Mary BULL of Colchester, Widow, 1746. D/ACW 29/6/24

In the Name of God Amen I Mary Bull of Colchester in the County of Essex Widow being sick and Weak in
Body but of a sound and Dispposing Mind and Memory (Thanks be to Almighty God for the Same) Do make this my
Last Will and Testament in Manner and form following Namely First I give and Devise unto my son John
Bull and his heirs for Ever All that my Copyhold Messuage or Tenement and Farm called Gunns and Manns
with the yards Gardens Orchards Lands rights members and Hereditaments thereto Belonging containing by
estimation forty Acres more or less scituate Lying and being in Wivenhoe in the said County And now in
the occupation of Mr Thomas Sidney his Assignee or Assigns On this Condition That He my said son
John bull and his heirs shall and do at his and their own Costs and Charges by and out of the Rents and
profitts of the said ########## Estate as the same shall arise or by some other ways and means pay
off and Discharge a Moiety or half part of the Mortgage of Sixty pounds and Interest now Subsisting on
my Copyhold Estate called Bacons herein after devised by me to my son Benjamin Bull But if my said
son John shall neglect or refuse to discharge such Mortgage and Interest in Manner aforesaid Then and
in that case only I give and devise the said Estate called Gunns and Manns unto my said son Benjamin
Bull and his heirs forever Also I give and devise unto my son Benjamin Bull all that my Copyhold plot
called Bacons Containing by Estimation Twenty five Acres more or less with a Barn thereunto belonging
scituate Lying and being in Wivenhoe aforesaid and now in the occupation of the said Thomas Sidney
his assignee or assignes To hold unto my said son Benjamin and the heirs of his Body Lawfully to be begotten
and for Default of Such Issue I Give and Devise the Said last mentioned premisses unto my said son
John Bull and his heirs for ever subject nevertheless and I do hereby Charge the said plott and
premises Called Bacons with one Annuity or yearly sum of six pounds of Lawfull money of Great
Britain for and During the Term of the Natural Life of my Daughter Mary (the now wife of John
Pimm) which said Annuity or yearly sum of six pounds I will & Direct shall on the Twenty fifth
Day of March and on the Twenty Ninth day of September in Every year to Commence as after Mentioned
During the Natural Life of the said Mary be paid Freed and Discharged of and from all taxes assessments
impositions or other charges whatsoever into the proper hands of the said Mary my Daughter for her sole
and separate use & advantage Exclusive of the said John Pimm her husband and not any ways subject
to his debts and Control and for which her receipt alone notwithstanding her Coverture shall from
time to time be a sufficient discharge and I do hereby order that the the first payment thereof shall begin
and be made on the first of the said Days which shall first happen next after three years from my decease
But not before the Expiration of the said three years And I do hereby declare my mind and will to be
That in case the said Annuity or yearly sum of six pounds or any part thereof shall be in arrears & unpaid
by the space of Two Months next after Either of the said Days in any one year on which the same ought
to be paid as aforesaid that then it shall and may be Lawfull to and for John Skingley of Colchester aforesaid
Baymaker his Executors & Administrators and I Do hereby authorize Impower and require him his ex[ecu]tors
and Ad[ministra]tors to Enter into and upon the said plott & premisses called Bacons or any part thereof and to receive
and Take the Rents Issues and profitts thereof until such yearly sum of six pounds and all arrears
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Thereof Incurred before such entry and to be Incurred during such possession Together with all his and their
Costs and charges which shall be sustained by reason or occasion of any such default of payment
Shall be fully paid and satisffyed and after deducting his and their Costs and Charges I will that
The said John Skingley his Ex[ecu]tors or Ad[ministra]tors shall pay and apply such sum and sums of Mony as he or
Thay shall from time to time receive by such Entry as aforesaid into the hands of the said Mary my daughter
For her sole and separate use and advantage exclusive of the said John Pimm her husband and not any ways
subject  to his Debts or Control and for which her receipt alone Notwithstanding her Coverture shall
from time to time be asufficient Discharge Also I give and Devise unto my said son Benjamin Bull
and his heirs for Ever All that my Reversion or Remainder Expectant on the Death of my
Brother in Law Francis Lucas of and in all that Coppyhold Messuage Tenement and Farm called
Pilgrims with the Lands Hereditaments and Appurtenances thereunto Belonging Containing by
Estimation Twenty five acres more or less scituate Lying and being in East Donyland in the said
