Will of Thomas Hodges of Shipton Moyne (d. 1675)

I Thomas Hodges of Shipton Moyne in the County of Gloucester Esquire doe hereby revoke all the former Willes by mee made and doe make this my last Will and Testament in forme and manner following

First I give and bequeath unto my deare wife Mary Hodges the Bedd Bedding Curtaines and vallence hangines and all other furniture belonging to the Chamber wherein I doe now lodg and the sute of Arras hanginges in the Chamber over the great Parlour all those Chaires stooles and Chushions that were of her owne working in Turkey work I doe give unto her half of the Lynnen now used in the house

I doe give and devise unto my daughter Joyce Hodges and to her heires and to the use of the said Joice Hodges and her heires and assignes forevermore my messuage or Tenement in Cricklade in the parish of St Mary in the county of Wilts called the George Inn And all that my other Tenement or Messuage adioyning to the said Messuage and now in the tenure and possession of Thomas Bourton with the Outhouses Gardens and backsides thereunto belonging and my Two and Twenty Acres of Land being arable land lying in the Comon feild of Calcott and Chelworth in the Parish of Cricklade St Sampson in the said County of Wilts heretofore the Lands of Thomas Parker the elder and Thomas Parker the younger And all my Messuage or Tenement backside and Garden in the place called Calcott lane in Cricklade St Sampson aforesaid and my Close of pasture called Kittawens And all that my parcell of Meadow Ground in the said Parish of Cricklade St Sampsons in a mead there lying called North meade conteyning by estimacion Three Acres and Two Acres of Laines or Pasture Ground lying in the said Parish of Cricklade St Sampsons in a place there called Water Furlong now or late in the tenure of William Trye And all those my parcells of arable Land and Meadow conteyning by estimacion Eleaven Acres in the feilds and Meadows of great Chelworth in the Parish of the said Cricklade St Sampsons heretofore the Lands of Alexander Cleeve and John Saunders And all those fyve and Twenty Acres of arable Land lately bought of Robert Archer lying in the feilds of Cricklade aforesaid And all my other Fee simple arable Land lying in the feilds aforesaid Nevertheles it is my Will and Meaning and I doe hereby declare That if Thomas Hodges my Grandchild sonn and heire of Thomas Hodges late deceased shall well and truly pay or cause to be paid unto the said Joice Hodges the summe of Fyve hundred Pownds in ready money at one intire payment at any tyme within Seaven yeares after my decease That then the said Joice Hodges shall by good assurance in the Law convey the said Messuages Lands and Tenements and all premisses devised to her as aforesaid to the said Thomas Hodges his assignes forever and though the same be more worth then the summe appointed to be paid by the said Thomas Hodges yet I doe desire and require the said Joice Hodges that upon payment as aforesaid shee shall not refuse to convey or otherwise to dispose thereof For it is not my meaning to give her the Landes and premisses absolutely but to keepe and receive the issues and profittes thereof as a Gage untill the said Thomas Hodges his heires or assignes shall pay the said summe of Fyve hundred Pownds

