Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies Ref: DAWe 26 510

John Rushe 1617

In the name of god Amen: The xxith [26th] daie of March in the yeare of our lorde 1617: I John Rushe of Castle Throppe, within the countie of Bucks: beinge sicke in my bodie, but of good and perfect memory thanks be to allmightie god, doe constitute make & ordaine this my laste will and testament in manner and form followinge viz: ffirst I commend my soule into the hands of allmightie god my maker, trustinge to be saved by the righteousness and merritts of Jesus christ my onely saviour and redeemer, and my bodie to christen burial, expectinge a glorious resurrection as consideringe my worldly goodes I give them as followeth ffirst I give and bequeath unto Joane my wife all that my dwelling house and house in Castlethropp with all and singular the landes, meadows closes pastures and feeding as to the same belonginge or in anywise appertayninge duringe her naturall life, and after her decease my saide house withal and singular their appurtenances as aforesaide, shall revert and come unto Richard Rushe the sonne of Rafe Rushe my brother, to him and to his heires forever and for want of such heires of his bodie lawfully begotten, then the same to goe to the onely use of the reight heires of me the aforesaide John Rushe Item I give and bequeath to Richard Ashebie the sonne of Henry Ashbie xxs: [20s] of lawfull mony of England; Item I give to Sara Ashbie, one of the daughters of the saide Henry Ashbie xxs [20s]: Item I give unto Elizabeth Ashbie one other of the daughters of the saide Henry Ashbie xxs [20s] Item I give and bequeath unto Joane Powell one of the daughters of Edward Powell of East Claydon all that my howse or tenement, with the pightell adioyining wherein one John Parker nowe dwelleth, to her and to the heires of her bodie lawefully begotten for ever, and for want of such heires to the right heires of me the saide John Rushe which howse she shall possesse and have ymediatly after the decease of Joane my wife. Itm I give to the poorest people of the parishe Castellthroppe vjs viijd [6s 8d] all the rest of my goodes unbequeathed my debtes beinge paide and my funersll discharged I give and bequeath unto Joane my wife, whom I make my sole executrix of this my laste will and testament, and I doe appointe Thomas Nicholles, and Marke Travell, to be my overseers, and I doe give them for their pains twelve pence a peece; In witness whereof I have set unto my hande and seale, the day and yeare firste above written, these beinge witnesses by me required Marke Travell; Tho. Nicholls

Probate 21 May 1617