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Will of Elizabeth Northcote of Newton Saint Cyres

Proved 21 April 1730

© Crown Copyright

PROB 11/637/106, Records of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury

Transcribed by Ros Dunning

In the Name of God Amen I Elizabeth Northcote of the Parish of Newton St Cyers in the County of Devon being in good health thanks be to almighty God for it but considering the frailty of my nature and not knowing how soon it may pease God to call me out of this miserable world do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following first I commit my soul into the hands of Almighty God trusting to be saved through the Merits of my most mercifull Redeemer Jesus Christ and my body I commit to the Earth to be decently but very privately interred in the Parish Church yard wherever I shall happen to dye and as to such temporal Goods as it hath pleased God to bestow upon me I give and dispose of the same as followeth Item I give and bequeath to my dear friend Mrs Mary Hooper the sume of ten pounds to buy her a Silver Chocolate Pott or other Peice of Plate she shall think fit in my memory I also give and bequeath unto the aforesaid Mrs Hooper all my China Item I give and bequeath unto Mr Henry Northcote son of Sir Henry Northcote of the County of Devon Baronet my seal of the Crest of his Coat of Arms engraven on a red Cornelian also my ffather's picture which is at the house of the aforesaid Sir Henry Northcote Item I give and bequeath unto Mrs Elizabeth Northcote daughter of the aforesaid Sir Henry Northcote works of the author of the whole Duty of man which I have in four volumes Item I give and bequeath unto Mrs Joanna Northcote daughter of the aforesaid Sir Henry Northcote my large Bible which was my Grandmother's Item I give and bequeath unto the Poor of the Parish where I shall happen to dye twenty shillings to be distributed to twenty poor people on the next Sunday after my Interment to be given at the discretion of the minister of the said Parish Item I give and bequeath unto the minister of the Parish where I shall happen to dye or to whosoever performe the office of buryall to me one Guinea Item I give and bequeath unto every servant that shall live with Mrs Hooper before named at the time of my death provided I shall happen to dye in her family to each and every of them the sume of ten shillings to be paid within one month after my decease by my Executrix hereafter named Item I give and bequeath unto Mrs Shallcross one of the Gownds of my own Work which my Executrix shall think fit also to the aforesaid Mrs Sarah Shallcross Mr Nelson & Mrs Nelson Book of the ffeasts and ffasts of the Church of England Item I give and bequeath unto Mrs Jane Burn Dr Taylor's Book of holy living and dying Item I give and bequeath unto Elizabeth Daymond my Book of Sermons Preached by John Gilbert Canon of the Church of England Item I give and bequeath unto Ann Chipper all and as many of my wearing Cloaths as my Executrix hereafter named shall not think fit to keep for her own use the Gown before named excepted Item all the rest of my Goods and Chattles whatsoever I give devise and bequeath unto my dear Sister Mary Northcote whom I make whole and sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament my Debts and Legacys being first paid and discharged In Witness whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and seal and published it to be my last Will and Testament the twenty first day of October in the third year of the Reign of George the second King of England and in the year of our Lord 1729 Elizabeth Northcote signed sealed and published in the presence of Will: Hopkins Eleanor Walter

Proved at London 21 April 1730