Will dated 1737 Proven 1747
The National Archives of the UK (TNA) Reference – PROB 11/759 SIG 38 1748 FEB MDX
In the Name of God Amen.
I Josias BERNERS of London Apothecary being of sound Mind Memory and Understanding Do make and declare this to be my last Will and Testament in the following manner.
And first I will my Body be decently and privately buried at the discretion of my executrix hereinafter named.
I likewise desire that all my debts and funeral charges be paid and discharged in the first place.
And I do hereby give and bequeath unto my loving wife Mary BERNERS all the rest residue and remainder of all my personal estate of what kind or nature so ever it be As well that part which I have a power by the custom of the City of London to dispose of as also that other part which my dear wife would be entitled to by the said custom.
And I make and appoint my said dear wife to be sole executrix of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all former and other Wills by me heretofore made In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this fifteenth day June 1737 Josias BERNERS – Signed and Seal Published and declared by the said Testator to be his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in the said Testators presence subscribed our names as Witnesses thereunto Philippa ANCELL of Clerkenwell STAFFORD Squire of Furnivals Inn, James ASKOY Servant to Mr BERNERS.
This Will was proved at London before the Lordshipfull Robert CHAPMAN Doctor of Laws Surrogate of the Right Lordshipfull John BETTESWORTH also Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted on the nineteenth day of February in the year of our Lord One thousand Seven Hundred and Forty Seven by the oath of Mary BERNERS Widow the Relict of the deceased and sole Executrix named in the said Will To whom Administration was granted of all and singular the Goods Chattels and Credits of the said deceased being first sworn only to Administer.