John HOPKINS of Wivenhoe, Mariner & Fisherman, 1734. D/ACW 28/1/30

In the Name of God Amen: I John Hopkins of Wivenhoe in the County of Essex Marriner
and Fisherman being very sick and weak of Body but of sound and perfect memory at the sealing hereof do this
Twentieth Day of May in the Seventh year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Second by the Grace of
God, of great Britain France and Ireland King Defender of the faith (and so forth) 1734 do make and ordain
this is my Last Will and Testament in manner and form following first I Commend my Soul into the hands of
Almighty God (trusting through the Merritts of Jesus Christ my Redeemer to have Eternal Life) and my Body I Committ
to the Earth to be Buried in Christian and Decent Manner at the Discretion of my Executors herein after Named
And as touching such worldly Estate (worldly Estate) as it hath pleased God, to bless me with I: Give Devise and Dispose
of the same as followeth: Item I do hereby order Devise and Bequeath all my Freehold Lands Messuages, tenements
premises and appurtenances whatsoever and wheresoever that shall belong unto me at the time of my Decease to be Sold by
my Executors for the Best price they can gett. and the money thereof (to be) imployed for the maintenance and support of my
Children as is herein after mentioned. Item I Give to my Son Thomas Hopkins my mourning ring. Item. I do hereby
order my Smack and Boats and utensills; and Stock of Oysters to be sold by my Executors and the money arising thereby
together with the money arising from the Sale of the before mentioned freehold Estate to be all imployed for and towards the
maintenance and Support of all my Children till they are Capable to take Care and provide for themselves. and if any
thing remain I do hereby order it to be equally parted Between my Loving wife and all my Children when my youngest
Child shall attain the age of One and Twenty years; Butt if it shall so happen that my said Wife Shall Contract
Matrimoney after my Decease, then I do hereby order my Executors to take Care and order the bringing up of all
my Children. Item I give to Susanna my Loving Wife; all my Houshold Goods and Linen. Item what money I have
and what Debts are due and owing to me at the time of my Decease I do order to be imployed for the paying of
my Just Debts, funeral Charges, and probate of this my Last will and Testament. And I do make Constitute
and appoint my father in Law Thomas Martin and my two Brothers, Thomas Hopkins and Robert Hopkins to be Executors
of this my Last Will and Testament as the same is Contained in one sheet of paper. In Witness
Whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the Day and year first above written

Signed Sealed published and declared by the said
John Hopkins to be his Last Will and Testament                                            the mark of
in our presence and attested by us in his presence                                     John X Hopkins

George Clarke
John Quince
John Potter
October the Nineteenth One thousand Seven Hundred
and thirty four/Thomas Martin and Thomas Hopkins
two of the Executors within named appeared this
day and were sworn before me
John Carleton Surrogate

Proved the Nineteenth Day of October in the Year of our
Lord 1734 before the Rev. John Carleton Doctor in Divinity Surrogate
By the Oaths of Thomas Martin and Tho[ma]s Hopkins two of the Executors, to whom Admin[istrati]on was
granted they being first sworne duly to admin[ist]er power reserved of making the like Grant to Robert
Hopkins the other Executor whenever etc.

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