|Will of John Estman|
"Archdeaconry Court of Sarum1, Register 4, folio 193. Testam. Johanis2 Estman de Downton."
"In the name of God, Amen, the 26th day of April in the year of our Lord God 1564, I, John Estman of Charleton within the parish of Downton, within the county of Wilts, husbandman, being sick in body but fit in memory, do make my last will and testament after this manner and form following: "
"First and principally I give and bequeath my soul to Almighty God my maker, redeemer and savior, trusting by the merits of his blessed passion to be child of salvation, my body to be buried within the church of Saint Lawrence in Downton where my father doth lie."
"Item, I give to our Lady Church of Sarum six pence. Item, I give to Mr. Vicar of Downton for my tithes forgotten twelve pence. Item, I give and bequeath to the reparations of my parish church of Downton three shillings four pence. Item, I give and bequeath to the reparations of the Catheryn bridge of Downton twelve pence. Item, I give and bequeath to Willm Estman, my son, sixteen sheep, five of them shall be ewes and five of them shall be lambs, and in money good and lawful (illegible) and two acres of wheat, the one lying in (illegible) and one half acre between the (illegible), and the other half acre by the green thorne."
"Item, I give and bequeath to John, Willm, Walter and Florence, sons and daughters to the said Willm Estman three sheep a piece, and to every one of them in money good and lawful ten shillings a piece, and to each of them one pewter platter a piece, and between the said four children I give one sparked cow, which cow goeth now in the forest, and shall be distributed by the direction of their father, if any of these said four children do decease or die before they come to fit age to make their wills that then the legacy of them that fail or die shall remain to them that liveth, equally to be divided between them and go from the other."
"Item, I give and bequeath unto John Estman and to Willm his brother, sons of Roger Estman, three sheep a piece and to each of them in money good and lawful ten shillings a piece and a pewter platter a piece, and between them a black heiffer. If the said John or Willm decease or die before before they come to the age to make their wills that then the legacy of the one shall remain to the other."
"Item, I give and bequeath to Elizabeth Barrye my servant two ewe sheep. Item, I give and bequeath to Willm Newman my servant one ewe. Item, I give and bequeath to every one of my godchildren four pence a piece if they will come and ask it of my executor. Item, I give and bequeath to Richard Carter parish clerk of Downton half a bushel of wheat and as much of malt."
"The rest of my goods movable and unmovable herein not bequeathed, my debts and legacies paid, I give and bequeath them all unto Roger my son making him my whole and sole executor, desiring Robert Carpenter and Nicholas Newman to be my overseers and they shall have for their pains three shillings four pence a piece."
"Witnesses to this my last will and Testament, Richard Cockes, Willm Modye and Richard Cates."
1 Sarum is the "Latin" version of Salisbury.
2Johanis is a "Latin" version of John.