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Stephen Martin

Prerogative Court of Canterbury will made: 15th September 1657
Probate Date: 5th December 1657
Proved by Mary Martin, widow of the testator
National Archive Catalogue reference: PROB 11/267

The original document is in the custody of the National Archives


In the name of God Amen I Stephen Martin of Laighton Bussard in the County of Bedford Butcher being sick in body but of perfect memory praised bee God doe make my last will and Testament in manner and Forme Following. Imprimis I bequeath my soule into the hands of Almighty God who gave it mee hopeing onely through the merritts of Jesus Christ to obtaine eternall life; And my body I bequeath to the earth to bee decently buried att the discretion of my Executrix hereafter named, And as for such worldly goods as God hath blessed me withall I dispose as Followeth. Imprimis I give to my daughter Mary now wife of Richard Baker of London Haberdasher the sume of Fiftie pounds to bee paid within three monthes after my decease Item I give to my Grandchild Richard Baker the sume of Twenty pounds of lawfull English money to bee paid him att the age of one and twenty yeares, and in the meane time to putt out by my Executrix to the Advantage of the said Child and the benifitt thereof to redownd and accrewe and to bee paid and accounted for unto the said Child att his said age of one and twenty years Item I give to Joseph Jeffes the younger the sume of Forty Shillings and to the other foure Children of Joseph Jeffes the elder to each of them tenne shillings of lawfull English money to bee paid within three monthes after my decease, Item I give to Mary Gurney my maid the sume of Forty Shillings to bee paid as aforesaid All the rest of my goods and Chattells unbequeathed my debts and legacies being paid and my Funerall Expences discharged I give and bequeath to Mary Martin my beloved wife whom I make sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament In witnes where of I have here unto putt and sett my hand and seale this Fifteenth day of September in the yeare of our Lord God one Thousand six hundred Fifty Seaven ./// Stephen Martin his mark ./// Sealed Signed and Declared to bee his last Will and Testament in the presence of ./// Galfrey Impey ./// John Athewell .///

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