Edward Beauchamp left a will; From DeBrett's book on Beauchamp, through Gary Hawley
EDWARDE BEACHAMP DE COSGRAVE. DEFUNCT 6th JANUARY A.D. 1624
. . . . . my body to be buried in the churchyard of Cosgrave among the burials of my ancestors.
In primis: I will that my son, John Beacham shall enter upon half of my inheritance at 21 years of age and upon all my purchased lands to pay the within named lagacies imposed upon him by this my will.
Also my will is that my second son, William Beacham shall have one hundred pounds portion paid to him by my eldest son John Beachamp so son as the said William shall come to 21 years in his age.
Likewise I bequeath to my eldest daughter Elizabeth Beachamp one hundred pounds portion to be paid unto her by my son and heir John Beachamp when he shall attain to the age of 21 years.
And I bequeath unto my second daughter, Nightingale Beachamp, the full and entire sum of one hundred pounds to be paid unto her by my said heir, John Beachamp, whensoever she shall come to her like age of 21 years.
Furthermore, I bequeath to my youngest son, Edward Beachamp, the entire sum of one hundred pounds to be paid unto him by me executrix so soon as he shall come to the age of 21 years.
For the payment of these legacies by my eldest son, John, I do leave divers lands and tenements which I myself purchased or redeemed, always provided that if it shall happen that my said son, John Beachamp, should die before any or all these my legacies be paid that then my next son shall make pay of the before legacies, or if he also should depart out of this life before the performance of this my will that then my youngest son Edward shall pay them, and so my will for any other heirs shall succeed in my inheritance.
And for the payment of the fourth legacy and divers debts which I owe to divers persons I leave unto my wife Emma Beachamp, all my moveable goods, whom I do ordain to be my sole executrix for this my last will, desiring her, according to my will, to givetwelve pence to the church of Cosgrave and to see my body buried with comely funeral expenses and to take as a token of my love all the residue of my moveable goods.
And to witness to this my last will I have hereto set my hand.
Also I require that my brother Whaley (? This looks like a surname and could either refer to a brother-in-law or a priest) and my kinsman John Beachamp to be supervisors for this my will . . . . .
Witness: William Mortimer, the mark of Samuell Catherne.