The Will of Matthew Hewson
Master of Arts of Great Paxton
1662 - Will of Mathew Hewson, Master of Arts of Great Paxton - scan of the original
In the name of God amen
I Mathew Hewson of Great Paxton in the county of Huntingdon, Master of Arts, do make this my last will and testament in manner and form following.
Inprimis I commit by soul into the hands of God my creator wishing by the merits and passion of my blessed Lord and saviour Jesus Christ to be saved and my body to be decently buried by my executor and concerning that worldly estate it hath pleased God to bless me with, I dispose of it in manner and form following (viz.t)
Item I give and bequeath to my brother John Hewson tenne pounds to be paid him within half a year after my decease.
Item I give and bequeath unto my sister Ann Lowden tenn pounds to be paid within six months after my decease.
Item I give and bequeath unto my brother Francis Hewson twenty pounds within a year after my decease.
Item I give unto widow Chase and her daughter Grace Harte six pounds to be paid within half a year after my decease.
Item I give unto the poor people of Great Paxton five pounds for a Towne Stock and the interest to be paid among them the three from first day of March every year.
Item I give and bequeath unto Mathew Hewson my brother John Hewson his son five and forty pounds to be paid him after his fathers and his mothers decease and the interest to be paid to his father and mother during their and either of their naturall lives.
I give and bequeath unto Mathew Lowden the sonne of my sister Anne Lowden five and forty pounds to be paid him after his fathers and mothers decease and the interest to be paid to his father and his mother during their and either of their naturall lives.
Item I give and bequeath to cousin Thomas Grant his daughters forty shillings.
Item I give to Thomas King’s children forty shillings to be paid them within a year after my decease.
Item I give to Mathew Lowden my best coverlet and a pair of shirts and a bolster and pillow and all other my household stuffe to be equally divided with my books between my brother John Hewson and sister Anne Lowden except one book called Maldonado upon the Evangelia which I give to my loving friend William Young of Offord Darcy.
Item I give to Bartholomew Lowden my horse.
Item I do constitute and appoint William Young of Offord Darcy gentleman, Richard Allen of Great Paxton gentleman, Obadiah Coych of Esson gentleman and Albion Throgmorton of Offord Cluny gentleman supervisors of this my last will and testament and do give to eyther of them forty shillings a piece to buy eyther of them a ring. And all the rest of my good and money by debt and legacies being discharged I give unto whom I make sole executor of this my last will and testament except my weaving which I give to my brother John Hewson and my sister Anne Lowden.
And I desire tenn pounds to be bestowed at burial in testimony whereof I have here unto set my hand and seal this present third day of September 1659, Mathew Hewson subscribed sealed in the presence of William Young Publike Notary.
A Codecill nuncupative to be added to this last will and testament in writing of Mathew Hewson late of Great Paxton in the county of Huntingdon deceased bearing date the third day of September in the year of our lord 1659 followeth (viz.t)
That the said Mathew Hewson deceased haveing made his will in writing and left a space for the nomination of his executors but several times after the date of the said will declare that Mt Albion Throgmorton and Mr Obadiah Coysh should be his executors and more formally on or about the eighth day of November in the year of our lord 1662 being of perfect mind and memory with a serious intention to perfect this said will declare that he has made his will in writing and that the same was in the hands of Mr Albion Throgmorton and that in the same there was a blank left for the nominating of executors therein. And therefore he did declare that the said Albion Throgmorton and Mr Obadiah Coysh should be the executors of his said will and that the said will should stand.
And that the nomination of the said executors together with the said will should remayne and be jis full and entire will and testament.
All this before mentioned no whose names are hereunder written did on the nine and twentieth day of November 1662 attest
The marke of Richard Darrell
The marke of John Hodle
The marke of Sarah Hodle
PROBATUM fuit Testamentum suprascriptum cum Codicillo nuncupativo annex[a] apud London coram venerabili viz Domino nGulielmo Mrick milite legum doctore. Curiae Prerogativae Cantuarensis mag[istr]o Custode sive Commissario legitime constituto vicesimo nono die mensis Novembris Anno Domini Millesimo Sexcentesimo Sexesimo Secundo Jurametis Albionis Throgmorton et Abedia Coysh executor in Codicillo Testamento dicto defuncti annex[a] nominate quibus commissa fuit Administratio omnium et singulorum bonorum jurium et creditorum dicti defuncti de bene et fideliter Administrando ead[em] vigor Commissario iurat
Margaretta Gunter Ric[ard]o Darrell Johannes Hodle Sara Hodle certibus tempore condico[condicturus abbrev.?] sine declara[ti]onis dicte Codicille Nuncupative presentibus de veritate eisdem etiam iuratis.
Translation of Latin (approximate)
By the oaths of Albian Throgmorton and Abedia Coysh executors in the Codicil to the said Will attached to whom administration was granted for all and singular the goods,rights and credits of the said deceased sworn to well and faithfully administrate the same by force of the commission.
Margaret Gunter Richard Darrell John Hodle Sara Hodle at a certain time promise without declaration of the said Codicil Nuncupative and have sworn the truth of the same.
Transcription by Rachel Osborne