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Thomas Deacon

Prerogative Court of Canterbury will made: 7th February 1626/7
Probate Date: 8th March 1626/7
Proved by Jane Deacon, sister of the testator
National Archive Catalogue reference: PROB 11/151

The original document is in the custody of the National Archives


In the name of God Amen the Seaventh daie of Februarye in Anno D[omi]ni 1626. I Thomas Deacon of Laighton Bussard in the Countie of Bed[for]d Glover being sick and weake in bodie but of perfect memorie blessed be god for it, doe hereby revoake all former wills, and doe Ordaine and make this my last will in manner Followinge First and principallie I Comende my soule into the handes of Allmightie god, And my bodie to Christian buriall hoping and assuredlie trustinge to be saved both soule and bodie with his Saintes in Glorye. And touching my worldlie estate which god have blest me withall I doe dispose as followeth. Item I give unto the poorer sort of people of this Towne of Leighton Twentie shillinges, and to be bestowed in Bread, at the time of my Buriall and distributed at the discrec[i]on of the Churchwardens and Overseers of the poore. Item I give unto my sister Joane Archer Five poundes to be paid within three monethes next after my decease. Item I give unto my two sisters Elizabeth Stapp and Alice Wilkes Three shillinges Fower pence a peece to either of them. Item I give unto William Wilkes my sisters sonne Three score poundes to be paid unto him when he shall come to the age of Twentie and Fower yeares. Item I give unto Henrye Wilkes and Agnis Wilkes two other Children of my sisters Twentie poundes a peece to either of them, and to be paid unto them when they shall come to the age of twenty and Fower yeares. Item I give unto Weltham Dartnoll my goddaughter, Twelve pence Item I give unto Jane Deacon my sister and \un/to her heires for ever, all my Freehould Landes Contayning by estimac[i]on Three half acres lying togeather in the Middle Field upon Lectbrooke furlonge. All the residue of my goodes Cattell and Chattells moveable and unmoveable whatsoever I give and bequeath unto Jane Deacon my loving sister, whome I make my sole executrix, to see my debts paide, my Legacies performed, and Funerall expences discharged, and my bodie decentlie to be brought to the Earth And I doe ordaine and appoint my lovinge Freindes, William Hogg, and John Horwell to be overseers to this my last will, and to be helpfull to my executrix, as my trust is in them, and I doe give to either of them for their paynes taking herein Twelve pence a peece. In wittnes whereof I have hereunto putt my hand and seale the daie and yeare first above written in the presence of Edmunde Tomes Richard South and William Hogg. Thomas Deacon. Edmund Tomes Richard South William Hogg./

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