Will of Thomas Gooding, Gentleman of Freston,Suffolk
13 November 1595
National Archives (PRO) Reference: PROB 11/86
Transcript Copyright Marcus Bateman 2004
In the name of God Amen. The tenth dayof April in the seven and thirtieth year of our Sovereign Lady Elizabeth by the grace of God of England, France and Ireland Queen defender of the Faith and in the year of our Lord 1594 . I Thomas GOODING of Freston in theCounty ofSuffolkGent . Being ofgood comfort? health and memory laude and praise be given to God. Considering the ? of mans life together with the many years that through God’s goodness I have already ? and passed over in this[?] and therefore byreason ? course of nature not like to continuelong in this life. But throughgood ? in Christ Jesus hoping and hastening to a better life. I do therefore make and ordain my last will and testament in manner and form following. First and principally, I do humbly commend my soul into the hands of almighty God my Creator and Jesus Christ my Saviour with the Holy Ghost my comforter. And my body I will shall be buried inFrestonChurchbefore the Chancel door. And I will that executors hereafter named shall provide a fair gravestone tolay upon me with a plate of brass wrought into the same and somegood ? of holy scriptures in graven therein together with my name.
And as ? the disposing of those worldly goods mow it lately pleased God to send me I will as follows. Firstly I give and bequeath to Robert GOODING my eldest son and to heirs one annuity of yearly rent charge of ? out of all my lands in Kesgrave to be paid quarterly forever. To the intent that he or they or their assigned Lords or owners of Freston Hall shall faithfully and fully bestow? the same upon the poorest inhabitants that shall from time to time be within the said town ofFreston.
Also I give and bequeath to Robert GOODING and his heirs forever one other annuity or yearly rent charge of twenty shillings out of my lands in Kesgrave to be paid quarterly. To the intent that he or they or their assigns Lords or owners of Freston Hall aforesaid shall yearly for [ever?] procure [?] some [?] learned and godly preacher to make four Sermons inFrestonChurchbefore said.
Item. I give and bequeath to my daughter Alice BURNHAM the wife of Robert BURNHAM all my lands and tenements in Wherstead? both freehold and copyhold late in the occupation of Henry TAYLOR deceased. To give and to hold to the said Alice and her assigns during her natural life and after her decease to remainder to all her children to their heirs. Also I do give unto the said Alice her heirs all my copyhold land lying in St Margarets [parish?] Ipswich now I hold of Mr Edmund WHITTIPOLL esquire. And Also all my Copyhold lands lying in Barking.
Item I give unto the said Robert BURNHAM my son-in-law and to the said Alice his wife during their two lives and the longer of them, all that house with appurtenances [?] they one Henry DRANE now dwell
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in the town of Ipswichboth freehold and copyhold. And after both her deaths I will [..] shall remaining to all the children of the said Robert and Alice and to the heirs of the said children at and part like. Also I do give unto the said Robert and Alice all my [leased?] lands in Barking for all the term of years yet to come in the same.
Item. I give and bequeath unto Dorothy BALLED my daughter the wife of John BALED of London Goldsmith my [houses?] in the parish of St Mary Elmes in Ipswich and also my two lit tl e tenements in St Margaret in Hill in Ipswich. To have and to hold to the said Dorothy and for assigns during her natural life and after her decease I will all the said houses and tenements shall be held by the bailiffs of Ipswich for that time being for the price that they may get for the same. Within one year after my decease of my daughter Dorothy an the money thereof coming I will shall be the said bailiffs equally parted and distributed amongst her said children then living.
Item. I give and bequeath unto Thomas GOODING my son and to his [wife?] during their lives and the longer of them are that my tenement with appurtenances in the parish St Mary at the Tower in Ipswich therein one Thomas BALLARD now dwells. And also all my lands and tenements lying in Holbrook upon condition that the he the said Thomas or his heirs shall not at any time thereafter [claim?] challenge or demand any of my copyhold lands, tenements or hereditments whatsoever. But that he and his heirs shall upon reasonable request to him or them made surrender and release all such right ti tl e and interest as shall anyway [descend?] or come to him or them after my decease in any of my said copyhold lands tenements and hereditaments to [this?] person or ? by the true intent and meaning of this my Will ought to have and enjoy the same. And after my decease of my saidSaint Thomasand [wife?].
