National Archives (PRO) Reference PROB 11/ 101
Will dated 25th December 1601 Proved 10 February 1603
In the name of God Amen. The five and twenty dayof December in the year of our Lord1601 and in the forty and [?] of the reign of our [?] lady Queen Elizabeth. I Robert GOODING of Freston in the county of Suffolk and diocese of Norwich gentleman being sick in body yet of sound andgood memory praised be to God not knowing [?] if [?] may please theLord to dispose of me. Do for preventing of [?] and to abide all contention that otherwise may happen among my children after my decease about my goods make and ordain my last Will and Testament to be [?] and in manner and form following. First and above all in [?] humble manner I commend my soul into the hands of God Almighty my maker and creator from the bottom of my heart [?] him to [accople?] of the proportionsdeath and [?] of his most dear son Christ Jesus my saviour as a sufficient ransom for [?] may [?] [?] whereby in the whole course of the life. I have [?] his [?] and I am [?] in this my Last Will and Testament to [/?] [?] me a voluntary confession of [? May [?] whereby I have offended his majesty hoping notwithstanding through his infinite mercy and goodness and that only by the [?] and mediation of Christ Jesus myLord to obtain the full pardon and remission of them all.
And concerning my body I leave the same to be somely and [?] buried in the chancel of the parishchurchofFrestonaforesaid at the direction of my executors hereafter named and appointed.
And as concerning the dispersing of those worldly goods and movables which God hath lent me in this present life my will and Testament is as following.
First I give and bequeath to John GOODING my younger son at this point an apprentice in London with Joane POWELL widow at the [Rose?] inBread Street two hundred pounds of lawfulEnglish money to be paid to the said John Gooding my son within one month after the time of his apprenticeship aforesaid shall be expired.
Item I give to Margaret GOODING my daughter the sum of two hundred and twenty pounds of lawful English money to be paid to the said Margaret Gooding my daughter at the day of her marriage or if she continues without marriage then within two years after the day of my decease.
Item I give to Maria GOODING my daughter the sum of two hundred and twenty pounds of like English money to be paid to the said Maria Gooding my daughter at the day of her marriage [?] as she shall [betrove?] herself in marriage with the consent of my executors hereafter named first obtained. And if she does marry herself against their good liking then my [?] is this bequest to her shall be voide.
Item I give to Ursula GOODING my daughter the like portion of one hundred and twenty pounds of lawful English money to be paid to the said Ursula Gooding my daughter at the day of her marriage with this condition that she does also [betrove?] herself in marriage with the consent of my executors hereafter named first obtained. Or [?] my Will is that she shall enjoy no part of my goods.
Item I give to Katherine HUNTE my daughter the wife of Thomas HUNTE of London the sum of five pounds of lawful English money to be paid to the said Katherine my daughter every half year fifty shillings during the [?] of her husband and herself. And if her husband die my will is that the said yearly payment of five pounds shall [?] and that my executors shall then pay to her widowhood fifty pounds of lawful English money.
I give to Anne GOODINGE my daughter now the wife of John PICKMORE of London a like yearly gift of five pounds of lawful English money to be paid to her likewise by fifty shillings [?] half year during the joint lives of herself and her said husband. And if she prove [?] then my will is that the said yearly payment of five pounds shall cease. And that my executors shall pay to her in her widowhood the sum of forty pounds of lawful English money.
Item I give to Joane NORHAM my maid servant forty shillings to Paddes MIST[?] of Freston twenty shillings, to John LUSON of Freston twenty shillings, to the poor of the town of Freston thirty shillings to be [?] in some [?] [?] either of [?] or otherwise for them at the direction of my executors to be distributed about the time of my burial.
The residue of my goods and chattels not devised I leave to the discretion of my executors and be disposed by them.
And my two executors of this my last Will and Testament I ordain and appoint to be Margaret my beloved wife and Thomas GOODINGE my eldest son.
And I do [initiate?] my brothers in law John SHALAMO and William RADCLIF to be my overseers.
Acknowledged by the said Robert GOODING to be last Will and Testament in the presence of William SMITH, Drisrofeur HAYMARDE.
Transcript Copyright Marcus Bateman (c) 2003