The Will of William Stables (d. 1638 Wombwell)
This is a full transcript of the Will of William Stables of Wombwell, who died in 1638 and was buried at All Saints' Church in Darfield. The original Will is held at the Borthwick Institute in York.
In the name of god Amen for the fourteenth day of December in the Thirteenth year of the reiygne of our sovereign Lord Charles by the grace of god of England Scotland France & [section destroyed] King Defendor of the faith this Anno Im~ 1637 I William Stable of Wombwell within the parish of Darfield & Countye of Yorke being sicke in bodye yet of good & perfect rememberance (praysed be god for the same) doe ordayne & make this my last will & testament in manner & forme followinge First & principallye I commend my soule into the merciful handes of almighty god my Creatour & to Jesus Christ mye onelye redeemer hoping by the mercyes meritt [illegible word] compassion of Jesus Christ my saviour & redeemer to have free remission & forgiveness of all my sinnes & my bodye to be buried in the church yard of Darfield at the discretion of my provider And as touching the disposition of such goods & chattles that god hath lent mee I do give & bequeath the same as hereafter followeth First my will & mynd is that all my debts that I do owe to anye manner of person or persons whatsoever appearing by [???poose] & specialtye shall be first paid & discharged out of all my goods chattles & credits Item I give & bequeath unto Elizabeth Stable my daughter one chist being of punch & pannell standing in the plour [sic. parlour] by my bedside as a legacy Item I give & bequeath unto the sayd Elizabeth Stable my daughter one ewe frome lamb at May day next after my decease The residue of all my goodes chattles & credits with the interest right & title of the lease of the house & grounds wherein I now dwell I give & bequeath as followeth that is to say I give the halfe of my goods chattles & credits with the halfe use of the interest title & right of my house & grounds thereunto belonging unto Margrett my loving wife whom I make full & sole executrix of this my last will & testament and the other half part to Elizabeth my daughter equally to be divided betwixt them & my will & minde is that my funerall charges probation or administration be payed & discharged first of all out of my goods & chattells In witnesse whereof I the said William Stable have hereunto sett my hand & seale the day & yeare first above written
Sealed & delivered in the presence of
These Marke of
William Scorer William Stable
Doncaster 27th July 1638