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Will of Catherine MAY of Basingstoke
Hampshire, widow, 13th July 1775

In the name of God amen,  I Catherine MAY of Basingstoke in the County of Southampton, Widow, being of a sound, perfect and disposing mind, memory and understanding, praise be God for the same, to make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament.  First I give and direct all my just debts, funeral expenses and legacies here in after mentioned to be fully paid and discharged and I desire to be decently buried near my late husband at the discretion of my executors here in after named.  And as fore and concerning my personal estate I give and dispose of the same in the manner following, that is to say I give and devise unto Mary MAY wife of my cousin Thomas MAY of Brimpton in the County of Berkshire, Miller, the legacy or sum of fifty pounds of good and lawful money of Great Britain.  Also I give and devise unto my sister Elizabeth PAIN my nieces Catherine PARKER and Jane PAIN the legacy or sum of one hundred pounds each of like lawful money.  Also I give and devise unto my said sister Elizabeth PAIN all my plate and household goods and furniture.  Also I give and devise unto my niece Elizabeth HUTTON the legacy or sum of one hundred guineas of like lawful money.  Also I give and devise unto my said nephews William, John, Thomas and Charles PAIN and John MATTHEWS legacy or sum of fifty pounds each of like lawful money.  Also I give and devise unto my nephew and nieces Thomas, Mary and Elizabeth ELLIS the legacy or sum of five pounds each of like lawful money.  Also I give and devise unto Jane MAYNARD widow and such maid servant as shall live with me at the time of my decease five pounds each of like lawful money.  Also I give and devise unto Elizabeth SPREADBOROUGH widow the legacy or sum of one guinea of like lawful money.  Also I given and devise unto my cousins William TEES, John MAY, my Godson John HANKIN, Letitia LANE and Thomas SWAIT of Great Bedwyn, Wiltshire legacy or sum of five pounds each of like lawful money all such said legacies above mentioned I order and direct to be paid to the several and respective legatees within twelve months next after my decease by my executor herein after named.  All the rest and residue of my goods, chattels, securities for money and personal estate of what nature or kindsoever and wheresoever that I shall be possessed of at the time of my decease.  I give and bequeath unto my friend John ROGERS of Basingstoke aforesaid, Gentleman, his executors, administrators and assigns and I make nominate and appoint him the said John ROGERS full and sole Executor of this my Last Will and Testament hereby revoking, disanulling and making void all former and other wills by me at any time here to fore made and declaring this only my Last Will and Testament in witness where of I the said Catherine MAY the testatrix have to this my Last Will and Testament set my hand and seal this thirteenth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy five.

C. May

Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said Catherine MAY the testatrix as and for her Last Will and Testament in the presence of us who have subscribed our names as witnesses in her presence and in the presence of each other of her request and desire.

Edward Lane
Michael Caston

This will was proved at London on the seventh day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy six before the Right Worshipful Sir George HAY, Knight, Doctor of Law, Master, Keeper or Commissionary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, lawfully constituted by the oath of John ROGERS the sole executor named in the said will to whom administration was granted of all and singular the goods, chattels and credits of the deceased having been first sworn by commission only to administer.
 

    David Nash Ford 2001. All Rights Reserved.