Sleyes Deeds - Will of John Hopkins 1734

Document in the deeds of Sleyes, Peldon. Will of John Hopkins 20 May 1734

Transcription of SLY_003_001 and SLY_003_002 by Elaine Barker February 2020


In the Name of God Amen I John Hopkins of Wivenhoe in the County of Essex
Mariner and Fisherman being Very Sick and Weak of Body but of Sound and perfect memory at the Sealing
hereof Do this Twentieth day of May in the Seventh Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the
Second by the Grace of God of Great Britain France and Ireland King Defender of the Faith and so Forth.
1734. Do make and Ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and Form Following First I
Commend my Soul into the hands of Almighty God trusting through the Merits of Jesus Christ my
Redeemer to have Eternal Life and my Body I Committ to the Earth to be buried in Christian & decent
Manner at the discretion of my Executors herein after named And as touching such Worldly Estate
as it hath pleased God to bless me with I Give Devise and Dispose of the Same as Followeth Item I do
hereby Order Devise and bequeath all my Freehold Lands Messuages Tenements premisses and
Appurtenances Whatsoever and Wheresoever that shall belong unto me at the time of my Decease
to be Sold by my Ex[ecu]tors for the best price they Can gett and the money thereof to be imployed for the
Maintenance and Support of my Children as is herein after mentioned Item I give to my Son
Thomas Hopkins my Mourning Ring. Item I do hereby Order my Smack and Boats & Utensills
and Stock of Oysters to be Sold by my Executors and the money Arising thereby together with the mon[e]y
Arising from the Sale of the before mentioned Freehold Estate to be all imployed for and towards the
Maintenance and Support of all my Chilldren till they are Capable to/ take Care and provide for
themselves And if any thing remain I do hereby Order it to be equally parted between my Loving
Wife and all my Children when my Youngest Child shall attain the Age of One and Twenty Years
But if it Shall so happen that my said Wife shall Contract Matrimony after my Decease then
I do hereby Order my Executors to take Care and Order the bringing up of all my Children Item
I give to Susanna my Loving Wife all my Household Goods and Linnen Item what money I
have and what Debts are due and Owing to me at the time of my Decease I do Order to be
imployed for the paying of my just Debts Funeral Charges and probate of this my last Will
and Testament Thus revokeing all other Wills by me at any time made and published. I do declare
this to be my true last Will and Testament as the Same is Contained in One Sheet of paper In
Witness whereof I have hereunto Sett my hand and Seal the day and Year First above Written
The Mark of John Hopkins Signed Sealed published and Declared by the said John Hopkins to be his
Last Will and Testament in our presence and attested by us in the presence George Clarke John
Quince John Potter.
This is a true Copy taken from the
probate and Examined by us this }
twenty Seventh day of April 1742
W[illia]m Daniel
Tho[ma]s Daniel

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Copy of Mr John Hopkins Will

20th May 1734

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Document from Deeds of Sleyes, Peldon.
Copy of the Will of John Hopkins

For transcription see SLY_003_101
20 May 1734

ID: SLY_003_101
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