his life the Remainder thereof unto my grandson Hugh Strode for the terme of his naturall life and after his decease then to come and remaine to Robert Strode one other of my grandsons and to the heires of his body lawfully to bee begotten And for want of such issue my will is that it shall come and remaine to the right heires of my said grandsonne Hugh Strode for ever Item I give unto Thomas Browne of Tintenhull fortie shillinges All the rest of my goods Chattles and Credditts whatsoever not by this my will before bequeathed I wholey and freely give and bequeath unto the said Anne Clarke my dearely beloved wife whome I make and Ordaine the full and whole Executrix of this my last will and testament In Wittness whereof I have hereunto putt my hand and seale the day and yeare first above written

John Clarke

Signed Sealed and Declared in the presence of us

John Hodges     Valentine Jacob     Tho[mas] Browne

Proved at London in 1663


Transcribed by Bob Osborn