Public Record Office
Court of Canterbury
St Clement's Danes
26 March 1640
15 June 1640
In the name of God. Amen. I
Daniell Ballard of the parish of St. Clemet's Danes in the county of Midd.
Cittizen and draper of London being weake and pained in body but of sound and
perfect mynd and memory praised be god therefore revoking all former wills and
testaments by me heretofore made doe make and declare this my last will and
testament in manner and form following viz I comend my soule into the hands of
Almightie god my Creator and of Jesus Christ my blessed Saviour and Redeemer by
whose only merrits death and passion my hope and trust is notwithstandinge my
unworthiness I shall be saved.
And my bodie to the earth to be
buried in the middle isle of the parish church of St.Clements aforesaid
as neere to the bodie of my late deceased wife Anne
Ballard as conveniently may bee and in decent and Christian manner in and
about which my buriall my will and mynd is that there shall be expended the soms
of one hundred pounds in money or more if my executors undernamed shall in their
discretion soe thinke fitt. And as touchinge my coppie
hold lands which through gods mercie I did heretofore purchase
lyinge and beinge in the parishes of Barnes and Horton in the countie of Surry.
The which with the surrenders thereof and admittance thereunto did cost me six
hundred and threescore pounds of lawfull money of England att the last. And
which I have before the last of the date hereof surrendered to the use of my
last will accordinge to the custom of the Generall mannors whereof they are
holden. My will and mynd now is And I doe give devise and bequeath all those my
coppie hold lands with the appurtenances lyinge and being in the said parish of
Horton unto my lovinge brother Adrian Ballard and my
lovinge sister in lawe Anne his nowe wife for and during their naturall
lives and the life of the longer liver of them. And from and after the decease
of the survivor of them. Then I devise and bequeath the same coppie hold lands
in Horton aforesaid unto my nephew John Ballard sonne of
my said brother and sister and to his the said John's heires forever.
Item I devise and bequeath
unto my said brother Adrian Ballard for and during his naturall life All those
my coppie hold lands with the appurtenances
lying and beinge in the said parish of Barnes
And from and after his my said brothers decease give and devise the same unto my
said nephew John Ballard and his heires forever.
And concerning the personall
estate which god in mercie hath likewise vouchsafed unto me I dispose thereof as
followeth viz I give and bequeath unto my wellbeloved
wife Ruth Ballard (in lieue and full satisfaction of all such parte and
porcion as their shall or may by lawe or custome of London or otherwise clayme
or challenge out of my estate) one full moitie or half parte of said personall
estate. And also one of my seale rings and my diamond ringe.
Item I give and bequeath to
the towne of Wymeswold in
the countie of Leicester where I was borne fortie pounds of lawfull money
of England to be paied to the Vicar and Churchwardens of the same towne within
twoe years next after my death and by them to be lent out uppon good securitie
for three yeares unto five poore cottagers widdowes of the same towne if there
shall bee soe many or otherwise to five of the poorest cottagers there by even
and equall portions And at the expiration of those three years to five other
poore cottagers widdowes if they be there to be found or otherwise to the
poorest cottagers as aforesaid for three years more. And so from three years to
three years for ever. And my will is that att the end of every of the said three
years the said parties whoe shall have the loane and benefitt of this legacie
shall give five little bibles to five such poor children of Wymeswold aforesaid
as in the judgement of the vicar and churchwardens thereof for the time beinge
shall by their reading best deserve the same.
Item I bequeath unto my
cosen Anne Barfoote twentie pounds in money to be paide unto her within
one year after my decease and unto either of her children fifteene pounds a
peece in money to be paid into the hands of my cosen theire father within three
yeares after my death soe as att the receipt thereof he doe as my will is he
shall give good securitie by bond unto my executors for the disposing of the
said twoe legacies for the use and benefitt of his said children in such sorte
as my executors shall thinke fittinge.
Item I give and bequeath unto
my goddaughter Prudence Mountague daughter of William
Mountague baker ten pounds in money to bee within twoe yeares after my
decease paied unto her said father for her use, to the said
William Mountague I bequeath thirtie pounds in money to be also paied
within the said twoe years to his brother Richard
Mountague nowe my servant, I bequeath twentie pounds in money to be paied
into the hands of his said brother within one year of my death and by the said
William to bee paied unto the said Richard when he the said Richard shal be
settled as a master in some good course of life and not till then; to his
brother Robert Mountague I give tenn pounds in money to be paied unto him
when he shall be a freeman of London. And to his sister Margaritt
Mountague tenn pounds in money to be paied within one yeare after my
Item I give and bequeath to
the towne of Radcliffe upon
Trent in the countie of Nottingham twentie pounds in mony to bee paied
unto the Vicar and Churchwardens thereof within three yeares nexte after my
death and by them to be lent upon good securitie for fower yeares unto fower
poore people of that towne by even and equall portions. And at the expiration of
those four years to fower other people of that towne for fower yeares more. And
soe from fower years to fower yeares for ever. And my will is that every one
that shall have the benefitt of this legacie shall att the end and expiracion of
the fower years give a service book with the newe testament therein unto such of
the poorest children of the said towne as in the judgement of the Vicar and
churchwardens thereof for the time beinge shall by readinge best deserve the
Item I bequeath unto the
prisons of Ludgate and the twoe compters in London twentie nobles appece in mony
for and towards the enlargement of freedom of such poore prisoners as be there
in prison for five marks apeece or thereaboute.
