Estate of John Goffe of Newbury
Essex Probate Docket # None
The last will & testament of John Goffe of Newbury
being weake in body but in perfect senses and knowledge Dec. 4, 1641.
My will is that whatsoever lands and housing and cattel and moveables shall appear that my estate consisteth of that it shall be divided into two parts equally 'and the one halfe I doe give to my wife Amy Goffe and the other halfe I doe give unto my two children Susan Goffe and Hanna Goffe in equall portions betwixt them as it shall amount, my debts & other charges being paid and for performance of this my will I have desired and doe give power to these parties named, Edward Woodman, Henry Short, Richard Kent junior and John Cheney all of Newbury to see my estate divided between my wife & children and to take care of my children's portions that they may be improved to their maintenance and best advantage & I have desired these brethren to advise and counsell my wife for her good according as God shall direct them, & if either of these my children decease this life, my will is that the other shall injoye her portions, Also my will is that if the children should both decease this life that my wife shall injoye their portions. Also my will is that if my children shall live to marriage or to the age of 18 years that then they shall have power to dispose of their portions according to their own pleasures. And to this my last will I have sett to my hand in the presence of these hereinunder named. Assigned and delivered in the presence of us.
The marke of Jno. I Goffe
Source: The will was found recorded in the town records of Ipswich. Mr. Goffe died Dec. 9, 1641.
As published in the Essex Antiquarian, Vol. II, No.2, Pg 30 (1898)
Submitted by: Bob Bamford
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