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1737 will of Mary Stoodly



I Mary Stoodly of Yeovill in the County of Somersett Spinster being of a sound and disposing mind memory and understanding and under a competent State of health but considering the uncertainty of this Transitory life do make this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following First my Will and desire is that all my just Debts shall be first paid and discharged and my body to be interred at the discretion of my Executor hereinafter named Item I give and bequeath unto my beloved Friend Mr Nathaniel Knott all those my Rings and Spoons together with all my wearing Apparell of what kind soever the same are as Also particularly the Sume of Five Hundred Pounds given me by the last Will and Testament of my Uncle Christopher Stoodly late of Antigua Merchant deceased Item I give and Bequeath unto the said Nathaniel Knott all other my Goods and Chattells ready Monys Effects or Estate which I may now or at any time hereafter be interested in or intitled unto by virtue of the said Will of my said Uncle Christopher Stoodly and I do hereby make the said Nathaniel Knott my full and Sole Executor hereby revoaking disannulling and makeing void all former Wills by me at any time heretofore made and I do ratify and declare this and none other to be my only last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and seal this Eighth day of September in the year of Our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and thirty seven

Mary Stoodly

Signed Sealed Published and Declared by the Testatrix as and for her last Will and Testament who desired us in her presence to be Witnesses to the Execution hereof

Wm Knott     The mark of Thomas Templeman


This Will was proved at London the Twenty Sixth day of July in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Thirty Eight before the Right Worshipfull John Bettesworth Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the Oath of Nathaniel Knott Sole Executor named in the said Will to whom Administration was granted of all and singular the Goods Chattels and Credits of the said deceased being first Sworn by Commission duly to Administer



Transcribed by Bob Osborn