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Edmund Flower Sojourner in Corsham - his Will - 1702

Edmund was a musician in the Royal Court from the reign of Charles II right through to the reign of Queen Anne For all the details of his life see here. He was my 8x Great uncle and his relationship to my Mother can be seen here. He played the Theorbo, violin and wind instruments.. I'd never heard of a Theorbo but I found this video.

This will helped me find my 8x Great Grandfather Christopher Flower, but we all have 1024 ancestors in that generation.  

 In the Name of God Amen

I Edmund Flower Gent Sojourner in the house of Robert Somner of
Corsham in the County of Wilts draper being weak of body but
through the blessing of Almighty God of sound and perfect mind and
memory and knowing that it is appointed for all Men sure to die
and nothing more sure than death but being uncertain of the time
when I do make constitute and ordain this only present last Will and
Testament in manner and form following (that is to say) Impris
I commend my Soul into the hands of Almighty God hoping through
the meritorious death and passion of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ
to have full and free pardon and forgiveness of all my Sins and
transgressions and at my death to inherit everlasting life and as for
my Body I commit to the Earth from whence it was taken to be decently
buried at the discretion of my Executor herein after named and appointed
And as touching the disposition of all such temporal Estate as it hath
pleased God to bestow upon me I doo order give and dispose the
same in manner and form following Item my Will and desire is that
my debts and Funeral charges and expenses shall be first paid and
discharged Item I give and bequeath to each of my Brothers and
Sister's Children one Shilling a piece only except to my Nephew William
Flower my Executor hereinafter mentioned Item I give and bequeath to
Sarah Somner wife of the above named Robert Somner the sum of Five
pounds of lawfull English money for her care to be paid by my Executor
hereinafter named within three months next after my decease Item
my Will is to nominate and appoint Mr William Browne Servant to her
Majesties Band of Violins who hath received my Salary for me these
many years (a Man whom I know to be upright and just) to be continued
in the same business after my decease as formerly by Letter of Attorney
and besides his pension or Wages due to the said William Browne which
is fourteen Shillings a year and for his care and diligens & therein Impris
give and bequeath to the said William Browne one Shilling out of
every pound of money that he shall receive out of her Majesties Chamber
of the Treasury for the household I give and bequeath unto him the said
William Browne the sume of Five pounds thereof Item in a paper
 
or Schedule annexed to this my last Will and Testament written with
my own hand I have therein sett down some  things which perhaps
may be performed before I dye if not fail not to perform them Item
all the rest and residue of my personal Estate Goods and Chattles
whatsoever not before given and bequeathed I give and bequeath unto
my loving Nephew before mentioned William Flower the Elder of Cherhill
in the said County of Wilts Yeoman being my eldest Brothers Son whom
I doo make constitute and appoint my Sole and whole Executor of this my
last Will and Testament In witness whereof I have hereunto sett my
hand and Seal the twenty Fiff day of Novemberin the First year
the Reign of our Sovereign Lady Queen Anne over England die Anno
dom 1702, Edmund Flower Signed Sealed published and declared
to be the last Will and testament of the above said Edmund Flower
in the presence of Jonathan Mitchell Thos howse
 
Edmund Flower 1699 Febu ye 24 at London
to avoid the trouble of Items and a tedious Will I have presented
the Children of my Brothers and Sisters (except the Son of my Eldest
Brother) what I did intend to leave them at my death so that now
they are sure of it without further trouble -- that is --
To the Children of William my eldest Brother his Son William Flower
Executor
London Katherine Price    - one pound - paid
Mary Castill      - one pound
Elizabeth Castill - one pound
To the Children of my Brother Thomas and his Widow
Joan Flower Widow  - one pound four shillings - paid
of London) Elizabeth Burwell  - one poun - paid
   Orile sic) Ann Woodmansun     - one poun - paid
) Jone Radbourn      - one poun - paid
) Ann Cooke          - one poun - paid
To the Children of my Sister Elizabeth and her Widow
orile sic         (John Stils Widow - one pound Ten Shillings) Crossed out
at Corsham John Stils junior- one pound ten shillings - paid
Joan Catchmo?    - one pound
At London Peter Stiles     - one pound ten Shillings - paid
Give to those thet are not paid each of them a pair of Cordivant
Gloves and twenty Shillings those that have it already I have writt paid
Let this Company have [] enough
Give Gloves to those at Corsham of the best Cordivant to Mr Curtis?
Mr Tho hulbert to Mr Thriff Mr Bose Mr Mirhill Mr John Stump John
Sumner Mr Filpott Tho Irons Rob Somner to Parson Green a pair and 10s
to the Clark Tho Wilfox? a pair and 5s to the Sexton 2s 6d no Gloves
To those Women of the best kid to Mrs Voake Mrs Orrill Mrs Michill Mrs
Anne Silvathorn Mrs Ann Somnar Mrs Sarah Somnar give no more at
Corsham and for Cherrill doo as you think fitt To the Poor at Corsham give
40 Shillings and let Mrs Sarah Somnar dispose of it for she knows them best
and as much to the Poor at Cherrill you know them best.
[Note orile sic means as in original where d is missing from end of pound and John Stils widow entry is crossed out]
Probate London 24 September 1712 to William Flower, nephew of the deceased on his brother's side.
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