Will of Thomas Blake, yeoman, 1709 (proved 1711)

National Archives, PROB 11/520/270

In The Name of God Amen I Thomas Blake the Elder of Winslow in the County of Bucks Yeoman being of sound and perfect mind and memory praise be therefore given to Almighty God do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following that is to say  First and principally I commend my Soul into the hands of Almighty God  And my Body I committ to the Earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executors hereinafter named  And as touching the disposition of all such temporall Estate as it hath pleased Almighty God to bestow upon me I give and dispose thereof as followeth  Imprimis I will that my debts and Funeral Expenses shall be all paid and discharged  Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Barton one shilling of lawfull Money of Great Britain to be paid her by my Executors within one year after my decease  Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Anne Stone one shilling of like lawfull Money to be paid her by my Executors within one year after my decease  Item all the Rest of my personall Estate Goods Chattles Rights and Creditts whatsoever not herein before otherwise bequeathed and disposed I give and bequeath unto my loving Wife Elizabeth Blake and my loving Son Thomas Blake  And I do constitute and appoint the said Elizabeth Blake and Thomas Blake joint Executors of this my last Will and Testament Hereby revoking disannulling and making void all former and other Wills by me heretofore made and acknowledging this only to be my last Will and Testament  In Witness whereof I the said Thomas Blake the Elder have to this my last Will and Testament sett my hand and seal this Twelfth day of May in the Eighth year of the Reign of our Soveraign Lady Anne by the grace of God of Great Britain France and Ireland Queen defender of the Faith &c.  Anno d(omi)ni 1709.  Thomas Blake. / Signed Sealed owned acknowledged published and declared by the said Thomas Blake the Elder to be his last Will and Testament in the presence of John Shelton Tho(mas) Wainright Deborah Wainright.

[Probate granted at London 7 April 1711 on oath of Thomas Blake one of the executors, Elizabeth Blake widow the other executrix previously renouncing.]


For more on Thomas Blake see the Blake Family page (he is Thomas 2). He was born in 1649 at Charlton on Otmoor, and buried at Winslow on 28 Aug 1710. His wife Elizabeth died in 1715.

Thomas' death was recorded at the manor court in October 1710, according to which he held 43 acres of copyhold land which passed to his son Thomas. He also held a freehold house and 60 acres of land, for which he must have made arrangements before his death.

Copyright 26 November, 2016