m. BET 1574 AND 1604
m. bef 1610
Facts and Events
The 1627 Will of Peter Coffin of Brixton, Devon
"In the name of God, Amen, y3 21th day of December in y3 third yeare of the raigne of our Sovraigne Lord Charles of Greate Britaine France and Ireland Kinge Defender of ye Faith &c. I peter Coffyn of the Parish of Brixton in ye County of Devon being sick of body but in perfect minde and memory (thanks be to God) doe make and ordaine this my last Will and Testament in manner and forme followinge Imprs I give and bequeath my Soule to Allmighty God my Maker and Redeemer and my body to the Earth to be Decently buried. Item I give and bequeath to ye poore people of the Parish of Brixton XXs in money to be delivred unto them according to the discretion of my Executrix hereafter mentioned Item I give and bequeath unto Tristram Coffyn my Sonne one feather bedd … my best brasen panne and my best brasen crocke Item I give and bequeath unto Johan Coffyn my Wife ye issues pfitts and comodities of all my lands tenements & hereditaments wth in ye sayd Parish of Brixton dureing her widdowhood she yeelding and Payinge therefore yearly unto the sayd Tristram my Sonne his heirs and assignes the summe of Fifty shillings of lawfull English money at ye four most usual feasts of the year and also sufficient meat drink & clothes and convenient lodgings unto ye sayd Tristram according to his degree and callinge dureing her Widdowhood onely And if it happen ye sayd yearly rent of Fifty shillings or any part thereof to be behinde and unpayd that then and from thenceforth itt may and shall be lawfull to and for the sayd Tristram Coffyn his heirs and assignes unto all and singular thesaid prmises to enter and distraine and the distress so there taken from thence to lead drive carry away & empound and impound to detaine and keepe untill ye sayd rent of Fifty shillings with the arrearages of the same (if any bee) shall bee to him or them fully answered and payd. And further it is my Will that if the sayd Johan my Wife shall happen to marry that she shall immediately thereupon loose all ye pfitts commodities and right of that one tenement called Silferhey lying in Butlers in ye parish of Brixton aforesaid which duringe her Widdowhood by my Will she is to have and ye same to redound & be immediately in the possession of my Sonne Tristriam his heirs and assignes Item I doe give and bequeath unto my Sonne Tristriam All my lands rents reversions services & hereditamts with the appurtenances whatsoever sett lying & being wth in ye sayd County of Devon To have and to hold ye same and every part and parcel thereof to ye sayd Tristriam Coffyn his heirs and assignes forever to ye only pfitt & behoof of the said Tristriam Coffyn his heirs and assignes to be holden of the chiefe Lord and Lords of the Fee thereof by the rents and services therefor yearly due and payable and my Will farther is that if the said Tristriam my Sonne shall chance to dy without an heir male lawfully begotten or to be begotten of his body that then all the prmisses last mentioned & given to him shall redound unto John Coffyn my Sonne his heirs and assigns accordingly and in y same manner that it should to ye said Tristriam my Sonne Item I doe give and bequeath unto Johan Coffyn Deborah Coffyn Eunice Coffyn and Mary Coffyn my four Daughters to each of them severally Thirty pounds in money that is to say amongst them CXX£ to be payd when they or each of them severally shall be of the full age of twentie years Itm I give and bequeath unto John Coffyn my Sonne Fourty pounds in money to be payd him when hee shall be of the age of twenty years. Item I give & bequeath unto the child wc my Wife now goeth withal the sume of Thirty pounds in money to be payd when he or she shall be of the age of twentie years. Provided always & my mind & will is that if either Johan Coffyn Deborah Coffyn Eunice Coffyn Mary Coffyn John Coffyn or ye child my Wife goeth withal happen to dy before he she or they doe come to ye age of twenty years that then his her or their portion or portions shall be equally divided amongst the survivors Item All ye rest of the goods chattels and cattells not before given nor bequeathed I doe give and bequeath unto Johan Coffyn my Wife whome I make constitute and ordaine my full and whole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament And for ye better pformance hereof I doe in treat my well beloved in Christ my brother in law Phillip Avent and my Brother Niclas Coffyn to be ye Overseers to see this my last Will & Testament pformed—
Proved on the thirteenth day of March 1627 by Executrix. Inventory, £236 5s. 17d. [Archdeaconry of Totnes (Exeter), 1627.]"