NLW Ref: LL/1645/8
In the name of God Amen the seaven day of June in the yeare of our Lord God one thousand six hundred fourtie five, I Richard John of the pish of Goytre in the Countie of Monmouth being sick of bodie but of good and p’fect memory (God be praised doe make and ordayne this my last will and testament in manner and form following, that is to say:
First I comend my soule into the hands of God my maker hopeng assuredly through the only merits of Jesus Christ our saviour to be made ptaker of lief everlasting, and I comend my bodie to the earth whereof it is made:
Item: I doe give and bequeath unto Alice my sister, daughter to John ap John all my goods cattles and chattels due to me in manner hereafter and herein specified:
Vitz: the sume of five punds die unto me from Henry Watkin and payable by his bond from William Thomas Phillip last St Andrews tide. Alsoe the sume of thirty shillings due to me from William Jones by his bond on May daie last. Also the sume of twenty shillings due unto me from Anne Lloyd in May last. Alsoe the sume of on and thirtie shillings die to me from John William on a day long since past. Alsoe the sume of tenne shlling due to me long since from John William Morgan.
Item: I doe give and bequeath unto the said Alice my sister the sume of seaven pound and six shilling due unto me by bond from William Jones clk., and alsoe the sume of five pound due to me from William John and alsoe the sume of fourtie shilling due unto me from Charles Thomas.
Item: I give and bequeath unto David Jenkin the sume of three pound wch he the said David now hath in his hands. I alsoe doe give and my will is that the said David Jenkin shall take and receive the first yeares just and lawfill interest of the said some of seaven pound due unto me from the said William Jones clk., and alsoe of the said sume of five pound due unto me from the said William John and alsoe the first yeares lawfull interest of the sd sume of fourtie shilling due to me from the said Charles Thomas, all wch interest I doe except out of the sd bequests unto my sayed sister Alice.
Item: I doe nominate and appointe my sd sister Alice to be sole executrix of this my last will and testament whome I doe appointe and heartily desire to paie my debts and see my funeral expenses discharges.
Item: Whereas I passed and conveyed away my goods cattles and chattels by deed of guift unto my brother William John in trust for certaine reasons known to diverse of my friends upon his fathifull promise made the sealing thereof to redelyver the same to be cancelled I doe herby declare that the said deed was of reall but in trust and that the said William did p’mise me and diverse? Since my p’sent sickness to delyver it up to be cancelled wch he hath not donne. Therefore my will is that my said executrix shall endeaver by all the legall waies and meanes possible to recover the said deed and to disannul and make voyd every pte thereof soe that the said William nor any other clayming from him may receive any benefit or advantage of any kind.
In witness whereof I have hereunto subscribed my mark and have putt my seale to this my last will and testamt the day and yeare first written above.
Read signed and published in the psence of us:
Thomas Lewes of Goytre ~ his mark
Griffith ~ his mark