Will of Henry Horsell, Cordwainer of Wootton Bassett

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March 7, 2015 by auntkatefirmin

Just the will of the Aunt Kate’s 3X great grandfather, with comments in the next post:


In the Name of God Amen I Henry Horsell

the Elder of the Borough of Wootton Bassett in the County of Wilts

Cordwainer being at this Time in perfect Health and of Sound and

disposing Mind and Memory (thanks be Given to God for the same) but

Calling to mind the Mortality of any Body and knowing that it is

Appointed for all Men Once to dye Do make and Ordain this xxx my

last Will and Testament to be as followeth First I give Devise and

Bequeath unto my Son Reuben Horsell All That my Freehold

Messuage wherein I now Dwell with the Outhousing Garden Ground

and Appurtenances to the same Adjoyning and belonging To hold to

him my said Son Reuben Horsell and to his Heirs and Assigns for

Ever Also I give and Bequeath unto my loving Wife Sarah

Horsell Five Shillings a Year so long as she shall Continue my

Widdow and unmarried the said Sum of Five Shillings to be paid

to her Yearly by my said Son Reuben Horsell his Executors and

Administrators Also I give and bequeath unto my Loving

Children Mary Baily Martha Stephens Edith Packer Elizabeth

Waite Anne Tidd Bartholomew Horsell Rebeckah Horsell

John Horsell and Henry Horsell One Guinea apiece to be

paid to them within One Year after my Decease Item all

my ready Money Bills Chattles Stock in Trade and personall

Estate not hereby otherwise disposed of (my Funerall Expence

and Debts being thereout first paid and deducted [)] I give Devise

and bequeath the same unto my said Son Reuben Horsell

and to his Executors and Administrators And I do hereby

revoke all Former Wills by me made and do Nominate

Constitute and Appoint my said Son Reuben Horsell Sole

Executor of this my last Will and Testament In Witness

whereof I have hereunto Set my Hand and Seal this Thirtieth

day of December in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Seven

Hundred and Fifty One ——– [signed] Henry Horsell [seal]

Signed Sealed and Delivered by the

above Named Henry Horsell the Testator

and by him published and declared to be

his Last Will and Testament in our presence

andy by us Attested in the present of the said Testator

[signed] Robert Frith

[signed} Andrew Sadler

[signed] Moses Sarraude


Transcription note: The xxx indicates places where the words were crossed out. I have treated “ff” as a capital F. The writing was clear and easy to read. As usual I have preserved the line breaks from the original document, which fit on one side of the paper.


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