John POTTER of Wivenhoe, Schoolmaster, 1763. D/ACW 31/6/11

In the Name of God Amen I John Potter of Wivenhoe in the County of Essex Schoolmaster in good
Health of sound mind, understanding and memory do the Twenty Ninth Day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand Seven
hundred Fifty Nine do make and ordaine this this my last Will and testament in manner following First I Commend (my soul) into the hands of
Almighty God, hoping for Salvation through the meritts of Jesus Christ my Saviour and redeemer and my Body I commit to
to the Earth to be Decently Buried by my Executors herein after named in (the) North Isle in Wivenhoe Church and as to such wordly Effects
as it hath pleased God to Bless me with I dispose as Followeth I do hereby Give and Devise to the heirs of (my) daughter Sarah Wright
Lawfully begotten of her Body all my Copyhold Messuages Lands Tenaments and Appurtenances to the same belonging called Lingwoods
holden of the mannor of Wivenhoe aforesaid but if my said daughter shall leave no such heirs lawfully begotten as aforesaid then I give and bequeath all the aforesaid copyhold messuages lands tenements and appurtenances unto my kinsman William Creake of Little Horksley in the county aforesaid Malster and to his heirs for ever chargeable nevertheless And I do hereby (expressly) charge the said premises after my said daughters decease with the payment of one annuity or yearly sum of £2 clear of all deductions whatsoever for the teaching two poor boys belonging and living in the parish of Wivenhoe and in the Charity School of Wivenhoe aforesaid one of the two boys to be chosen by the Lord or Lady of the Manor of Wivenhoe aforesaid.  And the other boy to be chosen by the owner of the said premises to be paid by half yearly payments the first payment to commence from the first usual quarter day which shall next happen after my said (daughter’s) decease without issue as aforesaid.
And in case the said annuity or sum of two pounds or any part thereof shall be unpaid by the space twenty days next after the usual feast days on which the same ought to be paid as aforesaid that in such case it shall and may be lawful for the then Master of the Charity School in Wivenhoe for the time being to enter into and upon the said premises or any part thereof and to hold and enjoy the same to receive and take the rents issues and profits thereof until all arrears of the said annuity together with all costs and charges which shall be sustained by reason or occasion of any such default of payment shall be paid and satisfied unto the person or persons intitled thereto I also give to my daughter Sarah Wright the interest of one hundred pounds during the term of her natural life and after her decease I dispose thereof as followeth. I do hereby give to my cousin John Creake of Great Clacton the sum of fifteen pounds and also a note under his hand for the payment of five pounds two shillings and sixpence I also (give) to my Cousin Susan Wakeling wife of William Wakeling of East Mersey the sum of ten pounds for her separate use.  Notwithstanding her coverture.  I also give to my cousin Deborah Creake of Little Horksley aforesaid the sum of ten pounds all those legacies to be paid within one Calendar months (next) after my said daughter’s decease I do hereby give to Thomas Wright of East Donyland Fisherman the sum of ten pounds.  I also give to his sister Bridget Wright the sum of five pounds to be paid within one month after my daughter’s decease as aforesaid.  I do hereby order my Executors herein after named to lay out the sum of ten pounds to plaster (or rough cast) the outside of the south side of the body of Wivenhoe Church within one year after my decease.  I do also order (——–) the interest of ten pounds to be laid out in Bread yearly in the first (week) of Christmas holidays (and given) to the poor of Wivenhoe that do not take collection yearly and every year during the life of the longest liver of my executors  I do also (give) to my sister in (law) Ann Mason the sum of two Guineas, I do also give to my Brother in law Philip Lacy two Guineas to be paid them within one month after my decease.  I also give to Layman Mason to John Mason (and Elizabeth Mason) crossed out by me John Potter to each of them one Guinea I also order and appoint my executors to pay to ten poor house keepers in the parish of East Donyland five shillings each therein and three shillings to Philip King.  I do hereby give to my kinsman William Creake my best Choney punch bowl and my silver ladle and I do hereby order and appoint that my daughter Sarah Wright shall or may have the use of all the rest of my household goods not herein before bequeathed during the term of her natural life and to the heirs of her body lawfully begotten (but for want of such heirs)then I give all the aforesaid goods chattels unto my kinsman William Creake aforesaid and his heirs, after my just debts and legacies and funeral charges, the probate of this my last will and testament and all other incident charges are paid and discharged.  And I do hereby make nominate constitute and appoint my daughter Sarah Wright executrix and my said kinsman William Creake of Little Horksley aforesaid to be executor of this my last will and testament and hereby revoking all former and other wills by me at any time heretofore made I publish and declare this to be my last will and testament contained in two sheets  of paper have set my hand and seal to each and my seal to the label by which they are affixed together the day and year first above written
Signed & sealed John Potter
Witnesses: John Pilborough, Jno Bartholomew, John Pilborough Junior

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