WILL OF WILLIAM MEWSE of SOUTHWOLD 1782
I William Mewse of Southwold in the County of Suffolk being in perfect health and sound mind memory and understanding do make publish and declare this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following
That is to say I direct my executrix hereinafter named to pay my Just Debts, Funeral charges and Probate of this my Will and such Legacys as I shall hereafter give and devise out of my personal estate.
Imprimis, I give and devise unto my nephew, James Clarke now in the East Indies the sum of Fifty Pounds to be paid within twelve months of my decease to the said James Clarke if he should be in England, but if the said James Clarke shall not be in England within the said twelve months after my decease, then my executrix to pay the aforesaid sum of Fifty Pounds to my nephew William Clarke in trust for his brother the said James Clarke
I give and devise to each of the children of my sister, Ann Glasspool, Wife of John Glasspool of Blundeston in the aforesaid county the sum of Ten Pounds to be paid within twelve months next after my decease unto John Glasspool my brother in law in trust for the said children
I give and devise unto my said sister Ann Glasspool all that messuage and piece of land thereunto belonging lying and being in Thurlton in the County of Norfolk, and also all that messuage and premises thereunto belonging lying and being in Blundestone in the aforesaid County of Suffolk and all those two pieces of marsh land lying and being in South Cove in the aforesaid County of Suffolk to her my said sister and to her disposal.
I give and devise unto my wife Sarah Mewse all those messuages which I purchased of my Brother in law William Clarke lying and being in Southwold in the aforesaid County of Suffolk in the occupation of myself and the Commissioners of the Customs, and also all those messuages and premises which I purchased of Lancelot Davey late of Southwold, Grocer, deceased, lying and being in Southwold aforesaid which were formerly the Custom House now in the occupation of Alexander Milbourne, William Tutton and Mathew Burwood, and also a Boat House in Southwold in the occupation of the said Commissioners for and during the term of her natural life, my said wife keeping the said premises in good and tenantable repair, she remaining a widdow and Unmarried
but if my said wife shall intermarry again with any other person then I do give and devise all those messuages and boathouse in Southwold aforesaid immediately after such intermarriage to be sold as hereafter named, but if my said wife shall not intermarry again but continue a Widdow then in that case I give and devise all those messuages and boathouse in Southwold aforesaid to be sold immediately after the decease of my said wife by my brother in law John Glasspool aforesaid or his executors or adminstrators and the produve thereof to be equally divided share and share alike betwixt all those children of my sister Ann Glasspool that shall be living at the time of my wife's decease.
My further will and desire is that in the case that by violence of the Sea the boathouse in Southwold aforesaid should be washed down, it is my will that my said wife shall not be obliged to build it up
I further give and devise unto Sarah my said wife the remainder of my personal estate of what nature and kind whatsoever, and lastly I do hereby nominate and appoint Sarah my said wife sole executrix to this my last will and testament, Revoking and making Void all former will or wills by me heretofore made confirming this only to be my last will and testament
In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twentyfifth day of February in the year of our Lord 1782.
(signed) William Mewse..........Signed, sealed published and declared by the above named William