Will of Daniel Stevens of Adstock, yeoman, 1705

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In the name of God Amen I Daniell Stevens of Adstock in the County of Bucks Yeoman being weake in body but of a perfect minde and memory Thanks bee to God for the same and knowing that it is appoynted for all men once to die and not knowing how short my life may bee in this transitory life and being willing to sett my house in order while I have time & space doe make my Will and testament in manner and forme following first and principally I com(m)end my sould into the hands of allmighty God who gave it me in hopes to bee saved only by the merrits of my only Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ I committ my body to bee decently buryed according to the discretion of my Executors hereafter nominated and appoynted and as for such worldly good as it hath pleased God to bestow upon mee I doe give grant and dispose of as followeth Imprimis I give unto Ealse Clomons the daughter of Thomas Clomons of Adstock the sum of twenty shillings to be payd one month after my decease It(em) I give unto my wife Ann Stevens all my wood within doors and without and free liberty to cut downe now and then an old tree for fireing dureing her life Item I give unto Robert Shellton the sonn of William Shellton of Winslow in the County of Bucks all the Messuage or tenement with the close and all other edifices and building with the appurtenances thereunto with the mault house and other things there used and belonging to the same after my decease and my Wives upon this Condition that hee shall pay or cause to bee payd unto William Hall of Addenton the sum of tenn pounds of good and lawfull English money to bee pay fourty shillings the first [sic] and one yeare after the sum of four pound and the third yeare after the sum of foure the first second & third yeare after the decease of mee and my wife and the said Robert Shelton shall pay unto my sister Elenor the mother of the sayd Robert Shelton the sum of twenty shillings a yeare to be paid unto her five shillings a quarter soe long as shee shall keep herself a widdow if her husband shall fist [sic] die It(em) I doe give unto John Bunton the sonn of Richard Bunton of Goddento(n) the sum of six pounds It(em) I doe give unto Richard Bunton the sonne of Richard Bunton the sum of six pounds to Abigail Bunton the daughter of the sayd Richard Bunton the sum of six pounds to be payd within two years after the decease of mee and my wife and if every one of the sayd three Chilldren of the sayd Richard Bunton the older shall die before the sayd money that shall bee payd then there parts shall bee deivided between them that shall then [tear] alive Item I give unto Elizabeth Tims and Jane Tims daughters of Jane Tims late of Bister deceased towards theire bringing up the sum of three pound a peice to be left in the hands of Richard Bunton of Goddento(n) abovesayd It(em) I doe give unto the Children of William Bence of Winslow in the County of Bucks Wheelright the sum of twenty shillings a peice and to the sayd William Bence I doe give the sum of two shillings and six pence It(em) my Will and pleasure is that Whereas there is due from the sayd William Bence to mee the sum of five pound I doe give the sayd five pound to bee to and for the only use of William Bence the sonn of the sayd William Bence It(em) my will is that my hutch and the yeoting fatt and the mault mill shall bee to and for the only use of the above named Robert Shellton and it is my will and pleasure that whatsoever Coustomer that shall owe mee any thing for mault at my death shall bee free from the payment of the same It(em) my will and pleasure is that my sister Margerett Hall and William Hall shall be my full and whole executors of this my will and testament only my will is that my wife shall have the disposeing of all the goods shee brougtht and I doe revoke and make voyd all other wills and executors before by mee had made constituted and appoynted and doe ordaine and appoynt this to be my last will and Testament In Witnesse whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seale the eleventh day of July in the fourth yeare of the reigne of our Sovereigne Lady Ann by the Grace of God of England Scotland France and Ireland queen defender of the faith and in the yeare of 1705
Daniel Stevens [signature]

Signed Sealed and Subscribed Unto in the presence of us
Robert Bowden [signature]
Thomas Sear [signature]
Richard Ginger [signature]

[Probate 10 Nov 1705 before Isaac Lodington MA, official of the Archdeacon of Buckingham, to William Hall, nephew of the deceased, power reserved to Margaret Hall the sister]


Daniel Stephens of Adstock, malster, was buried at Winslow on 30 July 1705. His widow Ann Stevens made her will in 1708, which involved the bequest of property in Winslow to William Shelton.

Robert son of William Shelton was baptised at Winslow in 1684.

William son of Thomas Hall was baptised at Addington in 1672.

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