I will all the said house and land before devised unto them shall [wholly?] remain to the ? of my said some Thomas and to his assigns forever.
Item. I give and bequeath unto Thomas GOODING my grandchild the son of Robert GOODING my son and to his heirs my manor of Kesgrave and all my lands tenements and hereditaments situate lying and being in ? Bellinged, Mar tl esham, Foxhall and Newbourne or in any of them both freehold and copyhold upon condition [so?] long time as the said Thomas my grandchild and his heirs shall ? ? pay or cause to be paid one annuity or yearly payment of forty pounds to my person and ? in such manner and form as in this my Will is ? and expressed. That is to say first to Thomasin GOODING my daughter during her natural life forty pounds a year to be paid yearly at the feast of St John the Baptist ? mishell ? the Navity of our Lord and ? of the blessed Virgin Mary or within two months after the said ? [feasts?] by even account? at or in the Stonehill house in Ipswich and after the decease of the said Thomasin to the heirs of her body of the said Thomasin the yearly payment and if they die ? ? heir then to my daughter Alice BURNHAM during her natural life the like annuity or yearly payment of forty pounds a year to be paid quarterly at the foresaid feasts or in ? months after ? > and at or in the place aforesaid. And after the decease of the said Thomasin ? ? and Alice my daughter then to all the children of the said Alice BURNHAM and their heirs the like annuity or yearly payment of forty pounds a year equally to be divided among them and to be paid quarterly at the days and place aforesaid. And if the said Thomas GOODING my grandchild or his heirs shall fail in the payment of the said yearly payment of forty pounds a year in manner and form a foresaid or any part thereof then I will and give unto the said Thomasin and to the heirs of her body lawfully begotten the said manor of Kesgrave and all my said lands tenements and hereditaments in Kesgrave Mar tl esham, Foxhall and Newbourne and after her decease ? to the said Alice BURNHAM my daughter during her natural life and after the decease of hem both to all the children of the said Alice and their heirs forever.
Also I give unto the said Thomasin my daughter and to the heirs of her body all that my tenement in Nacton with all the lands both free and copyhold ? now occupied and if she die without heirs of her body then I will all the said tenement and lands shall remain to my daughter Alice BURNHAM and to her heirs forever.
Item I will that my executors shall bestow at the time of my burial amongst the poor of Freston and others that shall be at my funeral the sum of forty marks in money.
Item. I give and bequeath
to my goodfriend Mr John LANY ofIpswich one pound [?] and twenty marks in money praying to him to be aiding and [assisting?] to my executors in the execution of this my will and testament.
Item. I give unto my nephew Edward GOODING of Ipswich one pound ? and to my nephew William GOODING of Rendlesham pound note? To my son in Law Robert BURNHAM one pound note? And to my daughter Alice GOLDSMITH ? pound note?
To my sister HAYWARDone pound note?
And to my daughter Thomasin ? note?
Also to Thomas GOODING my grandchild a ? note?
To Richard Cathyn one ? note?
Item I will that the said Thomas GOODING my grandchild shall give to him and his heirs all the ? lands being copyhold and lease lands now Richard MARGOTT lately mortgaged unto me or else the money for now the same be mortgaged if the said Richard MARGOTT redeem the same.
Item I give and bequeath unto Thomasin my daughter three hundred pounds in money.
And to Robert BURNHAM my son in law two hundred and thirty four pounds
To my sister HAYWARDthirty pounds.
To Elizabeth BALLED the son of John BALLED twenty pounds at the age of one and twenty years
To the Widow DANNELL five pounds
To the Bailiffs Burgers and commonalty of Ipswich twenty pounds the same to be yearly laide out uponwoodanddaleto be found out again to the poor of Ipswich the samepriceforwith it was bought.
Also I give unto the Bailiffs Burgers and Commonalty of the town ofIpswichthe sum of forty pounds in money to the intent the same shall be lent out to four young occupiers for two years. And then to other four for two years more and to others after that from two years to two years forever.
Also I give to Thomas GOODING my son ten pounds
To William DAMIS my servant six pounds 13 shillings and 4 pence
To Thomas BURNHAM the son of Robert BURNHAM fifty pounds.
