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The Will of William Pryor, dated 4 October 1746

In the Name of God Amen I William Pryor of Parish of Wendron in the County of Cornwall Yeoman being Sick and Weak of Body but of a perfect and Disposeing mind and memory/praise be given to Almighty God for the same/Do make and Ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following Im---? I Commit my soul to God who Gave it hopeing thro’ the Merrits Deads and passion of our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to Inherit Everlasting life and my Body I Commit to the Earth to be Decently Buryed. Then I Give and Bequeath unto my Daughter Catherine* Roskelly the Wife of William Roskelly the Sum of Six pounds of Lawfull Money of Great Brittain to be paid her by my Executors herein after named within One Year after my Decease. Item I Give and Bequeath unto my Daughter Margaret Rule the Wife of James Rule the Sum of Six pounds of Lawfull Money of Great Britain to be paid her by my Executors herein after named within One Year after my Decease. Item All the Rest of my Chattell Estate Tin(?) Boundses(?)Goods and Chattells Whatsoever and wheresoever they be-which I shall dye possessed of or be Intituled unto at the time of my Death I Give & Bequeath to my Two Sons Simon Pryor and Anthony Pryor both of this parish of Wendron Yeomen & their Exec’rs Adm’rs & Assigns equally between them and I do hereby also Nominate Appoint Constitute and Ordain them the said Simon Pryor and Anthony Pryor my Sons to be the Joint Executors of this my last will and Testament they paying my Just Debts and Legasyes/Ratifyeing and Confirming this and no Other In Witness Whereof I have here unto Sett my hand & Seal this fourth Day of October in the year of our Lord God According to the Computation of the Church of England One Thousand Seven Hundred and Forty Six/1746.
 
Signed Sealed published and Declared in the presence of us } (signed) Richard Ralph, the Sign (mark) of Parnelly Drew, the Sign (mark) of Elizabeth Drew (these signings all on left side of document)
 

The Sign (mark) of William Pryor (this on right side of document)
 

The Before written Will was proved in Common Form the 12th May 1747 Before the Rev’d Mr Wm Waddon Clerk M’r (?) of Arts Official ex. And Admion of the Goods ex. Of the Deced and of all things howsoever concerning the said Will was Granted to the Joynt Executors therein named being first Sworne exs./Saveing exs.
 
In: 61 L: 8 s: 6 d. (letters above numbers)
 

The before written Will is a True Copy Examined and Composed with the Original this 22d Day of May 1747.
By us: (signed) John Bennett (signed) Wm O’Keefs (this statement written on right side of document)

* (Elizabeth previously written, crossed out and replaced by Catherine)

N.B. Words in italics within brackets are inserted by the transcriber e.g. (signed)
Source: LDS Film Number 90193 Image 117

 
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