Will of Mary Popps

Wife of William Popps

Transcribed by Frances Belsham

Will of Mary Popps
National Archives

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.

In some instances two lower case letters at the start of a word can denote an upper case letter, such as ff for F

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 Popps of Wivenhoe in the County of Essex Widow

3                      being of sound and disposing Mind Memory and

4                      Understanding (thanks be given to Almighty God for

5                      the same) do make this my last Will and Testament

6                      in Manner following (that is to say) ffirst I commend

7                      my soul into the hands of Almighty God my Creator

8                      hoping through the Merits of Jesus Christ my

9                      Redeemer to obtain Remission of all my Sins and my

10                     Body I commit to the Earth to be decently buried at

11                    the Discretion of my Executor and Executrix herein

12                    after named and as to the temporal Estate wherewith

13                    it hath pleased God to bless me I dispose thereof as

14                   follows (viz) I give and bequeath to my Grandsons

15                   Samuel Garrard and Robert Garrard Sons of my

16                   Daughter Mary Garrard and to my Grandson and

17                   Granddaughter Samuel Sargeant and Mary Sargeant

18                   the Sum of twenty five pounds apiece of lawful

19                   Money of Great Britain to be paid to them respectively

20                   out of my personal Estate and Effects by my Executors

21                   at their respective Attainments of the age of twenty

22                   one years or otherwise to be (writing illegible) laid out and expended

23                   about them for their Benefit and Advancement in the

24                   world in placing them out apprentices to proper Trades

25                   or callings or otherwise as they my Executor and Executrix

26                   or the survivers of them shall in their discretion think

27                  most proper and after payment of my just Debts

28                  funeral expenses the Legacies aforesaid and the

29                 charges of proving and attending the Execution of this

30                 my will and other incidental Expenses I give and

31                 bequeath all the Residue and Remainder of my

32                ready Monies Monies in the Public ffunds Household Goods

33                and furniture Plate Linen China and all other my

34                Personal Estate and Effects whatsoever and wheresoever

35               and of what Nature or kind soever unto my said

36               Daughter Mary Garrard to and for her own sole

37               use and disposal and lastly I do hereby make nominate

38               constitute and appoint the said Mary Garrard together

39               with my Brother Martin Riddelsdell Executrix and

40              Executor of this my Will and hereby revoke and

41             making void all former and other Will and Wills by me

42             at any Time heretofore made I publish and declare

43              this to be my last Will and Testament In Witness

44              whereof I the said Mary Popps have to this my last

45              Will and Testament contained in one sheet of paper

46             set my hand and seal this eleventh Day of April in the

47             year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and

48             ninety seven Mary Popps Signed sealed published

49             and declared by the said Testrix in the presence of us

50             who in her presence at her Request and in the

51             presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our

52            Names as Witnesses / William Mason junr. Benjamin

53            Ham


54        This Will was proved at London on the

55        third day of ffebruary in the year of our Lord one

56        thousand eight hundred and three before The Right

57        Honorable Sir William Wynne Knight Doctor of

58        Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative

59        Court of Caterbury lawfully constituted by the Oaths

60        of Mary Garrard Widow the Daughter and Martin

61        Riddelson the Brother of the Deceased and the

62        Executors named in the said Will to whom

63        Administration of all and Singular the Goods

64        Chattels and Credits of the said Deceased was granted

65        they having been first sworn by Commision duly to Adm.


A summary of names and relationships mentioned in the will of Mary Popps


Names                                                                  Relationship                                              Line

Samuel Garrard                                                         Grandson                                                       15

Robert Garrard                                                          Grandson                                                       15

Samuel Sargeant                                                       Grandson                                                       17

Mary Sargeant                                                           Grandaughter                                               17

Mary Garrard                                                             Daughter                                                        36

Martin Riddelsdell                                                    Brother/Executor




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