The Will of Lawrence Sandford
Great Paxton d.1650

1650 - Will of Lawrence Sandford - scan of the original

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Lawrence Sandford

In the name of God amen

I Lawrence Sandford of Little Paxton in the county of Hunts yeoman upon the nynth day of March 1650 do make and ordayne this my last will and testament in manner and forme following.

First I commend my soule into the hands of Almighty God my creator and redeemer and my bodie I recommend to the earth whereof it was made and it to be buried in the church yard of Little Paxton aforesaid.

And as for the worldly goods it hath pleased God of his goodnesse to indue me withal I give and bequeath as followeth.

Inprimis I give and bequeath unto my oldest sonne Thomas Sandford Xijs (12 shillings)

Item I give and bequeath unto John Sandford my second sonne thee summe of Xijs (12 shillings)

Item I give to my daughter Ann the wife of Thomas Gale the summe of Xijs (12 shillings)

Item I give to my daughter Elizabeth the wife of Edward [Dinsworth?] the summe of Xijs (12 shillings)

Item I give and bequeath unto Ann Sandford my welbeloved wife and to my daughter Alice and my daughter Frances whom I doe hereby make and ordayne my joynte and sole Executrixes of all my goods and chattels both moveable and unmoveable whatsoever unbequeathed and my will is that my said wife and my said two daughters shall equally divide my goods to them bequeathed (after my decease) they bearing equall charges of proving my will and all other charges that may ensue.

And further my will is that after my goods be equally divided betweene my said executrixes that my wife shall dispose her part after her decease when it shall please God to possess her withal to be given by her to my grandchildren to be equally divided amongst them that shall be then living.

And my desire is that my said executrixes will see my debt and legacies paid and my funeral expenses discharged and my bodye decently buried when it shall please God to call me out of this veil of misery, his[     ][     ][    ] for better testimony hereof I have here unto sett my hand and seale the day and year first above written.

The marke of Lawrence Sandford

Sealed and signed in the presences of

[     ] Oliver

The marke of Richard Prewitt

John [K       ]

Transcription by Rachel Osborne