Will of Nicholas Bigg, 1682/3

Herts RO 119AW2 and 9AR201

In the name of God Amen the three and twenty day of  January in the foure and thirtieth yeare of the reigne of our Sovereigne Lord Charles the Second and in the yeare of our Lord God one thousand six hundred eighty and two I Nicholas Big of Winslow in the County of Bucks being sicke and weake of body but of perfect minde & memory thanks bee given to God of the same therfore calling to minde the mortality of my life and knowing that it is appoynted for all men once to dy I doe make and ordaine this to bee my last will and testament in manner and forme followeinge that is to say first and principally I give my soule into the hands of allmighty God who gave it mee and as for my body I commend it to the earth to bee buryed in such a devoutt manner as my executor shall thinke fitt and as touching such worldly goods as it hath pleased God of his goodnesse to bestow upon mee I give devise bequeath and dispose of as followeth that is to say I give unto my wife Mary Big all and singular my household stuffe with all other my workeingeere and all other things that are in the house I now live in to bee wholly at her owne disposing whom I do make and ordaine constitute and appoynt to bee my full and whole executor of this my last will and testamentt revoking and making voyd all other wills or executors before by mee mentioned and doe make this to bee my last will & testamentt In wittnesse whereof I hand hereunto sett my hand and seale the day and yeare first above written

[signed] Nicholas Bigg

Sealed & delivered
In the presence of us
Richard Phipes
the mark of William Bigg
Richard Ginger 

[Latin] 28 Feb 1682 This executrix was sworn before me Nath. Anderson vicar of Greenborow
In the presence of John Watts, Richard Phips

17 May 1683 It was granted to Edward Thompson, creditor of Nicholas Bigg, to administer his goods, rights and credits according to the tenor of the will because the executrix before she took up the burden of administering also died.

Edward Thompson of St Sepulchre, London, ironmonger, and Thomas Bullock of the same enter a bond for [blank]

[English] Edward Thompson creditor and administrator of Nicholas Bigg will render account before the next feast of St John the Baptist             


Inventory of Nicholas Bigg, 1682/3

Herts RO A25/3694

A true and perfect inventory of all the goods and chattles and creditts of Nicholas Bigg of Winslow in the County of Bucks lately deceased as were vallued by Steven Bigg and Richard Phips and Richard Ginger on the second day of February 1682

Impr(imis) his purse and wareing apparell
3
0
0
It(em) in the Chamber next the street one bedsted and bedding one table one chest nine chaires and other lumbar
3
0
0
It(em) in the lower room next the street one pair of handirons one fire Shovell and Tongs one table with other lumber   
0
6
8
It(em) in the buttery foure vessells with other brewing vessells with a hogshead of beere
1
15
0
It(em) in the kitchin one table one foarme with brasse and pewter one spitt with other lumber
2
10
0
It(em) in the little roome one small table 
0
2
0
It(em) in the chamber next the Church yard one bed and bedding one coffer two trunks with all the linnen
2
0
0
It(em) in the other Chamber two bedds with other lumber
0
10
0
It(em) in the Shop Iron and the working tooles and other lumber
13
0
0
It(em) wood and Coales
4
0
0
It(em) booke debts
8
0
0
 
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38
3
8

[signed]
Stephen Bigg
Richard Phipes
Richard Ginger

Die 28mo Febii AD 1683 Executrix Nich(olai) Biggs Jurata fuit per me N Anderson vicarium de Greenborough
In presentia
Richard Phipes [signed]
Will Biggs his mark

be it remembered that this Inventary was sent in a Lett(e)r w(i)th the Originall will of Nicho Bigg deced from Mr Nathaniell Anderson in the beginning of March 1682 juxt &c


Will of Mary Bigg, widow, 1682/3

Herts RO 119AW1

In the name of God Amen  I Mary Bigg of Winslowe in the County of Bucks widow doe make this my last will & testament  I doe make constitute & appoint Richard Phippes and William Bigg sole executors of this my last will & testament upon this trust & confidence to pay my late husband Nicholas Bigg deceased debts in such order as the lawe will charge them and if any overplus bee then the remainder for ye use & benefitt of all my childern equally share & share alike except my sonne Stephen for that he is preferred by his father onely I give unto my sonne Stephen one shillinge  In witness where of I have hereunto sett my hand & seale the nineteenth day of February 1682

Mary Bigg [x] her marke

Signed sealed & published in the presence of us                                                               
Stephen Bigg 
Robert Gibbes 
John Keniston [x] his marke 
Oliver Lawrence


Inventory of Mary Bigg, widow, 1682/3

Herts RO A25/4116

A true and perfect Inventory of all goods chattles and Credditts of Mary Bigg of Winslow in the County of Bucks Widdow lately deceased as they were preased by Hugh Willis John Kiniston & Richard Ginger the fifteenth day of March in the yeare of our Lord God one thousand six hundred eighty & two

Impr(imis) her purse & wareing Apparell
2
10
0
Item in the room next the street one table two chaires 1 paire of Andirons 2 paire of tongs
0
8
[4]
It(em) in the chamber next the street 9 chaires one bedsted 2 flock beds 1 paire of curtains & varints one coffer with her husbands Apparrell  
4
10
[0]
It(em) in the chamber next the church yard 1 bedsted with the bedding thereunto belonging one trundle bed 2 coffers with other lumber  
0
15
[0]
It(em) in the other chamber 2 bedsteds & other lumber
0
6
[8]
It(em) in the same chamber 4 paire of sheets
1
0
[0]
It(em) in the lower room next the churchyard one table & foarme 2 chairs with brasse & pewter & other lumber
2
0
0
It(em) in the other lower room 1 table 1 spit & other lumber
0
3
4
It(em) in the buttery brewing vessel barrells fatts 1 hogshead & other lumber
2
6
8
It(em) in the Shop 10 hundredweight of barr iron
6
0
0
It(em) Iron out of the shop
07
0
0
It(em) in the shop in made ware
1
0
0
It(em) in the shop old Iron
0
5
0
It(em) in the shop working geare
2
0
0
It(em) in wood and coal e
2
0
0
It(em) in booke debts
5
0
0
It(em) Joystes & Goods over the hovill
0
10
0
 
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In all
37
15
2

Hugh Willis
the marke of [x] John Kiniston
Richard Ginger

[presented 18 April 1683 by Richard  Phipps and William Bygg executors]


Notes

Nicholas Bigg was buried on 31 Jan 1682/3 and his wife Mary on 9 March. Nicholas Bigges married Mary Bedeles on 1 Oct 1664. He seems to have been the son of Christopher Bigg (d.1664) and Jane Bigg (d.1665). Nicholas and Mary were probably the parents of Stephen Bigg (d.1756) and Mary Bigg (d.1745). The inventory suggests that he was a blacksmith, and that he lived on the north side of the Market Square, as his sons later did.