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Will of Katherine Harling (1650)

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Transcript of the will of Katherine Harling, Widow of Maidenhead, Berkshire, made on 6 February 1644/5. Proved on 23 October 1650 by the Prerogative Court of Canterbury. Registered copy held by The National Archives in PROB 11/213. Images of this document can be downloaded for a fee from DocumentsOnline.


In the name of God Amen The sixt day of February in the yeare of our Lord God one thousand sixe hundred forty fower and in the twentieth yeare of the Raigne of our Soueraigne Lord King Chalres of England &c I Katherine Harling of Maydenhead in the County of Berk[shire] Widdowe being very sick and weake but of perfect mynde and memory laude and praise be given to Allmighty God therefore doe make and declare this my last will and Testament in manner and forme following that is to saye first and principally I give and commend my soule into the hands of Allmighty God my onle Saviour Maker and Redeemer by whome and through the meritts of whose pretious death and passion I faithfully trust and assuredly beleeve to be saved and to be made peetaker with those that shall enter into his blessed Kingdom

And for my bodie I Committ it to the Earth to be buried in Christian buriall according to the discretion of my Executor hereafter named

And as touching and concerning such worldly good[es] Chattells and implements of housholdstuff wherewith it hath pleased God to blesse and endowe mee withall I give and bequeath the same and every parte thereof in manner and forme following that is to say

Inprimis I giue and bequeath vnto my loving Cozen Iohn Carter three silver bowles sixe silver spoones fower payre of holland sheetes one diaper Tablecloath one dozen of diaper Napkins one diaper Cupbord cloath and one brasse pott All which legacie to be paid vnto him at the discretion of my Executor

Item I give and bequeath vnto my loving sonne Iohn Harling Twelve pence and to every one of his Children twelve pence a peece

Item I giue and bequeath vnto my loveing sonne in Lawe Iohn Stoakes Twelve pence And to every one of his Children Twelve pence a peece

And all the rest and residue of my sayd worldly Estate after my debts paid and my funerall charges discharged I give and bequeath the same and every parte and parcell thereof vnto Iohn Aldridge of Cookham in the County of Berk[shire] yeoman and Philadelphia his Wife as their owne proper goods for ever

And I make and ordayne my sayd sonne in Lawe Iohn Stoakes my sole and only Executor of this my last will and Testament desyring him to be Guardian over my sayd loving Cozen Iohn Carter and to see him brought vp in learning and the feare of God and alsoe to see this my Will performed according to the true intente and meaning of it

In Witnes whereof I the sayd Katherine Harling the Testator aforesayd have herevnto sett my hand and seale &c The marke of the sayd Katherine Harling Signed sealed declared and pronounced by the Testator aforesayd for her last will and Testament in the presence of The marke of Abell Woods Richard Winch Iohn Downes

[proved London 23 October 1650; administration granted to John Stoakes]