Will of Elizabeth Cayley
The National Archives, PROB-11-1277-30
In the name of God Amen. I Elizabeth Cayley of the Town of Kingston upon Hull, being of sound and disposing mind and memory raised be God do make this my last Will and Testament First I will that my body be privately interred in St Mary's Church in Kingston upon Hull aforesaid (in case I die there or within ten miles) as near my honour'd parents as may be I give to my Brother John Cayley of St Petersburg one thousand pounds I give unto his Daughters Elizabeth Poggenpohl and Sarah Mawberly [sic] one hundred pounds each and to Elizabeth Poggenpohl my whole suit of point lace I give to Sarah Mawberly her own father and brothers pictures set in gold in miniature I give unto my Brother Edward Cayley of Whitby one thousand pounds I give unto his Daughters Elizabeth Barker Anne Cayley Margaret Cayley and Jesse Cayley one hundred pounds each as I gave the same to Mary in my life time I give to my Nephew John Cayley of St Petersburg my Silver Cup and my three Silver Castors I give to my Nephew William Cayley of St Petersburg all my Microscope Glasses in a black Shagreen Case I give to my Nephew Henry Cayley of St Petersburg my Telescope Glass that is in a small Wooden Case these tokens to the three nephews more particularly brought up with me is to bring to their Remembrance that home and that Grand father whose example I so earnestly wish'd them to follow and which their behaviour hitherto gives me the most pleasing hopes of their doing nor let the other Sons of my two Brothers think themselves neglected I love them all but was I to divide my small portion amongst so many it would do no one good and I think the Two thousand pound left me by my Father in justice due to my Brother whose kindness to me has been through life unvaried and felt with the most grateful Affection I give to my cousin Dorothy Kitchingman Widow my brilliant Diamond Ring which was her dear beloved Mothers that same Brothers hair, set round with Emerald I leave to my beloved Cousin Elizabeth Smelt and twenty Guineas to be laid out in any Memorial she chooses of a friendship begun almost in Infancy and which is still invariable I give to my Cousin Leonard Smelt for his almost filial Affection to my ever honoured Father Ten Guineas to be laid out in any memorial he pleases of my grateful remembrance of that Affection I give to my dear Cousins Mary Courtney (wife of John Courney Esqr) and Dorothy Frankland (wife of Sir Thomas Frankland Bart.) five Guineas each for a token of my Sense of their grateful attention to me which has ever been increasing my Affection to them I give to my dear Cousin Dorothy Metcalfe One Hundred Pound which was left me by her beloved Sister and beg she will remember us together as I humbly trust united in happiness and my Will is that after my Debts Funeral Expenses and Legacys are paid whatever remains of Money Money in the Funds Plate Furniture Linen Watch Pictures Rings Cloaths or whatever is not above disposed of I give to my Niece Isabella Cayley eldest Daughter of my Brother Edward Cayley and I beg that whenever she remembers me it may be to her own benefit as I can in this solemn moment say that her present and everlasting happiness has been the unwearied Endeavour of my life ever since she was three years old and I humbly trust we shall both rejoice in the Consequences when Time shall be no more Lastly I constitute and appoint my Brother Edward Cayley and my said Niece Isabella Cayley joint executors of this my last Will and Testament all written with my own hand and seal'd with my own Seal this fourteenth Day of November in the year of our Lord One thousand seven hundred and ninety four.
As my Brother John is just deceased it is my Will that the Thousand pound above devised to him be equally divided between his two Daughters Elizabeth Poggenpohl and Sarah Mawberly this Codicil written and sign'd with my own hand and seal this second day of August in the year of Our Lord seventeen hundred & ninety five.
- Transcripts by Michael Cayley, released by him into the public domain.