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Susannah Blick twenty pounds, to my son in law W m Richardson, son of
my wife Elizabeth Blick by her former husband, five pounds.]! I give to
Elizabeth Godwin now in Virginia, daughter of my wife Elizabeth Blick
by her former husband, ten pounds to pay for her passage back into Eng-
land &c. 1 give to my beloved friend William CookeJ a gold ring, value
ten shillings and also my cane with a black studded head. To my son
William my linen and Woollen apparell. The residue to my wife Eliza-
beth whom I appoint executrix &c.

Then follows a deposition of one of the subscribing witnesses (dated 30
December 1724) certifying as to the several obliterations and alterations.

Romney, 1.

I am indebted for reference to the above, as well as for others of the same
period, to H. W. F. Harwood, Esq. — Henry F. Waters.

Agnes Hackham (of Membury) 2G February 1605, proved 10 Decem-
ber 1608. To be buried in the churchyard of Membury. To my daughter
Johane Palfrey my sidesaddle with a covering belonging to the same, my
best gown, my second beat petticoat, my second best partlett, my best apron
and my second best waistcoat and fifty shillings in money, which sum is in
the hands of William Palfrey the now husband of the said Johane. I give
to Marrian Clape my daughter my third best gown, my third best petticoat
&c. and fifty shillings in money. To Agnes Palfrey my daughter my second
best gown, my fourth best partlett &c &c. and fifty shillings. I give to

* This bequest to Mrs. Fartridge has been ruled through with a pen, and on the margin
of page against it there is written " My grandson W m Blick, My grand daughter Elizabeth
Nye, to Eliz. Godwin now in Boston New England."

t These bequests within brackets have been ruled through with a pen.

X This bequest to William CooUc has also been ruled through.


Peter Palfrey, my daughter's son, one iron cronck. To my (laughter Ellen
&c. J give also to Agnes and Marie (sic) my daughters one foslett of
linen, to be divided betwixt them, and either of them a holidays smock. I
give to my four daughters four saucers of tin, to either of them one. The
rest of mine apparel to my four daughters (equally). Gifts to sons in law
William Palfrey and Walter Hackham. My godchildren. The poor in
Membury. Agnes Hackham, my sou's daughter. Nicholas Bagbere,
curate. Son Walter Hackham to be executor.

Richard Davye a witness. Windebanck, 110.

Edward Palmer, of London and late of Lemington in the County of
Glocester Esq.. 22 November 1G24, proved 15 December 1624. To the
parish church of Todenham, towards the reparations of the same and of the
chapel belonging to Lemington house, commonly called the Place, in the
parish of Todenham, where I was born, forty shillings. A seemly monu-
ment to be erected in the same chapel for a memory of John Palmer Esq.,
my late grandfather, and of Mary his wife, sister of William Grivell, one
of the Judges of the Common Pleas, and of Sir Giles Grivell, knight, both
Jong since deceased. To my daughter Margaret Elton five pounds (in a
piece of plate). To my daughter Mary a piece of plate of same value.
Another to my daughter Charlton and another to my daughter Rutter. To
my sou Richard Palmer seven hundred pounds, in hope my said son will
provide for the good education and maintenance of Bridget his only child
and daughter. Reference to indentures between testator, Lisley Cave Esq.
and others. Reference to the bargain and sale of the manor of Over Lem-
ington, sold by my father to Richard Palmer of Berton, gentleman, my
wife's father. The manor of Nether Lemington sold by myself to the said
Richard Palmer. Certain assurances and releases of the manor of Middle
Ditchford to Ralph Sheldon Esq. from my father and others. Certain
entails thereof heretofore made by my grandfather and my uncle William
Palmer, sometime one of the gentlemen pensioners to King Henry VIII.
and Edw. VI. The manor of Churchhill sold by my father to Sir Chris-
topher Ilatton, knight. My son Giles Palmer to be sole executor, or, if he
die, then my son Thomas Palmer. For supervisors I appoint Sir Giles
Overbury, knight, Sir Matthew Palmer, knight, George Lascells Esq.,

