The Will of Ellis Stapp, 1680
[Killingholme, Lincolnshire, England]

In the name of God Amen. I Ellis Stapp of Killingholme in the County of Lincoln. yeoman, being sick in body but of perfect rememberance. praised be to God. I make and ordaine this my last Will and testament in manner and form as followeth. I give and bequeath my soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave it me and my body to thr earth from whence it was taken and as for my temporal estate as followeth:-

Item I give to Ellis Stapp my son my Close and ten acres of land that belonged to Gentil Farm, and to enter of the land at the age of Eighteen years and five pounds to be paid at the age of one and twenty years

Item. I give to John Stapp my son ten acres and half of land that I bought of John Dixon and to enter of the land at the age of eighteen years and five pounds to be paid at the age of one and twenty years and my will is that if either of them die before they come of age of one and twenty years. then to go to the other.

Item. I give to Mary Stapp my daughter thirty pounds to be paid at the age of one and twenty years.
Item. I do give to my daughter Margaret Stapp thirty pounds to be paid at the age of one and twenty years
Item. I do give to the poor of the south end of Killingholme ten shillings found after my decease
Item. I do give to John Neale the son of John Neale one ewe and one lamb half a year after my decease.
Item. I do give to John King the son of William King one ewe and one lamb half a year after my decease.
Item. I do give to my wife to my sole executor of all the rest of my goods and chattles so disposed.


*This will was transcribed by Mrs. Beryl Bailey.  She found this will in the Lincolnshire Archives in Lincoln, England, but unfortunately the Archive's policy does not allow for the actual will image to be copied.