Will of Christopher Stutsbery, shoemaker, 1697 (proved 1698)

Herts RO 135 AW 18

In the name of God Amen I Christopher Stutsbery of Winslow in the County of Bucks Shoemaker being of sound and perfect minde and memory, praise therefore be given to Almighty God , do make and ordaine this my present last Will and Testament, and as touching the Disposition of all such Temporal Estate as it hath pleased Almighty God bestow upon me, I give and dispose there of in manner and form Following viz

First I Will That my Debts and funeral Charges shall be paid & discharged by my Executrix here after named.

Item I give unto my Four Children the sume of Ten pounds apeece, of Lawfull money of England that to say to Henry Stutsbery Ten pounds, to Peter Stutsbery Ten pounds, to Katherine Stutsbery Ten pounds and To Elizabeth Stutsbery Ten pounds to be paid unto them at their severall coming to the Ages hereafter mentioned, That is to say, at my two sonnes coming to the Age of one and Twenty years and my two Daughters coming to the Age of Eighteen years, or at the sale and surrender of my Messuage or Tenement wherein I now dwell, (which shall first happen) by my Executrix hereafter named And if my Executrix hereafter named be Married to any man after my decease, then at the said Marriage my Executrix shall pay the sume of Sixty pounds of Lawfull money of England, over and above the aforesaid Legacies, which said sixty pounds shall be equally divided among my then Surviving Children.

And the rest and residue of my personall Estate, of Good and Chattels whatsoever I do give and bequeath unto my well beloved wife Elizabeth Stutsbery whom I do make and ordain my full and sole Executrix of this my last will and Testament, And I do hereby revoke, disannul and make voyd all former Wills and Testaments by me heretofore made,  In Witness whereof I the said Christopher Stutsbery to this my Last Will and Testament  being contained in on sheet of Paper do set my hand and seale in the bottom thereof this Fifteenth day of October in the ninth year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord William Third of England, Scotland France and Ireland King Defender of the Faith, Anno Do(min)i 1697

Signed, sealed, published, pronounced
and declared by the said Christopher
Stutsbery as his last Will & Testament

[signed] Christo(pher) Stutsbery

in the presence of
John Shelton
Al(i)ce Brikill
Joseph Dandridge

[Probate 16 June 1698 to Elizabeth Stutsbery, widow and executrix, before John Croft, in the presence of E. Brown]


Inventory of Christopher Stutsbery, 1698

Herts RO A25/4484

May ye 9th 98

An Inventory of the Goods & Chattells of Christopher Stutsbery of Winslow in the County of Bucks Lately deceased

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s
d
Imprimis his Purse and wearing Apparrell
05
0
0
In the Hall. Two Tables, Stooles & Chairs & hand Irons
00
10
0
  Peweter dishes and Plates & other Lumber
00
10
0
In the Kitching Brass and Brewing vessel
01
10
0
In the Buttery. 2 Barrils and one Rundlet
00
5
0
In the Hall Chamber 2 Bedsteads & two flock beds ing a Bolster and 2 Pillows & other bedding
01
10
6
One Chest, one Trunk and a Press
00
07
6
The Chamber over the Kitching 2 Bedsteads a Pair of curtains and two bolsters a Rugg and two Blankets
02
01
4
a Chest and a table and six chairs
01
00
8
4 Pair of sheets and other Linnen
01
03
4
  A Cestern and Malt Mill, and a screen & Bushel
02
10
0
  Malt in the Malt house Chamber 15 Quarters
21
15
0
  A Hovell & in the yard & wood upon it
00
17
6
  Debts due in the shop book
  Debts good
29
7
4
  Desperate Debts valued at
00
10
2
   
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  Sume is
68
18
4
  Debts
29
17
6
39
00
10

Valued by us [signed]
Wm Watts
John Stutsbury
Jos(eph) Dandridge


Notes

Christopher Stutsbury (bap. 1660) carried on the trade of his father Andrew (d.1679) and uncle Peter (d.1681). He was buried on 8 May 1698. He married Elizabeth, daughter of John Watts (d.1692). He had these children:

He made an out-of-court surrender of his messuage on 24 April 1698 to his wife Elizabeth in perpetuity, but on condition that if she refused to pay his debts and legacies it would go to his sons after her death.

Cestern = cistern according to OED.

Copyright 23 May, 2015