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Help and advice for Dartmouth: Will of Elizabeth Chope, Spinster (1765)

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Will of Elizabeth Chope, Spinster

Proved 4 December 1765

© Crown Copyright

PROB 11/914/147, Records of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury

Transcribed by Ros Dunning

In the Name of God Amen I Elizabeth Chope of Dartmouth in the County of Devon Spinster being in good health of Body and of a sound and disposing Mind and Memory (praised be God for the same) but calling to mind the uncertainty of Life and that it's appointed for all Men once to die do this fourteenth day of December in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and forty three make and publish this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following that is to say ffirst and principally I recommend my Soul into the Hands of Almighty God my Maker hoping through the Merits and Intercession of Jesus Christ my only Saviour and Redeemer to inherit Eternal Salvation and my Body I commit to the Earth from whence it was taken to be buried in a decent Manner at the discretion of my Executor and Executrix In Trust hereinafter named and as touching such Worldly Effects as it hath pleased God to bless me with I dispose thereof as followeth Imprimis I will and direct that my just Debts and ffuneral Expences be first paid and discharged Item I leave and bequeath unto Sarah the Wife of Richard Abraham of Dartmouth aforesaid Taylor the sum of five pounds of lawful Money of Great Britaine separate and apart from her said In Trust hereinafter named Husband and so as he may have nothing to do therewith or any Controul thereof to be paid her by my Executor and Executrix In Trust hereinafter named within six Months next after my decease and I do hereby will and direct that the receipt of the said Sarah Abraham for the abovementioned Legacy shall be as good and valid notwithstanding her Coverture as tho she were sole and unmarried at the time of giving the same Item all the Rest Residue and Remainder of my Goods Chattels personal and Testamentary Estate whatsoever not herein and hereby before given and bequeathed I do hereby give and bequeath unto Robert Newman of Dartmouth aforesaid Merchant and Elizabeth Newman of Dartmouth aforesaid Widow and the Survivor of them and the Executors and Administrators of such Survivor In Trust nevertheless for all such Child and Children of the said Robert Newman as shall be living at the time of my decease share and share alike equally to be divided between them if more than one when and as he her or they shall attain his her or their respective ages of one and twenty Years In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal the day and Year abovewritten Elizabeth Chope

(Attestation Clause)

Mary Lampon _ John Lampon

4 December 1765 Administration with Will annexed to Robert Newman the surviving Residuary Legatee