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Will of Nicholas Shepheard, Yeoman of Cornwood, Devon

Proved 5 December 1657

© Crown Copyright

PROB 11/271, Records of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Ruthen Quire Numbers: 499 - 543

Transcribed by Wayne Shepheard

In the Name of God Amen, I, Nicholas Shepheard, of Cornewood, in the County of Devon, yeoman, although sick in body yet perfect in mind, thanks be to God, do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following.

First I give and bequeath my soule to Jesus Christ my Saviour and Redeemer and my body to the Christian burial. Then I give to the poore of the Parish of Cornewood tenn shillings.

Then I give and bequeath to my Daughter Barbarah Shepheard twenty-five pounds to be paid her within five full months after my decease.

Then I give and bequeath to my Daughter Mary twenty-five pounds to be paid her within two years after my decease.

Then I give to my Daughter Orrnidge twenty-five pounds to be paid her within three years after my decease.

Then I give and bequeath to my sonn Nicholas Shepheard Tenn Pounds to be paid him when he shalle of the age of twenty-one years. After I give and bequeath unto him my loomes and slays and all thinge thereto belonging. After I give and bequeath to him all that house with the court lodge thereto belonging wheron John Barret lately deied did dwell in after the decease of my wife during his natural life and alsoe the giving of a pegg in the combe payeing yearly therefore unto his brother John Shepheard his heirs or Assigns the sume of foure shillings.

Then I give and bequeath unto Sampson Shepheard my third sonn twelve pounds to be paid him when he shalle of the age of twenty-one years.

Then I give and bequeath unto Thomas Shepheard my fourth sonn twelve pounds to paid him when he shalle of the age of twenty-one years.

Then I give and bequeath unto William Shepheard my fifth sonn twelve pounds to be paid hi when he shalle of the age of twenty-one years.

Then I give and bequeath to my sonn John Shepheard all my land.

All the rest of my goods and chattels not given nor bequeathed I give and bequeath to Margarett Shepheard my wife and John Shepheard my sonne and they I make and ordain to be my whole and sole executors jointly and severally of this my last will & testament and to See this my last will and testament to be performed in all things according to my intent and meaning.

In witness whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and Seale upon this one and twentyeth Day of September in the year of our Lord God one thousand six hundred fifty and seaven.

Nicholas Shepheard

Sealed and subscrived in the presence of William Hannaford the signe of John Bastin.

This Will was proved at London before the Judge for probate of wills and granting Ad(?) lawfully authorized the fifth day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand sex hundred fify seaven by the path of Margarett Shepheard and John Shepheard the Relict and sonne joynt executors named in the said will, to whom Administration was Committed they being first by Comission sworne truley to Adminsteror.

Last updated - Brian Randell, 5 Nov 2009

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