Will of Edward Jowet, 1604

"The will of Edward Jowet, 1604. In the name of god amen: the second y of ffebruary in the yeare of our Lord god 1614 in the xij yeare of the Reigne of our soverigne Lord James by the grace of god King of England ffrance and Ireland defender of the faith etc. and Scotland the eight and fortieth whereas nothing is more certaine than death and nothing is more uncertaine than the houre of death Therefore I Edward Jowet of Bradford wth in the dioces of Yorke Clothier, though sick and diseased in bodie yet sound and p'fect mind and memory I prayse god therefore do in this uncertainty of life (knowing that even in health we are subject to death) invoke publish and declare this to be my last will and testament, in manner and forme ffollowinge, (that is to say) ffirst and principally I give up and commend by soule into the hands of allmighte god my creator & redeemer hoping & assuredly trustinge, to have full and free p'don & remission of all my sinnes, by the p'cious death and burial of Christ Jesus mine alone Saviour & for Justification by his righteousness: my bodie I yield to the earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my friends. Itm. My will & minde is that all my lawful debts be paid out of my whole goods. Itm. I give and bequeath two full parts of all my goods cattels, chattels & creditts (in three p'ts to be divided) unto Willim Jowett, Maximilian Jowett, Joseph Jowett and Sara Jowett my children equally to be divided amongst them after my debts be paid & funeral expenses discharged. The third pte & residue of all my said goods cattels, chattels, & creditts I give and bequeath unto Mary my wife whome I make the sol executrix of this my last will and testament. And I doe entreat Willm Tayler my father in law Henry Tayler my brother in law Samuel Tayler & Thursten Ledyard to be the supervisors of this my last will and testament

Itm. my will & minde is that my children shall have theire porcons paide unto them at such times as they shall sev'ally accomplish theire ages of xxi yeares or otherwise lawfully demand the same. Lastly I doe comitt the tuicon & government of all my said children wth theire sev'all pocons during theire Sev'all minorities, unto the said Mary my wife witnesses thereof---

Willm Smyths W mke Jonas A Watsons mke El Lewes W. watsons mke.

(York Probate Registry)

JOWET (On the 12th day of July anno dni 1615 Laurence Wilson clerk, dean of Pontrefact) certified concerning the probate of the will of Edward Jowet late of Bradford in the diocese of York, deceased, through the witnesses named being sworn and administration of the goods of the said deceased was comitted to Marie Jowet relic of the said deceased, sole executrix named in the said will, previously sworn. There was exhibited an inventory above 40 pounds and the said Mary and others were put in bonds."
(York Registry Act Book Pontrefact 1615)

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