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1788 Will of James Arnold



By this my last Will and Testament I James Arnold of Yeovil in the County of Somerset Cordwainer do give and bequeath unto my Children James Arnold Ann Arnold Mary wife of [Gidyon?] Cox Rebecca wife of Joseph Vining and Betty wife of Robert Munden their respective Executors and Administrators all my Household and other Goods Moneys Securities for Money Chattels debts and personal Estate whatsoever and wheresoever To hold and enjoy the same as tenants in Common and I do nominate and appoint my said two daughters Ann Arnold and Rebecca wife of the said Joseph Vining Executrixes of this my will In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the thirty first day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty seven

James Arnold

Signed sealed published and delivered by the said Testator James Arnold as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who subscribed our names as witnesses thereto in his presence and at his request and in the presence of each other

Thos Mead        Jno Hebbard


My Will is to give to my daughter Ann the Bed and Furniture of that Bed that she has in and the clock and looking glass and Chest of draws and the large Bible and oak Round Table and chairs of the other goods and the Silver Spoons to be divided between my four daughters Ann Arnold Mary Cox Rebecca Vining and Betsy Munden in Witness

James Arnold 31 December 1787

The eighth day of August 1788
Which Day appeared personally John Hebbard of Yeovil in the County of Somerset Currier and Thomas Mead of the same place Flax dresser and first the said Thomas Mead having Sworn on the Holy Evangelists to depose the truth made Oath and the said John Hebbard affirmed as follows that they knew and were well acquainted with James Arnold late of Yeovill in the County of Somerset Deceased for some time before [And?] to the time of his Death and during such their knowledge of and acquaintance with him have often seen him write and subscribe has name and by that means are become well acquainted with his manner and character of hand writing and subscription and having now carefully viewed and perused the name James Arnold set and subscribed at the foot or bottom of the paper writing hereunto annexed purporting to be and contain a Codicil to the last Will and Testament of the said deceased beginning thus "My Will is to give my daughter Ann" and ending thus "Witness James Arnold 31 December 1787 and Subscribed as aforesaid do say that they verikly and in their consciences believe the said words or names James Arnold to be wrote and subscribed by and with the proper hand of the said James Arnold deceased

Jno Hebbard       Thos Mead


same day the said John Hebbard being out of the people called Quakers affirmed and Thomas Mead was duly Sworn to the truth of the above written affidavit by virtue of the Commission hereto annexed Before me FC Parsons Commissioner In the presence of us Notary Public residing in Yeovill where this Commission was executed

John Newman        John Barrett

This Will was proved at London with a Codicil the seventh day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand and Seven hundred and eighty eight before the Right Worshipful Peter Calvert Doctor of Laws Master Hooper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the oaths of Ann Arnold Spinster and Rebecca Vining (Wife of Joseph Vining) the daughters of the deceased and the Executors named in the said will to whom administration was granted of all and singular the Goods Chattels and Credits of the said deceased having been first Sworn by Commission duly to administer


Transcribed by Bob Osborn