The Will of Thomas Stapp 1650
[Killingholme, Lincolnshire, England]

In the name of God Amen. I Thomas Stapp of Killingholme in the County of Lincoln, yeoman. sick in body but of whole and perfect remembrance, thanks be to God do make and ordaine this present testament containing herein my last Will affixed. I give and bequeath my soul to Almighty God who gave it me and my body to the earth from whence it was taken. and as for my temporal estate.

I do give and bequeath to William Stapp my eldest son, all my goods and lands during his natural life except one house and the close thereunto adjoining called by the name of 'Gentle house and close', during William Stapp's natural life. I do give the said house and close to Ellis Stapp my youngest son, and after the decease of William Stapp my eldest son, my will is the house and lands that I bought of John Thompson, shall come and remain to Ellis Stapp my son to remain to him and his heirs forever, and my will is that Gentle house with all the benefits thereunto belonging after the decease of William Stapp my eldest son, shall come and remain to Thomas Stapp my son and John Stapp the son of John Stapp to be equally divided betwixt them and the longer living of these two to have all the said house and lands to remain to him and his heirs forever. And my will is that my son Thomas Stapp shall have three pounds paid out of my lands by William Stapp during the life of the said William Stapp and ten pounds besides for his portion.

Item. I do give to Thomas Stapp the son of John Stapp one toft house with all the profits thereto belonging . To remain to him and his heirs for ever. (Note: A toft house is a homestead and outbuildings)

Item. I do give to every one of Henry Worsham's children, which he had by his first wife ----- to be paid to them at the age of one and twenty years. and I do make William Stapp my full executor of this my last Will and Testament.


*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.