In the name of God, Amen, the twenty second day of June 1696 according to the computation of the Church of England, I Thurstan Radford of Horsley Woodhouse in the County of Derby, Yeoman, being of perfect Memory and Remembrance, praised be God, do make and ordain this my last will and Testament in manner and form following, revoking all other former will or wills or testaments made heretofore by me or declared either by word or writing and this to be taken only for my last will and testament and no other.
And first being penitent and sorry from the bottom of my heart for my sins past most humbly desiring forgiveness for the same I give and commit my soul unto Almighty God my saviour and redeemer in whom and by the merits of Jesus Christ I trust and believe assuredly to be saved and to have full remission and forgiveness of all my sins and to inherit everlasting life and my body to be committed to the earth and to be decently buried at the discretion of my executors hereafter named and as touching the disposition of all such temporal estate as it hath pleased Almighty God to bestow upon me I give and bequeath as followeth:
Item I give and bequeath unto Margery my loving wife and Thurstan my Eldest son one Cottage wherein I now live with one orchard thereunto belonging for and during the term of their natural lives or to the longer liver of them and also I give unto my loving wife and Thurstan my son all my goods and chattels quick and dead, in what nature soever they be and also I make my loving wife and Thurstan my son executors of this my last will and testament.
Thurston Radford, Crich, 1696
Reproduced by kind permission of the Lichfield Record Office.