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Richard Parratt 1728

In the Name of God Amen August ye thirteenth Anno Domi One Thousand and Seven Hundred and Twenty Seven I Richard Parratt of Castle Thrup in ye County of Bucks being Ill and Weak in Body but of Sound and Perfect Mind and Memory blessed and Praised Be Allmighty God for the Same Calling to Mind ye Uncertainty of this Life and Being willing to Settle My Worldly Affairs before I Depart the Same Do make and Ordain this My Last Will and Testament in Manner following (That is to Say) First and principally I Committ and Commend My Soul into ye Hands of Allmighty God who gave it me Hopeing thro: ye Death Passion Meritt Intercession and Mediation of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to Receive free pardon and Full Remission of all My Sins And my Body to ye Earth from Whence it Came to be decently Interred therein Att ye Discretion of my Executors Herein after Mentioned and Named And as for Such Worldly Estate Wherewith it Hath Pleased God to Bless me I give and Dispose the Same as followeth Impirmis I will and devise all my lands and Tenements Goods and Chattles Scituate Standing lyeing or Being in the Parishes of Castle Thrup and Hanslop in ye County of Bucks together With all commons profitts and Commodities belonging to the Same With appurtenances (except all ye Messuage or Tenement Barn Yard and Backside with the appurtenances Standing and being in Castle Thrup aforesaid: and in ye Occupation of William Brown) to John Smith of Hanslop aforesaid Gent: and Robert Rand of Castle Thrup aforesaid Malster To have and To hold all ye Said lands and Tenements and premisses with the appurtenances (except before excepted) to ye Said John Smith and Robert Rand Their Heirs Executors and Assigns for ever Upon Trust and Confidence Nevertheless that ye Said John Smith and Robert Rand or ye Survivor of them or ye Executors of such Survivor Shall and Will as soon as possible it Can or May Be done after My decease Make Sale of all My aforesaid lands and Tenements Goods and Chattels (except before excepted) to the Best purchaser they or Either of them Can procure and all the Moneys ariseing By Such Sale and all other: Moneys which shall come to their Hands Shall pay and Give to Such Persons and to Such Uses and in Such Manner as herein after is mentioned and Declared (that is to say) In the first Place to pay and discharge all my Just Debts and funeral Charges And after ye Payment of My debts and funeral Charges and all other Charges Troubles and Encumbrances which Shall or May Happen or accrew to My Trustees for or by Reason of any Matter or thing By Me done Suffered or Committed Whether by action Trial Suit in Law or otherwise then to pay and give to my Sister Mary Warner ye sum of Two Hundred pounds. To My Kinsman Richard Warner two Hundred pounds To my Kinsman Thomas Warner one Hundred pounds To my kinsman John Warner ffifty pounds To my Neices Elizabeth Warner and Mary Warner one Hundred pounds apeice To my Brothers William Parratt and Thomas Parratt Ten pounds apeice and to My Sister Alice Marriot Ten pounds and to all the Children of my Brothers William and Thomas Parratt five pounds apeice and to Mr: Gamested [Garmston] yer Minister of Castle Thrup and Hanslop Ten Shillings to preach My Funerall Sermon and Ten Shillings to Buy him and his wife Each a pair of Gloves (the Legacies to be paid in the Space of One Year if the Moneys can be procured to do ye Same or other wise to be paid as fast as it Can be Recovered) But if it happen that ye money arising by ye Sale of My Estate and My other moneys due to Me on Specialty or otherwise Shall not be Sufficient to pay and Discharge all the Legacies above Mentioned (after My debts and Charges Shall be paid as Aforesaid) my Will and Meaning is that each and Every of my Legatees Shall abate a proportionable part out of Each Legacy according to Such Deficiency, and if it happen that ye Moneys Made of my Estate and other Moneys Shall exceed the Moneys Given to my Relations as aforesaid my Will and Meaning is that My Trustees Shall give and pay to all My legatees then living a proportionable part of the overplus And if any of my legatees Shall happen to Die before he or she Shall Receive his or her legacy then My Will is ye the Legacy of Him or Her so dyeing shall be given and Devided Between ye Surviving Legatees Share and Share alike And as for and Concerning ye Messuage or Tenement Barn and Backside with the appurtenances above Mentioned in ye Occupation of William Brown I give and Devise ye Same to My brother Francis Parratt for and during his Naturall life and from and after His decease I give and devise ye same to his Son John Parrat and his Heirs for ever Lastly I Make Constitute and appoint ye above named John Smith and Robert Rand executors of this my last Will and Testament: Hereby Revoaking and Annulling all others, to whom I give the Sum of three pounds and Three Shillings as a Gratuity allowing them notwithstanding all Reasonable Charges in ye Execution of their Trust, the Mark of Richard Parrat Signed sealed Published and declared to be the last will and Testament of ye Said Richard Parrat in the Presence of William Ketelee Daniel Bluck John Johnson

Probate 10th August 1728 to John Smyth Gent and Robert Rand