Will of Richard Bryant, Sailor of Chudleigh

Proved 15 April 1752

© Crown Copyright

PROB 11/793/417, Records of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury

Transcribed by Ros Dunning

In the Name of God Amen I Richard Bryant of Chudleigh in the County of Devon Sailor being in good health and of a Sound and disposing mind and memory thanks be given to Almighty God for the same but considering the Dangers of the Seas and other uncertainties of this Transitory Life Do make and Ordain this to be my last Will and Testament in manner following that is to say ffirst I commend my Soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave it and my Body to the Earth or Sea hoping through the Merits and intercession of my Blessed Saviour of my Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ for a joyfull Resurrection unto life Eternal And as to my Worldly Goods which I shall be owner of at the time of my Death I Give and dispose of the same of the same in manner following (that is to say) ffirst I Give and bequeath unto my ffather William Bryant two Guineas of Gold to be paid him by my Executor hereafter named within Twelve months after my Decease Also I Give and bequeath unto my Brothers and Sister William Bryant John Bryant and Elizabeth Bryant One Guinea of Gold Each to be paid unto them within twelve Months after my Decease and as to all the rest of my Goods Chattels Personal and Testamentary Estate whatsoever not hereinbefore given or bequeathed I Do hereby Give Devise and bequeath the same unto Robert Nosworthy of Chudleigh aforesaid Yeoman and do make him Sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking and making Void all former Wills by me at any time made In Witness whereof I the said William Bryant have hereunto set my hand and Seal and Published and declared this to be my last Will and Testament this fourth day of March in the Twentieth Year of the Reign of Our Sovereign Lord George the Second of Great Britain ffrance and Ireland King Defender of the ffaith and so forth and in the year of Our Lord One Thousand seven hundred and forty Six The mark of Richard Bryant Signed Sealed Published and declared by the Testator Richard Bryant for and as his last Will and Testament in the Presence of us who have hereunto set Our Names as Witnesses in the Presence of the said Testator Langford Palmer _ Dorothy Clarke

Proved at London 15 April 1752