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Mingo - from Servant to Lighthouse Keeper
PROB 11/325, q. 144


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In the name of God Amen
I Sir William Batten of London Knight being in good health of body & of sound and perfect mynd memory and understanding (praised be Almighty God) doe make ordaine publish and declare thro my last will and Testament [.....]
[.....] after my decease Item I give and bequeath unto my grandchild Mary Leming the like somme of Tenne pounds to buy her a ring to bee paid within the said space of Twelve monethes next after my decease
Item I give and bequeath unto my Grandchild William Castle the like somme of Tenne pounds to be paid within the said space of Twelve monethes next after my decease Item I give and bequeath unto my sister Martha Bradford the somme of five pounds of like money to be paid within the said space of Twelve monethes next after my decease Item I give and bequeath to Thomas Wilson and James Norman To each of them fiftie shillings a piece Item I give and bequeath to my servante Mingoe a Negroe That now dwelleth with mee the somme of Tenne pounds to be paid within Twelve monethes next after my decease And I doe alsoe give unto him the said Mingoe the Custody and keeping of my Light houses Att Harwich, and the somme of Twenty pounds a yeare of lawfull money of England during the Terme of his naturall life for his paines therein Item I give and bequeath to my two maid servants Rachell Underhill and Martha Peake the somme of Tenne poundes a piece of like lawfull money be paid within the said space of Twelve monethes next after my decease Item I give and bequeath unto the poor of the parish of Walthamstow aforesaid The somme of Twenty shillings a yeare for and during the Terme of seaven yeares next after my decease to be distributed amongst them by the Churchwardens and overseers of the poore of the said parish; And whereas the Kings most excellent Maiesty by his Highnes letter Pattens under the greate Seale of England bearing date at Westminster the fower and Twentieth day of December in the sixteenth yeare of his highnesses reigne hath given and granted to me the said Sir William Batten my executors administrators and assignes free Liberty Lissence and power and authority to make build erect and set up continewe renewe maintayne upon a certaine peece or parcell of ground granted by the Inhabitants of Harwich in the County of Essex aforesaid to me the said Sir William Batten two convenient Light houses or Beacons with Lights to be continually burning in the night season, And the same to Change remove and alter upon the said ground as occasion shall require for and during the Terme of Threescore and one yeares And to be demand collecte have and take of and for every Ship Hoy Barke Crayer Katch or other vessell that shall passe that way Laden, at Newcastle, or Sunderland the somme of one halfe penny upon every tunne according to the burthen of the ship or vessell And one halfe penny upon every tunne of all other English shipps and vessells passing by the said Lighthouses And one penny upon every tunne of all strangers shipps vessells and Bottomes as shall happen to passe thereby And shall put into any porte Rode or harbor of the Realme although they doe not unloade and discharge any goods there [...]


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