Will of Susannah Gill

of Wivenhoe Parsonage

Transcribed by Frances Belsham

Susannah Gill of the Parsonage

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1 In the Name of God Amen

2 I Susannah Gill of Wivenhoe Parsonage in the County

3 of Essex Spinster being of sound mind memory and

4 understanding do make and ordain this my last Will

5 and Testament in manner as following first and

6 principally I commend my Soul into the hands of

7 Almighty God and my Body to the Earth to be

8 there decently buried by my late Brother at

9 ffingringhoe at the discretion of my Executors hereinafter

10 named and as to my Temporal effects I give and

11 bequeath to Mary Gill daughter of John Gill of

12 Layer Tower in the said County the sum of ten pounds

13 of lawful British Money to Elizabeth  Liveing of

14 Harwich in the said County Widow the sum of Ten

15 pounds of like lawful money

16 and to George Inglish of Weeks Abbey

17 aforesaid and John Pertwee of Langenhoe in the

18 said County ffarmer the Sum of ten pounds to each

19 of them for the trouble of their Executorship I give

20 and bequeath to Mary wife of Joseph Nunn

21 of ffingringhoe aforesaid to Mary Mannister wife

22 of Thomas Mannister and to Hannah Applebee of

23 Thorpe in the said County one Guinea to each and

24 every of them I give to Mary Inglish aforesaid

25 Seven Tea Spoons Tea Tongs and strainer and two

26 table Spoons all of Silver half a dozen cups and saucers

27 of whole china Burnt in two China Basons

28 China Tea Pot with a Silver Spout two Slop basons

29 one flowered with Green and a China Bowl I give

30 to Mary Gill aforesaid my Black and White Linnen

31 Gown and Black Silk Coat with my Silver with my Silver Shoe Buckles


32 I give to Elizabeth Liveing of Harwich aforesaid my

33 worked coat long Black Silk Apron and hand Muslin

34 handkerchief I give to the wife of John Pertwee two small Basons two

35 saucers several stone plates and two little

36 dishes I give to Ann Pertwell of London my Garnet

37 Gown and Brown Silk Quilter Coat I give to Mrs

38 Applebee of Thorpe a pair of Stays a Bonnett and

39 a Sattin Cloak and to her Daughter Judith a Black

40 Silk Hat I give to Mary the wife of William Barker

41 of Harwich my Purple Gown and an Orange Stripped

42 Stuff Gown I give to Judith Denny of ffingringhoe a

43 Bonnett and Cloak and whereas I have at this time

44 the Sum of two hundred and fifty pounds placed

45 in the Bank of England in the three and a half

46 per cents I will order and direct that the same may

47 be sold out as soon as possible after my decease and

48 all the aforementioned Legacies surely and truely

49 paid off without any deductions whatsoever and

50 after my ffuneral Expenses and just debts are

51 paid I order and direct that all the remains

52 be equally divided between the following Relations

53 (Viz) Hannah the wife of Daniel Garlett of Spittal

54 fields London Judith the wife of John Willett of

55 London Mary the wife of William Barker of

56 Harwich and John Gill of Layer in the County of

57 Essex And in case any of them should die before the

58 day of payment (excepting John Gill aforesaid

59 I will and direct that the same be equally divided

60 amongst the survivors and if in case the said John

61 Gill should die before the said day of payment I

62 direct his part or share to be paid to his daughter

63 Mary Gill with this proviso whereas the said

64 John Gill stands indebted to Hannah Garlett

65 aforementioned the Sum of twenty pounds I hereby

66 require my Executors to stop the sum of ten pounds

67 out of his share or part and to pay the same

68 to the said Hannah Garlett over and above her

69 equal share which I think is doing her no more

70 than Justice I will and order that the remainder of

71 of my wearing apparel and Linnen be equally divided

72 between Hannah Garlett Judith Willett and Mary

73 Barker excepting four pair of sheets which I order

74 with my household ffurniture not before bequeathed and the moneys from such sale to be

75 to be sold equally divided between John Gill and

76 the three above mentioned Relations Hannah Garlett

77 Judith Willett and Mary barker And I do hereby

78 nominate constitute and appoint my loving ffriend

79 George Inglish of Weeks Abbey aforesaid ffarmer

80 and John Pertwee of Langenhoe aforesaid ffarmer

81 joint Executors of this my Will In Trust for the Purpose

82 aforementioned ( not doubting their Integrity ) hereby

83 revoking and declaring null and void all former and

84 other Will or Wills by me before made or ?


85 was declaring this to be my only and last Will and

86 Testament and which is wrote upon three sheets of common

87 writing paper and signed and sealed by me at the bottom

88 of each sheet this thirteenth day of January in the

89 year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and

90 Eighty seven 1787 Susannah Gill Signed Sealed

91 Published and declared by the said Testarix Susannah

92 Gill as and for her last Will and Testament and we

93 whose names are hereunto subscribed as witnesses did

94 see the said Susannah Gill sign and seal the same

95 at her request and in the presence of each other

96 John Barrell Saml Sargent

97 And I further Will and direct that the share or

98 part which I have before bequeathed to  Judith Willett

99 may be and should be paid to the said Judith Willett

100 without the least interference of her present or future

101 husband and soley for her use and benefit witness my hand and seal the 25 June 1787 Susannah Gill

102 Witnessed Thos Cole  Jos Lever


104 This Will was proved at London with a

105 codicil the twelfth day of January in the year of

106 our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty eight

107 before the Right Worshipful Peter Calvert Doctor of

108 Laws Master Keeper or Commisary of the Prerogative

109 Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the Oath

110 of George Inglish and John Pertwee the Executors

111 named in the said Will to whom Administration was

112 granted of all and Singular the Goods Chattles and

113 Credits of the deceased having been first Sworn by

114 Commision duly to Administer


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