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Last Will and Testament of

Francis Keenes - 1712

In the name of God Amen I Francis Keenes of Cranfield in the County of Bedford husbandman being weak in body but of sound and perfect mind and memory blessed be God do make constitute and ordain this my Last Will and Testament in manner and form following viz. first I surrender my soul into the hands of God and my body to the earth to be decently interred according to the discretion of my executrix hereafter named and as for my worldly goods I hereby give and bequeath the same as followeth

Imprimis I give unto my three children Ann Francis and John which I had by my former wife five pounds apiece to be paid to them when they shall severally attain the age of one and twenty years

All the rest of my goods and chattels I give and bequeath unto Susanah my dear and loving wife whom I do constitute and ordain executrix of this my Last Will and Testament

And do hereby revoke all and every other former wills by me heretofore made In witness whereof I have set my hand and seal the tenth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and twelve

Signed sealed and published as the Last Will and Testament of Francis Keenes in the presence of
Robert Brittan, Thos. Partridge

The mark of Francis Keenes

Memorandum that before the ensealing of this will the said Francis Keenes did give unto the three children within mentioned all his household goods which came by his former wife to be equally divided between them and he gives his former wife’s apparel to Ann his daughter
Witness Robert Brittan, Thos. Partridge

Probate granted to Susanna Keenes relict of the deceased on 5 July 1712.

Archdeaconry of Bedfordshire Wills - Keen(s), Fra., Cranfield, ABP/W 1712/54.
Acknowledgment to Beds & Luton Archives Service

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