The will of Francis Greene

References: IC500/1/126(77) (original) and IC500/2/66/44 (registered copy and probate, August 1674), (Suffolk County Record Office, Bury St Edmunds).

Back to the pages on Francis Greene, Lambert Greene, The Greenes or The Greenes-Fraser chain.


This will was made on 23rd September 1672.

The first section reads:-

‘I ffrancis Greene of Newmarkett in the County of Suff Apothecary being of sound… mynde & memory God be praysed doe make & ordayne this my last will & teastamt in manner & forme following… ffirst I… my soule into the hands of Almighty God my maker assuredly trusting by and through the merits of Christ Jesus my Saviour to be made partaker of life everlastinge And my body I comitt to the earth whereofitt was made And as for my worldly estate… God in his mercy hath given me I give & dispose as followeth…’

He mentions his:-

‘wife Susan Greene’
‘daughter Susan Greene’
‘sonne in law Lambert Greene[Note: by ‘sonne in law’ he appears to mean legal, but not biological son]
‘said sonn Lambert Greene[Note: consistent with the comment above]
‘brother Willm Greene’
‘brother Robte Greene’

and it includes the interesting bequest:-

‘I give and bequeath unto Susan my wife during her natural life my greene bedd… all the furniture threreunto belonging & also the greene chairs the table & other furniture in the said chamber’

Interestingly he signs his name ‘ffran Greene’, which presumably is how he was known.

Probate was in August 1674.