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Earls Colne Manor Court Rolls (ERO D/DPr84)

18.4.1723 (Thursday 18 April 1723)

document 41500274

at last court held here it appeared to homage that Mary Emerson widow before that court had died seised of one customary messuage or tenement with appurtenances called Garretts situate and being by the highway leading from Earls Colne to Coggeshall and nobody then came etc and therefore first proclamation was made etc now to this court comes Jas Emerson younger son of said Mary and produces in court her last will dated 7.10.1721 whose tenor was in following english words I give and devise and bequeath unto my eldest son Wm Emerson and to his heirs and assigns forever all that my messuage and tenement with the yards gardens and appurtenances thereunto belonging in my own occupation and all my goods chattels real and personal estate whatsoever and wheresoever chargeable nevertheless and I do hereby charge the said messuage or tenement and my said personal estate with the payment of 10li apiece of lawful money of Great Britain to my two sons Jas Emerson and Jn Emerson within one year next after my decease and in case my said son Wm shall neglect or refuse to pay the said sums of 10li apiece to my two sons Jas and Jn at the time herein before limited then my mind and will is that I do hereby give devise and bequeath the said messuage or tenement and my said personal estate to my said two sons Jas and Jn and to their heirs and assigns forever equally to be divided between them share and share alike which said customary premises Mary Emerson surrendered by the rod etc to use of her last will as by enrolment at court held 29.5.1722 and lastly it appears to homage that said Jn Emerson afterwards died since last court and that said Wm Emerson did not pay the said sum according to the last will and Wm forfeits his interest etc after which Jas Emerson humbly petitions etc admitted to messuage or tenement and appurtenances according to tenor of the said last will giving fealty etc