In the Name of Almighty God our Heavenly Father I Christopher Rigby the second of this name in Cosgrave als Covesgrave in the County of Northampton Gent being weak and feeble in Body but of sound Minde and Memory well and seriously considering the Frailty of these mortal Bodies And that Mankind lies under this irrevocable sentence namely Dust thou art, and unto Dust thou shalt return Doe make constitute ordain and appoint this my last Will and Testament as followeth.
Imprimis I bequeath my Soul into the hands of God my heavenly Father trusting for salvation through the alone Merits and Satisfaction of Jesus Christ my blessed Redeemer Lord and Governour.
Item I bequeath my Body to be interred next my Wife in Cosgrave Church at the Entrance of ye South Doores at ye lower Stop close to that Step where may they rest for a joyful Resurrection
Item My Will is that all my just Debts and Funeral Charges be in the first place satiffied and discharged by my Son Christopher Rigby (approving about twenty pounds and not exceeding thirty to pay and satisfy the said Funeral Charges)
Item I give and devise to my loving Son Christopher Rigby all my Lands Tenements and Hereditaments with their and every of their Appurtenances scituate standing lying and being in the Parish of Cosgrave and also in the Fields of Dunshanger [Deanshanger] in the Parish of Passingham [Passenham] in the County of Northampton And also all those nineteen Acres of arable Land with ye Appurtenances lying and being in the parish of Stoke Mandeville in ye County of Bucks which did lately belong to the House and Closes sold to Joseph Smith which nineteen acres of land are now in the Tenure and occupation of Thomas Ford of the same Town To have and to hold the same to my said Son Christopher Rigby and his Heirs for ever And also one Mortgage of Lands scituate Lying and being in Great Hanghton in the County of Northampton made to from Francis Arundel Esqr for the sum of one Thousand pounds as by the Indenture of Mortgage it doth and may appear To have and to hold the same to my said Son Christopher Rigby and his Executors for ever
Item I give and devise all my other Goods and chattels (except those herein hereafter mentioned and named) of whatsoever sort and in whatsoever hand or possession they be or may be found at the time of my Decease As also all my ready money and Debts due to me from any person whatsoever to my aforesaid Son Christopher Rigby and his Executors forever (That is to say) I give and devise all my Lands Tenements and Hereditaments aforementioned with their and every of their Appurtenances And also all my abovementioned Chattels real and personal as above said to my Son Christopher his heirs and Executors On Condition nevertheless That he my said Son Christopher shall pay or cause to be paid unto my younger son John Rigby yearly and every year the sum of forty pounds of lawful money of Great Britain until my said Son John Rigby shall be married And immediately from and after the marriage of my said son John I will and devise That my son Christopher Rigby shall pay unto my said son John Rigby the sum of Eight hundred pounds of lawful money of Great Britain in lieu and stead of the aforesaid Annuity of Forty pounds per annum And also on condition That he shall or cause to be paid unto my loving Daughters Ann and Mary Rigby the Annuity or yearly payments of five and twenty pounds a peece until they shall be married And from and immediately after the marriages of my two Daughters my Will is That my said Son Christopher Rigby shall pay or cause to be payd unto them or either of them successively as they shall happen to be married the sum of five hundred pounds of and lawful money of Great Britain instead of ye Annuity or yearly payment before mentioned
Item I give and devise to my Son John Rigby his great uncles John Rigby’s Plate (That is to say) One silver Tankard a silver Salt and a Beaker And also half my Books of Divinity Law and History Lastly I make and ordain my loving Brothers Dr George Rye Rector of Islip in the County of Oxford[shire] and Mr Humphry Drake Rector of Amersham in the County of Bucks Executors of this my last Will and Testament hereby annulling and making void all other Wills by me at any time heretofore made
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the The third day of November Anno Domini 1720 Christopher Rigby
Signed and sealed published and declared to be last Will and Testament of Christopher Rigby in the presence of
The Mark of John Bignell