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The Will of Katherine Merchant

The 1654 will of Katherine Merchant, Widow


I Katherine Merchant of Yeavill in the County of Somersett Widdowe being sicke and weake of body but of sound and perfect memorie; Doe make and ordaine this my last Will and Testament in manner and forme following (That is to say) I give unto my Kinswoman Elizabeth Rodd (who now liveth with me) The sume of Twelve pounds due unto me from John Lockyer of Chilton Cantelo by Bond; Item I give unto the said Elizabeth Rodd The sume of Eleaven pounds due to me by Bond from William Sealy Item I give unto her Fower pounds due to me by the Widdowe Lawrence of Northover. Item I give to her the said Elizabeth Five pounds due to me from Agnes Dibble of Closworth. Item I give to the said Elizabeth All such Rents and Sumes of money as are due to me att Michaelmas last past from any person or persons whatsoever. Item I give her One pound Tenn shillings which is in the hands of Elizabeth the wife of Giles [Meach ?]. Item I give to Robert Rodd, my Brother, Fourtie shillings To bee paid within two yeares after my Decease Item I give to John Hamon, sonne of Richard Hamon The sume of Fiftie shillings To be paid att the Expiration of his Apprenticeshipp with interest for the same, Accompting from the day of my Decease Item I give to each of the Children of my Cozen Ambrose Seward Five shillings To be paid within one month after my decease. Item I give Twentie shillings to be distributed amongst Twentie poore Widdowes of the parish of Yeavill. Item I give to Joane Hamon Daughter of Richard Hamon The summe of Five shillings; All the rest of my Goods Chattells and Creditts whatsoever I give and bequeath to the said Elizabeth Rodd Whom I make and Constitute sole Executrix of this my last Will and testament In Witness whereof I have hereunto sett my hand this Fifth of October One thousand sixe hundred Fiftie fower

Signe of the foresaid Eliz: Merchant

Signed and delivered by the said Elizabeth Merchant to bee her last Will before us

Hen[ry] Lavor    Alice Penny

Item I give my Brothere Jno Rodd All my Wheate that is in my Cozen Amb[rose] S[eward] Mowe. In the presence of us

Amb[rose] Seward     Will Sibble


This will was proved at London the sixe and Twentieth day of February in the yeare of our lord God One thousand sixe hundred Fiftie and fowre Before the Judges for Probate of Wills and granting Adm[inistrati]ons lawfully authorized By the Oath of Elizabeth Rodd the Kinswoman and sole Executrix named in the said Will To whom Adm[inistrat]ion of all and singular the Goods Chattells and Debts of the said Deceased was Committed She being first sworne by Commission truely to Adm[ini]ster the same



Transcribed by Bob Osborn