The will of George Knowling (1617-1675)

George Knowling is an 11 x great uncle of mine
In the Name of God Amen: I George Knowling of the Cittie of Exon Goldsmith being infirme of Bodie but of sound and perfect memorie Thanes be given into Almightie God, Doe make and ordaine this my last Will and Testament in manner and forme following First I render my Soule unto my Saviour Jesus Christ whose it is by his Redemption : And my Bodie I leave to be layen in the Earth untill the generall Day of the Resurrection when both my Soule and bodie shall bee united and by the Merits of Christ Jesus receaved both into eternall Rest    As for my worldly Estate which the Lord in mercie hath beene pleased to lend unto mee I doe give and demise it as followeth: Item I give unto the poore People of the Parish of St Pethericks in Exon the Summe of fortie Shillings Item I give unto Thomas Ware Clerke now Minister of the said Parish of St Pethericks the Summe of five pounds of lawfull money of England to preach my funerall Sermon: Item I give and bequeath unto my deare and ^ {well[? - unreadable on low quality image made readily available by the National Archives]} beloved wife Johanna Knowling the summe of One thousand pounds of lawfull money of England, to be payd unto her by my Sonn and Executor (George Knowling) within one yeare next after my decease. Item I give and bequeath unto Anne White my Servant maid the Summe of tenn Pounds of lawfull money of England, to be payd unto her by my said Sonn and Executor George Knowling: Item I give and bequeath unto Walter Wootton Sonne of William Wootton of Blackawton in the Countie of Devon deceased the Summe of tenn pounds of lawfull money of England to be likewise payd unto him by my said Sonne and Executor George Knowling : Item I give and bequeath unto John Knowling Sonne of John Knowling late of Plymouth (my deceased Brother) the Summe of twentie pounds of lawfull money of England to be payd unto him by my said Sonne and Executor George Knowling within one yeare next after my decease: Item I give and bequeath unto my kinsman Joseph Knowling Sonne of my Brother Stephen Knowling the summe of tenn pounds to be payd unto him by my said Brother Stephen out of a greater Summe which is due and owing unto mee from my said Brother Stephen Knowling : Item I give and bequeath [p.2] unto my kinsman William Ekins and unto his Sister Cassandra Ekins the Summe of One Hundred pounds apeece of lawfull money of England to be payd unto them respectively within one yeare next after my decease : Item I give and bequeath unto my Sonne Robert Knowling the Summe of One thousand pounds of lawfull money of England, to be payd unto him by my said Sonne and Executor George Knowling within one yeare next after my decease; Item I give and devise unto my said Sonne Robert Knowling All that my Messuage and Tenement with its Appurtenances scituate lying and being within the Parish of Whitston in the said Countie of Devon To have and to hold the same to him his heires and assignes forever: Item I give and devise unto my Sonne George Knowling All that my Messuage and Tenement with its Appur= =tenances called Levercombe alias Lavcombe scituate lying and being within the Parish of Halwill alias Halwell in the said Countie of Devon, To have and to hold the same unto my said Sonne George Knowling his Heires and assignes forever, Item I give and devise unto my said Sonne George Knowling his Heires and Assignes forever All other my Lands and Hereditaments whatsoever with their and every of their Appurtenances within the Countie of Devon and Cittie of Exon and not herein or hereby before given and devised; Provided alwayes and my Will is, That my said wife Joanna Knowling shall have hold an enjoy All those my Lands called West= =downe Soccombe, Bowe and the Tenemt in the said Cittie of Exon wherein Roger Wood nowe liveth during the Terme of her naturall life; Item I give and grant unto my said Sonne George Knowling All that my Messuage and Tenement with its Appurtenances scituate lying and being within the Parish of South Brent ~ ~ in the said Countie of Devon, And alsoe all that my House and Garden with the Appurtenances within the Parish of Allhallowes on the walls in the said Cittie of Exon; And all that my Messuage and Tenement with the appurtenances within the Parish of Trevalga(?) within the Countie of Cornwall nowe in the Occupation of one Parsons To have and to hold the said severall Messuages and Tenements with them and every of their appurtenances unto my said Sonne George Knowling his Executors Adm'strators and assignes (from and after the death and decease of my said wife Joanna Knowling and not before) for and during all the residue and remainder of the Estates and Interests which shall be then to come and unexpired of in and to the said severall messuages and Tenements and every of them: All the rest of my Goods Debts substance and estate whatsoever not herein and hereby before by mee given and bequeathed I doe give and bequeath unto my said Sonne George Knowling, whome I doe make and ordaine Executor of this my last Will and Testament : And for the due and reall performing of all things herein according to the true intent and meaning of the same during the Minoritie of my said Sonne and Executor George Knowling, I doe ~ ~ hereby nominate make and appoint William Sanford of the Cittie of Exon esqr. and Richard Prowse of the said Cittie gent my Executors in Trst not doubting of their readyness and care therein : And I doe hereby revoke make void and nul all former Will and Wills bequest and bequests whatsoever by mee made and this to stand and be my last Will and Testament : In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seale the nynth Day of Aprill in the six and twentieth yeare of the Reigne of Our Soveraigne Lord Charles the second now King over England &c and in the yeare of Our Lord God One thousand six hundred seaventie and foure. 1674: Geo: Knowling:, Published and declared by the said George Knowling (the Father) to be his last Will and Testamt and thereunto see put his hand and Seale in the presence of us: John Collins: Edw: Collins: Thomas Galle:
[p.3] Probatum fuit Testamentum suprascriptum apud London coram venerabili et egregis Viro domino Leolino Tenkino milite Legum Doctore Curia prarogativa Cantuariensis magistro custode sine Commissario Legitime constitut decimo Die Mensis February Anno Domini (stylo Anglie) millesimo sexcen = tesimo septuagesimo quinto juramento Georgii Knowling filii et Executoris in hujusmodi Testamento nominati cui commissa fuit Administratio omnium et singulorum Bonoeum jurium et creditorum dicti Defuncti de bene et fideliter administrando eadem ad sancta Dei Evangelia vigore Commissionis jurato : / exr.
The will was proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury and is held at the National Archives. TNA ref: PROB 11/350/193 (more details about source on George’s page)

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