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Will of Richard Coplestone, of Woodland, Devon, 1617.

In the Name of God, Amen, the thirteenth daye of September in the year of our Lord God One thousand sixe hundred and seaventeen, I Richard Coplestone of Woodland in the Countie of Devon, Gent: beinge of good and perfectt memorye thankes be unto God. Revokinge all former Wills & Testaments by me heretofore made, doe make & ordayne this my last Will & Testament in manner and form followinge. To weet : Fyrst I comytt my Soule unto Almightie God and my Bodie to Christian buryall, Item: I give towards the reparation of the Churche of Lyttle Torrington thirteene shillings and foure pence, and to the poore of the same parish Twentie shillings. Item: I devise to Richard Coplestone my Sonne and Heire my Gold ringe wherein my Armes are engraved, and a great Silver Cupp gilt with his Cover. Item: I give & devise to Elianor my Wife All that my Tenement known by the name of Maynerdes Tenement To hold to her imedyatlie from my death for the term of fortie yeares if she so long doe lyve. And my Will is that after her death my Sonne Thomas and his heires shall have & hold the one moytie of the sayd Tenement for ever. And that the other moytie of the same Tenement shall also remayne & be to my said Sonne Thomas and his assignes during all the rest of my terme which shall be therein to come after the death of my said Wife. Moreover my Will is that my Sonne Richard Coplestone shall have my Coreslett furnished and Muskett furnished, which Coreslett and Muskett with their furnyture and also the Silver Cupp before given to my sonne Richard my Will is my Wife shall have the use of so longe as she doth Iyve. Item: I give unto my sayd Wife my best half dozen of Silver Spoones and all her Jewelles & Ringes. Item: I devise to eche of my two Daughters a half dozen of Silver Spoones And to my Sonne Thomas one other dozen of Silver Spoones. To my Sonne Dudley Coplestone my best Silver Salt with his Cover. To my Sonnes Tristram and Henry eche of them a Silver Coblett And to my Sonne Francis a Stone Cupp corded with Silver. All which Spoones Gobletts and Cupp my Will is my Wife shall have the use of so longe as she doth lyve And after her death to he delyvered perticulerlie as aforesayd, Item: I give to everie of my household Servants that shall be with me at the tyme of my death two shillinges sixe pence apece. Item: I give unto my Godsonne Richard Harte a eawe Sheepe and to my Goddaughter Henry Blanchard's Daughter a eawe Sheepe and to all other my Godchildren that shall be at my funerall Twelve pence apece, All the residue of my Goods and Chattels not before given & bequeathed I give & bequeath to Elyanor my Wife whom I make and ordayne my sole Executrix. And I doe appoynt and desire to be my Overseers concerninge this my Will my Brother in lawe Richard Bellewe Esquire, my Cosen William Phillipps, Gent: and John Allyn of Lyttle Torrington, Gent: and doe give to eche of them for their paynes to be taken herein an Angell apece. In witness whereof I have thereunto subscribed my name & sett my seale and published the same in the presence of those whose names are under wrytten, Richard Coplestone. Test: John Allen, Jonas Pylman, John Pylman, John Reyme, and Davyd Grilles.

Proved in the Archdeaconry Court of Barnstaple on the 29th day of November 1617.