Contributed by Helen Billing
February 26th 1740
Sent by Winslowe to Cooper
In the Name of God Amen I John Whittmill of Tingewick in the County of Bucks Senr being of sound minde and perfect memory but weack in Body do call to minde the uncertainty of this Mortal Life And that all fleash must yeald unto Death when it shall please God to Call Do make & ordaine this my Last Will & Testament in manner & forme following (That is to say) First I comend my Soul unto the Hand of Almighty God that gave it. And my Body I commit to ye Earth to be decently Buried at the Discreation of my Executors heerafter named And as to such Temporal Estate or Goods as God hath Blessed me with I give bestow & dispose of as followeth First of All I will that my Small Debts & funerall charges shall be paid & discharged by my Executors heerafter named. Also I give and bequeath unto my Son William Whittmill ye Sume of Five Pounds of Good & Lawfull money of Great Brittaine to be paid him within a year next after my Decease, Also I give unto my Daughter Sarah Whittmill ye Sume of Ten Pounds of Like Lawfull Money to be paid her within a year next after my Decease. Also I give & bequeath unto my Daughters or their Heirs Hester Horwood. Elizabeth Rowe. & Margaret Bowden The Sume of Fifteen Pounds That is to Say ye Sume of Five Pounds to each of ye like Lawfull Money of Great Brittain to be paid them within a year next after my Decease. Also I give & bequeath unto my Grandson James Cook ye Sume of Ten Pounds of like Lawfull Money but my Will is that ye said Ten pounds Shall be paid unto my Son George Whittmill within a year next after my decease and that he shall have full power to Take & Receive ye Same in order as by me apointed to put ye Sd James Cook an apprentice to Such a Trade as he Shall aprove of All the rest & residue of my personall Estate Goods, Chattles, & ready money whatsoever I give & bequeath unto my Sons John Whittmill & George Whittmill whom I do hereby make and appoint full whole & Sole Executors of this my last Will and Testament upon Condition that they shall pay ye above named Legacyes and I do hereby revoake diss anul and make void all former Wills whatsoever by me made. In Wittness whereof I ye said John Whittmill to this my last Will and Testament have sett my hand & Seale this Fourteenth day of May in ye year of our Lord 1739.
|Signed sealed published & Declared by ye Testator in
ye presence of us whose names are subscribed as wittnesses and ??? by us in ye presence of ye said Testator
John Whittmill (signed with Seal)
8th May 1740
Sworn the Executors above named
No inventory Tho Price Surr
Proved the 8th Day of May 1740 before The Revd Thomas Price Clerk L.L.B. Surrogate by ye oaths of John Whitmill George Whitmill ?? & lawful ?? & joynt Executors to whose ?? they being first sworn duly to Administer.
Archdeaconry of Buckingham
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