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The 1652 will of Morgan King



In the name of God Amen I Morgan King of Yeovill in the County of Sommersett Roper being sick and weak of Body but of perfect memory thankes be to Almighty God Doe make this my last Will and Testament the Thirde day of August in the yeare of our lord God One Thousand six hundred fifty and Two in manner and forme following Imprimis I bequeath my Soule to Almighty God my maker being fully perswaded through the meritts of Christ Jesus my saviour to live in Joyes everlasting and my Body to be buried in Christian buriall Item I give and bequeath unto my Wife Christian so muh portion as I had with her and halfe my household stuffe which was mine before I came to my Mother to live and what householde since I have bought Also I give to my Mother five pounds To be paid Twelve pence a weeke weakely immediately after my Decease Also my Will is That my Mother shall have use of those goods as followeth One Bedstead one Bedd Two Coffers Two [iaynt ?] stooles Two Cupboards in the hall one great Chare The Table boarde in the Kitchen One Brasse Pott One Sjillet during her naturall life and after her decease all thesende goods to remaine unto my sonne John Also all the rest of my goods unbequeathed I give and bequeath unto my said sonne John and doe make him the sole and only Executor of this my last Will and Testament Also lastly I doe intreate and appoint my Father in Law George Write and my God Father Morgaine Haine To be my Overseers To see all things performed according to this my Will And doe give to each of them six pence Also I doe give to the paster of Yeavill five shillings In Witness whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and seale the day and yeare first above written

Morgan King

Witnesse to this

John Withell     the marke of Susanna Dyer Widow


This Will was proved at Westminster the sixteenth of May in the year of our Lord One Thousand six hundred fifty Three before the Judges for probate of Wills and graunting Administrations appointed by Act of Parliam[en]t intituled and Act for probate of Wills and graunting Administrations y the Oath of John Morgan the naturall and lawfull sonne and executor To whome Administration is Committed being sworne by Commission truly to administer



Transcribed by Bob Osborn