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WILL OF ELIZABETH MEWSE of Wapping 1770




In the name of God Amen. I, Elizabeth MEWSE of the parish of St George in the county of Middlesex, Spinster, being weak of body but of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding do make and ordain this to be my last Will and Testament in manner and form following:

That is to say, first and principally I recommend my soul unto the hands of Almighty God hoping for a joyful ressurection through the merits of my blessed reedeemer Jesus Christ, and my body I commit to the earth to be decently interred.

And as to such worldly estate it hath pleased God to bless me with, I give and dispose thereof as followeth:

That is to say I give devise and bequeath unto William HODGE and Martha HODGE my executor and executrix hereinafter named, and the survivor of them and the executors and administrators of such survivor the sum of six hundred pounds three percent bank consolidated annuitys (sic) upon the several uses, trusts, intents and purposes hereinafter mentioned, that is to say,

In trust that they, the said William HODGE and Martha HODGE or the survivor of them or the executors and administrators of such survivor shall and do pay, apply, and dispose of the yearly dividends, interest and produce thereof as the same shall from time to time arise or be received, unto my neice Dorothy WILLES, wife of Richard WILLES of Moorfields, Broker, for and during the term of her natural life to receive the same to and for her own sole use and benefit to the intent that the same may not be at the disposal of or subject or liable to the control, debts, or engagements of her husband, or any after taken husband, but only at her own sole and separate disposal.

And upon further trust that they, my said trustees or the survivor of them and the executors and administrators of such survivor shall and do from and after the decease of my said neice Dorothy WILLES pay, apply and dispose of the yearly dividends interest and produce thereof as the same shall from time to time arise or be received for and towards the education, maintenance and bringing up of Elizabeth WILLES daughter of the above named Dorothy and Richard WILLES until she shall attain the age of twenty-one years and on her, the said Elizabeth attaining her said age of twenty one years then to pay, assign or transfer the said six hundred pounds to the said Elizabeth WILLES to and for her own use and benefit for ever,

but if in case the said Elizabeth WILLES should depart this life before she attains the age of twenty one years then and in such case I do direct that my said trustees should assign over or transfer the sum of four hundred pounds, part of the said six hundred pounds, unto my cousins Ann PLYFORT who lives near Yarmouth in the County of Norfolk, Widow, and Elizabeth RANDALL who also lives near Yarmouth in the said County, Spinster, Hannah GILBY the wife of (Space left for name) GILBY of Yarmouth in the said County, Mariner, and Margaret RANDALL of the same place and county, spinster. to be equally divided between them, share and share alike

And as to the two hundred ponds residue of the said six hundred pounds I do hereby direct my said Trustees to divide between all every the child or children of the said William HODGE and Martha his wifeas shall be living at the death of the said Elizabeth WILLES on their attaining their total and respective age or ages of twenty oneyears.

Also I give and bequeath to Elizabeth daughter of William and Martha HODGE one hundred pounds three percent bank consolidated annuitys to be paid or transferred to the said Elizabeth when and as soon as she shall attain the age of twenty one years, and in the meantime and until the said Elizabeth shall attain such age the interest and produce of the said one hundred pounds to be laid out and paid by my said executors for and towards the maintenance, education and bringing up of the said Elizabeth, but in case the said Elizabeth shall die before she attains the age of twenty one years, then I bequeath the said one hundred pounds unto the said William HODGE and Martha his wife to and for their own use and benefit

Also I give and bequeath to Margaret daughter of William and Martha HODGE one hundred pounds three percent bank consolidated annuitys to be paid or transferred to the said Margaret when and as soon as she shall attain the age of twenty one years, and in the meantime and until the said Margaret shall attain such age the interest and produce of the said one hundred pounds to be laid out and paid by my said executors for and towards the maintenance, education and bringing up of the said Margaret, but in case the said Margaret shall die before she attains the age of twenty one years, then I bequeath the said one hundred pounds unto the said William HODGE and Martha his wife to and for their own use and benefit

Also I give and bequeath to Martha daughter of William and Martha HODGE one hundred pounds three percent bank consolidated annuitys to be paid or transferred to the said Martha when and as soon as she shall attain the age of twenty one years, and in the meantime and until the said Martha shall attain such age the interest and produce of the said one hundred pounds to be laid out and paid by my said executors for and towards the maintenance, education and bringing up of the said Martha, but in case the said Martha shall die before she attains the age of twenty one years, then I bequeath the said one hundred pounds unto the said William HODGE and Martha his wife to and for their own use and benefit

Also I give and bequeath unto the said William HODGE and Martha his wife one hundred pounds three percent bank consolidated annuities to be transferred to them, the said William HODGE and Martha his wife by my said executors within six months after my decease.

