Last Will and Testament of Robert Biden
In the Name of God Amen, the sixth day of May in the third year of the raigne of our Soveraign Lady Queen Ann over England &c Anno dommini 1704 I Robert Byden of Clanfield in the county of Southampton, yeoman, being weak in body but (thanks be to God) of sound and perfect mind and memory, doe make and ordaine this my last will and testament in manner and form following, First of all I give and bequeath my soul into the hands of my most mercifull Redeemer and my body to bee decently buryed att the discretion of my Executor hereafter named . And I doe revoke and anull all former wills by me att any time made and doe make and ordaine this to bee my last will and testament. And as to my worldly goods I dispose thereof as followeth Imprimis I give and bequeath to my dear wife Elizabeth Byden the sume of twenty pounds of lawfull English money to bee paid her immediately after my decease by my Executor hereafter named. I give and bequeath alsoe to my said wife Elizabeth the sume of eight pounds per annum dureing her life to bee paid her by my Executor out of my copyhold lying and being in Clanfield. I give alsoe to my said wife Elizabeth all my household goods and utensils of household whatsoever to bee left intirely att her owne disposeing. I will alsoe that the said Elizabeth have one convienient roome in the dwelling house belonging to my liveing in Clanfield aforesaid dureing her natural life. Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary the wife of James Mott of Boxhill in the parish of Michaelham in the county of Surrey, warriner, the sume of twenty pounds of lawfull English money to bee paid her by my Executor within twelve months after my decease, and in case the said Mary dye before that time, I will that the said sume of twenty pounds be paid to her husband or child. Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Martha wife of Henry Pooke of Charlton the sume of five shillings to bee paid her by my Executor immediately after my decease. Item I give to my grandchildren Richard and Mary Byden, son and daughter of my son Richard Byden the elder, the sume of ten pounds a piece to bee paid to the said Richard Byden junior att the age of one and twenty years and to the said Mary Byden att the age of fourteen years. Item I give and bequeath to my grandson James Mott the sume of ten pounds to bee paid by my Executor hereafter named att the decease of my said wife Elizabeth, but in case the said James Mott my grandson depart this life before that time then I will that the said sume of ten pounds be not paid by my Executor. Item I give and bequeath to the poor of the said parish of Clanfield the sume of twenty shillings to bee paid within one month after my decease. And I doe nominate and appoint my said son Richard Byden the elder, Executor of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and seale the day and year first above written.
X The mark of Robert Byden
Proved 26 September 1704