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Will of Adam Martyn,Hinton Saint George, Somerset,1598

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Will of Adam Martyn, Gentleman of Hinton Saint George, Somerset 1598 Probate 06 February 1598 PROB 11/91/109

Will written in 1596, witnessed and published, 11th Dec 1597

In the name of the father the sonne and the ghost So be yt

I Adam Martyn of George Hinton in the Countie of Somerset gentleman, well wayinge and consyderinge with my selfe the uncertayne and (Casueall?) state of this life, knowinge also that by the ordinance ofalmightie God nothinge ys more certeyne unto all men then death and yet nothinge more uncerteyne unto anie man then the hower of death, decydinge therefore rather to prevent tyme than by tyme to be prevented and beinge at this present of good and parfect memorie and in bodie health (I prayse God for it) doe make this my last will & Testament in manne[e]r and form followinge
First I bequeath & comitt my poor & sinfull soule to the greate and infinite mercy of almightie God my Creator in whome my onlie hope & trust is to be saved through the blouddy passion of death & ressurection of our onlie mediator redeemer & saviour our Lord Jesus Christ; my body I bequeath to the earth from where yt came, therein to be buryed (after the manner of true Christians) & dyinge in the Lord, in the p[ar]ish Church of Hinton aforesaid yf I happen to dye within that p[ar]ish or to where yt shall please god.
And touching such worldloe goods as yt hath pleased god to endowe me with all I doe dispose ordayne & appointe of the same in manner following
First whereas I the said Adam Martyn and my brother Nicholas Martyn of the Citie of Exeter have the fief and next advowsen of the rectory and p[ar]sonage of the parishe of Armington in the countie of Devon within the dioces of Exon granted unto us our executors and assigned by the worship[fu]ll Mr Anthony Rowse of Halton in the countie of Cornwall Esquier the (fr__) and rightfull p[at?]ron of the said rectory parish church of Armington as appeareth by his gyfte and deed thereof given under his hand and seal bearing date the twentith day of September in the two & thirtie yeare of the raigne of our Soveraighe Ladye Queen Elizabeth etc: I the said Adam Martyn togeather with the consent of my Brother Nicholas Martyn do nowe by this my Last will & Testament give and bequeath resigne and sett over unto Richard Martyn my sonne called to the ministrie and preaching of Gods worde, all my right title and interest that I togeather with my said brother have overight to have in and to the said rectory of Armington by vertue of the said deed granted unto us at ye afore sayde willinge and charging myne executors to appointed and nominated in & by this my Last Will to nominate and present the said Richard Martyn to the saide Rectory of Armington when the same shall be next voyde as I myself woulde and should doe by vertue of the said advowson yf I were then lyving and as the saide Richarde Martyn shall (when the tyme cometh), befounde capable of the same accordinge to the Lawes of this Realm.
Item I give and beqyeath to Margarett Nicholls daughter of Hugh Nycholls my sonne in Lawe and Phillip his wiffe my daughter deceased fortie pounds in money towards her preferment in marriage to be payde unto hir at the tyme of hir marriage so as she be ruled in the choyse of hir marriage by the good advise and consent of myne executor and overseers of my Last Will & Testament or of most of them, yf she be not maryed or otherwise provided for in my lief tyme.And yf she happen to dye before the tyme of hir marriage, then my will us that the said some of forty pounds shalbe given & equallie devided by myne executors betwene hir two Systers Elizabeth and Rachell Nicolls yf they survive the sayd Margarett towards their preferment in maryage.
Item touching such parcells of plate as I nowe have of myne owne remayninge in my house at Hinton yf the same be not otherwise betstowed in my lief tyme as followeth
First I give & bequeath to my oldest Sonne Hugh Martyn and to Adam Martyn his sonne my bason and Ewer of sylver parcell guylte and a standing salt with a cover of Sylver double gylte in this sorte and manner; viz that my said sonne Hugh Martyn have the sole use & occupation of the same duringe his lief without contradiction or interruption of his sayd sonne but so nevertheless that the said Hugh Martyn shall not have any property in the same whereby he maye sell or put away the same or any parte thereof from his said Sonne by any meanes and that after the death of the same Hugh the same shall whollie remayne and be unto the said Adam Martyn to his owne proper use and yf the sayd Hugh shall over lyve hys sayd sonne, then my meaninge ys that my sayd Sonne Hugh shall have the same to his owne proper use and in this sorte(?) my purpose and meaning is that their parcells of plate above mentioned shall remayne unto them the sayd Hugh and Adam as a memmento or token of my desyer and prayer unto god to Bless and propsper them withall.
Item I give and bequeath unto Richard Martin my sonne one Beere cupt with his cover of Sylver double gylte.
Item to Willm[a]m Martyn my sonne one beere cupp with his cover parcell gilt.
Item to my daughter Jo(ann?] More a standing goblet of Sylver parcell gylte.
Item to my daughter Elizabeth the wiffe of John Lye one other standinge goblet of Sylver p[a]cell gilt.
