A Translation of the Will of John Good
In the name of god amen: In the year of our lord god 1549 and upon the 8th day of the month of September I John Good of Flecknoe in the parish of Wolfhamcote whole of mind & sick in body make my will in this manner & form following:·
First I bequeath my soul unto almighty God to our blessed lady his mother & to all the holy company in heaven & my body to be buried in the churchyard of St Peters at Wolfhamcote.
I bequeath to the high altar 12d.
To Thomas my son the best cow that I have, the best calf, 10 sheep & the greatest pan
To Thomas Good the son of Richard Good the blossoms heifer of 3 years of age, a brass pot & 3s gift.
To Agnes Good A weaning calf.
To 5 daughters of Richard Good a wheat land off long meadows.
To Harry Good the son of Richard Good a wheat land off hosesladforlong, a barley land off Littleleyforlong, A peat land of brokeforlong.
To Nicholas Good, John & William to any one of them a sheep· It to John Kene Thomas & Richard a barley land off greatsell.
To William Abbatt’s children of every any one of them a sheep· It to John Abbatts my suster the blossoms heifer of 2 years of age.
To Elizabeth Fest my servant a sheep.
To Richard Brown my servant a sheep.
I give my wheat stock, one half of it to Margaret my wife the other half to Thomas & Richard my brothers & they to part it equally among their children.
To any godchild that I have 4d.
To any house within the parish at my departing 2 pennyworth of bread.
To William Good & Harry my brothers children of Frankton a horse, Foal.
The rest of my goods not bequeathed I give this whole unto Margaret my wife whom I make my whole executer & I make Master Thomas Andrews my landlord, Thomas Good & Richard my brothers to be overseers so this my will be performed witness hereof Thomas Shalte, Harry Good, William Shenston with no other & I give to Master Andrews my hand.
This is the inventory of the goods & chattels that were John Good’s of Flecknoe lately deceased praised by Thomas Letts of Flecknoe, Thomas Shalte, Richard Good and Thomas Koberby of the same town.
First in the hall
A table, a chair, the bench and a form praised at 16
A hammery praised at 20
In the Chamber:
First 2 coverlets, 3 blankets, a mattress & 2 bolsters at 10
5 pair of flaxen sheets and 5 pair of h**den sheets at 12
3 bordclothes, 3 towels and 3 pillow cases praised at 2
2 covers & 3 bedsteads 20
In the Kitchen & the Backhouse
First 2 brass pans, a little pan and 2 brass pots praised at 16
2 charchers 2 platters 3 pewter dishes praised at 4
4 saucers, 3 salt sellers, A chafy dish and 3 candlesticks praised at 2
A pipe, a pair of cupboards and a Brandyren praised at 16
3 lomys, 4 fidyleb, A kytt and a kymnell praised at 2
6 treen dishes, 3 treen platters, a dozen of trenschers, weather implements praised at 8
Tooleyther bottles, a frying pan, and a heychell praised at 7
3 scythes, 3 peat hooks, 2 pitchforks, 2 markeforks, a stadp, a sholl, an axe and a nalvoforo, a handsaw praised at 12
A ceefe, a redell. a sfotell, and a half Steyffe praised at 4
2 wenoclothes, 3 sacks at 4
In the Barns
First 6 Fcars of wheat and 12 Fcars of barley praised at 5
The peat & the hay praised at 4
A cart, a plough, 3 harrows at 16
3 mares, a colt & a foal at 3
5 oxen, 2 heifers, 3 steer bullocks praised at 4 10
l0 sheep praised at vmetks
3 hogs & 5 sows praised at 8
6 geese, 6 ducks, 8 hens and a fo cock praised at 3 3
The wood in the yard praised at 6 8
Total £24 12s 7d
Translation by Bob Houghton