County of Essex and now in the occupation of John Lucas his assignee or assigns Likewise I
Will that my Executor herein named his Ex[ecu]tors or Ad[ministra]tors shall and do with all Convenient speed after
my Decease make sale of all that my Copyhold Messuage or Tenement with its Kitchen and Kitchen Chamber
Scituate Lying and being in Wivenhoe Aforesaid and holden of the Mannor of Wivenhoe in the Said
County Late in the occupation of Martin Gage and now of          Wade his assignee or assigns
for the best price that can or may be gott for the same And I do hereby Give and devise the said
Last Mentioned Messuage or Tenement and premises to the use of such person or persons and for
Such estate and Estates and under such provise and provisos and in such sort manner and form
as my said executor hic Executors or Administrators shall on or before the next General court
Baron to be holden for the said Mannor next after my Decease by any Deed or Deeds
Witing or Writings under his or their hand and seal attested by two or more Credible Witnesses declare
Limitt or appoint and for Default of such Declaration Limitation or Appointment To the use
of the said John Bull his heirs and assigns for Ever To  the Intent that the same may be sold and the
purchase mony applied to and for the uses intents and purposes aforesaid And I do hereby
further will that all the moneys raised by such sale together with the Rents and profitts of the
said premises until such sale be added to my personal Estate and then the same shall by my
said Executor or Executors or Administrators (after all just charges Deducted0 be Imployed and
Disposed of In the first place for and towards the payment of all my Just Debts Exclusive of the said
Mortgage which I shall owe at the Time of my Decease and the probate of this my Will and my
Funeral charges and the surplus thereof If any after such payments as aforesaid I will and Direct
Shall go Equally and be Divided Between my said Two sons John and Benjamin Bull And I Do
Hereby Declare my mind to be that the purchasor or purchasors shall not not be answerable
For any misapplication of the said purchase money Further I Do will that the said Mary
Pimm my daughter shall have the Best of my Cloaths and Wearing Linnen and a Box withal
The Linnen in it marked Number (1) and I Do Give and Bequeath the said Cloaths Linnen
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And Box unto said Daughter accordingly Also I give and bequeath unto my said son John Bull my
Best Bed Bedstead and yellow hangings with all the furniture to the said Bedstead and hangings
Belonging also I give and bequeath unto my said son John five pounds that his Grandmother Mitchell
Left him Together with a trunk mark’t Number (2) and all the things therein Likewise I
Give and Bequeath unto my said son Benjamin my other Bed Bedstead and Blew hangings
With all the furniture thereunto Respectively Belonging together with my best Chest of Drawers
My best Looking Glass a Silver Spoon Mark’t T:B: and other Letters and a small trunk Mark’t
Number (3) and all the things therein Also I give and Bequeath unto my said son in Law John
Pimm a Silver Spoon Mark’t M:B: All the Rest and Residue of my Personall Esate of
What nature or kindsoever and wheresoever after payment of my Just Debts Legacys funeral
Charges and the charge of the probate of this my Will I Give and Bequeath unto my said sons
John and Benjamin Bull equally to be Divided Between them part and share alike
And lastly I Do nominate constitute and appoint my said son John Bull sole Executor
of this my last Will and Testament hereby Revoking all former wills by me at any time
heretofore made I Do Declare this to be my Last In Wness whereof I the said Mary
Bull have to this my last Will and Testament Contained in three sheets of paper sett
my seal to the Labell that affixeth them together and my hand to the two first sheets
thereof and my hand and seal to this last sheet the seventeenth day of aprill
in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven hundred and forty four

Signed sealed published and Declared by the said
Mary Bull the Testratrix as and for her last Will
And Testament in the presence of us and by us attested
In her presence
Tho: Fairbrother  Whitesmith In Colchester
Wm Fenning         Blacksmith
Samuel Wall

24th July 1746
The said John Bull sole Executor
Was sworn faithfully to perform
His said Executorship
Before me
Thomas Halley Surrogate

Testatrix lived and died at
Wivenhoe in Essex

This Will of Mary Bull late of Wivenhoe in the County of Essex
Widow dec[eas]ed was proved the twenty fourth Day of July in the Year of our Lord one
Thousand seven hundred and forty six Before the Rev. Thomas Halley Clk A:M.
Lawful Surrogate & by the oath of John Bull the natural and lawful Son of
The dec[eas]ed and sole Executor To whom administration was granted he being first
sworn duly to administer

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