Will of Thomas Stapp, 1701
[Killingholme, Lincolnshire, England]

In the name of God Amen. This twenty-fourth Day of April in the year of our Lord God 1701. I Thomas Stapp of Killingholme in the County of Lincoln. yeoman. bring sick in body, but of good and perfect memory. praised be to God for the same do make this my last will and testament in manner and forms following. making void and defaulting all other wills and testaments by me heretofore formally made either by word or writing, and this is to be taken for my last will and testament and recind others. And first I commend my Soul into the hands of Almighty God, that gave it. hoping in and through the merits of Jesus Christ my Saviour, and to receive full pardon and remission for my sins, and my body to the ground to be buried in such ---- order as shall seem best/most to my Executrix hereafter named. And as to temporal estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me, I dispose of as followeth:-

Item. I give and bequeath unto my eldest son Thomas Stapp all and singular my lands and tenaments and grounds whatsoever which were left to me by my father withall their appurtenances whatsoever and to enter upon the same when he shall accomplish the age of twenty and one years, and in the meantime to be brought up in the charge of my Executrix.

Item. I give and bequeath unto my son William Stapp, the house,homestead, orchards and ---- ---- adjoining, which I bought and purchased from Thomas Doughty. And also one half organ of lands arable and meadow and pasture, which amongst other things I bought of John Roberts of Barrow (viz) and one acre that runs into little Humber in the west field to it. The -----gutter and struts on the ____gutter in the _______ Mr Pelham going on both sides of its ------ acre----- the South gateand Starkhill ___ gate. Thomas Smyth east and William Wray west And one acre at long puttock runs from the foursleigh to the stoneshouse Roadings. Mr Pennell south and Ellis Stapp north, In the east field one acre at pudgfuzes(?) runs from the stubs bank to Rospos(?) --------, Item. And one acre in two lands upon Staversham hill and to freemans mareford.

Item. one acre at the slavegroons(?) William Wray west and John Winshipp east And one furslong(?) of meadow in the marshlands. and runs from the summergate bank and skirts on Tho Fontaine with all and singular their rights and appurtenances to enter upon the same when he shall accomplish the age of twenty and one years and in the meantime to be brought up at the charge of my Executrix.

Item. I give to my son Ellis the houses lands and tenaments, which I bought of John Roberts of Barrow (adjacent the lands before I disposed of to my son William) with all the appurtences, and to enter upon the same, when he shall come to the age of twenty and one years, excepting the houses and homestead which my wife shall have during her natural life, and in the meantime to be brought up at the charge of my Executrix.

Item. I give unto my three daughters Mary, Anne and Elizabeth. each of them the sum of thirty pounds, to be paid to them when they shall respectively come to the age of twenty and one years, without any deduction for their bringing up in the meantime, providing that if any of them shall die before they come to the said age of twenty and one years and without issue, then my will is that their portion or portions shall come to the survivors.

Ray & Beryl Bailey's comments:  There is another paragraph which we think is the record of Probate -think some of it is in Latin , but so feint that we cannot read it. We can however see the name Anna Stapp.  These children seem to be those of Thomas and Anne (Thomae and Annae) I don't know who his father was, but he may be Thomas bap 27-1-1667 son of Reuben and Joane.  None of his children had reached 21.


*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.