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WILL OF THOMAS STAREY, BURFORD, 1690/91

 

In the name of God Amen. I Thomas Stary of Boraston in the parish of Burford and County of Salop yeoman being weake in body but of good & perfect memory praised be God for the same doe make & ordaine this my last Will & Testament in manner & forme following (vizt) First and principally I comend my soule into the hands of Allmighty God my maker hopeing through the meritts death & passion of my Saviour Jesus Christ to have full and free pardon of all my sins and to inherritt eternall life. And my body I comitt to the earth to be decently interred in the parish church of Tenbury at the discrecon of my Executrix hereafter named. Also I give and devise unto my cozen Joane Griffiths now wife of John Griffiths and to her heirs forever all those severall lands meadows and pasture grounds called by the severall names of Cornebrooke Meadow Madeley meadow and Ridding Close with their and every of their app[ur]tenences lying & being in the p[ar]ish of Coreley & County of Salop with the barne thereupon lately erected to hold into the said Joane and her heirs forever upon condicon that the said Joane and her heires shall pay unto my Ex[ecu]trix hereafter named fifty pounds of good money within one year after my decease. And in case the said Joane and her heires shall faile in the paym[en]t thereof as afores[ai]d then my devise thereof to the s[ai]d Joane and her heires shall cease and be void. And then my will is that the same shall be & remaine to my Executrix and her heires forever. Also I give and devise unto Sara Watmore daughter of William Watmore all my messuage & tenem[en]ts with the app[ur]tennence situate & being in the parish of Coreley afores[ai]d now in the pos[es]sion of John Norgrove to hold unto the said Sara and her heires forever and I give and bequeath unto the said Sara twenty pounds in money in full satisfaccon of all debts dues and demands which the said Sarah or her Executors may or can demand of or from me or my Executorix. Alsoe I give and devise unto Anne Watmore daughter of the said William Watmore all my messuage and tenem[en]t with the app[ur]tennice situate and being in the parish of Coreley afores[ai]d now in the poss[ess]ion of Richard Cleeton to hold unto the said Anne and her heires forever in full satisfaccon of all debts dues and demands which the s[ai]d Anne or her Exec[ut]ors may or can demand of or from me or my Executrix. Also I give and bequeath unto Elizabeth Jones daughter of Richard Jones forty shillings. Also I give and bequeath unto Elizabeth the wife of John Tomkins forty shillings. Also I give and bequeath unto my cozen Thomas Banaster twenty shillings and to his brother John twenty shillings. Also I give and bequeath unto my godson Benjamin Stary twenty shillings. And to my godson Edward Twerdye[?] twenty shillings. And to my goddaughter Mary Yapp five shillings and to my godson Thomas Lerigo five shillings. And also I give and bequeath unto my cozen Abell[?] Gilley the elder three pounds and to his son twenty shillings. Also I give and bequeath unto Sara Morris of this town widow five shillings and to Gilbert Hill two shillings six pence and to Anne Taylor two shillings six pence and to Jane Weethey two shillings six pence and to Joyce Gibson two shillings six pence and to Thomas Jukes two shillings six pence. Also I give unto my coz: Thomas Stary of Tenbury twenty shillings and to his brother Samuell twenty shillings and to Elizabeth the wife of Thomas Lane of Clifton ten shillings. Also I give unto my coz: Richard Stary the Elder and to my cozen Elizabeth Tooty five shillings and to Richard Lane of Clifton five shillings and to Thomas Mapp two shillings and six pence and to Elizabeth Griffiths of Asleford two shillings six pence and to Jane Rowbery of Knighton two shillings six pence. And to Joseph Wells his two children two shillings six pence a peece. Also I give unto my coz: John Stary of the Hemm forty shillings and to his three children six shillings a peece. Also I give unto Mary Hill liveing with John Noblett twenty shillings and to my coz: Elizabeth Butler ten shillings. And to my cozen Katherine Taylor of Coreley forty shillings and to my coz: Alice Havatt forty shillings and to my cozens William Millechap Richard Eleianor and Joyce Millechapp five shillings apeece and to my coz: Anne Martin five shillings and to Mary Tyler of Knighton two shillings six pence. And to Mary Hill widow two shillings six pence and to Richard Powell two shillings six pence. Also I give and bequeath unto John Banaster of Leominster twenty shillings and to Audry Wauklin two shillings six pence. Also I give and devise unto my coz: Margaret Bishop wife of Thomas Bishop of Boraston afores[ai]d all my messuage & tenem[en]t with the app[ur]tennice situate lying and being in Over Aston and Lower Aston in the parish of Knighton upon Teame in the County of Worcester to hold unto the said Margarett Bishop and her assignes dureing her naturall life and after her decease the moity of one halfe thereof to be and remains to Thomas Bishop eldest son of the said Margarett and his heires forever and the other moity or one halfe to be and remaine unto John Bishop second son of the said Margarett Bishop and his heires foever. Also I give unto William the youngest son of my coz: Margarett Bishop ten shillings. Also I give & bequeath unto my loveing brother in law Thomas Banaster twenty pounds and unto my cozen Margarett Meredith tenn pounds and to her daughter Elizabeth being my God-daughter tenn pounds. And I doe hereby free and discharge my coz: Josia Meredith of and from a debt of ten pounds with interest which he oweth unto me by bond. And my will and meaning is that my severall legacies before bequeathed shall be satisfied and paid within the space of one year next after my decease. And then all the rest residue and remainder of all and singular my goods cattle chattles mony household stuffe and implem[ent]ts of husbandry whatsoever my debts legacies and funerall expenses being first satisfied and paid. I give and beuueath unto my dear and loveing wife Elizabeth upon condicon that she shall not lay calims or interest to her dowry in any part of my freeholds messuages lands or tenem[en]ts. And I doe hereby make and ordaine my dear and loveling wife my sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament by me heretofore made. In witness whereof I have hereunto putt my hand and seale to this my last Will and Testam[en]t being contained in two sheets of paper this seaventeenth day of January in the second year of the reigne of our Sovereigne Lord and Lady William and Mary King and Queens of England xc and in the year of our Lord God 1690 Thomas Stary Signed sealed published and declared in the presence of Will Penell the mark of Sara Jones Will Baldwyn

