Will of Hannah Clarke, spinster, 1761

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I Hannah Clarke of Winslow in the County of Bucks Spinster Give and Devise unto Stephen Gibbs of Winslow aforesaid Butcher and Victualer All my real and personal Estate To hold to him his Heirs Executors and Administrators Upon this Special Trust that after my Decease as soon as conveniently may be he make sale thereof & dispose of the money arising thereby First by reimbursing himself as such charges as he shall be at or put unto in and about the Execution of the Trusts hereby in him reposed and in the next place by paying the residue thereof to my Nephews David Eyres and George Eyres when both of them shall have attained the Age of One and Twenty Years And Lastly I do hereby appoint the said Stephen Gibbs to be Executor and Trustee of this my Will In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this fourth day of October one thousand seven hundred and sixty one

H: Clarke

Signed sealed published and declared by the said Hannah Clarke the Testatrix as and for her last Will and Testament in the prsence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names as Witnesses thereto in the presence and at the request of the said Testatrix and in the presence of each other

Kity George
the marke of Elizabeth Scott
Ferdo Southam

Winslow 2 Dec 1761
the last of March to exhibit
Stephen Gibbs sworn before Jno Rawbone surrogate


Hannah was the daughter of Matthew and Mary Clark(e), bap. 7 Dec 1714. She outlived her brother George Clarke, draper (d.1757) and sister Sarah Betty Eyre, 1760. As the last of the siblings she also inherited the right to administer the estate of her sister Mary (d.1753), which passed to her executor Stephen Gibbs; see below.

Administration of Mary Clarke, spinster (died 1753), 1763

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[summarised from the originals]

Stephen Gibbs of Winslow butcher, William Burrell of Hogshaw butcher and William Verney of Winslow glazier were bound to the Archdeacon for £400, 25 Feb 1763.

Stephen Gibbs, sole executor named in the will of Hannah Clarke spinster deceased, sister and next of kin of Mary Clarke spinster late of Winslow deceased, is to present an inventory by the last day of May next and accounts by the last day of February 1764.

Stephen Gibbs
William Burrell
Willm Verney

in the presence of
Ferdo Southam
Jno Rawbone

George Clarke, the said Hannah Clarke spinster, and Sarah Betty Ayres widow, the natural and lawful brother and sisters and only next of kin of the said deceased having departed this life before they took upon them the Letters of Adm(inistrati)on of the Goods Chattels and Credits of the said deceased.

Stephen Gibbs alledged that Mary Clarke died in 1753, leaving George, Hannah and Sarah Betty Ayres. Hannah survived the others and nominated him her executor.

Stephen Gibbs sworn before me, Jno Rawbone, curate.

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