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Will of James Edward Oglethorpe

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Transcription of the will of James Edward Oglethorpe (1696-1785)

In the Name of God Amen
October ye 15th in the Year of our Lord one thousand
seven hundred and seventy I James Edward Oglethorpe
General of Foot of Westbrook Park in the Parish of
Godalming in the County of Surry being in perfect
health Mind and Memory do make this my last will
and Testament First I recommend my Soul to God
and my body to the Earth in firm hope of a Joyfull
Resurrection through the Merits of Christ Jesus our
Lord I will further that my body be privately buried
without any pomp but that it be first opened by
Surgeons to see the cause of death for the better
Instruction of others as for my Worldly Estate I give
and bequeath to my dearly beloved wife Elizabeth
Oglethorpe Daughter of Sir Nathan Wright late of
Cranham Hall Bart in Gratitude for her affection and
sufferings for me all my Goods Furniture Money Jewels
and all my Estates real and personal and I recommend
to her to give to my Nephew Eugene Marquis of
Belgard
and to his Sister Madamoisel de Belgard and to the
Marchioness of Mezziers my Sister and to her Grandson
the Prince of Rochfort Rohan such Mark of her Friendship
and Love to me and mine as she my dear wife shall
think proper I do further make my said beloved wife
Elizabeth my sole Executrix of this my Will and do hereby
revoke and make void all former Wills by me made
and do declare this to be my last Will and Testament
James Edward Oglethorpe (SS) We the underwritten did
see the Testator execute this his last Will and Testament
in our presence and he saw us sign this in his presence
Martha Scott, Elizabeth Eaton, Susanna Arney
This Will was proved at London on the seventh
day of July in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven
hundred and eighty five before the Worshipfull John
Fisher Doctor of Laws Surrogate of the Right Worshipfull
Peter Calvert Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or
Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury
lawfully constituted by the Oath of Elizabeth Oglethorpe
Widow the Relict of the deceased and sole Executrix
named in the said Will to whom Administration was
granted of all and singular the Goods Chattels and Credits
of the said deceased she having been first sworn duly
to administer.

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