Joseph DOWSETT of Wivenhoe, Publican, 1857. D/ACW 45/6/10

In the name of God, Amen.  I Joseph Dowsett of the parish
of Wivenhoe in the County of Essex, Publican, being very sick and weak
in Body, but of Perfect Mind and Memory, thanks be given unto
God;  calling unto Mind the Mortality of my Body and knowing that
it is appointed for all Men once to die, do make and ordain this my
last Will and Testament:  That is to say principally and first of all,
I recommend my soul into the Hand of Almighty God that gave it,
and my body I recommend to the Earth, nothing doubting but at the
general Resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty Power
of God.  And as touching such worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God
to bless me in this life, I give, devise, and dispose of the same in the following
Manner and form.
First I give and bequeath to Maria my beloved Wife whom I likewise constitute
make, and ordain the sole Executrix of this my last will and Testament
all lawful money of England due to me as debts, with the amount due from
my benefit Club, together with all my Household goods, Linen, Plate Silver Watch,
and moveable effects for the term of her Natural Life,
And my wish is that at her death all such of the above named goods shall
be given to, and belong to her Daughter Hephizabeth Catt, Wife of Samuel Catt,
Blacksmith of Wivenhoe Cross, in the aforesaid County of Essex, by her freely
to be possessed and enjoyed.
And I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke, and disannul all and every other
former testaments, Wills, Legacies, Bequests, and Executors by me in any ways
before named, willed and bequeath, ratifying and confirming this, and no other
to be my last Will and Testament.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 1st Day of
November, in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and
Fifty three.

Joseph Dowsett

Signed, Sealed, Published, Pronounced and
Declared by the said Joseph Dowsett, as his
last Will and Testament, in the Presence of us,
who, in his Presence and in the presence of each
other, have hereunto subscribed our Names

William Bridges
John Mackey

On the fourteenth day of March
one thousand Eight hundred and
fifty seven
Maria Dowsett of Wivenhoe in the County
of Essex Widow the sole Executor named in the within
Will of Joseph Dowsett late of Wivenhoe aforesaid
Publican deceased was sworn before me to the
truth of the within Will and to the due performance
thereof and that to the best of her knowledge
and belief the amount of the value of the goods
chattels and credits of the deceased is under the
sum of one hundred pounds

Before me
M Seaman Surrogate

The deceased died
at Wivenhoe the 3rd
day of January 1854

Proved on the 18th day of March 1857 before the
Reverend Mesach Seaman D D Surrogate &c by the
by the oath of Maria Dowsett the sole Executrix to
whom Admon &c was granted she being first sworn
duly to administer

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