Key Joseph 1699 of Long Clawson Will

Joseph Key of Long Clawson 1699 Will and Inventory

Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland Archives PR/T/1699/34

In the name of God Amen the twelfth day of January 1698 according to the computation of the Church of England I Joseph Key of Claxton als Long Clauson in the County of Leicester Labourer being sick & weak of body but of a sound & perfect mind & memory Blessed be Almighty God for it do make & ordain this my last Will & Testament in manner & form following, that is to say

First & principally I commend my soul into the hands of Almighty God my Creator hoping through the meritts of Jesus Christ my onely saviour & redeemer to receive pardon of all my sinnes & be made a partaker of life everlasting

And as for my body I comit to the Earth from whenc it was taken to be buryed in such manner as my Executrix hereafter named shal think fit & convenient

And as touching that temporal estate which the Lord in mercy hath lent me I dispose of it in manner and forme following That is to say

First I give & bequeath unto my loving wife Elizabeth Key the fourth part of my estate let is rise to what it will & my mind is that this fourth part shall be in lew of any thirds that she may or shal claim

Item I give & bequeath unto my sons Thomas Key, Joseph Key, & Elizabethe Key my other three parts of my estate to be equally devided amongst them but my mind is that while my wife keeps her unmarried that she have all my estate & to dispose of it to my children as she thinks convenient bringing up my children, but if she marry, I will that she onely have a fourth part as above said & the three other parts be divided share & share alike as abovesaid & I will that my three children have their shares whenever she marrieth

Item I will that my debts be paid & funeral expences be first discharged & I make my loving wife Sole Executrix of this my last Will & Testament

Thus revoking all former wills by me made I make this my last Will & Testament the day & year abovesaid, & I further declare that my mind is that John Moore of Long Clauson & Robert Lee of Waltham be overseers of this my last Will & Testament

Witness my hand & seal

                                                                                                                Joseph Key

Signed sealed & published as the last Will & Testament of Joseph Key in the presence of us

John Reay

Henry Moore

Probate 30 May 1699


A true and perfect Inventory of all the Goods Cattell and Chattells of Joseph Key of Long Clawson Labourer deceased the fifteenth day of February 1698/9 Taken and apprized by us whose names are here Subscribed the sixth day of March following

Imprimis his purse and apparel300
Item In the parlour a coverlid & curtains two beds & bedsteds368
Item A Cubbord & two chests & 3 fether pillows & other smal things214
Item Brass & peuter1100
Item Tubbs & Barrells & formes & other things in Buttery & Kitchin226
Item In the house a table a wheel & fire irons & other smal things134
Item A bed in the chamber & corn in the chamber other things340
Item Linnen in the house2150
Item Ten sheepe5100
Item 3 bease 1 yearling & a calf & hay & pease & manure15100
Item Barley & pease1300
Item Things unseen and forgott034

John Reay

John Moore

Robt Lee

Engrossed in 12d Stampt paper