The man I believe to be my 9th great grandfather William Noake wrote his Will on 2 Jan 1648 at Longburton, Dorset, England, and a cropped image from very near the beginning of that document appears below.
- The first word is easy: husbandman
- The last five words are easy: this my last will and
It is the word in between that I am yet to decipher but it seems to be something like "dofhoadayne".
Does anyone know what this word is likely to be?
It comes from this larger sample:
If you need particular sample letters from elsewhere in the document just ask for clarification via comments and I am happy to add a few more samples.
After accepting the answer of @RustyErpenbeck, and help from @bgwiehle with the difficult to read (at least for me) "church yarde", the above now reads to me as:
of Longburton in the county of Dorset husbandman doth ordayne this my last will and Testament in manner and formt following viz I give and bequeath my soul unto Allmighty God who gave it me and my bodie to be buried in Christian buriall in the parish church yarde of Long Burton from I give to the parish church of Long Burton Two shillings from