Gustavus Vassa Provides for His Family
PROB 10/3372

Gustavus Vassa
Gustavus Vassa Esq Signed Sealed Published and declared by the above named Gustavus Vassa as and for his last Will and Testament in the Presence of us who at his request and in his Presence have subscribed our Names as Witnesses thereto,

Eliz[abe]th Melliora Cross No. 9 Adam Street J Gillham No 9 Adam Street Adelphi, George Streetin Clerke to Mr Gillham.
In the Name of God Amen I Gustavus Vassa of Addle Street Aldermanbury in the City of London Gentleman being sound in mind and Body and in perfect health and firm in my belief of a future state in the death and Corruption of the Body and hopeful in the rise of the Soul depending in the Mercy of God my Creator for forgiveness of my Sins Give Devise and Bequeath unto my Friends John Audley and Edward Jud both of Cambridge Esquires All my real and personal Estate of what Nature Kind or sort soever either in possession reversion remainder or expectancy (and which Estate and Property I have dearly earned by the sweat of my Brow in some of the most remote and adverse Corners of the whole world to solace those I leave behind me) To Hold to them the said John Audley and Edward Jud their Executors Administrators and Assigns In Trust that they the said John Audley and Edward Jud shall and do receive and take the produce and profits arising from my Estate both real and personal and apply the same or a sufficient part thereof towards the Board Maintenance and Education of my two infant daughters Ann Maria and Johanna Vassa until they shall respectively attain their respective Ages of Twenty one years Then Upon this further Trust that from and after their Attaining their said Age of Twenty one years equally to be divided between them share and share alike but if either of them shall happen to die then I give and bequeath the share of her so dying to the survivor of them but in case of the decease of both my Children before they arrive at their said Age of Twenty one years then and in that case I give devise and bequeath the whole of my Estate and Effects hereinbefore given One Moiety thereof to the Treasurer and Directors of the Sierra Leona Company for the Use and Benefit of the School established by the said Company at Sierra Leona and the other Moiety thereof to the Treasurer and directors of the Society instituted at the Spa Fields Chapel on the twenty second day of September one thousand seven hundred and ninety five for sending Missionaries to preach the Gospel in Foreign Parts I Do hereby Give and Bequeath unto the said John Audley and Edward Jud the Sum of ten pounds each And I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint the said John Audley and Edward Jud Executors of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking and making void all and every other Will and Wills at any time heretofore by me made and do declare this to be my last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal this Twenty Eighth day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety six,
  The Schedule or Inventory of the Principal Part of my Estate and Effects which I am possessed of at the time of making this my Will

Two Acres of Copyheld pasture Ground with the Appurtenances thereunto belonging situate lying and being in Sutton and Mepal in the Isle of Ely and County of Cambridge which devolves to me my Heirs or Assigns after the decease of Mrs Ann Cullen of Fordham in Cambridgeshire by the last Will and Testament of my late Wife Susanna Vassa And I have Mrs Cullen's Bond for one Quarter of her Worth

One Annuity of James Parkinson Esquire of the Leverian Museum Blackfriars road in the County of Surrey of the yearly value of Twenty six Pounds thirteen shillings and Eight pence

One other Annuity of Francis Fokes and Frances his Wife of Pleasant Passage neare Mother Red Caps Hampstead Road in the County of Middlesex of the yearly value of Fifty Eight pounds two shillings and Eight pence

One other annuity of Mrs Ann Leyboun of Westwell in the county of Oxford of the yearly value of one hundred pounds all payable Quarterly

Three hundred pounds secured to me by an Assignment of the Lease of Plaisterers Hall situate in Addle Street No. 25 in the City of London

Sundry Household Goods and Furniture wearing apparel and printed Books at present on the premises at Plaisterers Hall The Sum of Three hundred pounds at present undisposed of and such other Property as I may in future accumulate

I do hereby desire my Executors to insure the Lives on which the several Annuities are granted at the Assurance Office in Bridge Street Blackfriars

The Deeds of which Estate are lodged in the possession of James Gillham Attorney No. 9 Adam Street Adelphi or with Messrs Down Thornton and Comp[an]y Bankers Bartholomew Lane in the City of London,

Gustavus Vassa Witnesses Eliz[abe]th Melliora Cross J[ame]s Gillham, George Streetin Cl[er]k to Mr Gillham
  [note at side of schedule]

The Will
hereto annexed was proved at London with a Cod[ici]l 8th April 1797 before the Worshipful Charles Coote Doctor of Laws & Surrogate by the Oaths of John Audley and Edward Jud Esq[ui]res the Executors to whom Adm[inistrati]on was granted having been first sworn duly to Adm[iniste]r.

[notes at the end]

John Audley and Edward Jud Esq[ui]res the Executors named in this will were duly sworn to the truth thereof as also to the Codicil thereto and that the whole of the Personal Estate of the deceased will not amount to the sum of Two thousand pounds.

          before me

                      C Cook Surr[ogate[

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