Date: 6 Jun 1653 [unknown]
Location: Surrey, England
Surnames/tags: Beauchamp Doggett Reigate
Location: Surrey, England
Surnames/tags: Beauchamp Doggett Reigate
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- WILL OF JOHN BEAUCHAMP
- Records of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury
- Public Record Office, The National Archives UK
- PCC Aylett, found within Quire Nos. 107-159, fol. 20-21
- Catalogue Ref. PROB 11/245
- Dated 6 Jun 1653, proved 23 May 1655, London
- In the name of God Amen, I, John Beauchamp of Reigate in the County of Surrey Esq Considering the frailtie of my own health and the certaintie of Death and uncertaintie of the time of my departure And being willing so far as in (…) that worldly Estate whereof God hath blessed me so that no difference may hereafter arize about the same for want of disposal thereof I make this my last will and Testament revoking hereby all former and other wills whatsoever First I humbly beseech Almightie God to take and (receive?) my Soul into his mercifull protection And as to my bodie I desire the same may be buryed in a decent manner without coffin (?) funerals or (…) pomp.
- First I give to the poor of the parish of Cosgrave in Northamptonshire where I was born the sum of four pounds of the lawfull money of England to be paid within one month after my death And to be distributed equally among the poor of the said parish by my (good?) Cozen Beauchamp now living or the survivor of them or in Case both of them shall be dead at the tyme of my decease then to be distributed by the Overseer for the poor of the said parish for the time being.
- Also I give unto the poor of the parish of Reigate aforesaid the sum of five pounds of lawfull money of England to be paid within one month after my decease.
- Also I give and bequeath to my sonne EDWARD BEAUCHAMP the sum of seaven hundred pounds of lawfull money of England to be paid him in like manner and form following that is to give five hundred pounds part thereof when my said sonne Edward shall accomplish the age of six and twenty years And two hundred pounds Residue thereof when he shall accomplish the age of thirty and two years provided always that if my sonne Edward Beauchamp shall no heirs make of my bodie or otherwise no heirs at law all or any of my Mannor Lands Tenements or hereditiments and in pursuance thereof shall (remove?) any suit or Action that then this legacie of seaven hundred pounds given unto him as aforesaid shall (…) and be utterly void to all Intents and purposes whatsoever and then the said seaven hundred pounds shall then remain unto my Executrix hereafter named.
- Also I give and bequeath unto my son RICHARD BEAUCHAMP the sum of eight hundred pounds of lawfull money of England to be paid in manner and form following That is to saY five hundred pounds part when my said sonne Richard shall accomplish the age of six and twenty years and three hundred pounds residue thereof when he shall accomplish the age of two and thirty years.
- Also I give and bequeath unto my sonne GEORGE BEAUCHAMP the sum of one thousand pounds to be paid in manner and form following that is to have five hundred pounds part thereof when my said sonne George shall accomplish the age of six and twenty years & five hundred pounds residue thereof when he shall accomplish the age of two and thirtie years provided always and upon this Condition that if my said sonne George Beauchamp by the Custom of the Mannor of Reigate as youngest sonne and heir of me the said John Beauchamp shall claim any of the Coppiehold of (informary) Lands of me the said John Beauchamp holder of the Mannor of Reigate and in pursuance of such shall interrupt or disturb the sale of the said Coppiehold land appointed by this my last will to be sold as is hereafter mentioned that then the legacie of one thousand pounds given unto him by this my last will shall (…) and be void and then I give the said one thousand pounds hereby given to the said George Beauchamp unto my Executrix hereafter named.
- Also I give and bequeath unto my sonne in law JOHN DOGGETT and to my daughter ALLICE DOGGETT his wife twentie pounds to be paid within one year after my decease.
- Also I give and bequeath unto WALTER WOLSLEY my sonne in law and MARY his wife twentie pounds of like lawfull money of England to be paid within one year after my decease.
- Also I give and bequeath unto my daughter ELIZABETH BEAUCHAMP the sum of one thousand pounds of lawfull money of England to be paid in manner and form following That is to say five hundred pounds thereof at her day of marriage or age of two and twenty years which of them shall first happen And the other five hundred pounds Residue thereof when the said Elizabeth my Daughter shall accomplish her age of six and twenty years.
