Transcript Copyright Marcus Bateman 2004
National Archives Reference PROB 11/510 30 August 1709
I William Beaumont of Ipswich in the County of Suffolk Clerk considering how short and uncertain my time of living here in this world is I do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament in form and manner following.
I give and bequeath to my loving wife Mary BEAUMONT for and during the term of her natural life all my Lands and Tenements lying in Combs and Little Finborough in Suffolk now in the occupation of George Popge?
I also give the freehold of my farm in Earl Stonham now in the occupation of George Groom to my said Wife for and during the Term of her natural Life. And after her decease I give the aforesaid Lands and Tenements in the occupation of George PEGGE to my son John BEAUMONT and his heirs for ever.
And the aforesaid farm in the occupation of George GROOM (excepting the copyhold of a piece call Peartree close) to my sons William and Robert and their heirs forever.
Item – I give and bequeath [?] son Michael Beaumont the copy land called Peartree close Stonham aforesaid to him and his heirs for ever..
Item – I give unto my said son Michael BEAUMONT the sum of One Hundred Pounds to be paid to him when he is [?] to the Age of Twenty Four. And if he should die before that time
my [desire and will?] is that the said hundred pounds be equally divided between my three daughters Mary, Anna and Susannah.
Item – I give unto my Son William BEAUMONT five pounds.
Item – I give unto my son Robert BEAUMONT all my books excepting such English books as Wife shall make [?] of [?] use of [?] and her daughters.
I give to my daughter Mary the sum of one hundred and fifty pounds. And to my daughter Anna this life sum of One Hundred and fifty pounds to be paid by my executrix hereafter named within one year of my decease.
Item – I give unto my daughter Susannah Beaumont my Copyhold lands called Confurrs Mill now in the occupation of Joseph CLARK lying and being in Bildston in Suffolk to her and her heirs forever.
Item – My mind Will is that all my Sons and daughters shall give to their dear mother whom I ordain and constitute the sole executrix of this my last Will and Testament a discharge for the legacies that were given to them by their Aunt Norris lately deceased otherwise I revoke and make null and void the gifts and legacies I have given by this my Will. And I do hereby give unto my Executrix Mary Beaumont all my personal Estate whatsoever to enable her to pay my debts and funeral charges and all such legacies as were given the will of my Aunt Norris (excepting such legacies as were given to my own children) that still remain to be paid out of that estate which she left for the payment of the same.
Lastly my mind and Will is that the Lands which were given to me by my father Beaumont for the payment of his debts and legacies now in the occupation of Edward ELLISON called High Street Farm in Bildston aforesaid shall be sold by my Executrix my dear and loving Wife Mary Beaumont for the same end and purpose for which they were given to be by my father Beaumont. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 26th day of November 1707 Will BEAUMONT signed sealed and published by the said William BEAUMONT as his last Will and Testament in the presence of Chas WHITAKER junior Rich PUPPLETT Geo RAYMOND