The will of John Grant, 1729

Will made 29 Mar 1729 . Testator died [date unknown] . Will proved 20 Dec 1729

  In the Name of God Amen

I John Grant of Steeple cum Stansgate in the County of Essex

Yeoman being in good health of Body and of sound mind praised

Be God for the same do make and ordain this my last Will and

Testament in manner following first and principally I commend

my Soul to God hopeing for a joyfull Resurrection to Eternall

life through the meritts of my Blessed Redeemer Jesus Christ

my Body I committ to the Earth to be decently interred at the

discretion of my Executrix hereinafter named and as to my

Temporall Estate I dispose thereof as followeth I give and

bequeath unto John Willingale of Southminster in the County

of Essex the Sum of two hundred Pounds of lawfull Money of

Great Britain to be paid unto him by my Executrix hereinafter

named in manner following (that is to say) ten Pounds paid

thereof within one Month next after my decease the Sum of one

Hundred Pounds more part thereof within twelve Months next

after my decease and after the payment of the said Hundred

Pounds then ten Pounds p Ann untill the remaining Sum of

Ninety Pounds shall be fully paid and satisfyed but my mind

as well is that in case the said John Willingale shall happen to

depart this life before my said Legacy shall become due and

payable unto him in manner as aforesaid either in all or in part

that then all or such part as shall not be due unto him at the time

of his decease by virtue of this my will shall be and remain unto

my said Executrix Item I give unto my Kinsman John Uskell[?]

the Sum of ten Pounds of like lawfull Money to be paid unto him

by my said Executrix within twelve Months next after my

decease Item I give to my Cousin William Woodwards all my

Wearing Apparell to be delivered unto him immediately after

my decease Item I give to my cousin John Woodwards Son

of Jeremiah Woodwards the Sum of ten Pounds of like lawfull

Money to be paid unto him by my said Executrix when he shall

attain to the Age of one and twenty Yeares Item I request and

desire my Servant Isaac Barker to be aiding and assisting to

my Executrix hereinafter named about the Execution and

performance of this my Will in such matter and things as she

shall request and desire his aid and assistance and I give to the

said Isaac Barker the Sum of twenty Pounds of lawfull Money

for his paines and trouble therein lastly I give and bequeath

unto Elizabeth Sharpe Daughter of William and Elizabeth

Sharpe of Tolleshunt Bushes in the said County of Essex all

and singular my Goods Chattels Cattell Stock Leases Ready

Money Bonds Bills and all other my Personnall Estate whatsoever

she paying my Debts Legacyes and Funerall Expenses out of the

same and I do hereby nominate and appoint her the said

Elizabeth Sharpe the Younger sole Executrix of this my will

hereby revoking all former Wills by me made and declarring

this only to be my last Will and Testament In Witness whereof

I have hereunto sett my Hand and Seal the Nine and Twentyeth Day

of March Anno D[omi]ni 1729 Anno Secundo Georgii Secundi Regis

John Grant .. Signed Sealed published and declared by the said

Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in our presence

and attested by us in his presence Isaac Harrison Elizabeth

Harrison Tho Forde

[The probate details of this will are in Latin, and have not been fully deciphered yet, but the will was proved on 20th December 1729, and refers to Elizabeth Sharpe as 'Ux[or] Isaaci Barker' - wife of Isaac Barker]

[Copied at Essex Record Office - document reference (on microfiche) 259 BR 20]

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