Will of Philip Potter

Transcribed by Frances Belsham

Will Philip Potter

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Philip Potter

Wivenhoe Proved 20th

June 1745


1   In the name of God Amen I Philip Potter

2   Mariner of ye Parish of Wivenhoe in ye County

3   of Essex and now belonging to his Majestyes Ship

4   the Bristol and being in Perfect Memory and mind

5   thanks be given to God therefore calling unto mind

6   the Mortality of my Body and knowing ye it is Appointed

7    for all men once to die do make and ordain this my last

8    will and Testament that is to say Principally and first

9    of all I give and Recommend my soul into ye hands of

10  Almighty God ye gave it and my Body I Recommend to

11  ye Earth or sea as it shall Please God to Appoint

12  nothing Doubting but at ye General Resurrection I

13  Shall Receive ye same again by ye mighty Power of God

14  And as touching such Wordly Affects where with it hath

15  pleased God to Bless me with in this Life I give Devise

16  and Dispose of ye same in ye following Manner

17  Imprimis I give and bequeath to my well beloved ffather

18  John Potter of ye Parish & County aforesaid all my wages

19  that is or may be come Due [to me] in his Majestys Ship Bristol

20  or to any Ship or Ships whatsoever whereunto I have belonged

21  and all Legacies or money ye os or may become due to me

22  I make & Ordain my Beloved ffather John Potter my sole

23  Executor of this my last Will & Testament  And I do hereby utterly

24  Disallow revoke and Disannul all and every other former

25  Testaments Wills Legacies and Bequests and Executors by me in

26  any ways before Named Willen and Bequeathed ratifying & confirming

27  this and no other to be my last Will & Testament In Witness

28  whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seale this tenth

29  Day of July in ye year of our Lord one Thousand Seven

30  hundred and forty and in fourteenth year of ye Reign

31  of our Sovern Lord George


Signed Sealed & Delivered in

The Presence of us                                                     Philip Potter

William Coombs

John Brock


John Potter the only Executor within named

was sworn this 20th day of June 1745

before me            Philip Morant



Proved the twentieth Day of June in the Year of our Lord

one thousand seven hundred and forty five Before the Revd Philip Morant

Clerk Master of Acts lawful Surrogate & By the oath of John Potter the

natural and lawful Father and Sole Executor To whom Administration

was granted he being first sworn duly to administer



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