The will of my 10 x great grandfather, Thomas Becon. Given that Thomas seems to have suffered ill health for a number of years it is perhaps surprising that he left a nuncupative will. In his writings he made a number of references to his not having much money.
In the name of God Amen The xxix daye of June in the yeare of our Lord god A Thousand fyfe hundreds three score and seven and in the nynght yeare of the most ?? Raynge of our soverayne Ladye Elizabeth by the grace of god Queen of England France and Ireland Defendor of the Faythe Etc : Thomas Beacon comon prebendar of Christchurch in Canterbury beinge sicke of bodye, and never the less of good and perfyt mynd and remembrance : after the declaration of hys lively Faythe in Jesus Christe and continuall medytaton of goddes most holly woord to the grate comfort and consolacon of his soull hathe declaryd his wyll and testament by woord of mought in fewe woordes as folowith perceaving present deathe at hand to take hym out of this myserable lyfe, That ys to saye I gyve to my wyfe all my goodes, The portions of monye that I have all redye for my children appaynted and assyned onely reservyd and allso I for gyve E?? Ryder xvsh(??sp) present witnesss here of Thomas Forde Josua Hutton and others
(Probate in Latin – I think it was granted 18 July, 1567 to "Beconn Relict" i.e. Thomas's widow) Thomas's known surviving children at this time were Theodore, Rachel and Basil though there could have been others.