George Gwinnett of Great Shurdington, 1723

In the name of God Amen, I George Gwinnett of Great Shurdington in the Diocese and County of Gloucester, gent, being reasonable good health and at present of sound judgement and good sense and memory doe make my last Will and Testament in manner following always possessing and declaring my full purpose and steadfast resolution to dye in the true faith of our Lord Jesus Christ my only Savior and Redeemer in and through whose meritts I hope for salvation and the fitt and full pardon and foregiveness of all my great and manifold sins and offences; and my worldly estate I dispose of as followeth:

Imprimis: All and singular all my messuages, lands, tenements and rents, reversions, hereditaments and services, closes and enclosures, meadow and pasture grounds, tythes, profits, perquisites and advantages whatsoever and wheresoever in the County of Gloucester, I do hereby give and devise to my son George and to his heirs and assigns forever for the payment of my just debts which I do owe or am bound for by bonds or any obligation whatsoever and for the making of full satisfaction to all such person or persons that he shall or may find or conceive I have in any way wronged or injured.

And I do also give and bequeath to my said son George all my leasehold lands, goods and chattells and personal estate whatsoever for and towards the paying of my debts or to bee disposed of as he shall thinke fitt and judge reasonable.

And I do hereby make him my Executor earnestly desiring and requiring him to give to my deare friend and loving kinsman Mr Gwinnett Freeman and his wife Five Pounds apiece to buy their mourning.

In witness whereof. I have hereto put my hand and seale the Twentyeth day of March in the year of our Lord 1717

George Gwinnett

Sealed, signed, published and declared to be the last Will  and Testament of the Testator and att his request testifyed and wittnessed by us:  Anthony Lucas, Joseph Longden, Thomas Kemp

Proved 11 March 1723.

Gloucestershire Archives Ref: 1723/45