Probatum erat h[uiusm]o[d]i t[estamentu]m ap[u]d Heref[ord] 13tio die mens[is] feb[rua]rii an[n]o d[o]m[ini] 1690 iurat xc cora[m] venti et egregio viro d[omi]no Timotheo Baldwyn mil[itis] et legum doctore rev[eren]di in xpo pris ac d[omi]ni dici Herberti pne Di[ocesi]a Heref[or]d Epi[scopal] Vicar in spual genti ac offli primti suro comtio etime constitut p Eliz[abeth]am Stary vid[ua] relicam intranoiat def[unct]i et ex[ecutor]em xc cui xc primit de beve xc acde plino xc necnon de vero et coram vicar in spuab genti andco jurat (salvo jure cajusung.) Ex__

Abstract

13 Feb 1690/91
Test[amentu]m Thoma Stary nup[er] poc[hi]a de Burford in Com[itis] Salopia et Dioc[esia] Heref[ord] de[ce]s[si]t p[ro]bat[us] erat p[er] Elizabetham Stary vid[ua] ejus relict[a] et ex[ecutri]cem xr iur[at] cor[am] Dno[?] Caug[?] audco[?]
ccli li vii s x d

[Will of Thomas Stary recently of parish of Burford in Salop probate granted to Elizabeth Starry widow, relict and executrix
251 pounds 7 shillings and 10 pence]

[Note that this Thomas is clearly the Thomas who married Elizabeth Banaster at Burford in 1645. The burial of Elizabeth Stary of Boraston, widdow at Burford in 1700 is almost certainly his wife. But the baptism of a Thomas Stary possibly born abt 1620 has not been found. It is not clear why he wished to be buried at Tenbury.]