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Will of Benjamin Long, vintner of St Paul Covent Garden. 1684.

In the name of God Amen

The seventh day of November in the five and thirtieth year of the reign of our sovereign Lord Charles II [1], I Benjamin Long of the parish of St Paul Covent Garden in the County of Middlesex, vintner, being sick in body but of sound mind and memory do make and publish this my last Will and Testament 

First, I humbly resign my soul to the mercy of God and I give and bequeath unto my dear sister Mrs Deborah Long [2] £100 and £100 to her first child the said £200 to be raised out of my real and personal estate after my debts are paid 

And I give all my houses, leases, real and personal estate whatsoever to my dear brother James Long, his heirs, executors and assigns for ever 

And I make him sole executor of this my will 

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written

Benjamin Long 

Signed sealed and published by the said Benjamin Long and attested in his presence by 

Edward Miller 

Mary Rushton

Elizabeth Holmes

William Andrews 

Probate in London by James Long 21 February 1684


1. Note that this dates the reign of Charles II as starting from the end of the reign of Charles I, not from 1660 when Charles II returned, i.e. dated 7 Nov 1684.

2. There is some uncertainty about this Deborah. He had such a sister but her estimated age would make any children quite unlikely. Also, to refer to her as "Mrs" Long suggests a lady of some years. Alternatively "sister" is being used generously and she was actually wife of one of his brothers.

Last updated 17 December 2012