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1775 Will of Mary Penny



This is the last Will and Testament of me Mary Penny of Yeovil in the County of Somerset Widow I commend my Soul to God through Christ and my Body I commit to the Earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executrix hereinafter named in the Vault which I have caused to be made in the Parish Church of Yeovil afores[ai]d I give unto my Cousin the Reverend John Hann of [Winsor ?} Clerk all my Books I also give him the Sum of twenty pounds I give unto John Hann the Younger Son of the said John Hann first named the like Sum of twenty pounds I give unto my cousin John Paine or Merton in the County of Surry the Sum of twenty pounds and the like Sum of twenty pounds to his wife all which Lagacys my Will is shall be paid by my Executrix in three Months next after my death the Legacy of twenty pounds to John Hann the Younger to be paid to his Father for his use and the Receipt  of his said Father shall be a sufficient discharge to my Executrix for the same I give unto the said John Paine my Gold Watch which was his Mothers I give unto my late Servant Alice Serjeant Dr [Drelincourts ?] discourse upon death my roasting [Fark ?] and all the Goods I bought of Madam Bull and Nathaniel Caswell or either of them since I was a Widow I also give her the Apron Ruffles Handkerchief and piece of [cen ?] Stitch which she worked whilst she lived in my service I give unto my present Servant Elizabeth Colly the sum of ten Guineas in case she lives with me at the time of my death I give unto the Children of my former servant Mary Munden now or late Wife of Joseph Munden of Poole Town in the County of Dorset two of my common Gowns three of my common Shiftes three Check Aprons and two Flannel Petticoats I give unto Messrs Edward Boucher the elder Edward Boucher the younger and Nathaniel Butler Batten all of Yeovil aforesaid a Mourning Ring each of one Guinea value I also give unto the said Nathaniel Butler Batten the sum of five pounds I give unto my Cousin Rebekah Fletcher dau[ghte]r of Mr James Fletcher of the City of Oxford my two Acres be the same more or less of arable Land lying in the West Field of Yeovil aforesaid for all the residue of the Term I have therein determinable on the death of Henry Penny and as for and concerning all the Rest and Residue of my Goods Chattels personal and testamentary Estate whatsoever and wheresoever and of what nature kind or quality soever I give and bequeath the same unto my Cousin Mary Fletcher Daughter of the said James Fletcher and I hereby make and appoint the said Mary Fletcher sole Executrix of this my last Will and testament In Witness whereof I the said Mary Penny have to this my last Will and Testament subscribed my Hand and set my Seal this seventh Day or March in the Year of our Lord One thousand and seven hundred and seventy five and in the fifteenth Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Third by the Grace of God of Great Britain France and Ireland King Defender of the Faith

Mary Penny

Signed Sealed Published and Declared by the said Testatrix as and for her last Will and Testament in the presence of us who at her request have subscribed our Names as Witnesses

Mary Cayme    Hugh Bulls


This Will was proved at London the seventh Day of May in the Year of our Lord One thousand and seven hundred and seventy six before the Worshipful Francis Simpson Doctor of Laws Surrogate of the Right Worshipful Sir George hay Knight also Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully Constituted by the Oath of Mary Fletcher Spinster the sole Executrix named in the said Will to whom Administration was granted of all and singular the Goods Chattels and Credits of the Deceased having been first sworn duly to administer



Transcribed by Bob Osborn