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From National Archives - Transcribed by Janet Meads 2020
The Will of Edmond Wallis, Yeoman
The first few lines of the will of Edmond Wallis

In the name of God Amen. I Edmond Wallis of Burton Latimer in the Countie of Northampton yeoman, being weake of bodie ,but of sound and perfect memorie (thanks be to God) doe make and ordaine my last will and testament in manner and forme followinge. ffirst I give and bequeath my soule into the hands of Almighty God my Creator trusting in the above meritts of Jesus Christ my Saviour, hoping through him to have a joyfull resurrection; And my bodie to the earth from whence it was taken, to be buryed at the discretion of my Executors hereafter named; And for my worldly goods wherewith it hath pleased God to blesse me, I doe dispose of them in manner and forme followinge; ffirst I give bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth threescore pounds to be paid to her when she shall attaine to the age of fourteene yeares, if she shall so longe live, But in case she shall dye before that age, then the same shall remaine and come to my Executors hereafter named, to be equally devided between them; Also I give and bequeath to my brother Thomas Wallis tenn pounds to be paid him imediatly after my decease, And my will is that in case my sonne Edmond shall dye before he shall accomplish the age of foureteene yeares , That then I give and bequeath to my said daughter Elizabeth fforty pounds more to be paid her also at the age of fourtene yeares; And also my will is, that as soone as my sonne Edmond shall accomplish the age of fourteene yeares, he shall enter upon the whole lease of the ffarme which I am now possessed in Burton. And my wife shall then take possession of half my goods and chattles; Allso I give and bequeath to the poore people of Burton Latimer ten shillings to be distributed where there is most neede, at the discretion of my loving wife; And all the rest of my goods and chattells whatsoever unbequeathed (my debts being paid and funerall expences discharged) I give and bequeath to my loving wife and my sonne Edmond, who I make and ordaine my Executors of this my last will and testament: And I desire my loving brother Thomas Wallis, And my loving friends Edward Hunt and ffrancis Clarke supervisors of this my last will and testament, desiring them and every of them, that they would see this my last will and testament performed according to my true intent and meaning, And I give and bequeath to each of them, two shillings six a peece, to buy each of them a paire of gloves; And to William Phelips for his paines in making my will, also two shillings and six pence, to buy him also a paire of gloves; In witnesse whereof I have hereto sett my hand, the sixteenth daie of ffebruarie , in the yeare of our lord God 1657. Edmund Wallis : Signed and Published, in the presence of Tho: Wallis, Edward Hunt his marke; ffrancis Clarke his marke, Wm. Phelips.
This will was proved at London Before the judges for probate of wills and granting Admin …………….. The eight and twentith day of June, in the yeare of our lord God one thousand, six hundred, fifty and eight. By the oath of Elizabeth Wallis the relict, and one of the Executors named in the said will .

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