Will of Dr. Leonard Poe from a reproduction attainable through United Kingdom Documents Online
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n the name of God
Doctor in Phisicke and Phisicon in ordinary to his Matie for his hono:ble houshold the Eighteenth day of February in the yeare of our Lord God one Thousand six hundred and Thirty Doe make and ordaine this my will and testament in manner and form following
And first I bequeath my soule unto Allmighty God my maker trustinge to be saved by the merits of my Saviour and sole Redeemer Jesus Christ, And my body I doe appoint to be buried in such decent manner as shall seeme fit unto my Executor and Overseers hereafter named, And lett all men knowe that I doe hereby ordaine and make my welbeloved sonne Mr. James Poe beinge nowe a Master of Arts and Fellowe of Kings Colledge in Cambridge my sole Executor of this my will and Testament revokinge all former wills by me formerly made, but my will is that before he make probate of this my Will, or alter any part of mye estate he doe become bound unto my Overseers hereafter named or unto two of them at the least if two of them be livinge or otherwise unto one of them, in one obligation of the full some of Eight thousand pounds of lawfull English money for the true Performance of this my will according to the true intent and meaning thereof And as touching such portion and provision of maynetenance as I intend to bestowe on my sonne Theophilus Poe my will is that in regard of his present unthriftie livinge he shall have paid unto him dureinge his life only out of my estate the somme of Thirtie pounds PerAnnu unlesse by gods grace he shall hereafter conforme himself to live and demeane himselfe as becometh a sober thrifty and temperate man, which if he shall soe doe and that my Executor or Executors and Overseers or any two of them shall soe finde of him, and declare him soe to live and demeane himselfe Then my will is that my Executor with the advice of my Overseers or two of them shall pay out and disburse for him my said sonne Theophilus Poe for his best benefit and advantage the full some of Five hundred pounds of good and lawfull English money And thereupon his yearly payment of Thirty pounds PerAnnu is to cease and determine, And my will and desire is That if at the tyme of my departure out of this life I shalbe seized of any Land tenements or hereditaments whatsoever mortgaged or to be mortgaged or conveyed unto me for any somme or sommes of money whatsoever Then I give and bequeath this same unto my Executor or Executors that proveth or doe prove this my will for the uses hereafter expressed, that is to saie, That the same shalbe sold unto the best advantage and that the moneys thereof and thereout raysed shalbe imployed in such sort as I by this my will have derected or shall direct, And my will is that, until the same Lands tenements and hereditaments soe mortgaged or to be mortgaged or conveyed unto me as aforesaid shalbe redeemed or sold, That my Executor shall receive the Rents Dues and proffitts thereof for the uses in this my will expressed and to be expressed unto which my said Executor viz the said James Poe, I doe hereby give my Lease of the Rectory of Ringwood in the Countie of Southton to the intent that the rents and profitts thereof together wth the rents and profitts thereof together wth the rents and profitts [sic, apparently unintended repetition by copyist] of the same lands Tenements and hereditaments soe mortgaged or to be mortgaged or conveyed unto me as aforesaid shalbe disposed of to such uses as I by this will have directed or shall direct, And my will also is, That when it shall please God I shall depart this life, and that my Executor the said James Poe be then livinge, that he shall receive my said Lease of the Rectorie of Ringwood for such terme and number of yeares as he can procure the same, wch he shall soe receive for his own benefit and advantage unto whome I doe absolutely give the same after my decease And as touching all the rest and residue of my goods Chattels and whole estate I doe bequeath as followeth And first I will and ordaine that after my decease the lease of my owne dwellinge house togeather with all my plate houshold stuffe and ymplemts of houshold whatsoever shalbe sold at the best value soe soone as my Executor wth the advise of my Overseers or any two of them can sell the same to the best advantage And that the moneys thereof cominge and to be raised shall be likewise added to the rest of my estate [end of page one] and stocke of moneys, To be disposed of by my Executor with the like advise of my Overseers or any two of them for the best profitt thereof to be made and wth the best security as likewise other my moneys nowe lent forth at interest are, and so to be continued or otherwise disposed of as the same shalbe from tyme to time receaved, to be ymployed as I have directed or shall direct by this my will, And my will is that noe morninge be given for at my Funeral for the solempnizinge thereof but only unto my Children and servants Provided also and my will is, That if my said sonne James Poe shall refuse and will not become bound in and by the said obligacon of Eight Thousand pounds unto my Overseers in manner as this my will directeth for the true Performance thereof wthin one and twentie dayes next after request made unto him by my said Overseers or any two or one of them so to doe Then and thereupon my Will is That notwithstandinge anyethinge herein conteyned to the contrarie he my said sonne James Poe shall not meddle any further wth the possessinge havinge and disposinge of any part of my estate neither shall he have anye profitt