WILL OF JAMES FIELDEN OF BOTTOMLEY
Transcribed by Henry Fishwick
In the name of God, Amen. The xxixth daie of Januarie in the fortie and fyrste yeare of reigne of our Soveaigne Ladie Elizabeth by the grace of God, of Englande, France and Ireland, Quene, defender of the faith etc., An’oque D’ni 1602.
I James F…. of Barthomley in the parish of Rachdalle and countie of Lanc., yeoman, being sick in body but of good and perfect memory, I praise God, therefore do constitute and make this my last will and testament in manner and form following, first and chiefly I give and bequeath my soul into the hands of Almighty, my maker; trusting by the merits of Christ’s death and passions only to have remission of my sins, and my body to Christian burial,
And as concerning my lands and temporal goods, etc., it is my will and mind that whereas I have in my occupac’ on Barthomley aforesaid, one messuage, one barn, one garden, with five acres and a half of arable land and pasture by estimate, it is my will and mind that Elizabethe my wife shall after my decease have, occupie and enjoy the foresaid messuage, barn, garden, five acres of land and a half by estimate during her natural life, and after the decease of Elizabeth my said wife, to Marie Fielden and Elizabeth Fielden, daughters of James Fielden, equally between them and to their heirs forever.
I give unto Edmund Fielden, and also to Edmund Fielden, son of said Edmund, v shillings each
To Edmund Heywarde vj shillings viij pence
To James Heywarde vj shillings viij pence
To Grace Heywarde iij shillings iiij pence
Also I ordain, institute and make Elizabeth my wife my true and lawful executrix of this my will to see this my will be fulfilled to the pleasure of God and soul’s health.
In witness whereof I have here unto set my hand and mark before these witnesses, Robert Heywarde, James Fielden, John Crossley and others.
Proved 20th March 1602
Imprimis 77 sheep xix pounds v shillings
Item iiij ox kine and one heifer xj pounds vj shillings viij pence
Item one meare cost left empty
Item in woole iij pounds xviij shillings
Item hay and straw xx shillings
Item in turves and coales iij shillings
Item money in his purse xx shillings
Item bedding, bolsters and qwishions iiij pounds ij shillings
Item meale and groates xliij shillings
Item arckes and chistes and bedstocks xlvij shillings
Item pottes, panes and pewter l shillings
Item his apparel iij pounds vj shillings viiij pence
Item wodden vessels, stone pots xxiij shillings
Item bordes xviiij shillings
Item saddles, sleades with furniture belongings ix shillings
Item flesh, butter and cheese xxxiij shillings iiij pence
Item in sackes and one window charge x shillings
Item ironwork no price
Item wheeles and other husslemants within the house xii shillings iiij pence
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