Last Will and Testament of John Bristow 1627
In the name of God Amen, the fourthe daye of June in the thirde yeare of the raigne of our Soveraigne Lorde Charles by grace of God, Kinge of England, Scotland, France and Ireland, Defendour of the Faithe &c and in the yeare of our Lorde God one thowsand sixe hundred twentie and seaven, I John Bristowe the elder of Dorkinge in the county of Surry, yeoman, being sicke and weake in bodie but of perfect mynde and memorie, thanks bee given to God, Doe make and ordayne this my last wyll and testament in manner and fourme following First I bequeath my soule unto Allmightie God my maker and Creator trusting onely to bee saved by the death and passion of Christ Jesus my alone Saviour and Redeemer, and my bodie to bee buried in the churche yarde of Dorkinge. Item I give to the poore of Dorkinge tenne shillings to bee distributed amonst them at my funerall. Item I give and bequeath unto my wife Margaret Bristowe one joyned bedstead with a testour over the same, standing in the parlour, and all things thereunto belonging namely one featherbed, one flockebed, a boulster, two feather pillows, one coverlet and a paire of blancketts. Item I give unto my said wife, one chest standinge in the chamber over the hall. Item I give unto her one other chest standing in the said parlour. Item I give unto my said wife, two paire of flaxen sheets. Item I give unto my sonne William Bristowe one brasse furnace, one cupboarde, a great spitt, and all other household stuffe and necessaries of myne which are and remaigne with him in his occupation and possession in my house where he nowe dwelleth. Item my will and true meaning of this my last will is that my sonne William Bristowe shall not enter upon nor have any part or parcel of the grayne and corne belonging to his nowe dwelling house which was sowen by me, nor any other pasture grounds or clooses apperteyning to his said dwelling house yf so it please God I departe this life before Mychelmass next following but that it shall freely remaigne to bee enjoyed to the use and behoofe of my Executor under named. The residue of all my goods, cattell, chattells and household stuffe and necessaries unbequeathed, my debts, funerall and legacies discharged I gyve and bequeath unto my grandchild John Bristowe the sonne of Gilberte Bristowe, late deceased, whome I make and ordayne my Executor of this my last will and testament, all former revoked and admitted. Item I give unto my maid servant Joan Pledger twentie shillings to bee paid unto her within one yeare next after my decease. In wytness whereof I the said John Bristowe the elder have hereunto this my last will and testament set my hand and seale. Dated the daye and yeare firste above written.
X The mark of the said John Bristowe the elder
Signed, sealed, confirmed and delivered the last will and testament of the said John Bristowe the elder in the presence of Thomas Frere, Benjamin Ridge, Micahell Gell (Michael Jeale)
This will was proved before the truely venerable Sir Thomas Ridley, Knight, Doctor of Laws &c, the twenty ninth day of October in the year of our Lord 1627 on the oath of John Bristowe the Executor &c to whome was granted the administration &c having been first sworn.