Laurence Maidewell Esq., Mr Lea, citizen of London, and Richard

Croftes, gentleman, to each of whom a ring of gold of four angels. And
my will and mind is that if I shall happen to give unto my said son Richard
the sum of two thousand pounds or more out of my profits of Virginia and
New England, then the seven hundred pounds (as aforesaid) shall not be
charged upon my personal estate &c. And as touching my castles, manors,
lands, tenements and hereditaments which now or hereafter shall be built
and erected in Virginia or New England in the parts beyond the seas I
give the same to my son Giles &c. with remainder to my son Thomas &c,
then to Edward Palmer only son of my brother William. And for default
of all such issue males &c. all the aforesaid castles, lands &c. shall be and
remain for the founding and maintenance of an University and such schools
in Virginia as shall be there erected and shall be called ACADEMIA
VIRGINIENSIS ET OXONIENSIS and shall be divided into several
streets or alleys of twenty foot broad; and all such as can prove their law-
ful descent from John Palmer Esq. of Lemington aforesaid, my

grandfather deceased, or from my Into grandmother, his wife, being sons,
shall be there freely admitted and shall be brought up in such schools as


shall be fit for their age and learning and shall be removed from time to
time as they shall profit in knowledge and understanding. And further my
will is that the scholars of the said University, for avoiding of idleness at
their hours of recreation, shall have two painters, the one for oil colours and
the other for water colours, which shall be admitted Fellows in the same
College. And further my will and mind is that two grinders, the one for
oil colours and the other for water colours, and also colours, oil and gum
waters shall be provided from time to time at the costs and charges of the
said College, beseeching God to add a blessing to all these my intents.

Byrde, 114.

George Shurt of Bideford, Devon, merchant, 9 February 1655, with
a codicil dated 6 May 1057, proved 11 June 1658. To my sister in law
Mary Shurt. widow, who was wife unto my brother John Shurt, and her
heir all that house and tenement in the High Street wherein sometime
Robert Chape (sic) lived, with the garden belonging, wherein I have granted
an estate and term of two lives, and the rent thereof ten shillings per an-
num, which house is in the possession of Robert Choape (sic) butcher.

Item, I give and bequeath unto my brother Abraham Shurt now in New
England, God send him home from thence to live in Bedford (sic), all that
new house and tenement &c. or the new Key, to hold for life after his re-
turn. To my cousin John Efford the younger, now living and being in our
house, that house &c. in High Street wherein Heury Amory now liveth.
To my cousin George Efford, my godson, brother unto the said John, now
beinc ''tabled" with John Mugford in the parish of Abbotisham, the house
&c. wherein William Davye lately lived, in the High Street, next adjoining
unto the house on the High side (sic) wherein my uncle Andrew did live
sometime. My wife to be a mother to these two (John and George Efford)
until of age. To the town of Bideford ten pounds to be lent to five poor
artificers, forty shillings each for one whole year. To my cousin John Ford
the elder of Burrington, to Dorothy, his wife, to my cousin Margery Pen-
rose of Chumlye (sic) widow, my cousin Sibilla Curry, the wife of William
Curry of Hols'worthy, to each of them a gold ring of twenty five shillings
with a death's head thereon. John Ford, the eldest son of the said John,
and every other of his children. The children of my cousin Margery Pen-
rose. The children of my sister Johaue Purser deceased which lived in
Brampton. My cousin Francis Facy of our town, town clerk, and Francis
Havdon, my brother in law who married my wife's sister. Each of my
apprentices. Edward Gurst, water bayliff of our town, and Johaue Rigg
widow. Master Johnson of our to-wn who was schoolmaster therein. John
Efford the elder of Littleham. Master Shibber and Master Petter, Doctor.
Wife Margaret. Abraham Heyman, her son, now in the island Fayall.
Richard Guy son unto George Guy of Torrington deceased, whose mother
married with Master Richard Medford of Barnstable. My godson George
son of Gabriel Shurt of Littleham. Wootton, 301.

[Abraham Shurt. who is named by testator as a brother, was early at Perna-
quid. See a valuable article on " Abraham Shurt and John Earthy," by the late
Prof. John Johnston, LL.D., in the Register for April, 1871, pp. 131-135.—

Kkmpo Sybada of London, mariner, 19 March 1658, proved 18 April
1659. To my daughter Anne Sibada, in case she shall prove a dutiful and
obedient child unto her mother (my executrix hereafter named) fifteen
pounds at age of twenty one, to be paid out of my estate in England, Hoi-


land and other parts of the Low Countries. And concerning my lands,
houses and plantations in Africa (To wit in New England and Jameco (sic),
I give one eighth part thereof to my said daughter, when the same shall be
obtained and°recovered (less the proportionate cost of collecting &c). My
loving friends Capt. John Wentworth of Bermudas, at present residing in
Loudon, mariner, and John Penny of London, mariner, commander of the
good ship called the America, to be overseers and ffeoffees in trust of this
my will. The residue to wife Mary, whom I appoint sole executrix.