or benefitt thereof or therefrom other than the said Lease of the said Rectory of Ringwood with eight hundred pounds in money (unlesse I by this my will shall make any further increase of portion unto him) wch Eight hundred pounds my Will is shalbe so paid unto my said sonne James Poe out of my estate by my sonne in lawe Mr David Ramsey and my trusty and welbeloved freind Mr Walter Hillary of Clifford Inne London gent, whome then and not before or otherwise I doe hereby make and ordaine to be the sole Executors of this my will upon speciall trust and Confidence only that they shall see the same truly and duly observed and performed for the benefit of my Children and other of my freinds to whome I have or by this my will shall give or bequeath any legacie or bequest whatsoever unto wch my said Executors vizt, the said Mr David Ramsey and Mr Walter Hillary (in case they fortune to become my Executors and doe prove my will I doe hereby give and bequeath the some of Five pounds apeece for their paines and labour to be taken in and about the executinge thereof accordinge to the trust reposed in them as aforesaid But my will is that if my said sonne James Poe shall make probate of this my will and enter into the said obligacon as aforesaid, Then my meaninge is that the said Mr David Ramsey and Mr Walter Hillary together with Sr Walter Pye knight, Sr Thomas Merry knight one of his Maties servants Mr Manley Esquire, one other of his Maties servants and Joseph Lane of Fetterlane neere Fleete Street London gent shalbe the Overseers of this my will, unto which my said Overseers I doe hereby give the somme of Three pounds apeece for their care and paines to be taken in the aydinge and assisting of my Executors accordinge to the true intencon of this my will And my will also is that if my sonne Leonard Poe shall become compos mentis, and that I doe not settle or place my said sonne Leonard Poe in some fitt place to gaine a competent meanes of livinge) before my death he beinge compos mentis Then my meaninge is, That my Executor or Executors that shall make probate of this my will shall paie and deliver unto my said unto my said [sic, phrase repeated] sonne Leonard Poe (he beinge compos mentis) out of my estate by the consent of my Overseers or two of them) the full some of Seaven hundred pounds for his present prferment and placinge in some Competent way of livinge, But my will is that if my said sonne Leonard Poe shall not be compos mentis, Then the said Seaven hundred pounds nor any penny thereof shall not be paid unto him nor any for him, But that there shalbe only the somme of Fiftie pounds PerAnnum raised and disbursed by my Executor or Executors for his maintenance until such time as it shall please God he shall become compos mentis and be able to live understandingly and fitly of himself which Seaven hundred pounds if it shall fortune to be paid, Then the Fifty pounds PerAnnum to cease. Item I give unto my daughter Mris Grint the some of One hundred pounds for the benefit of her selfe and her husband because they have noe Children betweene them to be paid her wthin Sixe moneths after decease Item I doe also give unto my two litle Grandchildren William Ramsey and Frances Ramsey beinge the sonne and daughter of my said sonne in lawe Mr David Ramsey, vizt to each of them One hundred pounds, To be paid unto them at their severall ages of One and twentie yeares or daies of marriage (wth Consent of their freinds) wch shall first happen, And my will and meaning [end of page two] is that untill my said Grandchildren shall have attained unto their severall ages of one and twentie yeares or marry as aforesaid That the whole profitt of each of their hundred pounds shalbe imployed for and towards their educacon and maintenance in the meanetyme, which severall legacies of One hundred pounds a peece, my will is shalbe delivered unto my said sonne in lawe Mr David Ramsey wthin Sixe moneths after my decease for the use and benefitt of his said children in manner as is before expressed And my said sonne Mr David Ramsey to enter into an obligacon of Five hundred pounds to my Executor or Executors for the performance thereof accordinge to this my will, Item I doe also give unto two other of my litle grandchildren that is to say, Dionisia Bastwicke and Judith Bastwicke beinge the daughters of my sonne and daughter Bastwicke vizt, to each of them one hundred pounds to be payd unto them at their severall ages of one and twentie yeares or dayes of mariage wth consent of their freinds (which shall first happen, And my will and meaninge is that untill my said grandchildren shall have attained unto their severall ages of one and twenty yeares or marry as aforesaid That the whole profitt of each of their said hundred pounds shalbe ymployed for and towards their educon and mayntenance, in the meanetime, wch severall legacies of one hundred pounds apeece my will is shalbe delivered unto my said sonne and daughter Bastwick wthin Sixe moneths after my decease for the use and benefit of their said Children in manner as is before expressed And my said sonne Bastwicke is to enter into an obligacon of Five hundred pounds to my Executor or Executors for the performance thereof accordinge to this my will Item I doe also give unto my Nephewe Robert Poe (beinge nowe an apprentice unto one Mr Harris a shoomaker of London the somme of Tenn pounds to be payd him at the end of his apprentishipp if he shall then be living and not otherwise Item I doe give unto my lovinge freinde Mris Sara Compton the somme of Twentie pounds to make her a ringe Item I also give unto my goddaughter Mris Elizabeth Allen one of the daughters of the said Mris