Source: TNA, PROB 11/834
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The last Will and Testament of me Elias Spencer of the Town and County of Poole Mariner made and Published this eighth day of April in the Year of our Lord One thousand Seven hundred and Fifty four first I give devise and bequeath unto my dear and well beloved Wife Elizabeth all and singular my Lands Messuages Hereditaments and Premisses whatsoever and wheresoever in the Kingdom of England Newfound Land or elsewhere To hold to my said Wife and her Assigns during her natural Life only without Impeachment of or for any manner of Waste and from and immediately after her decease I give and devise the same to my own right Heirs forever also I give and bequeath unto my Godson and Cousin John King now an Infant at Baydeverds in Newfoundland the sum of Fifty Pounds to be paid him by my Executrix hereafter named at his age of Twenty one years Provided he shall attain that age and not otherwise also all the rest and residue of all and Singular my Goods Chattells and Personal Estate whatsoever and wheresoever I give and bequeath unto my said Wife Elizabeth her Executors Administrators and Assigns she paying thereout all my debts and Funeral Expences and I hereby make and appoint my said Wife whole and Sole Executrix and Residuary Legatee of this my last Will and Testament and I hereby revoke and make void all former and other Will and Wills by me heretofore made and I hereby ratify and confirm this to be my only true last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I the said Elias Spencer have to this my last Will and Testament Set my hand and Seal the day and year first above written. Elias Spencer. Signed Sealed Published and declared by the said Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the Presence of us who Subscribed our Names as Witnesses thereto in his Presence and at his request and in the Presence of each other even the day of the ?ate thereof. John Simmonds Mary Hayter Hen Austen I the within named Elias Spencer the Testator do make this Present Codicil which I order and direct shall be taken as and for Part of my within written last Will and Testament and which Will as to all and every the devises Bequests and Legacys therein mentioned devised given and contained of and concerning my Real and Personal Estates therein mentioned I do by this my Codicil Establish ratify and confirm save and except such devise or Bequest therein mentioned as is by me hereinafter revoked and made void Whereas I have my by said Will given and bequeathed unto my Godson and Cousin John King therein named the sum of Fifty Pounds to be paid him in manner therein mentioned Now I do hereby revoke and make void the said Bequest or Legacy of Fifty Pounds so by me within mentioned to be give and bequeathed unto the said John King to all Intents and Purposes as if the same had never been bequeathed and which said Sum of Fifty Pounds I will shall be deemed and taken as Part and Parcel of the Residuum of my Personal Estate by me within mentioned to be given and bequeathed unto my said dear Wife within named and my Will and meaning is that this Codicil shall be adjudged and taken as Part and Parcel of my said last Will and Testament and a full Declaration of the same In Witness whereof I have to this my Codicil Set my hand and Seal the Seventeenth day of June in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Seven hundred and Fifty seven. Elias Spencer. Signed Sealed Published and declared by the above named Elias Spencer the Testator as and for a Codicil to be added to and be Part of his last Will and Testament in the Presence of us who Subscribed our Names as Witnesses hereunto in the Presence and at the requeat of the said Testator and in the Presence of each other. Mary Hayter Sam Bowden Hen Austen This Will was Proved at London with a Codicil the Sixteenth day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Fifty seven before the Right Honourable Sir George Lee Knight Docotor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the Oath of Elizabeth Spencer Widow the Relict of the deased and Sole Executrix named in the said Will to whom Administration was granted of all and Singular the Goods Chattells and Credits of the deceased having been first Sworn by Commission duly to administer
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