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The last Will and Testament of
Edward Lole
2nd December 1652

Beginning of the Will of Edward LoleIn the name of God Amen:

The Second day of December in the year of our Lord God one thousand & Six Hundred Fifty and two I, Edward Lole of Desborough in the County of Northampton, yeoman, being aged and Feeble in body, but of Sound and perfect memory, Thanks be given unto Allmighty god, therefore doe make this my Last Will and Testament in manner and form as Followeth:

Inprimis I doe give and bequeath my Soul to Allmighty god my Creator And to Jesus Christ his only Sonne, my Saviour and Redeemer, And my body to the Earth from whence it came, to bee interred and buried.

Item I give and bequeath unto my Grandchild Edward Loule, thee Sonne of Richard Lole, Twenty pounds; and to my grandchild Anthony Lole three Sheepe.

Item I doo give and bequeath unto my Sonne Thomas Coles[?] Children Living in Draughton the Somme of Twentie Shillings a peece, To my grandchild Mrs Coles Twenty Shillings, twelve months after my Decease, and three Sheepe to his Children.

Item I give and bequeath to my grandchild Mrs Coles my Bed a holling[?], a paire of blankets & two boulsters, a pillow and two drawers[?] and two pairs of Sheetes and a mattrice and a Cubbourd and a Pecm[?]

Item I give and bequeath unto my Sonne Amos Revit[?] Children Living in Faxton the Somme of Twenty Shillings a peece the Eldest to bee payde tweelve moneths after my Decease and the rest to bee payde two yeares after my Decease And three Sheepe to his Children.

Item I doo give and bequeath unto my Sonne Symon Burdat Daughter Susannah Burdat of Rowell the Summe of Twenty Shillings to bee payde tweelve moneths after my Decease.

Item I doo give and bequeath unto my Sister Amey Marston of Desborough the Somme of Twenty Shillings, to bee payde tweelve moneths after my Decease.

Item I doo give and bequeath unto the poore Widdowes of Desborough the Somme of Tenn Shillings to bee payde at my Decease.

item I doo Give and bequeath to my daughter Hannah wife, unto my Sonne Richard Lole, the Feather bed and all the rest of the goods which bee in the howse which are not before mentioned.

In Witnesse whereof I, the Said Edward Lole, have to this my Last Will and Testament Sett my hand and Seale, the day and yeare first above written, in the presence of And that I doe desire that John Andrewe and Phillipp Marson Should bee Oversseers[?] of this my Will Edward Lole his mark, Sealed and Signed in the presence of John Andrewe, Phillipp Marson.


This Will was proved at Westminster the Eight day of March in the yeare of our Lord god, According to the Computation of the Church of England one thousand Six hundred Fifty and three, Before the Judge for the Probate of Wills and granting Administrations, Lawfully Authorized by the oath of Hannah Lole, the daughter of the Sayde deceased, And Sole Executrix named in this Will of the Saide deceased, to whom was Committed Administration of all and Singular the goods, Chattles and debts of the Sayde deceased, Shee beinge first Legally Sworne well and truly to Administer the Same.


Edward leaves relatively small sums of money, nine sheep, and some household goods, but no real estate, so it looks as if he was not a wealthy man.

His legacies are to his grandchildren, his sister Amy and his daughter-in-law Hannah. He may have outlived his wife and all of his children. However there is a Richard Lole who witnessed the will of John Silby of Desborough on 26th March 1654, and Hannah is described above as "wife" of Richard, rather than "widow", so it may be that Richard was much better off than his father and this is the reason he was not left anything directly. Another possibility is that Richard and his father had fallen out ...

The original will has no punctuation or separate paragraphs. As this makes it hard to read I have inserted some punctuation and broken the text into separate clauses. The spelling follows that of the original.

"[?]" following a word means that the word on the original document is unclear and the transcription may be incorrect.

" [???] " means that a whole word was illegible and could not be guessed at.

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