Will of Thomas Neesham of Kingston upon Thames and previously of Stoke D’Abernon, Surrey, 1661, Clerk




In the name of God Amen. The

seventeenth day of August Anno Domini 1661 in the thirteenth year of the

Reign of our Sovereign Lord Charles the Second by the Grace of God King of England

Scotland France and Ireland Defender of the faith I Thomas Neesham of Kingston

upon Thames in the County of Surry, clerk, being weak in Body but of perfect mind

and memory thanks be therefore given to Almight God do make and declare this

my last will and testament in manor and form following: And First and principally

I do commend my soule into the hands of my God being fully persuaded that through the

only merritts and precious blood of Jesus Christ my only Saviour and Redeemer he will

carrie it into his Glory and give it an inheritance among all his Saints, And my Body I

commend to the Earth from whence it came, and labor in full assurance of hope that at the

revelation of Jesus Christ it shall delivered from the bondage of corruption into the

glorious liberty of the children of God and as touching the quiet of ordering and disposing

of such worldly estate as it hath pleased God farr above my deserts to bless me withall

I give will and dispose as followeth Item I give and bequeath unto my sonne Thomas

Neesham and unto my daughters Hannah Marsh now wife of Mr Richard Marsh, To

Dorothy Brewster the wife of Mr. Edward Brewster & Margaret James the wife of Mr

Joseph James the sum of six pounds apiece to buy them mourning toweare for

my sake in full of all their rights & porcons which they or either of them may or can clayme

or challenge out of my Estate, for that they have formerly had and recevied their severall por-

cons upon their severall and respective advancements and marriages. Item I give and

bequeath unto the said Elizabeth and Sarah Neesham the summe of forty shillings a peece.

Item I further give and bequeath unto the said Elizabeth and Sara my two daughters

the summe of Foure hundred pounds apeece more when they shall by effusion of time

accomplish their severall ages of five and twenty years or dayes of marriage

first happening in Case the said Elizabeth and Sara shall be married by and with the

Consent prioritie and agreement of my loving wife Catalina and not otherwise while

severall summes of monie are to be paid by my Executors hereafter and they shall become

due and payable And in case the said Elizabeth and Sara Neesham or either of them

shall happen [to] dye before their or either of their Legacie or Legacies herein bequeathed

shall be due to be paid That then my Will and meaning is and does hereby will and

bequeath this porcon of such or both of my said daughter Elizabeth and Sara or

shall so dye ones my said wife Catalina to dispose of as shee shall thinke be fitt Provided

alwayes and my will and my meaning is that in Case my said two daughters Elizabeth

and Sara or either of them shall not severally and respectively (being called to do the same)

absolutely release convey and assure all their and either of their respective estates rights

titles interests claymes and demands whatsoever of in or onto a certain Tenem[en]t

called or known by the name of the Swanhouse scituate lying and being in the

p[ar]ish of St. Saviours in the Burrough of Southwarke in the County of Surrey to such

person and persons and by all such wayes and means as my Executrix and Overseers

hereafter named or the Survivor or Survivors of them shall deem advise or require that

First they or either of them so refuseing shall loose her or their porcons and Legacies

hereinbefore bequeathed and that such bequeath and bequest her to her and them so re-

fuseing as aforesaid shall be voyd and null and the somme and sommes of monie to them

or either of them given and bequeathed in and by this my will to be and remayne to my

said Executrix And my will and meaning is that my Executrix hereafter named shall

keepe and mayntain my said two daughters Elizabeth and Sara out of the proffitts arriseing

out of my personal Estate and I doe hereby require and charge my said two daughters

Elizabeth and Sarah to be obedient unto my said wife and their deare mother Catalina and

not to marry or dispose of themselves without her consent first had for that purpose All

the rest of my Goods and Chattels Creditts debts Mortgages and other p[er]sonall estate whatsoever not

in this my will bequeathed my debts and Legacies being paid and all Funerall expenses

discharged, I give and bequeath unto my said wife Catalina Neesham whom I make and ordayne

full and sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament And doe covenant and appoynt

my two Sonnes in law Mr Edward Brewster and Mr Richard Marsh to be or set bee Overseers of

this my will and testament desireing them to be aydeing and assisteing and with their

advice and counsell to my said executrix in the due performance of this my will And I doe

revoake disanull and make voyd all former and other wills by me heretofore made and

doe establish this to stand remayne and be my last Will and Testament In witness where-

of to this my last Will and Testament contayned in fower sheetes of paper I have to

each Sheete sett my hand and Seale the day and year first above written. Signed Sealed

published and declared by the said Thomas Neesham to be his last Will and Testament

in the pr[e]sence of us and these words and not otherwise were first interlyned Ra Button

Wm Elroy


Probatum fuit Testamentum

suprascriptu[m] apud London Coram venerabili et egregio viro Gulielmo

Merick Legum Doctore et Commissario ? decimo sixto die mensis Septembris Anno

domin[i] -        -        -        -        -        -        -        -        millesimo sexcentesimo sexago

uno primo Juramento Cataline Neesham Relicte et Executricis in hu[iu]smodii Testam[en]to

nominat Cui Commissa Jurt Ad[mini]straco omnium et singulorum bonorum Jurin et

Creditorum Dict Defunct de bene et fideliter Administrand eodem ad Sancta dei

Evangelii        -        -        -        -        Jurat


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