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Jeames Birche

Prerogative Court of Canterbury will made: 1st June 1616
Probate Date: 3rd August 1616
Proved by Catherine Birche, widow of the testator
National Archive Catalogue reference: PROB 11/128

The original document is in the custody of the National Archives


The will of Jeames Birche of Leyghton Bussard in the County of Bedforde Draper the fyrst daye of June Anno Domini 1616. Item he gave and bequeathed unto Katerin his wyffe all the wares in her shope which is on the east parte of their Dwelling howse with all other wares in the howse or Chambers belonging to her trade which shee nowe doth and hath formerlie used as in her owne tradinje Item further he doth bequeath unto his said wiffe Kateren All his moveable goodes whatsoever except the wares in his owne shopp of Draperye which he bequeath as followeth Item he geveth unto his sonne Jeames Birche tenne shillinges Item unto the poore of the towne of Laighton twentie shillinges It[e]m he willeth and his will is that all the wares in his shoppe of Draperye which nowe he useth shall with all Convenient speede After his discease be measured wayghed and valued by some of Judgement therein And the same to be soulde And therewith his debtes to be payd and the over plushe and remaynder of the valewe of the said wares After his debtes payd he geveth and bequeath unto his two Daughters Marye And Jane Equallie to be devided by even portions betweene them Finiallie he dothe constitute and Appointe his said wyffe Kateren his sole and full Executryxe to see and performe this his last will and testament faythfullie to be Fulfilled wytnesses to this will and testament of the above named Jeames Birche beinge in perfect memorie at the tyme of the makinge and declaringe of the same are these whose names are under written. the marke of Thomas Poynton Richard Elliott Marke Darknall writer hereof.

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