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The Will of John Boucher

The 1762 Will of John Boucher, Mercer


From my collection

In the name of God Amen I John Boucher of Yeovil in the Co. of Somerset Mercer being in good health of body & of a sound & disposing mind & memory thanks be given to Almighty God for the same Do make this my last Will and Testament in manner & form following (that is to say) First I give & devise all my Mess[uag]es Lands Tenem[en]ts & Heredit[ament]s whats[oeve]r with their Appurt[enance]s sit[uate] lying & being in Yeovil af[oresai]d & elsewhere unto my Nephew Edward Boucher the Younger of Yeovil af[oresai]d Gent. his Heirs & Assigns for ever chargeable with & I do hereby charge the same as well with the paym[en]t of all my just debts as also the sev[era]l Legacys hereinafter by me given that is to say I give unto John Boucher Hooper of Yeovil af[oresai]d Schoolmaster the sum of £20 I give unto Rachel Hodges Dau[ghte]r of Tho[ma]s Hodges of Yeovil af[oresai]d Glove cutter the sum of £10 I give unto my serv[an]t Mary Moore the Sum of £10 all which s[ai]d sev[era]l Legacys hereinbefore by me given I do hereby order & direct shall be p[ai]d within one year after my decease by my Ex[ecuto]r hereinafter named I give unto my Sister Mary March of Yeovil af[oresai]d widow the Sum of £10 to buy her a mourning ring Also all the rest and residue of my personal Est[ate] Goods & Chattles of what nature and kind soever not herein by me given I give & bequeath unto my s[ai]d Nephew Edw[ar]d Boucher whom I do hereby make full whole & sole Ex[excut]or of this my Will hereby revoking all former Wills by me at any time heretofore made & declaring this only to be my last will &Test[ament] In wit[ness] whereof I the s[ai]d John Boucher hath hereunto set my hand & seal this 24th Day of Ap[ri]l in the y[ea]r of our L[or]d 1762
John Boucher
Signed sealed published & declared by the s[ai]d Test[ato]r John Boucher as & for his last Will & Test[ament] in the presence of us who at his req[ues]t & in his presence have subscribed our names Witness
James Cook Charles Francis Jonath[a]n Hooper


Transcribed by Bob Osborn


John Boucher died in early 1764 and was buried in St John's churchyard on 7 February 1764.