The will of Thomas Becon (1596 – 1659)

Thomas is an 8 x gt grandfather of mine.

(a bit of work still needed to read a few words and the line / paragraph breaks /emphasised words are mine)

In the name of God Amen. December the Eighteenth in the yeare of our Lord One Thousand Six Hundred Fifty and Nyne. I Thomas Becon the elder of Waltham in the County of Kent gentleman doe ordeine & make this my last will and Testament as followeth First I give and bequeath my soule unto the handes of Almighty God trusting to have pardon & forgiveness of my sinnes through my Lord and Savio[u]r Jesus Christ.Item I give unto my Daughter Elizabeth Becon Fifty poundes to be paid unto her within Seaven yeares after my Decease by my Executor And if in case that the said Fifty poundes be not paide unto her as afore said that then my Will is. That shee shall have the little [?Quire Donne?] to her and her heires for ever. Item I give unto my Five youngest children Clement Becon Basell Becon John Becon Thomas Becon and Ann Becon Forty poundes a peece att the age of Foure & Twenty yeares to be paid unto them by my Executor. And if in Case that any of them happen to dye before they come the said Age of Foure & Twenty yeares That then his or their forty poundes shalbe equally devided betweene the rest of them.

Item I give unto my sonne Thomas Becon the elder Five pounds to be paid unto him within Three yeares after my Decease by my Executor. Item I give unto my Sonne Theodor and unto my sonne William Five shillings a peece to be paid unto them by my Executor within One halfe yeare after my Decease

Item I make my wife my whole Executor And Doe give unto her my Dwelling house and all other buildinges there unto be=longing and all others my landes and Goodes whatsoever belonging to it unto her And unto her heires or assignes for ever Condiconally that shee shall pay and Discharge all theis my Legacies which I have given in this my Last will And all my Debtes and funerall expences.

Whereunto I the Aforenamed Thomas Becon Doe sett to my hand and seale Dated the Day and yeare First above written. (And goodes whatsoever) was enterlined before the insealing thereof Sealed in the prsence of Thomas Becon Stephen Court

This will was proved att London the Fourteenth Day of Aprill in the year of our Lord One Thousand Six Hundred and Sixty before the Hon:bles the Judges for probat of Wills And granting of Administrations by the Oath of Ann Becon the Relict and so[l]e Executrix therein named to whome was Com[m]itted Administracon of all and singuler the goodes Chattells and Debtes of the said Deceased shee being First sworn by Comiss truly to Administer the same by vertue of a Comission in that behalfe Issued forth Ex? [Examined]

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