Will of Thomas Fereer East Mersea 1628 ERO D/ACW 10/233

Will of Thomas Fereer East Mersea 1628

Transcribed by Jill Waters February 2020


1.   In the name of god Amen in the year of our Lord
2.   god 1628, the xxxi ty daye of March I Thomas
3.   Fereer of Eastm[ers]ey in the dioces of Lundon beinge
4.   sicke in bodye. but in perfect memorye thankes
5.   be given to god: doe make this my last will &
6.   Testament in maner & forme Followinge :
7.   Fyrst I comend my soule into the handes of
8.   all myghtye god my crehatour and to jesus Criste
9.   my onlye saviour and my bodye to the Earth and
10.  the worlldy goodes which god in his mercye
11.  hath lente to me I gyve them as Followeth
12.  Item I gyve to Tabitha my Lovinge wyffe all
13.  my landes and tenementes with ther apurttenanse
14.  belonginge to the manor of Eastm[er]sey Hall for on xxi yeares / till the
15.  chilld now/ with in her bodye bee of the full age of on
16.  and twentye yeares toward the paying of my deptes
17.  and bringing up of the sayd chilld: Also I do gyve
18.  to Tabitha my wyffe All my moveable goodes and
19.  I do Apoynte her to bee my Exectrix to see my
20.  will to bee proved my deptes to bee payed and my
21.  bodye sombelye brought to the Earth: I witnes
22.  this to bee my will I do set to my hand and seall
23.  the daye and year Above written in the presence
24.  of Woolliam Raynor
25.  his marke.     The hand and seall
26.            of Tho. Fereer
27.  and John Tunbrig
28.  his marke


Translation to Modern English by Jill Waters March 2020

In the name of God, Amen, on 31st March, 1628, I, Thomas Fereer of East Mersea in the diocese of London, being sick in body but in perfect memory, thanks be to God, do make this my last will & testament as follows:

First, I commend my soul into the hands of Almighty God my creator and to Jesus Christ my only Saviour; my body to the earth and the worldly goods which God in his mercy has lent me I give as follows:

Item, I give to Tabitha, my loving wife, all my lands and tenements with their appurtenances belonging to the manor of East Mersea for 21 years until the child she is expecting reaches the age of 21. This money will go towards the paying of my debts and to the raising of the child.

Also, I give to Tabitha, my wife, all my moveable goods and I appoint her to be my executrix to see that my will is proved and my debts paid and my body sombrely buried.

I witness this to be my will to which I have put my hand and seal the day and year above written in the presence of William Raynor and John Tunbrig.

[Marks of William Raynor and John Tunbrig]

Signature and seal of Thomas Fereer

ID: MARG_113_011
Source: Mersea Museum