The Last Will and Testament
of Mary Curtis -
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
Witness our hand
Proven February 1719/1720
1. Concise Oxford Dictionary - room :- "....instead of, in succession
to, as substitute for..."
Wills at the Essex Record Office Chelmsford :-
Ref : 1720 Curtis, Mary, widow, Aveley 91/BR/18
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