George Gwinnet of Barnwood, 1740/1


In the Name of God Amen, I, George Gwinnett, of Barnwood in the County of Gloucestershire, Yeoman, being at this time through the mercy of God in good and perfect memory do make this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following (that is to say).

First and principally I commend my soul into the hands of Almighty God hoping through the merits of my Saviour Jesus Christ to have full pardon and forgiveness of all my sins and to inherit everlasting life.

And as touching the disposition of all such Temporal Estate as it hath pleased Almighty God to bestow upon me I give and dispose thereof as followeth.

Item, I give unto my eldest son George Gwinnett the sum of twenty Pounds of current English money.

I likewise give unto my daughter Elizabeth the sum of thirty Pounds to be paid to them when an Executor after named shall arrive at the age of one and twenty years.

I also give to my son Thomas Gwinnett the sum of fifty Pounds of like current money of Great Britain.

I also give to my son Richard the sum of fifty Pounds of like lawful money to be paid them and each of them as they shall arrive at the age of one and twenty years.

All the rest and Residue of my Personal Estate, Goods and Chattels whatsoever I do give and bequeath unto my loving wife Sarah Gwinnett and to my son Henry Gwinnett. Lastly I do make and constitute Sarah my said wife and Henry my said son joynt executors of this my last Will and Testament and I do hereby revoke, disannul and make void all former Wills and Testaments by me heretofore made.

In witness whereof I the said George Gwinnett to this my last Will and Testament have set my hand and seal this tenth day of January in the Year of Our Lord Christ, One Thousand Seven Hundred and Forty.

Signed, Sealed and declared by the said George Gwinnett for and as his last Will and Testament in the presence of:  F. Watts, Charles Watts

 12 February 1740/1

The above named Sarah Gwinnett and Henry Gwinnett Executors were sworn before me.  J.Gregory       Surr.

This Will was proved the 12th day of February in the year of Our Lord 1740 before the Worshipful Sir Henry Penrice Knight, Doctor of Laws, Vicar General in Spirituals of the Right Reverend Father in God, Martin by Divine permission Lord Bishop of the Diocese of Gloucester and his episcopal consistory Official Principal Lawfully constituted by Sarah Gwinnett and Henry Gwinnett Executors and soforth to whom and soforth after having first sworn well and faithfully to administer the said Will and also the Exibitant Inventory and render an account and so forth.

G.A Ref: 1740/16