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- Newcomb, Robert Squirrel, draper of St Osyth, 1843
- Newcomb, Thomas, blacksmith of Tendring, 1762
- Nichols, William, shopkeeper of Wix, 1821
- Nicholson, William, butcher of Kirby, 1753
- Nunn, Edmund, yeoman of Rivenhall, 1759
- Nunn, Francis, yeoman of Pebmarsh, 1740
- Nunn, Joseph of Bures Hamlet, 1758
- Nunn, Joseph, gentleman of Mistley, 1782
Newcomb, Robert Squirrel, draper of St Osyth, 1843
I give the sum of Fifty Pounds sterling to the New Wesleyan Chapel, Harwich in the County of Essex. I give Fifty Pounds to the Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society.
I give to my affectionate Brother William, all my Freehold Property in the Parish of Tendering in the County of Essex, consisting of Five Cottages, a Blacksmith’s Shop, and Building attached thereto – subject to a Mortgage of £240 held by Mr Brookes of Weeley And a Note of hand £75 held by John Bird of Tendering in the said County of Essex.
I give to my affectionate Brother James all my Freehold and Copyhold Estate in the Parish of St Osyth in the County of Essex, and with him to pay my beloved Mother Hannah Newcomb, out of the above Estate the sum of Twenty Pounds a year for the term of her natural life. I also give to my Brother James all my Property employed in the Business now carried on by the Firm of Robert Squirrel & James Newcomb in the Parish of St Osyth in the County of Essex.
I give to my beloved Sister Margery Cushion the sum of Twelve Pounds per annum for the term of her natural life, to be paid Quaterly by my Brother James Newcomb.
I give all my Books to be equally divided among my Brothers and Sisters.
I give to my affectionate Brother Joseph Newcomb the sum of Fifty Pounds as my Executor to be paid to him by my Brother James. I wish my Funeral expenses to be paid by my Brother James Newcomb.
Executors: brothers Joseph, James and William
Witnesses: W. Booth, Jas Dunnett.
Written 10 March 1843, probate 30 Jun 1843.
ERO ref: D/ABW 136/1/51
Newcomb, Thomas, blacksmith of Tendring, 1762
First my intention is, and I do hereby Give and Bequeath to my two Grand Daughters Sarah Allen and Rebekah Allen, Daughters of my Daughter Sarah Gill, £50 each of them by my Executors as they shall severally and respectively attain their full age of 21 . And in case either of my Grand-Daughters above named shall die before She attains her full age of 21, that then the Share of her so Dying shall be paid to the surviving sister. Also in Case both them should die before they attain their full age that then the £100 shall be Divided equally among all those of my Daughter Gills children as shall at that time be living.
Item: I give and bequeath to my Grandson Thomas Newcomb £10 to be paid him by my Executors within one year next after my decease towards putting him Apprentice. But if not put Apprentice then to be paid him when he shall attain his full age of 21. And in case he shall die before that time, then the said £10 shall be equally divided among all those of my Son Thomas Newcomb’s Children as shall at that time be living.
Item: I Give and Bequeath to my Daughter Sarah Gill and my Daughter-in-law Sarah Thompson each, the sum of one Shilling of Lawful money to be paid them by my Executors when demanded.
Also all my wearing apparel I Give and Bequeath to my son William for his particular use.
Item: I Order and Direct that all my Goods and Chattels shall be all sold immediately after my decease and the Monies from thence arising and all other my monies and personal Estate whatsoever and wheresoever (after my Just Debts and Legacies above mentioned are all fully paid and discharged) shall be divided equally among or between my sons Samuel Newcomb and William Newcomb share and share alike.
Item: I Give and Bequeath to my Son William Newcomb all the rents Issues profits and Income of all that my Messuage or Tenement Shop with their and every of their Appurtenances now in my own Occupation in Tendring aforesaid and during all the term of his Natural Life. But my Mind and Will is, and I do hereby impower my Executors to Lett the same Tenement and Receive the Rents of the said premises in Behalf and favour of my said son William and pay the same Rent to him at such times and in such manner as they shall Judge most convenient for him for his Real Good.
