Date:January 25, 2024

1705 – Abraham Annis of Sproxton

ABRAHAM ANNIS, who lived in the village of Sproxton, Leicestershire, was one of my Great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandparents and as with everyone, I have 512 of those! He was born in 1634 and was baptised on 14th September 1634

This Last Will and Testament was written on the 11th of June 1705. Abraham lived for a further nine years before dying in 1714. He was buried in Sproxton churchyard on Tuesday 6th March of that year. He had reached the age of 79 years.

Probate was granted on 22nd April 1715.

In the name of God, amen
The eleventh day of June
in the year of our Lord, 1705 by Abraham Anis of Sproxton
in the County of Leicestershire Moreover being of perfect Mind and Memory thanks be
given unto God therefore, I make and ordain this, my last Will and Testament
first of all I recommend my soul into the hand of God that I gave it, and for
my Body I command it to the earth, to be Buryed in a Christian like Manner at
the direction of my Executive, and my Worldly Estate, I Give xxxx and xxxxxx of –
in manner and form following.
I give and bequeath to John Annis My oldest son one shilling.
I give to Abraham Annis my second son one shilling
I give to Jonathan Annis my youngest son one shilling
I give unto my two grandchildren, Robert and Alice the son and daughter of John Annis to each five shillings.
I give unto my four grandchildren viz Thomas Annis, Isabel Annis, Elinor and Mary Annis, Children of Abraham Annis five shillings a piece.
I give ten shillings unto the four of the poorest Widows of Sproxton to be
divided and given to such as my Executive and ye overseers’ of ye poor shall
xxx xxxx xxxx
I do make and constitute Elinor Annis my sole Executive
of this my last Will and Testament all my Goods by her freely to be enjoyed
and I do hereby utterly revoke and xxxxx all former Wills and Testaments
confirming this to be my last Will and Testament.

In Witness thereof I have xxx unto xxx my hand and soul ye day and year
above written.

Signed Sealed and Declared
In ye presence of us
Robert Annis
John North
Samuel Trubshanie



Witness: Brother Robert
Children: John, Abraham, Elinor and Jonathan
Grandchildren: Robert, Alice, Thomas, Isabel, Elinor and Mary

NB. Those highlighted in blue are my direct male ancestors