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Last Will and Testament of

Mary Black - 1767

In the name of God Amen I Mary Black widow of the Parish of Fobbing in the said County of Essex being in perfect health and sound memory (blessed be God) do this 23 day of January 1761 make and publish this my Last Will and Testament in manner following (that is to say) First I commit my soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave it hoping that through the merits of my blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to receive free pardon and remission of all my sins and my body to be decently buried at the discretion of my executors hereafter named

Item I give to my loving son William Rutter the lease of my farm if valued by two reputable men and paying to my loving daughters Mary Rutter Dolle Rutter and Sussannah Fairhead equal shares with him according to the valuation of the said lease and if any of my said daughters should die before they marry then her share I give equally between my said son and the surviving daughters

Item I give and bequeath all my wearing apparel to my loving daughters Mary Rutter Dolle Rutter and Sussannah Fairhead to be equally divided amongst them

Item I give and bequeath my estate which it hath pleased God to bless me with lying and being in Chipping Ongar in the aftersaid County of Essex to my said loving son William Rutter and to my loving daughters Mary Rutter Dolle Rutter and Sussannah Fairhead to have equal share and share alike

Item and lastly after all my debts and funeral expenses are paid and one hundred pounds deducted on account of my loving daughter Sussanna Fairhead having had so much beforehad (sic - beforehand?) Then I bequeath unto to my said loving son William Rutter and to my loving daughters Mary Rutter Dolle Rutter and Sussannah Fairhead all the rest and residue of my goods and chattels and personal estate whatsoever to be equally divided amongst them

And I give to my loving brother Ambrose Spitty one guinea to buy him a ring

And I do make and constitute and appoint him together with my said loving son William Rutter to be joint executors of this my Last Will and Testament In trust for the intents and purposes in this my Will contained to take care and see the same performed according to my true intent and meaning In witness whereof I the said Mary Black have to this my Last Will and Testament set my hand and seal the day and year above written
Mary Black

Signed sealed and delivered by the said Mary Black as and for her Last Will and Testament in the presence of us who were present at the signing and sealing thereof
Benj. Kingsman, Wm Kingsman, John Root

This Will was proved on the ninth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and sixty seven before the Reverend Joseph Cuthbert Clerk Surrogate by the oaths of Ambrose Spitty and William Rutter the executors to whom administration of all and singular the goods chattels and credits of the deceased was granted and committed on the fourteenth day of the same month of July they being first sworn duly to administer.


Bishop of London Commissary Court (Essex & Herts Divn.) ERO ref - D/ABR 25/552
Acknowledgment to the Essex Record Office

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