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Will of Katherine Tregonwell, Widow of Milton Abbas, Dorset 1651/2

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Will of Katherine Tregonwell, Widow of Milton Abbas, Dorset
The National Archives PROB 11/220/183
Prob Date: 24 January 1652
Transcribed from image downloaded from Ancestry by Helen M Ford.
In the name of God Amen. I Katherine Tregonwell the relict widdow of John Tregonwell of Milton Abbas in the countie of Dorsett Esquire beig weak and sicklie disposed in bodie but of perfect sence and memorie thankes bee to God for it) doe make and ordaine this my last Will and Testament in manner and forme following
Firs I bequeath my Soule into the handes of my maker and redeemer Christ Jesus hoping through the merritts of his bitter death and passion to receive Salvation And as for my bodie I bequeath it to bee buried if soe it may be admitted in the vault or buriall place of my Ancestors at Middhurst in the Countie of Sussex
Next as concerning my poore[?] fortunes and worldly goodes my Will is they shall be disposed as followeth
First I give to my eldest sonne John Tregonwell my best diamond ring desiring it may bee left after his death to his sonne John as a remembrance from mee.
Item I give unto my second sonne Thomas Tregonwell my other diamond ringe which my desire alsoe is that after his decease it may be left to his sonne John as remembrance from mee
Item I give unto my sonne John his wife my best gowne and pettycoate if shee please to accept of them And also my little flatt iron bound coffer with all that is in it
Item I give to my sonne Thomas his wife my next best gowne and petticot which if they bee not for her wearing thee may please to bestowe them on one of her daughters to her
likewise I leave to bestowe and divide amongst her foure daughters my grandchildren my several little trunkes boxes or coffers with all what is in them Further alsoe I leave unto her to bestowe and divide amongst her foure (foresaid) daughters six of my best and finest aprons six necke? handkerchers laced with bone lace or needleworke and my finest holland smockes And lastlie I give unto her selfe my watch which my cozon Shelley left mee.
Item I give unto my daughter Frampton my third best petticoate and twenty poundes in money.
Item I give unto my grandchild Anne Frampton my [tortes gourdevine??] and my two lesser chorall Braceletts.
Item I give unto my nephew William Englefield conditionallie that I dye att his house my cloath greene stooles chaire and couch which are furnishing his parlour and likewise my broad cloath greene carpetts to cover his tables therein besides. I give unto him my crucifix ringe and to his wife my other crucifixe ringe with a little diamond theretoin
Item I give unto his daugher Mary Englefield my Greene Sattin damask petticoate and five poundes in money.
Item I give unto my nephews Anthonie and Henrie Englefield one gold Ringe of the same weight and fashion apeece as I gave unto their brother William Englefield.
Item I give unto my Neece Ponnd?? The gould ringe that was given mee by Master Farrington and likewise my Turkey Grogram hood cloake and savegard
Item I give unto my God daughter Katherine her daughter all such moneyes as her mothers have commeth unto for what I have latelie laid out about Saint Leonards forrest
Item I give unto my honored cozen Ladie Carrell my christall jewell
Item I give unto my cozen John Carrills wife the black enamel crosse which was given to me by my Aunt the Ladie Da[o]rmer
Item I give unto my friend Master Richard Lane the bedd whereon hee lyeth and also the bedstead boulster pillows rugg blanketts and curteynes and vallence belonging thereunto And also one windowe curteyne and carpett one great chair and two little chairs of a purple colour according as they were left and given by my cozen Shelley unto mee and further I give two paire of sheetes two pillow[beers?] half a dozen of napkins of the finer sort and one or two little table cloathes.
Item I give unto my aforesaid sonne John Tregonwell all the residue of my household stuffe both wollen lynnen bedding chaires stooles trunkes cabinetts and whatsoever else of that kinde and sorte except what I have alreadie give or hall hereafter
Item I give unto my aforenamed friend Richard Lane one hundred poundes in money and unto my servant Gerard White fortie pounds in money whome my will also is should have mournings allowed them and likewise two maide servants And further my will is that my two maide servants shall have five poundes a peece given them, And that the orinarie and meaner sort of my wearing apparell and wearing lynnen bee equallie divided betwixt them but I would have Marie Mathewes have my blacke taffetie gowne and petticaote and my will is that my whol familie or retinue shall have allowance made to continue siourners for one month att the place where I shall leave them att my decease untill the can better provide for themselves.
Item I give unto my older servant Mistris Turner five poundes in money to buy her a peece of plate as a remembrance from me.
