Will of Alice LODER, widow of Dorchester

Dated 2nd May 1664

©Transcribed by Michael Russell OPC for Fordington from original Will November 2011
held at Dorset History Centre, Dorset archdeaconry Court Records Ref Ad/Dt/W/166418

In the name of God Amen I Alice LODER of Dorchester in the County of Dorset widow being of perfect mind and memory but sensible of my frail & mortal estate and condition in this uncertain life Do make & ordain this my last will & Testament.

Impremis: I commit my soul into the hands who gave it & my body I commit to christian burial in St Peters Church next my dear husbands grave.

Item: I give to the poor of the parish of St Peters & to the poor of the parish of Trinity in Dorchester aforesaid, to each parish twenty shillings a piece.

Item: I give unto my sister Mary LYNINGTON of Weymouth Five Pounds, & such of my wearing apparel as my executors in their discretion shall think fit.

Item: I give unto my son Gilbert [LODER] a trundle bedstead (2) & a coverlet;

    And my desire is that my executors hereafter mentioned will take a special care of him to whose trust I wholly leave and commit him, hereby appointing them to receive and manage for his use what was given him by his fathers last Will.

Item: I give to my Cousin Margaret ATKINS my silk gown & twenty shillings in money

Item: I give to my son James LODER and his wife to each of them a gold ring worth twelve shillings a piece.

    Also: I Cousin Andrew LODER & his wife to each of them a ring of like value
    Also: to Cousin Anne DAMPIER a ring of like value.

Item: I give to Mr William BENN; Mr George HAMMOND; Mr John THOMPSON now living in Dorchester & to Mr John EATON at Chapena? in Dorset; to each of them a ring worth ten shillings.

    And: I hereby ordain and appoint my loving sons John LODER of London Gentleman & Philip STANSBY of Dorchester Grocer the executors of this my Last Will & Testament desiring that what I bequeath to them may be managed for the good of the children now living.

[NOTE:- The next section of this will is badly damaged with several holes in it and part of one side missing but I have attempted to transcribe as much as possible as it gives valuable information to those researching this family]

    And: I do by this leave ye [rest?] of my money (part {----?} of are in the possession of my son James LODER & {?} my house {?} he now dwells in ) which I have not disposed of as is above mentioned. I do {?} bequeath to my two sons, John LODER & Phillip STANSBY aforementioned {?} equally divided betwixt them for the mentioned use and end.
    And: rev{oking all?} former & other Wills doe hereby make & declare this my last will & Testament as is herein expressed. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & {seal} the second day of May in the sixteenth year of his majesties Reign & in {the} year of our lord 1664.

Signed Alice LODER with her seal

Signed Sealed & published by the said Alice LODER to be her last will & Testament in the presence of


The mark of Alice SEAGER

Genealogical Notes:-

(1). Alice LODER was buried at St Peters Church Dorchester on 13th May 1664
(2). A trundle bedstead is another name for a truckle bedstead
(3). Dorchester was a centre for non conformist religions at this date and many parishioners did not agree with the ejectment of Ministers from their livings or the passing of the Five Mile Act. Many like Alice continued to support them and a bequest in a Will was one way of showing loyalty

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