25 February 1743 Will of William Mudge of Wanstead, Essex (proved 16 August 1745)

The original document can be obtained online from The National Archives.

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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