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Will of William Catcher, Merchant of Truro, Cornwall 1628

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National Archives Kew Prob 11/153/360
Will of William Catcher, Merchant of Truro, Cornwall 1628
husband of Margaret Pye
In the name of God Amen.The viijth daie of December Anno Do’ii One thousand sixe hundred twentie Seaven
I William Catcher of Truro in the County of Cornwall Merchant being sicke of body but of sound minde and perfect memory, praised bee my God, doe make this my last will and Testament in manner and forme followinge
First I comend my soule unto the blessed Trinity in unity And my body for a season unto the earth from whence I assure myselfe of a joyfull resurrection at the Last daie through the Sole merits of my Saviour Christ Jesus
As for worldly matters to w’ch I bid farewell thus I determine
Imprimis unto my loveing wife Margarett there will descend all my Dutchie land whereby she wilbe competently provided for
Item I give and bequeath unto her all hir wearing apparell linnen and woollen and all her Rings Jewells and those trunkes and chests w’ch she now useth
Item I give and bequeath unto her such houshold stuffe plate and necessarie utensalls as my brother in lawe George Phippen shall thinke fitt for hir
It also for a testimony of my love I give and bequeath unto hir that Diamond Ringe w’ch was my owne and hath ben long in her custodie
As for my eldest sonne Edward Catcher being but young and sickly if he live unto it the said Dutchie lands will descend unto him w’ch will be a competent means for him
Item unto John Catcher my second sonne (the lease of my now dwelling house excepted w’ch I ordaine to bee a dwelling house for my wife and all our Children in comon untill God shalbe pleased otherwise to dispose of them& if I cannot renew my estate and lease of this sd house then excepted the house wherein Robert Gardner now dwelleth to the comon use afores’d this excepted) I give and bequeath all other, my leases w’ch I hold of severall men and all my right interest by them in any houses, lands or mills, To have and to hold to him and his heires from the tyme that he shall accomplish the age of xxiiij yeates during the remainder and remainders of the s’d severall leases then and thence to expire in the mean tyme he and his Brothers and Sisters to bee educated by the p’fitts of the same
Item unto W’m Catcher my youngest sonne I give and bequeath all that my right and interest in [Newington?] house and lands being copieholdlands To have and to hold to him the s’d William and his heires according to the custome of the mannor from the tyme that he shall accomplish the age of xxiiij yeares forward or then 200L sterling in leuie thereof if my heire shall deny or refuse to lett him my said sonne William to enioye the same according to the extent of this my will In the meantyme he and his brethren and sisters to bee educated by the profitts of the same
It towards the payment of my owne debts I appoint such monies as I shall leave in house and my goods and my wares and the debts owning unto mee, and the overplus thereof to bee equallie devided among my seaven daughters Constance, Matilda Ellen Margrett Jane Marie and Honor to whom I give and bequeath the same to bee paid unto them severally at the daie of their marriage or as they shall accomplish severally the age of xxiiij yeares .What other matter & income maie accrue out of my estate I give and bequeath unto my two youngest sons John & W’m above named whom I make and constitute ye ioynt executors of this my last will and Testament appointing them and the rest as overseer and guardian my beloved brother in lawe afforenamed Georg Phippen ratyfying and desiring to be ratified what he shall doe, who I assure myselfe will doe his best for this my family The Lord blesse them and continue them in his feare and favour and blessse them in all theire [waies?], directing their harts and lives to his glory & theire owne Salvation
Witness this to bee my last will and Testament I sett hereunto my hand and seale [yeven] the daie and yeare first above written ‘y me Willm Catcher Witness the signing and sealing hereof wee whose names are subscribed Robert Burges Otwell Pye Jo’ Adlington John Burges John Mayowe Ja: White

Probate clause in latin 26th March 1628, Administration granted to Margaret Catcher, widow of the deceased during the minority of the nominated executors John and William In the same position/ {eodem]as adminstrators George Phippen and William [Spratt?] Note Ancestry reference misstranslates the date of probate as 26 March 1627 rather than 1628 as in the National Archives catalogue. The text reads “Vicesimo sexto die mense Martij Anno Domini Millesimo sexcentesimo vicesimo octavo “ Therefore the date was 1628 link to image on ancestry, subscription required

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