WILL OF ARTHUR ALDRED 1662



In the name of God Amen. I Arthur Aldred of Brampton in the County of Suffolk yeoman being in perfect memory thanks be to Almighty God doe institute ordaine and make this my last will and testament revoking all former wills in manner and form as followeth: First I remit and commend my soul unto god that gave it hoping to be saved by the onely merrits of Jesus Christ my blessed redeemer.

And my body I committ to the earth whence it came. As concerning my worldly goods wherewith it hath pleased God to blesse mee withall I give and bequeath as followeth. First I give and bequeath to Robert my eldest sonne all that my tenement and lands with all the houses, edifices, yeawds, gardens, orchards, arable and pastures and meadows with all that appurtenances, beneffitts and emoluments thereunto belonging being and lying in Brampton aforesaid, and to his heirs forever, upon condition that the said Robert shall pay unto my sonne Daniel and unto Anne my daughter the sums of one hudred pounds, that is to say seventy five pounds to my sonne Daniel the one halfe within one yeare after my decease and the other halfe within two years after my decease, and twenty five pounds to Anne my daughter the one halfe within one yeare after my decease and the other halfe within two years after my decease, each aforesaid payments shall be paide in or at my dwelling house situate in Brampton aforesaid and if it shall happen that the aforesaid payments be unpaid in whole or in part my mind and will is that it shall be lawfull for Daniel my sonne and Anne my Daughter to enter in and upon the aforesaid tenement and to detaine it until they are satisfied:

Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Anne my poster bed as it now stands in the parlour with all thereunder belonging;

Item I give and bequeath unto Alice Tyte my daughter the summ of five pounds to be paid by my executors hereafter named, the one halfe to be paid within one yeare of my decease, the other halfe to be paide within two yeares after my decease.

Item I give and bequeath to Mary Sampson my daughter the summ of five pounds to be paid by my executors hereafter named, ye one halfe to be paide within one yeare after my decease and the other halfe to be paide within two years after my decease,

Item I give and bequeath all my other goods and chattels within doores or without, ready money etcetera bills and bonds whatsoever to be equally divided betwixt Daniel my sonne and Anne my daughter towards ye payment of my just debts Funeral expenses and the probate of this will and I constitute and make Daniell my sonne and Anne my daughter executors of this my last will and testament; and I doe request my Loving friend George Man of Brampton Gent executor of this my last will and testament to whom I give a pair of gloves of five shillings. In witness wheof I have hereunto sett my hand and seale the fifth day of January one thousand and six hundred and sixty two and in the fourteenth year of the reigne of our Soveraigne Lord the King

Arthur Aldred

Sealed and delivered in the presence of us
Ran: Tench: Rector
Tho: Brock
John Bennett

Probate was granted in Beccles on 1st February 1662. It is almost certain therefore that this was a deathbed will, and that Arthur died between 16th January and the end of the same month.

[Note:Ranulphus Tench was recorded in Brampton Church as being the incumbent from 1622 to 1681]