Will of Sarah Hackney of West Mersea 1660 D/ABW 61/125

Will of Sarah Hackney of West Mersea 1660 ERO D/ABW 61/125)

Transcription by Trevor Hearn 23rd May 2020
There is a translation to Modern English further down the page

1   In The name of God Amen The Thre and Twentieth day of March one Thousand six hundred & sixty I
2   Sarah Hackny of West marsey in the County of Essex Widd[ow] being very sicke in body but of good and
3   p[er]fect Memory thankes be given to God doe ordaine & make this my last Will & Testament in
4   Manner & forme following first I leave my soule to God that gave it & my body to the earth
5   out of w[hi]ch it was formed to be buried with decent buriall & as for those goods w[hi]ch it hath pleased
6   God to bestow upon me I give & bequeath as followeth that is to say first of all I give & bequeath
7   unto John Foakes my servant the sume of one hundred & five pounds of Lawfull money of England
8   & five pounds thereof to be paid unto him within Three Monthes after my decease & the hundred
9   pounds to be paid unto him at the end of my Lease w[hi]ch I have of Peet hall w[hi]ch will come out
10   at Mickelmas in the yeare of our Lord 1664. It[e]m: I give & bequeath unto My Brother Daniell
11   Horspitt of Horsly Magnah the sum[m]e of fifteene pounds of Lawfull money of England to be paid
12   unto him within Three Monthes after my decease It[e]m: I give & bequeath unto my kinswoman
13   Sarah Horspitt of Boxteed the sum[m]e of Tenn pounds to be paid unto her at the end of my
14   Lease afores[ai]d: Item: I give & bequeath unto my kinsman Thomas Webb of Pedmarsh the sum[m]e
15   of Tenn pounds to be paid to him at the end of my Lease afores[ai]d. It[e]m: I give & bequeath unto
16   my kinsman John Finch of Wethersfeild the sume of Tenn pounds to be paid unto him at the
17   end of my Leaase afores[ai]d: It[e]m: I give & bequeath unto Judah Lay of Great Birch the sum[m]e of
18   Twenty shillings to be paid unto her the day after my decease It[e]m: I give & bequeath unto
19   Ann Margerrum my servant the sum[m]e of Twenty shillings to be paid unto her within one Month
20   after my decease It[e]m: I give & bequeath unto my servant John Wending the sum[m]e of
21   Twenty shillings to paid unto him within one month after my decease. It[e]m: I give & bequeath
22   unto Aaron Arwicker my servant the sum[m]e of Tenn shillings to be paid unto him within one
23   Month after my decease It[e]m: I give more unto my servant John Foakes one fetherbed and
24   Bedsteddle with the Curtaines & hangings & two fether bolsters & one pillow & two blankets
25   and a Covering as it now standeth & one great Joyned Chest w[hi]ch standeth in the parler
26   to be delivered unto him at the end of my Lease afores[ai]d: It[e]m: I give & bequeath unto my
27   kinswoman Sarak Horspitt one Trundle Bedsteddle [ Note 1 ] & one fetherbed & two fether bolsters
28   & one pillow & Two blankets & a Covering & six peuter dishes of the middle sorte of
29   dishes to be delivered unto her at the end of my Lease. It[e]m: I give and bequeath unto Mr
30   Thomas Freere my Landlord my Clock to be delivered unto him at the end of my Lease afores[ai]d
31   and all the rest of my Goods & Chatteles whatsoever I give & bequeath unto Robert Thedam
32   of Westmarsey whome I Make & ordaine my sole Executour of this my Last will and
33   Testament to see this my will proved <......> & these my legasies paid & to se[e] me decently
34   buryed & to see my debts paid & my funerall discharged in all things In witnes whereof
35   I have heereunto sett my hand & seale the day and yeare above written
 
36   Sealed & delivered
37   & published in the p[re]sent of
38         Jonathan Tye Sarah Hackney/ <........>
39         Samuell Tredgett
40         his marke her Marke

Note 1. Trundle Bedsteddle = a low bed, usually on wheels, often kept out of use beneath a standing bed. Also known as a truckle or trindle bed (Source: The Local Historian's Glossary of Words and Terms by Joy Bristow)


Translation to Modern English

In the name of God, Amen. 23rd March 1660.

I, Sarah Hackney, of West Mersea, Essex, widow, being very sick in body but of sound mind (thanks be to God), do ordain and make this my last will and testament as following:

I give my soul to God who made it and my body to the earth from whence it came for burial. I disperse the goods that it has pleased God to bestow upon me as follows:

First, I give and bequeath to my servant, John Foakes, the sum of one hundred and five pounds of which five pounds shall be paid to him within three months of my death and the remaining one hundred pounds to be paid to him at the end of the term of my lease of Peet Hall which expires at Michaelmas 1664.

I give and bequeath to my brother Daniel Horspitt of Great Horkesley the sum of fifteen pounds to be paid to him within three months after my death.

I give and bequeath to my relation Sarah Horspitt of Boxted the sum of ten pounds to be paid to her at the end of my aforesaid lease.

I give and bequeath to my relation Thomas Webb of Pebmarsh the sum of ten pounds to be paid to him at the end of my aforesaid lease.

I give and bequeath to my relation John Finch of Wethersfield the sum of ten pounds to be paid to him at the end of my aforesaid lease.

I give and bequeath to Judah Lay of Great Birch the sum of twenty shillings to be paid to her on the day following my death.

I give and bequeath to my servant Ann Margerrum the sum of twenty shillings to be paid to her within one month of my death.

I give and bequeath to my servant John Wending the sum of twenry shillings to be paid to him within one month of my death.

I give and bequeath to my servant Aaron Arwicker the sum of ten shillings to be paid to him within one month after my death.

I give a further bequest to my servant John Foakes of one feather bed and bedstead with the curtains and hangings; two feather bolsters; one pillow; two blankets; a covering; and a large chest which currently stands in the parlour. These items are to be delivered to him at the end of my aforesaid lease.

I give and bequeath further to my relation, Sarah Horspitt, one wheeled bed; one feather bed; two feather bolsters; one pillow; two blankets; one covering; and six pewter dishes for everday use. These items to be delivered to her at the end of my aforesaid lease.

I give and bequeath to my landlord, Mr Thomas Frere, my clock which is to be delivered to him at the end of my aforesaid lease.

I give and bequeath the whole of my remaining goods and chattels to Robert Thedam of West Mersea whom I hereby appoint sole executor to this my last will and testament. The executor will prove this will, arrange payment of these legacies, arrange my funeral and pay my debts and funeral expenses.

In witness whereof I have today signed and sealed this document on the date written above.

Signed, sealed and delivered
in the presence of:

Jonathan Tye           Sarah Hackney
                                (her mark)

Samuel Tredgett
(his mark)

23 March 1660
ID: MARG_132_011
Source: Mersea Museum