From: Richard Carruthers (firstname.lastname@example.org), Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
P.C.C. will (14 Fox Quire [PROB 11/550 according to documentsonline.pro.gov.uk]) dated 7 Sept. 1714 and proved at London 18 Jan. 1715/6 by Sarah STRAINGE, relict and executrix.
1.testator: John STRAINGE of Downinton parish of Leachlade [LECHLADE], co. Glos., gent.
2. to kinsman John STRAINGE of Brinckworth [BRINKWORTH] co. Wilts. houses etc. in Downinton after death of wife & all household goods then at death of wife. If he died v.p. [vita patris, i.e. during the life of his father] then house to go to his next elder brother & in default to the youngest brother.
3.to sister BANISTER's children, Richard, John, Anne and Jane BANISTER £10 each.
4.to sister BROWN's children, William, John, Mary & Elizabeth BROWN £10 each.
5.to goddaughter Sarah HAILES of Highworth [Wilts.] £10
6.to wives [wife's] kinsman Henry SHEPHEARD of Purton [Wilts.] £10 [THIS IS MY DIRECT FOREBEAR, he
lived 1675-1718 and was son of Samuel SHEPPARD of Purton and Hannah, née ?, his third wife]
7.to kinsman William HOOK £10
8.to cousin Christopher HAILES children £5 each
10.to two sisters
11.to poor of Leachlade [sic]
12. and my will is that at the death of my wife John STRAINGE shall give to his two brothers and all his sisters £20 each out of his legacy.
13.to friend John WARD of Leachlad [sic] mercer £5
14.residue to wife Sarah sole executrix
overseer: John WARD, mercer
Source: John SADLER's Wiltshire Genealogy collections, vol. 4, Bradenstoke to Buttermere, sub BRINKWORTH parish on GSU MFM # 1526752, item 4, p. 83.