Jane Wicks Family History

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                    Last Will and Testament of James Constable

In the name of God Amen, the 24th Day of December in the year of our Lord God 1568, I James Constable of the parish of Capell being sick in body but whole in mind and memory, praise be to God my Saviour, I do hereby ordain and make my last will and testament in manner and form following; First I bequeath my soul to Almighty God my maker and to Jesus Christ my Redeemer and to all the holy company of heaven, and my body to be buried in the church yard of Capell. Item I give and bequeath and to my five daughters, that is to say to Alice Constable, Margaret Constable, Joan Constable, Annis Constable and Jane Constable and to every one of them, 20 shillings to be delivered to them as they come to the full age of 18 years, and if it shall happen that any of my said daughters to fail before she come to the full age of 18 years that then the others to be her heirs, to be equally divided between them. Item, I give to Nicholas Constable my son £3 - 6 shillings and 8 d to be delivered into him when he shall come to the full age of 21 years, and if it shall happen that to my said son shall fail before he come to the age of 21 years that then my said daughters shall have 40 shillings and 8 d of that money equally divided between them. Item, I give to the poor people within the parish of Capell 8 d. The residue of my goods and cattle unbequeathed after my debts and legacies be paid and this my will fulfilled in ___ degree, I give to Agnes my wife whom I make my whole and sole Executrix of this my last will, and she to do for my soul and all Christian souls as she shall think most expedient and best. Also I will that Thomas Steere of the parish of Capell and John Steere of Ockley to be my overseers of my will to see it performed and kept and they to have for their pains, each one of them, two shillings. Also I will that Thomas Steere and John Steere shall have full power and authority to strain in and upon all my goods or any part thereof at all times for the fulfilling of this my will. Witness hereto Thomas Steere, John Steere, John Peter and John Steere with others 


This will was approved by John Griffiths, Surrogate, the 13th day of April 1569 on the oath of John Steere the proctor of Agnes Constable the relict and executrix, to whom administration of the goods and rights et cetera was granted, being first sworn