Other wills and administrations: Will of Susanna Gumbleton of Salisbury
TranscriptSome changes made to punctuation and spelling Testum Susannae Gumbleton de Civit~ Nova Sarum in con~ Wilts at Sarum dicet.
In the name of God Amen, I Susanna Gumbleton of the city of New Sarum in the county of Wilts spinster, being weak in body but of sound perfect mind and disposing memory, (God be praised) considering the frailty of human nature and the uncertainly of life, and revoking all former wills and codicils of wills by me heretofore made, do make and ordain this my last will and testament.
First I do hereby will, ordain and desire that my body be decently interred in a leaden coffin in St Edmunds Churchyard, within the said city, near to my late father and mother, deceased.
Item, I give and bequeath unto the poor of the parish of St Edmunds, within the said City, the sum of five pounds; the same to be laid out in sixpenny loaves within one month after my decease and to be distributed to and amongst two hundred poor persons of the said parish, by my executrix, hereinafter named.
Item, I give and bequeath unto my friend Mrs. Martha Smith my largest set of blue and white china and all my wearing apparell (except what was my late mother's).
Item, I likewise give and bequeath unto the said Mrs. Martha Smith the sum of ten pounds to be paid unto her at six months and after my decease.
Item, I give and bequeath unto my cozen Mr John Combs and to my cozen Elizabeth Mills, wife of William Mills, of one guinea each.
I give unto my friends Doctor _ Samber[?] and William [....] fifteen shillings apiece to buy each of them a ring.
Item, I hereby forgive, release and discharge my loving brother Francis Gumbleton of all and every sum and sums of money as he shall owe me at the time of my decease.
Item, I give and bequeath unto my said brother Francis Gumbleton the sum of two hundred and twenty pounds, to be paid unto him at six months and after my decease.
Item, I give and bequeath unto my brother in law Thomas Lake the sum of ten pounds to buy him mourning and unto my nephew and niece, Thomas and Elizabeth Lake, the sum of five pounds to buy them mourning.
Item, I do will and desire that my loving sister, Elizabeth Lake, might have the use of my plate and rings during her natural life and after her decease I further give and bequeath unto my said nephew, Thomas Lake, all my plate and rings (except my blue turkey stone ring and silver oval snuffbox).
Item, I do hereby will and desire that my loving sister Elizabeth Lake might have the use of my wrought curtains and vallins and bed, bedstead, pillows, blankets, bedding and things thereto belonging, and also of my said blue turkey[?] stone ring and silver snuff box and silver toothpick during her natural life, and after her decease, my will, order and desire is that the same be delivered to my said niece Elizabeth Lake, to whom I do hereby give and bequeath the same, accordingly.
All the rest and residue of my goods, chattles, ready money, bonds, bills, spicialtys[?], mortgages, rights, credits and persona estate whatsoever not hereinbefore given or bequeathed (my debts, legacies and funeral expenses being first paid and discharged) I intrust unto and repose in the hands of my said loving sister Elizabeth Lake, the same and the benefit or interest thereof to be enjoyed by her for and during her natural life, and from and after my said sister Lake's death, then my will is and I do hereby give and bequeath my said residuary estate unto and between my said nephew and niece, Thomas and Elizabeth Lake, to be equally divided between them, share and share alike. But, in case either of them , my said nephew and niece shall happen to die before my said sister Lake, then my will is, and I do hereby (from and after my said sister's death) give and bequeath my said residuary estate unto such of them as shall survive my said sister. And I do hereby nominate and desire my said friends Doctor _ Samber[?] and William Prater[?] to be overseers of this my will and to be aiding and assisting unto my executrix hereafter named in the due execution thereof.
And I do hereby make and ordain my said sister Elizabeth Lake executrix of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal, the second day of August in the second year of his majesty's reign, King George the second, over Great Britain, and anno dom. 1728.
Signed, sealed, published and declared by the abovenamed Susanna Gumbleton, the testatrix, to her last will and testament, in the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses in the presence of each other and of the said executrix (the interlineation between the fifteenth and sixteenth lines being first made).
Saml. Legg Samber, Richd. Lake, Wm. Prater
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