Will of Ann Compere

Written 29 November 1794, Probated 19 August 1797

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24 March 2006
In the Name of God Amen
I Ann Compere of Stratford in the Parish of West
Ham in the county of Essex Spinster being somewhat
infirm in body but of sound and disposing mind
memory and understanding praised be God do make
and publish this my last Will and Testament in
manner and form following, that is to say First I
Direct that all my just Debts Funereal Expenses and
the Expense of proving and carrying into Execution
this my Will be fully paid and satisfied and I desire
to be buried in the Parish Church of Westham in the
same Grave with my late Sisters In the next place
I give and bequeath unto Charles Smith of Bromley
in the County of Middlesex Distiller and Thomas
Speed of Gannon Street London Druggist and Chymist
my Executors hereinafter named the Sum of fifty
pounds each of lawful Money of Great Britain also
I give and bequeath unto Mrs. [left blank] Smith of Stratford
aforesaid Widow Ten Guineas for a Ring also I
give and bequeath unto her Daughter Miss Judith Smith
of Stratford aforesaid Ten Guineas of like lawful
money for a Ring Also I give and bequeath unto
Mrs Mary Smith of the same place the like Sum
of Ten Guineas of like lawful money for a Ring.
Also I give and bequeath unto Mrs Hannah Wilesby
of the same place Widow the like Sum of ten Guineas
of like lawful money for a Ring Also I give and
bequeath unto Mrs Martha Clarke of the same place
Spinster the like Sum of Ten Guineas of like lawful
money Also I give and bequeath unto Mrs Hobbs
of Mile End aforesaid widow the like Sum of Ten
Guineas of like lawful money Also I give and bequeath
unto Ann Turner of West Ham aforesaid Spinster the
Sum of three Guineas of like lawful money Also I give
and bequeath unto my Maid Servant Ruth Downington
the Sum of ten Guineas of like lawful money together
with the Bed Bedstead and all the Bed Furniture in
her Sleeping Room and also decent furniture for a
Room which I desire my Executors to furnish or deliver
over to her furniture for according to their discretion
and also all my wearing apparel in case she shall be
with me at my decease Also I give and bequeath unto
Mrs Williams sister to my said Maid Servant Ruth
Downington the Sum of two Guineas of like lawful
Money also I give and bequeath unto the Treasurer
or Treasurers of the Charity School of West Ham
aforesaid who shall be such at the time of my decease
the sum of fifty pounds of like lawful money for the
use and Benefit of that charity Also I give and bequeath
unto such person or persons as shall be of kin either to
the Reverend Mr. Smith formerly Vicar of West Ham or
to his late wife deceased the Sum of Thirteen Pounds
of lawful Money equally if more than one share and
share alike as shall make out such their kindred to the
satisfaction of my Executors within twelve Calendar
Months next after my decease but not afterwards and
in Default thereof I direct the same after the said
twelve months to fall into and go with the Residue
of my Estate and Effects hereinafter by me bequeathed
and do request my Executors as soon as conveniently
may be after my decease to enquire and advertise for
such next of kin in some publick newspaper once at
least and in case my personal property shall not be
sufficient to discharge my debts legacies and funeral
Expenses then and in such case I do hereby charge my
Real Estates with the Payment of so much thereof as
shall make up the deficiency and chargeable therewith
I do hereby give devise and bequeath unto Mary
Bosworth the wife of Mr Bosworth of Market Harborough
in the County of Leiscester and unto Elizabeth Compere
of the same place Spinster and Thomas Compere of
St. Albans in the County of Kent Shopkeeper their Heirs
and Assigns for and all these my CopyholdNote 1 MessuagesNote 2
or Tenements and Premises in the Manor of Eastead in
the County Essex and elsewhere in and about Brentwood
in the same County which Copyhold Premises I have only
surrendered to the one of this my will And also will these
Premises in and about Brentwood aforesaid and also
all these my Household Messuages or Tenements
HereditamentsNote 3 and premises situate and being in and
about Shoe Lane in the County of Middlesex or
elsewhere to hold to them the said Mary Bosworth
Elizabeth Compere and Thomas Compere severally and
respectively their several and respective Heirs and Assigns
for ever equally amongst them to be divided share and
share alike as Tenants in common and not as joint
Tenants and as to all the rest residue and remainder
of my ready money and Securities for money outstanding
Debts Money in the Public Stocks or funds Estates Goods
Chattels and Effects whatsoever and whensoever I do hereby
give devise and bequeath the same unto and amongst
the said Mary Bosworth Elizabeth Compere and
Thomas Compere their Executors Administrators and
Assigns for ever equally share and share alike and
I do hereby direct that no Sale of any of my
furniture or Effects be made in my present Dwelling
House in Stratford aforesaid and I do hereby
nominate and appoint the said Charles Smith and
Thomas Speed joint Executors for this my last Will and
Testament and I do hereby evoke all former and other
Wills by me at any time heretofore made and do
declare this and only this to be and contain my true
last Will and Testament In Witness ----- I have
to the first Sheet of this my last Will and Testament
contained in two Sheets of Paper set my Hand and
to this second and last Sheet thereof my Hand and
Seal this twenty ninth Day of November in the Year
of our Lord one Thousand seven hundred and ninety
four - Ann Compere {seal} Signed Sealed Published
and Declared by this said Testatrix as and for her
last will and Testament in the presence of us who at
her request in her presence and in the presence of
each other now subscribed our Names as Witnesses
Hugh Bantock, Wm. Argill, Saml. Argill /

This Will was proved at London on the
nineteenth day of August in the Year of our Lord
one Thousand seven hundred and ninety seven before
the Worshipful John Sewell Doctor of Laws Surrogate
of the Right Honorable Sir William Wynne Knight
Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the
Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted
by the Oaths of Charles Smith and Thomas Speed
Esquires the Executors named in the said Will to
whom administration was granted of all and singular
the Goods Chattels and Credits of the Deceased they
having been first sworn duly to administer. /

    Notes
  1. Copyhold: A type of property that was originally a part of a manor occupied by a particular worker for a sufficient time that it came to be regarded as that worker's.
  2. Messuage: Obsolete synonym for real estate property.
  3. Hereditament: A term for anything, usually as real property, that can be inherited.
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