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The last Will and Testament of
Thomas Loake
16th April 1785

Beinning of the Will of Thomas LoakeIn the Name of God Amen

I, Thomas Loake of Desborough in the County of Northampton, yeoman, being in health and of sound Mind, Memory and Understanding praised be God therefore, do make and appoint this to be my last Will and Testament in manner and form following (that is to say)

Imprimis I will and direct that all my Just Debts and Funeral Expenses be fully satisfied and paid

Item all that my small Messuage or Tenement with the Appurtenances situate, standing and being in Desborough aforesaid and in the several [???] or occupations of Ferdinando Tompson and William Custly[?] and also all that my Close of Paster, or Piece, or Parcel of new Inclosed Land or Ground, lying and being Click here to read about Enclosed Land within the Fields and Precincts of Desborough aforesaid containing by Estimation twenty four acres or thereabouts, be the Same more or less, and called or known by the Name of Capstile Close and also all those my two other Closes of Pasture, or Pieces, or Parcels of old Inclosed Land or Ground lying and being within the said Fields or Precincts of Desborough aforesaid containing together by Estimation Seven Acres or thereabouts, be the same more less, and called or known by the Name of Pupper[?] Closes I give and devise unto my Son John Loake and the Heirs of his Body lawfully to be begotten and for default of such Issue then I give and devise my said small Messuage or Tenement Closes of Pasture or Inclosed Grounds with their and every of their appurtenances unto my Grandson Thomas Loake, Eldest Son of my Son Thomas Loake, his Heirs and Assigns for ever

Item all and singular my Household Goods and other Goods, Chattels, Stock, Credits, Ready Money and Money at Interest and all other my personal Estate of what nature or kind soever or wheresoever I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Hannah Loake for her Sole use and benefit and do hereby nominate, constitute and appoint her Sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all former Wills by me at any time heretofore made

In Witness whereof I the said Thomas Loake, the Testator, have to this my last Will and Testament contained in two Sheets of paper to the first Sheet set my hand and to this last Sheet my hand and Seal this sixteenth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty five |—| Thos Loake (SS) Signed, Sealed, Published and declared by the said Thomas Loake the Testator to be is last Will and Testament in the presence of us who have subscribed our Names as Witness thereunto in his presence and at his request and in the presence of each other |—| O Adchurch |—| John Hall |—| John Hall Junr


This Will was proved at London the third day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty five before the worshipful George Harris Doctor of Laws, Surrogate of the Right Worshipful Peter Calvert Doctor of Laws, Master Keeper of Commissary of the prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the oath of Hannah Loake, Spinster, the Daughter of the deceased and the Sole Executrix named in the said Will to whom Administration was granted of all and singular the Goods, Chattels and Credits of the said deceased, she having been first sworn duly to administer


There are a lot of Thomas Loakes recorded on the site awaiting definite identification through the parish records.

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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