Will of William Eden, yeoman, 1720 (proved 1721)

Herts RO 158 AW7

In the Name of God Amen, I William Eden of Winslowe in the County of Bucks Yeoman being weake in Body but of Sound and perfect minde and memory Praised be Almighty God therefore and Calling to minde the Certainety of death and the Uncertaine tyme thereof doe this Thirtyeth day of June Anno D(omi)ni 1720 make and Ordeyne this my last Will and Testament in manner and forme following (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 att the discretion of my Executrix hereinafter named  And as for Such Temporall Estate as itt hath pleased Almighty God to Bestowe upon me and I Give and Dispose thereof as followeth  Impri(mi)s I Give Will Devise and Bequeath unto Elizabeth Eden my daughter the sume of Threescore Pounds of lawfull mony of Greate Brittaine to be paid unto her by my Executrix herein after named her Executors or Adm(ini)strators in manner followeing (that is to Say) Forty Pounds thereof at such tyme as the said Elizabeth my Daughter shall have attained the age of Five and Twenty Yeares or within Six moneths next after the decease of my Executrix which shall first happen and Twenty Pounds Residue thereof within Six months next after the decease of my Executrix  Item I Give Will Devise and Bequeath unto my loving Wife Elizabeth Eden all the Rest of my Goods Chattells and Personall Estate whatsoever and wheresoever Paying my debts Legacyes and Funerall Expenses and I doe hereby make and Ordeyne the said Elizabeth Eden my loveing Wife full and Sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament  And Lastly I do hereby Revoke 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

The mark of William Eden

Signed Sealed Published and Declared in the presence of us who have hereunto Subscribed our Names as Witnesses in the Presence of the Testator
William Shelton Jun.
The marke of Ann Bull
Peter Goldsworth

[Probate 1 June 1721 to Elizabeth]              


William Edden married Elizabeth Chandler, both of Winslow, on 11 Feb 1694/5. He was buried on 4 July 1720. Apart from their daughter Elizabeth (bap. 16 May 1703, m. John Bowler 1724), they had a son Richard (bap. 16 Mar 1699/1700) who died in 1759 and must have inherited his father's land. William was probably the son of William Udden baptised on 26 Sep 1663.

Copyright 28 August, 2015