In the Name of God Amen
I Ann Raymond of the parish of Saint John in Southwark in the County of Surrey Widow being of a sound mind and memory God be praised do make publish and declare these presents to be and contain my last Will and Testament as followeth and first I commend my soul to God who gave it and my body I commit to thouist from whom it came and concning the disposal of such worldly goods and estate as the Lord hath been pleased to bestow upon me I order give and bequeath the same in manner following that is to say I give and bequeath unto my son Michael Raymond sixty pounds of lawful money of Great Britain to be paid to him at my decease and I also give unto my said son Michael Raymond one silver tankard marked J R S one pint cup having two handles three silver spoons marked M R and two gold rings one plain and one a seal ring and also two pair holland sheets one large diaper table cloth and one smaller diaper table cloth and bell mettal pott two saute pans one large and one small six pewter dishes and twelve pewter plates and also all my wearing apparel except my wearing linnen and I give and bequeath unto my grandson John Hayes the sum of twenty pounds of lawful money of Great Britain to be paid to at my decease and I give and bequeath unto my great grand daughter Mary Hayes one quart silver cup and after my just debts are paid funeral expenses discharged and the legacies hereinbefore given by me are well and truely paid and performed I give devise and bequeath all the rest residue and remainder of my goods chattels credits and all other my estate whatsoever both real and personal unto my daughter Mary Hayes of the parish of Saint Mary Magdalen Bermondsey widow and I constitute and appoint my said daughter Mary Hayes and my said grandson John Hayes to be joint executors of this my will revoking all former wills by me heretofore made in witness whereofto the said Ann Raymond have to this my last will and testament set my hand and and seal the twelfth day of August in the year of Lord Christ one thousand seven hundred and forty eight the mark of Ann Raymond --- signed sealed published and declared by the said Ann Raymond as and for her only last will and testament in the presence of us the mark of Kezia Lowthorp Abr'm Harman notary publ. in Shad Thames.
THIS WILL was proved at London the eighth day of February in the year of our Lord seven hundred and forty nine before the Worshipful Robert Chapman Doctor of Laws surrogate of the Right Worshipful John Bottesworth also Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully consituted by the oath of Mary Hayes widow the daughter one of the executors 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 duly to administer power reserved to make the like grant to John Hayes the grandson and other executor when he shall apply for the same.
TRANSCRIBER NOTE: The will suggests in 1749 Ann Raymond may have had only two surviving children - a son Michael and a daughter Mary Hayes whose husband was deceased, and that Mary had a son John Hayes who had married and had an unmarried daughter named Mary.
In the years ahead as more transcriptions of Southwark church parish records become available it should become possible to ascertain further details of her family. At 2008 the IGI listed a John & Anne (sic) Raymond as having had a daughter Anne baptised at St. Olave, Southwark in 1705 and a son Michael on 17 Sep 1712. However no baptism of a daughter Mary was listed or a marriage of a Mary Raymond to a Mr. Hayes. As the will maker Ann Raymond had a son Michael it seems likely she was the Anne Raymond who was mother of 1705 Anne and 1712 baptised Michael and thus her deceased husband had been John Raymond. On the other hand the "M R" engraved on the spoons bequeathed to son Michael might suggest the given name of her late husband was Michael. The "J R S" engraved on the tankard may have been the initials of Ann's father or her husband John. It may have been Ann's father's christening mug indicating he had a surname beginning with "S". However the initials can also be read as "J. R.'s", indicating that it had been a possession of a "J. R." and used in a context where possession was relevant, who may have been the John Raymond who was Anne's husband or perhaps even that John's father. In those days a regular patron of a public house, such as the today rebuilt but substantially unchanged in appearance since the sixteenth century, Anchor pub on the river at Banksend would likely have had a silver tankard held by the publican for their exclusive useage - silver having natural antiseptic properties. For useage identification purposes it could have been inscribed with his initials. A possible scenario placing it in the hands of his widow may be that after his demise it was presented by the publican to the widow with condolences and kept by her as a memento to in due course be passed onto a surviving son.
Witness Abraham Harman would have been a public notary living in Shad Thames - a riverside street located just east of Tower Bridge. As evidenced by the apprentice bindings records of the Company of Watermen and Lightermen, that have a Thomas Raymond as apprenticed as a lighterman to Thomas Lowethorpe at Southwark on 13 Feb. 1777, the surname of the other will witness Kezia Lowthorp was also spelt - Lowethorpe.
As the will was probated prior to 1752, when the year number still advanced each Ladye Day the 25th March instead of from then the 1st January, the conversion to today's reckoning adds one year making the probate year now 1750 instead of 1749.
Transcribed Jan. 2008 by John G. Raymond, Brisbane, OLD., Australia
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