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In the Name of God Amen This is the last Will and Testament of me Priscilla Edwards of Margaret Street in the Parish of Saint Mary le Bone in the County of Middlesex Widow First I desire that ten day may Intervene my death and Funeral and that the Coffin whe???????? Bod y shall be Buried may not be ???sed up During that time or untill it shall become Offensive and I desire that direct that I may be Buried in the same private manner my late dear Husband Richard Edwards Esquire was and in the same Grave with him and my dear Child Priscilla Ann Marton I give and bequeath to my said late Husbands Niece and Godchild Theodosia S???d and to Mrs Mary Fitzwater the Sum of Ten pounds a piece to Buy Mourning I give and bequeath to my Servant Elizabeth Allen if she shall live with me at my decease all my Cloaths and wearing apparel Save my Jewels Rings and Watch and the Sum of Fifty pounds over and besides such wages as shall remain due to her at my death Item I give and bequeath to the said Elizabeth Allen one annuity or clear yearly Sum of Ten pounds for and during the Term of her natural life to be paid her by my Trustees and Executors herein after named by even and equal half yearly payments the first payment thereof to begin and be made at the End of Six Calendar Months next after my decease Item I give and bequeath to the said Allen Furniture for a Room which I have particularly mentioned and set down in a paper signed by me and intended to be kept with one part of this my will as a Recanpence for her care of me and it is my will and mind and I do direct that my said Servant Elizabeth Allen shall and may continue in my dwelling House three Months next after my decease if agreable to her during which time she shall receive and be paid wages at and after the same Rate she receives and is paid the same in my life time and also paid or allowed reasonable Board Wages I give and bequeath all my Sheets and Table Linnen and other Linnen now or usually kept in a chest now standing in one of the Garretts of my House in Margaret Street aforesaid unto Sophia Stert wife of my Brother Arthur Stert and to my Niece Rebecca Minett to be divided equally between them I give and bequeath to my Niece Mariana Stert the Ring with my Daughter Priscilla Martons Hair wrought into it I give and bequeath to my Eldest Niece Sophia Stert the Single Stone Diamond Ring late belonging to my Sister Mrs Lambert deceased I give and bequeath to the Reverend Doctor John Baker one of my Trustees and Executors herein after named my said dear husbands Gold Watch picture and inlaid Sword Given to him by the Duke of Saint Albans and also my said dear Child Priscilla Ann Marton's picture and my Mourning Ring for my said daughter and likewise my late Fathers picture In Trust to keep the same in his hands untill my GrandSon George Richard Marton shall attain the age of twenty one years and then to deliver the same to him for his own use and in case my said Grand Son shall die before he shall attain his said age of twenty one then to deliver the same to his Brother my Eldest Grand Son Oliver MArton when he shall attain the age of Twenty one for his use and it is my mind and desire and therefore I do hereby request my said two Grand Sons respectively not to dispose of or part with the said Watch Sword pictures and Rings or any of them during their respective lives I give and bequeath to my three Friends John Eames Esquire the Reverend Doctor John Baker and Richard Buller Esquire and to my Nephew Daniel Minett Esquire my Trustees and Executors herein after named the Sum of Five Guineas a piece for a Ring and after payment of my debts Funeral Expences and the said Legacies I give and bequeath all the Rest Residue and remainder of my real and personal Estate and Effects whatsoever and wheresoever to my said three Firends John Eames Esquire the Reverend Doctor John Baker and Richard Buller Esquire and to my said Nephew Daniel Minett their Heirs Executors and admors upon the Trusts nevertheless herein after mentioned touching the same that is to say Upon Trust that they shall with all convenient Speed after my decease Sell and convert such part thereof as is Saleable into Money and call in all debts owing to me and place out the Moneys arising therefrom upon some good and sufficient Mortgage or Mortgages of Freehold Lands situated in some Registered County or upon some Government Security or Securities at the Discretion of my said Trustees in their own names there to lye and accumulate until my said Grand Son George Richard Marton shall attain his said age of twenty one years and from and after my said Grandson shall have so attained his said age of twenty one then upon further Trust to pay assign or Transfer such Sum or Sums of Money as the Residue of the said yearly Interest or Dividends shall then amount to together with the said principal Sum arising from Sale of my Estate and Effects and from the Debts Due to me as aforesaid on the Mortgages or other Securities wherein the same shall then ??? Secured to my said Grand Son George Richard Marton to and for his Sole use and benefit But in case my said Grand Son George Richard Marton shall die before he shall attain his said age of twenty one years then upon Further Trust to pay the Sum of Five hundred pounds part thereof to my Niece and God Daughter Sophia Stert and then to pay assign or