Will of Joseph Neal

Will made 1803

Transcribed by Frances Belsham

Joseph Neal

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1 Will

2 Neal Joseph

3 Wivenhoe

4 Proved the 9th August 1803

5 Under £600


6 In the Name of God Amen I Joseph Neal of Wivenhoe

7 in the County of Essex Mariner being sick and weak in body but

8 of sound and disposing mind and memory ( thanks be to God for the same )

9 Do make this my last Will and Testament in manner following to

10 wit I resign my soul to God who gave hoping for pardon and forgive

11 ness thro Jesus Christ my Saviour and my body to be decently buried

12 at the discretion of my Executors herein after appointed and my

13 Worldly Estate I dispose of as follows that is to say I direct my Executors

14 herein after named and appointed with all with all convenient speed after my

15 decease to Sell and dispose of All my \\\\\\\\\\\right and Interest iof and in the

16 Fishing Smack or Vessel called the Mary of Colchester of the burthen of

17 forty eight tons or thereabouts and of and in all the Taclle Rigging

18 and Materials whatsoever of which Vessel my Son in Law William

19 Heath now goes Master and is intitled to one fourth part and Share

20 therein and the other three fourths are my own property And my desire

21 is that the most money may be made of the said three fourth parts

22 that can be had or gotten for the same And I give one third part of

23 the money arising by my said share unto my said Son in Law william

24 Heath and the other two fourth parts of the said money arising from

25 such sale unto my Son in Law William Moulton of Wivenhoe

26 aforesaid Carpenter And I further direct my said Executors to make

27 Sale and dispose of my half part of the Vessel called the May

28 Flower and of and in all the Rigging Tackle Materials and other

29 appurtenances thereto belonging for the most money that can be made

30 of the same And outy of the money arising from such last

31 mentioned Sale I give the Sum of twenty pounds to my Grandaughter

32 Mary Neal to be paid to her at her age of twenty one years and the

33 remainder of the same money I give to be equally divided between

34 my said two Sons in Law William Heath and William Moulton

35 share and share alike And my will is that the purchaser or

36 purchasers of the said parts or share of and in my said Vessels or either of them


37 or any part thereof shall not be answerable or accountable for

38 the Mis application or Non application of the purchase money or

39 of any part thereof But that the Receipt or Receipts of my said

40 Executors or the Survivor of them shall be a good and sufficent

41 Discharge or Discharges for such purpose money or so much

42 thereof for which the same Receipt or Receipts shall be given

43 And as to all and every my Goods Chattles Furniture Plate

44 Linen Apparel and other effects together with all my ready money

45 Debts due and owing to me Security and Securities for money

46 and all other my personal Estate and Effects whatsoever wheresoever

47 (from and after payment of all my just Debts Funeral charges

48 the expenses of proving and executing this my Will the aforesaid

49 Legacy of twenty pounds to my said Grandaughter and other incidental

50 expenses I give and bequeath the same and every part therein unto

51 my said two Sons in Law William Heath and William Moulton equally

52 to be divided between them share and share alike And I do hereby

53 Nominate and appoint the said William Heath and William Moulton

54 Executors of this my Will And I direct that neither of them shall

55 be answerable for any more monies or effects than what shall actuall

56 shall come into their respective hands by virtue of this my last Will nor for any loss

57 that may happen of the same without their wilful default Nor shall

58 either of them be answerable for the acts or Deeds of the other but each

59 of them for his own acts and Deeds only And hereby revoking all other

60 Wills by me made I declare this only to be and contain my Last Will and

61 Testament In Witness whereof I the said Joseph Neal have hereunto

62 set my Hand and Seal this twenty third day of march in the Year of

63 our Lord One thousand eight hundred and three


64 Signed Sealed published and declared by

65 the said Testator Joseph Neal as and for his

66 Last Will and Testament in the Presence

67 of us who have hereunto subscribed our

68 names as Witnesses thereto in his presence

69 at his request and in the presence of each other

70 Joseph Cole

71 William Parish


72 Twenty third day of July 1803

73 appeared personally William Heath and

74 William Moulton the two Executors within

75 named were sworn to the truth of this Will

76 & to the due Performance thereof

77 before me

78 John Smythies Surrogate

79 And that the value of the Effects are

80 under 600£

81 John Smythies Surrogate

82 Joseph Neal died in the Parish of

83 Wivenhoe on or about the 17th of May 1803


85 Proved on the 23rd day of July 1803

86 before the Revd John Smythies Clk Surrogate by the Oath of

87 #Main1Willm Heath and Willm Moulton the Exectrs to whom Admon

88 was granted they being first sworn duly to Administer


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