I, William Gwinnett, of the town of Monmouth in the county of Monmouth, Esquire, do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner following:
That is to say, I will and order that all my just debts shall be paid for which purpose I charge my real estate with the payment thereof and subject thereto,
I give, devise and bequeath all and singular my messuages, lands, tenements, hereditaments and premises in the several counties of Monmouth, Hereford, Gloucester and Bristol or elsewhere in this kingdom to my dear wife Betty and her heirs and assigns for ever hoping and requesting of her not to give or dispose of any part thereof to my ungenerous and ungrateful family.
I give and bequeath unto my said dear wife all my personal estate constituting her sole executrix of this my last will, hereby revoking and making void all former wills be me heretofore made, declaring this to be my last will and testament.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this third day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty six.
Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said testator, as and for his last will and testament, in the presence of us, who in his sight and in the sight and presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto: Elizabeth Sanders, Thos. Prichard, John Teague, servants to Mr Gwinnett.
This will was proved at London the twenty fifth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety three before the Right Honorable Sir William Wynne, Knight, Doctor of Laws, Master Keeper or Commisssary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, lawfully constituted by the oath of Betty Gwinnett, widow, the relict of the deceased and sole executrix named in the said will to whom administration of all and singular the goods, chattels and credits of the said deceased was granted, she having first sworn by commission duly to administer.
[Note: William changed his name from Catchmayd to Gwinnett in order to inherit under Mary Chester’s will of 1782.]