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[There is a paper copy at DR 37 Box 91/22] Indenture of settlement between John Gregory of Stivechall, esq., of the first part, and Sir Thomas Holt of Aston next Birmingham, knight and baronet, Edward Holt, esq., son and heir of the said Thomas, Sir Simon Archer of Tanworth, knight, and John Archer, esq., son and heir of the said Simon, of the second part, for the raising of portions for Mary and Grace, daughters of the said John Gregory, and for the making of a jointure for the wives of the said John Gregory and of his son and heir, Loveisgod Gregory. It is agreed that the said John Gregory will permit the said Thomas Holt and Simon Archer to obtain writs of entry against him in the following property; the manors of Kingshill, Helynhull, Stevinghale, alias Stivechall, four messuages, three watermills, one dovecote, four orchards, two hundred acres of land, twenty acres of meadow, forty of pasture, forty of wood, two hundred of furze and heath, 5 pounds of free rent in Kingshill, Helynhull, Stevinghall, Fynham, Brincklowe, Fletchamsteed, Meryden, Alshpath, Allesley, Stonely, Corley and Canley, fishing rights in the waters of Sherborne and Sowe, and the advowson of the church of Corley, and view of frankpledge in Stevinghall, all in the county of Warwick; also the manor of Stevinghall, six messuages, one watermill, one dovecote, six orchards, one hundred acres of land, twenty acres of meadow, ten of pasture, eight of wood, one hundred of furze and heath, 4 pounds of rent in Stevinghall, Asthull and Coventry and view of frankpledge, all in the said county of the city of Coventrie; and the said property shall be recovered as follows: the manor of Kingshill, with all messuages, lands, tenements, etc. in the town and fields of Kingshill, except the capital messuage called Helynhull, to the use of the said Sir Thomas Holt, Edward Holt, esq., Sir Simon Archer and John Archer for a term of 99 years; and all the other property, together with the property in Kingshill after the end of the term of 99 years, to the use of the said John Gregory for life, then to the use of Loveisgod Gregory, eldest son of the said John, for life, and then of his heirs male; and in default of such heirs, to the use of his wife for life, and then to the use of other heirs male of the said John Gregory; with the following list of precedence in case of default; Segrave Gregory, brother of the said John, and his heirs male; the heirs male of Edward Gregory, deceased, brother of Arthur Gregory, father of the said John; heirs male of Christopher Gregory, another brother of the said Arthur; heirs male of Thomas Gregory, father of the said Arthur; heirs male of William Gregory, brother of the said Thomas; the heirs male of Gilbert Gregory, son of John Gregory, one of [-------]; and the heirs male of the said John Gregory, father of the said Gilbert; and the said John shall retain the right to make a jointure to any woman whom he shall marry, or to any woman whom his son Loveisgod has, or will marry, or to lease any of the said lands, provided the term does not exceed 21 years, or three lives. It is further agreed that the said Sir Thomas Holt, Edward Holt, Sir Simon Archer and John Archer, shall hold the said lands in Kingshill for 99 years on the condition that they raise from the profits thereof the sum of 500 pounds to be paid to Mary, the eldest daughter of the said John, on her marriage, and a like sum for Grace, the youngest daughter of the said John, with an additional payment to both of 20 pounds a year for life; and they shall also pay to the heir of the said Loveisgod Gregory, after the death of the said John, an annual sum of 20 pounds, until he reaches the age of 18, from which time he shall receive annually 40 pounds; and they shall also pay to every other child of the said Loveisgod the full sum of 100 pounds; with further provisions in default of heirs male. Dated: 26 April, 15 Charles. Signed: John Gregory Seal on tag: red, defaced. Witnesses: Rowley Warde, James Prescott, Thomas Tomlyn, George Underhill. Endorsed: i) This deede was reade unto James Prescott, gent., Thomas Tomlin, gent., at y supe; tyme of their examinacion taken in chancere on ye parte of Segrave Gregory, gent. and others defs. at ye suit of Judith Astley pl. [Signed] Robert Shiers. ii) The 17th July 1650 wee whose names are subscribed did heare John Gregory party to these presents confirme and ratifie this to be his act and deed; Henry Phillips, John Gamble, Thomas Chalton, Thomas Grisold, William Chapman, Benjamin Goude (all by mark), Henry Phillipps, junior, Segrave Gregory iii) Writeings relating to the Gregorys iv) Mr. Gregorys deed of Intayle v) Gregory versus Astley