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Richard Houlditch 1759
Soho, London

I Richard Houlditch of Dean Street Soho, Esqr Do make this my last will and testament in manner following First I give unto my cousin Sarah Baldwin wife of the Reverend William Baldwin the sum of one hundred pounds to be paid to her own hands or as she shall solely direct and her receipt to be discharge of the same

Item I give to Mary Thompson of Mills Coffee House Garrard Street widow the sum of 100 guineas Item I give unto my man servant Thomas Lightfoot all my wearing apparel New and Old Linen and Woolen and also the sum of 100 pounds (If living with me at the time of my decease)

Item I will that my legacies be paid forthwith and I give all the rest and residue of my personal estate and also all my freehold estate whatsoever unto my nieces Mss. Jane & Ann Jarman daughters of my sister Francis and her husband William Jarman, and my niece Mary Rayne daughter of the Reverend Mr. Rayne by my sister Mary and appoint the said William Jarman and Mr. Rayne executors of this my will revoking all former wills and declaring this to be my last as witness my hand and seal this 17 day of September one thousand seven hundred fifty-nine the mark of Richard Houlditch signed sealed and published and declared by the said testator to be his last will and testament in the presence of us who have signed our names as witness thereto in his presence Thomas Howard, Kathn Snelling, Hannah Arthur

This will was proved at London the 18th day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred fifty-nine before the worshipful Arthur Collier Doctor of Laws Surrogate of the right worshipful Edward Simpson Doctor of Laws and Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the oaths of William Jarman and the Reverend Thomas Rayne both the executors named in the said will to whom administration was granted of all and singular the goods, chattels and credits having been first sworn duly to administer.

Richard Houlditch will (1759), Prerogative Court of Canterbury PROB/11/849, image 579, National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, downloaded from