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Will of William Clinch, Haberdasher of Ebbisham. 1705.


In the name of God Amen this 17th day of November Anno Domini 1705 and in the fourth year of the reign of our sovereign Lady Anne by the grace of God Queen of England etc I William Clinch of Ebbisham in the County of Surrey citizen and haberdasher of London being in health of body and of sound and perfect mind and memory, God be praised, considering the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the time when, do make and declare this my present Testament to be my last Will in manner following, that is to say; 


First and principally, I commend my soul to the hands of Almighty God my maker and Jesus Christ my blessed Saviour and Redeemer through whose precious death and passion I trust and firmly believe to receive full and free pardon and forgiveness of all my sins and life everlasting. 


My body I commit to the Earth to be interned in such decent manner as my executrix hereafter named shall think fit. 


And as for and touching such worldly estate as God of his mercy hath bestowed upon me I give and dispose of the same as followeth, that is to say; 


First, I give devise and bequeath unto my son William Clinch and to the heirs of his body lawfully to be begotten and for default of such issue to my daughter Eleanor Clinch her heirs and assigns for ever all that my two messuages or tenements or dwelling houses with the land and appurtenances thereunto belonging now in the possession or occupation of Henry Parkhurst and [    ] Preden situate and lying and being in Ebbisham in the County of Surrey aforesaid. 


Item, I give devise and bequeath unto my daughter Eleanor Clinch and the heirs of her body lawfully to be begotten and for default of such issue to my son William Clinch his heirs and assigns for ever all that piece or parcel of land containing one acre or thereabouts with the messuages tenements or dwelling houses there upon built and all and every the appurtenances which is let by lease to John Elmer situate lying and being in Ebbisham aforesaid. 


Item, I give and bequeath unto my son William Clinch and to the heirs of his body lawfully to be begotten and for default of such issue to my daughter Eleanor Clinch her heirs and assigns for ever all that my messuage or tenement commonly called or known by the name or sign of the Red Lyon with the land and appurtenances there unto belonging now in the occupation of John Hollier situate lying and being in Dorking in the County of Surrey aforesaid, chargeable nevertheless and I do hereby charge the said messuage or tenement land and premises in Dorking aforesaid with the payment of one annuity or yearly sum of £20 per annum to be paid clear of all taxes and charges to my son Charles Clinch for and during the term of his natural life quarterly at the four usual quarter days for payment of rent by even and equal portions, the first payment thereof to begin and be made at such of the said quarterly days as shall happen next and immediately after my decease. And for non-payment thereof I do give my said son Charles Clinch full power from time to time to enter into the possession of the said messuage or tenement lands and premises at Dorking aforesaid charged with the payment thereof and from thereforth to receive and take the rents and profits thereof until the said yearly sum of £20 and all arrears thereof be fully paid. 


Item, I give and bequeath unto my son William Clinch and to the heirs of his body lawfully to be begotten, and for default of such issue to my said daughter Eleanor Clinch her heirs and assigns for ever, all that my messuage tenement or dwelling house with the land and appurtenances thereunto belonging now in the tenure or occupation of the widow Charwood and of John Webster, situate lying and being at Walton on the Hill in the County of Surrey 


Item, I give and bequeath unto my loving wife Susanna Clinch and her heirs and assigns for ever all that half acre of land with the appurtenances which I bought of Henry Clayton situate lying and being in Ebbisham aforesaid near my dwelling house ***** 


And my will is that all and every my money, plate, leaf and goods, chattels and personal estate whatsoever after my debts paid and funeral charges defrayed shall be divided into three equal parts or shares, one full and equal third part whereof I give to my wife for her part and share thereof according to the customs of the City of London, one other full and equal third part or share thereof I give unto my children Charles Clinch and William Clinch and Eleanor Clinch to be equally divided between them share and share alike for their part and share according to the customs of the City of London my eldest daughter Katherine Kinsman having already received her portion and being already by me fully advanced in marriage, and the other third part which is in my own disposal according to the customs of the said City I give and bequeath to my said wife. 


And I do make and ordain my said loving wife Susanna Clinch full and sole executrix of this my will. 


Lastly I do revoke all former Wills by me at any time heretofore made and do publish and declare this my present Testament to be my last will. 


In witness whereof I have to this my last will and Testament set my hand and seal the day and year first above written. 


William Clinch 


Signed sealed published and delivered by the said testator for and as his last will and Testament in the presence of us who in his presence have subscribed our names. 


Lawrence Martin 


John Mare 


John Wing 


Probate in Surrey 7th June 1706 by Susanna Clinch, widow, Relict and Executrix.







Last updated 18 November 2013