The Will of Pascoe Risdon of Winscott

The Will of Pascoe Risdon of Winscott[1]

In the name of God Amen. I Pascoe Risdon of Winscott in the Parish of St. Giles in the countie of Devon widdowe in my perfecte health and strength of body and minde praise be to Almightie god for it doe make and ordaine this my last will and testament in manner and forme followeinge ffirst I committ my bodie to the earth whereof itt is made to have a decent and christian buriall my soule I comend into the hands of god my maker hopeing assured he through the onelie merrits of my Saviour Jesus Christ to be made perfect of eternall glorie. Item I give and bequeath unto my Sonne and heire William Risdon[2] whome I appointe hereafter to be my sole executor all that the Mannor of Winscott, and the Barton farm and demesnes thereof with the rents services and appurtenances thereunto belonginge in the parishe of Saint Giles aforesaid and all other my lands, tenements, messuages, dwellinge houses, rents, and services whatsoever in the said countie of Devon or elsewhere to have and to hould to him and his heires for ever. Item I give to my daughter in lawe Mistress Margery Risdon[3] two stockes of Bees and my Still. Item I give to my daughter Mrs. Joane Hearle[4] all my best woollen and lynnen apparrell and my weddinge ringe. Item I give to my grandchild Margarett Rattenbury [5]five pounds in money to be pid unto her when she shall attain the age of sixteen years. Item I give to my granddaughter Joane Hearle[6] a bearinge blanckett and all my child bed linnen. Item I give to John Maddcott godsonne unto my husband Mr. Tristram Risdon deceased five shillings. Item I give to my goddaughter Pascoe Romikly a yeo. Item I give goddaughter Pascoe Norman a yeo. Item I give to my servant Grace Copleston (if she be with me at the time of my death) my best old woollen and linnen apparrell and my rideing shute. Item I give to the poore of the parish of St. Giles thirtie shillings. Item I give unto the poore of Rooburrough tenn shillings. All the rest of my goods and chattels lands and tenements not given or bequeathed I give and bequeath unto my said Sonne and heire William Risdon whome I make the full and whole executor of this my last will and Testament. And I desire my loveinge nephewe Mr. Thomas Chafe[7] and my loveing Sonne in lawe Mr. James Hearle to be overseers hereof and to be assistant unto my executor in the execution of the same and for their paines therein I give unto each of them twentie shillings. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and scale and published itt to be my last Will and Testament this one and twentieth daie of Aprill And in the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred fortie six. In the presence of those whose names are here written. The signe of Pascoe Risdon. Witnesses present att the signeinge sealinge and publishinge hereof, Thos. Chafe, Leonard Pettie.

[1] Pascoe Chafe, the daughter of Thomas Chafe and Dorothy Short (? -1612), was the wife of Tristram Risdon, author of The Chorographical Description or Survey of the County of Devon. Pascoe Chafe married Tristram Risdon, the son of William RISDON (? -1622) and Johanna POLLARD (abt 1547-1610) on 1 Dec 1608 at St Olave's, Exeter. Tristram was born about 1580 and died in 1640. He inherited Winscott from his half-sister Thomazin BERRY, the daughter of Michael BERRY and Johanna POLLARD. Pascoe's will was proved at the Prerogative Court of Canterbury on 10 Sep 1647.

[2] William RISDON was baptised at St Giles in the Wood on 15 Sep 1622 and died in 1701.

[3] Margery was the widow of Giles RISDON. Giles was baptised at St Giles in the Wood on 28 Oct 1609 and married Margery about 1638. He died in 1644.

[4] Joane RISDON was baptised at St Giles in the Wood on 30 Nov 1612. She married James HEARLE at St Giles in the Wood on 17 Nov 1640.

[5]Margaret RATTENBURY was the daughter of George RATTENBURY and Jane RISDON, the eldest daughter of Tristram RISDON and Pascoe CHAFE.

[6] Joane HEARLE (abt 1640-1709) was the daughter of James HEARLE and Joane RISDON. She married Edward LOVETT (1627-1702), son of Sir Robert LOVETT (1577-1643) and Anne SAUNDERS.

[7] Thomas CHAFE (1611-1662) was the son of John CHAFFE and Anne MAYHO.