Will of Benjamin Leach, grocer, 1669

Herts RO 106 AW11

In the name of God Amen the one and twentieth day of October Anno Dom. one thousand six hundred sixty and nine and in the one and twentieth yeare of the Raigne of our Soveraigne Lord Kinge Charles the second over England Etc.  I Benjamine Leach thelder of Winslow in the County of Bucks Grosser.  beinge aged and weake of Body but of perfect minde and memory I prayse almighty God therefore, knoweinge the certainety of death and the uncertainety of the time and howre thereof doe therefore make ordayne and declare this my last will and testament In manner and Forme Followeinge  First I committ and commend my soule into the hands of Almighty God my creator restinge Assured of the remission of all my sinns by the merrits of his ever Bless sonne our Lord and Savioure Jesus Christ.  My Body I Commit to the Earth to bee decentley buried and as touchinge and concerneinge my worldley estate I doe heareby declare my last will and testament in manner and forme Followeinge.  First I give and bequeath unto my daughter Mary Leach all my part of that freehold Meadow called and knowne by the name of Tuckey mead with all and singular the appertenances to bee to the said Mary and her heires for ever.  and for her the saide Mary to enter uppon have and ejoy the same Imediately after my decease.  Provided that if my sonne Benjamine Leach shall within three yeares next after my decease pay unto the said Mary her heires or assignes the sum of one hundred pounds of lawfull English money.  then my will is that the said meadow with the appertenances shall be wholey to the use and behoofe of the said Benjamine and his heires for ever.  And further my will is that if the said Mary shall contract mariage and bee maried to any person whatsoever contrary to the minde and will and without the consent of her mother (if her mother shall bee then Liveing) that then and from thencefourth the said meadow with thappertenances shalbe to the use of my sonne Benjamine and his heires for ever, anythinge above said to the contrary notwithstanding.   All and singuler other my goods cattells and Chatells of what kind and nature so ever my debts and legacies beinge payed and my funerall charges defrayed I wholeley give and bequeath unto Mary my now wife and to Benjamine my sonne to bee equally devided betweene them, and doe make them joynt executors of this my last will and testament.  And I the said Benja. Leach doe hearby revoke and repeale all former wills by me made and declared and all Legacies, bequests and things in them or aney of them conteyned.  And I doe declare this to be my last will and testament  In witness wheare of to this last will and testament  I the said Benjamine Leach have sett my hand and seale the day and yeare first above written.

Ben. Leach [signature]

Signed sealed published and
declared in the presence of

John Smith   [signature]
Mathew Bishop [signature]


Inventory of Benjamin Leach, 1669

Herts RO A25/3839

A true and perfect Inventary of the goods and Chattells which weare the goods and Chattells of Benjamine Leach of Winslow in the County of Bucks deceased taken prysed and vallewed by us whose names are heare unto subscribed the six day of December 1669

 
£
s
d
Imprimis In the halle two tables and frames two forms three stooles one cubburd one chaire one jacke 1 payre of hand irons one fire shoule and tongues and one jacke
01
10
00
Item In the Kitchinge 3 Caldrons two brass potts 2 hanger with other small brass
01
10
00
Item foure pewter platters with porrengers and other small pewter
00
14
00
Item In the seller Barrells tubs and Civers  
01
00
00
Item In the Shop good  vallewed at     
05
00
00
Item In the Chamber over the halle one joined bedsteed one feather bed two flocke beds with bolsters pillowes and other goods in that roome   
03
00
00
Item In the Chamber over the Shop one Bedsteed one coffer one chaire & three boxes with other goods their 
02
00
00
Item  eight payre of sheets with other small linnen  
02
10
00
Item In Mault and Barley  
02
10
00
Item Beanes 4 quarter and halfe 
03
12
00
Item Wheat in the Barne      
02
16
00
Item one Cow and A cocke of hay  
04
10
00
Item one horse and one mayre  
05
00
00
Item all Implyments of husbandry  
06
00
00
Item two Hogs   
02
00
00
Item sixty and one sheepe  
12
00
00
Item wheat upon the ground      
03
00
00
Item in the further Chamber over the Shop one old Bedsteed with other Lumber  
00
10
00
Item fire wood  
00
10
00
Item In ready money and debts       
10
00
00
Item his weareinge Apparrell  
03
00
00
 
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Some totall                
72
12
00

praised and vallewed
by us
John Smith [signature]
Silvester Claver   his mark

[Latin] Exhibitum erat huiusmodi inventarium sexto Junii per executorem &c pro vero &c

[translation] This inventory was presented on 6 June by the executor, etc., as a true, etc.


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The will:

Will of Benjamin Leach

The inventory:

Inventory of Benjamin Leach

 


Notes

Benjamin Leach married Joyce Pym on 10 Dec 1634. and she was buried on 6 Feb 1638/9. He then married Mary Stutsberie on 24 Aug 1639. The children mentioned in the will were Benjamin (bap. 7 March 1640/1) and Mary (bap. 22 Dec 1644). A Mary Leech (either the widow or daughter) was buried on 12 Oct 1688. Benjamin sr made a deathbed surrender in favour of his daughter Mary on 20 Oct 1669.

Benjamin the younger must have bought Tuckey Mead from his sister Mary as he mortgaged it in 1684 and sold it to William Lowndes in 1690.

Copyright 25 August, 2016