Will of Erasmus Grove of Tingewick, yeoman, 1684

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In the name of God Amen I Erasmus Grove the elder of Tingwick in the County of Bucks yeoman beinge aged and somewhat infirme of body but of sound & p(er)fect mind and memory prays(e)d bee God therefore yett callinge to Minde the unc(e)rtenyty of this frail & humane life doe make this my last will & testam(en)t in manner followinge first I com(m)itt and com(m)end my Soul when severed from my body into the hands of the allmi(gh)ty God hopeinge that by and through the alone meritts mediac(i)on death and passion of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to be made A partaker of his heavenly Kingdome my body I com(m)itt to the earth from whence itt came to bee decently int(e)rred att the discrec(i)on of my Lovinge wiyfe my Execritrix [sic] hereafter named & my worldly estate w(hi)ch God hath byn pleased to bestowe upon me disposed of as followeth Imprimis I give and bequeath unto my eldest Sonne John Grove and his Children then living forty shilling of good and lawfull money of England to be payd to them within one yeare next after my decese and to be equally devided amongst them Item I give and bequeane to my Sonn(e) Erasmus Grove and his Children then liveing forty Shillings of good and lawfull English money to be equally devided amongst them as afore said It(e)m I give to  \my/ Sonn(e) John Emmerson and his Children forty Shillings of good and lawfull money of England to \be/ equally devided amongst them and payd as afore said I(te)m I give to my Sonn(e) Richard Durrant and his Chilldren forty Shillings of good and lawfull money of England to be equally devided amongst them then liveing It(e)m I give to my Daughter Elizebeth Trounson <and her children> forty Shillings of lawfull money \of/ England to be equally devided amongst them \then/ Liveing It(e)m I give to my Sonn(e) John Scot <and his children> forty Shillings of good and lawfull money of England and to be equally devided amongst them then liveing It(e)m I give to my Sonn(e) Robert Towne \& his Children/ forty Shillings of good and lawfull money of England to be equally devided amongst them then liveing It(e)m I give to my Sonn(e) Beniamin Keech and his Children forty Shillings of good and lawfull money of England to be Equally devided amongst them then liveing p(ro)vided my Execritx be in a capicity and see cause so to do and I give unto my daghter Elizebeth Trounson twenty pounds more and in case of her death to be equally devided Amongst her Children then liveing my Meaneing is it shall be paid her or her Children as Aforesaid w(i)th out any Exception with in on(e) yeare next after my deces and Lastly all the rest of my houshold goods and other goods as well Imoveable as moveable chattell and chattelles rights creditts & p(er)sonall estate of what kind or quality soever where & in whose hands soever not herein before be queathed I give and bequeath unto my s(ai)d wyfe Marg(er)y  whom I hereby make full & sole Execritx of this my last will & testam(en)t hereby revoukeinge all former or other wills by me made. In witnes whereof I have hereunto sett my hand & seale the Eighteenth day of August in the Thirtieth First yeare of our most gracious Lord Charles the Second King over England & etc. Annoque Dom(in)i 1684.

The Mark of Erasmus Grove

Signed sealed & published in the p(re)sence of
[signed] John Parkinson
John Goodyer[?]
Will: Spratley

[Probate granted 23 Oct 1684 by William Hunt BA, surrogate of the Archdeacon of Buckingham, to Margery Grove]


Notes

Erasmus Grove was the father of the Baptist Benjamin Keach, who married Jane Grove at Winslow in 1660. Jane died in 1670 after she and Benjamin had moved to London, but Erasmus would still have had grandchildren by her. It's not clear if he was a Baptist himself. None of the other family members appears to be from Winslow.

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