Will of Nicholas Corsellis IV

1697 - 1761

Transcribed by Frances Belsham

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The last part of this will shows a summary of the Names, Places, Properties and Vessels mentioned in the will.


Nicholas Corsellis IV died 1761.

He married Frances Child in 1741. Her father was Sir Caesar Child and children down the generations were given the christian name Caesar.

They had two children, Nicholas Corsellis and Nicholas Caesar Corsellis.

Nicholas owned the Manor of Wivenhoe and Layer Marney which he left to his sons Nicholas and Nicholas Caesar respectively.

He also owned a number of pubs in Wivenhoe including The Woolpack, The Baytree and The Black Horse.




  1. In the Name of God Amen

2   I Nicholas Corsellis of Wivenhoe Hall in the County of

3   Essex Esquire Do make my last Will and Testament in manner

4   following First I commend my soul into the hands of Almighty

5   God hoping through the merits of Jesus Christ to Inherit

6   Eternal life And I give and Devise my Estate and Effects

7   as follows Item I give and Devise to Nicholas Corsellis

8   my Eldest son All that my Manor of Wivenhoe in the

9   County of Essex with the Advowson Mansion house rights

10  Members and Appurte whatsoever thereto belonging or

11  Appendant and all my ffarms Lands Woods and real Estate

12  lying and being in the parish of Wivenhoe and Elmstead and


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13   other near adjacent parishs commonly called my Wivenhoe

14  Estate To hold to the said Nicholas Corsellis for and during the

15   Term of his natural life without Impeachment of Waste and

16   from after the Determination of that Estate To my Cousin John

17   Taylor of Sheene in the County of Surrey Esquire and Charles

18   Gray of Colchester in the said County of Essex Esquire and

19   their Heirs In Trust to preserve the continuent uses herein

20   after mentioned from being Defeated or Destroyed and Imediately

21   from and after the Decease of my Son Nicholas Corsellis then I

22   Give the same Estate and premises To the first Son of his

23   Body lawfully begotten and to the heirs of the Body of such first

24   Son lawfully Issuing and for want of such Issue To the second

25   Third fourth and all and every other Son and Sons of the body

26   of my said Eldest Son lawfully  to be begotten and the heirs of

27   the Several and respective Body and Bodies of such Several

28   Sons lawfully Issuing the Elder of the same Sons and the

29   Heirs of his body being always preferred and first to take

30   before the younger and for the want of such Issue to the heirs

31   of the Body of such Eldest Son and for want of such Issue

32   to my youngest Son Nicholas Caesar Corsellis and his heirs

33   forever Item I Give and Devise to my youngest Son Nicholas

34   Caesar Corsellis all that my Mannor of Layer Marney with

35   Layer Tower and the Advowson of Layer Marney and all

36   Rights Members and Appurts whatsoever thereto belonging

37   or Appertaining together with the Lands ffarms Woods

38   and Appurts thereto near adjoynning in the parish of Layer

39   Marney aforesaid or some other parishes near Adjacent

40    thereto commonly called my Layer Estate now in my own

41   Occupation or in the Tenure of John Smith and William

42   Oddy And also all that my ffarm situate and being in the

43   Parishes of Totham and Goldhanger in the said County of

44   Essex or some near adjacent parish or parishes now or late

45   In the Occupation of Robert Jordan To hold to the said

46   Nicholas Caesar Corsellis and his heirs provided always

47   And I hereby charge my said Several Estates with the

48   payment of the sums of money for which they stand Mortgaged

49   respectively And also with the payment of all other my just

50   Debts which my personal Estate not herein after Specifically

51   Devised shall not be sufficient to pay each of my said Estates

52   bearing a proportional part thereof according to their

53   respective values of the same Provided likewise and it is

54   my Will that my said Sons and the heirs of their Bodies when

55   they shall respectively come into the possession of the Several

56   Estates hereby Devised to them respectively as aforesaid to

57   make Jointures of the said respective Estates on such

58   Wife or Wives as they shall Severally Marry in the

59   proportion of One hundred pounds a year for every ?

