Will of William Popps Dated 1789

Rope maker and twine spinner.

Transcribed by Frances Belsham

William Popps Rope Maker
Essex Record Office

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The last part of this will shows a summary of the Names, Places, Properties and Vessels mentioned in the will.



           Popps William

         Late of the Parish of Wivenhoe

Proved the 2nd February  1789


1        In the name of God, Amen  I William Popps of Wivenhoe in the

2        County of Essex Twine Spinner and Rope-maker being weak and infirm in Body but of sound and disposing

3        Mind Memory and Understanding (thanks be given to Almighty God for the same) Do make this my last Will

4        and Testament in manner following (that is to say) First and principally I commend my Soul into the

5        hands of Almighty God my Creator hoping through the Merits of Jesus Christ my Redeemer to obtain

6        remission of all my Sins and my Body I commit to the Earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my

7        Executors herein after named And as to the temporal Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me I

8         dispose thereof in the following manner I give and bequeath unto my loving wife Mary Popps the Sum

9         of Ten Pounds to be paid her out of my Personal Estate and Effects as soon as may be after my decease Also

10       I do hereby will direct and appoint that my esteemed Friends Daniel Blyth of Elmstead in the said County of

11       Essex Gentleman and John Minter of Colchester in the said County Merchant or the survivor of them or the

12       Heirs of such Survivor do and shall with all convenient speed after the expiration of three Kalender Months

13       from the time of my decease sell and dispose of All that my Copyhold Messuage or Tenement called Rogers

14       or otherwise with the Appurtenances thereto belonging and now in my own occupation situate in Wivenhoe

15       aforesaid and holden of the said Manor by Copy of Court Roll (and which I have duly surrendered to the Use

16       of this my Will) And also all other my Messuages Lands Tenements and Hereditaments whatsoever holden

17       of the said Manor to the best purchaser or purchasers  and for the most Money that can be got for the same

18       And I do hereby further Will and direct that the receipt or receipts of the said Daniel Blyth  and John Minter or

19       the survivor of them or the heirs of such Survivor shall be good and sufficient discharge and discharges to such

20       Purchaser or Purchasers for so much of the Purchase Money as shall be comprised in such Receipt or Receipts

21       and after Payment of the Purchase Money to the said Trustees or the survivor of them or to the Heirs of such

22       Survivor such Purchase or Purchasers shall not be answerable or accountable for any Loss Misapplication or

23       Nonapplication thereof or of any part thereof but shall be absolutely discharged therefrom Also I do

24       hereby further Will and direct that my said Wife Mary Popps shall and may have the Liberty to reside in and

25       occupy my aforesaid Messuage or Tenement and Premises and have the use of all my Household Goods and

26       Furniture during the aforesaid three Months next after my decease without paying any Rent or rendering

27       any other Satisfaction for the same And out of the monies arising by the Sale of my Said Estate I give and

28       bequeath the Sum of One hundred pounds part thereof Unto my said Wife Mary Popps to and for her own

29       Sole Use and disposal to be paid her as soon after the Sale of my said Copyhold Estate as may be over and

30       besides the Sum of One hundred pounds which she my said Wife will be intitled to in Case she survives me

31       by virtue of the Bond given by me to my Marriage with her  And which I direct shall be  paid her at the

32       time specified in such Bond out of my personal Estate and Effects And which said Sum of One hundred pounds

33       hereby given to my said Wife out of the Monies arising from the Sale of my said Copyhold Estate I further

34       Will and direct shall be considered in lieu, bar, full satisfaction and discharge of all Dower Right of Thirds

35       and free Bench which she my said Wife can or may claim or demand of and from the said Copyhold Estate

36       and also of and from all or any part of my Personal Estate and Effects other than what is herein before

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37       given to her And I further Will and direct that if my said Wife shall refuse to join in Conveying the said

38       Copyhold Estate herein before directed to be sold, to a purchaser or purchasers thereof as aforesaid Then and in