And further my will is that after the death of my said son William Newcomb I Order and Direct that all the abovesaid Tenement Shop and their appurtenances to the same belonging shall be Sold by my Executors for the best price they can get, and the monies from thence ariseing I Give and dispose as follows (that is) I give to my Son Samuel Newcomb £20, to my Grand Daughter Mary Littlewood £20, and to my Grandson Thomas Newcomb £20, all the Remainder of the said sale of the House shall be divided equally between Sarah Newcomb Joseph Newcomb and Rebekah Newcomb (Children of my Son Thomas Deceased) share and share alike to be paid to them within one month next after my Executors receive the same.
And lastly I constitute nominate and appoint my Friend Francis Wilson of Tendring aforesaid and my Friend Thomas Simpson of Beaumont in the County abovesaid to be joint Executors.
Witnesses: Daniel Chiles, Isabella Chiles, Joseph Newcomb.
Written: 18th Oct 1759, proved 11th December 1762
Nichols, William of Wix, shopkeeper, 1821
I give and bequeath unto my Son George Nichols the sum of one Shilling
I give and bequeath unto my Cousin John Nichols of East Bergholt in the County of Suffolk Victualler and to Mr Thomas Scrivener of Manningtree in the said County of Essex Shopkeeper (whom I hereby appoint Executors of this my Will) £5 each
And subject to the payment of the aforesaid Legacies I give and bequeath All and singular my Household Goods and Furniture of Household plate Linen and China, Stock in Trade ready money, Securities for Money, and all and every other my personal Estate and Effects whatsoever and wheresoever and of what Nature kind or Quality soever whereof
or wherein for any person or persons In trust for me am is or are or shall or may at the time of my decease be possessed of interested in or intitled to, unto and to be divided between my two Daughters Elizabeth and Mary in equal Parts Shares and proportions.
Witnesses: Wm S Chapman Att at Law Manningtree, Jno Ham
Written 21 May 1813, proved 14 May 1821. William Nichols died 1 Feb 1821 in Wix.
ERO Ref: D/ACW 40/4/14
Nicholson, William of Kirby, butcher, 1753
To daughter Elizabeth Nicholson: £150. When of age or on her marriage, to be paid by my wife (my executrix).
To daughters Elizabeth Nicholson and Martha Banes: lands, tenements and messuages in Kirby & my part of a tenement in Thorpe – a public house or inn called the Maid’s Head. To be equally divided between them.
To my wife Martha the above properties for her natural life
Witnesses: Thos. Nicholson, Chas. Manyon, Eliz. Mootam x
Written: 12th November 1753, proved 28th May 1754
ERO ref: D/APsW 1/138
Nunn, Edmund of Rivenhall, yeoman, 1759
To my wife Ann Nunn £160 to be paid as mentioned below. Until the sum is to be paid, she is to receive an annuity of £8 to be paid out of my personal estate.
Rest and residue of my personal estate (ready money, securities, stocks of my farm etc) to be equally divided between my sons and daughters: Ann Nunn, Margaret Newton Nunn, Joseph Nunn, Jeffery Nunn, Susanna Nunn, Jane Nunn.
My execs to continue the business of my farm for the benefit of my children until the youngest is 21. At that point, the rest and residue of my personal estate to be appraised and after payment of abovementioned £160, to be divided between my children then living.
If my wife remarries or chooses not to carry on the business of the farm until my youngest child’s majority, her yearly payment of £8 will cease, and the payment of £160 to be made to her within three months.
If any of my daughters marry before the youngest daughter reaches her majority, the daughter marrying will receive £35 (the amount to be taken out of her later share).
Execs: my son Joseph Nunn, my wife Ann Nunn (my son Jeffery Nunn to become joint exec if Ann remarries or decides not to carry on the business of the farm).
Witnesses: John French, Benj. Beart
Written: 7th June 1759, proved: 21st July 1759
ERO ref: D/ABW 99/3/54
Nunn, Francis of Pebmarsh, yeoman, 1740
To my wife Mary Plum for her natural life: malting office, lands and buildings in Bures St. Mary’s, Suffolk (now in several tenures of Thomas Nunn, Hinds (widow) and Wass); tenement etc. recently rebuilt (late of John Dosly?) in Halstead, Essex (now in several tenures of Edward Cooper and Thomas Miller). After her death, to be sold by my executor Joseph Nunn, and the proceeds to be divided between my children (at the rate of £5 per son, £3 per daughter – children are not named except Henry, below).
