[NB: this will has sections of paper missing on the scanned version]
In the name of God Amen. I John Winch senior merchant and paymaster eta eta of Vellore eta eta in the Hon’ble Company’s Service finding myself in sound mind health & memory do now sit down to make my last will & testament hereby revoking all heretofore made by me [Imprimis] I request that at my decease my body be decently buried with as little expense as possible and that no money be foolishly squandered in erecting a tomb stone or monument ITEM that all my just debts be paid as soon as conveniently can after my decease ITEM that [ ] my domestic household servants be paid six [ ] as a small recompense for their [ ] ITEM I leave and bequeath to [my good friend] and [ ] [ ] [ ] the sum of pagodas two thousand [five hundred] on condition that he renders in [proper] [ ] to my executors and delivers over everything properly to my successor in employ and gives every assistance to explain matters to the military auditor general ITEM I will and bequeath to my good and virtuous friend Anna Maria Maly now wife of Ridway Ridgway Maly Lieutenant and [foil] adjutant of Vellore in the Hon.ble Company’s Service an annuity of six hundred pounds sterling (600£ per annum) to [commence] six months after my decease for her life and the issue from her body lawfully begotten in failure of which to revert to my heirs and I have to request that my very good friends Nathaniel Edward Kindersley Esquire and Thomas Cockburn Esqr will act as trustees for the said Anna Maria Maly so that the said annuity may be secured for her sole use and benefit and that it may be paid to her quarterly or half yearly as they may deem proper ITEM I also leave and bequeath to the aforesaid Anna Maria Maly the sum of one thousand pounds sterling (1000£) to enable her to pay her passage to Europe and I request my executors will not delay paying this sum LASTLY I will and bequeath after all the above have been executed to my brothers George and James the residue of my estates real and personal and I hereby appoint and nominate my brothers George and James my sole heirs and executors and I have no doubt but they will see this my last will and testament put in execution agreeable to its true meaning without squabbling or disputing the whole of this written by me in the Fort of Vellore this eighth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety six – John Wynch – We the undersigned witness that John Wynch has signed and sealed on the opposite side declaring it to be his last will & testament Vellore 8th March 1796 – Ed Collins – R.M. Wynn
John Wynch died 28/6/1797 at Vellore (Paymaster of the Vellore Garrison)
This will was proved at London the twenty sixth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety nine before the worshipful Charles Coote Doctor of Laws Surrogate of the Right Honourable Sir William Wynne Knight also Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the oath of George Wynch Esquire the brother of the deceased and one of the executors named in the said will to whom administration was granted of all and [particular] the goods chattels and credits of the said deceased having been first sworn duly to admininster power reserved of making the like grant to James Wynch the brother of the said deceased another executor named in the said will [ ]
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