Elizabeth KETTLE of Wivenhoe, Widow, 1748. PROB 11/764/63

I Elizabeth Kettle of Wivenhoe
in the County of Essex Widow being weak and infirm in
Body but of a sound and disposing Mind Memory and
understanding do as my affairs are perplexed in Order to settle

them as much to my satisfaction as may be make my last
Will and Testament in manner and form following (that is
to say) my Soul I commit to the disposition of Almighty
God and my Body to be decently interred at Layer by that
of my Father with six paulbearers whom I would have
Rings Gloves Scarves and Hatbands as also the Minister
assisting And it is my desire that Monument be created
for me like that of my Father and as to my temporal Estate
I make thereof the following disposition (that is to say) First
I desire all my Household Furniture Plate Linnen Jewells
and all other my specific Goods and Chattels (Except such as
are hereafter disposed of) shall be appraised and sold and
the Money arising by such Salel I will shall be deemed and
taken as part of my personal estate and I give and bequeath
the same and all other my personal Estate (Except such
part thereof as I am now in Chancery about) after payment
of my just Debts together with my four silver Candlesticks
my set of silver Knives and Forks and Spoons thereto belonging
with my best Bed Bedding and all the Furniture thereto
apertaining unto my loveing brother Nicholas Corsellis Esq[ui]r[e]
to use and Enjoy during the term of his natural life and
after his decease my Will is and I do hereby give the personal
Estate to arise by sale of the said Goods as aforesaid and the
aforementioned things to Mrs Ann Carpenter to do therewith
as she pleases and as to such part of my personal Estate as
I am now in Chancery about and all other my personal
Estate not hereby devised I give and bequeath to my said
loveing Brother Nicholas Corsellis towards reimbursing him
The Expense of such suite as are and shall be commenced
against him on account of being my Executor or Representative
And I further give devise and bequeath unto my said Brother
Nicholas Corsellis and his Heirs forever as an Inducement
to perform this my Will all my real Estate in possession
Reversion Remainder or Expectancy To hold to him his
Heirs and Assigns forever Also I give to the said Mrs Ann
Carpenter my Hoop Diamond Ring with all the best of my
Wearing Apparel Linnen and Lace to be delivered to her
immediately after my decease Also I desire she would accept
my Grey Tabby Suite and wear for my Mourning Also I give
the Sum of fifty pounds to my Nephew Nicholas Corsellis the
Younger to be laid out in place for him by his Father Also I
give my watch and equipage to my God Daughter Ann Boys
Also to my Cousin Andrew’s Child who is my God Daughter
I give my Silver Tea Kettle and Lamp a Diamond Ring in
Mrs Carpenters possession I give to my cousin Stark to my
God Daughter Ann Feedham I give ten pounds and a Bible to
paid her To my Godson Robert Walls ten pounds to be paid
his Mother To my God Daughter Elizabeth King I give my
Green and Red Damask Bed with the Furniture thereto, to
Mary Ann Rawlinson a Diamond (Ring ) with Hair? my yellow Taby
Gown (my yellow damask Gown) my White Sattin leaned? Gown and fourteen Scotch
Holland Shifts Also to Martha Berkeham one of my small Diamond

Rings in the possesion of Mrs Ann Carpenter Also I give to
Sarah Fisher all of the Furniture of the blew Garrett and of the
Dining Room (except the little Desk) the Kitchen Furniture
with any Vessels that may be usefull for the Kitchen or Cellar
in her House all the Furniture and Linnen in the Wardrobe
(except the large chest and contents)  The Tea Board and
China thereon in the Counting House with the Tea Spoons
the worst of my Wearing Apparel and linnen the Furniture
of Captain Hunts Room with the adjoining Rooms Also I
direct the following things in Mrs Carpenters Hands which
are the property of Honor Ellis (to wit) a Silver Watch a pair
of Gold Buttons a small Rose Diamond Bumble a pair of
Topps of Earrings with seven pounds the amount of her
Exchequer Orders to be delivered to her immediately after
my deceased with one Guinea and a half her chest of Drawers
sold for all the Rest and Residue of my Real and personal
Estate I give devise and bequeath to my said Brother
Nicholas Corsellis and do make him sole  Executor of this
my will contained in one sheet of paper which I declare
to be my last revoking all former and other Wills by me
heretofore made In Witness whereof I have this tenth
Day of September in the Year of our lord one thousand
seven hundred and forty seven set my Hand and seal
Eliz: Kettle.  Signed Sealed published and declared by the
said Elizabeth Kettle as and for her last Will and Testament
In the presence of us and by us attested in her presence
Danl Gentry John Rayner WnmMayhew

This Will was proved at London before the
Worshipfull Robert Chapman Doctor of Laws and Surrogate
of the right Worshipfull John Bettesworth also Doctor of
Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative
Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted the sixth Day
of August in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven
hundred and forty eight by the Oath of Nicholas Corsellis
the Brother of the Deceased and sole Executor in the said
Will named To who Administration was granted of all
and singular the Goods Chattels and Credits of the said
Deceased being first sworn duly to administer.

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