Will of John Howcot of Bitteswell, buried 1687
John Howcot, whithorre (i.e. whitawer) buried on 5 September 1687 (Bitteswell parish register).
In the name of god Amen the five and twentieth day of August in the third yeare of the Raigne of James the second by the grace of god King of England Scottland France and Ireland defender of the faith etc. [i.e. 1687] I John Howcot of Bitteswell in the county of Leicester yeoman beinge in perfect memory thankes be to god doe make and ordaine this my last Will and Testament in manner and forme followeing, viz
first I bequeath my soul to god my maker hopeinge that through the merrits of Jesus Christ my Saviour and Redeemer to obtaine free pardon and forgiveness of all my sinnes and as for my temperall estate which the lord hath bine pleased to give me I dispose of it as followeth.
Item my Will is and I doe order and ordaine Martha my well beloved wife to sell that quarter of one yardland that I bought of Edward Carter to pay my debts.
Item I give to my sonne John my other quarter of one yardland to him and his heires for ever upon this Condition and Consideration that hee shall pay to my sonne Robert when hee shall accomplish the age of eighteene yeares the sum of twentie poundes of lawfull money of england and if hee dye before hee come to be eighteene yeares old Then his portion shall be equally divided amonge the Rest of my Children that are alive
And also my Will is that my sonne John shall pay to my daughter Mary the sum of Tenn pounds of lawfull money when she shall accomplish the age of one and twentie yeares.
Item I doe give and bequeath to my daughter Martha the sum of twentie pounds of lawfull money of England to be payd when shee shall accomplish the age of one and twentie yeares and if shee shall dye before shee Come to be one and twentie yeares old then her portion shall be equally divided amonge the Rest of my Children.
Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth the sum of twentie pounds of mawfull money of England and if shee shall dye before shee shall accomplish the age of one and twentie yeares Then her portion shall be equally divided amonge the R[....] of my Children.
Item I give my daughter Mary tenn pounds of lawfull money of England when shee shall accomplish the age of one and twentie yeares.
Item I give and bequeath all the Rest of my goods that are unbequeathed and alsoe all my Catell and Chattells with all my substance unto Martha my well beloved wife whom I doe make and ordaine my whole [....] Executrix of this my last Will and Testament upon this Condition [....] shall pay all my debts and my three daughters Legacies.
In Wittness whereof I have herunto sett my hand and Seale the day and yeare [....] written.
The inke of John Howcot [he wrote "John"]
Signed and Sealed in the presence of us John Lord, Francis Halford, Elisha Harrison, Richard Wright.
Transcribed by Francis Howcutt from a photocopy of the original.