Will of Adam Rayner

Transcribed by Frances Belsham

Will of Adam Rayner

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1   In the Name of God Amen I Adam Rayner

2   of London Marriner being forthwith Bound out on a Voyage to parts beyond

3   the Seas and not knowing how it may please God to Deale with me and considering

4   the Perrils and Dangers of the Seas and the uncertainty of this Transitory Life and

5    the Certainty of Death Doe therefore and for the avoiding of all Suites and

6    Controversies which might otherwise arise after my Decease make Publish and declare

7    these presents to Containe my Last Will and Testament in manner and forme following that

8    is to say ffirst and principally I Recommend my soul into the hands of almighty God my

9    Creator who gave it hoping to be saved my Body I commit to the earth or seas as it shall

10  please almighty God to order , and as for and concerning all such Worldly Estate as it hath

11  please almighty God to bless me with in this Life I do hereby Give Devise and Bequeath

12  the same in manner following , Imprimis I will order and Direct that my Just Debts

13  and ffuneral Charges (if any) shall be first paid Satisfied and Discharged Item

14  all the Rest Residue and Remainder of all and Singular my Goods Chattles Ready money

15  Plate Jewels Lands Tenements Ship Debts and Effects whatsoever both Real and Personal

16  which at the time of my Decease shall belong or of Right appertain unto me or which may hereafter

17  belong or of Right appertain unto me I doe hereby Devise and Bequeath the same and

18 every part and parcel thereof unto my Loving Wife Elizabeth Rayner and to her heirs Executors

19 Administrators and assignes for Ever And I do hereby make Nominate and appoint my said

20  Wife Elizabeth Rayner full and sole Executrix of this my Last Will and Testament

21 And I doe hereby revoke and make void all former and other Will or Wills Testament and

22  Testaments by me at any time heretofore made and I doe ordain and Ratifye these presents

23 to stand and be for and as my only Last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I the said

24  Adam Rayner have to this my Last Will and Testament sett my hand and seal the second day

25  of April in the second year of the Reigne of our Soverigne Lord George the second King of

26  Great Britain                                                                                         Adam Rayner

Signed Sealed Published and Declared

By the Testator Adam Rayner to be his Last Will

And Testament in the presence of us who have signed

Our Names as Witnesses at the request and in the

Presence of the said Testator

Dan Tinden

Geo: Bradshaw in Sweetings alley near the Royal Exche.


Adam Rayner


Prob 11 May 1731




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