This is a transcription of the register version of the will of Richard Parsons Clothworker of All Hallows Barking, City of London, 1600. 76 Wallopp.
The will was written on 29 September 1600 and proved at the Prerogative Court of Canterbury on 30 December 1600.
Spelling and punctuation is based on how I (Potter-10870 07:05, 22 September 2021 (UTC)) have read the register. Line breaks are as per the register copy; with each "Item" of bequest beginning on a new line for my own ease of reading. Capital F is rendered as F rather than ff. Abbreviations are expanded in [square brackets]. Paragraph breaks and bold text for names are my own for ease of reading.
- Anne Parsons my loving wife
- my six children that is to say GeorgeO Richard, Edward Phillipp, Mary, and Anne Parsons
- master Anthonie Wootton preacher
- kinsman William Barrowe
- my sister Audrey Dodge
- sister Margarett Garlick the wief of Frances Garlick
- sister Hellen Harman the wief of Thomas Harman
- her thre children
- Joane Eidson my kinswoman dwelling in silver streat in London
- Alice Parsons daughter of my brother John Parsons
- my sonne in lawe Francis Cooper and his childes
- my sonne Robert Alde
- frendes John Chidred of London merchant and James Chelton citizen and wax chandler of London supervisores and overseeres
- George Wright nory
- Will[ia]m Nottingham Witness Will[ia]m Geo
In the name of God Amen.
The nyne and Twentieth day of September One Thousand Six Hundreth and in the two and
Fortith yeare of the raiyne of our soveraiyne Ladie Elizabeth by the grace of god Queene
Of England Fraunce and Ireland defender of the faith &c[etera]: I Richard Parsons of the
parishe of All Saintes Barkinge in London citizen and clothworker of London, being
at this presente visited by god with sicknes but beinge in my perfecte mynde and
remembrance thankes be to the lord doe ordayne this my present last will and testament
ffirst I comend my soule which is ymortall into the handes of the ymortall god that gave it
my bodie to the yearth from whenct it came wherefore it shall please god to appoynte the
same stedfastlie belevinge to obtaine the ful forgivenes of all my sinnes and eternall lief onley
thorough the death and merritte of Jesus christ my saviour and redeemor And that my bodie also
at the generall day of judgment shalbe raised againe and joyned to my soule and both together
placed at the right hand of god in eternall glorie with all the holie angles and ellecte saintes.
Item I doe will and ordaine that ymediatlie after my decease and my funerall accomplished and y[the]
expences and chardges thereof defrayed all such debts which I shall owe to anie person or persons
in righte or in conscience shallbe answered and satisfied. And then afterwardes I do will and
ordayne that all the remaynder of such goodes chattells and worldlie substance which god hath
blessed me withall at the tyme of my decease shalbe parted and divided according to the landable
custome of this honorable citie of London into thre equall partes and portions One equall third
parte whereof I doe geve and bequeath unto Anne Parsons my loving wife And one other
third parte thereof I doe give and bequeath unto my six children that is to say GeorgeO
Richard, Edward Phillipp, Mary, and Anne Parsons equally betweene them to be parted and
devided. And the other third parte thereof I doe release to my self towards the dischardging of
the legacies which hereafter in and by this my testament and last will I shall sett downe.
Provided allwayes and my mynde and meaning is that the said Anne my wief shall have and
enioy for and towardes the satisfieng of her third parte of my said goodes and substance those
thinges which I have allreadie assured and made over to myne overseeres hereunder named by
wryting or deede of the date of theies presente according to the true meaning of the same wrytinge
and the same thinge be made over to be esteemed and receyved and as parcell of her said thirde
parte and porton.
Item I give and bequeath the some of twenty shillinges to be distributed in
bread amongst the poore people of the parishe where I dwell on the day of my buriall.
Item I doe give and bequeath unto master Anthonie Wootton preacher of godes word the life sume of
twenty shillinges desiring him to make a sermon for the edifienye of the people at the
solemnizinge of my funerall.
Item I doe bequeath unto my kinsman William Barrowe the
life sume of twenty shillinges and to my sister Audrey Dodge one gowne cloth of the
goodness and value which myne Executrix shall thinke best.