Item I give unto my cozen Coldham the peece of blacke taffitee which I have lying by mee to make her a gowne withall
Item I give unto Mistris Ironslowe and Mistris Rigby Rigby widdowes five poundes a peece
Item I give unto Maister Case and Maister Hughes foure pounds
item Whereas I put out in my mothers lifetyme together with a thousand poundes of hers and some hundred poundes of others a considerable sume for the purchase of a lease to bee continued for fourescore and nineteene yeares good unto us at a valuable yearlie rent charge during that tyme which if it should not bee duelie paid and discharto unto us then it should bee lawfull for us that were interested therein to enter and possess ourselves of the whole as a mortgage trulie and legallie forfeited Now then my will and meaning is that if this said lease or mortgage may be recovered and sold for a valuable consideration or neere the rate that was given by my mother my selfe and others for itt that my sonne John shall have six hundred pundes thereof to himselfe and one hundred markes to his sonne And that likewise five hundred therof bee given to my sonne Thomas his five children( [__to his __ ___five daughters one hundred markes a peece
Item I give thereof unto my servant [_ward ___] fifty poundes but contionally that the benefitt or profitt of the said fifty pounds be enoyed by him dureing onlie the [___]of his naturall life and that after his decease the principal and benefitt thereof revert to my sonne John and his heires for ever
Item I give unto my nephew George Browne the residue of all such moneys of mine that shall remaine over and above what I have given unto my before named sonne grand children and others upon the [___} recited? Lease of mortgage to be imployed and disposed by himm according as I shall give hum directions by writing or by some trusted or knowne friend But bee it provided and soe my will is that if this lease or mortgage cannot bee sold neere the rate that I and other interested [__ herein] gave for it that then a pportionable abatement bee made in what I have given my sonne gand children and others according and others interested therein shall agree amongst themseves according to the share of their moneyes iustly and equitably [ ] But if this said lease or mortgage will not bee permitted to bee sould att all but [ ] must continue as formerlie then my will is that my said sonne grand children and others who shall bee interested therein by this my Last Will and Testament shall receive them consideration moneyes rateably and proportionably according as others interessed and shared therein shall or must receive
Item I give unto my grand child William Frampton twentie poundes on whose mother I had bestowed out of my motherlie love a greater legacie than I have done but that my meanes in respect of my great loses are become short and besides because she oweth me twentie poundes which I freely forgive her.
Item I give unto my said eldest sonne John Tregonwell all my plate it shall appeare that I have lett him have it in my lyf tym or that I shall bee or that I shall bee enforced to sell it to supply my present wants or that I hall dye not soe with provided of moneyes to pay my legacies for them I would have it sould after my death [ ] and with the moneys given for it that my legacies may bee discharged
Item my will and desire is that if my difficulties or debts shall bee conceived?? Or apprehended by my executor hereafter na_____ ____ any particular point or clause of my will that then recourse be had unto my before __med friend Maister Richard Lane whome I have fully made acquainted with my mind and true meaning in each particuler
Lastlie my will and desire is that after the subscribing and sealing of this my present last Will and Testament I shall be desirous to bestowe any further legacies on any other friends of acquantances my will I say is that whatsoever codecill or writeing I shall leave subscribed with my owne hand importing so much shall bee deemed and taken as valid and duely performed by my executor hereafter named as this my last Will and Testament And of this my Last Will and testament I make constitute and ordaine my afoenamed loveing sonne John Tregonwell of Milton Abbas in the County of Dorsett Esquire my Sole Executor intreating hum that hee will out of his filiall love and respect unto me carefully see this my Last Will and Testament in all points executed according to my true meaning and intent therein And in wittness that this is my Last Will and Testament I have subscribed it with my hand and sealed it with my seale on the twentith day of October one thousand six hundred fiftie one
Katherine Tregonwell subscribed sealed and published in the presence of John Monger Elizabeth Ponnd Edward White Memorandum that whatsoever words are eterlyned in this present will were set down before it was subscribed or sealed
The will was proved att London before James Masters Doctor of Lawe and surrogate to the Right Worshipfull Sir Nathaniell Brent Kt Doctor of Lawes Maister of Keeper of the Prerogative Court the foure and twentith day of January in the year of our Lord God according to the computation of the Church of England one thousand six hundred and fiftie and one by the oath of John Tregonwell the sonne and executor named in the said will to whom administration was remitted of all and singular the goods chattells and debts of the said deceased…

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