Aldbourne Heritage Centre

Testator: STRONG, Francis of Alborne Fustian-maker
Will Signed: 3rd June 1692
Witnesses: Joseph PIZZIE, Edward LIDYARD and William HOPKINS
Inventory prepared: 10th January 1694 by Edward LIDYARD and Joseph PIZZIE
Will Proved: 26th April 1697 at Marlborough
Original held by: Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre Ref: P3/S/828

In the Name of God Amen The Third Day of June in the Fourth year of the Reigne of [our] Sov[er]aigne Lord and Lady William and Mary by the Grace of God of England Scotland France and Ireland King and Queen Defenders of the Faith &c Annoq[ue] Dom[ini] 1692. I Francis Strong of Alborne in the County of Wilts Fustian-maker being Aged and sick and weak in body but of sound and perfect Minde and Memorie Praise be therefore given to Almighty God Doe make and ordaine this my present Last Will and Testament in manner and forme following (That is to say) First and principally I Command my Soul into the hands of Almighty God hoping through the Meritts Death and Passion of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to have full and free Pardon and forgivness of all my Sins and to inherit everlasting Life And my Body I committ to the Earth to be decently buryed at the discreetion [sic] of my Executor hereafter named And as touching the Disposition of all such worldly Estate as it have pleased Almighty God to bestow upon me I give and dispose thereof as followeth Imprimis I will that my Debts and Funerall Charges shall be paid and discharged Item I give unto Margarett my Loving Wife Five pounds p[er] annu[m] Dureing her naturall Life to be paid unto her Quarterly by even portions by My Son Thomas my Executor Item I give unto my said Wife the use of those Rooms which I now live in (Except the Chamber called the yonder Loft) to have and enjoy the same for and dureing her naturall Life soo long as shee shall remaine a Widow and all the backside belonging thereunto and the my [sic] wood and provision of Victualls for and dureing her widowhood as aforesaid And also my best bed and bedhead and all the Beding thereunto belonging And that Chest Coffer and Box which shee brought with her when I marryed her to have and enjoy the same for ever And alsoe those my household Goods following (that is to say) One wooden Bowle One Cowle One Tubb Two pewter platers One pewter porrenger One pewter Cupp One Earthen Bason and One earthen platter One Glass Jack Two Keevers One Gridiron One Tosting Iron Three Smoothing Irons all which Goods my said wife bought herself with money which I gave her; to have and enjoy the same Goods for ever. Item I give unto each of my Foure Daughters One Shilling apeece. Item I give unto my Son Thomas All that my house which I now live in and all the appurtenances thereof And my Will and meaning is That in case my said Son Thomas shall happen to have a Son That then my said Son Thomas shall selle and confirme my said house unto his said son; but for default of a Son Then to selle the said house unto his Daughter Anna if shee shall marry according to his mind. And my Will and meaning is That my said Son Thomas shall have and enjoy all the aforesaid Goods bequeathed to my wife for terme of her widowhood from and immediately after her said widowhood shall expire to him my said son and his heires forever. All the rest and residue of my Personall Estate Goods and Chattells whatsoever I doe give and bequeathe unto my said Son Thomas Whome I doe make full and sole Executor of this my Present Last Will and Testament And I doe hereby Revoke, Disanull and make void all former and other Wills and Testaments by me heretofore made and doe hereby declare this to be my last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I doe hereunto sett my hand and seale the Day and Year first above written

Signed Sealed and published
in the presence of
Jo[shua] Pizzie
Edward Lidyard
    William Hopkins
his F Mark
    Francis Strong
his X Mark
Jur. Exec[utor] 26 april 97 ap[u]d Marlboro


  A true Inventory of all and Singular the Goods Chattells and Creditts of Francis Strong late of Alborne in the County of Wilts Fustian weaver Deceased Taken and Appraised the Tenth Day of January Annoq[ue] Dom[ini] 1694 by us whose Names are hereunder Subscribed as followeth
  £   S   d
Imprimis his Purse and Apparell   05 00 00
Item. In the Chamber over the Hall            
  One Bedstead and Bed and all belonging to the Same Bed   04 00 00
  One Trundle Bedstead and bed and all belonging to the same bed   01 00 00
  Two Chests   00 08 00
  One great Oake Chest   00 08 00
  Three Coffers and a Box   00 08 00
  One Side Cupboard   00 05 00
  One Chair and other Small Things   00 05 00
Item. In the Chamber over the Shopp            
  One old Bedstead and Chest   00 12 00
Item. In the Buttery            
  Three Barrells Two Kievers One Meashing Fale and a Bowle   00 14 00
  Two Cowles One litle Brass Pott and other Small Lumber   00 10 00
Item. In the Hall            
  One Table and Frame and Five Joyned Stools   00 16 00
  Two Cupboards and a Settle   00 15 00
  Four Chaires   00 05 00
  Three Brass Kettles Two Brass Potts One Warming Pann Two Brass Skilletts One Brass Candlestick and a Skimmer   02 05 00
  Eight Pewter Dishes One Flagon Two Porringers Three Canndlesticks and one pewter Cupp   01 05 00
  One Jack One Pair of Andirons One Spitt One pair of Doggs One Fire-pan One pair of Tongs One Frying pann Two Pairs of Hangells and other Small things and One Table Cloth and half a Dozen of Napkins   01 15 00
Item. The Wood in the Backside and in the old Chamber   01 00 00
  Sum[mation]e   21 11 00
Ed[ward] Lidyard
Jo[shua] Pizzie