Jennett Dicconson 1604
In the name of god amen the Xth day of February in the years of the reign of our sovereign lord James by the grace of god King of England France and Ireland defender of the faith etc. the first and of Scotland the xxvijth I Jennett Dicconson of Coppull within the county of Lancaster widow am sick in body but of whole and perfect memory [illeg] and praise be unto almighty god for the same [illeg] the mutability of traitorious world and that death is certain to every living creature but the time thereof is most uncertain and not wishing to die intestate wherefore I do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following. First I give and commend my soul into the hands of the almighty god my maker and redeemer trusting only by his blessed death and passion to have full pardon and and free remission of all my sins and to be partaker of his heavenly kingdom and amongst his holy angels and elected. And I desire that my body may be buried in the parish church of Standish and that the said church have all its right and duties belonging for my funeral. Also I revoke and disallow all former wills heretofore by me made and the same do make void and frustrate for ever by these presents. And also for my worldly goods my mind and will is that the same shall be bestowed in manner and form following that is to say first and principally my mind and will is that all my debts be taken Up of my whole goods. Item I give and bequeath unto my son John Dicconson the great stone sestron and all the harness at the house and all the glass in the windows. Item I give and bequeath unto the children of Dorothy Prescott now wife of Richard Prescott and late wife of Edward Houlte deceased and Agnes Prescott now wife of Thomas Prescott of coppull aforesaid unto every one of them (that is to say Edward Houlte Robert Houlte Alexander Houlte Ellen Houlte and Ann Houlte sons and daughters of the said Edward Houlte deceased and Thomas Prescott and Dorothy Prescott children of the said Richard Prescott and William Prescott Geoffrey Prescott Alexander Prescott Richard Prescott and Margarett Prescott children of the said Thomas Prescott) an ewe sheepe of the age of one or two years old to the number of 12 to to be divided equally amongst them and to be put forth for their uses at the discretion of their parents. Item I do give and bequeath unto Jennett Prescott youngest daughter of the above said Richard Prescott one good feather bed filled. Item I give and bequeath unto every one of my executors hereafter named a crown in gold. And then my mind and will is after my debts legacies and funeral expenses being discharged I give all the rest and residue of my goods and chattels movable and immovable to be equally divided amongst my sons Robert and my three daughters that is to say Elizabeth Jean and Ellen equally to be divided amongst them as aforesaid. And I to constitute ordain and make my loving brother John Gelybrand gentleman and Thomas Prescott and Richard Prescott my son in laws executors of this my last will and testament trusting that they will see the same truly performed and executed as my special trust is in them. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year abovesaid.
Debts which I owe
Imprimis to my abovesaid son Robert Dicconson all his child part of goods according to the last will and testament of his father saving 20 airline which he hath already received
Item two my daughters Elizabeth jean and Ellen their Charles parts according to their fathers will and inventory
Witnesses at the sealing signing and delivering of this [illeg] testament