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
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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:
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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 [10 Feb 1675/6] 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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