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Will of James Cranch, Fancy Trimming Weaver of Shoreditch, Middlesex (formerly of Totnes)

20 July 1791

© Crown Copyright

PROB 11/1206, File Reference: 347, Records of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Bevor Quire Numbers: 281 - 327

Transcribed by Kathryn Barnett

[Note by K. Barnett - there is no punctuation in the original document. Where a word is difficult to read, I have placed my best guess in square brackets, thus [ ]. Where a letter or letters within a word cannot be deciphered, I have placed a dash, thus - .]

In the Name of God Amen I James Cranch of Middle Moorfield Shoreditch in the County of Middlesex Fancy Trimming Weaver being of perfect mind and memory do make this my last Will and Testament in manner following First I recommend my Soul to God who gave it and my Body to be decently buryed and as for and concerning my worldly Goods I give and bequeath them in the manner following To my dearly beloved Wife Sarah Cranch I give one thousand pounds to dispose of as she shall think proper to each of my Sons and Daughters as shall be living at the time of my decease the Sum of six hundred pounds each of them as they shall attain the age of twenty one years or day of Marriage with their Mother Consent But in case any such Child or Children shall happen to die before they attain their ages of twenty one years or day of Marriage as before expressed I then order and direct such Interest and benefit arising from such Child or Children's share and bequeath unto my Wife Sarah Cranch for and during her natural Life and after her death1 I direct the principal Sum of such Child or Children's share may be equally divided between my surviving Children and all my residue remainder Sum or Sums of Money Lands Tenements Goods Chattels or Estates whatsoever or shall be any ways due to me at the time of my decease I give and bequeath unto my dearly beloved Wife Sarah Cranch for and during her natural Life and after her decease it is my Will and Desire that it shall be equally divided among my Children that shall be then living and I do constitute and appoint my said Wife Sarah Cranch my whole and sole Executrix and I do hereby revoke all former Wills by me at any time heretofore made and after the decease of my said Wife Sarah Cranch I constitute and appoint as Executors to this my Will my beloved Brother Richard Cranch of Totness in Devonshire and Joseph Lowe of the City of London Ribbon Weaver and Thomas Hindman of Bethnall Green in the County of Middlesex In witness whereof I have set my hand this twenty second Day of June in the year one thousand seven hundred ninety one James Cranch

Signed Sealed published and declared in the presence of us and of each of us

Cathe Hindman Bethnal Green, Ann Graham Bonner Hall, Thomas Angell, Servant to Mr Cranch

This Will was proved at London this twentieth Day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety one before the Worshipful Thomas Bever2 Doctor of Laws Surrogate of the Right Honourable Sir William Wynne Knight Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the oath of Sarah Cranch Widow the Relict of the deceased and sole Executrix named in the said Will to whom Administration of all and singular the Goods Chattells and Credits of the said deceased was granted she having been first sworn duly to administer.

1At this point the following has been written into the right-hand margin: Proved at London the 27 September 1826 before the Worshipful Henry [Va--] Salisbury Doctor of Laws and Surrogate by the oath of Joseph Lowe the surviving Executor substituted in the Will to whom Administration was granted having been first Sworn duly to Administer. A Probate of the Will of the said Deceased granted in the Month of July One thousand seven hundred and ninety one to Sarah Cranch Widow the Relict therein described the sole Executrix having ceased and expired by reason of her death.

2At this point the following has been written into the top margin of the second page of the will: Proved at London the 19th Day of September 1811 before the Judge by the oath of Richard Cranch the Brother of the deceased and one of the Executors Substituted in the Will to whom Admon was granted having first sworn, by ---------- , duly to Admr. [Payer] [reserved] of making the like Grant to Joseph Lowe and Thomas Hindman the other Executors Substituted in the said Will whom they or either of them shall apply for the same a Probate of the said Will [granted] in the Month of July 1971 to Sarah Cranch Widow the Relict of the dec'd ( therein describing her as the sole Executrix ) being ceased and expired by reason of her death.