The will of William JARMAN (d.  c.1615)

Not known to be related to the Gothams, but William’s widow went on to marry a Gotham.
This will then led to one or 2 cases in the Court of Chancery.

It is interesting that William appointed a ‘John Yong of Marldon’ as an overseer. The Andrew Gotham that William’s widow Elizabeth went on to marry was quite likely from Abbotskerswell; he certainly had links with that parish as his first children were baptised there. In the same year that this will was proved a William Gotham married in Abbotskerswell – possibly a brother of Andrew’s. William Gotham married a Mary Yonge of Marldon, daughter of John. Since William Jarman knew the Yonges of Marldon he may well also have know the Gothams of Abbotskerswell also, and so it may have been through her first husband that Elizabeth got to know the man who was to be her second.

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In the name of God Amen The Sixeteenth Day of Marche
1613 in the Elenveth yeare of the Raigne of our soveraigne Lord James by the grace of God
kinge of England Frannce and Ireland defendor of the faith &c and of Scotland the saiven
and fortieth, I William Jarman of Cockington in the Countie of Devon Mariner beeinge
of good and perfect memorie laude and prayse be to Allmightie God (and now bound to the Seas)
Do Constitue and make this my last will and Testament (revokinge all former Willes and
Testaments heretofore by mee made) in manner and forme followinge, First I bequeath my
soule to Allmightie God my maker and Redeemer, And my body to the earth, Itm I geve to
the poore people of the parish of Cockington aforesaid Twentie shillings. Itm I doe geve and
bequeath to my Daughter Joane Jarman the lease of the howse and ground which I lately
bought of Sr George Carey knight now in the tenure and possession of one Elizabeth Wheeler
Widow scituate and beinge in Chilson[?] within the County of Devon aforesaid for all the
tyme and terme of yeeres yet to come and not expired, Condicionally and yet nevertheles
my Will is, And I Do devise and ordeine that Elizabeth Jarman my wyfe shall have the
use of the saide howse and ground wth thappurtenancs Duringe the tyme and terme of her
natural lyfe, payinge to my said Daughter Joane Jarman or to her Assignes the some
of fower shillings sterlinge yeerelie quarterly to bee paid by even and equall porcons duringe
the naturall lyfe tymeof the said Elizabeth my wife over and above the Lords Rente and
other payments Due for the same, Itm (yf my wife be nowe with Childe of one Childe onely
I geve to that Child the some of Threescore Poundes sterlinge to be paid and put out to her
use or his use when hee or shee shalbee of thage of Tenn yeares Compleete, And yf ^ {my} said
Wyfe bee with Child with mo[r]e Children then one, I geve to each of them Children Fortie
Poundes sterlinge to bee paid to them and put out to their use when they shalbee of thage of
Tenn Yeares Yeares Compleet, Itm yf my wife bee wth Child of one Child onely, Then I
geve to my Daughter Joane Jarman the some of Threescore Poundes sterlinge to bee paid
and put out to her use when shee shalbee of thage of Tenne Yeares Compleete, And yf my
said wife bee with Child of more then one Childd then my Daughter Joane shall have but
Fortie Poundes sterlinge to bee paid and put out ^ {for her} as aforesaid, But yf my said wyfe bee not
now with Child, Then I geve and bequeath to my said Daughter Joane Jarman the some of one
hundred Poundes sterlinge to bee paid and put out to her use when shee shalbee of thage of Tenn
Yeares Complete, as aforesaid, Itm I geve unto the said Joane Jarman my Daughter a Beaker
of silver parcell gilt and Sixe silver spoones. Itm I geve and bequeath to my Father John
Jarman the some of Fifteene Poundes sterlinge, And yf it happen my Daughter Joane to
Dye before my father Do dye, Then I geve to my said father John Jarman other Fifteene
Poundes to make up to him Thirtie Poundes sterlinge. Item I give to my mother Joane
Jarman
the some of fyve Pounds sterlinge, Itm yf my wyfe bee with Child of one Childe
onely and that Child Do dye then I give and bequeath to my Daughter Joane Jarman the some
of one hundred Poundes sterlinge to bee paid and put out to her use when shee shalbee of
thage of Tenn Yeares Compleete as aforesaid. And ^ {to} the Child that my wyfe now goeth
wth (yf shee bee with Child) I Doe give A Cup of silver to drinke wyne in, And I will
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that myne Executrix shall geve good securitie by obligation to John Yong of Marldon for my
Childrens porcons to them bequeathed, All the rest of my goods and Chattells whatsoever and
wheresoever not before geven and bequeathed my Debts and legacies first paid and performed
and my funeralls Discharged. I Doe geve and bequeath to Elizabeth Jarman my wyfe
whome I make and appointe to bee my whole and sole Executrix, And for my Overseers
I Doe appoint John Yong of Marldon and Edmonde White of St. Pethericke Clerke, And
so the Lord have mercy on mye soule, By me William Jermin, Sealled signed and delive
red in the presence of us, Teste Edmundo White Clerico, Witnes Robert Harris of
Kingswer his marke.

Probate statement (in Latin) – to be transcribed.
It shows that the will was proved on 22 Nov 1615 by Elizabeth Jarman, relict of the deceased.

TNA ref: PROB 11/126/506 (more details about source on William’s page)


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