The Will of Joseph Pluckrose : 1679



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See the original of Joseph's Will (773Mb). This is an excellent example of a Will of this period, with good, easy to read, handwriting

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In the name of God Amen

The Fower and Twentieth day of January In the yeare of our Lord God one thousand six hundred Seventy and Nyne. I Joseph Pluckrose of the Parish of St Martin in the Feilds in the County of Midds Joyner being sick and weake in body, but in sound and perfect mind and memory praysed be Almighty God for the same, and considering the uncertainty of this transitory life, and that all flesh must yeild unto death whom it shall please God to call, do make, ordaine and declare this my last Will and Testament in manner and forme following, Revoaking and adnulling by these presente all and every Testament and Testaments, Will and Wills heretofore by me made and declared either by word or writing, and this to be taken only for my last Will and Testament & none other. And first being penitent and sorry from the bottom of my heart for my Sinns past, most humbly desiring forgiveness for the same I give and comend my Soul unto Almighty God my Saviour and Redeemer, in whome and by the merritts of Jesus Christ I trust and beleive assuredly to be saved, and to have full remission and forgiveness of all my Sinns, And that my Soule with my Body at the generall day of Resurrection shall rise again with joy, and through the merritts of Christ's death and passion professe and Inherit the Kingdom of Heaven prepared for his Elect and chosen, And my Body to be buryed in such place where it shall please my Executrix and Executor hereafter named to appoint. And now for the settling of my Temporal Estate, and such Goods, Chattles and Debts as it hath pleased God farr above my desire to bestow upon me, I do order, give and dispose the same in manner and forms following that is to say. Imp:rs Whereas in and by one Indenture or Deede of Bargaine and Sale bearing date the two and twentieth day of December Anno Dni 1674 made by Frances Shaler of the aforesaid Parish of St Martin in the Feilds Widow late the Wife of Richard Shaler Victualler deceased, and Richard Shaler also of the said Parish of St Martin Perrriwigmaker Sonn of the said Richard Shaler deceased and Executor of the last Will and Testament of the said Richard Shaler, I the said Joseph Pluckrose am vested and settled in our parcel of Ground lying and being in a Feild called or known by the name of Mulghay als Dogfeild in the Parish of St Martin in the Feilds aforesaid conteyning in length from East to West Forty foot of Assize, and in Breadth from North to South eighteene foot of Assize more or less demised by Lease from John Harrison also of the aforesaid Parish of St Martin Gent unto the aforesaid Richard Shaler deceased for the Terme of Forty fower yeares Comenced from the Feast day of St Michaell the Arch Angell Anno Dni 1670, on which said plaice or parcell of Ground is Erected and Built one Messuage or Tenement called or knowne by the name or Signe of the Goulden Lyon in the new Streete there called Warwick Streete. I the aforesaid Joseph Pluckrose doe hereby will and ordaine, that until such time as my Sonne John Pluckrose shall attaine to the Age of Fifteen yeares, my Wife Elizabeth Pluckrose shall from time to time have, receive, and take the Rent, Issues, and profitts of the said Messuage or Tenement for and towards the maintenance, education and bringing upp of my said Sonne John and Daughter Elizabeth Pluckrose, She my said Wife preserving and keeping the said Messuage or Tenement in good and sufficient repaire, And if my said Sonne John shall attaine the said Age of Fifteene yeares then I give and bequeath the Rent, Issues and profits of the said Tenement during seaven yeares then succeeding unto my said Sonne John if hee shall so long live, for & towards his putting out Apprentice and setting him upp, also paying at the seaven yeares and out of the same unto my said daughter Elizabeth if she be then living the sume of Five poundes, And from and after the expiracen of the said seaven yeares (my saide two children then living, I give and bequeath the Rents, Issues & Profitts of the said Tenement to my said two children and their Issue to be equally divided between them share and share like, And if either of my said children shall happen to dye without Issue then his or her part and proportion to goe to the Survivor of them, And if both my said children shall happen to dye without Issue before the expiracon of the said Terme of Forty fower years, then I give and bequeath the Rent, Issues and Profitts of the premises unto my said Wife (if then living) during the remainder of the said Lease, And if my Wife & Children all happen to dye before the expiracon of the said Lease then I give and bequeath the same unto my Brother John Pluckrose & his heires. Item I give and bequeath unto my cousin Robert Fage of the abovesaid Parish of St Martin Grocer twenty shillings to buy him a Ring. All the rest of my Estate whatsoever whether in money, plate, Goods, householdstuffe, debts, Chattles or otherwise (My debts, Legacy and Funeral Charges being first paid and discharged) I give and bequeath unto my said Wife Elizabeth Pluckrose, And doe make and ordaine my said Wife Elizabeth and the said Robert Fage joynt Executrix and Executor of this my Will. In witnesse whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and Seale the day and yeare first abovewritten.

Joseph Pluckrose

Signed, Sealed, published and declared by the Testator to be his last Will and Testament in the presence of
John Beale
Richard Bradshawe
Wm Thompson sen.

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