Will of Nicholas Merwin, gentleman, 1748 (proved 1751)

National Archives, PROB 11/789/373

In the name of God Amen This Twenty fourth day of October in the year of Our Lord One Thousand Seven hundred and Forty Eight I Nicholas Merwin of Winslow in the County of Bucks Gent being in good health of Body and of a sound and disposing mind all possible praise be given to Almighty God for the same But considering the certainty of Death and the uncertain time thereof do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner following First I resign my Soul to God trusting assuredly for a salvation by the Merits and intercession of my Blessed Saviour and Redeemer Jesus Christ as to my wordly Estate I dispose thereof as followeth to wit I Give and bequeath unto my very loving and most Dearly beloved Wife all and every my Goods Chattels and personal Estate paying my Debts and Legacies and I hereby appoint her sole Executrix of this my last Will and I do hereby revoke all former Wills by me heretofore made and I also Give unto the said Susannah my Wife and her heirs all that my Little Pightle of freehold Land in Great Horwood Parish which I purchased of John Finnell and I having made a surrender of all my Copyhold Lands Tenements and Hereditaments held of the Mannor of Winslow To such uses intents and purposes as should be mentioned in my last Will I Give and bequeath unto {unto} Benjamin Ashwell of Buckingham in the County of Bucks Gent and John Norman of Winslow aforesaid Glazier all and every my Copyhold Houses Lands Tenements and Hereditaments held of the said Mannor and all my Estate Right Title and Interest therein To hold to them and their heirs In Trust for the said Susannah and such person and persons and his \her/and their heirs as the {the} said Susannah shall by any Writing or Writings under her Name and seal to be Attested under her Name and Seal direct or appoint Also I give unto the said Benjamin Ashwell and John Norman and their heirs All and every my Freehold Lands Tenements and Hereditaments scituate in Kings Houghton in the County of Bedford and all my Estate Right Title and Interest therein To hold to the said Benjamin Ashwell and John Norman and their heirs In Trust for the said Susannah and such person and persons and his her and their heirs as she the said Susannah shall by any Writing or Writings under her hand and seal to be duly attested direct or appoint Also I Give and Bequeath unto the said Benjamin Ashwell and John Norman and their heires All my Estate Right Title Interest and Equity of Redemption of in and to the Inheritance of all that Freehold Messuage Cottage or Tenement now divided into three Tenements scituate at Wingrave in the said County of Bucks and all that pightle of pasture Ground therto adjoining and the Moiety of the Moat thereto adjoining and all Outhouses Barns Stable and Appurtenances thereto belonging upon this Trust and confidence that the said Benjamin Ashwell and John Norman and the Survivor of them and the heirs of such Survivor shall at the request costs and charges of the Executors of John Holland late of Mursley in the said County of Bucks deceased transfer and convey the Inheritance of the same premisses with the Appurtenances in Wingrave aforesaid unto such person or persons as the said Exec\u/tors of the said John Holland or the Survivors or Survivor of them shall in writing under their Hands request direct or appoint on payment of the several principal sums of thirty pounds and four pounds twelve shillings and two pence and Interest for the same respective sums from the six and Twentieth day of June which was in the year of Our Lord One Thousand seven hundred and forty two Or so much money as my said Executrix shall think fit to accept In Witness whereof I have to this my last Will and Testament contained in two sheets of paper set my hand to the First \sheet/ and to the last sheet my hand and seal the day and year first above written

Nicholas Merwin

signed sealed published and declared in the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our Names as Witnesses in the presence of the Testator and each other
Rob(er)t Adams Will(ia)m Gibbs Jos(eph) Eyre