Pell, 189.

[I am indebted to Mr. W. S. Appleton for the reference to the above will,
and also to that of George Shurt. H. F. Waters.]

George Rayment of the parish of St. John's in Glaston in the Co. of
Somerset, 26 June 1651, proved 30 October 1651. My body to be buried
iu the churchvard of St. John's &c. To my daughter Dorothy Robyns
and her child forty shillings, and all the goods that I have in the house that
I lived in, in the churchyard, I give to said daughter Dorothy Robins, and
my best breeches and jacket and my best shoes to my daughter Dorothy's
husband of Streete. To the wife of my son Maurice Rayment and her
child forty shillings.

Item, I give and bequeath to William Rayment my son that is in New
England six pounds, to be paid if ever he doth come to Glastou to demand
it. Item, I give and bequeath to Elizabeth Rayment my daughter that is
in New England twenty shillings, to be paid if ever she doth come to
Glaston to demand it. To John Seemer, the son of William Seemer,
twenty shillings. To Luce Seemer. the daughter of William Seemer of
the said Glaston, twenty shillings. Twenty shillings I give to discharge
my funeral expences. All the rest of my goods &c. I give to Maurice
Rayment my son, whom I make my whole and sole executor. For over-
seers I do appoint William Seemer and William Billocks. (Then follows
the date.) Item, I give to John Rayment my son that is in New England
one shilling.

The witnesses were William Seemer, William Zealee (by mark) and
George Rosier. Grey, 196.

[Here we have the familv of William and old John Rayment of Beverly, well
known to searchers of the records at Salem. And I am glad to see the spelling
conform to the pronunciation as I remember it from earliest childhood. Present
representatives of that family now write their name Raymond. There was a
Richard Raymond of Salem, who lived on the south side of Essex Street, and
afterwards removed to Norwalk and Saybrook. But I have never seen the
slightest evidence of a relationship between him and these Payments of Beverly.
The above will confirms me in this. I cannot, here and now, without my Essex
Co. notes, tell what became of Elizabeth Rayment, the sister of William ami
John, who also went to New England. Perhaps some of my friends at home
(for instance the Hon. John I. Baker) may be able to tell us. John Rayment,
I believe, succeeded to the ownership of the farm belonging once to Thomas
Scruggs, one of the Old Planters, and the old Rayment house (I hope) stands
there to-day. I have often passed it in my walks. Henry F. Waters.]

Thomas Smith of West Clandon, Surrey, yeoman, 13 June 1651, proved
28 October 1651. To the poor of West Clandon fifty shillings and to the
poor of Cranley, Surrey, fifty shillings. Item, I give and bequeath to my
brother John Smyth, now in New England (if he shall be then living) sixty


pounds within one year after my decease, and in case he be dead before
that time then I give the said sixty pounds to my cousin Rachael, daughter
of my said brother John Smyth, and to her heirs, to be paid within one
year &c. To my sister Susanna, widow of my brother Jeremy Smyth de-
ceased, five pounds (in one 3'ear). To my cousin Richard, son of my brother
John Smyth, five pounds (in one year). To my cousin Thomas, son of my
brother Jeremye Smyth deceased, fifty pounds (in one year). To my
brother William Smith fifty pounds, in one year, if he shall then be living,
but if not then his wife shall have ten pounds of it and the other forty
pounds shall be equally divided between the children of my brothers John
and Jeremie aforesaid, to be paid in one year &c. To each of my god-
children two shillings and six pence, to be paid within half a year &c. I
do appoint my cousin Jeremy Smith, sou of my brother Jeremy deceased,
my sole executor, to whom all the residue, and if he be dead then his chil-
dren shall be joint executors. My very loving friends Mr Thomas Mascall
of West C'andon and Richard Ticknor of Holhurst in the parish of Crauley
to be overseers. And I bequeath unto either of them fifty shillings for their
pains and such necessary charges as they shall be at.

Proved at Loudon, by the oath of Jeremy Smith the nephew and only
executor named in the will. Grey, 197.

