Source: TNA, PROB 11/583
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In the Name of God Amen I George Duke of Sarson in the County of Southton Esqr being in good health but considering the uncertainty of this life do make and ordaine this my last Will and Testament in manner and forme following (that is to say) First I Comend my Soul unto Almighty God that gave it and my body to the Earth to be decently buryed at the discretion of my Executor herein named And as for the Setting and disposeing of Such Worldly Estate as the Lord in Mercy hath lent me I do will and dispose thereof as followeth Imprimis I give to the poor of this parish of Amport in the County aforesaid five pounds Item I give unto my son George any Book or Books that may anyway advance him in his learning now in my Study Item I give unto my Eldest Daughter Frances her own Mothers Pearle Necklace but if she happen to dye before she marryes then my Will is my daughter Selenah shall have it but if she dye also before she marrys then to goe to my daughter Mary Item I give to my daughters Selenah and Mary aforesaid four broad peices of Gold to each of them which were their Mothers Item I give unto my Son George five pounds to buy him Mourning Item I give to my Son Charles five pound to buy him Mourning Item I give unto my Brother Newman five pounds to buy him mourning Item I give unto my dear and beloved Ne?? Katherine Weymans late of Romsbury Widow fifty pounds to put her self in Mourning And I do also forgive the said Katherine all money due to me and do order my Executor to give her a General Release if she doth desire the same Item I give bequeath and devise unto my eldest Son John and to his heirs for ever all and Singular all and Singular the Messuages Lands Tenements and Hereditaments whereof I the said George Duke or any other person for my use is or standeth seized and I do hereby give and bequeath unto my said Son John all and Singular the rest of my personall Estate whatsoever in Trust nevertheless that my said Son John shall by and out of the said real Estate and peronsall Estate pay and discharge all my Just Debts and Funerall Charges and expences and also pay and dishcarge all and every Such Legacy and Legacyes Sume and Sums of money as are before and herein after by me given and bequeathed that is to Say I give and bequeath unto my said eldest daughter Frances the Sume of Six hundred pounds and Mourning Item I give and bequeath unto my said daughter Selenah the Sume of five hundred pounds and Mourning Item I give and bequeath unto my youngest daughter Mary the Sume of five hundred pound and Mourning Item I give unto my Grandson George the Sume of One hundred pound lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint my Said Son John Duke my full and Sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament And I do hereby revoke all former Wills by me made declaring this to be my last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I have hereunto Set my hand and Seal this twentyeth day of August Anno Domi 1711 Geo Duke signed Sealed published and declared in the p?sence of us ?? Newman, Robt Pyke, Walt?? Dawley Probatum fuit [this paragraph continues in latin to grant probate at London on 3 February 1721] tertio die Mensis Februarii Anno Domini Millesimo Septingentesimo Vicesimo primo [to] Johannis Duke Filii dicti defuncti et Executoris
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