In the Name of God Amen The Eight and twentieth day of May in the year of our Lord One Thousand Six hundred and fifty five I John Beauchamp the elder of Cosgrave in the County of Northampton yeoman, Being sick in body but of perfect Remembrance praysed be God I doe hereby make and ordaine this to be my last will and testament in manner and form following. Imprimis I give and bequeath my Soule to Almighty God my Maker trusting through the pretious meritts of Jesus Christ my Saviour have free remission of all my Sinnes. And my body I commend to the Earth whereof it was made. And to have Christian buryall in the Parish Churchyard of Cosgrave aforesaid at the discretion of my Executors hereafter named. Item for and concerning all the worldly goods and Estate which God of his bountiful goodnes hath bestowed upon me. I give and bequeath as followeth And first concerning my three which I had by my former wife I give and bequeath as followeth ffor and concerning the Cottage or Tenement in the occupation of Thomas Temple and all the arable Land and meadow and pasture ground in the Townfields and parish of Cosgrave aforesaid with their and every of their appurtenances which my ffather gave me. I give unto my sonne Christopher Beauchamp and his heyres forever Upon condition that hee shall pay unto my Executors the summe of One hundred twenty five pounds of Lawfull money of England within one yeare next after my decease And that my Executors shall then cancell a Bond wherein the said Christopher standeth bound to pay to Mr Thomas Travell of Haversham in the County of Bucks my wives Uncle the Summe of twenty four poundes. Item if my said Sonne Christopher will not bee pleased to accept the aforesaid Cottage or tenement arrable Land and meadowe and pasture ground upon the aforesaid conditions, Then my will and mind is that my Executors shall have and enioy to them and their heyres the said Cottage or tenement arable Land meadowe and pasture ground with their and every of their appurtenances they paying unto my said Sonne Christopher the Summe of threescore and fifteene pounds of Lawfull money of England within one yeare next after my decease and to cancell the aforesaid Bond for the payment of the said twenty five poundes. Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Joane Parry the summe of five poundes of Lawfull English money to be payd her within one yeare next after my decease. Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Newman two shillings sixe pence. And to my two grandchildren which she had by Leonard Benton the younger twelve pence a pece Item I give and bequeath to my Children that I have by my now wife Anne as followeth. And first I give to my Sonne Robert Beauchamp and his heyres for ever the Cottage and Tenement with the appurtenances in the occupation of widow ffennable and my Close adjoyning on the Backside of the said Cottage with the appurtenances the said Robert to have and enioy them soe soon as hee shall accomplish the age of one and twenty yeares Provided that if my Brother in Lawe Robert Emerson or his Sonne John Emerson shall redeeme and pay the summe of threescore and tenne pounds of lawfull money for the said Cottage and Close as they pretend to doe Then my will is that my said sonne Robert shall have the said threescore and tenne pounds paid to him soe soon as he shall accomplish the age of one and twenty years. Item I give and bequeath to my Sonne Richard Beauchamp the summe of fifty poundes of Lawfull money of England when hee shall accomplish the age of one and twenty years. Item I give to my Sonne Henry Beauchamp the summe of fifty poundes of Lawfull money of England when hee shall accomplish the age of one and twenty years. Item I give and bequeath to my Sonne William Beauchamp the summe of fifty pounds of lawfull money of England when hee shall accomplish the age of one and twenty years. Item I give and bequeath to my Sonne Valentine Beauchamp the summe of fifty pounds of Lawfull money of England when hee shall accomplish the age of one and twenty years. Item all the Rest and Residue of my goods Chattells and Estate as well reall as personall whatsoever and not herein bequeathed (my ffunerall Expenses discharged and my debts and Legacies being payd) I give to my loveing wife Anne Beauchamp and my Sonne Thomas Beauchamp whom I make and ordaine to bee Executors of this my will and testament And doe hereby revooke all former will and bequests whatsoever by me made Provided my mind and will is that if my said Sonne Thomas Beauchamp shall marry or take to wife any without the consent and likeing of my wife his mother and Overseers hereafter named That then hee the said Thomas shall have noe power in my Executorship but that it shall remaine and bee wholly to my said wife. And that shee shall pay to the said Thomas ffifty pounds of Lawfull money of England to bee paid to him in manner followeing that is to say five and twenty pounds when hee shall accomplish the age of one and twenty years And the other twenty five pounds within one yeare after the payment of the former twenty five pounds. And I doe intreate Mr John Whalley Minister of Cosgrave and the aforesaid Mr Thomas Travell to bee my Overseers And I give them for their paines that they shall take therein five shillings a peece. In witness whereof I have hereunto sett my Seale and subscribed my name the day and yeare above written with presence of those whose names are under written. John Beauchampe. The Witnesses names to the Sealing and signeing hereof are Thomas Travell Arth Walbanke
This Will was proved at London the fourteenth day of July One Thousand sixe hundred and fifty five Before the Judges for Probate of Wills and Granting Administrators Lawfully authorized By their oaths Anne Beauchamp the Relict and Thomas Beauchamp the Sonne of the said deceased and Executors named in his said will. To whom was granted Administration of all and singular the goods, Chattells and debts of the said deceased. They being first sworne by virtue of a Commission truely to administer the same.
Examined and Compared with the original By us Le: Browne & Mat Bayly
R …. this 27th day of ffebruary 1655 ye original will of ye said John Beauchamp faire and .ncancelled to and for ye use of ye Executor therein ….. ye same having first been proved by a ….. deffinitive of this Court By me Robe: Thompson