John Glanvill

5 Oct 1765

In the Name of God Amen
I Richard Gideon Glanvill of Elmsett in the County of Suffolk being of sound mind memory and a understanding thanks be to almighty God do make this my last will and testament first and principally I commend my Soul to ye Mercies of almighty God my Creator hoping for Salvation through the atonements of Jesus Christ our blefsed Saviour and Redeemer and my body when and wheresoever it shall please God it shall die there to be interred and with the least trouble charge or expense that may be so it being such my most earnest request and desire and for which and I do hereby order and direct to have duly a common plain woollen shroud and single coffin of wood without any ornaments of covering or vimion brafses or the like except four or six plain handles for convenience of carriage and putting me in my grave the place where such grave may be is intirely indifferent to me to which place I desire to be carried being carry by six or eight poor men (without the ceremony of poll or upper bearers) being provinated and approved off by my most truly affectionout and justly beloved dear wife Ann Glanvill or my mt sincere affectionate and respectful Daughter Sarah Glanvill I give to each of the abovesaid who carried me to my grave a hatband of black crape and pair of black glove to the Minister or curate who read the burial service a hatband of black silk and pair of black gloves to the carpenter who makes the coffin a hatband of black crape and pair of black gloves to the clerk or sexton where I am buried a hatband of black crape and pair of balck glove and whereas my dear Daughter Ann Gideon Blair (late ann Gideon Glanvill) is so plentifully provided for the will of her mt affectionate uncle the Revd James jo*sbounds of S L D late of Little Soerksley in Efsex deceased ye she my said Daughter Ann Gideon does not stand in any need of addition to her ffortune out of my Substance she the said Ann Gideon (my Daughter) having been long before her marriage to William Blair M.D. in pofsefsion of an Real Esate in ffree and directed by her husbands uncle's will and aslo in pofsefsion of many other very considerable estate as in and by the said Will and directed (on the death of my son qvxt James Glanvill one of the provisions in the said Will and Brother to the said Ann Giddeon my Daughter all which does sufficiently justify me in doing all in my power to Ann Glanvill my dear deserving and most affectionate wife and Sarah Glanville my respectful Daughter therefore I do humbly *** give and direct to my dear wife Ann Glanvill all that my advowfon donation and free disposition with my full might of patronage of the Rectory and parish church of Somersham in Suffolk together with all and singular the several Right and properties thereof or thereto belongeth and also I give and devise to Ann my dear Wife all my several Manors or Lorships of Elmsett often otherise ofton castle and Somersham in the said County together with their server Rights of courts leets and court Barons of what kind or Nature several together with their ffines and quilt Rents which now are or may become one and also I Give to my said dear wife all that my Mefsusage land malting office with all and singular the appurtenances thereto belongeth lying and being in Somersham in the said county and also I give to my said dear wife all that my Mefsuage or ffarm lying and being in Elmsett in the said county Ruvion (?) by the name of pattens part in my own occupation and part by Joseph Balls the elder with the appurtenances containing twenty acres more or less and I also give to Ann My dear wife all other my real and personal Estate of what kind and nature soever or wheresoever which I hold livere (?) or may hereafter have any Right property claim or demand in common land or equity all which said Real and personal estate I give and grant to Ann my sincere and most affectionate wife for the term of her life in full trust and in conjunction with Sarah Glanvill my respectul Daughter for the full performance of this my Will first I do order and direct that they pay all my just debts out of my aforesaid Real and personal estates which may or shall be due and owing from me at the time of my decease I also give and devise to Ann my dear wife all and every part remaining over and above paying my just debts for her full use and benefit out of my real and personal estates aforesaid (over and above what she is entitled to by a marriage settlement I made to her before marriage) and forever performance of which I do oder and direct that Ann my dear wife and Sarah my respectful Daughter shall in confirmation with each other and performance of my full reposed in them sell or otherwise dispose of so much of any or all my personal or real estates not only for their further support and maintenance of Ann my dear wife but also for their and each of their defence in common land or equities against every encroachment that may happen on their just Rights as they may or shall be directe by counsell learned in the Law under his or their hands for their safe support and defence I do hereby give in full trust and confidence to my said Daughter Sarah all the remains of my said Real and personal estate whatsoever and wheresoever undispofed off for the discharge of such just debts as may happen to be contrracted by ann my dear wife in her life and Also for discharging all the surident (?) charges that may attend the most decent ffuneral charges of Ann my dear wife and immediately from and after the decease of my sincere and affectionate dear wife and to enable my said respectful Daughter Sarah to fulfill my desire in the said Trust I do hereby give and devise to my said Daughter Sarah all and every part of my said Real and personal estates whatsoever or wheresover undisposed of my said Ann wife to Sarah my respectfull daughter and to her heirs and afsigns for ever and Lastly I do hereby constitute nominate and appoint my dear wife Ann Glanvill and Sarah Glanvill my Daughter my Executrixes to this my last will and testament all written *** hand contaiing three sheets of papoer so to each I have hereunto set my hand and seal and do hereby revoke and disai all former and other wills by me at any time hereuntofore made in Witnefs hereof I do hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty fifth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and sixty five. Rich. G. Glanvill signed sealed published and declared by the said Testator Richard Gideon Glanvill to be his last will and Testastment in the presence of us who in his presence and at his request do subscribe our hands as witnefses to the same Joseph Balls . Joseph Green. John Crooks

This will was proved at London the sixteenth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and sixty eight before the Worshipful George Harris Doctor of Laws Surrogate of the Right Worshipful George Pay Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or commifsary of the prerogative court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the oath of Sarah Alderson formerly Glanvill (wife of John Alderson Esq) the Daughter of the deceased and surviving executrix named in the said Will Corioham (?) Administration was granted of all and singular the Goods Chattels and credits of the said deceased having been first sworn duly to administer