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The Will of Thomas Beale

"An infant of age nineteen years"


This is the last Will and Testament of Thomas Beale of Yeovill in the County of Somerset an Infant of age of nineteen years being weak of Body but of perfect understanding and memory published and declared this fourth day of October 1736. First and principally I comment my soul into the hands of Almighty God my maker hoping for the forgiveness of all my sins through the only Merits death and passion of Jesus Christ my only Saviour and redeemer my Body I commit to Christian Buriall at the discretion of my Executor hereinafter mentioned And as for my Worldly Estate wherewith God hath blessed me and to which I am Entituled by the last Will and Testament of my late Uncle Mr Tho[ma]s Grobham I give and dispose thereof as herein after mentioned First I give and bequeath to my Master Mr Mathew Towgood five pounds I give to my Kinswoman Mrs Burnit five Guineas I give to my Schoolfellows Stephen Towgood three Guineas to Stephen [Nowinan ?] two Guineas To James Blanchard two Guineas To Ann Burgis of Poole two Guineas To the five Children of my late Kinsman Mr W[illia]m Daniell I give to each the summe of twenty pounds to Ann Chant our Servant I give two Guineas To Benj. Spence of Collyton I give two Guineas and to Wm Hewil of the same place one Guinea To Mrs Towgood of Poole I give a ring value twenty five shillings as also to my Friends Mr Sam[ue]ll Goodford Mr Rob[er]t Hayne Mr Sam[ue]ll Daniell and Mr Newman to each I give a ring value twenty five shillings To the Widow Paul to andra Taylore Wife to Benj[amin] Eglins Wife to W[illia]m Brook To Geo[rge] Willis's Wife To Jno Mullins and Tho[ma]s Thorn to each I give the Sume of twenty shillings To my Kinswoman Mrs Marg[are]t Daniell the Elder I give ten Guineas all the rest of my Estate Reall and personall I give to my Kinsman Mr William Daniell to him and his Heirs for ever I also constitute the said Mr William Daniell to be sole and absolute Executor of this my last Will and Testament Witness my hand and seal the day first abovewritten - I give Mr Geo[rge] Cary 2 Guineas Jno Hamon 20 shillings and Mr Sweet of Collyton a ring and Mr Tho[ma]s Milner a ring
Thomas Beale
Sealed and delivered published and declared in the presence of us
Elizabeth Daniell      John Martin      the mark of Ann Swetman

This Will was proved at London the seventeenth day of May in the year of Our Lord one thousand seven hundred and thirty seven before the Worshipfull Stephen Cottrell Doctor of Laws and surrogate to the right Worshipful John Bettesworth Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the oath of William Daniell the Sole Executor named in the said Will to whom administration of all and singular the Goods Chattels and Credits of the deceased was granted being first sworn duly to administer


Transcribed by Bob Osborn