Samuel Hitchins, citizen and draper of London, 16 March 1676, with
a Codicil made 27 July 1679, proved 3 December 1679. To my dear and
loving wife Sarah my two messuages &c. in the parish of St. Lawrence old
Jewry, London, which I hold by lease from the Company of Clothworkers,
and if she die before the expiration of the term &c. then to my son Giles
Hitchins or to my grandson Robert Hitchins, which of them my said wife
shall think fit to give or bequeath the same. To wife ra3 r freehold mes-
suages in Robin Hood Court, St. Mary Aldermary, London, and the rents
&c. for her life, and then to my grandson Robert Hitchins, remainder to
son Giles Hitchins and next to my two nephews Daniel and Joseph Hitchins
(sons of my brother Daniel Hitchins) who are now living in New England
near Boston. To my loving brother Daniel Hitchins one annuity of ten
pounds for life, payable quarterly. To my nephew Nathaniel Hitchins one
shilling in full discharge of all claims &c. To my son Giles Hitchins my
freehold messuages &c. in All Hallows Barking. Reference to stock and
credits abroad. The said messuages to be chargeable with the ten pounds
per annum given to my brother Daniel and also with the payment of one
and thirty pounds per annum unto my loving cousin Robert Hitchins for
and during the term of his natural life, according 'to certain writings be-
tween the said Robert and me. To my said brother Daniel and my said
cousin Robert to each of them four yards of black cloth to make them
mourning. To my said cousin Robert and to my loving friends M r Daniel
Morse and Nicholas Morse, son of the said Daniel, twenty shillings apiece
to buy them rings. The residue to wife Sarah, with five pounds to buy her
mourning. My said cousin Robert and my friends Daniel and Nicholas
Morse to be executors. King, 1 t»l.

[Here we have indicated plainly enough the Daniel and Joseph Hitchins whose
names are to be found on the records of Lynn, Massachusetts, and of JSssex
County, at Salem. Henry F. Waters.!

Mart Coquell alias Le Mercier dwelling in the town of Rochell,
widow of the late Martin Winder Bist merchant, also there dwelling, her


will made 27 February 1608 (and translated out of the French) proved 3
November 1G31. My body to my friends and kindred to the end they may
take care for my burial, with credit and ceremony requisite to a woman
of my quality, according to the form and custom of the Reformed Church,
whereof I do make profession. To the poor of this place if I die in this
town to the poor of the French Church fifty L. tournois. To the poor of
the Hospital fifty L. tournois. More to the advancement of the ministry
fifty L. tournois. More to the box of the Dutch poor fifty L. tournois.
More to the son of late Henry Vanlo my godson forty L. tournois, if he
die nothing. More to the son of Quemond Van Wert, also my godson,
forty L. tournois, if he die nothing. Similar bequests to Hellen Vanlo, my
late husband's god daughter and to the son of John Chanan, named Gyles,
my godson. To the son of the widow Bloc, named John, also my godson,
one hundred Lyvers, and if he die and that his mother be living the same
shall be given unto his said mother, for she hath many children. More to
a girl which doth serve me named Rachel de la Loy, in respect of the love
which I do bear her, I do also give her one hundred L. tournois, if she die
nothing. More unto Mr and Mrs de Vogel dwelling in this town, in regard
of the good and hearty friendship which we have borne one another, I do
give them fifteen hundred Livers to give unto their children, which as seven
in number, unto every one of them two hundred Lyvers and one hundred
Livers unto the said M ns de Vogell, and unto her my diamond cut " fasset"
which I do wear upon my little finger, and whether any of their children
do die or not I do will and understand that the said sum of fifteen hundred
Lyvers shall be given unto them for the bettering of the part of the others
or so much as shall be to remain unto the fathers or mother, and if the said
M ris de Vogel do die the said diamond shall be given to one of their daugh-
ters, that is to say to Sara or Katherine or Anne, and if one die the other
shall succeed, or unto Susan if the others be dead, who is also their sister,
fifteen hundred L. And if the said Mr and Mris de Vogell do die I pray
you enquire where their said children are, to the end you may cause the
said sum and the said diamond to be delivered unto them. More unto the
nephew of my late husband, named Martin Vauder Bist, who hath dwelt
with us from the age of seven or eight years, in regard of the love that I
do bear him I do give him five hundred Lyvers tournois and a ring of his
deceased uncle's set with a red stone cut like a " harte" which did serve
for a seal to his said uncle, and if he die nothing to his heirs.
Moreover to my brethren and sisters.
First unto my brother Paul le Mercier who hath not auy charge and is
not married, being by the grace of God in very good estate, and hath not
any need of my succession but for remembrance of me, I do give him my
great diamond which is set in a ring of gold and which I wear upon my
first finger, being a stone which hath been always esteemed at five hundred
Livers. More unto my brother Peter le Mercier in regard he is unaccom-
modated I do give unto him for his daughters, if he have any, if not unto
his sons, two thousand and five hundred Livers tournois and unto my said
brother a Turky, which is a ring with a little blue stone, which I wear on
my little finger. More unto my brother Francis le Mercier, who is not,
married, I do give unto him one Gimboll ring of two rings and is round, I
do wear it on my first finger, and eighteen hundred Livers Tournois. More
unto my brother Daniel de Le Mercier, who is married, I do give him a
Gimboll ring of three rin<:s, which is a ring which I wear on my finger
next my little finger. I do also give him eighteen hundred Livers tournois,


