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Last Will and Testament of

John Spittle - 1579

[Note - John Spittle is actually John Spete or Spitty. In 1530 John SPETE of High Roding made his will which included wife Annes, sons John, Richard & Thomas, daughter Phyllis. This will also contains a son Richard which suggest this is the correct family line of the later Richard SPITTYs of the early 1600's. This will also contains a tenement called Passermanes or similar (hard to read the 3rd & 4th letters) as also does John Spete's will of 1530 (looks like Palsseemans of Palfremans in John Spete's will), hence confirming the father / son relationship]

In the name of God Amen the 10th day of November 1578 in the 20th year of the reign of our sovereign lady Elizabeth I John Spittle of High Rothinge in the County of Essex yeoman being sick of body but good and perfect remembrance thanks be to Almighty God therefore do ordain and make this my Last Will and Testament in manner and form following First I bequeath and commend my soul into the hands of Almighty God my maker and redeemer and my body to be buried in Christian burial

Item I do give unto James Spittle my son my tenement called Passermanes? with the yards hoppet and croft of land thereto belonging or by whatsoever other name or names the said house and hoppet or croft of land be called or known situate lying and being in the Parish of High Rothinge aforesaid and to have and to hold to him and to his heirs forever after he come to full age of twenty one years

Item I do give unto my said son James Spittle one croft of land called Waites lying and being in the Parish of Much? (=Great) Dunmow to have and to hold to him and his heirs forever after the expiration of a lease of the foresaid Waite with other lands in the said lease specified which lease was made by the foresaid John Spittle to one William Skelton during which lease I will that the rent of the said Waites which I do rate 20s a year shall remain to mine executor toward the paying of my debts and legacies And also I will that the rent of Passermans shall remain to mine executor towards the payment of my debts and legacies until my son James come to the full age of twenty one years

Item I do give unto Elizabeth my wife the one tenement called Allens situate and being in the Parish of High Rothinge with all the houses thereto belonging with the appurtenances and one acre of free land called Allens Hoppet and an other acre of free land lying between Parsonage Croft1 and Carters Croft and an other acre of free land lying in manges (Mangers?) during her natural life and after her decease I will the said tenement called Allens and all the houses thereto belonging with the appurtenances and one acre of free land called Allens Hoppet aforesaid and the acre of free land lying between Parsonage Croft and Carters Croft afore named and the acre of free land lying in Manges (Mangers?) shall remain to Thomas Spittle my son and to his heirs forever

And also I give unto my wife three other parcels of land that is to say one croft called Parsonage Croft one other called Perrys Field and the other called Manges (Mangers?) during her natural life and after her decease I will that the said three parcels of land shall remain wholly to Thomas Spittle my son to his heirs forever

Item I do give unto Elizabeth my wife and Richard Spittle my son all my other houses and lands not before given that I have in High Rothing aforesaid in consideration that they shall faithfully pay all my debt and legacies and I will and my mind and intent is that the same Elizabeth my wife and Richard Spittle my son shall hold and occupy the said houses and land together during the natural life of Elizabeth my wife and after her decease I will the same houses and lands to Richard my son and to his heirs forever

Item I do give unto John Spittle son unto John Spittle my son deceased the whole sum of £40 of good and lawful money of England to be paid to the said John Spittle son to my son John Spittle by mine executors undernamed in manner and form following that is to say when the said John shall at the full age of twenty one years then to have £20 when the said John shall at the full age of 26 years then to have other £20 pound

Item I do give and bequeath to Margerie my daughter £40 of good and lawful money of England to be paid unto her by mine executors in manner and form following that is to pay at the end of one year next after my decease ten pound and so ten pound a year until the full sum of £40 be paid

Item I do give unto Winefride my daughter £10 of good and lawful money of England which I will my executors shall pay at the end of ten years next coming after my decease

Item I will that the ? which I have given to John Spittle my sonís son shall if the said John do die before he come to the age of 24 years and 26 years as aforesaid bequeathed divided between Marie Spittle the daughter of my son Richard Spittle and Johan Jackson daughter of my daughter Jane and between the 2 sisters of the said John Spittle son to my son John and amonge soe manie [many] of them as shalbe then living when that ys dewe [is due]

Item I do give unto Richard Sworder sometime my servant a seam of barley

Item I do give unto Dennys Mathue (Machyne) sometimes my servant a seam of barley

Item I do give unto the poor people inhabiting within the Parish of High Rothinge 20?

All my other good and movable and unmovable whatsoever not given and bequeathed my debts and legacies paid and my funeral discharged I give wholly to Elizabeth my wife and to Richard my son whom I do make my faithful true and trustee executors And I will that Thomas Spittle my son shall be overseer of this my Last Will and Testament
Witnesses Robert Waskett, Willm Howe, Henry Burton, Thomas Playle, ?

Probatum 1579

1. Parsonage Close was later known as Porters.


Archdeaconry of Middlesex (Essex and Herts) Will, ERO ref - D/AMR 3/290
Acknowledgement to the Essex Record Office

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