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The Will of William Prentis

The Will of William Prentis of Great Saling, Essex County, England

Source: Wills of the County of Essex (England), Vol 3, 1571-1577. F.G. Emmison, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1986.

WILLIAM PRENTIS, [abode not given*], 8 March 16 Eliz. [1573/74]

To John my eldest son 33s.4d. To Mary BERDE 6s.8d. To Joan PRENTIS my daughter 20d. To Jane HERDE my daughter 13s.4d. To Valentine and William my sons each 6s.8d. To Elizabeth my daughter 13s.4d., 1 bed which she doth commonly lie on, also her dwelling in one chamber at the west end of my house for her life, so that she keep herself unmarried. To William and William sons of John and Valentine 12d. apiece at 21. To Elizabeth my wife my copyhold house and land until William my youngest son is 21, then to him. To her after the 21 years if she keep herself unmarried, the new house at the west end of my house for her life, also the new orchard adjoining, with free egress and regress to the house. I will that she pay the owners of my house during her life 8d. a year. The resideu of my goods to her. I ordain her my executrix. Witnesses: Henry MAXEY, Richard WALKER clerk [vicar of Great Saling], William SORELL, John DOWNAM. Proved 26 Apr. 1574.

* Probably of Great Saling: see witnesses and Wills at Chelmsford, 1400-1619 (ed. F.G. Emmison, British Record Society, 1958, p.334).

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