Eyre Mary Teresa 1785 of Eastwell Will

Mary Teresa Eyre of Eastwell 1785 Will

National Archives PROB 11/1128/179

Marginal description The Honble Mary Teresa Eyre

In the Name of God Amen I Mary Teresa Eyre of Eastwell in the County of Leicester do make publish and declare this to be my last Will and Testament as followeth

In the first place I resign my soul to its Creator in all humble hope of his infinite Marcy

As to my Body my Will is that it be buried in the Church Yard of the Parish Church in which I shall happen to dye the Coffin to have no lining no Cover Plate and not to Cost more than two Pound six shillings and that it be Carried by six of the Poorest Women in the said Parish to each of Whom I order a Grey stuff Gown as Mourning and half a Guinea each but if I happen to dye in London my Will is to buried at the Church yard of Saint Pancras and with the greatest of frugality decency will Permit

I Nominate Constitute and Appoint my dear Son Thomas Eyre of Hassop in the County of Derby Esquire sole Executor of this my Will and Testament

I direct that all my Just debts shall be paid as soon as conveniently can be after my death

I Give to the Honorable Mr James Talbot residing in London To the Honorable Mr Thomas Talbot To Mr [blank] and to Mr [blank] Gibson residing [blank] to each the sum of one hundred pounds to be paid to them in the manner my said Dr [ie dear] son Thomas Eyre of Hassop Esq shall think proper either at one payment or quarter payments for four years to be disposed of as they think properest for the use of the poor

I Give to Mrs Mary Silver my housekeeper my small Gold Repeating Watch and also the sum of ten Pounds over and above what wages may be due at my decease

I Give to Mrs Martha Huckerby residing at Eastwell in Leicestershire I Give to Will [blank] to F [?] B to Ann [blank] and Hanna if with me at my decease the like sum of ten Pounds each over and above what may be due to them from me

6th April 1785

Appeared Personally Thomas Varley of Great Ormond Street in the Parish of St George the Martyr in the County of Middlesex Gentleman and Henry Robinson of Henrietta Street in the parish of Saint Paul Covent Garden in the same County Gentleman and severally made Oath that they knew and were well acquainted with the Honorable Mary Teresa Eyre formerly of Eastwell in the County of Leicester but late of the parish of Saint George Hanover Square in the County of Middlesex Widow deceased for several years before her death during such time they have often seen her write and Subscribe her name whereby they came to know and be well acquainted with the manner and Character of her handwriting and Subscription and having viewed and carefully perused the Paper Writing hereunto Annexed Purporting to be the last Will and Testament of the said deceased beginning thus “in the name of God Amen I Mary Teresa Eyre of Eastwell in the County of Leicester” and ending thus “I Give to Will [blank] to F [?] B to Ann & Hanna if with me at my decease the like sum of ten Pounds each over and above what may be due to them from me” do depose that they verily and in the Consciences believe the whole Series and Contents of the said Will to be all of the proper handwriting of the said deceased

Thos Varley

Henry Robinson

Same day the said Thomas Varley and Henry Robinson were duly sworn to the Truth of this Affidavit

This Will was proved at London the eighth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty five before the worshipful George Harris Doctor of Laws Surrogate of the Right Worshipful Peter Calvert Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the Oath of Thomas Eyre Esqr the son of the deceased and 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 having been first sworn duly to Administer