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Will of Mary Long, widow of St Paul, Covent Garden. 1674.


In the name of God Amen


I Mary Long of the parish of St Paul Covent Garden in the liberty of Westminster, widow, do make and ordain this my last will and Testament in manner and form following, viz:


First, I give my soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it and my body to the Earth from which it came to be decently interred in the parish churchyard aforesaid on the left side of the tomb of my dear husband William Long with as little charge of mourning as my Executors and Overseers shall see fit and convenient 


Also, I give and bequeath unto Henry and Joseph my two youngest sons all that parcel of land in Yorkshire near Ripon commonly called or known by the name of Sharoe being copyhold land now or lately in the tenure or occupancy of George Allanson 


Also, I give to my son William Long my messuage or tenement near adjoining unto the Kings Playhouse leading or passing into Bridges Street now in the tenure or occupation of widow Culpeper 


Also, I give and bequeath unto his unmarried daughters Deborah, Ann and Honour Long £300 apiece to be paid unto them as followeth viz: 


£100 apiece at the birth of the first child, £100 apiece more at the birth of the second child, provided that they marry with the advice of my executors and overseers or the more part of them 


Also, I give to my son John £50 to be paid unto him two years after my decease 


And to my son Richard I give a debt which he owed and forgive it, upon an account being near £300, provided he pay his brother John the £50 which I have hereby bequeathed unto him, but if he shall refuse to pay my son John the said £50 then I do desire my executors and overseers to sue him for the whole sum whatsoever my book shall make it appear to be and being recovered then they pay my son John his £50 and the overplus to be employed for and towards the payment of my debts 


Also, I give and bequeath unto all my daughters that are married and living after my decease five pounds apiece to buy them rings and to my son Richard's wife the like sum to be paid by my executors within one year next after my decease 


Also, I give and bequeath unto my son James Long the lease of my messuages or tenements in Marylebone with all the goods furniture and necessary utensils thereunto belonging they being appraised by two indifferent persons such as my overseers shall think fit and the money raised thereby to be employed towards the payment of my debts 


And my said son James I do order to pay unto my overseers until my debts and legacies shall be paid and satisfied £150 a year for the same besides the two landlords ground rents and if he shall refuse so to do then I do order and desire my overseers hereafter named to sell and make money of all the said goods chattels and utensils paying out of the same money so raised unto my son James £200, and he to deliver of these unto my overseers to dispose of peaceably and quietly


Also, I give and bequeath unto my son Benjamin Long all that my messuage or tenement in Covent Garden commonly called or known by the Rose Tavern with all shops, cellars and other things thereunto belonging, my goods, wines and plate to be appraised by two indifferent persons such as my overseers shall nominate and appoint and the money thereby made and raised to be paid to my overseers one half within one year next after my decease and the other half within two years after my decease and he to pay £120 a year and the Lord's rents until such time as my debts and legacies shall be paid. But if my said son Benjamin shall refuse to pay the said rent and take the goods as they shall be appraised by the persons nominated as aforesaid then the moneys so raised upon the said lease, goods, wines and plate to be sold and disposed of by my overseers and the money thereupon and thereby raised paid unto my overseers and they to pay my debts and ** ** falls thereof and to pay my son Benjamin £200, he peaceably and quietly leaving the same 


And I make my said sons James and Benjamin Long executors of this my last Will and Testament and Overseers hereof I make my brother-in-law James Long my brother William Hargrave, William Winterton, Richard Staley, Benjamin Ruston, and John Langston 


And I do give to every one of these my overseers 40 shillings apiece to buy them rings and to my brothers Henry and James Hargrave I give also 40 shillings apiece to buy them rings 


Mary Long 


Signed sealed and published in the presence of us 


Henry Hargrave 


Thomas King 


Probate in London by James Long and Benjamin Long 9 May 1674










Last updated 15 December 2012