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                         Last Will and Testament of William Rossiter

In the Name of God, Amen, This twenty fourth day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and fifty seven, I William Rossiter of Barkly in the parish of Eling in the county of South[amp]ton, Yeoman, being of sound and perfect memory, thanks be given to Allmighty God therefore, calling to mind the frailety and mortality of my body, do make, constitute and ordaine this my last will and testament, that is to say, first of all, I recomend my soule into the hands of God that gave it and my body I recomend to the earth to have Christian buriall at the discretion of my Executor hereafter named not doubting but at the general resurection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God, and as touching such worldly goods as it has pleased God to bless me with in this life, I do give, devise and dispose of in manner and form following


Item I do give and bequeath to my son Thomas Rossiter, ten shillings, to be paid to him within one year after my decease.


Item I do give and bequeath to my daughter, Mary White, fifteen pounds, to be paid to her within one year after my decease.


Item I do give and bequeath to my daughter, Sarah Blanchard, twenty five pounds, to be paid to her within one year after my decease.


Item I do give and bequeath to my grandson , James, the son of my son Henery Rossiter all that cottage or tenement called Rogers, with all the appurtenances thereto belonging, lying and being in Barkley in the parish and county aforesaid.


Item I do give and bequeath to the aforesaid James Rossiter and his sister Hannah Rossiter, fifteen pounds, to be paid to whom soever I shall nominate and apoint, within one year after my decease for the use of the children.


All the rest of my money, goods, chattels, writetings and oblgations not allready given and bequeathed, I do give and bequeath to my son, Joseph Rossiter whom I do nominate and apoint sole Executor of this my last will and testament, and I do utterly revoke and disanul all former wills, legacies and bequests by me in any wise, before this time named, willed and bequeathed, ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seale the day and year first above written.


Wi The mark of William Rossiter


Signed, sealed, pronounced and declared by the said William Rossiter as his last will and testament in the presence of us the subscribers,


William Jones, Elizabeth Jones, Robert Blake


The 18th day of May 1759 Joseph Rossiter, the within named Executor, was duly sworn before me, J Tarver, Surr[ogate]