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GEORGE CRICKMORE'S WILL 1705



Note: spelling, grammer and the use of abbreviations and capital letters are as in the original will. Punctuation and paragraphs have been inserted.

In the Name of God Amen. The ffifteenth day of ffebruary in the ffourth yeare of the reign of our Sovereign Lady Anne by the Grace of God of England Scotland ffrance and Ireland, Queen, Defender of the ffaith or Anno Dei 1705.

I George Crickmore of Wangford in the county of Suffk, I much older albeit sick in body yet (praise be God) of sound mind and ..... memory, considering wth myself the uncertainty of this life and that ..... know how suddenly they may be taken away by death, Doe therefore make and declare my last Will and Testament in manner and form following (that is to say)

ffirst I bequeath my soul into the hands of Almighty God my Creator and most mercifful father through whose rich moery by the merits of Christ my Saviour I do assuredly trust to be saved. And when it shall please God to finish my mortal race in this transitory world I then remitt my body to the earth to be decently buried in sure hope of a Joyful Ressurection at the last day to glory everlasting.

Item. I give, will and devise unto Lidia my loving wife for and during the term of her naturall life all and sing[ular?] my mesuages, lands and tenements situate, lying and being in Wangford aforesaid wth their b..very of their appurtenances.

Item. I give will and devise unto James Crickmore my son and his heirs for ever from the decease of the said Lidia my wife all that my mesuage or tenement with the yards and appurtenances now in the occupation of William Harper situate, lying and being in Wangford aforesaid. But if the sd James Crickmore my son shall depart this life before he shall attain the age of one and twenty yeares not having issue of his body lawfully begotten, Then I give, will and devise the said mesuages or tenements unto William Crickmore my son and to his heirs forever .

I give will and demise unto William Crickmore my son and his heirs forever from and after the decease of the said Lydia my wife all that my Barns in Wangford now in my own use and also all that my shop in the occupation of Nicholas Barnby in Wangford aforesaid

But if the sd William Crickmore my son shall depart this life before he shall attain the age of one and twenty yeares not having issue of his body lawfully begotten, then I give the said Barns and Shop unto the said James Crickmore my son and his heirs forever.

Item. In case the said James Crickmore and William Crickmore my sons shall both happen to depart this life before they shall attain their several ages of one and twenty yeares not having issue as aforesaid Then I give will and devise all my said Mesuages Lands and Tenements unto Susan Crickmore my daughter and her heirs forever after the decease of the said Lidia my wife.

And if it shall happen that the said James Crickmore and William Crickmore my sons and the said Susan Crickmore my daughter shall all depart this life before the said age of one and twenty yeares, without issue as aforesaid then I give, will and devise all and singular the said premises to Daniel Crickmore my brother and his heirs forever after my said wife's decease.

Item. I give and bequeath unto the said Lidia my wife the sum of twenty pounds of the lawfull money of England.

Item. I give and bequeath unto the said Susan Crickmore my daughter the sum of ffifty Pounds of lawfull money of England to be paid unto her when she shall attain the age of one and twenty yeares or be married wh(ichever) shall first happen, and in the meantime the interest thereof to be imployed towards the bringing up and disposing of my said children.

Item. My will and mind is the my executors shall within a convenient time after my decease make sale of all my goods, personal estate such goods and household stuff as my said wife shall have occasion for excepted, and that the money thereby arising shall be put out at interest by my executors for the benefit of my said children, and that in the meantime the interest thereof and such of the principall as my be neccessary shall be imployed for the bringing up and putting out of my said children.

And my mind and will is that the said moneys arising from the sale of my said goods and small estate or so much thereof as shall be remaining after the bringing up of my said children shall be paid to them share and share alike as they shall attain to their severall ages of one and twenty yeares or be married wch shall first happen. And that if any of my said children do depart this life before the said moneys shall be due by virtue of this my will then .... share shall be paid to the survivors equally at such time as the rest of the said moneys shall grow due for such survivors.

Item. My will and mind is that in case the said James Crickmore my son shall happen to marry before the decease of the said Lidia my wife that my said wife shall permit and suffer the said James my son to have his dwelling in myson's mesuage or tenement in the occupation of the said William Harper and also the yardes, she my said wife reserving a room or two for her own use and residence as she shall think fitt anything above contents to the contrary notwthstanding.

Item. I doe make and ordain the said Lidia my wife and John King my Brother in Law execotors of this my last will and testament desiring and intreating their utmost cate of my said children. And I do hereby revoak and countermand all other wills by me heretofore made.

In witness whereof unto this my last will and testament I have sett my hand and seale the day and yeare first above written.

(Signed) the mark of George Crickmore

Witnesses herunto
Henry Edmunds
Robt Hobson
Ja. Ashley

The will was proved on 6th August 1708 and probate granted to Lydia Crickmore.

WILL OF LYDIA CRICKMORE 1716



Spelling and capitals as the original, but punctuation and paragraphs inserted to clarify

In the Name of God Amen. The one and twenty day of December in the second year of the Reigne of our Sovereigne Lord George by the Grace of God of Great Britain, ffrance and Ireland, King, Defender of the ffaith, & ann. Dom 1716, I Lydia Crickmore of Wangford in the County of Suffolk albeit sick in Body yet Praised be God of sound Mind and perfect memory do make and declare my last Will and Testament in manner and fform following.

I bequeath my soul into the hands of Almighty God, through whose Rich Mercy by the Merrits of Christ I trust to be saved I committ my body to the earth to be properly buried in sure hope of a joyfull Restoration to Glory Everlasting.

Item. I give and bequeath unto Mary, the wife of John Jordan of Wenhaston a great Chest with what is in it and a Trunk with what is in it to her own proper use and behoof Jin....ally after my decease

Item I give unto William Crickmore my son the sum of ten pounds of lawfull maney of Great Britain to be paid to him within one year after my decease by my Executors hereinafter named.

Item After my debts and ffuneral Charges be paid and discharged all the rest of my goods and chattels I desire and my mind is shall be sold in as convenient time as may be after my decease and the ffifty Pounds mentioned in the last Will of my Late Husband George Crickmore to Susan my daughter be paid and my will and mind is that all the monies arising from the sale of my goods and chattels be equally divided between James, William and Susan Crickmore, my children.

Item. My will and mind is that the Chest of Drawers standing in my Chamber with what there therein is be equally parted between my said three children, anything above to the contrary notwithstanding.

Item. I doe make and Ordaine Benjamin Baker and John Jordan my Brother executors of this my last will and Testament and I doe hereby revoke and countermand all other Wills by me heretofore made and now in Witness Whereof unto this my last will and Testament contained on halfe a sheet of paper I have set my hand and seal this day and date first above written.

The mark of Lydia Crickmore X

Sealed, subscribed and published by
the above named Lydia Crickmore
ffor her last will and Testament in
presents of us

Bnj Russell
Peter Boyne
John Calligore
[Lydia died on 5th January 1716, and Probate was granted 25th January 1716 to Benjamin Barker and John Jordan.]

Suffolk Record Office: IC/AA1/145/40

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