Source: TNA, PROB 11/1257
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In the Name of God Amen This is the last will and Testament of Richard Edwards Esqr Admiral of the White of his Majesty's Fleet I desire all my Just Debts and Funeral Expences only decent ???? paid and Discharged I Give and Bequeath unto my ?? Relation Captain Sampson Edwards of the Royal Navy all my Real and Personal Estates whatever and whereever which I may be entitled to to hold to him and his Heirs Exors Admors or Assigns for ever as Tenants in Common ??? the following Bequeaths and Legacies to my Nephew Major Blason Tinker two thousand pounds Principal and Interest of my money in the Trade and business and hands of Messrs Dawson and Wilson in East Queen ????? Street London if they fail in their agreement to me Mr ??ds attorney at Law Great Queen Street Lincolns Inn Fields to be employed to sue for it out of their hands he has their Deeds for Four thousand Pounds lent them the first of Janry 1792 by me I Give and Bequeath to my Niece Elizabeth Hunne Wife of the Referend Mr Hunne five hundred pounds of the said Four thousand Pounds Principal and Interest I Give and Bequeath to my Friend Frederick Booth Esquire my Gold Watch and thirty pounds for a Ring to my Servant Peter Greenwood if with me on my Decease to be paid him within three Months or Directly after my decease eighty Pounds Sterling and all my wearing Apparell Bed Linnen Stockings &c to my Relation Captain Samp Edwards of the Royal Navy all my Plate Real and French Plate Household Linen Arms Swords Wine and Pictures and I make and appoint him Executor of this my last will and Testament and revoke all others made before In witness whereof I have this Fifteenth Day of September one thousand seven hundred and ninety Four in one sheet of paper set my hand and Seal R Edwards 7 March 1795 On which Day Appeared Personally Frederick Booth of Craven Street in the Stra?? Esquire and Thomas Oliver of Bond Street in the County of Middlesex Esquire and made Oath that they knew and were well acquainted with the Deceased Richard Edwards late of Fordwich in the County of Kent and an Admiral of the White in his Majesty's Service for several years before and to the time of his Death which happened on the third Day of February in the present year and during such their knowledge of and acquaintance with him the said deceased and they have often seen him write and subscribe his Name to writings and were and are thereby become well acquainted with his manner and Charact of hand- writing and subscription and having now carefully viewed and perused the paper writing hereunto annexed purporting to be the last will and Testament of the said Deceased the said will beginning thus "In the Name of God Amen This is the last Will and Testament of Richard Edwards Esqr Admiral of the White" ending thus "this Fifteenth Day of September one thousand seven hundred and ninety Four in one sheet of paper set my hand and Seal and thus subscribed" R Edwards they these deponents to jointly and severally depose that they do ??ily and their Consciences believe the whole Body series and Contents of the said will and the subscription there?? to be all of the proper handwriting and subscription of the said Richard Edwards Esquire the Testator Deceased Fred Booth Thos Oliver Same Day the said Frederick Booth and Thomas Oliver were duly sworn to the Truth of this Affidavit before me J Fisher Surgate ???? J Walker N P This Will was proved at London the thirteenth Day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety Five before the worshipful Samuel P???? Parson Doctor of Laws Surrogate of the Right Honourable Sir William Wynne Knight Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the Oath of Sampson Edwards Esquire the sole Executor named in the said will to whom Administration of all and singular the Goods Chattels and Credits of the Deceased was granted having been first sworn duly to Administer
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