Item to my daughter Katherine the wiffe of Richarde Smith one Suche cupp of sylver with his cover double gylte.
Item to Elizabeth Martyn, the daughter of Lewes Martyn one whyte standing bolle of sylver toward her preferement in marriage.
Item I give and bequeath to my sonne Henry Martyn a salt with a cover of sylver double gilte which was boughte of my cosyn Dorothie Johnson wydow.
Item an olde sylver salte with a cover parcell gylt, one chaffyng dish of Sylver, two dosen of Sylver spoones with gylt knoppes, awhit beer cupe or jugge of [form?] garnished with Sylver and a Tankard or beere cupe of Sylver
Item a little chamber cuppe with a cover of sylver parcell gylt which I had of the gyft of the Ladie Christian Martyn my grandmother
All which last recyted parcells of plate mentioned to be given to my sonne Henry Martyn, my will is that Elizabeth my wiffe his mother, shall have the keepinge,use and occupation thereof duringe hir lief & after her decease to remayne to the benefitt of my sayd sonne Richard Martyn. (transcribers note; seems odd for them to be given to Henry for the use of Elizabeth but to remain to Richard)
Item I give and bequeath to the comon stocke of the parish of George Hinton towards the mayntennance and reparat[i]ons of the same church twentie shillinges in money besydes the accustomed dutie of fyve shillings eight pence to be payd to the Church wardens there for my buryall in the sayd Church yf by gode permisson I shalbe Buryed therein.
Item I give & bequeath to the poore people of the same parish twentie shillings in money to be distributed amongst them within seven dayes after my death or buryall.
Item I give and bequeath to the mayntenance of ye parish Church of Crewkerne', Twentie shillings and to the mayntenance of the parish Church or Chappell of Seaborough tenn shilline
Item to the poor people of the sayd Town of Crewkerne twenty shillinges and of the village of Seaborough six shillings eight penceto be distributed amongst them whereas most need shalbe within one month after my decease by the advice of myne executors and overseers,
the residue of all my goods & chattells moveable and unmoveable,my debts and legacyes beinge payde I gyve and bequeath to my said sonne Henry Martin whom I ordayne make and appoynte to be my wholle and solle executor of this my Last will and Testament.And I doe hereby forthrightly charge will and require my saide sonne and executor Henry Martyn Uppon my blessinge and in (___fall) thankfulnes of this my lovinge & gracious dealinge with him in this my Will, that he the said Henry Martyn shalbe aydinge comfortinge and cheris[h]inge of my said loving wife, Elizabeth his mother during her lief and shall likewise during her liffe suffer her to have the use and occupation of all my goods and chattells whatsoever by this my will & testament to him the said Henry bequeathed insuch and like free manner, as now she hath with me, the free use of them so that she doe not nor shall not wilfully wast, consume, give away or purloyne the same or anie parte thereof without the consent of my said sonne Henry Martyn. In consideration whereof I doe of the other side hereby intreat my said Lovinge wife that with such portion of of Livinge as I by gods good assistance have left hir for the comfort of hir in hir olde age, that she will give such yearely help and releefe to my sayd sonne Henry Martin for his mayntenance in his studie of the Lawe in the middle temple where he nowe lyveth as he shall from tyme to tyme need and she shalbe likewise from time to time able to spare untill such as yt shall please god that eyther by the profitt of his Study or by preferm[en]t in marriage or otherwise he shalbe able without her helpe to live in that place and for the due execution and performance of this my Last will and for the better helpe and assurance of my said executor therein I doe constitute and appoynte and verie hartilie beseche my worship’ll and welbeloved friend St Anthony Powlett Knight and Mr Will[ia]m Gybbes Esquire to be myne overseers of this my last will to see the same to be de(livered?) executed and performed and to appese all strife and varaince yf anie happen to arise (which God forbid) , between my sayde executor and my wiffe and other children or anie of them over ye premisses. Soe that all maye be done to the glorie of God and comfort of my wief and children to which my said overseers yf yt shall please them to take this paynes and travell uppon them I give and bequeath to everie of them twentie shillings which I humblie beseech them to accept in parte of recompence of the same.
In witness whereof I the sayd Addam Martyn have to every syde of every lease of the premisses set to my hand and likewise in the toppe here of my seale the twentith daye of November in the nyne and thirtith yeare of the Rayne of our Soveraigne Ladie Queene Elizabeth or a thousand fyve hundred nyntie syxe by me A Martyn:
the eleventh day of December in the fourtith year of the Reigne of our Soveraige La[die]. The Queens maiesty that now is, this will was published to be the last will and testament of the said Adam Martyn in the presence of us. Ant[hony] Powlett ( teste??) Lodovico Martin teste, John Lye, Will[i]am Martyn, Henry Martyn

Probate granted to Henry Martyn executor 6th February 1597/8

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