National Archives Reference PROB 11/825
In the name of God Amen, I Charles BEAUMONT of Ipswich in the County of Suffolk Clerk do make this my last Will in the following manner. Imprimis I give to my dear Wife Elizabeth Beaumont all my personal estate whatever on the following conditions. 1st she pays all my debts and funeral charges 2nd that she pays to my sister Venn fifty pounds within 12 months after my death and do give my Brothers Edward VENN and Robert BEAUMONT all my printed Books to be parted between them equally and procure all my written sermons to be burnt. I do appoint my said Wife my sole executor of this my will in confirmation of which I have hereunto set my hand this twenty eighth day of August in the year of our Lord 1751. Charles BEAUMONT. This is all written with my own hand. C BEAUMONT.
Appeared personally John SPARROWE of Ipswich in the County of Suffolk Esquire and Lott KNIGHT of the same place Gentleman and by virtue of their corporate oaths depose that they knew and were acquainted with the said Reverend Charles BEAUMONT late of Ipswich aforesaid Clerk deceased and with his manner and character of handwriting for several years before and at the time of his death having often seen him write and they these deponents having carefully viewed and perused the paper writing hereunto annexed purporting to be the Last Will and testament of the said deceased beginning thus “In the name of God Amen I Charles BEAUMONT of Ipswich in the County of Suffolk Clerk” and ending thus “This is all written in my own hand C BEAUMONT” do verily and in their consciences believe the same to be totally wrote and subscribed by the proper hand of the said Charles BEAUMONT deceased. John SPARROWE Lott KNIGHT on the twenty second day of November in the year of our Lord 1756, the said John SPARROWE and Lott KNIGHT were sworn to the truth of this affidavit before Thomas Bishop Commissioner.
This Will was proved at London before the Right Honourable Sir George Lee KNIGHT Doctor of Law Master Keeper or Commissioner of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted the twenty fourth day of November in the year our Lord 1756 by oath of Elizabeth BEAUMONT widow the relict of the deceased and executrix named in the said Will to whom Administration was granted of all singular the goods chattels and credits of the said deceased having been first sworn by the Commissioner only to administer.
Transcript Copyright Marcus Bateman 2005