Will of John Godfrey 1700

"unto my loving wife during the term of her natural life ye hall and chamber over it with the goods in them and one acre of wheat one acre of barley and half acre of peas every year except she marrey again."

By David Miller

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A nice, simple will, this, with no confusing legal terms. It was written as a draft, but the date was squeezed in at the top, and John Godfrey made his mark at the bottom, so making it into a Will proper. There was only one witness, though.  Two or more were more common.

John's house was facing on to the village green (see map) and is now known as Town Green Farm. There is a page dedicated to this property, with photographs. Click here.

Photo:John Godfrey's house is in the middle of this map

John Godfrey's house is in the middle of this map

The birth marriage and death records of the parish enable us to see a typical history of a family of the time:

Daniel was married in 1704, but died in 1714.

Clement was born in 1696, but died in 1707.

Ruth was born in 1689 but there is no further record.

Elizabeth was born in 1686, and married in 1709.

There is a mention of Ann, possibly this one, who died in 1713. The daughter Ann married in 1726, but Anne was a popular name, and the entries might refer to another person of the same name.

Transcript of the Draft Will of John Godfrey 1700

A draft of the will of John Godfrey having his perfect memory

Item I make my oldest son Daniel Godfrey Executor.       June 3rd day 1700

Item I give and bequeath unto my loving wife ann godfrey during the tearm of her life ye hall and Chamber over it with the goodes in them and one acer of wheat and one acer of barly and half acer of peas every year during the term of her life except she marrey again

Item I give and bequeath unto my son Beniamin Godfrey five acres and half of areable land which is all of a coppey which was Clement Adams land

Item I give unto my dafter Ann five pound

Item I give and bequeath unto my dafter Elizabeth twenty pounds when she cometh to the age of twenty one years or the day of maridg

Item I give and bequeath unto my dafter ruth twenty pound to be paid when she cometh to the age of one and twenty years or the day of maridg

Item I give and bequeath unto my son Clement twenty pounds to be paid when he cometh unto the age of twenty one years or the day of maridg

John Godfrey    his mark

Richard Sadler

 

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