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Will of Mary (Southwell) Branthwayt, proved 12 August 1652

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The is the Will of Mary Branthwayt nee Southwell of Hethel, Norfolk, England.[1]

It was written on 1 August 1648.[1]

The beneficiares are her grandchildren:

In the name of God amen

the first day of August Anno Dom[ini] 1648. And in the Foure and Twentieth yeare of the

reign of our Soveraigne Lord Charles By the Grace of god of England, Scotland, France

And Ireland King Defender of the faith I Mary Branthwaite of Heathfeld in the

County of Norfolk widow being sick and weak of body but good and perfect

in memory (praised be god for the same) Doe make and ordaine this my last will and

testament in manner and forme following this is to say First I commend my soule

into the hands of god my Maker hoping assuredly through the only merrits

of Jesus Christ my saviour to be made partaker of life everlasting And I commend my

body to the earth whereof it is made by Jesus I doe hereby revoke all former wills and

testaments by me made and published and I do make and ordain this my last will and

testimement And doe hereby give and devise unto Bridget Branthwaite my grandchild

and her heires forever All my houses lands Tenements and hereditaments whatsoever

scituate lying and being in Brainford [2] or elsewhere in the county of Suff[olk]

Item I give and devise unto the said Bridgett her executors and assigns All my lands

tenements meadows pastures feedeings and hereditaments whatsoever and all my

estate interest and terme of yeares in the same in Great or Little Witchingham or

in either of them or in any place there nowe adjoining in the County of Norff[olk] to

have and to hold the same premisses last recited with the appurtenances to the said

Bridget my Grandchild her executors and assignes for during and until such

time as Miles Branthwaite my Grandchild shall attaine and accomplish his

age of eighteen years and from thenceforth my Executors hereinafter named

is to suffer him his executors and assignes ^ ( to take His unto [ inuod] am I [ profess ] on all [my] family I [mined] and to assign over unti him his Executor and [assigns]) the said recited Leasehold

[ ..nnsdo] together with [Lease] or Leased] thereof made [Do] hold to him the said

Myles his Executors and assigns during all the [rest] and [ ] of his [term]

of year [ ] the [ ] [ ..purssed] the to [ ..me] and [..] [Then] [tddor [g.or] and

[devise] all my lands, Tenements and hereditaments in Heathfield [afoursaid]

[voting] about four pound per [Ainw] unto the said Bridget my Grandaughter

Executors and assignes [ H..y] to take his [ .eufo] [  ?] and [prossetts] of the same until

William Branthwaite her brother shall accomplish his age of one and [ four ]

years and from and after his accomplishment of his said age [  ?] [?]

[..iss] the said premisses last recited with the appurtenances to the said

William my Grandchild and his heirs forever. [item I doe]] give unto [Aim]

Southwell my [Niece] twenty pounds of [runnant] English money unto my [Josen]

John Lant [ten] pounds of like money Unto Thomas Southwell my Nephew

the^( [sonne ] of Robert) Southwell [five] pounds of like money Unto John [ ]fourthy shillings of like

money to buy him [amig] All which [ r..wall] [fennds] my will is [Hialbs] [ respoharg]

said unto them and [army] of the [them] within [their] [mouthed] [n.ot] after my [do] [t.ase]

[Item I doe] give unto the said Bridget my Grandchild all the [rest] and [resdue]

of my goods Him [ Hello] [plair] ready in any [rathello] [rights] and [ ..] whatsoever

not herein formerly bequethed And doe ordainsand makes her sole [...]

of this my last will and testement And doe make and appoints [humphry] Rant

of [Yelo..ton] in Norff Engl to be Superorsor herof And doe give him for

[to..ands] [ ] [ ] pounds Herein and for his good advice to be given to my

said Grandchild Bridget Branthwaite in the premmisses th sum of [ten]

pounds of good English money for [ ] whereof I have hereunto putt my

had and seale this day and grand first above written Mary Branthwaite sealed

subscribed and published as the last will and testement of the said Mary

Branthwaite in the presence of Edward Em??

This will was proved at London the twelth day of August in the yeare

of our Lord God one thousand six hundred fifty before // Nathanial

Briient Knight Rector of Laws Mastor on [?Keeper] of the [prergative ] Court

By the oath of Bridgett Branthwaite the Exectutrix named in this said Will

to whom was [remitted] [Dominishrahoin] of all and singulair her goods Heathfield

and I [ ] of the said [I...ased] this being first by [ benhed] of a [. onnssion

Legally sound with and [ ..dly] to administer the same E E


  1. 1.0 1.1 Will of Mary Branthwaite England & Wales, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858 [database on-line]. Ancestry.com [1][2]The National Archives; Kew, Surrey, England; Records of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Series PROB 11; Class: PROB 11; Piece: 224. (Accessed 9 Feb 20210
  2. Bramford, Suffolk - random ink splot over the m

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