George CLARKE of Wivenhoe, Cooper, 1795.  D/ACW 36/4/28

In the Name of God Amen.
I George Clarke of Wivenhoe in the County of Essex Cooper being of
Sound mind and memory, Do make and Ordain this my last Will &
Testament in manner and form as followeth. First and Principally I commend
my Soul into the Hands of Almighty God and my Body to the
Earth to be there decently buried in Wivenhoe Church Yard (and a Black
(Stone) Tomb Stone Erected over the Grave upon Brick work) at the
discretion of my Executors hereinafter mentioned and after all my
just Debts are paid, I give Devise and Bequeath all the Temporal
Effects it hath pleased God to bless me with in the following manner
I give and Devise unto my Son Samuel Clarke
of Wivenhoe aforesaid yeoman & Cooper, all and singular my Copy Hold
Houses situate being and lying in Wivenhoe aforesaid and which are
holden by Copy of Court roll of the Manor of Wivenhoe aforesaid
Also my Freehold Messuage or Tenement situate in Tollesbury
with the premisses thereto belonging also my now dwelling House
which is Freehold and situate in West Street in Wivenhoe aforesaid &
all in the County aforesaid
I give and Bequeath unto my said Son Samuel Clarke all and
singular my Household Furniture, all my Stock in the Coopers
Trade with the implements used thereon All Sum or Sums
of Money I may die possessed of, as well as what may be due to
me at my decease

And I do hereby nominate Constitute and appoint my said
Son Samuel Clarke and Philip Lay the Elder of Wivenhoe aforesaid
Innholder Joint Executors of this my Will in Trust for the purposes
aforementioned. And I do hereby revoke and make Null and
void all other Will or Wills by me before made or caused to be made
declareing this to be my last Witt and Testament. and which is
wrote upon two sheets of Common Writing paper and signed
and Sealed by me at the bottom of each Street. This thirtieth day
of September in the Year of Our Lord one thousand Seven Hundred
& Ninety Four 1794

George Clark

Signed, Sealed and Delivered by the said
Testator, as and for his last will and Testament
and We whose names are hereunto subscribed
(as Witnesses) did see the said Testator sign and
Seal the same as his request and in his presence
and in the presence of each other.

Francis Rudge
Martin Hopkins Sen. }Copy Holders
Gibson Cole
Sixteenth Day of November 1795 appeared personally
Samuel Clarke & Philip Lay the two Executors herein
named who were sworn to the truth of this will, & to the
due performance thereof before me.
John Smythies Surrogate
And that the whole of the Effects of the deceased do not amount
to the sum of forty Pounds
before me
John Smythies Surrogate

Proved on the sixteenth day of November in the year of
our lord one Thousand seven hundred and Ninety five before the reverend John
Smythies Clk Surrogate & by the Oaths of Samuel Clarke and Philip Lay
the Executors to whom Administration etc. was granted they being first sworn
duly to Administer

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