William Hopkins' Will

Written: 15 May 1705
Proven: 28 July 1705
Reference: PCC Wills, Public Record Office, Kew, PROB 11/482

Note: This is a transcription from a copy of the will obtained from the PRO. I have attempted to present it exactly as written, including the spacers at the end of the lines to make the column justified. The line breaks are as in the original. I have added a list of the names appearing in the will at the bottom of the page.

William Hopkins' will

Memorandum That I:
William Hopkins Senior of the Parish of Georges in ~
Southwark in the County of Surrey Gardiner Being Sick and Weake of
Body but through the Lords mercy of sound and perfect minde and ~
memory doe make and ordain this my last Will and Testament this ~
ffifteenth Day of the Third Month called May Anno Dome One Thousand
Seven hundred and ffive in manner and forme following That is to say ~
ffirst and principally I commend my Soul into the hands of the Lord whom
gave it me And my Body to the Earth to be decently buryed at the ~~~
Discretion of my Executors hereafter named And as concerning Such ~
worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased the Lord to bestod me I give ~
devise and Dispose of the same as followeth Imprimis I give and ~
Bequeath to my Son William Hopkins of Buckinghamshire my Tenement
or dwelling house now in the tenure or occupation of Charles Clarke ~
Situate in Brick Lane near Spittleffeilds Item I give and bequeath to
my Son Benjamin Hopkins my Tenement or dwelling house now in ~
the tenure or occupation of Isaac Delapine Situate in Brick Lane as ~~~
aforesaid Item I give and bequeath to my Daughter Sarah ffellows ~
the Lease of my Tenement or dwelling house Situate in Spicer Street ~

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near Brick Lane Item I give to my kinswoman Hannah Bosley of Wansted
in the County of Essex the sume of Twenty Shillings of lawfull money of England
to be paid to her within three Months next after my Decease Item I give
to my Cousin William Alcock of Horninglow near Burton upon Trent the ~
sume of Twenty Shillings of lawfull money of England to be paid to him within
three Months next after my Decease Item I give to my Cousin Abraham ~
Shapton ffive Shillings if demanded Item I give and bequeath to my loving ~
ffriend Robert Pate Senor the sume of Three pounds of lawfull money of ~~~
England In Trust for the use of the poor of the people called Quakers and ~~~
the care of the Monthly Meeting at Horslydown in Southwarke to be disposed
of as the said Meeting Shall think fitt to be paid to the Said Robert Pate within
three Months next after my Decease Item I give and bequeath unto my son
Benjamin Hopkins aforesaid after the payment of all my just debts ffinance
Charges and Legacies herein mentioned the Lease of the dwelling house or ~
Tenement wherein I now live and the Garden Ground thereto adjoining and ~
belonging with all the Conveniences and Improvements thereto appertaining ~
And all soe all the Garden ware growing and standing upon the same with
all the rest and residue of all and singular my ready Moneys Goods and ~
Chattells Leases Tenements and personall Estate whatsoever and as ~~~
Wheresoever not herein Disposed of And I nominate constitute and appoint
my Son William Hopkins and my Said Son Benjamin Hopkins joint and sole
executors of this my Last Will and Testament And I appoint my loveing ~~
ffriend Robert Pate Senr aforenamed Overseer of the Same to whom I ~~
will and bequeath the Sume of Twenty Shillings of lawfull Money of ~~~
England to be paid to him within three Months next after my Decease Lastly
I doe hereby revoke annull and make void all or any other Will or Wills
Legacies or Bequests in any wise before this time named? willed or ~~~
bequeathed Ratifying and confirming this and noe other to be and stand
as and for my last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I have to ~
this my last Will set my hand and seale the Day and year first above ~~
Written William Hopkins Signed Sealled published and pronounced by the ~
Said William Hopkins Senr the Testator as and for his last Will and Testament
in the presence of us Giles Stuchbury John Robins Thomas Coulson/

Proven: 28 July 1705, William and Benjamin Hopkins appearing as executors.

Names Mentioned:

Alcock, William, (cousin) of Horninglow, Staffordshire
Bosley, Hannah, (kinswoman) of Wanstead, Essex
Clark, Charles (tenant)
Coulson, Thomas (witness)
Delapine, Isaac (tenant)
ffellows, Sarah (daughter), born 19-Dec-1678, died 8-Apr-1742
Hopkins, Benjamin (son), born 22-Dec-1685, died 1-Sep-1730
Hopkins, William, Senior, born about 1634, died 16-Jul-1705
Hopkins, William, Junior (son), of Buckinghamshire born 20-Aug-1670
Pate, Robert, Senior (loving friend), died 26-Mar-1724, age about 78 years
Robins, John (witness), died 11-May-1727, age about 61 years
Shapton, Abraham (cousin)
Stuchbury, Giles (witness), died 3-Dec-1706, age about 64

More about these relations and friends.

More on William's family.    A transcription of John Haddon's Will.

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