And whereas by Deed Indented bearing date the Twentyth day of May In the Six and Twentyth yeare of our soveraigne Lord King Charles the second I have granted and demised the Mannor and Parsonage of Cricklade St Sampsons in the County of Wilts unto Rowland Wood of Brookethrop in the County of Gloucester Gent Joyce Hodges and William Hodges of the City of Gloucester Gent to stand interessed and possessed thereof to severall uses therein mencioned and declared and to such farther use or uses as I shall by my last Will and Testament in Writing or by other Writing sealed and delyvered in the presence of Two Witnesses declare and appoint I doe now hereby declare order and appoint And my will and meaning is That the said Rowland Wood Joice Hodges and William Hodges shall out of the Issues and preoffittes growing and arising out of the said mannor and Parsonage take Care for the payment of such debts and summes of money as shall upon any Bond or specialty under my hand and seale be owing me at the tyme of decease to any person or persons And that they doe pay and satisfy all such debt and debts of mine before they doe make payment of any Portion or Legacy gyven and bequeathed in this my last Will and Testament Except the summes appointed for yearly maintenance to be paid unto my Twoe grandchildren Dulcebell and Mary Hodges daughters of my sonn Thomas Hodges deceased And whereas my eldest son Thomas Hodges now deceased did by his last Will and Testament nuncupative nominate and appoint mee his Father to be Gardian to his eldest sonn Thomas Hodges during his Minority and to receyve the Issues Rents and profittes of all his Estate and out of them to raise and provide Portions for all his younger Children which said last Will and Testament was proved by mee in the Prerogative Court of the Province of Canterbury And Letters of Administration were by the said Court granted unto mee I doe hereby declare That my Will and desire is that the said issues Rents and profittes of all my said sonnes Estate shall be receyved during the Minority of his said sonn by the above named Rowland Wood Joice Hodges and William Hodges of Gloucester or any Two of them which I also desire them to doe and to imploy and dispose the said Issues Rents and profittes so receyved towards the raising and making up of summes of money and portions which by mee are ordered and appointed in and by the deed of the Mannor and Parsonage of Cricklade bearing the said date of the Twenty of May In the Six and Twentyth yeare of the Raigne of King Charles the second are ordered and appointed to be paid unto Dulcebell and Mary Hodges daughters of my sonn Thomas Hodges and towards the raising and providing of Portions for John and William Hodges younger sonns of the said Thomas Hodges according to the last Will and Testament nuncupative of the said Thomas Hodges whereby all the Rents issues and profitts of his Estate are appointed for the raising and providing of Portions for all his younger Children And I doe expect and require my Grandson Thomas Hodges in duty and obedience to his Fathers said Will to permitt and suffer the said Rents and profitts during his minority quietly to be recyved by the said Rowland Wood Joice Hodges and William Hodges or any Two of them without any hinderance or opposing of them and God will blesse him the more for so doing

I doe give and devise unto my said Grandson Thomas Hodges the suite of Arras hanginges in and belonging to the great Parlour of my dwelling house at Shipton with the Carpetts Chaires of Turky work Table boards fyre Irons and all manner thinges or implements belonging to that Roome

Also I doe give him the Table boards Chaires and other utensells in the little Parlour and Hall of the said house

I doe give unto him the Furnace and brewing vessells and all fire Irons shovells and Tonges used in the Kitchen and Brewhouse of the said dwelling house

Item I doe give unto him all my Bookes except those of the Law which I give unto my Grandson John Hodges in hope that he will apply himself to the study of the Law

Item I doe give unto him all my Bedds bedding and utensells of houshold stuff other then such part and parcell of them as by this my last Will and Testament are or shall be otherwise disposed of

I doe give and devise unto my sonn John Hodges his heires and assignes forever all my Landes and Tenementes lying and being in the Parishes of Mockus and Bradesardine or elsewhere in the County of Hereford which were not long since the Lands and Tenementes of Roger Vaughan of Mockus aforesaid in the County aforesaid Esquire Of which Landes and Tenementes I now stand seised by vertue of a statute of the staple acknowledged unto mee by Richard Coxe of the Middle Temple London Esquire bearing date the fowerteenth of June In the yeare of our Lord One Thowsand Six Hundred Sixty One

Item I give to my daughter Joyce Two Beddes with all thinges belonging to them

Alsoe I doe make my daughter Joyce Hodges the full and sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament And tis my desire that shee take Care of the houshold stuff in my house for the benefitt of my grandson Thomas Hodges And my Will and desire is that shee remaine and abide in the said house untill the said Thomas Hodges shall come to the age of One and Twenty yeares And tis my desire that my deare wife her mother if shee shall please doe continue with her untill the said Thomas Hodges shall come to the age aforesaid

Item I doe give all my silver Plates dishes or Cupps whatsoever unto my said daughter Joyce And all the rest of my Goodes Chattelles ready money Jewells and specialtyes of money not herein before demised

My Buriall and funerall I desire may be private and that none be invited unto it but my Children and my grandchildren and such of my Parishioners as my Executor shall think fitt to invite

dated the Tenth day of May In the yeare of our Lord One Thowsand Six hundred Seaventy and Five Sealed and subscribed by mee Thomas Hodges Thomas Hodges Sealed and published as my last Will and Testament in the presence of    John Nilme   Will Parry   Phannell Ouldham   John Ouldham 

Probate granted 30/08/1675 Joyce Hodges