The will of Raphael Howcott, proved 1732
Raphael Howcott was probably buried at St Michael, Coventry but this has not been proved.
IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN I Raphael Howcott of the City of Coventry Gent being of Sound and disposing Mind Memory and Understanding doe make and Ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and forme following
That is to say First and Principally I Commend my Soul into the hands of God Almighty and remitt my Body to the Earth to be decently buried att the Discretion of my Executors hereinafter named entirely Trusting to the Mercy of Christ Jesus my Redeemer for Eternal Salvation both of Body and Soul at the Resurrection of the Just and as touching my worldly Estate I Dispose thereof as follows vizt
Imprimis I will that all my just Debts and funeral Expences shall be fully paid and satisfied
Item I give and devise All those my five Messuages or Tenements Gardens Backsides and Premises with their and every of their Appurtenances Scituate Standing and being in the City of Coventry aforesaid in a certain Streete or Place there called Mutch Park Street als. Midsford Streete on the West side of the said Streete commonly called or known by the name of Gloucester Court and now in the Several Tenures or Occupacons. of John Pulling William Pooley Mary Longworth Widow John Bettelle and me the said Raphael Howcott unto my loving and well beloved Wife Margery for and during the Terme of her Natural Life (In Lieu of her Dower and Thirds) And from and immediately after the decease of my said wife the said Margery Howcott Then I Give and Devise the said Messuages or Tenements Gardens Backsides and Premises with theire and every of theire
Appurtenances unto my Couzen Raphael Sumervile of the City of Coventry aforesaid pinmaker and the Heirs of his Body lawfully begotten and for want of Such Issue to my Right Heirs for Ever.
Item I give and Devise All that my New erected Messuage or Tenement Backside and Premises with the Appurtenances thereto belonging Scituate Standing and being in the City of Coventry aforesaid in a certain Street there commonly called or known by the Name of High Streete als. Smithford Streete on the South Side of the said Streete and now in the Tenure or Occupacon. of the said Raphael Sumervile his Assignee or Assignes And alsoe All that Stable Scituate Standing and being in the City of Coventry aforesaid in a certain place there called Vittar Lane on the west side of the said Lane now in the Occupacon. of the said Raphael Sumervile and generally used and enjoyed with the last mentioned and devised Messauge or Tenement And alsoe All those my Messuages or Tenements Gardens Backsides and Premises with their and every of their Appurtenances Scituate Standing and being in the City of Coventry aforesaid in a certain place or Lane there Commonly Called or known by the Name of Dead Lane and now in the several Tenures or Occupacons. of John Turner John Smith Thomas Piggin John Goddard and William Wade unto my said Couzen Raphael Sumervile and his Heirs for Ever Subject nevertheless to and chargeable with the Payment of the Sume of Four Hundred Pounds of lawful money of Greate Brittain to Such person and persons and in Such Manner and forme as is hereinafter menconed.
Vizt I Give and Bequeath unto my three Cousens Hepsaby Longworth Eleanor Longworth and Howcott Longworth Children of Joseph Longworth late of the City of Coventry aforesaid pinmaker deceased the sume of One Hundred pounds apeice to be Issuing and payable to them at their respective ages of One and Twenty Years out of the Messuages or Tenements herein before menconed. to be menconed. to be in High Streete als. Smithford Streete and Dead Lane aforesaid.
Item I Give and Bequeath unto my Five Cousens Joseph Clarke Thomas Clarke Eleanor Clarke Mary Clarke and Elizabeth Clarke Sons and Daughters of my Cosen Thomas Clarke of Foleshill in the County of the City of Coventry aforesaid Yeoman the Sume of Twenty pounds a peice to be alsoe Issuing and payable to them at their respective Ages of One and Twenty years out of the Messuages or tenements herein before menconed. to be in High Streete als. Smithford Streete and Dead Lane aforesaid.
And I doe hereby Subject charge and make chargeable the Said Messuages Tenements and Premises to the payment of the aforesaid Several Sumes and Legacies hereby given to the Said Hepsaby Longworth Howcott Longworth Eleanor Longworth Joseph Clarke Thomas Clarke Eleanor Clarke Mary Clarke and Elizabeth Clarke.
Item I Give Devise All that Messuage or Tenement Garden Backside Close and Premises with the Appurtenances thereunto Belonging Scituate lying and being in Kenelworth in the County of Warwick and now in the Tenure of [GAP] Attkins unto my said Cozen Raphael Sumervile his Heirs Executors & Administrators.
Item I give and bequeath unto my sister Mary Longworth Widow and Relict of Joseph Longworth late of Foleshill in the County of the said City of Coventry Yeoman the sume of Forty shillings of lawfull money of Greate Brittain yearly and every year during the Term of her naturall life to be alsoe Issuing and payable out of my said last menconed. and Devised Messuages or Tenements and Premises Scituate in High Streete als. Smithford Streete and Dead Lane in the City of Coventry aforesaid.
Item I Give and Bequeath unto my said Loving Wife the said Margery Howcott the household Goods following Vizt. my best Bed Bedsted Curtains and Valence and all the Furniture to the said Bed belonging Six pair of my best Sheets Twelve of my best Napkins Two Table Cloaths Six Pewter Dishes Twelve Pewter Plates Six Pewter Porringers Six of my best Chairs and and Six of my Common Chairs Two of my middle Sized Brass Potts Two Kettles the Fire Grate in the Chamber wherein I now lye and the Fire Shovel and Tongs now in the said Roome
And as to for touching and concerning as well all and Singular the rest residue and remainder of my reall Estate whatsoever and wheresoever as alsoe all my Moneys Plate Goods Chattells and Personall Estate whatsoever not herein before by me disposed of I Give Devise and Bequeath the Same and every parte thereof unto my said Cosen Raphael Sumervile his Heirs Executors and Administrators
And I doe hereby Nominate Constitute and Appoint my my said loving Wife Margery and my said loving Cosen Raphael Sumervile Executors of this my last Will and Testament hereby revokeing all former and other Wills by me att any Time heretofore made hereby Declareing this to be my last Will and Testament
IN WITNESSE whereof I the Said Raphael Howcott the testator have to Two parts of This my last Will and Testament Both of the Same Tenor and Effect sett my hand and Seale this One and Thirtyeth Day of January In the Thirteenth year of the Reigne of our Sovereign Lord George King over Greate Brittain &c. Annoq.Dni.1726.
Signed Sealed published and declared by the Said Raphael Howcott the Testator as and for his last Will and Testament In the presence of Us who in his presence and att his Request Have Subscribed our Names as Witnesses Hereto.
Wm. Doolay, John Bettelle & Tho.Dowle
Raphael Howcott O his marke
Granted in 1732 at Lichfield.
Transcribed by Francis Howcutt from a photocopy of the original.