In the Name of God Amen this twenty ninth day of November in the year of Our Lord One Thousand seven hundred and forty eight I Nicholas Merwin of Winslow in the County of Bucks Gentleman being in good health of Body and of a disposing memory and understanding all possible praise be given to Almighty God for the same not being minded to revoke my will bearing date the twenty fourth day of October last wherein these words (and his her and their Heires) are interlined or any part of the same \will/ but to confirm the same and I having made a surrender of the Revertion expectant upon the decease of Elizabeth Seaton Widow and relict of Robert Seaton late of Peterborough Brasier deceased of in \and to/ one Copyhold messuage with a Little Cottage thereto adjoining with the Outhouses and Appurtenances thereto belonging together with Fourteen Acres and an half of Arrable Land ley Meadow and Pasture ground with all Comons and Appurtenances thereto belonging All which premisses I Lately purchased of Joseph Seaton and Mary his Wife To such uses intents and purposes as should be mentioned and declared in and by my last Will and Testament I Give and bequeath unto John Blake of Winslow aforesaid Husbandman and Judith his Wife and the heirs of the said John All my Revertion of in and to the said Little Cottage and [blank] Foott of Ground (from the said Cottage) of the Garden Ground thereunto adjoining Expectant upon the Decease of the said Elizabeth Seaton Widow Also I Give and bequeath unto Benjamin Ashwell of Buckingham in the County of Bucks Gentleman and John Norman of Winslow aforesaid Glasier and their heirs All my Revertion expectant after the deceased [sic] of the said Elizabeth Seaton of in or to the said Messuage or Tenement with the Outhouses and Appurtenances thereto belonging and of in or to the said fourteen acres and an half of Land with the Comons and Appurtenances thereto belonging and all my Estate Right Title and interest therein To hold to the said Benjamin Ashwell and John Norman and their Heirs In a Trust for Susannah my Dearly beloved Wife and such person and persons and his her and their Heirs as She the said Susannah by any writing or writings to be duly Attested under her hand and seal shall direct or appoint and my will is and I Do hereby declare that my said will dated the Twenty fourth day of October last wherein these words (and his \her\ and their Heirs) are interlined together with this my Present Codicil as [sic] are my last Will and Testament and my will and mind is that the same Will and Codicil be deemed and esteemed my last Will Witness my hand and seal the day and year first above written

Nicholas Merwin

signed sealed published and declared in the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our Names as Witnesses in the presence of the Testator and each other  
Robt Adams: Willm Gibbs: Jos Eyre

This Will was proved at London with a Codicil annexed the thirteenth day of August in the year of Our Lord One Thousand seven hundred and fifty one before the Right Worshipfull John Bettesworth Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the oath of Susannah Merwin Widow the Sole Executrix named in the said Will To whom Administration was granted of all and singular the Goods Chattels and Credits of the said deceased being first sworn duly to administer the same


Notes

General Advertiser, 20 Aug 1751: A few Days since died, greatly advanced in Years, of the Gout in his Stomach, at his house in Winslow in Buckinghamshire, Nicholas Merwin Esq., formerly one of the Commissioners of Bankrupts, Associate upon the Norfolk Circuit, and in Commission of the Peace.

Centre for Bucks Studies, BAS 375/22/2: In 1726 Nicholas Merwin inherited from his sister Hannah Merwin, who lived in London, the first King's Head (10 High Street). Hannah's will, made 23 Dec 1725, refers to her brother Nicholas of Thavies Inn (an Inn of Chancery associated with Lincoln's Inn) and his wife Elizabeth, and shows that the family came from Iver. The Nicholas Merwin on the electoral register for Iver in 1705 was probably their father.

Nicholas was born about 1668. He arrived in Winslow as a lawyer c.1691 and became involved in the affairs of Thomas Bishop, linen draper, whose widow Elizabeth he married in 1692 - Elizabeth was buried 26 Dec 1738 and Susannah (nee Simpson) was his second wife. He was steward of the manor from at least 1709, and under-sheriff of Bucks in 1711. He was buried on 6 Aug 1751. His widow Susannah moved to Kentish Town where she made her will in 1770 (proved 1775).

Copyright 9 March, 2017