In the name of God Amen the nineteenth day of ffebruary in the year of our Lord God according to the computation of the Church of England One Thousand six Hundred ffiftie Six I Simon Benning of London pewterer being in health of body and of good and perfect memories Praised bee God and being intended forthwith to take a voyage to the Barbados beyond the Seas by the permission and providence of Allmightie God therefore doe make and Ordaine this my present will and Testament Containing therein my last will in manner and forme following, that is to say, ffirst I command myselfe and all my whole estate to the mercie and protection of Allmightie God being fully persuaded by his holy spiritt through the death and passion of Jesus Christ to obtaine full pardon and remission of all my sins and to inheritt everlasting life ffirst.  I will that all such debts as I shall happen to owe at my decease shalle truely be paid as they Growe due in such manner as is hereafter addressed and sett downe ----- Item I give and bequeath unto my brother William Benning the sums of Threescore and ten pounds pounds of lawfull money of England to bee pd upon demande after my decease alsoe I do give and bequeath unto my said brother William Benning all these my goods mentioned and addressed in one Bill of Ladeing Signed by David Larkwood? Master of the goods on shipp called the reall freinde? shipp now bounde for Barbados aforesaid if it shall soe please God that I depart this natural life upon or beyonde the Seas provided allways and my will minde and intent is that my said brother William Benning after receipt of the said goods and sale being made out of the money that shall bee raised for the said goods shall forthwith pay unto the severall parties hereafter nominated these several somes following that is to sae ffirst my will is that he pay unto John Bedford of London Parishe Churche the sume of Thirtie pounds of lawfull money of England together with interest for the sume accordinge to the true Intent abd meaninge of one obligation  with Condition theresoe written for payment of the said Sume of Thirtie pounds with interest unto the said John Bedford his heirs Executors Administrators and Assignes by the said Simon Benning William Benning and ffrancis Benning or any of them theire heires Executors Administrators or Assignes relation being had unto the said obligation it doth and may more fully appeare And alsoe it is my will that my said brother William Benning doe pey or cause to be paid unot John Duffield London England or his Assignes out of the moneys soe raised upon the goods as aforesaid the sume of six pounds six shillings of like lawfull money and further it is my will that my said brother William Benning doe also pay or cause to be paid unto my brother Tobias Benning or his assigned out of the moneys soe raised upon the goods as aforesaid the sume of six poundes eleven shillings and six pense of the said John Duffield and my brother Tobias Benning havinge purchased with me certaine goods to the respective value of said sumes of money, provided allways that if it shall happen that after my decease as aforesaid my said brother William Benning doe not receive all the said goods mentioned in the Bill of Ladeing as aforesaid but only some part thereof then my will is that my said brother William Benning doe pay unto the said John Duffield and my brother Tobias Benning soe farr as the said goods shall amounte unto either in parte or in full.  And it is my will and meaning that if there bee not wherewithall upon the goods as aforesd to satisfie the said John Bedford or his Assignes the full payment of the saide Thirtie pounds with Interest when it shall growe due upon the aforesaid Obligation my minde will Intent and meaninge therein that my said brother William Benning and ffrancis Benning my Executor do joyntly pey part and part alike and equally satisfye content unto the said John Bedford the said sume of Thirtie puonds together with the Interest whereby the said obligation may bee discharged  Item I give and bequeath unto my brother Tobias Bening the sume of Tewntie pounds of lawfull Englishe money to bee paid upon demande after my decease  Item I do give and bequeath unto my brother John Bening the sum of ffortie pounds of like lawfull money to bee paid to his present Guardian William Bening of page one and in the parishe of Tottnam ale [alsoe] Tottenham in the Countie of Middlesex or any other that shall happen to bee his Guardian hereafter upon Demande after my death for the onely use and behoofe of my said brother John Bening when he shall attain to the age of one and Twentie years and if it shall happen that my said brother John Bening this life to depart before he attaine to the said age of one and Twentie years my will and meaninge is that my brother William Bening shall have the saide ffortie pounds if he shall then bee livinge but if deceased further this my will and meaninge is that my brother Tobias Bening shall have the said fortie pounds,  X  X  X  X  X  X  X   And lastly as concerning all other my Estate either reall or personnall wheresoever what soever or howsoever I give and bequeath to my brother ffrancis Bening whome I make my sole Executor of this my last will and Testament in Wittnesse whereof I have here unto sett my hand and seale this day and year that is first above written Simon Benning Sealed Signed and delivered in the presence of ye? Tho:Barnarde, Samuell Hursman?/ffursman? Str./
 

[The following Latin part of the will is not transcribed with any degree of accuracy.]
 

Probatum apud London fact huinswode (?) estamentie soram venerabili et egregio Domino Initietino merite _____________ et ____________ Dertore curia Pre-opative Cantuarion Magistre Cussode ___________ commissarie logitune tenssitute Litesuno ____________ die __________ ___________ Domini Millesunio Segrented ______________ Quarto paramente Frantisi Benning fratrie ditti dosuncti et _________ in ___________ ______ altuna aoluntato dict defunct _________ cui Somlanissa fuit deminssiatro ammium et _____________ bonord __________ et Crediternum eniSem defunct devene et fideliter ____________ eadeni old Sancta Dei Evangelia in debito Junio forma jurat.

[This will was proved in London on 25 June 1664, with Francis Benning as executor.]