and because it is not long since he was married and that he cannot have
many children and that I hope without doubt that he will endeavor to ad-
vance himself by the vocation wherein it hath pleased God to set him,
whom I do pray to bless him and us all, I do refer to the discretion of you
my brethren, executors of this my Testament by the grace of God, to give
him a part of this my gift or to put it forth at profit for his daughters in
case he have any, if not, his sons, as you shall find good. More unto my
sister -lane le Mercier. the wife of my brother Priaux, I do srive unto her
my saphire, which is a ring which I wear on the finger next the little finger
and is like a diamond. Also I do give uuto her for her daughters or sons
I do likewise refer to your discretions in regard she hath many children,
how be it, God be praised, she is in good estate, nevertheless I do give unto
them eighteen hundred Livers for the advancement of her said children.
More unto my sister Elizabeth Le Mercier who is a widow, and, God be
praised, also in very good estate and hath not any great charge of children,
I do give unto her my ruby, which is a ring which I wear on ruy^first
finger, and uuto her daughters one thousand Livers tournois, or in default
of her daughters unto her or her sons as you shall find good, for her eldest
son, named John, is already well provided for of his father's goods and
therefore it seemeth unto me to advance her son Paul in case his sisters do
die, I do refer it to the two executors of my said Testameut. More unto
my sister Judith le Mercier a little diamond which is on a ring which I
wear on my first finger and unto her for her daughters, in case she have
any, if not, to her sons eighteen hundred Livers tournois. More unto my
sister Anne Le Mercier in regard I have brought her up with me I pray
you my brethren and sisters take it not ill in case I do advantage and pre-
fer her before you in regard of the good and faithful service which she hath
done me, I being not able to do it when she was married in regard I was
under the Law of my late husband having not since that time wanted affec-
tion towards her but power, which I do desire to witness unto her in this
my last will, I do give unto her for her daughters, or in default of daugh-
ters unto her sons, the sum of three thousand Livers tournois and unto her
my ewer of silver gilt and my little silver cup which my godfather gave me
(and other articles). More unto her daughter Mary, my god daughter,
five hundred Livers tournois and a little ring of gold which I do wear upon
my little finger, which her mother gave me when she was married, being a
love ring of gold, also my silver girdle with all those things which depend
thereupon. And if her said daughter Mary do die and that she have not
any other daughters my said girdle shall be given unto the eldest daughter
of my sister Hester and my said sister Anu shall' inherit or have the five
hundred Livers aud the said ring. More unto my sister Hester le Mercier
my pointed diamond, which is a ring which I wear on the finger next my
little finger, and eighteen hundred Livers Tournois for her daughters in
case she have any, if not, to her sons. God bless you all aud me. More-
over if it shall happen that any of my brethren or sisters do die without
children I do desire that that which I have bequeathed uuto them shall re-
turn amongst you my brethren and sisters to be equally divided amongst
you unless any amongst you were unaccommodated and that those which
are in good estate did assign or give them their part of their free will.
And if the fathers and mothers of the children of my brethren and sisters
here before mentioned be in good estate I desire that the interest of the
money be added to the principal sum of the said children for the augment-
ing of the said sum for the said children, but if their fathers or mothers be


unaccommodated the said fathers or mothers shall enjoy the said interest
for the bringing up of their said children in the fear of God, which God
grant. I do will and understand that my said brethren and sisters here be-
fore named shall be heirs of their children but I will not, if any of my said
brethren do die without children, that the succession which they shall have
had or enjoyed by me shall go to their wives or out of the " Linage " nor
also if any of my sisters do die without children they may not give the said

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