Leavers William 1637 of Long Clawson will

William Levers of Long Clawson 1637 Will

Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland Archives PR/T/1637/144

In the name of god Amen the sixteenth day of August in the twentieth yeare of the raigne of our Soveraigne Lord Charles, by the grace of god kinge of England Scotland France and Ireland, kinge defender of the faith &c Annoq dni 1636 I William Leavers of Claxton als Clawson in the Countie of Leicester yeoman being sick and weake in body but of good and perfect memory, prased be god, doe make this my last will and testament in manner and forme followinge

First I give and bequeath my soule to Almightie god hopeinge to be saved through a true and lively faith in Christ Jesus And my body to be buried in the Church yard of Claxton aforesaid

Itm I give and bequeath to my eldest sonne Richard Leavers and his heires the howse wherein I now dwell scituate in Claxton aforesaid together with thappurtences And alsoe the two oxganges of land thereunto belonginge (except one litle close of pasture in the East end of the Towne of Claxton aforesaid) thone oxgange of the said two oxgangs of land lieing and being within the feildes and liberties of Hose in the said Countie, and thother oxgang of Land within the East end feildes of Claxton aforesaid

Itm my will is that my loveing wife Elizabeth shall have the thirds of my said lands Or else to live together with my said eldest sonne Richard and to have her diet clotheing washeing and all other necessaries fitting and convenient for a woman of her age and condicon and alsoe thirteen shillings and foure pence to be yearely paid her by my said sonne Richard

Itm I further give and bequeath unto my said wife Elizabeth all my bedding lynnens brasse and pewter whatsoever, to be at her free disposeinge

Itm I give and bequeath unto my youngest sonne William Leavers the litel close above excepted to enter upon presently after my decease which close is Bounded … the kings high way lieing on the west side thereof and the land of William Garton on the east side thereof and my brother Robert Leavers on the south side thereof

Itm I further give unto my said sonne William thirtie pownds of lawfull money of England to goe forward presentlie for him

Itm I give unto my said sonne William one ewe sheepe

Itm I give unto my eldest daughter Elizabeth Leavers one heifer

Itm I give unto my second daughter Margaret Leavers one ewe and lambe

Itm I give unto my third daughter Anne Leavers forty pownds to be paid her by my Executors when she shall accomplish thage of one and twentie yeares

Itm I give unto my youngest daughter Jane Leavers likewise fortie pownds to be paid her by my executors when she shall attaine to thage of one and twenty yeares

My will is that if my two youngest daughters Anne and Jane or ether of them chance to depart this life before they or ether of them accomplish thage of one and twenty years, that then the porcons above menconed shalbe equally devided amongst the rest of my children then liveinge

Itm I give unto my two daughters Anne and Jane & either of them one ewe sheepe

Itm I give unto Mary Rowse the wife of Jeffery Rowse of Hose six shillings and eight pence

Itm I give unto Mary Leavers and Joane Leavers my kinswomen xiid a peice

Itm I give unto Mary Litledike the wife of Robert Litledike of Statherne one strike of Barley

Itm I give unto Anne Hart of Melton Mowbray widdow one strike of Barley

Itm I give unto my kinsman Richard Tompson two shillings and six pence

Itm I give unto the poore of Claxton aforesaid three shillings and foure pence to be distributed to them at the discretion of the Overseers of the poore for the tyme beinge

The rest of all my goods moveable and unmoveable unbequeathed I give and bequeath to my Loveinge wife Elizabeth and Richard Leavers my eldest sonne whome I make and ordaine joynt executors of this my last will and testamt to see the same performed and my body reverently and decently brought to the ground

And lastly I intreate and make Thomas Leavers and Thomas Tompson of Claxton aforesaid Overseers of this my last will giving to either of them for their paynes vid

In witnes whereof I have hereunto sett my hand the day and yeare within written

                                                                                                         Willm Levers

Testes sunt

Rob: Hickling

Ambrose Lee

Probate 12 April 1637