Will of Michael Hopkins

Will written before setting sail to the West Indies

Transcribed by Frances Belsham

Michael Hopkins

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In the Name of God Amen

I Michael Hopkins of Wivenhoe in the County of Essex

seaman being of sound and perfect mind and memory and

calling to Mind the uncertainty of this transitory Life as well

as the danger of the Seas and intending through Gods permission

to sail with the first fair Wind to the East Indies in the East India

Companys ship called the Godolphin Captain William

Hutchinson Commander do make and ordain this my Last

Will & Testament in manner and form following that is

to say Imprimis I recommend my Soul to Almighty God who

gave it and as to such Worldly Goods as it shall please God

to bestow on me I give and bequeath in manner nfollowing

that is to say I give and bequeath to my Loving Brother

Robert Hopkins of Wivenhoe aforesaid all and singular

such sums of money as shall or may be or become due

to me from the said East India Company or any other

person or persons whatsoever hereby making him the said

Robert Hopkins my full and sole Executor to this my Last

Will and Testament giving him full power and authority in

case I should not live to Complete the said voyage  to ask

demand and receive all such sums of money as aforesaid

and to give discharge for the same and I do hereby revoke

set aside and make void all other Wills by me made or

caused to be made declaring this to be my Last Will and Testament

In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this

Eleventh day of April in the thirty second year of the Reign of

our Soverign Lord George the second by the Grace of God of

Great Britain ffrance and Ireland King Defender of the ffaith

and in the year of our Lord One thousand Seven hundred and

fifty nine Michael Hopkins Signed Sealed and declared to

be the Last Will and Testament in the presence of

John Sanford Rich Wenham


This Will was proved at London before the Right

Worshipful Sir Edward Simpson Knight Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commisary of the Preogative Court of Canterbury

Lawfully Constituted on the Tenth day of April in the year of

our Lord One thousand Seven hundred and sixty four by the

Oath of Robert Hopkins the Brother of the Deceased and Sole

Executor named in the said Will to whom Administration was

granted of all and singular the Goods Chattles and Hereditaments


said deceased he having first sworn by Commission duly to




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