Will of Thomas Jeepes 1706

"to him and his eares for ever"

By David Miller

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Commentary.

Thomas possibly lived in the house labelled as 'Jeapes' on the 1684 Chicheley map.  The house in the High Street is still standing, and there is an account of it on this website here.

To judge by the size of the house where he lived, and the various legacies in the Will, Thomas was quite comfortably off, although he left nothing to his three older sons, who presumably he thought were able to look after themselves. Sheep had been immensely profitable in the centuries before this will, but the trade had become subject to competition from abroad, and demand had fallen to the extent that the government of the day had brought in legislation to require that all bodies should be 'buried in wollen' and that an affidavit to that effect should be given to the parish priest.

"No corpse of any person (except those who shall die of the plague) shall be buried in any shift, sheet, or shroud, or anything whatsoever made or mingled with flax, hemp, silk, hair, gold, or silver, or in any stuff, or thing, other than what is made of sheep’s wool only."

A statement of this fact is sometimes found in parish registers.

You might be amused by some of the spelling in the Will.

 Transcription.

In the name of God Amen the six day of February in the yeare of our Lord 1706/7 I Thomas Jeepes sener of Orwell in the countey of Cambridge shephard doe make this my last will and testament in maner and forme following first I give my soule to Allmighty god my creator And Redeemer in whom I hope to be saved and my boddy to be decently burred by my executor here after named

Item I give and bequeath unto Elizabeth my loving wife All the goods in my dwelling house And also all my Sheepe And Allso thirty shilling a yeare to be payd by my executor during the time of her natural life out of my house and land

Item I give and bequeath to my sun Thomas one shilling

Item I give and bequeath to my sun Henrey one shilling

Item I give and bequeath to my sun Richard one shilling

Item I give and bequeath to my sun John five pound to be payde at the age of one and twenty years by my executor here after named

Item I give and bequeath to my daughter marey three pounds to be payd her with in twellf month After my disease

Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth three pounds to be payd her with in twe yeares after my disease

Item I give And be queath to my sun Edward my house and ground where I now dwell And also all my free and coppey land lying in the feilds of Orwell to paye my deptes And legaces to him and his eares for ever whom I make soale executor of my last will And testament I declare this to be my last will

                The mark X of Thomas Jeeapes

Wittnes our hands

William Reynolds

William Adams

 

[Probate 1706/7]

This page was added by David Miller on 16/02/2015.

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