Will of Bartholomew Hathaway of Shottery
In the name of God, Amen, the sixteenth day of September Anno Domini ... way of Shottery in the parish of Olde Stratford in the county of Warwick, yeoman, being in my good and prosperous health, and of sownd and perfect ... ankes be given to Almighty God, do ordeine and make this my last will and testament in manner and forme followeing, that is to say, first, I bequeath my ... to the handes of Almighty God, my maker, and by fayth in the merittes and passion of his sone, Jesus Christ, I beleeve and hope to be saved, and my body to therth from [wh]ence yt came to be burryed in the Christian burriall of the parrish church of Olde Stratford aforesaid, hopeing to arise at the latter day, and to receive the reward of his elect; and for my worldly goodes I bequeath them as followeth, that is to say,--Imprimis, I give and bequeath to Richard Hathaway, my sone, the some of twenty shillinges of lawfull English money to be paide unto him within one yeire next after my decease. Ittem, I give and bequeath unto Isabell Hathaway, my graundchild, daughter of the saide Richard, one chilver shipp. Ittem, I give and bequeath unto my sone, Edmonde Hathaway, my third sone, the whole some of one hundred and twenty poundes of lawfull English monye to be paide unto him the said Edmond within seaven yeires next after my decease, that is to say, the some of twenty poundes a yeire for the first five yeires next after my decease, and the other twenty powndes to be paide tenne powndes a yeire the next two yeires followeinge after the saide terme of five yeires in full satisfaccion of the saide summe of one hundred and twenty powndes. Ittem, I further give unto my saide sone Edmonde my yongest gray mare, and my best cowe soe two and my elme cart and the wheeles belonging to yt, which mare, cart and wheeles he hath alredy in possession; togither alsoe with my best fether bedd, my best heiling, two paire of sheetes and one payre of my best blankettes and my best bowlster, and one of my best pillowes, my second brass pott and one of the bedsteedes in the over-chamber. Ittem, I give and bequeath unto my daughter Anne Edwardes, the now wyfe of Richard Edwardes, the summe of thirty shillinges to buy her a gowne, and to her seven children, Avery, Bartholmew, Alice, Thomas, Richard and Ursula Edwardes, I give unto each of them severally the severall sums of six shillinges eight pence apeece to be paide unto them within one yeire next after my decease. Ittem, I give and bequeath unto my sone, John Hathaway, his children Alice Hathaway, Richard, Anne and Ursula Hathaway, and to each of them one of my best ewes a-peece. Ittem, I give and bequeath unto my said sone John Hathaway, and to the heires males of his body lawfully begotten, or to be begotten, all that my messuage or tenement, orchard, garden and backside, with thappertenaunces, seituate, lyeing and being in Shottery aforesaid, togither alsoe with two yard land and a half earable, meddow, comon and pasture, with two closses therunto belonging, seituate, lyeing and beinge within the towne, hamlettes and feildes of Shottery and Old Stratford, with theire and every of theire appurtenaunces, and for want of such issue of the said John Hathaway, I give and bequeath the said messuage or tenement, two yard land and a half, with thappurtenaunces, unto the saide Edmond Hathaway my ... lawfully to (be) begotten, and for want of such issue of the saide Edmonde Hathaway, I give and bequeath the saide messuage or tenement ... aunces unto my sone Richard Hathaway, and to the heires males of his body lawfully begotten or to be begotten, and for want of such issue of the said Richard, then to remaine to the right heires of me the said Bartholmew Hathaway for ever. Ittem, I give and bequeath towardes the repaire of the parish church of Olde Stratford the some of tenn shillinges. Ittem, I give and bequeath unto the poore of the said parrish the some of thirteene shillinges foure pence to be distributed amongst them at my funerall. All the rest of my goodes and cattell and chattelles whatsoever unbequeathed, my deptes and legacyes being paide, and funerall exspences discharged, I wholly give unto my said sone John Hathaway, whome I doe ordeine and make my whole and executor of this my last will and testament. Overseers of this my last will and testament I doe make choyse of John Hall of Stratford aforesaid, gentleman, and Stephen Burman of Shottery aforesaide, yeoman, and for theire paines therein to be taken I do give unto eache of them two shillinges six pence a peece. In wytnesse wherof to this my last will and testament I have heerunto sett my hand and seale in the presence of these wittnesses heerunder written.--Witnesses heerunto William Court junior, Clement Burman, Stephen Burman, William Richardson. -- Proved at Stratford-on-Avon on the sixth of December, 1624, in the Peculiar Court'