John Shaw 1670
In the name of god Amen the thirteenth day of June in the two and twentieth year of the reign of our most gracious sovereign Lord Charles the second by the grace of god of England and Scotland France and Ireland King defender of the faith etc. And in the year of our lord god 1670 I John Shaw of Coppull in the county of Lancaster blacksmith being sick in body but of sound and perfect mind and memory (praised be almighty god for the same) do hereby constitute ordaine and make this my last will and testament in manner and form following. That is to say first and principally I commend my soul into the hands of almighty God my creator all and redeemer hoping through the merits death and passion of my saviour Jesus Christ to have full and free pardon and remission of all my sins and to inherit everlasting life. And my body I commit to the earth to be decently buried in my parish church of Standish at the discretion of my executrix hereafter named. And as touching the disposition of all such temporal estate as it hath pleased almighty God to bestow upon me I give and dispose of the same as followeth and first my will and mind is that my debts funeral expenses and probate of my will shall be paid and discharged out of the whole. And then my will and mind is that my goods be divided into three equal parts one third part whereof I give and bequeath unto Ann Shaw my now wife, a second part I give and bequeath to Alexander Shaw of Standish aforesaid my eldest son and John Shaw my youngest son equally to be divided between them at the discretion of my executrix hereafter named. And the third and last part I reserve to myself. Item out of that part so reserved to myself I give unto the said Alexander forty shillings. Item I give and bequeath unto the children of the said Alexander Shaw living at my decease ten shillings apiece. Item I give and bequeathed unto my son in law Thomas Lowe’s children ten shillings apiece. Item I give and bequeath to every one that I am godfather unto that shall be living at the time of my decease twelve pence apiece. Item I give and bequeath unto the said John Shaw my youngest son out of that third part so reserved to my self the sum of four pounds and likewise I give and bequeath unto Mary my daughter now wife of the said Thomas Lowe the like sum of four pounds and all the rest and residue of my personal estate goods and chattels whatsoever and wheresoever they bee I give and bequeath unto Ann Shaw my loving wife. And I do hereby revoke disannul and make void all former and other will or wills and testaments by me heretofore made and lastly I do constitute ordain and appoint the said Ann Shaw my now wife sole executrix of this my last will and testament hoping she will see the same performed as my trust is in her. In witness whereof I the said John Shaw to this my last will and testament have set my hand and seal the day and year first above written.
John X Shawe
[Latin "his mark"?]
Sealed signed published and declared to bee my last will and testament in presence of
William X Dicconson