WILL OF SAMUEL MEWSE of Wapping 1721
I, Samuel Mewse of the parish of Wapping, Stepney in the County of Middlesex, Master and Mariner, being in bodily health and sound disposing mind, memory and understanding and considering the perils and dangers of the seas and other uncertainties of this transitory life do, for avoiding controversys after my decease make publish and declare this my last will and testament in manner and form following
That is to say, first I recommend my soul to God that gave it and my body I commit to the earth or sea as it shall please God to order.
And as for and concerning all my worldly estate I give, bequeath and dispose thereof as follows (that is to say) after my just debts and ffuneral charges (if any shall be) be first well and truly paid and satisfied all and singular such wages, sum or sums of money, lands, tenements, goods, chattels and estate whatsoever as shall or may be due, owing or belonging unto me at the time of my decease, I do give devise and bequeath the same and every part or parcel thereof unto my loving wife Martha Mewse of the parish and county aforesaid and to her heirs for ever.
And I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint the said Martha Mewse full and sole executrix of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former and other wills, testaments and deeds of gift by me at any time heretofore made
And I do ordain and ratify these presents to stand and be for and as my only last will and testament, in witness whereof I have set my hand and seal this eighteenth day of December Anno dm 1721
Samuel Mewse.........Witnesses: Ann Mewse, Margaret Mewse, Henry King.
Will proved 13 Mar 1759 and executrix confirmed as Martha Mewse