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Last Will and Testament

of  William Gray - 1717

In the name of God Amen I William Gray of Marston Pillinge in the County of Bedford Yeoman being sick and infirm in body but in perfect mind and remembrance do make this my Last Will and Testament in manner and form as followeth First I bequeath my soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave it me and my body to the ground from whence it was taken to be buried according to the discretion of my executors hereafter named and as for my worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me I dispose of the same in manner following

First of all I give to my dear and loving wife Mary Gray one acre of freehold land lying in How furlong in Akery field in the Parish of Wotton in the County aforesaid to have and to hold to her and her heirs forever and I do order my son Thomas Gray to pay unto her one hundred and twenty pounds in money which was settled on her upon our marriage to be paid out of my personal estate if ever it shall so happen that my said son and she cannot agree to live any longer together and I give her the whole furniture of the room over the kitchen and one trunk of linen

Item I give to daughter Sarah Gray one hundred and twenty pounds to be paid her out of my personal estate by my son Thomas within one year next after my decease

Item I give to William Slather of Wotton Pillinge my son in law five pounds and to his wife Martha I give five pounds more to be paid them within the time as aforesaid by my executors hereafter named

And lastly to my son Thomas I do give and bequeath all the rest of my personal estate after my debts legacies and funeral expenses be first of all duly paid and discharged by him and do hereby nominate and appoint him the said Thomas Gray together with my loving wife to be joint executors of this my Last Will and Testament hereby utterly revoking all other wills by me made at any time heretofore

In witness whereof I have hereunto put my hand and seal this twelveth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventeen
Will Gray

Sealed signed and published in the presence of us
Robert Norris his mark, William Woodland his mark, He Hardacre

Proved November 1717


Archdeaconry of Bedford wills :- Wm Gray, Marston Pillinge, yeo, ABP/W 1717/31
Acknowledgement to Beds & Luton Archives Service


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