The will of Richard Goatham (d. 1585)

(a 10 or 11 x great grandfather of mine)

In the name of god amen  the ixth day of aprull in the xxviith yere of the raigne of our sovergne lady Elizabeth by the grace of god Quene of England France and Ireland defender of the faithe &c Anno a thousand five hundrethe fowre score and five [1585] of Richard Gotham of the parishe of Chartham sick in body but of p[er]fecte memory praised by god doe make this my last will and testament nu[n]cupative following First I Comend my sowle into the hande of god and my body to the grounde from whence yt came therto continew untill the coming of christe to judgement at which tyme I beleve that body and sowle joyned together I shall enjoy eternall liffe by christe   Item I give unto Cicely my wiffe my howse at mystole with the appurtencs during her naturall liffe and after her decease to my fowre sonnes ~ John John Nicholas and Richard Item I will that my wiffe shall have my whole howsholde stuff towards the bringing up of my Children witness hereof Thomas Bunker Nicholas George Henry Foad

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