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In the name of God Amen the first day of August in the yeare of our Lord One Thousand seven hundred and Two I John Monnsher of Portsmouth in the county of Southton Ropemaker being sick in Body but of perfect mind and memory Doe make and ordaine this my last will and testament in manner following that is to say Impris I committ my Soule to God and my Body to the Earth Item all my messuages lands and Tenements with their and every of their right members and apprennces in Portsmouth and Portsea in the said County I give and bequeath to my sonne John Monnsher his heires and assignes forever But if hee dye under age and without Issue they shall remaine to my other Children William and Elizabeth and the heires of their bodyes equally to be shared and divided betweene them but if they both dye under age and without Issue then the said Messuages Lands and Tenements with their and every of their rights Members and appurtenances shall be equally divided among all my relations among whome my personall estate ought by Law to be distribued if I should dye intestate without wife or Child and to the heires and assignes of such relations equally to be divided share and share alike forever Item I give to my brother James Monnsher forty pounds to bee paid within three months after my death To Thomas Smith sonne of Thomas Smith late of Chatham Deceased One hundred pounds to be paid him when and as soone as hee shall attaine the age of One and Twenty yeares in the meane time my Executors shall pay him yearly towards his maintenance five pounds To John Neave the summe of five hundred pounds to be paid within Six months after my death On this Condition he doe within that time pay the mony I am bound with him for to John Grover and doe give good and sufficient securitie to pay and discharge all the debts and Legacies (he ought by Law and equitie to pay and discharge) of Richard Bramble otherwayes the said five hundred pounds Legacy to be void Item I give to the Mayor and Aldermen of Portsmouth and their Successors One hundred pounds to be paid within Three Monthes after my Death To the end they shall on every St Thomas Day distribute the Interest thereof among poore Widowes not receiving Almes there To the poore of the parish there Tenn pounds to be distributed the Tuesday next after my Death To my said brother James Monnsher Sarah Norell Elizabeth Pyke and each of them Tenn pounds To John Vyneing Samuel Hentey and Charles Bissell all of Portsmouth and to each of them the summe of fourty pounds Item I doe appoint that my sonne John shall be an Appretice to a Turkey Merchant Item all the Rest Residue and Remainder of my goods Chattells rights credits and estate my debts and funerall expences being paid I give to my sonne John his executors admstrators and assignes but if hee dye under the Age of One and twenty yeares the same shall remaine to my said other Children equally to be divided betweene them at their respective ages of One and Twenty yeares and if they both dye under age Then I give the same and every part & parcell thereof to and amongst all my relations (among whom it ought to bee distributed by Law if I should dye intestate leaving neither wife nor Child) equally to be divided betweene them And I doe make the said John Vyneing Samuel Henley and Charles Bissell Executors in Trust of this my Will and guardians to all my said Children during their respective minorities And doe direct that if any part of my personall estate shall happen to bee lost without the wilfull neglect or defect of my Executors That then they shall not be charged therewith In witnesse whereof revoaking all other Wills by mee made To this my last Will and Testament I have put my hand and Seale the day and yeare above written John Monnsher Signed Sealed published and declared in the presence of ?? Mary Bissell Anthony Binsted J?? Morecroft Junr Probatum fuit ... apud London ... [this paragraph continues in Latin to grant probate on 1 December 1702] Primo die mensis Decembris Anno Domini Millesimo Septingentesimo secundo [to] Johannis Vyneing Samuelis Henkey et Caroli Bissell
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