The will of Richard SHERES (d. 1657)

Richard Sheres is not a known Gotham relation, but he did leave a bequest to a Timothy Gotham, one of his workmen. (line breaks as in the register copy)

The Eleaventh day of June One Thousand Six hundred Fiftie and five : 1655 ~~ .. ~~ ... ~~In the name of God Ame I Richard Sheres of the parish of Abbotts Carswell in the County of Devon Clothier being sound of minde and perfect memorie praised be God but subject to nature and of my life uncertaine Doe make and ordaine this my present last Will and Testament in manner and forme as followeth Inprimis I commend my Soule to God my Saviour and Redemer and my body to the Grave and all my worldly goods wherewith God hath indowed me I give and bequeath in manner and forme as followeth Item I give and bequeath to the poor of the parish of Abbotts Carswell tenn shillings to be distributed amongst them the day of my buriall Item I give and bequeath to my brother Elliott Sheeres tenn pounds of lawfull English monie to be paid him halfe a yeare after my decease Item I give and bequeath unto Margery Moore my decease Item I give and bequeath unto Ruth Moore Mary Moore and Susanna Moore my Sisters Children to each of them twenty shillings a peece to be paid them within three moneths after my ~ decease Item I give and bequeath to Rebecah Sheeres my Aunte all the houshold goods of mine which she hath in her Custodie Item I give and bequeath to Robert V(?)oysey my Apprentice five shillings to be paid him when his apprentice be out Item I give and bequeath unto John Hitchings Luke Burt Timothie Gotham Jonathan Martin John Sheeres Marker Ponswell Gillian Gouswell Agnis Gouswell my workemen and woemen to each of them five shillings a peece All the rest of my goods and Chattells I give and bequeath unto Phillipp Sheeres my Brother and to Susanna Sheeres my Sister to inioy [enjoy] it presently after my decease except the Chattle which I hold by Lease which I give and bequeath to my Mother Mary Sheeres during the terme of her life they giveing upp the Bonds that they have against my brother John Sheere My will is that they said Phillepp and Susanna Sheeres shall inioy it presently after the decease of my Mother And doe make ordayne and Constitute the said Phillipp Sheeres my [p2] Brother and Susanna my Sister Executor and Executrix ioyntly together of this my present last Will and Testament to receave my dues and to pay my debts and to doe further for me as they shall thinke Convenient utterly revoakeing and dicanulling(?) all former Wills Legacies and bequeathes whatsoever by me heretofore made constituted or ordained theise being witnesses Further more my desire is that my Father Phillipp Sheeres shall be Overseer of this my Will to see it performed The signe of Richard Sheeres Sealed signed and delivered in the presence of Gedfry Bulley The signe of Phillipp Sheere thelder ~~ ... ~~ ... ~~ ... ~~ ... ~~
This Will was proved att London The Eighteenth day of December In the yeare of our Lord God One Thousand Six hundred Fiftie and Seaven before the Judges for probate of Wills and granting Administrations lawfully authorized by the oath of Phillipp Sheeres and Susanna Sheeres the brother and Sister and ioynt Executors named in the above written Will To whome Administration of all and singular the goods Chattells and debts of the said deceased was granted and Committed they being first legallie sworne by vertue of a Commission truly and faythfullie to Administer the same. ~~ ... ~~ ... ~~ ... ~~ ... ~~ ... ~~
Richard’s will was proved during the interregnum when there were no Bishops or Archdeacons, and all wills had to be proved centrally in London. There was no Prerogative Court of Canterbury (PCC) either, as that was the Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury, but the wills proved in London at that time are deposited with the PCC wills. It is fortunate for us that Richard's will was proved at this time as had it not been during the interregnum it may well have been proved in Devon, and been lost along with most Devon wills in the bombing of Exeter in 1942. TNA ref: PROB 11/271/448 (more details on beneficiary Timothy Gotham's page)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.