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1765 Will of George King

Cooper and owner of the Jolly Huntsman in Middle Street


In the Name of God Amen I George King of Yeovil in the County of Somerset Cooper being in perfect health and of sound Mind Memory and Understanding (thanks be to God) but considering the uncertainty of this Transitory Life do make publish and declare this my Last Will and Testament in manner following (that is to say) First and principally I Commit my Soul into the hands of Almighty God Trusting through the Merits of Jesus Christ my most blessed Saviour and Redeemer to Enjoy everlasting Life and my Body I desire may be decently buried at the discretion of my Executrix's herein named and as touching such Worldly Estate and Effects as God has been pleased to bless me with I Give and dispose thereof as follows Item I Give devise and bequeath all that Dwelling House and Tenement with the Garden and backside thereunto belonging called and known by the Name of the Jolly Huntsman Situate in Pitt Lane otherwise Middlestreet in Yeovil aforesaid And the Stable in a certain Lane there called Grope Lane unto my beloved Wife Ann King during the Term of her natural life and after her decease my will is and I do hereby Give devise and bequeath the said Dwellinghouse and Tenement and Stable with the Appurt[enance]s unto my Neice Jenny Chapman and her Heirs and Assigns forever Item I give and bequeath unto my Nephew George King the sum of Five Pounds of Lawfull British Money to be paid him immediately after my decease by my Executrix's herein named to buy him a Suit of Mourning Item I give and bequeath unto my Nephew John King the sum of One hundred Pounds of Lawfull British Money to be paid him likewise by Executrix's herein named immediately at the Expriration of twelve months next after my decease and a Suit of Mourning Item all my Cattle Stock in Trade Money and other my Goods and Chattels not herein before disposed of I give and bequeath the same unto my said Wife Ann King and my said Neice Jenny Chapman equally between them Share and Share alike And I do hereby Constitute and Appoint my said Wife Ann King and my said Niece Jenny Chapman Joint Executrixes of this my Last Will and Testament revoking all others by me at any time heretofore made In Witness whereof I the said George King have hereunto set my hand and Seal this twenty Ninth day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and sixty Five

George King

Signed Sealed Published and declared by the said Testator as and for his Last Will and Testament in the presence of us who at his request and in the presence have Subscribed our Names as Witnesses to the same

Ones[iphorus] Warry     Edith Warry     Geo[rge] Newman


This Will was proved at London the Twentieth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Sixty Nine before the Right Worshipful George Hay Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury Lawfully Constituted by the Oaths of Ann King Widow the Relict of the deceased and Jenny Chapman Spinster the Neice and Executrixes named in the said Will to whom administration was granted of all and singular the Goods Chattels and Credits of the said deceased they having been First sworn by Commission duly to administer



Transcribed by Bob Osborn