Source: TNA, PROB 11/1345
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The last Will & Testament of Moses Pitt of Birchin Lane in the City of London Insurance Broker First I will & desire that all my Debts and Funeral Expences shall be paid and that I shall be decently buried in the Parish Church or Church Yard where I shall die, if at Poole in the Vault where my Father & Mother lies I will also that my Landes Estates & Premises in the Parish of Lytchett commonly called Lower Lytchett or Lytchett Minster in the County of Dorset may be sold with all convenient Speed after my decease, the Mortgage of Eight hundred pounds thereon to my Niece Ann Hanham to be first discharged (if not done before my decease) in that part called Pikes, Organ or Organt in the said Parish and the Money so arising to be placed in the three pounds :r Cent Consolidated Annuities Also I will that all my Personal Property in the House of my Partner Thomas Bingley under the Firm of Bingley Pitt and Co and also in the Houses or Firms of Bingley Pitt & Bingley and Bingleys Pitt & Masten be reallized as soon as may be and the produce thereof from time to time be placed in the said Fund of Three pounds per Cent And for the disposal of said property I leave & appoint my good Friend and partner Thomas Bingley of Birchin Lane and my Relation Thomas Durell Esqr of the Town & County of Poole Executors In Trust to dispose thereof in the following manner vizt I give & bequeath to my reputed or natural Daughter (by the Body of Sarah Jones deceased) known or called by the Name of Sarah Pitt (& now residing with my much valued Friend & Relation Mary Green of the Town & County of Poole Widow) the full Sum of one thousand five hundred pounds Sterling Money of Great Britain I also give and bequeath to my reputed or natural Son (by the Body of the said Sarah Jones deceased) known or called by the Name of William Pitt in the Service of Captain Richard Dodd of the Countess of Leicester Packet lately taken but at present in the Marquis of Kildare Packet in the Employ of His Majestys Post Master's General and Sailing from Falmouth the like full Sum of one thousand five hundred pounds Sterling Money of Great Britain and also I give & bequeath to my reputed or natural Daughter (by the Body of the said Sarah Jones deceased) known or called by the Name of Susan Pitt & now at the Boarding School of Miss M Fletcher of Hammersmith in the County of Middlesex the like Sum of one thousand five hundred pounds Sterling Money of Great Britain and in case either of the said reputed or natural Children shall die or decease before they attain the age of twenty one years then the share or shares shall fall or come into my general Estate I give & bequeath to my Sisters Margaret Pitt and Susan Pitt Spinsters both residing together at Lytchett Minster in the County of Dorset the full Sum of Five hundred pounds each also to my Niece Ann Hanham wife of the Reverend James Hanham of Corfe Mullen in the County of Dorset the full Sum of Five hundred pounds for the sole use and benefit of herself & Children I also give or Forgive a Debt of one hundred pounds due to me from the said James Hanham I also give and bequeath to my much valued Friend and intended wife Mary Green widow of the Town and County of Poole the full Sum of one thousand pounds as a token of my great regard for her & in gratitude for her kind Hospitality to and Support of my Daughter Sarah Pitt like one of her own Children for some years also I cancel and give her whatever Debt may appear in my Book or Books of Account against her I give to my Godson Thomas Bingley Junr the full Sum of one hundred Pounds Sterling Money of Great Britain Also to my Godson Harry Bingley Sedgwick Son of my Friend Harry Sedgwick of Hamerton in the County of Middlesex the full Sum of one hundred Pounds Sterling Money of Great Britain I give to my Executors Thomas Bingley & Thomas Durell the full Sum of one hundred Pounds each Sterling money of Great Britain for their trouble in executing this my last Will and Testament I give to Mr Thomas Marten in the Counting House of Bingley Pitt & Co the full Sum of Twenty Pounds for Mourning Also to George Cowles Bookkeeper to Ditto the full Sum of Twenty Pounds for Mourning also to Mr George Parkinson Twenty Pounds for Mourning Also one hundred Pounds to Mr Richard Doncaster an Old Clerk in the Counting House And finally in regard to the residue (if any) of my Estate & Effects I leave to my said Executors Thomas Bingley & Thomas Durell In Trust to be disposed of as I shall in future direct And as to the payments of the Bequests herein contained it must rest with my said Executors as they can collect Funds for the purpose and of whose diligence therein I have no doubt Done after noting two Interlineations in London the 25th day of March 1799 by me Moses Pitt NB Instead of my Personal Property in the Houses or Firms of Bingley Pitt & Co Bingley Pitt & Bingley and Bingles Pitt & Marten I mean all my Personal Property where and whatsoever Moses Pitt 11 July 1800 Appeared Personally William john Pitt of Winborne in the County of Dorset Esquire and Harry Sedgwick of Hamerton in the County of Middlesex Esquire and made Oath that they knew and were well acquainted with Moses Pitt late of Birchin Lane and of the Inner Temple London Esquire deceased for several years before and to the time of his death and have several times seen him write and write and Subscribe his Name whereby they have acquired a knowledge of his manner and Character of Handwriting and Subscription and having now viewed the Paper writing hereunto annexed purporting to be and contain the last Will and Testament with a Codicil thereto of the said deceased the said Will beginning thus "The last Will and Testament of Moses Pitt" ending thus "Done after noting two Interlineations in London the 25th day of March 1799 by me" and thus Subscribed "Moses Pitt" the said Codicil beginning thus "NB Instead of my Personal Property" ending thus "all my Personal Property where and whatsoever" and thus subscribed "Moses Pitt" These Deponents say that they verily and in their Consciences believe the whole Series and Contents of the said Will and Codicil and the Names Moses Pitt thereto Subscribed and also the word one interlined between the 27th & 28th lines of the second Sheet of the said will to have been wrote and Subscribed by and with the propert Hand of the said Moses Pitt Esquire deceased W:J:Pitt Harry Sedgwick SAme day the said William John Pitt and Harry Sedgwick were duly sworn to the truth of this affidavit before me William Adams Sur Prest Chas Bedford N.P. 19th July 1800 Appeared Personally Thomas Bingley of Birchin Lane London Esquire and made Oath that he is one of the Executors named in the last Will and Testament of Moses Pitt late of Birchin Lane and of the Inner Temple London Esquire deceased that the Deponent hath since the death of the said deceased made a diligent Search amongst the said deceased's Papers of Moment and concern which he kept Locked up in the Desk of his Counting House in Birchin Lane and amongst his papers in other places for the purpose of discovering if the said deceased had left any Codicil to his will or any other paper of a Testamentary nature but he hath not been able to find any such the Deponent therefore verily and in his Conscience believes that the said Deceased hath not left any Codicil to his will or any Testamentary Disposition of his property whatever besides his said Will which is hereunto annexed bearing date the 25th day of March 1799 and the Envelope in which the same was enclosed Thos Bingley Same day the said Thomas Bingley was duly sworn to the truth of this Affidavit before me S Parson Sur Prest Edwd Toller N.P. This Will was proved at London (with a Codicil) the twenty second day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred before the Right Honorable Sir William Wynne Knight Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the Oaths of Thomas Bingley and Thomas Durell Esquires the Executors named in the said will to whom administration was granted of all and singular the Goods Chattels and Credits of the Deceased they having been first sworn duly to administer (that is to say) the said Thomas Bingley before the Worshipful Samuel Pearce Parson Doctor of Laws Surrogate of the said Commissary and the said Thomas Durell by Commission
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