WILL OF SIMON MEWSE, 1736
Whereas I have according to the custom of the Mannor of Lowestoft surrendered all my copyhold estate, holden of the said Mannor to the uses in my last will mentioned, I do dispose thereof and of all my other personal Estate and Effects in manner following.
First I will that all my just debts, funeral expences and the probate of this my will be paid and discharged.
And I give, devise and bequeath all that my customary cottage or tenement with the appurtenances wherein I now dwell, and also all that my Slaughter House with the appurtenances to my loving wife Mary for and during the term of her Natural Life.
And from and after her decease I give and bequeath the said premises to such child or children of her body as shall be by me begotten, and to my daughters Elizabeth Mewse and Mary Mewse, equally share and share alike, and to their several and respective heirs and assignes for ever.
Also I give and bequeath unto my said daughters Elizabeth and Mary Mewse the sum of Two Hundred Pounds apeice of lawfull money of Great Britain to be paid to them respectively at their respective ages of twenty one years, provided I have no issue then living or that my said wife shall be pregnant at the time of my decease, then and in such case I give to my said daughters Elizabeth and Mary Mewse One Hundred and Fifty Pounds apeice and no more to be paid to them at their respective ages of twenty one years as aforesaid.
All the rest and residue of my Estate or Effects of what nature kind or quality soever they be, I give and Bequeath to my loving wife Mary to and for her sole use and benefit.
And I do hereby nominate, Declare and appoint my loving brother William Mewse and my said loving wife Mary Joynt Executors of this my Will
And lastly I do hereby revoke and make void all former wills by me made, ratifying aand confirming this to be my last will and testament. In witnes whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this sixteenth day of June in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seavon Hundred Thirty Six.
[Signed] Simon Mewse
Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said Simon Mewse the Testator, as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who subscribed our names in his presence.
[This will was proved the tenth day of November in the year of our Lord 1736 ]