Proved in the Peculiar Court of Banbury in 1706

In the Name of God Amen

The fifteenth day of March Ano Domini one thousand seven hundred and five And in ye fourth year of ye reign of our sovereign Lady Ann by the Grace of God Queen of England Scotland France and Ireland defender of the faith

I RICHARD HIRONS senior of Wardenton in the County of Oxon yeoman being at present though weak of body yet of perfect memory and of a compossed mind and being sensible of ye demands of nature being desirous to settle things in order do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament in manner and form following

First I commit my soul to God my Creator hoping for eternall Life through Jesus Christ And my body to the earth willing it be buried decently in Chistian burial And for such worldly goods as it hath pleased Almighty God to give me I dispose of them as followeth

First I give and bequeath unto my son RICHARD HIRONS all and every part of that my yard land lying and being in ye field of Wardenton Williamscott and Cotes consisting of arable land meadow ground and pasture and all ye appurtenances thereunto belonging and apportaining to him and his Heirs for ever

Also it is my will that my Loving Wife SARAH HIRONS continuing with my son RICHARD HIRONS shall have a due and sufficient maintenance of him during her Natural Life and also the use of any household goods for her own proper use during her natural Life as aforesaid and also that she shall have the power to dispose of and give away to whom she pleaseth all her wearing apparrel at her death And if she shall think good to remove and reside also where I do give and bequeath unto her the sum of three pounds by the year to be paid to her by the said RICHARD HIRONS at four equal quarterly payments yearly during her natural Life as aforesaid and if she remove from him she shall have sufficient Bed and Bedding both Linnen and woollen to make her a bed and the Father bed which is my daugher Sarahs after her decease and my said Daughter Sarah is like wise to have a trunk and a table and cupboard which stand in the kitchen

Also I give and bequeath unto my son THOMAS HIRONS the sum of forty pounds twenty of which to be paid one year after my decease and the other twenty two years after the payment of the first Twenty that is to say three years after my decease and also it is my Will that whenever RICHARD HIRONS the son of THOMAS HIRONS goeth away from my son RICHARD then my son RICHARD aforesaid shall give unto him the sum of five pounds pounds And I do also give and bequeath unto every one of my son THOMAS his children that are allready born or shall be born and Living at my decease the sum of half a crown to be paid unto each of them by my executor herein after named and also a like sum of half a crown to every one of my son THOMAS CLARKs children that are or shall be alive at my decease and it is my will that all my wearing apparrel (except one coat which my son RICHARD sometimes useth to ware) shall be divided betwixt my sons THOMAS HIRONS and THOMAS CLARK

Also I give to my son JOHN BATCHELOR and my Daughter MARY his wife and to all their children one shilling a piece to each of them to be paid by my executor aforesaid

Also all the rest of my goods Cattell and Chattels with all and every thing ungiven and unbequeathed my debts and Legacies being paid and Funeral expenses discharged I give and bequeath unto my son RICHARD HIRONS aforesaid whom I make and ordain whole and sole executor of this my Last Will and Testament

In Witness hereof I have to this my Last Will and Testament set my hand and seal the day and year first above written – RICHARD HIRONS (his mark)

Approved signed and sealed in ye presence of us – JOHN HIORNESTHOMAS BONHAMWILLIAM BAKER (his mark)