Isaac Gwinnett of Ashton Keynes, 1719

In the name of God, Amen, I Isaac Gwinnett of Ashton Keynes in the county of Wiltshire, clerk, being infirm in body but of sound mind and memory (blessed be God) doe make and ordayne this my last will and testament in manner and forme following, that is to say:

Imprimis, I give and bequeath my soul to God who gave it and my body to the earth to be buryed in sure, decent manner as to my executrix hereinafter named shall seem most convenial and as for such worldly estate as it hath pleased God to bless me withal (it being greatly exhausted in the education and donations to my children) I dispose thereof as followeth:

Item:  I give unto my son John Gwinnett, clerk, such books out of my study as he shall make charge of.

Item:  I give unto my daughter Overton and daughter Collett the sum of twenty shillings to buy each of them a ring.

Item:  I give and bequeath all my tythes and rents that shall be due to me at the tyme of my decease and also all my personal estate, goods and chattels whatsoever as likewise all my estate right, tythe and interest which I hold by virtue of a lease of an estate in the parish of Dursley in the county of Gloucester, unto John Oatley of Ashton Keynes aforesaid, mercer, and William Chaperlyn of Ashton Keynes, aforesaid, yeoman to have and to hold the same unto the said John Oatly and William Chaperlyn their executors, administrators and assigns forever in trust, nevertheless that they, the said John Oatly and William Chaperlyn, the survivor of them, the executors and administrators of the survivor of them, shall permit and suffer Anne, my dear wife, to receive the rents, issues and profits of my said leasehold estate at Dursley and likewise to have the use and enjoy the use of all my goods and personal estate for and during the term of her natural life for her maintenance and the maintenance of my daughter Elizabeth, and from and after the decease of my said dear wife in trust that they the said John Oatly and William Chaperlyn and, the survivor of them, and the executors and administrators of the survivor of them shall out of the said leasehold at Dursley, and likewise out of my said personal estate pay unto my said daughter Elizabeth Gwinnett the sum of one hundred pounds of lawful money of Great Britain (and it is my desire that my said daughter do continue with her mother to be a comfort to her she being infirm and impotent but this I leave to the discretion of my wife and daughter to do as shall be most suitable to their conveniency which I cannot foresee) and the remainder after the said one hundred pounds shall be paid to my said daughter Elizabeth to be paid to my children in such manner as my said dear wife shall direct but my will is that she be particularly mindful of my daughter Overton in the disposal of what shall be left.

And I do hereby ordain, constitute and appoint my said daughter Elizabeth Gwinnett full and sole executrix of this my last will and testament and I do hereby revoke all former wills by me at any tyme heretofore made.

In witness whereof I, the said Isaac Gwinnett, have hereunto se my hand and seal the seventh day of June in the year of our Lord God, 1719.

Isaac Gwinnett

Signed, sealed and published in the presence of us:

Jno. Butler, ?

Proved 17 August 1719