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1767 Will of Mary Goodford



The last Will and Testament of Mary Goodford the elder of Yeovill in the County of Somerset Widow

Whereas a marriage is intended shortly to be solemnized between Thomas Blackmore Esquire and my only Daughter Mary Goodford and in prospect and Consideration thereof I have paid or agreed to pay on the Solemnization of the said marriage unto the said Thomas Blackmore the Sum of five thousand pound [in excess of £685,000 at today's value] and have also secured unto him the said Thomas Blackmore the further Sum of three thousand pounds payable on my decease Now I do hereby give and bequeath all my Money Goods Chattels Household and other personal Estate of what Nature or kind soever (subject nevertheless to the payment of the said Sum of three thousand pounds) unto and to the sole and proper use of my only Son John Old Goodford his Executors and administrators and I do also give and devise unto him the said John Old Goodford and his Heirs all the Freehold Messuages Lands Tenements and Hereditaments which I am seized of or entitled unto either in possession Reversion Remainder or Expectancy and I constitute the said John Old Goodford sole Executor of this my Will In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal this thirteenth Day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and sixty seven

Mary Goodford

Signed Sealed published and declared by the above named Mary Goodford the elder as and for her last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in her (the said Testatrix's) sight have subscribed our Names as Witnesses thereto

Eliz[abeth] Daniell     Sam[uel] Daniell     Jon[atha]n Hooper


This Will was proved at London on the twenty second day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and sixty seven before the Right Worshipful George Hay also Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the oath of John Old Goodford Esquire the sole Executor named in the said Will to whom administration of the Goods Chattels and Credits of the said Deceased was granted he having been first sworn duly to administer



Transcribed by Bob Osborn