Wills (ERO D/ACW25/53 D/ACR13/26 Thos Mann also Piper 1717/18 1718)

18.3.1718 (Tuesday 18 March 1718)

document 5700710

in the name of god amen I Thos Mann alias Piper of Earls Colne in the county of Essex fellmonger being weak and infirm in body but of sound and perfect mind and understanding thanks be to god do make this my last will and testament in manner following hereby revoking all former wills by me made first and principally I commend my soul into the hands of almighty god my most merciful creator hoping to be saved through the alone merits of jesus christ my most gracious redeemer and my body I desire may be decently buried at the discretion of my executrixes hereinafter named and as to that worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased god to bless me I dispose thereof as followeth imprimis I give and bequeath unto Susanna my loving wife and to her heirs or assigns forever all that my customary messuage or tenement with the lands thereunto belonging situate lying and being in Ridgwell in the said county of Essex now in the occupation of Thos Ward and holden of the manor or Ridgwell which I have surrendered to the use of my will provided always and my will and meaning is that my said wife Susanna her heirs or assigns shall and do within the space of one year and a day next after my decease well and truly pay or cause to be paid unto my eldest son Thos Mann alias Piper if he shall then be living and shall come in person to demand the same the sum of 50s of lawful british money and to my daughter Mary Mann alias Piper the sum of 20s of like british money to be paid to her my said daughter by my executrixes herein after named within two years next after my decease in case she shall come in her proper person to demand the same item I give and bequeath to my son Steph Mann alias Piper 1s and one suit of my wearing apparel of woollen item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Susanna Mann alias Piper the sum of 20li of lawful british money and further in consideration it hath pleased god to deprive her of the natural faculty of sight I give and bequeath all the rest and residue of my goods chattels and personal estate whatsoever and wheresoever unto my said loving wife Susanna and unto our said daughter Susanna to be equally divided betwixt them and lastly I do nominate and appoint the said Susanna my loving wife and the said Susanna my daughter executrixes of this my last will and testament in witness whereof I the said Thos Mann alias Piper have hereunto set my hand and seal the 18.3.1718 signed sealed published and declared by the testator in our presence and in his presence attested and subscribed by us Thos Lawrence Hannah Lawrence mark Wm Walker Eliz Walker Thos Mann alias Piper