Thomas SWAN of Wivenhoe, Fisherman, 1745. D/ACW 29/5/26

In the Name of God amen I Thomas Swan of Wivenhoe in the
County of Essex Fisherman being sick and weak of Body but of Sound
And perfect memory at the Sealing, hereof, thanks be given to Almighty
God for the same, Do this Eighteenth Day of July one thousand Seven
Hundred forty five make and ordain this my Last Will and testament
In manner and form following.  First and principally I Commend my
Soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave it to me and my
Body I Commit to the Earth to be Decently Buried at the Discretion
of my Loving wife.  And as touching such wordly Goods as
it hath pleased God to endue me with I dispose thereof as
followeth:  I do hereby Devise and Bequeath all my goods and
Chattles to Ann my Loving wife and my three children  John Swan
Benjamin Swan and Ann Swan to be imployed towards the bringing
of my my two youngest Children; and when my Son John Swan shall
attain the Age of Twenty one years then my will and pleasure is that
he shall have one fourth part of all the profitts and Earnings
of my Fishing Vessole for his part for his work; and in the mean time
my will is that the profitts and Earnings of my said vessole shall be imployed
for the support of my said wife and three Children herein before mentioned
And I do hereby revoke all former Wills Testaments and Legacyes and Executors
before made: And do appoint Ann my said Loving wife to be Executrix
of this my last Will and Testament Rattifying and Confirming this to be
and contain my Last Will and Testament in Witness whereof I have here
unto Set my hand and Seal the Day and year above written
The mark of Thomas Swan (X)
Signed Sealed published by the said Thomas Swan
The Testator to be and Contain his last will and
Testament in our presence and we attested
The same in his presence
John Rayner
John Potter
Proved 3 Aug 1745 by Ann Swan the executrix before Philip Morant, Surrogate

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