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Will of Mary CALCUTT of Deddington

Will 21 Feb 1685/86   Probate 6 Mar 1685/6

Source: ORO no. 203.413; 14/4/11
Contributed by: Beryl Schumer Go to Translation Go to Transcript
... I Mary Calcutt of Dadington ... widow ... of weak body ...

NameRelationship[Comments] or Major Bequests
Mary CALCUTT Deddington
Elizabeth SOUTHKinswoman (Exec)
William SOUTHLegatee[s Elizabeth]
Mary SOUTHLegatee[d Elizabeth]
Robert SOUTHLegatee[s Elizabeth]
Joseph SOUTHLegatee[s Elizabeth]
Samuel SOUTHLegatee[s Elizabeth]
Job SOUTHLegatee[s Elizabeth]
unnamed SOUTHLegatee[unborn ch Elizabeth]
Joan WINELegatee
John WINEMention[husband of Joan]
Mary COOPERLegatee
Alexander BENSONLegatee
Mary RICHARDSLegatee
John RICHARDSMention[husband of Mary]
Jonas ERRITAGEDebtor
Joseph BUSBYMention[brother of Elizabeth SOUTH]
John MASONOverseer & Witness
Timothy BIGNELLOverseer & Witness
Thomas NIBBSWitness
Probate 6 Mar 1685/6 Oxford
Transcriber's and Editor's Notes
Buried 28 Feb 1685/6 Deddington
  Translated and paragraphed.
with some of the standard preamble and "legalese" removed.
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... I Mary Calcutt of Dadington ... widow ... of weak body ...
  • I give William South £4 and a great chest in his mother's chamber.
  • To Mary South £4, a bolster, a pillow and pillow-beer, a pair of napkins and a trunk.
  • I give Robert South £4 and a little brass pan.
  • To Joseph South £4 and the spice mortar and pestle.
  • I give Samuel South £4 and my great platter and candlestick.
  • To Job South £4, the bigger of the two smallest kettles and the skimmer.
  • I give the child with which Elizabeth South is now pregnant £6 if it lives; otherwise the money shall be equally divided amongst the above children.
  • I give Joan Wine, the wife of John Wine, £5 and a pair of sheets marked J
  • I give Mary Cooper £7, one pair of sheets, a pair of flox: napkins, a tablecloth, a pillow and pillowbeer, my broadcloth petticoat and waistcoat and my green apron edged round.
  • I give 5s to be given to the poor in bread.
  • I give Alexander Benson 5s.
  • To Mary Richards, wife of John Richards, 5s.
  • I give 30s for my funeral.
  • The above legacies to my kinswoman Elizabeth South’s children shall be paid at age 21 unless there is occasion to set them to be apprentices.
  • Joan Wine and Mary Cooper shall have a Bond (due to me from Jonas Erritage) assigned over to them for their legacies.
  • All the rest of my goods and chattels, bills, bonds and specialties, my debts and funeral expenses being paid, I give to my kinswoman Elizabeth South whom I make my sole Executrix, desiring her brother Joseph Busby to guide her so that she shall not be wronged.
  • I entreat my loving neighbors and friends John Mason and Timothy Bignell to be overseers ... and for their pains they shall have 5s apiece

  • Witnesses Timothy Bignell his mark; John Mason; Tho: Nibbs
Probate 6 Mar 1685/6 Oxford
  As transcribed from a copy of the original document.
Original line- and page-breaks are not preserved.
In the name of God Amen. The one and Twentieth Day of February in the first year of the Raigne of our Soveraigne Lord James the second by the Grace of God of England Scotland France and Ireland King Defender of the Faith etc Annoque Dm’ 1685 I Mary Calcutt of Dadington in the County of Oxon’ Widow being of weake body but of perfect mind and memory, blessed be God for the same, Revokeing all former and other Wills whatsoever doe make & ordaine this my last Will and Testament in Mannor & forme following, that is to say,
First & principally I commend my Soule into the hands of Almighty God my Maker, not doubting but that through the Meritts and Mercies of Jesus Christ I shall be saved; And my Body to ye Earth from whence it was taken; and as for my Worldly Goods that the Lord hath lent me, I give and bequeath as followeth
Inprimis I give and bequeath to William South four pounds and a great Chest in his Mothers Chamber, and to Mary South Four pounds & a Bolster a Pillow & pillowBeawer and a pair of Napkins and a Trunk Item I give and bequeath to Robert South four pounds and a little brasse pan and to Joseph South four pounds and the Spice Mortar & Pestell. Item I give and bequeath to Samuel South four pounds & my great Platter and Candlestick and to Job South four pounds and the biggest of the two least Kettles and the Skimmer. Item I give and bequeath unto that Child that Elizabeth South now goeth withall Six pounds if it live; but it not, my Will is that the said Money shall be equally divided amongst those Children before named that are alive. Item I give and bequeath unto Joan Wine the Wife of John Wine the Summe of Five pounds and a paire of Sheets marked wit J: Item I give to Mary Cooper Seven pounds and one pair of Sheets, a paire of flox: Napkins, a Table Cloth, and a Pillow & Pillowbeer, my broad Cloth Petticoat & Wastcoate & my green Apron edged round. Item I give five shillings to be given to the poor in Bread. Item I give unto Alexander Benson five Shillings, and to Mary Richards the Wife of John Richards five Shillings. Item I give and bequeath Thirty Shillings to keep my Funerall. Item my Will is that the legacies before mentioned that are bequeathed to my Kinswoman Elizabeth South’s Children shall be payed when they come to the age of one and Twenty years Except there be occasion to sett them to be apprentices, And Joan Wine & Mary Cooper shall have a Bond assigned over to them which is due to me from Jonas Erritage for their Legacies.
Item all the rest of my goods & Chattells Bills Bonds & Specialties my Debts & funerall Expences being discharged I give and bequeath unto Elizabeth South my Kinswoman whom I make my whole & Sole Executrix of this my last Will & Testam't, desireing her Brother Joseph Busby to be a Guide unto her that she shall not be wronged; And I do hereby intreat my loveing Neighbors & Friends John Mason & Timothy Bignell to be Overseers of this my last Will and Testam't & for their paines my Will is that they shall have five Shillings apiece
In Witnesse whereof I have hereunto sett my hand & Seale the day & year first above written Mary Calcutt her marke
Signed Sealed & published in the presence of Us Timothy Bignell his Marke John Mason Tho: Nibbs

Probat apud Oxon 5'to Die Martii Ano Dm’ 1685….