Will of Zacharias Hamms, cutler, 1698 (proved 1698/9)

National Archives, PROB 11/449 f.182

In the name of God Amen

I Zacharias Ham(m)s of Winslow in the County of Bucks Cutler being weakly of body but of sound and perfect mind and memory praise be therefore given to Almighty God doe make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and forme following Impr(im)is I will that my Debts and Funerall Charges shall be paid and discharged Item I give devise and bequeath unto my loving wife Frances Hamms and her Assignes All that my Shop at Burcester al(ia)s Bissiter in the County of Oxford called or known by the name of the Tavern with all and singular the appurtenances thereunto To the use and behoof of the said Frances and her Assignes during the term of her naturall life and from and immediately after the decease of the said Frances I give devise and bequeath the said Shop or Tavern with the appurtenances unto my Son Joseph Hamms and his heirs for ever But if the said Joseph my Son shall happen to dye without lawfull Issue then I give and bequeath the same to my son Daniel Hamms (after the decease of my said wife) and the heirs of the said Daniel for ever Item I also give to the said Daniel my best suite of Woollen Apparrell and my silver hilted Simiter to be delivered him within one month after my decease Item I give to my sister Elizabeth Mayne the sume of Twenty shillings of lawfull money of England Item I give to the Children of Mary the daughter of my said sister Elizabeth Mayne Twenty shillings a piece of like lawfull money Item I give to Sarah Mayne Daughter also of my sister Twenty shillings of like lawfull money of the full value thereof in such Goods as I sell  Item I give unto Kendal Mayne and Joseph Mayne the two sons of my sister Elizabeth Mayne Twenty shillings a piece of like lawfull money All which legacies to be paid within one year after my decease Item I give devise and bequeath unto my kinswoman Mary the daughter of Nicholas Bigg late of Winslow deceased and her heires for ever All those my Three Lands lying and being in Brackley in the County of Northampton in a Furlong in the Com(m)on field there called Golden Furlong and also all those my Two lands lying in Burwell Furlong in the Com(m)on Fields aforesaid which Five pieces or parcels of arrable land and lately purchased of one Nathaniel Jones and Anne his wife of Brackley aforesaid But not withstanding my Will and meaning is that my said Wife (if she survive me) shall have and enjoy to her own proper use and behoof The Cropp of Grain which now is growing or shall at the time of my death be growing or renewing upon the said five pieces or parcels of arrrable land with the appurtenances or upon any piece or part thereof Item I will and require my said wife (full and sole Executrix of this my present last Will) to sell off all my Shopp Goods and Geares or Merchandise at Bissiter Tame and Brackley aforesaid and Winslow and with the money thereof to be used to pay all my just Debts and the surplusage remaining after my Debts are paid to put to Interest for the use benefit and education of my said son Joseph until he attain the age of one and Twenty years and then the said Bond (or other security for the same to be given and delivered to the said Joseph that the same may be and remain to him and his Assignes for ever according to the true intent and meaning of this my last Will and Testament  And I doe hereby revoke disannull and make void all former and other Wills by me heretofore made In witness whereof I have to this my present last Will and Testament sett my hand and seal this seven and Twentieth day of September in the Tenth year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord William the Third by the grace of God of England Scotland France and Ireland king Defender of the Faith &c Annoque D(omin)ni One Thousand Six hundred Ninety Eight

Zakary Hames

Signed Sealed published and declared in the presence of
John Greene
The mark of William Bigg
Tho(mas) Wainright

[Probate at London 31 January 1698/9 to Frances Hames widow and executrix.]


Zachary Hams was buried at Winslow on 3 Oct 1698. He had widespread business interests and does not seem to have been a native of Winslow, but his son Daniel was baptised at Winslow on 24 Nov 1681. Joseph was baptised on 18 June 1687. Widow Hams, i.e. Frances, occuied part of The Bell in Oct 1698.

The will was also recorded in the Archdeacon's register at St Albans (Herts RO 10AR78), with the same text, recording that probate was granted at London as above.




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