The Will of Reuben Stapp 1684
[Killingholme, Lincolnshire, England]

In the name of God Amen. March 15th Anno Domini 1683. I Reuben Stapp of Killingholme in the County of Lincoln. yeoman. bring sick in body , but of perfect Remembrance praise be to God for the same. Do make and ordaine this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following:- First I bequeath my soul into the hands of Almighty God my creator hoping through the merits of Jesus Christ my holy Saviour to receive free pardon for my sins. And my body I commit to the ground to be buried in Christian burial at the discresion of my Executor hereafter named, and for my temporal estate I dispose of as followeth:-

First I give unto Richard Stapp my son, one cow and one heifer one ----- horse and one five years old colt, which was of the mare called 'Marey'.

Item. I give unto Thomas Stapp my younger son and his heirs and assignes for ever. All the lands the grounds arrable meadow and pastures with those appurtenances, whatsoever within the territories of the south end of Killingholme aforsaid, which I the said Reuben purchased of John Dixon. the said Thomas entering to the said lands, when he shall accomplish the age of twenty and one years. And it is my will and , that the said Thomas shall pay to his mother, my wife the full and just sum of twenty shillings (ye annum) the rent of the said lands during her natural life. And it is my will and mind that if the said Thomas shall die without issue, that all the said lands shall fall and come to my daughter Anne, her heirs and assignes for ever.

Item. I give to my said daughter Anne Stapp the full and just sum of Forty pounds to be paid to her on -----or when she shall accomplish the age of twenty and one years. Item. I give to my said daughter Anne half of my linen and one pot and one pan.

Item. I give unto the poor people of the south side of Killingholme the sum of five shillings to be paid within one year after my decease. I give unto John Ash the sum of five shillings to be paid when he shall come to the age of twenty and one years. All the rest of my personal estate goods and chattles undisposed of I give unto Joane my wife, and my said son Thomas, whom I make ordaine and join together my whole and full Executors of this my last will and testament paying and discharging my legacies, debts and funeral expenses. Revoking all other Wills and testaments whatsoever. In witness whereof I the said Rouben Stapp have set my hand and seal the day and the year above written.

Ray and Beryl Bailey's comments:- This is the first time I have come across Richard I think he must have been the child of Roubens first marriage to Elizabeth Smith and he must have been over 21yrs. Rouben married Joane Short in 1664.  Thomas born 1667 and Anne1670. It strikes me that the thing to avoid in this family is to be the son of the first marriage!!!.

*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.