In the name of God Amen. I William MEWSE of Corton in the County of Suffolk, Mariner, being of sound disposing mind and memory do make publish and declare this to be my last will and testament in manner and form following, that is to say

I commend my soul into the hands of almighty God hoping for a happy ressurection at the last day and my body to the earth to be decently interred at the discrection of my executors hereinafter named and as to my worldly estate, I give and dispose thereof as follows:

That is to say I give and devise unto Catherine my wife all that my messuage or tenement known by the name of the White Horse woth the outhouses, garden, land and hereditaments thereto belonging lying and being in Corton aforesaid now in my own occupation to hold the same messuage land and premises with their appurtenances to the said Catherine my wife for and during the term of her natural life, and after her decease I give and devise all the same premises to William my son and to his heirs and assigns for ever

But if my son shall depart this life in the lifetime of my said wife and without leaving any lawful issue then I giva and devise all the same premises after my said wife's decease to John MEWSE and Samuel MEWSE my brothers and to their heirs and assigns for ever to hold to them as tenants in common and not as joint tenants.

But my mind and will is that as soon as my said son shall come to the age of twenty one years that then and from thenceforth he shall receive out of the said premises and I give and devise to him and his assigns one annuity or clear yearly grant of two pounds and two shillings to be issuing and payable thereout. The first payment therof to commence twelve months next after my said son shall so attain his said age of twenty one years

And if the same annuity of two pounds two shillings or any part thereof shall be unpaid or in arrears by the space of three calendar months next after the same shall become annually payable then my mind and will is that my said son and his assigns shall, and I so hereby empower them so often as the same shall be in appear to enter the same premises and have and enjoy the same untl the same annuity so in arrear be fully paid and satisfied together with the costs and charges of such entry or entries

Also I do hereby give to my said wife the use and occupation of all household goods and chattels and personal estate whatsoever after first paying thereout all my just debts, funeral and testementary expences and after her decease I give and bequeath tthe same to my said son

And I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint Samuel GILBERT of Corton aforesaid, Farmer, and John BEARD of the same place, Farmer, executors of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all others made by me at any time heretofor made, in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this fourth day of January in the year of our Lord One thousand seven hundred and seventy

William MEWSE............

Sealed published and declared by the said testator as and for his last will
and testament in the presence of us who in his presence and at his request and
in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto:

Prilly, Will Ablett ........ Robt Reeve

William's signature and seal

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