|Content Description||Testator: Thomas Bolles, esquire.|
Expresses a desire to be buried at the discretion of his executors.
Gives to his wife Marie [Mary], and after her death to his son Samuel, his copyhold or customary corn chambers, messuages, lands, tenements and hereditaments of the manor of Mansfield lying in Clumber and Scofton [Nottinghamshire]; property is to the use of William Saunderson, William Clarke and Alexander Elcocke in trust, and to perform the testator's last will and testament; trustees are directed to convey the inheritance of the copyhold lands and tenements in Clumber as follows: to anyone directed and appointed by his wife Mary, and in default of nomination to surrender the same to his daughter, Mary; his wife is to receive the profits and rents, and after her death by his daughter; trustees are to surrender other copyhold land in Scofton to his wife for life, and after her death to his son Samuel.
Bequeaths to his wife all his freehold messuages, lands, tenements and hereditaments in Clumber, and also his messuage and house with appurtenances in Worksop [Nottinghamshire] to be sold at her pleasure, and if she does not sell during her lifetime, to his daughter Mary.
The manor and capital messuage of Osberton [Nottinghamshire], with lands is to the use of himself for life, and afterwards to his wife for life, and after to his son Samuel for life; all household fixtures and fittings belonging to the capital messuage or any of the offices belonging, and also any mangers, gates, beasthouses and so on at Osberton to remain as heirlooms for the capital messuage, to the use of his wife for life.
Devises several specific legacies to named family members, including other daughters; gives to his sister Mary Rawson an annuity of 40s for life, to be paid twice yearly from the lands at Clumber; gives to his servant Hewie Malber £20. for service done; gives to the poor of the parish of Worksop £5. to be distributed amongst the most needy at the discretion of his executors; residue of estate is left to his wife, together with the payment of all debts, costs and funeral charges.
Recitals: (a) seised for his ownership and the lives of his sons Samuel and John Bolles in the rectory of Worksop and of the tithes by virtue of a lease made with the Bishop of Lincoln; (b) details of an indenture dated 4 Dec. [4 Charles I 1628] regarding the tithes of Retford.
Executor: Mary Bolles, wife.
Supervisors of the estate: William Saunderson and William Clarke.
Probate granted at York to Mary Bolles, wife of the testator.
The will is dated 16 Mar. 10 Charles [I]; this has been equated to 1634 on the document but is correctly 1635.