Hopkinson William 1784 of Long Clawson will

William Hopkinson of Long Clawson 1784 Will

Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland Archives PR/T/1784/92

In the Name of God amen I William Hopkinson of the Parish of Clawson otherwise Long Claxton in the County of Leicester Innholder being my mortality do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following

First and principally I commend my Soul to the Almighty who gave it hopeing for pardon of my Sins thro the meritorious Death and passion of my blessed Saviour Jesus Christ and body I commit to the dust to be decently Interr’d at the Charge and discretion of my Executrix hereafter named and for my worldly Goods of which I may die possest I dispose of the same as follows that is to say

I give to my Nephew William Wards the Sum of Five pounds

Also I give to my Nephew John Wards Junior the Sum of Five pounds

Also I give to my Niece Ann the wife of Joseph Swain the Sum of Five pounds

Also I give to my Niece Mary Wards the Sum of Five pounds

Also I give to my Niece Sarah Keene the Sum of Five pounds

Also I give to my Niece Jane Crofts the Sum of Five pounds and my Will is that all the aforesaid Legacies shall be paid by my Executrix herein after named to the respective Legatees within twelve Months after my Decease

All the then residue of my goods money Securities for Monies Chattels and personal Estate of what nature or kind that same are and in whose custody or possession the Same are found (after all the aforesaid Legacies are paid, and my Just debts and Funeral Expences are discharged) I give to Ann Kendall of the parish of Long Claxton aforesaid Widow Whom I hereby nominate and appoint full and Sole Executrix of this my Will hereby revoking all former Wills at any time heretofore by me made confirming this only as my Last Will and Testament

In Wittness whereof I the said testator have hereunto Set my hand and Seal this Tenth day of November One thousand Seven Hundred and Seventy Three

                                                                                                         William Hopkinson his mark

Signed sealed published and declared by the Said Testator for and as his Last Will and Testament in the presence of us who have Subscribed our Names as Wittnesses in his presence and at his Request

Wm Barnes

David Kendall

6th May 1784

Let a Probat me made to Ann Kendall the sole Executrix she being duly sworn as well to the faithful execution of the Will as that the Testator’s Goods Chattels and Credits do not amount in value to the sum of one hundred Pounds

                                                                                                         Before me Tho. Ford Surrogate