In the name of God Amen. I JOHN WINCH of Lowbrooks otherways called Hill Place in the Parish of Bray in the County of Berks yeoman being of sound and disposing mind and memory praised be Almighty God for the same do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say First I commit and commend my soul into the hands of Almighty God my Creator hoping thro’ the merits of Jesus Christ my Redeemer to have free pardon and remission of all my sins and to inherit eternal life my body I commit to the earth to be decently buried in such Christian like manner as to my executrix hereinafter named shall deem meet and as to that worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased Almighty God to bless me I give and dispose thereof as followeth. First I give devise and bequeath unto my loving wife Hannah Winch and to her heirs all that messuage or tenement with the appurtenances thereunto belonging commonly called Gregorys situate standing and being in the parish of White Waltham aforesaid in the County of Berks and now in the occupation of [illegible] Southey and also all that my meadow & arable lying and being in the parish of Finchampstead (which descended to me on the death of my brother William) in the said County of Berks and now in the occupation of [illegible] Hall I also give devise and bequeath unto my said wife Hannah Winch all that my estate at Lowbrooks in the Parish of Bray and County of Berks aforesaid formerly called Hill Place otherwise Hill Lands together with all the lands tenements hereditaments and appurtenances thereunto belonging and now in the tenure or occupation of Ambrose Cane his undertenants or assigns to hold to her my said wife for and during the term of her natural life she paying unto my daughter Susanna the wife of Richard Dell the yearly sum of ten pounds issuing and payable out of my estate at Lowbrooks aforesaid for and during the term of her natural life and to be paid by four quarterly payments the first paymt to be made within three months next after my decease and my will and meaning is that the said annuity so given to my said daughter shall be paid into her own hands and that her receipt for the same shall be a sufficient discharge and that her husband shall have nothing to do therewith and from and after the decease of my said wife Hannah Winch then I give devise and bequeath the said premises with their and every of their appurtenances (subject to the said annuity to my daughter) unto Peter Darwall of Ray Mill mealman Richard Cannon of Cannon Farm JohnSearle of North Town Willm Beard of Pinkneys Green and to Wm Small of the Parish of Bray aforesaid and to their heirs and assigns forever. I also give and bequeath unto my son John Winch the sum of ten pounds and to my daughter Susannah Dell the sum of seven pounds to buy mourning which said seven pounds my will is shall be paid into her own hands by my executrix within two months after my decease. All the rest of my estate of what nature or kind soever or wheresoever I give to my said wife Hannah Winch whom I do hereby nominate and appoint full and sole executrix of this my last will and testament In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the twenty third day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand even hundred and forty three – John Winch – Signed sealed published and declared by the testator as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who at his request and in his presence subscribed our names as witnesses hereto – Tho Darvill Richard Withall John Botterfield
Probate 9/4/1744 – This will was proved at London the ninth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and forty four before the worshipful William Strachan doctor of laws surrogate of the right worshipful John Bettesworth doctor of laws master keeper or commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the oath of Hannah Winch widow the relict of the said deceased and sole executrix in the said will named to whom administration was granted of all and singular the goods chattels and credits of the said deceased being first sworn duly to administer.
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