Will of Thomas Eden (Eding), labourer, 1691

Herts RO 129 AW7

In the name of God Amen.  I Thomas Eding of Winslowe in the Countie of Buckes Labour being att p\r/esence in health of Bodie and of sound and perfect memorie praise I give to Allmightie god doe macke and ordame & declare this my last will and Testament in manor and forme following that is to say First & prinsipallie I comend my soule unto Allmighty god my creator hopeing assuredly trusting through the meritts and mediac(i)on of my dere and onely Saviour Christ Jesus to be made partaker of eternall Life my Body to the Earth to be decently buried and for my wordly goods att the time of my decease I give as Followeth I give unto my Grandchilld [deletion] John Alling all my wearing aparell my Best Coate exepted I give to my dafter Joane Aalling the best ketell and one coefer and one toube & the bedsted and all the bedinge that is one it standing at the beds feete where in I lye

I give to my grandchilld Anne Alling my brasse poorege poot and whereas Richard Phippes and John Keenestone is by one obligacion bearing date in and about the sixteenth day of May in the yeare of our Lord 1683 \bound/ in the sume of twentie poundes for the true payment of ten poundes of courante english money which said sume of ten poundes I give & be Queath unto my sone Thomas Eding \to have/ presently after my decese I give to Anne the wife of Robert Eding my sone the beest cofer and all the rest of my goods unbequeathed I give to my sone Ralph Eding whome I macke my full Executor and in wittnes here of  I have here unto seet my hand & seale the sixt day of July 1691 and in the third year of the raine of our So\u/verainge Lord & Ladey William & Mary by the grace of god king & quene of greate britane france & Ireland defender of the faith

Thomas Eden his marrke

Sealed & Published in the presence of                          
Christopher Cootts [signature]                                                    
Robt Gibbs  [signature]                                                                            
Joane Greene her marrke

Inventory of Thomas Eden, labourer, 1691

Herts RO A25/4362

A true and perfect invento\ry/ of the goods & chattles of Thomas Eden Late of Winslowe in the County of Buckes Labour decesed tacken valued & appraised the thirteene day of July in the yeare of o(ur) Lord god one thousand six hundred ninty & one: by Richard Phippes & Robert Gibbs as followeth

Imprimis his purse & app(a)rrell
in the chamber belowe
the Bed and beding & the rest of the goods in the same rome
In Both the chambers above
All the goods in the halle house
the wood in the yard
In Bandes*

Richard Phippes [signature]
Robert Gibbs [signature]

[Latin] Exhibitum 7 Junii 1692 per
Stephan(um) [?] [illegible] &c


Bandes: i.e. bonds.

The manor court of April 1692 was informed that Thomas' son Ralph had also died, and his messuage passed to his younger son Robert. See full entry. This was also reported to the Archdeaconry Court:

St Albans Archdeaconry Acts (Herts RO 7/37)

[Latin] 7 June 1692. Robert Eden appeared personally and alleged that Thomas Eden of Winslow deceased made his will in writing and named his son Ralph Eden alias Eding executor, who died after the execution of the will. And that he [Robert] was the natural son of the deceased, and sought letters of administration with the will annexed. He was sworn, and that the goods did not exceed £20. [signed] Joh: Croft
[marked in English] to bee sent by John Seaton

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The will:

Will of Thomas Eden

The inventory:

Inventory of Thomas Eden

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