Last Will and Testament of Thomas Pooke
In the name of God Amen, the nineteenth day of January in the yeare of our Lord 1704 I Thomas Pooke of Charlton in the county of Southampton, yeoman, being weak and sick of body but of perfect and sound mind and memory (praised be God therefore) doe make and ordaine my last will and testament in manner and forme following First I bequeath my soal unto Almighty God that gave it me hopeing through the meritts of Jesus my alone saviour to receive a full remision of all my sins and my body to be decently buried according to the discretion of my Executrix hereafter named. And for the worldly goods wherewith God hath blessed me I give and bequeath as followeth. First I give to the poore of Charlton __ shillings and __ to be paid unto them by my Executrix within three months after my decease. Item I give unto my son Richard Pooke the sume of one hundred pounds to be paid unto him within two years after my decease. I give unto my son William Pooke the sume of one hundred pounds to be paid unto him within two years after my decease. Item I give unto my daughter Anne the sume of sixty pounds to be paid unto her within two years after my decease. Item I give unto my sonne Henry Pooke tenne shillings for a remembrance of me, I already having given him one hundred pounds for his portion. Item I give unto my daughter Elizabeth the wife of Edward Pay the sume of tenne shillings for a remembrance of me, I having formerly paid her the portion promised her. Item I give to my five granchildren four pounds a piece to be paid unto each of them when he or she shall accomplish the age of one and twenty years. And as for the rest of my goods and chattles (my debts and funeral expences being first discharged) I doe give unto my wife Elizabeth Pooke whom I doe name sole Executrix of this my last will and revoking all others and confirming onely this. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal, the day and yeare above written.
Signed, sealed and published in the presence of Thomas Franklin, George Franklin
Proved 26th April 1706