Will of Thomas Stonhill, yeoman, 1631

LMA, DL/C/362/1

In the name of God Amen I Thomas Stomhill [sic] of Winslowe in the Countie of Bucks yeoman doe make and ordaine my last will & testament in manner and forme followeing being sicke in bodye but in perfect memory thankes be to Almightie God. First I bequeath my soule unto Almightie God my maker and Creator
and to Jesus Christ my Saviour and Redeemer by whose merrits I hope to be saved and my body to the earth Item I give unto each of those Children w(hi)ch I have beene suretie unto at their baptisme six (pence?) Item I alsoe make my brothers Henry Stomhill and Joseph Stomhill of Northmarston yeomen my full executors of this my last will and Testament to paye and discharge out of all my goods and Chattles w(hi)ch I doe give and bequeath unto them all my debts w(hi)ch I owe and whatsoever is remayning to be deliv(er)ed and payed unto my wife and Children; dated this fourteenth daye of August anno domini 1631.
Thomas Stomhill his marke
Sealed and delivered in the p(re)sence of Nicho(las) Brinsall William Lownds and Richard Mundee.

[Latin] On the last day of October 1631 before Dr Arthur Ducke vicar etc. was proved the will of Thomas Stonhill late while he lived of the parish of Winslow in Bucks deceased, at another time before before Mr John Harris clerk vicar of the parish church of Little Harwood in the same county, by way of a commission directed to him on that matter on the 14th day of the same month, on the oath of Henry Stonhill one of the executors named in the same will, to whom was granted administration of the goods etc. of well etc., saving the right etc.


Thomas Stonhill was buried at Winslow on 17 Aug 1631. He married Elizabeth Broadhurst in 1617. They had four children who died young, followed by Robert (bap.1627) and Anne (bap.1629). At the 1619 manor court, Thomas was amerced for selling wine and beer, so he was more than a yeoman.