- Also I give and bequeath to my daughter in law SARAH BEAUCHAMP Relict of my sonne THOMAS BEAUCHAMP deceased if she shall be living at the time of my decease the sum of five pounds of lawfull money of England to be paid within two months after my decease.
- Also I give and bequeath unto ALLICE BEAUCHAMP my Grandchild and daughter of my Sonne Thomas Beauchamp aforesaid five hundred pounds of lawfull money of England to be paid at the age of two and twenty years or six months after the day of marriage of the said Allice which of those shall first happen provided (always?) and it is my will and meaning that if the said Allice Beauchamp my grandchild or any obaying by from or under her shall claim any of my Mannor Lands tenements or hereditiments as heir or heirs generall unto me the said John Beauchamp now or in Case the said Alice my grandchild shall after her accomplishment of her age of one and twentie years and after request made unto her the said Allice by my Executrix and Overseer hereafter named or by the survivors of them refuse to give a Release of all her right in the Estate and Interest within three months after such request made unto such person or persons so shall have the freehold and (…) of all or any the Mannor Lands Tenements and hereditiments of me the said John Beauchamp. Then my will and meaning is that the said legacie of five pounds hereby given unto the said Allice my grandchild shall be void and that then the same shall remain to my Extrix hereafter named.
- Also I give and bequeath to my SISTER WALSHAM and her sonne Beauchamp Walsham the sum of five pounds of lawfull money of England equally to be divided between them and to be paid within three months after my decease.
- Also I give and bequeath unto ELIZABETH CUDDINGTON wife of JOHN CUDDINGTON my wifes sister if she shall be living at my decease the sum of thirtie shillings lawful money of England to buy her a Ring.
- Also I give to my Cozen ELLEN ROACH wife unto my cozen JOHN ROACH thirty shillings of lawfull English money to buy her a Ring.
- Also I give to my cozen WILLIAM BEAUCHAMP & EDWARD BEAUCHAMP if they shall be living at the time of my decease thirtie shillings apeece of lawfull English money to buy each of them a ring.
- Also I give unto all my servants that shall be living (…) att the time of my decease over and above their wages five shillings apiece to be paid within one month after my decease.
- And if it shall please God that any of my aforesaid Children or Grandchilden shall die unmarried & before their legacies shall be paid aforesaid then I will that one halfe thereof shall go to my loving wife ALLICE BEAUCHAMP and the other halfe thereof amongst my surviving children equally to be divided between them.
- Also I give devise and bequeath all that my Mannor of Cackham and all other my Lands, Tenements and hereditiments whatsoever in the County of Sussex unto my loving wife ALLICE BEAUCHAMP, JOHN DOGGETT and WALTER WOLSLEY my sonnes in law and their heirs forever To the only intent and purpose nevertheless that they the said Allice my wife John Doggett and Walter Wolsey and the Survivors of them and the heirs of their survivors shall within seaven years next after my decease make sale at the best price and rate that can be gotten for the Land Of all and (…) the said Mannor Lands Tenements and hereditiments and shall with the money that shall be raised by such Sale of the said Mannor Lands Tenements and hereditiments as afsd the monies that shall be raised (…) or made out of the (…) Issues and proffitts of the said mannor lands and hereditiments before such Sale pay and discharge all my Debts legacies funerall charges and expenses except one Debt (owing to?) my brother RICHARD BEAUCHAMP claimed as (…) to him from me upon some Attorneys behoof (me and him?). Whereas in truth and confidence I acknowledge no such debt due to him. And my will and meaning is the surplusage of such monies as shall be raised out of the aforesaid Mannor Lands Tenements and hereditiments either by sale or otherwise after my decease except the debt before excepted and legacies paid and funerall expenses discharged shall remain and go unto my wife ALLICE BEAUCHAMP and to be by her disposed of as she shall think fitt.