60   of Twelve hundred pounds such Wife or Wives shall

61  bring for their portion or portions And also that it shall

62   and may be lawful for my said Sons and the heirs of their

63   Bodys respectively as they shall come to or be in possession

64   Of their said several Estates by virtue of this my Will to make


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65   And Grant Leases thereof or any part thereof for any

66   Term or Terms of years not Exceeding twenty one years in

67   Possession upon which Leases there shall be reserved the

68   full Annual Rent without ffine or Income and that they

69   be not made dispunishable of Waste and that there shall

70    be counterparts of the same Leases Item all the rest

71   and residue of my personal Estate after my Debts and

72   ffuneral charges paid I Give and bequeath to my said two

73   Sons equally to be Divided between them Share and Share

74   alike Provided further it is my Will that if both my

75   said Sons shall happen to dye under the age of Twenty

76   one years and without lawful Issue then I give and

77    Devise the Residue and remainder of all my Real Estate

78   whatsoever and wheresoever to my said Cousin John

79   Taylor his Heirs and Assigns for ever And I make the

80   said John Taylor Guardian of my said two Sons and I

81   constitute and Appoint the said John Taylor Charles Gray

82   and my said Son Nicholas Corsellis Executors of this my

83   Will and in case of the death of my said Son Nicholas I

84   Constitute and Appoint my said Son Nicholas Caesar Corsellis

85   to be from thenceforth also an Executor of this my Will

86   which revoking all others I declare to be my last In Witness

87   whereof I have to this my Will contained in two Sheets of

88   paper set my hand to the first And my hand and Seal to

89   the last and have published and declared the same to be

90   my last Will and Testament this Seventh day of November

91   one thousand seven hundred and sixty Nichs Corsellis

92   Signed Sealed published and Declared by the said Testator

93   as and for his last Will and Testament in the Presence of

94   us whose names are hereunto Subscribed as Witnesses in

95   the presence of the said Testator and at his request and

96   in the presence of each other Danl Blyth John Bolter

97   Re Wenham

98   This Will was proved at London the fifteenth

99   Day of January in the year of our Lord One thousand seven

100   Hundred and sixty two before the Right Worshipful Sir

101  Edward Simpson Knight Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or

102  Commisary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully

103  constituted by the Oath of Nicholas Corsellis Esqr the Son of

104 the deceased and one of the Executors named ( John Taylor Esquire and Charles Gray Esquire renounced 10th of July 1762 ) in the said Will

105  to whom Administration was Granted of all and Singular the

106  Goods Chattles and Credits of the said deceased he having

107  been first Sworn by Commision duly to Administer power

108  reserved of making the like Grant to John Taylor Esqr

109  and Charles Gray Esqr the other Executors when they or either

110  of them shall apply for the same



A summary of names, relationships, places, properties and vessels mentioned in the will of Nicholas Caesar


Name                                               Relationship                                   Line

Nicholas Corsellis                              Eldest Son                                         7, 14, 21, 72, 82,                                                                                                                     83

John Taylor                                         Cousin                                                17, 79, 80, 81

Charles Gray                                                                                                  18, 81

Nicholas Caesar Corsellis                 Youngest Son                                   34, 46, 73, 84

John Smith                                          Tenant                                               41

William Oddy                                      Tenant                                               42

Robert Jordan                                     Tenant                                               45

Daniel Blyth                                         Witness                                             96

John Bolton                                         Witness                                              96

Edward Simpson Knight                      Dr Of Law                                       101



Manor of Wivenhoe                                                                                      8

Mansion House Wivenhoe (Wivenhoe Hall)                                             9

Manor of Layer Marney                                                                             34

Layer Marney Tower                                                                                  35

Farm -Totham Essex                                                                                  43

Farm – Goldhanger Essex                                                                         43


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