Also to my wife Mary Plum: £20
To my son Henry Nunn: £10 over and above the portion given to the rest of my children, if I have not given it to him before my decease.
Executor and executrix to sell my cottage called Perches Garden in Halstead, now in occupation of John Godfrey and Frances Ellis (widow). To be paid as in same proportion as above to sons and daughters (after payment of legacies of £10 and £20 as above).
The legacies to my children (except Henry’s £10) to be put out at interest for the maintenance of my children until they reach 21.
Execs: wife Rose Plum, brother Joseph Nunn.
Witnesses: Geo. Brooke, Samuel Will, H. Godfrey.
Written: 6th February 1739/40, proved: 4th April 1740.
ERO ref: D/AMW 15/1/3
Nunn, Joseph of Bures Hamlet, 1758
All messuages etc in Bures Hamlet, where Thomas Webber and James Frost jnr now dwell to my nephew Joseph Nunn of Mistley Hall.
Executors to sell my farmhouse, freehold and copyhold lands etc in Chappell/Poulebright, now in the occupation of Thomas Brand, and all other my real estate not otherwise
bequeath, farming stock, implements etc.
To Sarah Nunn, widow of my brother Philip Nunn: £100
To my brother Henry Nunn: £100
To Margaret Newton Nunn, daughter of my nephew Edmund Nunn: £20
To my cousin Susan Ward, daughter of James Ward: £5
Whereas I have heretofore given all my nephews and nieces £40 each to advance them in the world, except Rachel Smith who received £10, I therefore bequeath her a further sum of £30.
Executives to retain £60 from the sale to pay to my brother Robert Nunn in instalments. If he dies before all the instalments have been paid, then the remainder is to go into the residue of the estate.
Executives: my nephew Joseph Nunn of Mistley and my cousin George Turner of Pebmarsh, receiving £50 for their trouble.
Residue: to all such children living at the time of my death of my brothers: Edmund, Francis, Philip, Henry and Robert and my sister Rose Moore, and to Mary Nunn and Rose Nunn, daughters of my late nephew Philip Nunn, and to the children of Mr. Robert Ray by his former wife (the daughter of my said brother Robert Nunn).
Written: 17th March 1758. Proved: 17th May 1758
Nunn, Joseph of Mistley, gentleman, 1782
To son Joseph Nunn: £500. “The reason why I do not given him an equal share with the rest of my sons is because his grandfather Henry Gardiner deceased hath amply provided for him and hath given the rest of my children nothing.”
To daughter Mary, wife of Samuel Risbee: £800
To daughter Elizabeth, wife of John Rogers of Manningtree: £800
To daughter Ann Nunn: £1,000
To son Henry Nunn: all copyhold messuage farm lands in Dovercourt, in occupation of William Chaser. £1,000.
To son Robert Nunn: copyhold messuage farm lands bought from Mr. Warren, containing 30 acres in Little Bentley, in his own occupation.
To son Thomas Nunn: all my freehold lands bought from Mr. Wass, containg 28 acres in Little Bentley, now in the occupation of my son Robert Nunn. Also all my tenements or cottages in the road between Manningtree and Mistley, now in the occupation of John Clarke, Robert Rose jnr and Benjamin Manning.
To son John Nunn: all messuage and farm with lands, hereditaments and copyhold in Wrabness and Wix, bought from John Warner, now in the occupation of Susan Richardson, widow (but charged with a payment of £500 to my son William Nunn).
To son William Nunn: messuage and farm in Little Clacton, free- and copyhold, now in the occupation of John Westbroome. All messuage tenements in Mistley bought from Ottway Jennings, now in the occupation of John Abbott jnr and Joseph Ely.
To cousin Joseph Nunn, Captain in the Navy: 10 guineas.
Rest and residue to be divided between my children.
Executors: sons Henry, Thomas and William Nunn.
Written: 20 Sep 1777.
Codicil: Son John has died since the 1777 will. The farmlands in Wix and Wrabness bequeathed to him are no longer in the occupation of Susan Richardson, but of son Thomas Nunn. This property now to be sold. From the sale of this property, £700 to go to son William. Rest and residue to be divided among my children.
Died at Mistley 6th April 1782. Proved: 26th April 1782
ERO ref: D/ABW 108/1/35