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From National Archives - Transcribed by Janet Meads 2020
The Will of John Arch

The first few lines of the will of John Arch
In the Name of God I John Arch of Burton Latimer in the County of Northampton being weak in Body but in perfect Senses and Memory praised be God for the same do nominate this to be my last Will and Testament in manner and form as followeth ffirst I commend my Soul to Almighty God who gave it hoping for Mercy in and through the Merits of my dear Redeemer Jesus Christ. And my Body to the Earth to be decently buried as my Executors herein after named shall think proper and convenient and as to my Worldly Goods and Effects I dispose of them in this manner. I give and bequeath unto Elizabeth and Mary Croxon the Daughters of my Daughter Mary Croxon my two largest pewter dishes and to the Rest of my Grandaughters each of them one pewter dish the largest to the eldest and so on according to their several ages. Item I give and bequeath unto my Son Moses Arch the brass Irons or Guards to the ffire and to my Son Samuel Arch the Iron ones that serve to the same purpose. Item I give and bequeath unto my Son Joseph the Chest that now stands in the Middle Chamber and to my Son Thomas the Chest that stands in the first chamber. Item I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Mary Croxon all the Rest of my Household Goods ffurniture Apparel and Linnen exclusive of my Stock in Trade which Stock together with all my other effects I leave to my Sons Moses and Samuel after my debts are paid and do make the said Moses and Samuel Executors of this my last Will and Testament. In Witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 1st day of July in the 14th year of the Reign of King George the second and in the Year of our Lord One Thousand seven Hundred and fforty - John Arch - signed sealed and delivered in the presence of us - Gil: Watton. Charles Norris. Thomas Satchell.
This Will was proved at London the eighteenth day of May in the Year of our Lord One Thousand seven Hundred and fforty two Before the Worshipfull Robert Chapman Doctor of Law Surrogate to the Right Worshipfull John Bettesworth also Doctor of Law Master Keeper or Commissary of the prorogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted By Moses Arch and Samuel Arch the Executors named in the said Will To whom was granted administration of all and singular the Goods Chattells and Credits of the deceased being first sworn duly to administer.

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