Item I give to be distributed
to and amongst poor exiles of the Palatinate at the discretion of Doctor Tonge
and Mr. White counsellor tenn pounds in mony to be paied to them or one of them
within one yeare after my death. And alsoe tenn pounds more in money to be by
them distributed to and amongst poore ministers widdows and to be paid to them
or one of them within two yearess after my death.
Item I bequeath unto John Winthrop Esquier and Mr: Humfreyes twentie marks in mony to be paied within twoe years after my death. And to be disposed of by them or one of them towarde the educatinge of native children of and in Newe England in America in a christian way to and for none other use whatsoever.
Item I give and bequeath unto
the company of White bakers in London to be paied within the said twoe years
tenn pounds in mony to buy them a salte if it appeare not that before my death I
give them the like guifte.
Item I bequeath to the
churchwardens of the parishe of St.Clement Danes aforesaid to be paied within
one yeare after my death twentie pounds in mony towards the puttinge forth of
five poore children of the same parish apprentices.
Item I give and bequeath to
the churchwardens of the parish
of Christ Church, London, where I sometimes dwelt twentie nobles in mony
towards the puttinge forth of twoe poore children of that parishe apprentice,
the same to be paied within one yeare after my death.
Item I bequeath unto my
cosen Barton my uncle Halls daughter to buy necissaries for herself and
her children tenn pounds in mony and to be paied within six months after my
death. To my cosen Elizabeth Bayley
wife of Theophilus Bayley I bequeath fortie shillings, and to their
little daughter twentie shillings.
brother in law Mr.William Mountague fortie shillings. To George Mountague twentie shillings. To John
and Edward Lambert twentie shillings a peece. And to John Saltre twentie
shillings to make every one of them a ringe to weare in remembrance of me.
Item I bequeath to my sister
in lawe Anne Ballard tenn pounds in money to make her a diamond ring to weare
for my sake.
My will and mind further is
and I doe desire that if my executors thinke good to have a sermon att my
buriall that then my worthie good friend Doctor Tonge will be pleased to take
paines to preach the same. And for his paines I doe give fortie shillings unto
him. And to Doctor Juxon parson of the said parish of St.Clement I give twentie
shillings if he shall give way to the said Doctor to preach at my buriall.
Item I give to everie of my
servants that shall dwell with me at my death twentie shillings in mony.
The rest and residue of all
and singular my goods chattells and debts where of by custome of the said cittie
I may dispose I whollie give and bequeath to my said brother Adrian Ballard and
to his said sonne John Ballard my nephewe whome I make and ordaine the joynte
executors of this my last will and testament. And I desire and appointe the said Doctor Tonge and my cousin Theophilus Bayley and Mr.
Henrie Dormir of Ludgate Hill haberdasher to bee the oversers of this my
will intreating them accordinge to the confidence which I repose in them to see
the same performed and to be assistinge to my executors in the execucion
thereof. I doe give unto every of them fortie shillings to make rings to weare
in remembrance of me.
In witness whereof I the said
Daniel Ballard have to this my present last will and testament containing with
this leafe six leaves or sheets of paper sett my seale and subscribed my name to
everie leaf thereof.
Dated the six and twentieth
day of March in the yeare of our Lord God after the computn of the Church of
England one Thousand six hundred and fortie. Dainell Ballard. Signed, sealed,
published and acknowledged by the said testator as and for his last will and
testament on the day of the date hereof, in the presence of John Salter, John
Hayne and John Palmer.
Memorandum. That on or about
the five and twentieth day of May Anno Domini one thousand six hundred and
fortie Daniell Ballard of St. Clements Danes in the Countie of Midd. Drapir did
on the said daie with an intent and purpose to have the same added to and be pte
and pcell of his last will and testament beinge of pfecte mynd and memory make
and declare this cidicill nuncupative in manner and forme following Vidl he the
said Daniell Ballard in regard that he had made his last will and testament and
therein had not provided a widdows chamber for Ruth Ballard his relict
accordinge to the custome of the Cittie of London he the said Daniell did by his
codicill give unto her in lieue of her said chamber and that shee should rest
fully satisfied and contented with what by his last will he had formerly given
her all his right and interest that he had in a
tenement in Wood Street, or he uttered words to the like effect and in
case shee should not rest satisfied therewith that then shee should have
nothinge to do with it or words to that effect which words hee uttered and spake
in the presence and hearinge of us whose names are hereunto subscribed Richard
Lee. Theophilus Bayly.
Pr will and codicil, London 15
June 1640, juramento Adrian Ballard & John Ballard. The executors.
 See the will of Thomas Ballard of the Minories 1659 in which he leaves his sister Elizabeth Bayley 2/6. IF this is the same Elizabeth Bayley then the Wimeswold branch is related to the Southwell one. This is further indicated by the bequest to Radcliffe on Trent and the bequest for educating native children in New England – bearing in mind that Jarvis and Charles Ballard would then be his cousins also!