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Last Will and Testament

of Thomas Keenes - 1672

In the name of God Amen I Thomas Keenes of Marston Mortaine in the County of Bedford being sick in body but of perfect memory and mind do this thirtieth day of December one thousand six hundred seventy one make publish and appoint this my Last Will and Testament in manner following

Imprimis I bequeath my soul to God that gave it me and my body to the dust of the grave with decent burial in certain hope of everlasting life through the ? merits of my alone Saviour Jesus Christ and my worldly goods I dispose of as followeth

Item I give unto Samuel Keenes my oldest son all that cottage or tenement which I have in Neither Shelton in the Parish of Marston Mortaine together with the barns stables out houses yards orchards gardens backfields and also two pightells thereunto adjoining with all wood timber trees and other wood hedges bushes whatsoever standing growing or being upon the premises or any ways appertaining to the same And also seven roods of meadow ground lying in the south mead which I purchased of William Wheeler which I give unto him the aforesaid Samuel and to his heirs forever

Item I give unto my son Samuel Keenes one cupboard which is at Crowly one bedstead in the kitchen chamber one chest in the matted chamber and the pottage pot with the narrow neck and to his heirs forever

Item I give unto my second son Thomas Keenes one acre of land and meadow ground lying in little field which I purchased of Mr Clarke and also three roods of meadow ground lying in little field brooke purchased of my brother Bedcott and also one acre of arable land together with appurtenances lying in East craft? and also two acres of meadow ground with the appurtenances lying in South mead in Princes Furlong all which I purchased of Lewis Fookes and Thomas Witt

Item I give unto my three younger sons Francis Keenes Edmund Keenes and John Keenes to each of them one hundred pounds to be paid by my executors when they shall severally attain the age of one and twenty years and also my will is that if either of them shall happen to die before they attain such age of one and twenty years then such legacy or legacies to be paid to the survivor or survivors of them

Item I give unto my son in law John Bedcott the sum of five shillings to be paid within one year after my decease

Item I give unto my son in law Thomas Bedcott five shillings to be paid within one year after my decease

Item I give unto my son in law William Bedcott the sum of forty shillings to be paid within one year after my decease

Lastly I ordain nominate and appoint my loving wife Mary Keenes and my son Thomas Keenes to be joint executors of this my Last Will and Testament to whom I give and bequeath all other my personal estate whatsoever which I have not formerly bequeathed

I do publish and declare this to be my Last Will and Testament in the presence of
Joshua Bedder?, William Bedcott
The mark of Thomas Keenes

Probate to Mary & Thomas Keenes 1672


Archdeaconry of Bedfordshire Wills - Keen(s), Thos., Marston, ABP/W 1672/111.
Acknowledgment to Beds & Luton Archives Service


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