39       such case I hereby make void the said Legacy of One hundred pounds herein before given to her Also I give and

40       bequeath unto my Grandaughter Mary Ann Carter the Sum of twenty pounds of good  and lawful Money of

41       great Britain Also I give and bequeath unto my Grandson James Fulcher the like Sum of Twenty pounds

42       of like lawful Money of great Britain to be paid them respectively at their respective attainments of the Age

43       of twenty one years out of my personal Estate and Effects Also I give and bequeath unto the aforesaid

44       Daniel Blyth and John Minter my Executors herein after named the Sum of Two pounds and two shillings

45       apiece over and above all their reasonable Charges and Expenses in and about the execution of this my Will

46       and of the Trust hereby in them reposed And after payment of my just Debts Funeral Expenses the Monies

47       which my said Wife may happened to be intitled to by virtue of my said Marriage Bond, the aforesaid several

48       Legacies together with the Charges of proving and attending the execution of this my Will and other incident

49       Expenses I give and bequeath all the rest residue and remainder of my ready Monies, Monies out at Interest

50       Book Debts, Stock in Trade and all other my personal Estate and Effects whatsoever and wheresoever and of

51       what nature or kind soever together with the residue of the Monies arising from the Sale of my said Real Estate

52       unto my two Daughters Mary Ann Carter the Wife of John Carter of Wivenhoe aforesaid Yeoman and Sarah

53       the Wife of John Fulcher of Saint Mary White Chapel in the County of Middlesex Bricklayer their Executors

54       Administrators and Assigns to be equally divided between them share and share alike And lastly I do hereby

55       make nominate constitute and appoint the  said Daniel Blyth and John Minter Executors of this my Will

56       and hereby revoking and making void all former and other Will and Wills by me at any time heretofore made I

57       publish and declare this to be my last Will and Testament In witness whereof I the said William Popps the Testator

58       to this my last Will and Testament contained in two Sheets of Paper have to each Sheet set my hand and Seal and

59       my Seal to the Label by which the are affixed together this first —day of June in the Year of our Lord One

60       Thousand seven hundred and eighty six

Wm Popps


61       Signed sealed published and declared by the said Testator

62       William Popps as and for his last Will and Testament in the

63       presence of us who in his presence and at his request have

64       hereunto subscribed our Names as Witnesses

John Barrell

Saml Sargeant

Wm Mason


68       The twenty eight day of January 1789


69       Daniel Blyth and John Minter the Executors within named were

70       sworn to the truth of this Will and to the due performance thereof

71       and also that the whole of the goods chattels and credits of the Deceased

72       does not to the best of their knowledge or belief amount in value to

73       the sum of six hundred pounds

74                                                                before me

Nat Forster Surrogate


The Testator died in the parish of

Wivenhoe the 7th Instant



Proved on the Twenty eight day of February January in the Year

of our Lord One thousand seven hundred and eighty nine before the

Reverend Nathaniel Forster Doctor in Divinity Surogate by the Oaths

of Daniel Blyth and John Minter the Executors to whom Admin

was granted they being first sworn duly to Administer




A Summary of Names, Places and Properties named in this Will


Name                                       Place                            Relationship                                      Line


Mary Popps                                                                  Wife                                                    8, 24, 28, 37, 47

Daniel Blyth                            Elmstead                     Executor                                            10, 18, 44, 55

John Minter                                                                  Executor                                            11, 18, 44, 55

Mary Ann Carter                                                         Grandaughter                                   40

James Fulcher                                                              Grandson                                           41

Mary Anne Carter                                                        Daughter                                           52

Sarah Fulcher                                                               Daughter                                           52

John Barrel                                                                    Witness                                              65

Saml Sargeant                                                              Witness                                              66

Wm Mason                                                                   Witness                                               67

Nathaniel Forster                                                         Surrogate


Properties                                                    Place


Mussuage called Rogers                              Wivenhoe                                                          13



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