Will of Margaret Shelton, 1679 (proved 1685)

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In the name of God Amen the seaventh Day of Jannuary in the one and thirtieth year of the Raigne of o(ur) Soveraigne Lord Kinge Charles the second ov(e)r England &c Annoqu(e) dom(ini) 1679 I Margaret Shelton of Winslow in the County of Bucks widdow beinge aged sickley and weake of bodey but of perfect minde and memory praysed be God therefore [deletion] knoweing the certainety of death and the uncertainety of the time and hower thereof doe therefore make ordaine & declare this my last will and testament In mannor and forme Followeinge Frist [sic] I commit my soule into the hands of Almighty God my creato(r) resting assured of the remission of sinns thorough the merrits of o(ur) over blessed Lord  and savioure Jesus Christ. my body I commit to the earth  to be decently buried at the discretion of my executrix. And as touching and concerneing my wordley estate I doe hearby declare my last will and testament in Mannor and forme followinge First I give and bequeath unto my sone William Shelton the some of six pounds of that nine pounds which he the said William now oweth mee; to bee allowed to him within three months next after my decease. All and singular other my goods catells and Chattells of what kind or nature soever I wholly give and  bequeath unto my daughter [deletion] Joane Shelton whom I doe make my whole and sole executrix of this my last will and testament to see my debts [deletion] and legacies paied and funerall charges defraied. In witness wheare of  I have heare unto set my hand and seale the day and yeare above writen 

Margaret Shelton
her  [M]  Marke

Signed sealed published &
declared in ye pr(e)sence of us
Mathew Bishop
Thomas Bishop
Sarah Knolten
Probate 29 April 1685
April ye 29th. (85)                                 

[verso] These are to certifie that Joane Shelton hath taken her Oath that ye will & Inve(n)tory of Margaret Shelton of ye p(ar)ish of Winslow in ye County of Bucks lately deceased it is ye last and true & perfect will & inve(n)tory of ye said Margaret Shelton

Before me John Croft Vicar of Winslow

Tho: Ridyard )  witness
Daniel Jones )

Inventory of Margaret Shelton, widow, 1684/5

A true and perfect Inventory of all the goods and Chattells of Margarett Shelton of Winslow Widdow late deceased as they were vallued by Mathew Bishop Thomas Wright and Richard Ginger the five and twenty day of Feburary one thousand six hundred eighty and foure - 1684

Imp(rimi)s her wearing Apparrell
In the lower roome one cubberd one tubb two barrells one Joyne stoole brasse and pewter & other lumber
Item in the chamber one trundle bed a chest & one box one flockbed one coffer
It(em) three paire of sheets & other small linen three bolsters
It(em) a parcell of fire wood
It(em) debts upon bond
The sum in all

Mathew Bishop
Thomas Wright
Richard Ginger

[Presented 4 May 1685 by Mr Peter Barret as proxy for the executrix]


Margaret Shelton nee Butcher was the widow of Richard Shelton. She was buried on 22 Feb 1684/5. See the will of her daughter Joan (d.1687) for other details of the family.

Copyright 9 February, 2014