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                                Last Will and Testament of John Elliott


In the name of God Amen, the eleventh daye of December 1674 and in the twentye sixth yeare of the reigne of our Sovereigne Lord Charles the second over England, Scotland, France and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith &c I John Eliot of Abinger alias Abingworth in the countye of Surry, yeoman, being sick and weake in body but in sound and perfect memory, praised be God for the same, and knowinge the unsertainty of this life on earth and being desierous to settle things in order, doe make this my last will and testament in mannor and forme followinge (that is to say) First and principally I commend my soule to God my Creator, assuredly beleivinge that I shall receive full pardon and free remission of all my sinns and be saved by the precious death and merits of my blessed Savior and Redeemer, Christ Jesus, and my body to the earth from where it was taken to be buried in such decent and christian mannor as to my Executor, hereafter named, shall be thought meet and convenient. And as touchinge such worldly estate as the Lord in mercy hath lent me, my will and meaninge is that the same shall be imployed and bestowed as hereafter by this my will is expressed. And first I doe renounce, revoke, frustrate and make void all wills by me formerly made and doe declare this my last will and testament.


Item I give and bequeath to Ann, my eldest daughter, the sume of thirty pounds to be paid by my Executor, hereafter named, within twelve months next after my decease


Item I give and bequeath to Joan, my daughter, the sume of forty pounds to be paid by my Executor when she the said Joan shall accomplish the age of one and twenty years.


Item I give [to my] sonn Henry the sume of fifty pounds to be paid by my Executor when he, the said Henry, shall accomplish the age of one and twenty years.


Item I give to Elizabeath, my daughter, the sume of tenn pounds to paid by my Executor when she shall accomplish the age of one and twenty years.


Item I give and bequeath to Ann Daw, my daughter in law, tenn pounds to be paid by my Executor when she shall accoplish the age of one and twenty years.


Item I give and bequeath to Joan, my well beloved wife, the sume of three pounds yearly, to be issuing out of my freehold land lyinge in West Clandon and East Clandon, to be paid her quarterly by my Executor duringe her naturall life, the first payment to begin the first quarter daye after one yeare next after my decease Provided alwayes that the said Joan, my wife, do revoke all claime to any dower or thirds, which is or maye be due unto her out of my aforesaid freehold land.


Item I doe nominate and apoynt my well beloved sonn, John Eliot, to be my whole and sole Executor of this my last will and testament, desieringe him to paye such debts as in right or contience  I doe owe to any man and to paye all such legacies as is given and to see me buried in such christian mannor  as to him shall be thought meet and convenient. And also to take care of the mainteynance and bringing up of my daughter Joan and my daughter Elizabeth and my sonn Henry until they shall be of the age of one and twenty years.


Item I desier my beloved brother, Henry Penecod, of Albury in the county of Surry, husbandman, and John Ockshot of Dorkinge in the aforesaid county, gent, Overseers of this my last will, giving unto them one shillinge a peice over and above all such charges as they or either of them shall be at in the assistinge of my aforesaid Executor. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seale the daye and yeare first above written.


                                                            The mark of John Eliot



Sealed and delivered in the presence of us Fra[cis] Gatton, the Mark of William Peter



Grant of Probate (written in Latin on the reverse) 



This will was proved the eleventh day of March in the year of our Lord 1674 [1675] before the very distinguised John Higham, Clerk, Surrogate to the Right Worshipful Sir Mondeford Brayston, Knight, and Doctor of Laws, Official lawfully constituted by the oath of John Eliot, the son of the said deceased and the Executor named in this same will, to whom was granted the administration of all and singular the lawful goods and credits of the said deceased in well and faithful administration of the same, having been first sworn on the Holy Word of God