CRICH PARISH

which consists of the villages of Crich, Fritchley and Whatstandwell.

Will of William Radford dated 1623

Transcribed by Terry Radford and reproduced with his permission

Son of Ralph, Grandson of Roger, Married Mary,  Children John, Mary and Elizabeth

In the name of God, Amen, the third of November in the year of our Lord God 1623, I William Radford of  the County of Derby,  being sick and weak of body but of good and perfect memory praised by God for it do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following.

First I give and bequeath my soul to Jesus Christ my only blessed Saviour and Redeemer, fully putting my whole trust and confidence that by his precious blood shedding, I am one of those elect which shall be saved, and my body to be buried in the Church or Churchyard of Crich.

And for my worldly goods I make and ordain Mary my wife and Edward Allin of the said town and county husbandman my full and sole joint executrix and executor of this my last will and testament, hoping he will truly and faithfully perform all these my gifts bequests and legacies hereafter by me given and bequeathed.

First I give and bequeath unto Mary my wife all my freehold lands and tenements in Horsley Woodhouse in the county of Derby during her widowhood, but if it fortune she marry then I give and bequeath unto John my son the one half of all my said lands and tenements in Horsley Woodhouse aforesaid during the life of Mary my wife, and after the decease of Mary my wife, I give unto my said son all my lands and tenements aforesaid to him and his heirs for ever.

Item I give and bequeath unto John my son,  Mary and Elizabeth my daughters and a child which Mary my wife is now supposed to be with child; l every one of them twenty pounds apiece to be paid unto them and every one of them when as they come to the age of eighteen years, but if it fortune Mary my wife to marry then my will is that every one of my said children shall have their said portions being the whole sum of four score pounds of lawful money of England paid unto them within one month after the marriage of my said wife

Also my will is if it please God to call for any of my said Children before they come to the age of eighteen years that then my will is that the survivor or survivors of them or any of  them shall have the said portion or portions of the said child or children so departed, equally divided amongst them, according to the true meaning of this my will.

Item I give and bequeath unto Ralph Radford my father two shillings

Item I give unto my two servants Edward Wylde and Robert Roson either of them two shillings

Item I give unto Roger Sharcroft Robert Dodson and Margaret Bee every one of them twelvepence

Item I give unto my brother’s Edward Allin’s children ten shillings to be equally divided amongst them.

Item I give unto my brother James Harvie children ten shillings to be equally divided amongst them

Item my will is that if Roger my brother pay and discharge all and every bonds and debts which I am in bond or have any ways passed my word for and in to any man, that then he shall have assignment passed over unto him, and also if he so do I give him twenty shillings towards the discharge of it.

Item I give and bequeath unto William Malyn the writer hereof three shillings, with all these said last legacies my will is that they shall be paid within one month after my decease.

All the rest of my goods chattels and cattles moveable and immoveable  now ungiven and unbequeathed my debts and legacies being paid my funeral expenses discharged and I honestly brought home of the same I give unto Mary my wife hopeing she will be a good mother to my children and see them brought up with learning and under the fear of God, and so I commit myself into the hands of the Lord.
Sealed and delivered in the presence of
Probate (latin):

 

will of William Radford 1623
Reproduced by kind permission of the Lichfield Record Office

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