Transcription of the will of Emme Cordell
Will of Emme Cordell
In the name of god Amen
The therde daie of the monthe of November in the yere of oure lorde god a thousand five hundred fiftie and foure I Emme Cordell of Melforde in the countie of Suff[olk] widowe being in good and perfit minde and rememberance thanks be to god ordaine and make this my testament and last will in maner and forme followinge.
First I commende my soule into the hands and goverment of god oure heavenly father trustinge that he accordinge to his infinite mercie and for his sonne oure Lorde Jesus Christes sake will commit his to the place appointed for his elected. And my bodie to be buried in the churche of Melforde aforesaide as near the grave o my late bedfellowe as it maie be.
And I give unto the repairment of the saide churche foure shillinges of lawfull monye of England.
Item I give unto the highe Altar of the saide churche in recompense of my .... intererred three shillings and foure pence.
Item I give and bequeath to William Cordell my eldest sonne all that golde that is in my cupboarde in the boxe as it is there savinge. I will and give to my daughter Marie his wife four pounds thertene shillings and foure pence of the same.
Item I give and bequeath to ffrances Cordell my sonne twentie poundes of lawfull monie of Englande, a fetherbedd, a bolster a pillowe, a pane of blanketts and the paire of shetes. Item I give and bequeath to John Cordell my sonne twentie poundes of lawfull monie of England only and all other somme or sommes of monie that he owes to me. And wheras I have five poundes of his in payment I will that he shall have againe other five poundes of myne or else some other stuffe or wares to the full value thereof and I give to him a fetherbedde a bolster a pillowe a paire of blankets three paire of shetes, my beame in the hall with all the weights thereto belonginge. Item I give and bequeath to EDward Cordell my sonne twentie pounds off lawfull monie of Englande only and besides thetenne poundes that are yett unpaide to him for the legacie of his father my late bedfellow. And I give to him the fetherbedd over the parlour chanmber, the bolster, two pillowes sixe paire of shetes whereof one paire of two ......... and a halfe, two paire of fine shetes that pire of ..... two tableclotes, sixe pillowcases, half a dossen of my silver spoons and a cuppe of silver.
Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Jane Cordell twentie poundes of lawfull monie of England and also twentie poundes that her said father my late bedfellow bequeathed to her whereof the hathe ..... 10s by a letter directed from my sonne Cordell for the delivery of the same whiche is not yet paide whiche somme of fortie poundes except the forsaide tenne poundes I will it shalbe paide to her in paimente of golde that is to saie in .... and Angels. And I give to my saide daughter Jane the bedde that I nowe lie on withe all things thereunto belonginge, my great piloowe with two of my best pillowes my best coverlet and the roser standinge at my beddes head wherein is xy (pounds) in golde parcell of the said £30 withe all things that are in it withe all the other stuffe and things that be in my said chamber excepte only the little fetherbedde bolster and pillowes that are now upon the trundlebedd. And I give to her a garnishe of my best pewter whereof parte is in a tubbe uppon the chanmber. A bason and a ewer. A chafer to sitt by the fire. A chafing dishe my great brass potte with longe feate a new brasse potte a brode chafer sometime Barkers two whighte candlesticks two latten candlesticks and old greate charger and all the olde ...... that are in a bagge in the cupboard to make for her halfe a dossen of silver spoons..... of the best ...... one of the greate ...... And further I give and bequesth to my said daughter Jane Cordell my house on the grene called Ives withe all the appurtenances on this condition that the br? her assignes shall give every yere yerely twentie shillings of lawful monie of Englande towards the keepinge and good bringinge up of Anne Watson her nece till the time to the age of 21 yeres olde And if it fortune that the saide Anne Watson departe out of this life before she shall cumme to the saide age or is she shall accomplishe the said age then I will that the paimente of the said 20s shall ..... and be no longer paide unto the saide Anne. And I will that the saide twentie shillings shall be distributed yerely everie yere for ever amongst my poore godchildrene and other poore people of Melford by the descretion of my executors or the executors of them.
Item I give to Thomasin Watson my daughter five pounds thitene shillings and fore pence of lawfull monie of Englande my leaste fetherbedde a bolster and paire of blanketts a pillow thre[e] paire of shetes a settil a longe potte of brass A gowne of fyne clothe edged with velvet. A rounde firkell of worstedde my beste peticoat two smockes and two of my beste kerchers [kerchiefs]
Item I give to Anne Watson tenne punds of lawfull monie of Englande to be paid to her by my executor or the executors of him when he shall cumme to the age of 20 yeres olde. The residue of all my other goodes movable and immovable I reserve and put them to the good discretion and disposition of my sonne William Cordell esquire benerall sollicitor of the ...... and quenes ...... whome I ordaine and make my sole executor of this my testament and laste will trusting that he will performe the same accordingly to the pleasure of god and comforte of my soule. Their witness Richard Clopton, Roger Martin, William Grimsbie...... Alanis Chen.....
Memorandum that Edward's wife muste have the choise of my apparell and mistress Daniell to have my beades of wood with the peace of golde on them, William to have four angells and John Cordells wife two kerchers [kerchiefs] Mary Martin to have an angell of golde, olde master Martin to have a gowne, yonge master Martin a gowne with his wife the like, William Herby a gowne, William Grisley a gowne all to be had oute of one of the fineste clothes not yet ......