Will of Thomas Martin 28 July 1772

National Archives PRO 11/1019

Added by Pat Marsden

Will of Thomas Martin [the son of  Captain Matthew Martin of Wivenhoe and uncle of Isaac Martin Rebow]

28 July 1772

National Archives PRO 11/1019 27 April 

In the Name of God Amen

I Thomas Martin of Knightsbridge in the County of Middlesex Esquire being of sound and disposing mind and memory (blessed be God for the same) but considering the uncertainty of Human Life Do make publish and declare this to be my last Will and Testament in manner and form following that is to say First and principally I implore Almighty God to receive my Soul and my Body I commit to the Earth to be decently Interred at as little Expense as possible and as to my Worldly Estate I give order and dispose of the same in manner following that is to say 

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I do hereby order and direct that all my just Debts be well and truly paid and are satisfied as soon as conveniently can be after my Decease

Item I give devise and bequeath to my dearly beloved Wife Dorothy Martin for Life all my Estates both real and personal of what kind sort or denomination soever they shall be of that she may be the better the better able to maintain and support herself and Children (if it should please God to Bless us with any) and it is my mind and will and I do hereby Impower her to Let and grant Leases as there may be occasion of any part of parts of my said Estate for any Term not exceeding twenty one years with the usual Restrictions 

Item in case she shall be with Child at the time of my Decease and shall have a Son then I give devise and bequeath all my said Estates after the Death of his Mother to that Son and his heirs but if more than one or if there be one or more Daughter of Daughters then my mind and Will is that the eldest Son and his heirs shall take all my Estate in Essex and my Estates in Middlesex and Surry (sic) shall be sold and equally divided amongst the rest

Item I give devise and bequeath after my dear Wife’s Decease leaving no Issue by me and upon condition he does not Molest or disturb her in the quiet Possession of what I do leave her To Isaac Martin Rebow Esquire my respected Nephew and his heirs male and upon the same Terms and Conditions as they will enjoy the Estate in Alresford and Wivenhoe left them by my father’s Will all my Estates in the County of Essex

Item I give devise and bequeath after the decease of my said dear Wife to my eldest Daughter Sarah all my Estate in Surry (sic) to her and her heirs forever

Item I give devise and bequeath after the decease of my said Wife to my youngest Daughter Mary all my Estates in Middlesex to her and her heirs for ever provided neither she nor her Sister nor Mr Rebow or either of then do not Molest or disturb my said dear Wife in the quiet possession of what I leave and bequeath her and in case of her being Molested or disturbed by all or either of them I give devise and bequeath all my said Estates in the same manner and to the same person and persons as I do the residue and remainder of my Estate

Item I give and bequeath to the two servants that shall be living with me at the time of my decease ten Guineas each over and above what wages shall be due to each of them at that time

Item All the rest residue and remainder of my Estates both Real and Personal of what kind sort or denomination soever they shall be of at the time of my Decease after my Debts and Legacies are paid and satisfied I give devise and bequeath to my said dearly beloved Wife Dorothy Martin and her heirs for ever

And I do hereby make ordain and appoint my said dear Wife and her brothers Robert and John Scofield Executors of this my Will And for the trouble they may have in the Execution hereof I give and bequeath to each of them One hundred pounds

And lastly I do hereby revoke countermand and make void all former and other Will or Wills by me heretofore made and do publish and declare these presents contained only in one Sheet of Paper to be and contain my last Will and Testament 

In witness whereof I the said Thomas Martin have hereunto set my hand and seal this Twenty eighth day of July in the year of our Lord 1772

Thomas Martin (LS)

Signed sealed published and declared by the said Testator Thomas Martin as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of 

Ann Siddall

Sarah Jesse

John Jackson

This Will was proved at London the twenty seventh day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy six before the Worshipful George Harris Doctor of Laws and Surrogate of the Right Worshipful Sir George Hay Knight also Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the Oath of Dorothy Martin Widow the Relict of the Deceased and one of the Executors named in the said Will to whom Administration was granted of all and singular the Goods Chattels and Credits of the said Deceased she having been first Sworn Duly to Administer power reserved of making the like grant to Robert Scofield and John Scofield the other Executors named in the said Will when they or either of them shall apply for the same. Exd.

For further information about Captain Matthew Martin see

[Transcribed by Pat Marsden November 2020

This page was added on 09/11/2020.

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