Will of Mary Long

Transcribed by Frances Belsham

Mary Long

Wills are generally written without any punctuation or abbreviations. There is often alternative spelling of some words and using upper case letters which do not always mean the start of a new sentence. Neither are they divided into paragraphs but are continuous lines of writing This can make documents difficult to read or understand.

This post shows the Will exactly as it was written with no attempt to break it down into paragraphs. Done in this way it shows exactly how the original document is written. As the documents are sometimes very large each line of writing in the document sometimes takes up two lines when it is transcribed in to the web site.



1 In the Name of God Amen

2 I Mary Long of Wivenhoe in the County of Essex

3 being sick and weak of Body but of sound and perfect

4 mind and memory thanks be given unto Gos do

5 make and ordain this my last Will and Testament

6 that is to say principally and first of all I give

7 recommend my soul into the hands of almighty God that gave it and my body to the Earth to be buried in a decent

8 and Christian burial at the discretion of my Executors

9 nothing doubting but that at the general

10 Ressurection I shall receive the same again by

11 the power of Almighty God and as touching such

12 Worldly Effects wherewith it hath pleased God to

13 bless me in this life I give and devise and dispose

14 of the same in the following manner and form

15 Imprimis I give and bequeath to Mary Quay

16 my only Surviving Child and Natural Daughter to

17 her heirs Executors Administrators or Assigns all and

18 evry part of my Household ffurniture wearing

19 apparel and every individual part of my property both


20 both real and personal under whatso ever denomination

21 it may be called or by whatso ever term it may be

22 distinguished either within Doors and without of

23 whatsoever appears to be my property now or

24 hereafter become my property Item I give and

25 bequeath to the above Mary Quay my only

26 surviving child and natural Daughter to her heirs

27 Executors Administrators or Assigns whatever Bond

28 or bonds Note or Notes of Hand or otherwise appears

29 to be my property now or may hereafter become

30 my property Item Ido hereby constitute and appoint the above said Mary

31 Quay my only surviving child and natural Daughter

32 my sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament

33 ratifying and confirming this and no other In Witness

34 whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this

35 thirteenth day of December one thousand seven

36 hundred and eighty nine Mary Long X her mark

37 Signed sealed and Published Pronounced and

38 declared by the said Mary Long as her last Will

39 and Testament in the presence of us William

40 Martin Leake William White John Andrew

41 Robins

42 This Will was proved at London on the

43 twenty ninth day of November in the Year of

44 our Lord one Thousand seven hundred and eighty

45 three before the Right Worshipful Peter Calvert

46 Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commisary of

47 the Preogative Court of Canterbury lawfully

48 constituted by the Oath of Mary Quay Wife of

49 William Quay the sole Executrix named in the

50 said Will to whom Administration was granted of

51 of all and Singular the Goods Chattles and Credits

52 of the deceased she having been first sworn

53 by Commission duly to administer


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