Will of William Cooke of Highnam (d. 1703)

In the Name of God Amen, I William Cooke of Highnam in the County of Gloucester Esqr. being weke in body but of sound mind & memory thanks be to God for the same doe constitute make and declare this my last will and testament in manner & forme following.

Imprimis I commit my soul into the hand of Almighty God in whom & by the merits of his Son my blessed Redeemer I hope for a joyfull resurrection, my body I commit to the earth to be privately buried in Highnam Chappel as I have formerly buried my Freinds and Children with only the Family to attend my corps to the grave & for the settlement of such goods chattels & estate as it has pleased God to bestow upon me, I give in manner & forme following

Imprimis I give to my deare wife all the jewells & plate that were left her by my Brother Edward Cooke or any other person.

Item I give to my deare wife for the terme of her life the liveing in Westbury parish that is rented at a rack rent by Christopher Younge & also I give her the summe of one hundred pounds which is part of the two hundred pounds due to me upon bond from Thomas Perke esqr. & likewise one hundred pounds in goods housalstuffe or money as she shall chuse & alsoe all the gold that she is now possessed of formerly received from my tennants.

Item I give unto my said wife the use of all my jewells plate & housalstuffe whilst she lives in the house where I now dwelleth in Highnam & after her decease or leaveing to live at my said house I give all the last mentioned jewells plate & housalstuffe to my son Edward Cooke.

Item I give & bequeath to my Daughter Anne Heylyn the summe of one thousand pounds which my grandson Nicholas Arnold esqr. owes me upon mortgage.

Item I give my deare wife & son Edward Cooke the summe of five hundred pounds to be put out to interest till my grandaughter Florence Cooke comes to the age of one and twenty yeares or is marryed & my wife to manage the interest for the benefit & maintenance of my said grandaughter Florence Cooke & after my wives decease to whom she by her last will shall appoint & if any of the money shall be lost by its being so put out the Trustees shall not be answerable for it & my will is that the said five hundred pounds or the securities for it shall be paid or delivered to my said grandaughter at the times aforesaid which shall first happen provided she marry with the consent of my wife or such person after my wives decease as my wife by her last will shall appoint to give her consent but if my grandaughter shall happen to dye before she attaine the age of one and twenty yeares or if she doth marry without consent as aforesaid then my will is that the said five hundred pounds shall come & be paid to my said son Edward Cooke.

Item I give to my deare cosen Mildred Maxey the summe of five pounds a yeare for the term of her life.

Item I give to my deare freind Dr Richard Wintle the summe of thirty pounds.

And lastly I give & bequeath all the rest & residue of my reall & personall estate unto my said son Edward Cooke his heirs executors administrators & assignes forever & I constitute & appoint him my said son Edward Cooke my sole executor of this my last will & testament

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seale the thirteenth day of January Anno Domini one thousand seven hundred and two.  Signed, sealed & published in the presence of  Sam: Lawrence   Rabarra Skeens   Jane Brewer 

Probate granted 8 July 1708 Edward Cooke.