Transfer the Residue of the said principal and accumulated Sums of Money Mortgages and other Securities to my Eldest Grand Son Oliver Marton when he shall attain his age of Twenty one years to and for his Sole use and benefit but in case my said Grand Son Oliver Marton shall die in the life of his Brother the said George Richard Marton or shall not live to attain the age of twenty one years then upon this Further Trust that they the said John Eames John Baker Richard Buller and Daniel Minett or the Survivor of them his Executors or administrators shall pay and divide such Residue unto and amongst all and every the daughters of my said Brother Arthur Stert who shall then be living if more than one equally between them share and share alike and if but one then the whole to such Surviving or only daughter provided always that in case my said Trustees or the Survivors or Survivor of them shall in their or his discretion think it expedient for the benefit and advantage of my said Grand Son George Richard Marton to advance and pay him the Sum of one thousand pounds before he shall attain the age of Twenty one years then and in that case I do hereby authorize and empower my said Trustees and the Survivors and Survivor of them to pay and apply such Sum of one thousand pounds out of the Residue of my Estate and Effects given and bequeathed to them In Trust as aforesaid unto and to the use of my said Grand Son George Richard ^ Buller and Daniel Minett ^ Marton accordingly and I do appoint my said Trustees John Eames John Baker Richard Executors of this my will and hereby revoking all former wills by me at any time heretofore made do declare this only to be my last will and testament In Witness whereof I the said Priscilla Edwards have to this my last will and testament contained in three Sheets of paper to the first and Second Sheets thereof set my hand and to the third and last Sheet thereof my hand and Seal this Seventh day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand Seven hundred and Seventy nine Priscilla Edwards LS Signed Sealed published and declared by Priscilla Edwards the Testatrix above named as and for her last Will and Testament in the presence of us who at her request and in her presence have Subscribed our names as witnesses thereto Thos Rowlison Thos Bolson Susannah Perry I desire the Fine Linnen that is left in my will to be devided between Mrs Stert and Mrs Minet as it is now deminished since my Will was made may be entirely given to Mrs Minet and instead of the share I had given Mrs Stert I bequeath to her one pair of my Silver Candlesticks I likewise bequeath to my Niece Sophia Stert my Diamond Earrings it is my Will that twenty pounds a year shall be paid to my Maid Servant Elizabeth Allen during her natural life instead of ten pounds a year Expressed in my last will and Testament I bequeath also Five Guineas to each of the other three Servants from the Great affection and regard my dear Mrs Buller has displayed towards me during my illness I have to request her acceptance of a Mourning Ring I desire my papers may be delivered by my Servant Elizabeth Allen to Mrs Rebecca Minett by her only to be overlooked September ye 21 1782 Priscilla Edwards witness Philip Paumier 25 January 1783 Appeared Personally Paumier of Titchfield Street Marybone in the County of Middlesex and made oath that he knew and was well acquainted with Priscilla Edwards late of the Parish of Sain Mary le bone in the County of Middlesex Widow for Several years before and to the time of her death which happened in the Month of December last that during such his knowledge of and acquaintance with her he has often seen her write and Subscribe her name to writings and was andis thereby become well acquainted with her manner and character of handwriting and Subscription and having now carefully viewed and perused the names Priscilla Edwards subscribed to the paper writing hereunto annexed purporting to be a Codicil to the last will and testament of the said deceased beginning thus "I desire the fine Linnen that is left in my will to be divided between Mrs Stert and Mrs Minet " ending thus "I desire my papers may be delivered by my Servant Elizabeth Allen to Mrs Rebecca Minet by her only to be overlooked and dated" September ye 21 1782 he saith that the said Names are as he verily and in his consicence believes of the proper hand writing and Subscription of the said Priscilla Edwards deceased Philip Paumier The same say the said Philip Paumier was duly sworn to the Truth of this affidavit Before me And Collee Ducarel Surogate present N Biship Jurer Noty Publ This Will was proved at London with a Codicil the twenty Seventh day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand Seven hundred and eight three before the Worshipful Thomas Bever Doctor of Laws Surrogate of the Right Worshipful Peter Calvert Docotor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the oaths of the Reverend John Baker Doctor in Divinity Richard Buller and Daniel Minet Esquires three of the Executors named in the said Will to whom administration was granted and of all and Singular the Goods Chattels and Credits of the said deceased having been first Sworn duly to administer power being reserved of making the like grant to John Eames Esquire the other Executor named in the said Will when when he shall apply for the same
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