The Will of George Marsh
Proctor in Doctor's Commons
George Marsh Esquire late One of the Procurators General of the
Arches Court of Canterbury.
I George Marsh the younger of Doctors Commons London Esquire being in good health of body and of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding do make public and declare this to be my last will and Testament in manner following that is to say first I order and direct my just debts and financial expenses to be paid and satisfied as soon as conveniently may be after my decease then I give and bequeath unto my friend Henry Stevens Esquire all those my freehold and copyhold Tenements hereditaments and premises and shares of messuages, Tenements and premises situate lying and being in the Parishes of . . . and Gillingham in the County of Kent and also all those several pieces of woodland situate at Suton in the said County of Kent and also all other my freehold estates whatsoever situate and being in any part of the County of Kent or elsewhere in Great Britain so held to the said Henry Stevens his heir and assigns for ever and I do hereby order and direct the said Henry Stevens to sell and dispose of all my said freehold Estates for the best price and prices that he can obtain for the same and it is my mind and will that the purchase money to be had and gotten for the said Estates shall fall into and be considered as part of my personal estate and I direct that the purchaser or purchasors of the said said messuages Lands Tenements hereditaments and premises shall not be answerable or accountable for the application of the purchase money for the said Estates but that the Receipt of my said Trustee shall be a sufficient discharge to the purchasors for the same then I give and bequeath all my personal Estate and effects whatsoever and wheresoever and also the purchase monies for which my said freehold Estates shall be sold unto the said Henry Stevens upon Trust that the said Henry Stevens shall and do lay out and invest the same in one or more Annuity or Annuities for and during the lives of Mary Boyner otherwise Marsh and Francis Boyner her Sister and the survivor of them upon further trust to pay and apply the produce of the said Annuity or Annuities to and for the use and benefit of the said Mary Boyner and Francis Boyner for and during their joint lives that is to say two third parts of such Annuity or Annuities to be paid to the said Mary Boyner and the other third part thereof to be paid to the said Francis Boyner and upon the death of either of them the said Mary Boyner and Francis Boyner the whole of such Annuity or Annuities to be paid to the survivor of them for her own use and benefit and in case either of them the said Mary Boyner and Francis Boyner shall marry then I order and direct my said Trustees to pay the share of her so marrying into her own hand to and for her own sole and separate use and benefit and her receipt alone shall be a sufficient discharge to all persons whomsoever it being my mind and will that the said Annuity or Annuities or any part thereof shall not be subject to the debts control or engagements of any husband or husbands either of them the said Mary Boyner and Francis Boyner shall marry but I do earnestly recommend and advise the said Mary Boyner and Francis Boyner to live together and lay out and expend what I have hereinbefore left them for their mutual benefit and advantage and I do nominate constitute and appoint the said Henry Stevens Esquire Executor of this my last will and Testament and hereby revoking all former and other wills by me at any time heretofore made and I do hereby declare this to be my last will and Testament in Witness whereof I the said George Marsh have to this my last will and Testament contained in three sheets of paper set my hand and Seal that is to say to the two first sheets hereof I have set my and to this third and last my hand and Seal the Eighth day of February in the year of our Lord One thousand Seven hundred and Eighty Seven.
George Marsh - Sealed and Delivered published and declared by the said George Marsh as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in his presence and at his request and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses Edward Toller, Walt Wright, Geo Byworth all of Doctors Commons.
On the Second day of October in the year of our Lord One thousand Seven hundred and Ninety Administration (with the willannexed) of all and singular the Goods Chattels and Credits of George Marsh late of the Parish of Saint Bennet Pauls Wharf London Esquire and one of the Procurators General of the Arches Court of Canterbury deceased was Granted to William Marsh and Henry Creed Esquires Creditors of the said deceased having been first sworn duly to Administer Henry Stevens Esquire the Sole Executor and universal Legatee In Trust named in the said will having renounced as well the probate and execution thereof as Letter of Administration with the said Will annexed, of the Goods of the said deceased and Mary Boyner otherwisee Marsh and Francis Boyner Spinsters the universal Legatees named in the said Will having likewise first renounced the Letters of Administration (with the said Will annexed) of the Goods of the said deceased.
The above will is held at the Public Records Office, Kew (Prob 11/1197).