The Will of John Stapp, 1738.
[Killingholme, Lincolnshire, England]

April 6th 1738.
In the name of God amen. I John Stapp of Killingholme in the County of Lincoln, yeoman, being sick in body, but of perfect mind and memory, praise be God for the same, do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following:-

Item. I bequeath my soul unto the hands of the living God my heavenly creator, hoping to be saved in and through the merits of Christ my dear redeemer. As for my worldly goods, I dispose of them as followeth:-

Item. I give the close [small enclosed field] I bought of Thomas Milson unto the use of the Baptists ministry to such as shall be Pastor or Elder of this Congregation belonging to our Meeting House at Killingholme, commonly called Anabaptists. I do appoint for trustees Thomas Wakeham William Gordon Joseph Atkinson, and if one of them die the other may appoint another in his stead, or if they all should die without choosing others in their stead the Congregation may do it , so that the number of trustees may be kept up for the better management of the gift ------ for the use -----forever.

Item. I give unto my sister Mary('s) children each one twenty pounds apiece to be paid them, when they shall accomplish the age of twenty one, or if one die in the meantime, its fortune shall go to the other.

Item. I give unto Elizabeth Alcock of Marshchappel the sum of twenty pounds. All the rest of goods and chattles, I give unto my brother Thomas Stapp whom I make and appoint my whole and sole executor, paying unto each of my sisters one guinea and all the rest of my debts and legacies. In witness whereof I here unto set my hand and seal the day and year above written.  signed: John Stapp.


Ray & Beryl Bailey's comments:- I have not found any Baptisms in the Parish Records for the children of Ellis Stapp:- except Anne 7-9-1701. Could it be that this branch of the family were Anabaptists who did not practice infant baptism, but baptized adult believers Anabaptists started in Europe and were persecuted by Catholics and Lutherans, and as a result Dutch and German refugees came to England in the 16thC and 17thC.  If you look at this will get you to the Catholic Encyclopedia, which has an item on Anabaptists.

*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.