Will of George Clarke, draper, 1757

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I George Clarke of Winslow in the County of Bucks Draper Give and devise unto my Uncle Thomas King of Nash in the County of Bucks Gentleman my Kinsman Richard Stevens of Granborough in the County of Bucks Gentleman and Ferdinando Southam of Winslow in the County of Bucks Gentleman All my real and personal Estate To hold to them their heirs Executors and Administrators Upon this special Trust that they forthwith after my decease make Sale thereof and dispose of the money arising thereby First by paying my debts and reimbursing themselves all such Charges they shall be at or put unto in and about the Execution of the Trust hereby in them reposed And in the next place by paying to my Sisters Hannah Clarke and Sarah Eyres Ten pounds apiece and to my Nephews David Eyres and George Eyres Ten pounds apiece when they shall attain their respective Ages of Twentyone years and in the last place by paying the residue thereof to my Nephew Matthew Eyres when he shall attain his age of twenty one years And my Desire is that my Trustees and Executors  hereinafter named do place out at Interest the moneys before given to David George and Matthew Eyres in the best manner they can and the produce arising therefrom to apply the same towards their maintenance untill they shall arrive at their respective ages of twenty one years And Lastly I do hereby appoint the said Thomas King Richard Stevens and Ferdinando Southam joint Executors and Trustees of this my Will In Witness whereof I have hereunto Sett my hand and Seal this Third Day of January One thousand Seven hundred and fifty seven

George Clarke

Signed sealed published and declared by the said George Clarke the Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names as Witnesses thereto in the presence of the said Testator and in the presence of each other
Wm Hobbs       
Stevn. Gibbs     
Matthew Hobbs

[Probate 21 April 1757]
Thomas King only acting Trustee and Executor sworn before me
Jno Rawbone   Surrogate


George was the son of Matthew and Mary Clark(e), bap. 6 Oct 1712. Matthew Clarke was also a draper; see his inventory (1731). George Clarke's death was soon followed by his nephew's (Matthew Eyre, 1759) and his sisters' (Sarah Betty Eyre, 1760 and Hannah Clarke, 1761; another sister, Mary, died in 1753). His business seems to have been at 4 High Street, where he acquired the tenancy in 1741 (Manor court, 1741).

George was the grandson and co-executor of Ann Clarke of Nash (will proved 1755).

Copyright 21 April, 2023