Will of Thomas Horton
In his will, dated 6 March 1615 and proved 17 January 1620/1 (FCC, 4 Dale), "Thomas Horton of the parishe of St. Martin in the Vyntrey, Citizen and Mercer of London," according to "the lawdable custome of the Cittey of London," divided his estate into three equal parts, one for wife, one for children, and one for other legacies:
[the first part] to Catherine Horton my wellbeloved wife ... The second or full third parte of all my said goodes chattells plate and househould stuffe (in regard I have not as yet given any parte or porcion of my goodes [and] chattles unto John Horton, Sara Horton, and Parnall Horton the children of me the said Thomas Horton or in anye other sort advanced them) ... equallye amongst them ... And the last or other third parte ... to the poor of the parish of St. Martin in the Vintry, where I now dwell, five pounds ... unto my brother William Horton ... one annuitye ... of eight pounds ... to my sister Margaret Williamson ... one annuitie ... of 40s. ... unto my daughter Margaret Culverwell the wife of Richard Culverwell ten pounds per annum during their lifetimes and if Richard Culverwell should die first, then the annuity to be increased to twentie pounds per annum .... To aforesaid daughters Sara and Parnell Horton fifty pounds apiece ... on the daies of their ... marriages ... upon condition that [if] either of them marry without the consent and good likeinge of Catherine my nowe wife, their unckle Mr Richard Satchfelld, and my executor hereafter named ... [she] shall forfeite and lose the foresaide [legacy] .... unto Thomas Horton the sonne of Lawrence Horton, forty pounds [at age 21] unto St. Bartholomew's Hospital near West Smithfield, London, five pounds to the poor children harbored in Christ's Hospital, five pounds. ... unto my sonne Thomas Horton (whome I have alreadie verye bountefullie and loveinglye advaunced) 26s. 8d. in full satisfaction of his parte and portion. ...to my lovinge friends Mr. William Spurstowe and his wife, Mr. George Ricketts and his wife, my cosen Edward Addams and his wife, my cousin Nicholas Plommer and his wife, Mr. Reignold Hughes and his wife, and Mr. William Bond, to everie one of them a ringe of gould of the value of 26s. 8d. ... to John Horton unto whome I was a witness [i.e., godfather] a ring of gould of 26s. 8d. price ... [the same] unto William Spurstowe unto whome I was a witness [and] unto my daughter-in-law Mary Horton ... to her sonne Thomas Horton unto whom I was a witness [the same] ... And whereas there was latelie conveyed by Anthony Culverwell whilst he lived Citizen and Mercer of London deceased unto ... John Horton my sonne five messuages or tenements in the parish of St. James at Garlickhithe London and one tenement with a garden in Bell Alley Coleman Streete, London ... And for the ... better strengthninge of the estates of the said John Horton ... I doe give and bequeathe all (my right in these lands) unto the said John Horton my sonne .... The rest and residue unto my sonne John Horton and I doe make [him] sole executor ... and appointe my lovinge friendes Mr. William Bond marchaunt taylor and Mr.William Spurstowe mercer to be overseers.... Witnesses: Will[ia]m Bond, Ant[hony] Bond, and Richard Rochdale Scr[ivener].
Printed from NEHG Register, Volume 147, July 1993, © New England Historic Genealogical Society & Brøderbund Software, Inc., Banner Blue Division, February 23, 2001
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