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Will of John Blake, Seaman late belonging to His Majesty's Ship Marlborough but now to His Majesty's Ship Temeraire of Blackawton

Proved 31 October 1763

© Crown Copyright

PROB 11/892/618, Records of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury

Transcribed by Elizabeth Kipp

1 In the Name of God Amen
2 I John Blake of Blackawton in the County of Devon Seaman
3 late belonging to his Majesties Ship Marlborough but now to
4 his Majesty's Ship Temaire being in good health of Body
5 and of a sound and disposing Mind and Memory (blessed be
6 God for the same) Do this twenty ninth day of October in the
7 year of our Lord Christ one thousand seven hundred and sixty
8 take this opportunity to make this my last Will and Testament
9 in manner and form following that is to say First and
10 principally I recommend my Soul into the hands of Almighty
11 God who gave and my Body to the Earth or Sea as it shall
12 please God and as touching all such worldly Estate as it
13 hath pleased Almighty God to bless me with I give and
14 dispose thereof as follows Imprimis I will and direct that
15 all my just debts and Funeral charges be first paid and
16 discharged Item all such salary wages Tickets Bounty
17 Money prize Money short allowances Money outstanding pensions and
18 all other Sum and Sums of Money whatsoever as now is
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19 or at any time or times hereafter shall be due owing payable
20 and belonging unto me by any Ways or Means Right or
21 title whatsoever or howsoever And also all my Goods
22 Chattels personal and testamentary Estate and Effects
23 whatsoever and wheresoever I do hereby give and bequeath
24 unto my good friend Lewis Oldrieve of Street within the
25 Parish of Blackawton aforesaid Gentleman his Executors
26 and Administrators In Trust nevertheless and for the only
27 benefit and Advantage of my daughters Ann Blake and
28 Elizabeth Blake to be equally divided between them Share
29 and Share alike at their attaining their respective ages
30 of twenty one years or day or days of Marriage which shall
31 first happen and in the mean time and before that I will
32 and direct that the said Lewis Oldrieve his Executors and
33 Administrators shall put out the same or any part thereof
34 at Interest or pay apply and dispose thereof or any part
35 thereof to and for the use and Benefit of my said daughters
36 and the Survivor of them from time to time as he the
37 said Lewis Oldrieve his Executors and Administrators shall
38 think proper and in case either of my said daughters shall
39 dye before her said Share shall become due and payable
40 that then the Share of her so dying shall go and be paid to
41 the Survivor of them at the time such Survivors own
42 share becomes due and payable as aforesaid And
43 lastly I Will and direct that the said Lewis Oldrieve his
44 Executors and Administrators do and shall from time to time before
45 any such Division or Divisions as aforesaid shall be made
46 shall reimburse and satisfy him and themselves for all
47 reasonable Charges Trouble and Expences that may happen
48 or be occasioned in and about the Management and
49 execution of the said Trust And I do hereby constitute and
50 appoint the said Lewis Oldrieve whole and sole Executor
51 in Trust as aforesaid of this my last Will and Testament
52 in Witness whereof I have hereto set my hand and Seal
53 the day and year first above written 1760 John Blake
54 Signed Sealed published and declared by the above named John
55 Blake the Testator as and for his last Will and Testament
56 in presence of us John Brown Wm Neal
57 This Will was proved at London before the Right
58 worshipful Sir Edward Simpson Knight Doctor of Laws Master
59 Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury
60 lawfully constituted on the thirty first day of October in the
61 year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and sixty three
62 by the Oath of Lewis Oldrieve the Executor named in the said
63 will to whom Administration was granted of all and singular
64 the Goods Chattels and Credits of the said deceased he having
65 been first sworn by Commission duly to administer

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