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Wills (ERO D/ACR 18/172 Mary Bailey 1781 1783)

17.8.1781 (Friday 17 August 1781)

document 93000345

this is the last will and testament of me Mary Bailey of Earls Colne in the county of Essex widow made in manner and form following (that is to say) first I give and devise all those my customary or copyhold lands marsh grounds tenements and hereditaments whatsoever situate lying and being in the parish of Tollesbury in the said county and which I have already surrendered to the use of my will unto my son in law Jn Mayhew for and during the term of his natural life and from and immediately after his decease I give and devise all the said premises unto and to the use of his first or eldest son that shall be living at the time of his decease and heirs of such first or eldest son forever but in case my said son in law Jn Mayhew shall leave no son then I give and devise the same premises unto and to the use of his first eldest daughter that shall be living at the time of his decease and the heirs of such first or eldest daughter forever and in case my said son in law Jn Mayhew shall leave no daughter then I do hereby authorise and direct that my brother Jas Mayhew do and shall with all convenient speed after my decease sell convey and absolutely dispose of all the aforesaid premises for the most money and best price or prices that can be had or gotten for the same and the money arising therefrom or thereby (after deducting thereout all charges and expenses attending the same) I give and bequeath unto my two brothers Jeremiah Mayhew and himself the said Jas Mayhew and my nephews Jn Underwood and Jas Underwood the two sons of my sister Eliz late the wife of Wm Underwood deceased and his my said brother Jas Mayhew's daughter Mary now the wife of Robt Shave of Earls Colne wheelwright equally to be divided amongst them share and share alike also and give and bequeath unto my said two brothers Jeremiah Mayhew and Jas Mayhew the sum of 300li apiece also I give and bequeath unto my said two nephews Jn Underwood and Jas Underwood the sum of 200li apiece and unto my niece Mary the wife of the said Robt Shave the sum of 100li also I give and bequeath unto Mary Abram Eliz Parvet and Jane Botts the three daughters of Robt Bailey all of Chelmsford and the environs thereof in the county aforesaid the sum of 50li also I give and bequeath unto Xoph King of Mersey Island in the same county tailor the sum of 30li also I give and bequeath unto Jn Dryband of White Chapel London butcher Judith his sister and Mary the wife of Thos Walker of Tollesbury aforesaid farmer the sum of 10li apiece all which said several legacies shall be paid by my executor hereinafter names one year after my decease also I give and bequeath unto the said Robt Bailey of Chelmsford aforesaid baker the clear yearly sum of twelve guineas during the term of his natural life to be paid him by my executors by four equal quarterly payments in the year the first whereof shall be made three calendar months after my decease and the rest every three calendar months afterwards also I give and bequeath unto Jn Dryband of Tollesbury aforesaid husbandman the clear yearly sum of five guineas during the term of his natural life to be paid him by my executors by four equal quarterly payments in the year the first whereof shall be made three calendar months after my decease and the rest every three calendar months afterwards also I give and bequeath to the poor people of the parish of Tollesbury aforesaid the sum of 50s and to the poor people of the parish of Earls Colne aforesaid the like sum of 50s to be distributed amongst the poor of each of those respective parishes in bread at the discretion of my executor within one year next after my decease also I give and bequeath all my household goods and furniture of every kind unto such person or persons as I shall at any time or times hereafter by any writing or writings under my hand or signed by me with my name only nominate and lastly I do nominate constitute and appoint my said son in law Jn Mayhew sole executor of this my last will and testament and I do give him for his use and benefit all and singular my personal estate of what nature or kind soever (except my household goods or such part or parts thereof as I shall otherwise give away or dispose of in the manner aforesaid) that shall remain after payment thereout of my funeral charges just debts legacies and annuities herein before mentioned and the expenses incident to the execution by him of this my will hereby revoking and making void all other wills and testaments by me at any time heretofore made and declaring this to be my last will and testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 17.8.1781 Mary Bailey signed sealed published and declared by the said testatrix Mary Bailey as and for her last will and testament in the presence of us who in her presence and at her request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our hands as witnessed Jn Usher jun Hen Norman Wm Rolph