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The Will of Thomas Strode

The 1698 Will of Thomas Strode, Cordwainer


This is the last Will and Testament of me Thomas Strode of Yeovell in the County of Somerset Cordwainer made and published this twentieth day of May in the tenth Yeare of the Reigne of King William the third over England And in the Yeare of our Lord God one thousand Six hundred and ninety eight 1698 Imp[rimis] I commend my Soul to God that gave it me and my body to the Earth to be decently buryed at the discretion of my Executors hereafter named And as couching the disposicon of all such temporall Estate as it hath pleased Almighty God to bestow upon me I give and dispose thereof as followeth It[em] I give to Mr Bartlett a Priestbyterian Minister if living twenty shillings if the said Mr Bartlett deceased Then my will is that his Successor shall have the said twenty shillings for preaching my Funerall Sermon which text is menconed on the other side It[em] I give to my brother William five pounds lawfull money And all my Wearing Apparrell the said five pounds to be paid within one yeare next after my decease by my Executor It[em] I give to my brother John Strode two pounds ten shillings to be paid him within one yeare and half after my decease It[em] I give to my Sister Elizabeth two pounds to be paid her within one yeare and a half after my decease It[em] I give to my kinswoman Sarah Strode the daughter of my brother William Strode the Summe of five pounds to be paid her within two Yeares next after my decease It[em] I give to John George Samuell and Mary the Sonns and daughter of my said brother William Strode the sume of four pounds each of them twenty shillings apeice to be paid within two years after my decease Note if one or more of the Legatees above mentioned shall happen to dye before it become payable to either or any of them my will is my Executor shall not be lyable to pay the said Legacy to any other person It[em] my will is that my wife shall have the use of any of my goods that is to say household goods for her owne proper use dureing her naturall life On this consideration that an Inventory or Schedule be taken of the said goods Alsoe with this Provisoe that my said wife doth bind her selfe with some other person of good Creditt to my Executor according to the true purport and meaning of my Will that my Executor may not be defeated of my household Indoore goods after my wifes decease my wife refusing soe to doe it is my will my Executor shall take all my said goods into his Custody or possession immediately after my decease It[em] I give unto my kinsman Thomas Strode Sonn of my brother William Strode all my Leasehold Estate lying and being in Lymington Cou[nty] Somerset for the lives that I now hold or possesse by my will is my wife shall enjoy the said Lease for and during her naturall life if my Interest shall soe long continue according to an Assignment Lease made by me in trust for my said wife dureing her said naturall life All the rest and residue of my personall Estate goods and chattells whatsoever I doe give and bequeath unto my said loveing kinsman Thomas Strode Sonn of my brother William Strode whome I make full and Sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament And I doe hereby revoake disanull and make void all former Wills and Testaments by me heretofore made In witnesse whereof I the said Thomas Strode to this my last Will and Testament have hereunto Set my hand and seale the day and yeare above written

Thomas Strode

Sealed published and declared to be the last Will and testament of the said Thomas Strode the paper first being lawfully Stampd in the presence of

Sam Strode      Lydia Strode      Dorothy Stroude



Transcribed by Bob Osborn