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John Ashwell

Prerogative Court of Canterbury will made: 6th November 1658
Probate Date: 16th February 1658/9
Proved by Edward & Beniamin Ashwell, sons of the testator
National Archive Catalogue reference: PROB 11/287

The original document is in the custody of the National Archives


In the name of God Amen the sixth day of November in the yeare of our Lord God according to the English Accompt one one thousand six hundred fifty eight. I John Ashwell of Layton Bussard in the County of Bedford the elder yeoman being aged sicke and weake of body yett of good and perfect remembrance praysed be God therefore, Doe make constitute and ordeyne this my last will and testament in manner and forme followeing, that is to say; First I yeild and willingly submitt my soule into the hands of Allmighty god my maker hopeing to be saved by and through the meritts death passion resurrecion and assension of Jesus Christ my Saviour and redeemer and my body to the earth from whence it came to be decently buried in Christian buriall according to the discrec[i]on of my Executors hereafter named And as touching my temporall estate which God of his infiniti mercy and goodnes hath bin pleased to bestowe upon me far above my desarts, I dispose of the same as followeth, that is to saie, First I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Mary the some of Fortie pounds of lawfull money of England to be paid within two yeares next after my decease unto her by my executors here after named, And also I give and bequeath unto my daughter Sarah Ashwell the some of Thirty pounds of like English money Tenn pounds thereof to be paid unto her within six months next after my decease, and the other twenty pounds to be paid unto her within one yeare and \a/ halfe next after my decease, And also I give and bequeath unto my said daughter Sarah one pound six shilling and eight pence for to buy her a bedsteed, And also I give unto my said daughter Sarah one Cubbord and a Pottshelfe One chest and a Cofer one flockbed one Coverlett one blankett one feather pillowe three pewter platters and the lesser my two bigger Ketles, And also I give and bequeath unto my daughter Mary my feather bed and feather boulster, my bedsteed in the lofte, my biggest Ketle my biggest pottage pott one flocke bed and all my goods whatsoever which usually doe stand and be within my hall, and also six pewter platters, and my three yeare old heifer and also my two best Ewes sheepe and my brasse pan and all singuler other my goods and Chattells whatsoever not here by me willed and bequeathed my debts and Legacies paid and my funerall expences discharged I give and bequeath unto my two sonns Edward and Beniamin who I doe make constitute and \ordeyne/ to be executors of this my last will and testam[en]t utterly revokeing and makeing void and null all former wills and bequests whatsoever by me made or don either by word or writeing, In witnes whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and seale the day and yeare first above written John Ashwell the elder his marke Memorand theis words (my brasse pann) were enterlyned in the one and thirteth lyne before the ensealeing and delivery hereof. Sealed signed published and declared in the p[re]sence of Edm[un]d Ashwell his marke Ben[jamin] Walker Jo[hn] Chapman

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