- Also I do hereby further give (to wife) and bequeath unto my wife ALLICE BEAUCHAMP all the (informary) Coppyhold of me the said John Beauchamp holder of the Mannor of Reigate for the tearme of her naturall life and in (Augmentation of the Jointure?) this Remained or after the decease of her the said Allice Beauchamp I give and bequeath unto the said John Doggett and Walter Wolsley and their heirs (…) to the only intent and purpose that they the said John Doggett and Walter Wolsley and their heirs and the heirs or the survivors of them shall make sale of the Remainder of the said Coppiehold Lands Tenements and hereditiments hereby devised to them at the best rate and price that can be gotten for the same And the money and profitts arising upon the sale or otherwise shall be disposed toward the paiment of my Debts (except as before excepted) legacies and funerall charges And the Residue and surplusage thereof (if anie be) shall be paid unto my Executrix hereafter named. Also I do hereby constitute nominate and appoint my loving wife Allice Beauchamp to be my sole Executrix unto to whom I doe give after my debts (except the Debt before excepted) legacies and funerall Charges paid and discharged as well as all my horses Cattle Goods plate money household stuffe and personal estate whatsoever as aforsd and all the surplusage Moneys after my Debts Legacies and funerall charges satisfied, that shall arize and be made upon Sale of the said Mannor and all my Lands Tenements and hereditiments whatsoever bequeathed to be sold by this my last will and testament or by any other deed or deeds whatsoever
- And I do hereby further appoynt my loving sonns in law John Doggett and Walter Wolsley to be Overseers of this my last Will and desiring them hereby to contribute their best Aid and Assistance to my wife in (disposition?) of this my last Will and Testament.
- And I doe hereby charge and desire my said sonns EDWARD BEAUCHAMP, RICHARD BEAUCHAMP and GEORGE BEAUCHAMP and ELIZABETH BEAUCHAMP my daughter so they expect a blessing from God the father of all without whose blessing nothing can prosper to be obedient unto my dear wife their mother and not proposing to marry without her comfort and Approbation.
- In Witness whereof and every sheet of this my last will and Testament containing all seaven sheets of paper I have sett my hand and seal this sixth day of June in the year of our Lord Christ according to the Con(vention) now used in England one thousand six hundred fiftie three [6 June 1653].
- /s/ John Beauchamp
- Signed Sealed and published by the above named John Beauchamp to be his last will and testament in the presence of Edw: Thurland Fra. Booker.
- This will was proved at London the three and twenty day of May in the year of our Lord God one thousand six hundred fifty five [23 May 1655] before the Judges for probate of (Wilio?) and granting Administration lawfully by the oath of Allice Beauchamp the Relict of the said deceased and the Executrix named in the said Will to whom the Administration was Comitted of all and singular the Goods & Chattels and Debts of the said deceased they being first sworn well and truly to administer the same.
- For anyone who wants a copy of the actual will, it can be purchased for 3.50 pounds (about $7 US) from the | National Archives UK.
- If that doesn't work, go to [| this one] and search wills for John Beauchamp in Surrey.
- The wills available now at the website of the National Archives UK are only those from the Prerogative Court of Canterbury (mostly wealthier people who lived in southern England, including Northampton, Surrey and Sussex, also in Wales), but the ones I've found there so far include Edmund Freeman and his wife Alice, Thomas Beauchamp of Cosgrove (dated 1613, proved 8 May 1614), John Beauchamp, 1615, the merchant who died in Amsterdam (but don't buy the latter since it's written in Dutch with no English translation (unless you can read Dutch)).
- And, by the way, by converting old pounds to their current value, and current pounds to current U.S. dollars, I've discovered that John's money bequests in the will amount to over $1 million dollars in our time. The man who wrote this will is also one tough businessman, so (even aside from the fact that he gave his brother-in-law Edmund Freeman power of atty to act for him in Plymouth) I think there's no doubt that he's also the merchant Adventurer of the Plymouth Company.
- Also, since I've seen some doubts expressed here, I'm still working on the assumption that John's son Edward is Edmund Beauchamp of Maryland, largely because the name Doggett just isn't very common. Alice Beauchamp's husband John Doggett was born in Hamburg, Germany (proved by his will, also available at the National Archives website, as is Alice's), and that may explain why the name isn't common in England, at least in that era. But John's son Edward/Edmund wasn't yet age 26 when John wrote his will, so was born after the Edmund christened in 1625 in Sussex. He is more likely the Edmund christened in 1630-something at St. Swithin Parish Chruch, London. Interesting that Alice (Beauchamp) Doggett's children were (most of them) also baptized at St. Swithin. - Marilyn A. Sharp (email@example.com), 5 Aug 2007
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