Source: TNA, PROB 11/741
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This is the last Will and Testament of me William Mudge of the Parish of Wanstead in the County of Essex Gent made this Twenty fifth day of February in the year of Our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Forty three I desire to be Buried as privately and with as little expence as with Decency may be either in the Parish aforesaid or at Poplar in the County of Middlesex at the discretion of my Executors hereinafter named And as to my Worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me I dispose thereof in manner following Vizt I Will that all my Debts Legacies and Funerall Expences be first paid I Give to my dear Wife Sarah Mudge the Messuage or Tenement I lately Dwelt in at Limehouse and all other my Messuages Lands and Tenements whether Freehold Leasehold or Copyhold together with all Plate Goods and Furniture of mine in any of the said Messuages as also all Wearing Apparell for and during the term of her Widowhood i.e. for and during the term of her natural Life if She take no Second Husband but in case of such Second Marriage and from the Solemnization thereof my Will is that all and every the said Messuages Lands and Tenements shall be Devised and I do hereby Devise the same to the Trustees herein after named (except the said Messuage I lately dwelt in at Limehouse and the House I now dwell in at Wanstead together with the Plate Goods and Furniture which I give to my said Wife during Life whether She Marry again or not) for such uses and purposes as are herein after declared I Give and bequeath to each of my Four Children One Hundred Pounds to be paid when they shall severally attain to the Age of Twenty one years or be Married but if either of my Girls shall Marry without the consent of my said Wife if living I give and bequeath to such Girl only the Sum of Fifty Pounds but my will is that in case ?? the death of any of my said four Children shall happen the Survivors shall have the Legacy equally dividied amongst them if the Child so dying be under 21 years of age and unmarried And as to my Personal Estate Goods Merchandizes ready money moneys on Mortgages moneys in publick Stocks Bonds Notes or Book Debts I give the same to my Executors and Executrix herein after named In Trust to convert the same into moneys and place the same out at Interest upon Government or other good Securitys to be divided amongst my Children in such Share and proportions as my Wife shall by any Will or Writing under her Hand duly Testified devise and appoint and for want of such appointment to and amongst such Child or Children as shall then be living Share and Share alike And on this further Trust to lay out such sum or sums as they shall think fit to put all or any of the said Children Apprentice and to lay out such further and other Sums without Account for the Maintenance and Education of such Children Provided there be sufficient money left to pay my said Children the above Legacies And in case of my Wifes 2d Marriage my Will is that the Messuages Lands and Tenements except as before excepted which I have devised to my Trustees herein named be from and after such 2d Marriage either kept or disposed of as they shall judge best for the advantage of my said Children and the said Messuages Lands and Tenements as well as that at Wanstead and that at Limehouse shsll go after my said Wifes decease to my said Children if they be not Sold or disposed of before (which with my Wifes consent and the consent of the Trustees herein named they may be) Share and Share alike who shall be as Tenants in common and not joint Tenants Provided my Wife shall not by her last Will or other Writing under her hand duly attested appoint any greater Share to be given to one Child than to another And tis my further Will that my Messuages or Tenements be Repaired out of the income thereof as oft as the same shall be necessary The Rest Residue and Remainder of my Estates as well Real as Personal I give to my Executors and Executrix herein after named and I do hereby appoint my said dear Wife and my good Friends Thos Juson Rector of Wanstead aforesaid and Joseph Herbert Executrix and Executors of this my last Will and Testament And give to each of my said Executors Ten Guineas for their trouble herein And revoking all my former Wills I declare this to be my last Will and Testament And my Mind and Will is that my Executrix and my Executors before named be Trustees as aforesaid and shall not be answerable for any more money than they shall respectively receive nor for any loss that may happen without their default nor be answerable the one for the othe rand that they shall be allowed and retain any Cost or Charge they may be put to in the Execution hereof In Witness whereof I the said Wm Mudge have hereunto put my Hand and seal the day and year first above written William Mudge signed sealed and Declared by the said Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in presence of us who wrote our names in Testators presence George Saltwell S Saltwell M Wood William Mudge Signed also on the back of this paper by the Testator in presence of us who signed our names as Witnesses in the Sight presence and at the request of the said Testator and in the presence of one another George Saltwell Sarah Saltwell Mary Wood This Will was Proved at London before the Worshipfull Robert Chapman Doctor of Laws Surrogate to the Right Worshipfull John Bettesworth Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted the sixteenth day of August in the year of Our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Forty five by the Oath of Sarah Mudge Widow the Relict of the deceased and one of the Executors named in the said Will to whom Administration was granted of all and singular the Goods Chattells and Credits of the said deceased being first sworn duly to Administer (Power reserved of making the like grant to the Reverend Thomas Juson and Joseph Herbert the other Executors when they or either of them shall apply for the same
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