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Will of Henry Lincolne of Shipdham, 1621

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This is a transcription of the original will of Henry Lincolne of Shipdham, Tiltweaver.
The will was written on 21 January 1620/21, and was proved at the Archdeaconry Court of Norfolk. [1]

Spelling, punctuation and line breaks are as per the original document.
Crossings through have been included struck out
Paragraph breaks at change of bequest, and bold text are my own for ease of reading.
The obsolete letter Thorn (used extensively in this will) has been rendered as th, and ff has been rendered as F
Abbreviations and breviographs have been expanded in [square brackets]
The image quality was good, and the handwriting also good for the time. However some words were lost in the heavy creases of the document, and there was some loss of the paper (an small area in the middle of the page at the top of the document, and at the bottom of the page). Where the text was predictable, it has been inserted in [italics]

Persons mentioned:

  • Sister Agnes the wife of John Martin
  • Joane my mother still alive
  • sister Judith the wife of William Howling
  • Joane Lincolne my sister
  • Susann Lincolne my sister
  • Elizabeth my wife
  • Robert Barnes previous owner of Shipham field bequeathed to Testator's wife Elizabeth
  • Elizabeth my daughter

In the name of God Amen the one and twenty day of Jannarie in the yeere of o[u]r lord god
1620 I Henry Lincolne of Shipdham in the county of Norff Tiltweaver Though sicke in body
yet in good and p[er]fect remembrance than[ks] be given of god therefore (I considering that all
menn ar mortall and have be ashort tym[e to] live and that Death is certeyne but the day &
howev[er] thereof Uncerteyne) Doe make an[d dec]lare this my last will and testament in manner &
former following First and before all things I give and bequeath my sowles into the hands
of allmyghty god my maker and to Jesus Christ my only saviour and redeemer, Through
whose pretious Death and passion (upon my true Repentance I stedfasth hope to have
forgiveness of all my sinnes and be saved at the Day of Judgement amongst the number of
his elect,

Item I give and bequeath unto the poore people of Shipdham twenty shil[lings]
of Lawfull English mony to bee destributed amongst them on my Day of Buriall at the
Descretion of my Executrix

Item I give and bequeath unto my fower sisters the sume of
eighte pownds of Lawfull Englishe that is to either of them fourty shillings a peece
to be payd by my executrix or hir executors in mann[er] and forme following v[i]zt to Agnes
the wife of John Martin & his heires the sume of fourty shillings of Lawfull English
mony to be payd unyo hir by my s[ai]de executrix w[i]thin one yeare next after the decease of
Joane my mother, and unto Judith the wife of William Howling the like sume of fowerty
shillings of Lawfull Engish mony to be payd unto hir by my s[ai]dexecutrix w[i]thin one yeer
next after hir sister Agnes be payd and unto Joane Lincolne my sister the like sume of
Fowerty shillings of Lawfull English mony to be payd unto hir w[i]thin one yeer next after
hir sister Judith by payd, and unto Susann Lincolne my sister the sume of Fowerty
shillings of Lawfull English mony to be payd unto hir by my s[ai]de Exec[utrix] w[i]thin one yeere next
after hir sister Joane be payd allso my minde is that if either of theise my sisters shall
happen to dep[ar]te this life before they Receive their sev[er]all legacies Then I will that
[text hidden in fold] shalbe equally devided amongst such Children as the shall
have then Liveing by my Executrix or hir executors

Item I give & bequeath unto Elizabeth
my wife twoe acres of free ground be it more less lieing and beeing in Shipdham field
Somethyme Robert Barnes To have and to howld the seyd twoe Acres of Ground w[i]th
th app[ur]tenances to the s[ai]de Elizabeth my wif and heires forev[er] toward the payment of the
afores[ai]d legacies, and other Debtes

Item I give and unto Elizabeth my daughter
The fower Acre Closs lieing at Cuninges w[i]th all and singular thapp[ur]tenances being
more or lesse to enter the same at the age of one and twenty yeres, to have and to howld
the afores[ai]de encloss w[i]th to the seyd Elizabeth my daughter and hir heires forev[er] when
she accomplish hir age afores[aid]e allso my mynd is that Elizabeth my wif shall have the
use and occupation of the afores[ai]de encloss during the nonage of hir s[ai]de Daughter not
comitteinge wast Dureing the seyd terme of nonage, All the Rest of my arrable
land pastur meddow or feedeing ground howseland edifices to the same belonging
whatsoev[er] w[]ith all and singular theyre app[ur]tenances I give them wholly unto Elizabeth
my wif Dureing the terme of hir naturall life not comitting wast but to keepe the
Howses in sufficent reparations and after the Decease of the s[ai]d Elizabeth my wif [creased]
[creased] the afores[ai]d p[ro]fitts w[i]th [loss of the paper at the bottom of the page] Elizabeth my Daughter and [further loss of page]


  1. Will of Henry Lincolne of Shipdham 1621, Archdeaconry Court of Norfolk. Norfolk Record Office, Norwich, Norfolk, England. ANF original will 1621 no. 134. Images viewable at LDS Family History Centre. Transcribed 6 January 2022

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