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Will of Amye Bickley, widow of Over 1619

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This is a transcription of the register version of the will of Amye Bickley, formerly Mayer or Major, a widow of Over in Cambridgeshire. [1]
The will was written on 25 October 1618 and proved at the Prerogative Court of Canterbury on 27 November 1619.

Spelling, punctuation and line breaks are as per the register copy.
Capital F is rendered as F rather than ff.
Abbreviations are expanded in [square brackets].
Paragraph breaks and bold text for names are my own for ease of reading.

In the name of God Amen, The Five and twentieth
daie of October in the yeare if our Lorde god One thousande sixe hundred and
eighteene I Amye Bickley of Over in the County of Cambridge widdowe
beinge both of perfect health and memorie w[hi]ch god to his pleasure continues
[margin note: yet consideringe that we all must die and the tyme is soe uncertaine that]
noe man knowest when And because I would not be troubled with
worldlie busines when it shall please god to visite mee w[i]th sicknesse therefore
I ordaine and make this my last will and testament in manner and forme
Followinge First I bequeath my soule into the handes of Almightie god my Creator
And my bodie to the earth from whence it came, trusting assuredlie by
the meritts of Jesus Christ my Redeemer, to be raised againe at the last daye &
be made partaker of his heavenlie Kingdome And for my Worldlie goodes I give
and bequeath them in manner and forme followinge First I give and bequeath
unto the poore of Loleworth and Over the sume of Three poundes to be divided
amongst them at the discretion of my Executors

Item give unto everie of
my sonnes and their wives, And to everie of my daughters and their husbandes, the
sume of Twentie shillings apeece to be made into Rings for every of them to weare
for a smale remembrance of my love

Item I give to everie of my grandchildren
Tenne Shillings apeece And to my grandchildren w[hi]ch are my Godchildren Tenne
shillings apeece more

Item I will that my executors shall have and keepe in
their handes and Custodie, or at their pleasure put forth unto some other sufficient
mens handes Fower score poundes arisinge of my goods and Chattells) During the
life of my Daughter Dorothy Stallen, and out of the increase and profitt thereof
they shall yearlie bestowe upon her, and her children the sume of Eighte pounds
in such manner and forme as they shall thinke fitt, and be moste convenient for ye releife and
maintenance both of herself and her children And after her decease, my Will &
meaninge is that the said some of Fower score pounds shalbe paid by my executors
unto the three children of my said daughter to be equallie devided amongst them. To when
I nowe will and bequeath the same to be paid to them after the decease their mother

Item I give unto my saide daughter Stallen all my wearinge apparell.

Item I
give Five poundes to my Executors to be spent at my Funerall And I doe ordain
and make my sonnes Anthony Ashe and Frauncis Bickley executors of this my
last will and testament havinge speciall trust and confidence in them that
they will see the same in all things p[er]formed, accordinge to to my true meaninge
In witness whereof I have hearunto set my hande and seale, the daie and yeare
first above written.

Item I give to my Daughter Stallon my Feather bed w[hi]ch I now
lye upon, And the rest of my goods and houshould stuffe w[hi]ch is at my daughter Coffords
house I give and bequeath unto my said daughter Cofforde.

The mark of the
said Amye Bickley / In the presence of John Cofforde
This addic[i]on
written before the sealinge heareof./ Ruben Bond

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Probate [in Latin] granted at London 27 day of November Anno Domini 1619 to Anthonij Ashe and Frauncisci Bickley, executors names in the testament.


  1. Will of Amye Bickley, Widow of Over, Cambridgeshire Reference: PROB 11/134/434 Date: 27 November 1619 Held by: The National Archives, Kew Legal status: Public Record(s) Closure status: Open Document, Open Description The National Archives online. Accessed 9 September 2021.

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