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Richard Leach

Prerogative Court of Canterbury will made: 21st December 1652
Probate Date: 14th April 1654
Proved by Jane Leach, widow of the testator
National Archive Catalogue reference: PROB 11/236

The original document is in the custody of the National Archives


In the name of God Amen The one and twentith day of december in the yere of our lord god one thousand Six hundred Fifty two I Richard Leach the elder of Laighton Bussard in the County of Bedford yeoman beinge Sicke in body but in good Sound and perfect memory praysed bee Allmighty god for it Knoweinge the Certainty of death and the uncertainety of the time doe make and ordaine this my Last Will and Testam[en]t in manner and forme Followeinge Vizt. First and principally I bequeath my bequeath my Soule into the hands of Allmighty god my maker Trustinge assuredly that in and through the death and merritts of his blessed Sonne the Lord Jesus Christ my only Savio[ur] and Redeemer to have eternall and everlastinge life in his kingdome And my body I Committ unto the earth from whence it came And to bee Cently buried at the discretion of my Executrix hereafternamed And as for and Concerninge my Temporall Estate which it hath pleased god to blesse mee withall as is hereafter expressed That is to Saye First I give and bequeath unto Oliver Leach my youngest Sonne three Score pounds of good and lawfull monie of England To bee payd to him by my Executrix the Nyne and twentith day of September which shalbee in the yeare of our Lord god one thousand Six hundred Fifty five But if my Sayde Sonne Oliver Shall depart this life before the Sayd Three Score pounds of Lawfull monie is due to bee payde to him Then my will is That my Sayde Executrix Shall pay Forty pounds of lawfull monie of the Sayde Three Score pounds unto my Three daughters Elizabeth Anne and Jane by equall portions or Soe many of them as Shall then Survive and live And the other Twenty pounds to remaine in my Executrix is hand Item I give unto Elizabeth Leach my daughter Fifteene pounds of lawfull monie of England and my best Coverlett and a Silver Spoone to bee payde to her by my Executrix within two moneths after my decease Item I give unto Anne Leach my daughter Tweelve pounds of like lawfull monie of England and one Silver Spoone to bee payd to her by my Executrix within two moneths after my decease Item I give unto my two daughters Elizabeth Leach and Anne Leach one beareing Cloath and all my Childbed Lynnen to bee Equally devided betweene them Item I give unto Jane Leach my daughter one and fifty pounds of good and lawfull monie of England to bee payde to her by my Executrix when Shee Shall accomplish the age of Eighteene yeares and alsoe two Silver Spoones And Further my will is That if the Sayde Jane my daughter Shall depart this life before Shee accomplish the Sayd yeares and beinge unmarried Then my will is That the Sayd one and fifty pounds of lawfull monie Shalbee equally devided amongst all my Children that Shall live and Survive after my wives decease And then to bee payde amongst them as aforesayde Item I give and bequeath unto Richard Leach my Sonne All the beddinge and other household goods which hee hath in his possession at this time of mine Item I give unto the poore people of Laighton Twenty Shillings to bee payd within one moneth after my decease and to bee distributed amongst the poore at the discretion of Church wardens and Overseers of the poore And further my will is That my Executors Shall maintaine my daughter Jane untill her portion is due to bee payd All the Rest of my goods Chattles and Cattel unbequeathed my debts and Legacies payd and discharged And my body decently buried I give and bequeath to Jane my deare and welbeloved wife whom I doe make and ordaine my full and whole Executrix of this my last will and Testament In Witnes whereof I have hereunto Sett my hand and Seale The day and yeare first above written Richard Leach. Sealed published and declared in the presence of Thomas Honner Daniel Leach Beniamin Leach.

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