Other Wills Referring to Badnalls Etc,

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In the name of God Amen. I Edward Villiers of Hanbury, Staffordshire gent, being of whole memory praised be God, revoking herewith all former wills do make this my last will and testament in manner and form following. That is to say First I commend my soul into the hands of Almighty God my heavenly father assuredly  …..  in … and through the ……..merits of my Saviour Jesus Christ to obtain pardon of all my Sins and ………………with the Saints in light .  My body I commit to be buried in the chancel of the parish church of Hanbury near unto my dear father(?) Thomas Villiers esquire, deceased and near unto my dear and loving wife Dorothy likewise deceased.

Item I devise will and bequeath unto Thomas Villiers my second son and his heirs forever all that my moiety or one half part of a farm with appurtenances at     in the County of Derby now in the tenure of Robert F       or his assigns And all that my fourth part of all those closes of land with appurtenances near Normanton in the said County of Derby in the tenure of John Mansfield or his assigns And all that my fourth part of one messuage or farm in Normanton aforesaid in the tenure of William Stevenson or his assigns And also all that my fourth part of a certain annual rent issuing out of Cottons in the said County or in the County of Leicester or one of them and payable by the heirs of Beaumont And also all that messuage or cottage with appurtenances Together with several inclosures called by the name of Finnemore Hills with the appurtenances in Hanbury Woodend within the parish of Hanbury in the tenure of George Mullender or his assigns and also a messuage or tenement in Hanbury, Together with one half acre of meadow in .D..sey in the said parish in the occupation of Henry Shortehose and Robert Cliffe or one of them, Together with all my land whatsoever within the several Counties  of Stafford, Derby, Nottingham and Leicester or in any or in all of them.

Item I give and bequeath to the Poor of Hanbury, Hanbury Woodend, Coton, Draycot, Stuby Lane and Morton, twenty shillings yearly forever to be paid at Easter at the discretion of my executors and his assigns.

Item I give and bequeath unto my grandchild George Villiers, if he be living at the time of my decease, the sum of  ten pounds when he shall attain the age of twenty one years. But in case he should happen to die before that age, then the said legacy to cease and to go to my Executor.

Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Anne the wife of Mr Thomas Alsop one bond of forty pounds wherein the said Thomas is bound to me.

Item I give and bequeath to each of the children of my daughter Anne Alsoppe twenty shillings a piece.

Item I give and bequeath to the three children of my son Edward deceased to each of them Ten Pounds a piece and to my grandchild Isaac Villiers Ten Pounds more.

Item I give and bequeath to my grandchild Dorothy Benbridge ten shillings.

Item I give and bequeath to Mr Peter Watkinson, Vicar of Hanbury forty shillings.

All the rest of my good and chattels and all my estate whatsoever, my debts, legacies being paid and my funeral expences discharged I give and bequeath to my son Thomas Villiers whom I make and ordain my sole and whole executor of this my last will and testament.  In witness whereof I have put my hand and seal the sixth day of april in the year of Our Lord 1665                     Edward Villiers.

Sealed, published and declared in the presence of those whose names are here unto subscribed

The mark of William Walker.     Peter Watkinson       William Badnall          

The mark of Elizabeth Walker.


A codicil to the last will and testament of the said Edward Villiers  25th September  1665.

Item I give and bequeath to Dorothy and Esther the two daughters of my sister Dorothy Henshaw deceased to either of them ten pounds a piece if they be living at the time of my death otherwise the legacy to be void.

Item I give and bequeath to William Walker five shillings, to John Rowbotham five shillings, to Elizabeth Walker five shillings, to Rebecca ...rochett  five shillings and to Mary Hain one shilling and sixpence.

All           to my son Mr Thomas Villiers.

 Item I give and bequeath to the wife of John Smith of          five shillings yearly during her life. Also I give and bequeath to my daughter Anne Alsopp one other bond of twenty pound wherein her husband is bound to me. Edward Villiers..  Subscribed and published in the presence of Peter WatkinsonRobert Daintre,  Elizabeth Watkinson.

 Probate London 31 April 1667 to Thomas Villiers.

PRO Probate 11/323