Last will and Testament of Nicholas Constable
In the name of God Amen, I Nicholas Constable of Capel in the county of Surrey, yeoman, being ill and weake in body but of good and perfect memorye (thanks be given to God for the same) doe make and ordaine this my last will and testament in manner and forme following, (that is to say) first and principally I committ my soule to Allmighty God my Creator and Redeemer, and my body to the earth from whence it was taken to be decently buried att the discretion of mine executor hereafter named. And as for such temporal estate as it hath pleased the Lord to bless me with all, I give and dispose thereof as followeth Imprimis I give and bequeath unto my daughter Sarah Constable the sum of fifty pounds of lawful money of England to be paid to her within six months next after my decease. Item I give more unto my said daughter Sarah the sum of one hundred and fifty pounds of like lawful money to be paid to her at her marriage day, provided she marry with consent and good likeing of my overseers hereafter named or the survivors of them as they shall think fitt. Item I give and bequeath unto my four sons Michael Constable, William Constable, Edmund Constable and Joseph Constable the sum of five and twenty pounds apeece of lawfull money to be paid unto them within six months next after my decease. And my will and mind further is that if my said daughter Sarah shall marry contrary to the consent and good likeing of my said overseers hereafter named then I give and bequeath more to my said four sons the sum of five and twenty pounds apeece of like lawfull money over and above the five and twenty pounds apeece before by me given to be paid to them within three months next after such marriage as aforesaid. Item I give and bequeath unto my sister Jane Edwards, widow, the sum of forty shillings to be paid to her within three months next after my decease. all the rest of my goods, chattell, and personal estate (after my debts and legacies paid and my funeral expenses discharged and this my will executed) I give and bequeath unto my son Benjamin Constable whome I make and appoynt sole executor of this my last will and testament. And I make and appoynt my loveing friends my brother in law Michael Jeale of Dorking, yeoman, my cozens, Joseph Bothell, tallow chandler, and Joseph Peeter of Newdigate, yeoman, to be overseers of this my last will and testament, desireing them to assisting to my executor in the execution of this my last will and I give to them five shillings apeece over and above their necessary charges and expences in and about the execution of this my last will. In witness whereof to this my last will and testament I have sett my hand seale the elleventh day of June in the tenth year of the reigne of our Sovereigne Lord William the third, by the Grace of God, of England, Scotland, France and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith etc, and anno Dommini 1698.
Signed, sealed, publish and delivered by the said Nicholas Constable for his last will and testament in the presence of Thomas Songhurst, X the mark of Mary Lucas, Miles Dudley.
Proved: 5 Jan 1698/9 to executor (£247 3s 6d)