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Rev Nicholas Corsellis
Nicholas was born in Wivenhoe and acquired the livings of Wivenhoe and Layer Marney in 1771 and 1773 respecively.
He was never rector of Wivenhoe but he lived at the Hall.
He kept both both his benefices together worth £320 a year, until he died aged eighty two.
Although he was first married to Mary Goodall, with whom he had 11 children, when she died in 1808, he married Hannah Mammatt in 1809.
This is the last Will and Testament of me the Reverend
- Nicholas Corsellis of Wivenhoe in the County of Essex Clerk all my real copyhold and
- personal estate and effects whatsoever and wheresoever and of what nature or kind soever
- of which I or any person or persons In trust for me is or are or at the time of my decease
- shall be seized or possessed and which I have any power or authority to appoint devise or
- dispose of after paying all my debts not otherwise secured or provided for and also my
- funeral expenses and the charges of proving this my will except only the Rectory and advowson
- of the parish and parish church of Wivenhoe aforesaid with their rights members and appurtenances
- I give devise and bequeath unto and to the use of my dear wife Ann Corsellis her heirs
- Executors administrators and assigns according to the nature and quality of the same
- estates respectively and I nominate and appoint my said wife Hannah Corsellis solo Executrix
- of this my will and do hereby revoke all my former wills In witness whereof I have hereunto set
- and put my hand and seal this twentieth day of August one thousand eight hundred and seventeen
- N Corsellis Signed sealed published and declared by the said Nicholas Corsellis the Testator
- as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence at his request and in the presence of
- each other have subscribed and named as witnesses thereto K S??earove W I Bantock
- Benj Dickens
- Whereas there is now standing in my name in the books of the Govenor and company
- of the Bank of England one thousand pounds in the three per cent consolidated annuities draw?
- I so order that the same or any stock that may be standing in my name in that or any other
- stock or fund shall be in the first place applied in repairing the parsonage house the same
- being now out of repair and in making the same as to repairs fit for the residence of the
- clergyman of the parish of Wivenhoe but I do direct that no more money shall be laid out or
- expended in such repairs than shall be legally necessary for that purpose and I do declare
- this to be a codicil to my will dated the 30th day of September 1822 N Corsellis witness
- R W Clarkson
- This is a second codicil to the last will and testament of me the Reverend Nicholas Corsellis
- and which I desire may be taken and considered as part thereof whereas by the death of Mrs Ann
- Harrison widow the sister of my wife Mrs Hannah Corsellis she my said wife
- under her said sisters will will become entitled to a certain share of her property and as the uncertainty of
- life and my advanced age renders it probable that I may not survive the settlement of her affairs I do
- by this Codicil give and bequeath to her my said wife Hannah Corsellis absolutely all sum and sums
- of money and other property whatsoever and which may accrue to her my said wife and to each
- who may become entitled under and by virtue of her said sisters will and to which I as her
- husband might have become entitled and in all other things I hereby ratify and confirm my said
- will and former codicil In witness whereof I the said Nicholas Corsellis have hereunto set
- my hand and seal this twenty ninth day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand
- eight hundred and twenty three N Corsellis Signed sealed published and declared by
- the said Nicholas Corsellis as and for a Codicil to his last will and testament in the presence of us
- who in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed
- our names as witnesses W L (illegible) W Mason
- Proved at London with 2 Codls (codicils) the 23rd May 1826 before the Judge by the Oath of Hannah
- Corsellis the relict the sole Executrix to whom Admon was granted having been first
- Sworn by comon duly to administer