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Will of John Lincolne of Hingham, 1618

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The is a transcription of the original will of John Lincolne of Hingham, Norfolk, England, a husbandman. John wrote his will on 10 March 1617/8 (fifteenth year of the reign of James I) and it was proved at the Archdeaconry Court of Norfolk sitting at Wymondham, Norfolk on 25 June 1618. [1]

Spelling, punctuation and line breaks are as per the original document.
Crossings through have been included Struck out Most of page 2 has been crossed through and rewritten on page 3
Paragraph breaks at change of bequest, and bold text are my own for ease of reading.
ff has been rendered as F
Abbreviations and breviographs have been expanded in [square brackets]
The image quality was good, and the handwriting readable. Many non-standard spellings and arcane words used.
Lost text: where the page has been damaged and the words cannot be predicted, the lost text is indicated thus [....]. Where the words can be predicted, they are indicated in italics in [square brackets].

Persons mentioned:

  • Edithe Lincolne my wife co-executor of the will
  • Sir Frances Lovell Lord of the manor at Hingham
  • my sonn John Lincoln co-executor of the will
  • John Lincone my grandchilde not clear who the parents are
  • my sonn Robert Lincolne
  • my child Thomas Lincolne
  • my child Elizabeth Lincolne
  • my child Siseley Lincolne
  • my daughter Agnes Lincolne
  • Alice Lincolne my daughter in law a wife of one of John's sons
  • Henry Lincolne my grandchild her sonn son of Alice Lincolne above
  • Robert Lincolne my grandchilde sonne of Thomas Lincolne my sonn
  • Thomas Greenwood witness
  • John Shephard witness

In the name of god Amen I John Lincolne of Hingham
in the county of Norff husbandman being sick in body
but of good Remembrance, blessed be god, do ordeyen &
make this my last will & testament in man[n]er & forme
following Impr[i]mis I bequeath my sowle into the
mercifull hands of my heavenly father trusting
to be saved onely for & by the merits of Jesus
christ his sonn & my blessed Savio[u]r and my body
to be buryed where it shall please god to call me

Item I give & bequeath unto Edithe Lincolne my wife
all my lease grounds & house wherin I now dwell with
all the p[ro]fits & com[m]odities therunto belonging therunto
w[hi]ch I hold be lease of S[i]r Frances Lovell Lord of the
manor of Hingham to have & to hold to her & her
assignes during the terme of my said Lease if it
please god she live for so long & after her decease
I do give the same unto my sonn John Lincolne & to
his assignes during the wholle terme of the saide
lease if she shall depart this life before the end therof
towards the bringing up of John Lincone my grandchilde

Item I give unto my sonn Rob[er]t Lincolne one heckfer [2] of
two yeares old & red and to be delivered to him pr[e]sently after
my decease

Item I give to my said sonn Rob[er]t
the some of twenty nobles of lawfull mony of Ingland
to be paid to him his executors or assignes within
six monthes after the decease of Edithe my wife

Item I give to my three children Thomas Lincolne
Elizabeth Lincolne & Siseley Lincolne to every one
of them the some of three pounds six shillings
and eight pence a peece, the same to be paid
to them severally, or their severall executors or assigns
w[i]thin six monthes after the decease of Edithe my
wife

Item I give to my daughter Agnes
Lincolne the some of twenty shillings to be
paid to her her executors or assignes w[i]thin six
monthes after the decease of Edith my wife

[page 2]
Item I give to Alice Lincolne my daughter in law, and to
Henry Lincolne my grandchild her sonn, one bushell of meslin [3]
& half a bushell of mault, to be deliv[e]red to her at the Feast of
the Nativity of our Lord next following after my decease

Item I give to Henry Lincolne my grandchild her sonn the
some of six shillings & viijd to be paid into his said mothers
hands to his use within six monthes after my decease

Item I give to Rob[er]t Lincolne my grandchilde sonne of
Thomas Lincolne my sonn one weaned calf this yeer
to be brought up & kept at the cost of my executors till
it be with calf, and then to be delivered to Thomas
Lincolne father of the said Rob[er]t to the use of the saide
Rob[er]t

Item I give to Elizabeth Lincolne my daughter
one fetherbed & the bedstead whershe now lyeth with all
the furniture theunto belonging Item I give her my biggest
brasse pott & my biggest ketle after her mothers decease
All. Item I give
bequeath all the rest of my moveable goods & chattells
whatsoever --- w[i]th all my bonds bills debts ----
& --- w[i]th my howshold stuff & implements of howshold
I give them all to Edithe my wellbeloved wife & to
my sonn John Lincoln towards the payment of my debts & legacies & p[er]form=
mance of this my will & burial of my body in
Item I make the said edithe my wife executrix of this my will
christian buryall In witness whereof I have
sett to my hand to these pr[e]sents dated the tenth
day of March in the Fifteenth yere of the reign
of our Sov[e]raigne Lord James by the grace
of god of Ingland France & Ireland king
Defend[e]r of the faith &c And of Scotland
the one & fiftye

[page 3]
Item, all other my moveable goods & chattells, household
stuff & implements of houshold, debts duties bonds
bills & demande whatsoev[e]r ungiven & unbequeathed
I Do give & bequeath them to my executors towards
the payment of my debts & legacies p[er]formance of this
my will & bringing of my body to christian buryall

And I do ordeyne & make the said Edithe my
wellbeloved wife & the aforesaid John Lincolne
my sonne executors of this my last will &
testament In witnesse wherof I have here=
unto sett my hand the tenth day of March
in the Fifteenth yere of the Reign of our
Sov[e]raigne Lord James by the grace of
god of Ingland France & Ireland king
defend[e]r of the faith &c & of Scotland
the one & fiftyeth
John Lincolnes mark

Redd Signed & deliv[e]red in the pr[e]sence of us
Thomas Greenwood
Robt Lincolnes mark
Tho: Lincolnes mark
John Shephard

[reverse of page 3]
Probate [abstracted from the Latin] granted at Wymondham on the twenty fifth day of June AD 1618

Sources

  1. Will of John Lincolne of Hingham 1618 Archdeaconry Court of Norfolk original will. ANF original will 1618 no. 9 Norfolk Record Office, Norwich, Norfolk, England. Family Search film DGS007904828 Images viewable at an LDS Family History Centre. Images transcribed 28 February 2022
  2. Heckfer = heifer
  3. meslin, a type of grain




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