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Last Will & Testament of Bartholomew Allerton, 1658

Knowe all men by these presents

That I Bartholomew Allerton of Bamfield in the Countye of Suff Clerke, being of perfect disposinge memorie doe make this my last will and Testament Imprimis I will my Bodie to be decentlye buried at the discretion of of my Executrix Hereafter to be named

Item my worldlie goodes I dispose of in manner followinge (that is to say) To each of my children I bequeath five shillings a peece to be paid to every of them imediately after my decease

Item I will all my goodes, chattells, bills, bondes, debts houshold stuffe beddinge and whatsoever is properly mine (except the wearinge lynen of Margarett my late wife) I give and bequeath unto Sarah my wel beloved wife for and towards the payment of my debtes and the educaten of my children And the said Sarah I doe by these presents constitute and appoint the Sole Executrix of this my last will and Testament

Wittnes my hand and seale this fifteenth day of October in the yeare of our Lord one thousand sixe hundred fiftye and eight
Barth Allerton

Sealed and declared to be my last will and Testament in the presence
of Beniamin ffairefax Jun, Edmund Watkin, Nath fffairefax

Caleb Johnson of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants provides the following notes on this will:

The complete text of this will has never before been published, to my knowledge, though abstracts of it were used in Mayflower Families in Progress: Isaac Allerton for Four Generations.  At my request a transcription of the will was made by Leslie Mahler from a microfilm copy made by the LDS.  The paragraphing is my own, but otherwise the transcription is true to the original.  The will of Bartholomew's second wife Sarah names children Isaac, Mary, Dorothy, and John, but here they are simply referred to as "my children".  The town of "Bamfield" is simply an abherrant spelling of Bramsfield.

Go to Caleb Johnson's Mayflower History page.