Item I doe bqueath unto my
sister Margarett Garlick the wief of Frances Garlick the some of ffortie shillinges and
to my sister Hellen Harman the wief of Thomas Harman the sume of twentie shillingse and
to her thre children to each of them tenne shillinges a peece.
Item I bequeath unto Joane
Eidson my kinswoman dwelling in silver streat in London the sume of twenty shillinges And to
Alice Parsons daughter of my brother John Parsons fortie shillinges.
Item I doe bequeath
unto my sonne in lawe Francis Cooper in full satisfaction of his childes parte and portion
besides the chardges I have bin at with him the sume of fyve poundes of lawfull englishe money
to be paid unto him at his full age of one and twentie yeares.
Item I doe give and bequeath
unto my sonne Robert Alde the sume of twenty poundes which I doe ordaine shalbe put forth
by myne overseers hereunder named to the best sale and profitt that they may. And I doe
desire them that they would doe their best indevor to place him with some honest master
Item I doe give and bequeath unto my said wief the sume of thirtie poundes towardes the
bringing up of my thre youngest children viz Phillipp Anne and Marie Parsons.
Item I doe give and bequeath unto my two supervisores and overseeres hereunder name the sume
of fortie shllinges a peece for their paines to be taken in and aboute the accomplishment of this my
present and last will. All the rest and residue of the same my third parte and portion by this my
present testament not bequeathed after their legacies abovesaid are paid out of the same
accordinge to my true meaning. I doe fully and wholie give and bequeath to the said Anne
my wife. And of this my present last will and testament I doe ordaine nominate and
make the said Anne my wief the sole and alone Executrix. And I doe also appoynte my
loving frendes John Chidred of London merchant and James Chelton citizen and wax
chandler of London to be the supervisores and overseeres of the same desiring them that they
would be carefull to the uttermost of their persons do so the same dulie accomplished according
to my carefull and plaine meaninge. And my plaine mynde and meaning is that the severall
partes and port[i]ones which by vertue of this my present testament shalbe oweing and
comynge to my said sonnes George Richard Edward and Phillipp shalbe paid to them as
they shall accomplishe their severall ages of one and twenty yeares. And the port[i]ones
romiyng to my two daughters Mary and Anne to be paide to them at their severall
full ages of one and twenty yeares or at their severall dayes of marriage first
happening. And that if anie of my six children last mentioned shall departe this lief before the[ir]
tymes appoynted for recevying of their severall port[i]ons that the supervisores of them shalle the
otheres heires soe decreasinge for the same. And I doe lastlie revoake all former willes legaties
and bequestes and will that this published shall stande in force for my last will and testament
In witness whereof I have hereunto put my hand and seale yea I on the day and yeare first
above wrytten. Memorandum theis wordes viz after thies legacies abovesaid are paid out of
the same according to my true meaning I do fullly and wholie give and bequeath to the
said Anne my wief noewe raised and amended before the enforcinge hereof and then this
wrytinge was sealed delivered and published by the said Richard Parsons as his last
Will and testament the third day of October in the Yeare within ment[i]oned in the presence
of us George Wright nory pub: per me Will[ia]m Nottingham Witness Will[ia]m Geo per me
Probate of the will [in Latin] granted at London on 30 December AD 1600 by the computation of the English, to Anne Relict and executor named.
- ↑ Will of Richard Parsons, Clothworker of All Hallows Barking, City of London. Reference: PROB 11/96/411 Description: Will of Richard Parsons, Clothworker of All Hallows Barking, City of London Date: 30 December 1600 Held by: The National Archives, Kew Legal status: Public Record(s) Closure status: Open Document, Open Description The National Archives online.
- ↑ England & Wales, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858. Name: Richardi Parsons [Richard Parsons] Residence: All Saintes Barkinge in London Probate Date: 30 Dec 1600 Death Year: Abt 1600. The National Archives; Kew, Surrey, England; Records of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Series PROB 11; Class: PROB 11; Piece: 96. Ancestry.co.uk sharing link Accessed 20 September 2021.
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