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Richard Mort, Yeoman of Sheen, Staffordshire 1607, Feb 23

In the Name of God Amen the twentieth day of July one thousand five hundred ninety severn in the nine and thirtieth year of the Reign of Soveraign lady Elizabeth by the Grace of God of England, France and Ireland Queen defender of the Faith I Richard Mort the elder of the parish of Sheene in the county of Stafford yeoman being in good health and perfect remembrance thanks be to Almighty God for the same do ordaine and make this my last will and testament in manner and form following. First I bequeath my soul unto Almighty God, the Creator and redeemer of the same, and my body to the earth to be buried in the parish Church of Sheene aforesaid there to remain unto the general day of Judgement, and then most steadfastly believe by and through the merrits of our Saviour to be raised up again with my body and soul unto life everlasting. Item my will is that my body be honestly and decently brought to the Church and there buried for near as may be to the place where my father was buried and the charge of my funeral and all my debts first paid. I will and give to my most loved wife the third part of all my goods. Out of the rest of the other two parts remaineth my will is I give to my two sons Ralph Mort Clerk and Anthony Mort five pounds a piece of good and lawful money of England. Richard Mort my eldest son is indeted to them. Unto Grace my daughter. To my other two sons Henry and Gervase equally to be divided between them and keeping of my said son Henry during his life forty shillings yearly. Thomas Mort my brother and William Wheeldon? According to the effect of our obligation bearing date the twentieth day of January about written made and executed by Richrd Mort my eldest son to the same extent and purpose. All such interest term and time in all my messuages, lands, tenements and heriditaments in the parish of Sheene. I give and bequeath unto James Mort son unto Gervase my said son.

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