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Will of Grace Byrd Widow of Edmonton Middlesex 1679

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Transcript of the PCC Will of Grace Byrd, 1679.[1]

In the name of God Amen I Grace Byrd of Edmonton in the County of Middlesex widow being at this present very sick and weake in body but of sound and pfect mind and memory praised be Almighty God for the same) doe make and declare this my last Will and Testament in manner and forme followeing viz First and principally I re comend my soule into the hands of Almighty God who gave it and my body I comitt to the earth from whence it came to be decently buryed at the discretion of my Executors hereafter named And as touching such wordly estate as it hath pleased God to blesse me with all or that to me shall in any wise belong or appertaine at the time of my decease I give and bequeath the same as followeth that is to say I give and bequeath to my loveing Sonn William Bird a diamond Ring that was formerly my ffathers and to his wife that now is a silver Bason and to his son William a salvature Cupp and Cover thereunto belonging Item I give and bequeath to my honored mother one ring conteyneing seaven diamonds Item I give and bequeath To Mr Thomas Grindall of London Merchant and Mr Thomas Gower of Edmonton Gent all that my right and title and the rents issues and pfitts of the ffarme called winterhouse ffarme situate in Esher in the parish of Sandy Chappell [Sandon Chapel] in the County of Surrey being paid Twenty pounds in trust never the less to and for the use and behoofe of my daughter Grace Richards and in case she shall dye and depart this life before the expiracon of the Lease whereby I hold the same then my mind and will is that the remaineing profitts thereof shall goe and be equally disposed to and amongst my children Thomas, Sarah and Mary Byrd and the survivours and survivour of them. All the rest and residue of my Estate hereby unbequeathed I give and dispose to and amongst my said Children Thomas, Sarah and Mary (my debts Legacies and funerall charges being first paid and deducted) equally amongst them and the survivour of them or either of them, And I make and appoint the said Thomas Grindall and Thomas Gowre Executors of this my last Will and Testament and I desire Mr Thomas Parker Cittizen and draper of London and Mr Robert Cooe Cittizen and goldsmith of London to be overseers of this my will And I give and bequeath to the said Thomas Grindall Thomas Gower Thomas Parker and Robert Cooe the summe of forty shillings apeece to buy them rings And I doe hereby revoake all other wills by me formerly made and doe Ordaine and appoint this to stand and a bide for and as my last Will and Testament and soe to be accompted. In wittnesse whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seale dated the Twenty ninthe day of October one Thousand six hundred seaventy nine And in the one and Thirtith yeare of the reigne of our soveraigne Lord King Charles the second of England etc. Grace Byrd signed dealed published and declared in the presence of us John Woodford John Hare.


Undecimo die mensis Novembris AD millimo sexcentesimo septuagesimo nono [11 Nov 1679] .. Thoma’ Grindon als Grindall et Thoma’ Gower Executors …


  1. Will of Grace Byrd, Widow of Edmonton, Middlesex. 11 Nov 1679. PROB 11/361/220. National Archives.



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