Transcript of the will of John Enys dated 1651
In the name of God amen The sixth daie of December in the yeare of our Lord God one thousand six hundred fiftie and one
I John Enys of the Borrough of Penryn in the Countie of Cornewall gent being sick of bodie but of sound perfect and disposing memory thanks be given to Almighty God for the same doe make and ordeine my last Will and Testament in manner and forme following hereby revoking all former and other wills and testaments by me heretofore made.
First I give and bequeath my soul into the hands of Almighty God not doubting but through the only merits and mercies of his deerly beloved sonne and my alone Saviour to receive eternall lief amongst his blessed saints for ever
And I commit my body to the Earth whereof it is made there to receive Christian burial resting assured that at the last and generall resurrection I shall receive the same againe not a vile mortall and corrupt body as nowe it is but a pure immortall and uncorrupt body in all things like unto the glorious body of my Lord and saviour Christ Jesus
Alsoe I give and bequeath to the minister that shall preach my funeral sermon twentie shillings.
Alsoe I give and bequeath unto my neece Anne the daughter of Thomas Amy five pounds to be paid her within one yeere next after my death.
Alsoe I give and bequeath to the poore of the parish of Gluvias and Borough of Penryn five and twentie shillings and to the poore of the parish of Budock fifteen shillings.
Alsoe I give devise and bequeath unto my trustie and welbeloved friends my brother Samuell Enys and James Robyns gent their heires and assigns for ever All those my messuages lands tenements and heriditaments scituate lieing and being within the said Borough of Penryn wherein I now dwell together with all houses sellars courts yards keys (quays) and other appurtenances thereunto belonging or apperteyning together with one meadow or field of land in the higher end of the said Borough of Penryn all which premises were sometimes the lands of Inheritence of Thomas Rice Esquire deceased and which I heretofore purchased of the heires of the said Thomas Rice
And alsoe all these my fields closes peeces of land meadows moors marishes fenne land and pasture grounds and heriditaments with all and singular the rights members and appurtenances thereunto belonging or in anie wise appertayinge cituate lieing and being within or neere the severall parishes of Dunninghton Poyten and Consby or elsewhere within the County of Lincolne in whose possession tenure or occupacion soever the same be and by what name or names soever the same be called or known.
And all that the remainder and remainders revercon and revercons rents suites and services of all and singular the said premises with the appurtenances To have and to hold all and singular the said messuages lands and tenements fields closes peeces of land meadows moores marishes fenneland pasture ground heriditaments and premises with the appurtenances unto the said Samuell Enys and James Robyns and their heires and the survivor of them and his heires for ever to those only uses intent limitacons and purposes hereafter mentioned and specified and to noe other use intents limitacon or purpose
That is to saie to the use and behoofe of my well beloved wief Elizabeth for and during the full time and terme of her natural lief
And after her decease then to the use and behoofe of John Enys the sonne of my said brother Samuell Enys his heires and assigns for ever and to noe other use intent limitacon or purpose
Also I give devise and bequeath unto my said wief Elizabeth and unto Anne Butler her sister and unto John Enys the sonne of my brother Thomas Enys all those messuages lands and tenements with the appurtenances called Trenowith scituate lieing and being within the Parish of Budock in the said Countie of Cornewall which I hold thence by the dymise or grant of Sir William Killigrew knight
To have and to hold the said last recited premises with the appurtenances unto her the said Elizabeth for and during the full time and terme of fortie years if shee the said Elizabeth shall happen soelonge to live
And after the death of my said wief Elizabeth or expiration of the said period of fortie years whichsoever shall isu or happen
To have and to hold all and singular the said last recited premises with the appurtenances unto the said Anne Butler for and during the full time and term of thirtie years if Renatus Enys my brother shall happen soelonge to live
And after the death of my said wief and the said Anne Butler or the expiration of the severall terms of the said fortie and thirtie years which soever shall first happen then to have and to hold all and singular the said last recited premises with the appurtenances unto the said John the sonne of my brother Thomas for and during all the residue of the time term and number of years which shalbe to come or to expire of in or unto the same by virtue of anie dymise or lease from the said Sir William Killigrew
Alsoe I give devise and bequeath unto my said wife Elizabeth all that my part perpart and porcon (portion) of and in all that messuage lands and
tenements with appurtenances called Menagissey scituate lieing and being within the parish of St Agnes in the Countie aforesaid
To have and to hold unto her the said Elizabeth for and during the full time and terme of fortie years if the estate which I have brought to have of in or unto the same shall or may soe long continew or endure and so that my said wife shall likewise happenso long to live
The residue of all my estate right and title terme and interest of and in the said last recited premises which shalbe to come and to expire from and after the death of my said wief Elizabeth I give devise and bequeath unto Grace Enys the daughter of my said brother Samuell Enys to have and to hold the said last recited premises with the appurtenances unto the said Grace Enys her executors Administrators and assigns for and during all such tyme terme and number of years which shalbe to come and to expire from and after the death of my said wief if in or unto the same by virtue of anie demise or assignment which I have of the said premises
Alsoe I give and bequeath unto the said Samuell Enys and James Robyns to each of them twentie shillings
All the rest of my goods and chattels debts and credits herin not formerlie given or bequeathed I give and bequeath unto my welbeloved wife Elizabeth whome I make and ordeine the whole and sole executrix of this my last Will and testament
And I desire my said brother Samuell Enys and the said James Robyns to see this my last Will and Testament dulie and trulie performed and to be the overseers thereof
In witness whereof I have hereunto put my hand and seale the daie and yeere first above written.
Signed by John Enys
Signed sealed published and declared in presence of
The signe of Jane Couch and Thomas Harris
Samuel Enys and James Robyns
Transcribed by Anne Brown