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Will of Harry MAY of Kingsclere
Hampshire, 16th March 1558

In the name of God Amen the sixteenth day of March in the year of Our Lord God a thousand five hundred fifty and eight I Harry May of the parish of Kingsclere being whole of mind and in good and perfect remembrance thanks be unto Almighty God do ordain and make this my present Testament and last Will in manner and form following
First I begat my soul to Almighty God my maker and redeemer to Our Blessed Lady and to all the Holy Company of Heaven and my body to be buried in the parish churchyard of Our Lady in Kingsclere
Item I give to the mother church of Winchester 8d
Item I give to the church of Kingsclere 8d
Item I give to the church of Wolverton 4d
Item I give and bequeath to my son Thomas May the Elder a bushel of wheat and a bushel of rye the least brass pot and all my wearing gear except my best coat
Item I give to Maude Snell a bushel of wheat this year and another the next year and the least pan
Item to Robert Smythe my best coat and a lamb
Item to Richard May and Elizabeth Smythe each of them a lamb
Item I give to my son Thomas May the Younger a pan next worst
Item I give to Margaret May my daughter two coffers that were her mother’s and the bedding within the chamber and the sheets with one tester my cupboard in the hall and half throughout goods and cattle and half the ….. of the hold being half charge till Michelmas come twelve months
Also I give to William my son my plough and my cart with all their apparel a yoke of oxen and the table in the hall and the lease of my hold which I now dwell in and the rest of  my goods unbequeathed my debts and legates contented and paid I give and bequeath to the said William whom I make my full and whole Executor and he to see my honestly brought in oath and if the said William or Margaret die without issue that then their portions to be equally divided amongst the rest of my children
Item I ordain to be and ….. Thomas Gardner and John Humber and to hand for their payment 12d a pair

Witness Phillip Syre, vicar, and Peter Coudrey, clerk, with others

The debts of the said Harry May

Proved 1558.

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