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Transcribed by Janet Meads, 2006

Will of Matthew Kellison, 1634

12 February 1634

In the name God Amen: I Mathew Kellisson of Burton Latimer in the Countie of Northampton husbandman doe make and ordaine this last Will and Testament in manner and forme following vizt:

Imprimis: I bequeath my soule unto my Creator and Redeemer knowing that it will be received by the merits of my saviour Jesus Christ into Abrahams bosome And my bodie to be buried in the Churchyard of Burton Latimer. And as for my real and personall estate of land & goods I give and bequeath them as followeth:

Item I give and bequeath to the poor of Burton Latimer Twelve pence to be distributed as my executrix shall think fitting.

Item: whereas I have purchased of one John Wellinges to me and my heires for ever one Cottage or Tenement with the appurtenances in Burton aforesaid now in the tenure of Thomas Arch or of his assigns And since which purchase upon consideration of marriage of Susan my now wife have Injoyntured the said Cottage to the said Susan during her naturall life; My will and meaning is that from and after the decease of the said Susan That my sonne William Kellisson shall have and enjoy the said Cottage to the use of him the said William and of the heires of his bodie lawfully begotten for ever, And for default of such issue to the use of my sonne Mathew Kellison and of the heires of his bodie lawfully begotten for ever. And for default of such issue to my daughter Judith Kellisson and of the heires of her bodie lawfully begotten for ever; And for default of such issue to the right heires and assigns of my said sonne Mathew for ever.

Item: I give unto my said sonne William Kellison the summe of Five shillings

Item: I give unto my said sonnes Thomas and Mathew Kellisson my shoppe?; bellowes, vice, backhorne, grindlestool and all the rest of the tooles & iron belonging to Smithery in my shoppe or house wheresover to be equally parted & divided between them.

Item: I give unto my said daughter Judith Kellisson the summe? of three? Poundes? To be paid unto her when she shall attaine unto the age of Tenn yeares.

Item: all the rest of my goods and chattels unbequeathed my debtes and legacies being paid I give and bequeathe unto Susan my said wife whom I make my sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament. And I doe ordayne appoynte and request my loving brother in law Edmund Edie, and my kinde kinsman Thomas Wallis both of Burton Latimer aforesaid to bee overseers of this my Will and Testament. In Witnesse hereof I have hereunto sett my hand and seale the one and twentith Day of February in the Tenth yeare of the Reigne of Our Sovereigne Lord Charles by the grace of god of England Scotland France and Ireland King Defender of the faith etc. Anno domini 1634: Mathew Kellisson Sealed and delivered in the presence of us: Tho: Birde  Geo: Plowright

Proved April 1634

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