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Last Will and Testament

of William Hascombe the younger - 1705

In the name of God Amen I William Hanscombe the younger of Shillington in the County of Bedford gent being weak in body but of sound and perfect mind and memory thanks be to Almighty God do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament in manner and form following revoking by these presents all and every Will and Wills Testament and Testaments heretofore by me made First I commend my soul into the hands of Almighty God that made it assuredly trusting in the merits of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ for my salvation My body in hope of joyful resurrection I commit to the earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my executrix hereafter named And as to the worldly estate it hath pleased God to bestow upon me I dispose as followeth

Imprimis I give devise and bequeath unto James Hanscombe my eldest son and to his heirs forever all and singular my messuages lands tenements and hereditaments whatsoever situate lying and being in Shillington aforesaid or elsewhere with their appurtenances whom he the said James shall come or attain the age of one and twenty years he the said James paying out of the messuage or tenement wherein I now dwell and the lands thereto belonging unto William Hanscombe my younger son when he the said William shall attain to the age of one and twenty years the sum of five hundred pounds of lawful money of England And my will and meaning is that Anne my loving wife shall have receive and enjoy the rents issues and profits of all and singular my messuages lands tenements and hereditaments with their appurtenances until such time that James my eldest son shall come or attain to the age of one and twenty years for the better maintaining and bringing up of my children and raising the portions for the same And if she the said Anne for the better raising of their portions shall have liberty to cut and fall out of any my lands and grounds all such oak timber as it is now about a foot square and all such ash and elm timber as is now about ten inches square if she the said Anne shall think fit and convenient

Item I give devise and bequeath unto each of my four daughters Anne Grace Deborah and Mary the sum of two hundred pounds apiece of lawful money of England to be paid to them respectively at their several ages of one and twenty years or upon the several and respective days of their marriages which shall first happen

Item all the rest of my goods debts chattels stock household stuff and implements of husbandry unbequeathed my debts being first paid funeral expenses discharged and the legacies herein before contained being performed and fulfilled I give and bequeath unto Anne my said loving wife whom I do hereby make nominate and appoint sole executrix of this my last Will and Testament

And I do desire and appoint my well beloved friends Henry Dolderne of Welbury and James Hanscombe of Pirton in the County of Hertford to be trustees and overseers of this my Last Will and Testament and to be aiding and assisting to my said executrix in the performance of the same

In witness whereof I the said William Hanscombe the younger have hereunto set my hand and seal dated the twenty sixth day of July in the tenth year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord William the third by the grace of God of England Scotland France and Ireland King Defender of the faith and in the year of our Lord 1698.
Will Hanscombe

Signed sealed published and declared by the said William Hanscombe in the presence of
Francis Harp, the mark of William Hill, Nicho. Ansell.

Probate granted on 17 December 1705 to James Hanscombe.

Archdeaconry of Bedfordshire Wills - Hanscombe, Wm; jun; Shillington, gent; ABP/W 1705/45
Acknowledgment to Beds & Luton Archives Service


The condition of this obligation is such that whereas William Hanscomb the younger late of Shillington in the Archdeaconry of Bedford Gent deceased whilst he lived made his Last Will and Testament in writing and therein named Ann Hanscombe his wife sole executrix of his said will which said executrix hath by renunciation under his hand and seal (and oath made of the execution thereof by Nicholas Ansell of Hollwell in the said Archdeaconry of Bedford Gent) renounced to take upon her the burden or expectation of the said will or to act as executrix thereof as by the said renunciation exhibited into the Registry of this Court it will more fully appear by reason whereof Administration of all and singular the goods chattels credits of the said deceased together with his said Last Will and Testament annexed is granted and committed unto the above named James Hanscombe the natural and lawful and eldest son of the said deceased and principal legatary named in the said will is therefore the said James Hanscombe shall well and faithfully administer all and singular the goods chattels credits of the said William Hanscombe deceased together with his Last Will and Testament annexed according to the force form and effect of the said Will of the said deceased and according to law And do exhibit into the Registry of this Court a true and perfect Inventory of all and singular the goods chattels and credits of the said deceased and render a true and just accompt of his said administratorship when he shall be thereunto lawfully called then this obligation to be void and of none effect or else to remain in full force and virtue.
James Hanscombe

Signed and delivered in the presence of
Tho. Bedford, J Goodhall jun., John Lillye, John Burrow

Archdeaconry of Bedford Wills - Hanscombe, Wm jun., Shillington, gent, ABP/A 1705/11 & ABP/W 1705/45.

Acknowledgment to Beds & Luton Archives Service


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