Will of Thomas Hopkins

Died 1733

Transcribed by Frances Belsham

Thomas Hopkins

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The Will of

Thomas Hopkins of


Proved 31 May 1733



1   The Last Will and Testament of Thomas Hopkins sen of Wivenhoe in

2   the County of Essex ffisherman made this Two and Twentieth day of

3   November in the Thirteenth yeare of the reign of our Sovereign Lord

4   George by the grace of God of Great Britain ffrance and Ireland King

5   Defender of the ffaith et? Annoq Dui One thousand Seven hundred and

6   Seventy Six as followeth Imprimis I give and bequeath my soule into

7   the hands of Almighty God hoping through the merritts of my Blessed Lord

8   and Saviour Jesus Christ to obtaine everlasting life and and my Body I

9   commit to the Earth to be desently buried at the discretion of my Executors

10  hereafter named Item I give and bequeath unto my loving wife

11  Joanna Hopkins all my household goods Linen and Plate She letting my

12  Three Sons hereafter named quietly enjoy whatever shall be to them

13  bequeathed in and by this last Will and Testament But in case my

14  Said wife shall make any disturbance or any ways hinder either or any

15  of my sons from enjoying what shall be to them hereafter bequeathed

16  that then I give my said household Goods Linen and plate to my three

17  Sons namely Thomas John and Robert Hopkins to be equally divided

18  between them share and share alike Item I give and bequeath unto

19  my said sons Thomas Hopkins One mourning Gold Ring Item I give

20  and bequeath unto my said Sons Thomas John and Robert Hopkins

21  my Smack Boats Stock mony and debts whatsoever due or owing to me

22  from any person or persons whatsoever at the time of my decease to

23  be equally divided between them share and share alike And I give to

24  my said sons all my wearing cloaths to be equally divided between

25  them share and share alike they paying my debts ffunerall charges

26  and probate of this my will And I doo hereby make and ordaine my

27  said sons Thomas Hopkins Robert Hopkins Executors of this

28  my last will and Tessament thus revoking all other wills by me

29  fformerly made I doo hereby publish and declare this to be my

30  last will and Testament In witness I have hereunto sett

31  my hand and seale the day and yeare first above written

Signed sealed published and declared by the

Testator to be his last will and Testament

In the presence of us                                                                                                  Thomas Hopkins

R Robinson

Mich. Clarke

John Hurlock

May the thirty first one thousand seven

hundred thirty and three Thomas Hopkins

and Robert Hopkins Executors within named

even sworn faithfully to fulfil the said will

before me Barnabas Symson Surrogate


A summary of names and relationships mentioned in the will of Joseph Ham


Names                                                    Relationship                             Line

Joanna Hopkins                                                      Wife                                                         11

Thomas Hopkins                                                    Son/Executor                                       17, 19, 20, 27

John Hopkins                                                          Son                                                           17, 20

Robert Hopkins                                                      Son/Executor                                       17, 20, 27

R Robinson                                                              Witness

Mich. Clarke                                                            Witness

John Hurlock                                                           Witness


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