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Last Will and Testament

of  Thomas Turney - 1699

In the name of God Amen I Thomas Turney of Husborne Crawley in the County of Bedford being in good health and of perfect memory praised be God do make this my Last Will and Testament in manner following (that is to say) first and principally I commend my soul to Almighty God my creator assuredly believing that I shall receive full pardon and free remission of all my sins and be saved by the píious death and merits of my blessed Saviour and Redeemer Jesus Christ and my body to the earth to be decently buried in such decent manner as to my executors hereafter named shall be thought meete? and convenient and as to my worldly blessings which the Lord hath lent me I give the same as followeth

Imprimis I give unto my eldest daughters Anne Joane and Mary the sum of five and fifty pounds apiece at their respective ages of one and twenty years

Item I give unto my two youngest daughters Jane and Sarah sixty pounds apiece at their respective ages of one and twenty years

Item I give to my son George the bedstead, featherbed bolster, pillows, chest and joyner? chair in the parlour, the press table and stools in the hall, the three pewter dishes which were my fatherís, my flagon and furnace the coverlet? on the bed in the kitchen chamber

Item all the rest of my household goods I give and bequeath unto all my said daughters to be equally divided amongst them at such time as my said wife shall be married again or die which shall first happen by my executors hereafter named

Item I give unto my son George all my messuages lands and tenements whatsoever to him and his heirs to enter upon the same at his age of one and twenty years and not before he paying out of the same unto the child which my wife is now ? or which child of the sum of sixty pounds at its age of one and twenty years

Item I give unto Joane my loving wife during her widowhood the sum of seven pounds per annum to be paid her out of my said lands and tenements in lieu of her thirds in all my lands and tenements to be paid her by half yearly payments at the feast of St. Michael the Archangel and the annunciation of the blessed virgin Mary by equal portions And if default of payment shall happen to be made in any of the said payments then the said Joane my wife and her assigns may from time to time enter upon any of my lands and tenements whatsoever in Husborne Crawley aforesaid or elsewhere and distrain for the same and such distress and distresses to impound detain and keep until she shall be fully satisfied her said seven pounds per annum and all arrears thereof and all just charges in recovering the same

Item my will is that my said son George his heirs and assigns shall yearly and every year after he attains his age of one and twenty years cut and bring home to my said loving wife to her habitation in Husborne Crawley aforesaid one hundred and a half? of good lop faggots and one thousand of turf during her widowhood

Item I give to my said loving wife my parlour and the chamber over it and the hay barn and liberty to fetch water at the well free liberty at all times through the yard to or from any of the premises herein given to her during her widowhood

Item my will is that my executors shall out of my personal estate provide for my son George four good cows one horse and cart and wheels one plough a pair of harrows and harness sufficient ....(added words unable to read)...... him

Item I give the rents of my lands and tenements during my sons minority and all my goods and chattels not herein before disposed of to the said Joane my wife during her widow and to my brothers in law Benedict Coles and John Green and make them joint executors of this will and before them out of the profits of the same to educate my children and pay the said legacies herein by them to be paid And if my said wife shall marry again then and from such marrying again she shall have nothing to do in the said executorship but the said Benedict Coles and John Green shall be sole executors but if my wife shall remain widow until my said legacies be paid then she shall dispose of the surplusage of personal estate amongst my said children as she shall think fit And if she shall die or marry again before the said legacies shall be paid then the surplusage of my said personal estate shall be divided by the said Benedict Coles and John Green amongst all my said children except my oldest son

Item If the child which my wife is now of child of shall happen to be a boy then the said George shall from the time the said George shall accomplish his age of one and twenty years my executors pay unto my executors for the of such child to be born the yearly sum of forty shillings out of my lands and tenements until such child's legacy of sixty pounds shall be due and payable

Item my will is that no timber or wood shall be falled from of? the premises only what shall be necessary for repairs

Item my will is that my son shall out of said lands pay unto my said brothers in law Benedict Coles and John Green two guineas apiece for their trouble within one year after he shall attain his age of one and twenty years

Item I give to the said George my son my two bibles and my great book and a pair of flaxen sheets anything herein contained to the contrary thereof in any wise not withstanding

In witness whereof I have hereto set my hand and seal the tenth day of June 1699
Thomas Turney

Signed sealed published and declared by the testator in the presence of us whose names are hereunder subscribed and our names subscribed in his presence
Will Griffin, Ann Reddall, Mary Reddall

Probated Sept. 1699 to Joanna relict of the deceased, Benedict Coles and John Green

Archdeaconry of Bedfordshire Wills - Turney, Thos., Husborne Crawley, ABP/A 1699/42.
Acknowledgement to Beds & Luton Archives Service

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