Will of John Croft, clerk, 1714 (proved 1717)

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In the Name of God Amen I John Croft of Winslowe in the County of Bucks Clerke being Somewhat Indisposed in body and of sound and perfect mind and memory praised be Almighty God therefore and considering the Certainty of Death and the uncertaine tyme thereof doe this Thirtyeth [blank] day of July Anno D(omin)ni 1714 make and Ordeyne this my last Will and Testament in manner and forme followeing (that is to say) First and principally I Com(m)end my Soule into the hands of Almighty God my maker hopeing through the merritts Death and Passion of Jesus Christ my Saviour to be made pertaker of Everlasting life And my body I Com(m)itt to the Earth to be decently buryed at the discretion of my Executrix herein after named And as for such Temporall Estate as itt hath pleased Almighty God to bestowe upon me I Give and Dispose thereof as followeth  Impr(im)is I Give Will Devise & bequeath unto Hannah Snow my Daughter the Sum(m)e of One Shilling of lawfull money of Greate Brittaine to be paid unto her by my Executrix herein after named within One moneth next after my Decease  Item I  Give Will Devise and Bequeath unto Mary Sandham my Daughter the Sum(m)e of One Shilling of like lawfull money of Greate Brittaine to be paid unto her by my Executrix herein after named within One moneth next after my Decease  Item I  Give Will Devise and Bequeath unto Richard Croft my Sonn  the sum(m)e of  One Shilling of like lawfull money of Greate Brittaine to be paid unto him by my Executrix herein after named within One moneth next after my Decease  Item I  Give Will Devise and Bequeath unto John Croft my Sonn the sum(m)e of One Shilling of like lawfull money of Greate Brittaine to be paid unto him by my Executrix herein after named within One moneth next after my Decease   Item I  Give Will Devise and Bequeath unto the Right Reverend Father in God the Lord Bishopp of London for the tyme being the Reverend Archdeacon of St Albans for the tyme being and the Viccar and Church Wardens of the parish of Winslowe aforesaid in the said County of Bucks for the tyme being Nicolaus de Lyras Com(m)entarys on the whole Bible the Old Testament and the new in Six volumes in folio together with the Repertorium or Index which makes a Seaventh  And alsoe Pooles Synopsis Criticorum &c in novum Testamentum** in Two large Volumes in folio my poor Tribute towards a parochiall Library to be Contained in the vestry belonging to the Parish Church of Winslowe aforesaid forever for the use of Such Persons who shall resort thither to Consult the meaneing of the holy Scriptures  Item all the rest of my Goods Chattells and Personall Estate whatsoever and wheresoever not herein before Beqeathed I Give Will Devise and Bequeath unto Deborah my loveing Wife She payeing my Debts Legacyes and Funerall Expences And I doe hereby make and Ordeyne the said Deborah my loveing Wife full and Sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament And lastly I doe hereby revoake and make voide all former Wills by me heretofore made and doe declare this to be my last Will and Testament In Wittnesse whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and seale the day and yeare first above written.

John Croft [signature]

Signed Sealed Published and Declared in the
presence of us who have hereunto subscribed
our names as witnesses in the p(re)sence of
the Testator
                                Mary Morris [signature]
                                Peter Goldsworth [signature]
                                Tho(mas) Ligo [signature]

[Probate at Winslow to Deborah Croft widow 7 June 1717 before Philip Stubbs archdeacon]


Notes

John Croft became Vicar of Winslow in 1684, and was also Vicar of Granborough. He is probably the John Croft, son of Edward of Tredington, Worcs, who matriculated at St Mary Hall, Oxford, in 1668, aged 16, and graduated MA from New College in 1675 (Oxford University Alumni). He was buried on 29 March 1716, so there was some delay in proving his will. His widow and daughter Hannah remained in Winslow after his death.

The children baptised at Winslow were:

Alfred Clear (Buckingham Advertiser, 8 March 1930), recorded a white marble slab in the Church with these inscriptions which he translated from Latin:

Nicolaus de Lyra, 1270-1340, Head of the Franciscan Order in France and author of the highly regarded Postillae perpetuae in universam S. Scripturam, the first printed commentary on the Bible.

Matthew Poole, 1624-1697, English non-conformist theologian. His best known work Synopsis Criticorum Biblicorum extended to five volumes in which he summarised the views of one hundred and fifty biblical critics.

Thomas Ligo was registered as an apprentice to Peter Goldsworth on 29 November 1711. Mary Morris (nee Hunt) was Peter Goldsworth’s sister-in-law. He married her sister Rebecca Hunt. Both were daughters of glazier William Hunt.

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