The Will of Thomas Stapp 1665 Batchelor.
[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 ordain this present testament containing herein my last will. First I give and bequeath my soul to Almighty God, who gave it to me and my body to the earth from whence it was taken and as for my temporal estate as followeth. :-
Item. I do give to Mary Smyth my sister. my Cottage house and all the half acre close which William Stapp gave me, which is decided on during her life.

Item. I give to Ellis Stapp the son of Ellis Stapp. all the half farm to him and his heirs for ever after her decease.
Item. I do give to Henry Wakeham the son of Henry Wakeham my cottage house to him and his heirs for ever after her decease and my ---bedstead and feather bed and bedding belonging to it, and one acre of beans. ---oak chest after my decease.
Item I do give to James Wakeham and Mary Wakeham the son and daughter of Henry Wakeham four acres of beans and four acres of barley after my decease.

Item. I do give to Robert Hudd the son of William Hudd-------- after my decease
Item. I give to Richard Stapp the son of Rubin Stapp one pound to be paid at the age of one and twenty years
and one ?? calf at my decease
Item. I do give to Ann Stapp the daughter of Ellis Stapp five pounds to be paid at the day of her marriage.
Item I do give to Elizabeth White daughter of Thomas White my God child fifteen shillings which is ------in arrable land and the said Thomas White is to get it after my decease.
Item. I do give to Ann Bellomie the daughter of Robert Bellamie my God child five shillings after my decease
Item. I do give to Robert Smyth the son of Michael Smyth, one gray filly after my decease
Item. I do give to Thomas Wakeham the son of Henry Wakeham, one shilling to be paid after my decease.
Item. I do give to Johnathan Wakeham the son of Edward Wakeham one five years old guce (goose) after my decease
Item. I do give to the poor of the Parish of Killingholme five shillings and eight pence after my decease
Item. I do make Henry Smyth my sole Executor of all the rest of my goods and chattels unbequeathed of In witness hereof I have hereinto set my hand.


*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.