Sara Compton Fortie shillings to maker her a ringe, And I give unto Mris Sara Clapthorne and Mris Mary Compton two other of the daughters of the said Mris Sara Compton to either of them the like some of Fortie shillings to make each of them a ringe And I give unto Jane Compton one other of the daughters of the said Mris Sara Compton the like some of Fortie shillings to make her a ringe, Item I alsoe give unto Mr Crane, Mr Nicholas Paye Mr Manley and Mr Twyne (beinge all fouer of them Clarks of his Maties kitchen) the some of Fortie shillings apeece to make each of them a ringe, Item I doe also give unto my sonne in lawe Mr John Hankinson the somme of Fortie shillinges to make him a ringe Item I also give unto my servants hereafter named vizt, unto Joane my maide Tenn pounds, unto Edward Lloyd Fortie shillings unto James my Footeboy Fortie shillings, unto John my Coachman Fortie shillings, unto Elizabeth Appleton fortie shillings, unto Ellen Ward fortie shillings, yf they my said servants shall be dwelling wth me at the tyme of my departure out of this life Item I allso give unto auncient servant Richard Haggenson, Allice his wife, and Thomas Taylor Twentie shillings apeece to make them sevally ringe wth all, Item I also give unto the poore people of the said parish of Christ Church London the somme of Five pounds (if I dye in that parish) But in case I dye not in that parish, Then I give the sayd Five pounds unto the poore of that parish in which I shall die, To be delivered unto or for their use in some convenient tyme after my decease, Item I give unto my sister Beverley (if she survive me) the somme of Five pounds to be paid her wthin halfe a yeare after my decease But if shee bee not liveing at thend of the said halfe yeare Then I give the said Five pounds unto her eldest daughter To be paid her wthin the limitacon of tyme, Item I also give unto my loving brother Anthony Poe the somme of Tenn pounds to be paid unto him wthin halfe a yeare after my decease, And give unto my Cozen William Poe dwelling wth one Richard Holman gent the somme of Tenn pounds to be payd him wthin a yeare after my decease Item I give unto Mris Wight Fortie shillings to make her a ringe, I also give unto Mris Hillary, the wife of the said Mr Walter Hillary the somme of Three pounds to make her a ringe, And my will further is that in case Mr Ramsey and Mr Hillary doe fortune to become the Executors of this my Will in default of my said sonne James Poe as aforesaid Then my meaninge is that the said Sr Walter Pye, S Thomas Merry knight Mr Manley and Mr Lane shalbe the sole Overseers of this my will and moreover my will is that if my said sonnes or either of them shall fortune to depart this life unmarried, And not have received their [end of page three] porcons and bequests formerlie bequeathed unto them as aforesaid That then such parts thereof not by them or either or any of them soe received shall goe and shall absolutely rest and returne to my sonne James Poe my Executor his use as by this my will I shall and doe appoint that is as followeth, And if all my said sonnes depart this life before they have received their said porcons not havinge any issue of their bodies lawfullie begotten, Then my will is that their porcons not received by them shall goe and be to and amongst my said daughters for the use and benefitt of their Children and themselves equallie to be distributed amongst And my will lastly is that all the rest and residue of all my goods and Chattells as well as reall as personall not herein formerly given and bequeathed, my legacies, debts and Funerall expences being first paid and discharged shall goe and be unto my said sonne James Poe in case he makes probate of this my will and become bound as aforesaid, And in default thereof my will is that the same shall goe and be unto said other Executors, vizt the said Mr Ramsey and Mr Hillary upon speciall trust that they shall wth the advise of my Overseers or two or one of them at the least equallie distribute the same unto and for the same unto and for the use and benefitt of my Children survivinge me and their Children when I dye whereof my said sonne Theophilus Poe is to have no part but his said Thirtie pounds PerAnnu unless he shalbe found and declared to have conformed himselfe to live Civily soberly and temperately wch declaration is soe first to be made by my Executors or Overseers or two of them at the least In witnes whereof that this present writinge (conteyninge in itt nyne sheets of paper whereof this present sheete is one of them) is the last will and testament of me the said Leonard Poe the Father I the said Leonard Poe have at thend of every the said sheets of paper written my name and at thend of this sheete I have not only written my name but have also hereunto sett my hand and seale and have published this entire writinge to be the last will and testament of me the said Leonard Poe the Father yeomen the said Eighteenth day of February Anno Dm 1630. And in the Sixth yeare of the Raigne of our Soveraigne Lord Kinge Charles of
robatum: fuit testamentum suprascriptum apud London Coram beneli viro Willimo Mericke legim doctore Surrogato ven enabilis viri Domim Henrici Marten militis legum etiam doctoris Curiae Prerogativae Cunctuariensis magistri Justods sive Com sirii etime Constituti Visesimo Quinto dia Mentis Martii Anno Dm Millesimo Sepcentesimo Tricesimo Primo Funamento Jacobi Poe artium magistri filii naturalis et etim dicti defuncti et executoris in hmor testamento nominat Cui Comissa fuit administrato omnium et singulorun bonorum Juricum et Creditorum dicti defuncti De bene et fidelir administrando eadem Ad sancta Dei Evangelis Jurat.