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Mathew Beard m. Agnes Sherley 1626 at St. Margarets Church Westminster London


Dec 20, 1636... William Beard's will..."my estate here in Virginia", "my poor dear
sister in Rye, Dorothy Beard." "Towards a new church in James City, five hundred weight of tobacco." "My wicked wife Margaret..." "my nest of boxes" to Mr. Kempe, the King's secretary. Mr. William Swan and Mr. Edward Sherly, to be overseers. Will proved by Mr. Alexander Chill, the Executor, in London Oct 27, 1646. (Wills were proved in the county the executor lived not residence of the one writing the will). Mr. Chill was a merchant at Billingsgate in London.



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