Simon's Family History

The Last Will and Testament

of  Mary Curtis  -  1720

It is the desire of Mrs Mary Curtis the widow of George Curtis deceased to have William Cox and Golden Curtis to be trustees to her two sons George and John and if Golden should die her brother John shall succeed him in his room (substitute)1 and if one child die the other shall have all,

My wearing clothes I give to my sister Elizabeth Bingham

My child bed linen I give to Mrs Hannah Otway

And my old C.... to ? Prentis?

And if the children both die John and Golden Curtis and Elizabeth Bragham (Bingham)2 to divide it equally among them and when Mrs Bingham dies her children to have what was their mothers

Mary Curtis her mark
the 7th day of December in the year 1719

Witness our hand
Mary Otway
Mary Cox her mark
Golding Curtis ./. E??

Proven February 1719/1720


1. Concise Oxford Dictionary - room :- "....instead of, in succession to, as substitute for..."
2. Whilst the name Bragham was quite clearly written, taken in context with the rest of the will it is almost certainly meant to be Bingham.


Wills at the Essex Record Office Chelmsford :- Ref : 1720 Curtis, Mary, widow, Aveley 91/BR/18
Acknowledgement to the Essex Record Office


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