Also I give and bequeath to my cousin, the above mentioned Ann PLYFORT my grey poplin silk gown and one hundred pounds three percent bank consolidated annuitys to be transferred to her within six months after my decease.
Note: Ann PLYFORT was probably Ann PLAYFORD, b 1734 dau of John PLAYFORD and Ann WOODHOUSE (m 1732). There is no record in the Yarmouth register for any PLYFORTs.

Also I give and bequeath unto, the above mentioned Elizabeth RANDALL one hundred pounds three percent bank consolidated annuitys to be transferred to her within six months after my decease.

I give and bequeath unto the above mentioned Hannah GILBY my garnet damask gown and one hundred pounds three percent bank consolidated annuitys to be transferred to her by my executors within six months after my decease.

Also I give and bequeath unto the abovementioned Margaret RANDALL my white Brolio Gown, six cloth aprons, six shifts, and three pairs of sleeves and one hundred pounds three percent bank consolidated annuitys to be transferred to her by my executors within six months after my decease.

Item I give devise and bequeath unto my late servant, Catherine FFARROW all sum or sums of money whatsoever which shall be due and owing from the said Catherine FFARROW to me at my decease. Also I give and bequeath to the said Catherine FFARROW all the household goods and chattels be the same of what nature or kind whatsoever as belongeth to me and shall be in the possession of the said Catherine FFARROW at her house in the parish of St John, Wapping in the county of Middlesex at the time of my decease to and for her own use and benefit for ever.

Also I give and bequeath unto Miss Susannah BOYCE the sum of ten pounds also to be paid within six months of my decease.

Also I give and bequeath unto the Reverend Mr Quinn the sum of ten pounds also to be paid within six months of my decease.

Also I give and bequeath unto the Society of Shakespear's Walk meeting house the sum of ten pounds to be paid within six months of my decease.

Also I give and bequeath unto the above mentioned Dorothy WILLES my silver cup, four silver spoons, my silver snuff box, my gold pocket piece with a hole in it, one blue and white silk gown, one middle worked gown, one crape gown and one blue Taffety

Also I give and bequeath unto the said Martha HODGE, wife of the said William HODGE one crimson silk gown, , my gold watch with the chain, seals and also the furniture, household goods and chattels belonging to me in the back room up one pair of stairs in the house of the said Martha Also I give and bequeath unto the said Elizabeth HODGE, daughter of the said William and Martha my pint silver mugg

Also I give and bequeath unto Mr John EADE the sum of twenty one pounds

Item I give and bequeath unto Thomas BREAM of Lowestoft in the county of Suffolk ten pounds to be paid within six months of my decease.

And as to the rest of my personal estate whatsoever and wheresoever I give and bequeath the same and every part thereof unto the said William HODGE and Martha his wife to and for their own use and benefit for ever and my mind and will ia that my said trustees and executors and the survivor of them or the executors and administrators of such survivor shall not be charged or chargable or accountable for more moneys or other part of my estate or effects than what he she or they shall respectively and actually receive by virtue of this my will and that the one of them shall not be answerable or chargable with or for the acts , receipts, neglects or defaults of the other of them but such of them for himself and for his her or their acts , receipts, neglects or defaults only.

And lasly I do nominate and appoint the said John EADE, William HODGE and Martha HODGE Execotors and executrix of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me heretofore made and do ratify and confirm this to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof I the said testatrix have to this will contained in three sheets of paper to the firstand second sheet subscribed my name and to the last have set my hand and seal this twenty first of February in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy.

Elizabeth MEWSE

Witnesses: Mr John WELLS
and Mr Malbon

Proved 26th November 1770

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