The Will of Ellis Stapp, 1723.
[Killingholme, Lincolnshire, England]

In the name of God amen. the twenty first day of November one thousand and seven hundred and nineteen. I Ellis Stapp of Killingholme in the county of Lincoln, yeoman, being sick in body, but of sound memory (praised be to God for the same) I do make this my last will and testament in manner and forms following. Making void and dis---lling all other wills and testaments by me heretofore formally made either by words or writing, and this is to be taken for my last will and testament, and no other. And first commend my soul onto the hands of almighty God, that gave it, hoping in and through the merits of Jesus Christ my redeemer to receive full pardons and remission of all my sins. And for the farms and estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me.

Item. I give unto my son John Stapp and his heirs forever. All my lands and tenements whatsoever, which I have in Killingholme aforesaid, to enter upon that part thereof, which is out of his mothers jointure, when he shall attain to the age of twenty-one years or day of marriage, which may first happen, and my executor to receive rents and profits , in the meantime for and towards his maintenance and education, and give him also ten couples of Ewes and Lambs, when he shall attain the aforesaid age, or day of marriage, which may first happen, and also one horse and mare to the value of four pounds or four pounds in money, as my executor and he may agree.

Item I give unto my son Roubon Stapp and his heirs forever. All my cottage houses with the barns and stables, lands and tenements, whatsoever to the same, belonging, lying and being in Stallingborough in the aforesaid County of Lincoln, now in the tenure and occupation of Simon Marsham to enter thereupon when he shall reach the age of twenty-one years or day of marriage which may first happen, and my Executor to receive rents and profits thereof in the meantime, and to be employed for and towards his maintenance and education, and I give also to my son Roubon sixty pounds to be paid him without any deduction or abatement for or by any reason or cause whatsoever, when he shall attain to the age of twenty-one years or day of marriage which may first happen, and also five couple of Ewes and Lambs.

Item. I give to my son Thomas Stapp the sum of one hundred pounds to be paid him when he shall come to the age of twenty-one years or day of marriage which may first happen, without any deduction or abatement for or by reason of his maintenance or education in the meantime, and to be brought up at the charge of my executrix here afore named.

Item. I give unto my son Benjamin Stapp the sum of one hundred pounds to be paid to him, when he shall attain to the age of twenty-one years or day of marriage which may first happen, without any deduction or abatement for or by reason of his maintenance or education in the meantime, and to be brought up at the charge of my executor.

Item. I give to my son Samuel Stapp the sum of one hundred pounds to be paid to him, when he shall attain the age of twenty-one years without any deduction or abatement for or by reason of his maintenance or education in the meantime, or on the day of his marriage , which may first happen, and to be brought up at the charge of my executor.

Item. I give to my daughter Ann Stapp the sum of one hundred pounds to be paid her when she shall attain the age of twenty-one years, without any deduction or abatement for or by reason of, her maintenance or education in the meantime, and to be homefomly[?], brought up at the charge of my executor .

Item. I give to my daughter Mary Stapp the sum of one hundred pounds to be paid her when she shall come to the age of twenty-one years without any deduction or abatement, for or by reason of her maintenance or education in the meantime, and to be brought up at the charge of my executor. And my will is that if any of my children should happen to die before their respective portions shall become due and payable, then the portion of them or any of them, so dying shall be divided amongst my surviving children.. And all the rest of my goods and chattels and personal estate whatsoever, not heretofore disposed of I give and bequeath unto my well beloved wife Elizabeth Stapp, whom I make sole executor of this my last will and testament, paying my debts legacies and funeral expenses. In witness thereof I have hereto set my hand and seal the day and year first above written.  signed: Ellis Stapp

*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.