Last Will and Testament of George Billam of Mosborough, yeoman (1656)

In the name of God Amen The Twelvth Daie of Julie in the year of our Lord God According to the Computation of the Church of England one Thousand Six hundred Fiftie Six I George Billam of Mosbrough in the parish of Eckington in the Countie of Derbie yeoman sick in bodie but whole in mind beinge of good and perfect Remembrance Laud and praise be to God therefore And concius beinge with my Self the certaintie of Death and the uncertaintie of the Daie and howre of Death doe devise constitute and ordaine and make this my Last will and present Testament in manner and forme followinge First and principallie I bequeath my Soule into the hands of Allmightie God my maker ….. ….. by the death and passion of my Saviour and redeemer Jesus Christ to have free release and pardon of all my sinnes And after this a Life everlasting And my bodie to be buried in the parish Church or Churchyeard of Eckington at the discretion of my friends And as for those worldlie goods that God hath endowed me withal after my debts paid and my funerall Expenses discharged I give and bequeath in manner and forme following First I give and bequeath unto Dorothie Billam my Loveinge wife All my Land lying and being within the Territorie of Mosbrough and Lordshipp of Eckington And to enjoy the same duringe her naturall life If the said Dorothie Billam continue a widow and remayne in that name But if she the said Dorothie Billam doe fortune to marrie And she no longer abide in that name Then my will and mind is That Thomas Billam my Brother shall enter into and enjoy my said land whatsoever formerlie bequeathed unto him and his heirs forever Onlie paying And for default of such issue Then to the proper use and behoof of George Birks and his heirs and Assignes forever only paying unto the said Dorothie now my said wife when she shallbe married and not remaining in my name the Summe of Tenne pounds of good and lawfull money of England during her naturall life yearlie att Two times or Terms in the yeare That is to saie at the Feast of St John the Baptist commonlie called Midsummer Daie and the nativitie of our Saviour commonlie called Christmas Daie by even and equall portions in leiuthfull Satisfaction of anie demands for her Thirds of my freehold land Item I give and bequeath unto Thomas Billam my brother Twentie pounds of good and lawfull money of England to be paid by my Executrix hereafter named within one whole yeare after my decease Alsoe I give and bequeath unto John Hobson my nephew and kinsman Tenne pounds of good and lawfull monie of England To be paid within one whole yeare after my decease Alsoe I give and unto him foure couple of Sheepe Alsoe I give and bequeath unto everie one of the children of George Birks my Brother in Law Tenne shillings Alsoe I give and bequeath unto everie one of Thomas Pinders children five shillings Alsoe I give and bequeath unto everie one of James Glossop children five shillings Also I give and bequeath unto everie one of my Godchildren Twelve pence apeece All which legacies soe bequeathed is to be paid by my Executrix hereafter named within one yeare after my decease The residue of all my goods Cattles and Chattles whatsoever unbequeathed I wholly give and bequeath unto Dorothie Billam my Loveinge wife who I make sole Executrix of this my last will and Testament Alsoe I make George Sitwell of Reinshal esq Supervisor of this my last will and Testament desiring him and I personallie trust him to be aiding and assisting of this my Executrix with his councell To see this my last will and Testament performed Also I give unto him for his paines five shillings In witness whereof I the said George Billam to this my last will and Testament have sett to my hand and seale The daie and yeare first above written.

Sealed and delivered                                                                  Geo. Billam
in the presence of
Raph Anderton his marke
Wm Machon