Will of William Barnsley


Transcribed by Frances Belsham

William Barnsley
National Archives

Wills are generally written without any punctuation or abbreviations. There is often alternative spelling of some words and using upper case letters which do not always mean the start of a new sentence. Neither are they divided into paragraphs but are continuous lines of writing This can make documents difficult to read or understand.

This post shows the Will exactly as it was written with no attempt to break it down into paragraphs. Done in this way it shows exactly how the original document is written. As the documents are sometimes very large each line of writing in the document sometimes takes up two lines when it is transcribed in to the web site.

The last part of this will shows a summary of the Names, Places, Properties and Vessels mentioned in the will.


1 In the name of God Amen

2 I William Barnsley of Wivenhoe in the County of Essex shipwright

3 being of perfect mind and memory thanks be to God for I doe hereby

4 declare this to be my last Will and Testament Inprimis I bequeath

5 my Soule to Almighty God that gave it mee hoping through the

6 merit of my Saviour Jesus Christ to receive pardon of all my sins

7 next as to my worldly Estate which it please God to bless me

8 with all I dispose of it in manner and forme following viz I give

9 unto my loving wife Mary Barnsley after my debts and funeral

10 charges are paid and Twenty pounds to be paid at the day of my

11 internment unto my two sisters Elizabeth and Mary equally to be

12 divided between them over and above their following dividends the

13 one halfe of my Estate goods Chattles utensils and moveables bill bonds

14 debts and whatsoever else I now am or may heresoafter be possessed of

15 to heir and heirs sole use and disposal forever Item I give and bequeath

16 the other half and part of my Estate in manner and forme following to be

17 equally divided amongst my own relations namely unto my brother

18 John Barnsley or heires one fifth part and unto my brother

19 James Barnsley or his heires one third part and unto my

20 brother Henry Barnsley or his heires one fifth part and unto my

21 sister Elizabeth Barnsley or her heirs one third part and unto my sister

22 Mary or her heires one fifth part and my true intent and meaning is

23 that if any of the above named brothers or sisters or their heires

24 doe dye or are now dead then their parts shall be equally divided

25 among the surviving brothers or sisters or their lawfull heires

26 Lastly I doe now appoint and constitute my loving wife Mary

27 Barnsley my full and sole Executrix of this my last Will and

28 Testament revoking all other wills or whatsoever In Witness whereof

29 I have here unto set my hand and seale this Twenty sixth day od

30 of April in the ninth yeare of the reign of our Soverign William by the

31 grace of God of England Scotland ffrance and Ireland King and in the

32 yeare of our Lord one thousand six hundred and ninety seven

William Barnsley sealed and delivered in the presence of John

Tynes Henry Remington Edward Turner



A Summary of Names, Relationships, Places and Properties.

Name                                Relationship/Status                                                Line

Mary Barnsley               Wife                                                                               9, 26

Elizabeth                          Sister                                                                             11, 21

Mary                                 Sister                                                                             11, 22

John Barnsley                Brother                                                                         18

James Barnsley             Brother                                                                         19

Henry Barnsley              Brother                                                                         20

John Tynes                      Witness

Henry Remington         Witness

Edward Turner              Witness



This page was added on 25/03/2024.

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