Item I give and bequeath to Robert GOODING my son All my armour as well for ? as foot ? and all hanging in my parlour andchambers and all my tables and ? in my vault and theLong Table in the great chamber.
Item I give and bequeath to Thomasin my daughter one dozen of silver spoons of the biggest sort, agent? silver salt with it gold? gilt, another smaller salt with two gold-zorell gilt, two ? zorell gilt, one silver pott with a Doner, adam lipped ? zorell gilt two ? potted zorell gilt, one dumb bed and boster [?] to flock bed ?, two free beds with ?, one yard f ? curtains, one yard ? bl anke s, one large covering of taestry, six needle work cushens on Chayen the bark red? ? one shayne with agreen bark in ? one ? with yellow ? one stool covered with silk, one great chair hooped eight hig enjoyed stooles the ? in the ?.
Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Alice BURNHAM, A great salt cellar ? gilt with a dober, one bowl ? gilt, one silver goblett and ? sault gilt,one came lipped and ? ? gilt Two ? ? lipped ? gilt and dozen of silver spoon of the smallest onestone jugg with a dober ? gilt three ? bed and ? three stock beding of blue curtains one cobenlett of ? one of Dormix, two pairs of blanklet, one carpet of tapestry to the great ? table , one hanging of tapestry in the gallery, six needle work quiltens one ? cushen, one great chair with bark of yellow pattern, one stool covered with a yellow pattern, a low stool covered with silk, one hihl ioyned stool covered with silk, eight hiyoynal stools and onelong table in the goler.
I give and bequeath unto Alice BURNHAM my daughter and to Thomasin GOODING my daughter all ? of goods equally to be divided between. Item first twolittletable [?] the great chamber, one cupboard with ? in the ? and [?] table in the Hall with a frame. Alongtable in the chamber with two ?, twolittletables in the great chamber, three great ? bombe with icon, four ? in the gallery and chamber, one great picturein the gallery, one candlestick
[upon?] the chimney in the parlour, one pair of dabyond with the fine yarn and hanged in the great gallery, two pair oflittleDabyond, one pair of Dobyond to the hall chimney, A square table in thelittlegallery, four sooned in the great gallery, five small tables and onelongone in the [tower?] , four turned clayed? along[?] table [?] onelongDiaper table clothes eight Damask? napkins, two diaper napkins , twohollandtable clothes one of [?]Hollandsheets, ten pairs of dabid sheets, one Dammask? towell, one [Diayo?] towell, twolongquilt, two short [Quilts?], three dipping pans in [?] of Burnt, wo great burnt pots, onelittleburn pot, two great burnt popette, six feltells, two [lillitte?] two fraying pans, one pair of pot hooks, one great Caulone of burnst, one basum and coneur of pewter, [?] great platerns, [cleadon ?] pewter dishes, six pouring [?], small fruit dishes, two great plates, alittleplate, [whnd?] sawsend, two basons, two pewter flagons, [?], two great brass candlesticks, six smaller brass candlesticks, three pewter candlesticks, pewter pot with cover, psetle and mortar of brass, a kneading trough and powdering trough, A cheesepress, A powdering tubb all my [bowing?] [neselles?] three tunndle bedsteads, three posted bedsteads with [testeirs?], one bedstead with image mount, two donmix coverings one with in thelittlegallery, and the rest of my household stuff unbequeathed.
I give unto Thomas GOODING my son.
And I ordain and make my nephew WilliamGOODING of Rendlesham and Mr Richard CATTLYN of Woolverstone executor of this last Will and Testament. And I do give to [each?] of them for their pains therein to be taken forty marks a piece. In witness here of I have set my hand and seal the day? first ? written Thomas GOODING. Witness William HAROED Henry DRANE John HUBBARD.
Item I will and express my mind to be that the legacies above given, be paid, at my ? shall someby and ? those debted that be ? unto me. Witnessed ChristopherHAYWARDWilliamPINSON.
Item ? I have given unto my grandchild Thomas GOODING certain mortgaged marshes and lease lands aforesaid my will and mind is that he shall have only the mortgage of the marshes? or the two hundred pounds that they mortgaged for by Richard MARGETTT and no more. Witnessed hereof John BALOYNE Clarke , Robert BURNHAM, Richard MARGETTE.
[Proved in Latin]