Source: TNA, PROB 11/958
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In the Name of God Amen I James Sanders of Sopley in Hampshire but now in and of Bonavist Mewfound Land Inhabitant of Boatkeeper being of perfect Sound Mind and Memory but in a weak Condition and calling to Mind the Mortality of my Body and to Prevent disputes after my decease do make this my last Will and Testament in manner following principally and first of all I ecommend my Soul to God who gave it and my Body to the Earth to be decently buried and as touching such Worldly Goods wherewith it has pleased God to bless me I give and dispose of as follows Imprimis I give and bequeath to my beloved Nephew William Wilshire the Sum of Ten Pounds Ster Money of Great Britain to be paid by my Executor at the end of Six Months after my decease Item I give to my beloved Nephew Thomas Wiltshire now in this Place the full two thirds of all my Lands Tenements and Hereditaments of all Fishing Rooms Stages Flackes Boats Fishing Crafts and whatsoever Goods or Chattels household Goods Wearing Apparel except is hereafter excepted to him and to his Heirs forever they lying and being in Bonavist Bay in Newfound Land Item I give to my beloved Nephew William Virge now in this place the full one third of all my Lands Tenements and Hereditaments of all fishing Rooms Stages Flacks Boats Fishing Crafts and whatsoever Goods or Chattels house hold Goods wearing Apparel except what is hereafter excepted that I shall be Possessed of in Bonavist Bay in Newfound Land at the time of my decease to him and his Heirs forever Item I give to my old servant John Lane a suit of my Wearing Cloaths that I used to wear on Sundays the Coat- ?l?e with a Suitable Wastcoat and Breeches Item I appoint my beloved Friend Martin Luther as a Trustee to settle all my Accounts in Newfound Land and to Pay all my Debts due in this County as far as my Fish and oil shall go and no further and if after settlement any Money shall remain due to me the same he shal remit to my Executor hereinafter named it is further my Will notwithstanding what is before said that I impower the said Martin Luther to draw Bills on Christopher Cobb of Ringwood in Hampshire for the Payment of my Servants Wages with the Doctors Bill if the Present Voyage will not afford Bills of exchange to pay the same Item I appoint my beloved Friends James Magwick and William Browne both now in this place to be Guardians to my before named Nephews Thomas Wiltshire and William Virge to improve their several Legacies and allow them a Convenient Allowance out of what they can make for them till they shall each attain the age of twenty four years and then to be put in full possession as they shall respectively arrive to that age Item I will that the new Cloaths that came to me from England this year to be sold by Martin Luther and the Money that shall be made of them shell go with the produce of this present Voyage towards paying my Debts and Expences as also my Silver Watch is to be disposed of in like manner with the New Cloaths Item I give to my beloved Kinsman James Cobb Son of Christopher and Sarah Cobb of Ringwood over and above his part of what Money I shall have in England after all my just Debts are paid as hereafter mentioned Item I give to my beloved Kinswoman Jane Cobb the like sum of Fifty pounds Ster over and above her Share after my just Debts are paid as aforesaid Item all the rest and Residue of my Money in England wherever it be whether by Bill Bond Debt or otherwise to be equally Shared between Christopher and Sarah Cobbs four Children to say James Cobb Jane Cobb and their other two sons by whatever Names they may be called as I do not exactly know their Names observing that James Cobb and Jane Cobb are to have Fifty pounds each more than the other to as aforesaid First my Executor being to Pay all my just Debts that are due or that shall become due on this Voyage in Newfoundland or else where Whereas by Account received from Messrs William and M???es ??illier of Ringwood this year there appears to be due to me a Ballance of Fifty two pounds fourteen shillings and two pence half penny sterling I require my Executor to receive the same and add it to what other Money he has of mine Item I appoint my beloved Nephew Christopher Cobb and Sarah his Wife my Executor and Executrix of this my last Will and Testament as far as relates to my Affairs in England revoking all other Wills Legacys and Bequests whatever I confirm this as my last Will and Testament which I have signed with my own hand in Bonavist Newfoundland this 21st day of June in the year of our Lord 1765 James Sanders signed sealed Published Pronounced and declared to be his last Will and Testament in Presence of us W Keen Richard Dew Buckle Shepard This Will was proved at London before the Right Worshipful George Hay Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted on the twenty second day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy by the Oaths of Christopher Cobb the Nephew of the said deceased and Sarah Cobb Wife of the said Cobb the Executors named in the said Will so far as it relates to the Deceaseds Affairs in England to whom administration was granted for the Purposes aforesaid but no further or otherwise they having been first sworn by Commission duly to administer
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