Location: Wapping, Middlesex, England
This is a transcript of the will of Samuel Batts, victualler, of St John Wapping, Middlesex. The will is dated 30 October 1736 and was proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury on 21 July 1742. Source: The National Archives (UK). PROB 11/719/451.
In the Name of God Amen I Samuel Batts of the parish of St John Wapping in the County of Middlesex Victualler being at present in a perfect state of health and of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding praised be God and well knowing that it is appointed for all men once to Dye and that nothing is more certain than the Hour thereof Do therefore make this my last Will and Testament in Manner and form following And as for my Body I commit the same to the Earth to be decently Interred at the discretion of my Extrix herein after named And as touching and concerning my Worldly Estate which hath pleased Almighty God of his infinite mercy to bless me with in this transitory Life I give and dispose thereof as followeth I give and devise my Freehold Messuage or Tenements with all its Appurtenances situated lying and Being in Kingshoad Court Beech Lane in the parish of St Giles Cripplegate London or late in the Occupation or Tenure of John Potter And likewise all my Leasehold Estate consisting of Six Messuages or Tenements now in the Tenure or Occupation of Richard Munn Joseph Haydon Thomas Joy William Washington Alexander Lanion and Anthony Dobine with their several and respective appurtenances situate lying and being in the parish of St Paul Shadwell on Corkhill in the County of Middlesex and for the Term and Terms of Years Thereon yet to come and unexpired and also One other Messuage or Tenement lying and being in the Back Land in Raggfair now in the possession of Jonathan Walfeild in the parish of St Georges in the East in the County of Middx and for the Term and Terms of Years thereon yet to come and unexpired And Also one other Messuage or Tenement lying and being in Green Walk in the County of Surrey in the parish of Christ Church now in the Occupation of John Philips and for the Term and Terms of Years thereon yet to come and unexpired to my dearly beloved Wife Mary Batts Upon the Conditions Trusts and uses herein after expressed and declared (that is to say) my Will and meaning is that my said Wife Mary Batts shall from and after my Decease possess hold and enjoy and receive the Rents issues and profits as well of the said Freehold Messe as also of the Leasehold premises aforesaid for and during the term of her natural Life if the said term or terms of Years thereon shall so long continue Subject and charged Nevertheless with the yearly Sum or Annuity of four pounds of lawfull money of Great Britain to be paid by my said Wife Mary Batts to my Daughter Sarah Ford Wife of Peter Ford during the term of her natural Life by four Quartlerly paymts by even and equal portions on the most usual Quarterly Feast Days To wit on the Feast Day of the Annunciation of our Blessed Virgin Mary on the Feast Day of St John the Baptist on the Feast Day of St Michael of the Archangel and on the Feast Day of the Nativity of our Lord Christ yearly and every year For and during the term of her natural Life of my said Daughter Sarah Ford The first payment whereof to be made on either of the said Feast Days which shall first happen after my Decease free and clear of and from all Incrumbrances and Deductions whatsoever And my Will further that the said annuity of Four pounds as aforesaid shall be paid into the proper hands of my said Daughter Sarah Ford only for her sole and separate use and that her Receipt shall be a sufficient discharge from such payments as shall be made by my said Wife Mary Batts for and concerning the Annuity aforsd. and that the said Annuity or any part thereof shall not be subject to the Debts Incumbrances or Controul of her present Husband or of any other Husband that she shall hereafter Intermarry But if my said Wife Mary Batts should happen to Dye before my said Daughter Sarah Ford then my Will is that the said Freehold Messuage and Leasehold premises for the term of Years thereon respectively to come and unexpired shall Descend and go to my said Daughter to be by her held and Enjoyed during her natural life only And from and after her decease To the Issue lawfully begotten or to be begotten on her Body and to their Heirs for Ever And for want of such Issue To my own Right Heirs for Ever But if my said Wife Mary Batts should happen to survive my said Daughter she the said Sarah Ford leaving behind her not Child or Children lawfully begotten on her Body at the time of decease The I give and devise the Reversion and Remainder of my said Freehold Messuage with its Appurts to my said wife Mary Batts and her Heirs for Ever And also all my Leasehold prem[is]es for the Remainder of the respective terms of years thereon to come and unexpired To her my said Wife Mary Batts and to her Exers. Admors and Assigns All the rest residue and remainder of my Goods and Chattels and personal Estate of what kind nature soever the same may consist of I give and bequeath the same unto my said loving Wife Mary Batts whom I do hereby name constitute and appoint Sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all other Wills and Testaments heretofore by me made In witness whereof I have hereunto Set my Hand and Seal this thirtieth Day of October in the year of our Lord 1736 Samuel Batts. Signed Sealed and Declared by the said Testator for and as his last Will Testament in the presence of us who have in his presence and at his request subscribed our names as Witnesses Elizabeth Curt[?]s Edwd Barlow Adam Barlow
This Will was proved at London before the W[orshi]pful Robert Chapman Doctor of Laws Surrogate of the Right Worshipfull John Bettesworth also Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted on the twenty first Day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and forty two by the oath of Mary Batts Widow the Relict of the said 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 being first Sworn duly to administer the same.