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The last Will and Testament of
John Sage
written 21st January 1758
proved 1st December 1766

Beginning of WillIn the Name of God Amen

I John Sage of Desborough in the County of Northampton, Carpenter, being in health of Body and in Sound and perfect Mind and Memory Praises be therefore Given to Almighty God, and Considering the frailty of this life and the Certainty of Death and the uncertainty of the time therefore Do make and Ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following, that is to say,

First and principally I Commend my Soul into the hands of Almighty God my Creator hoping and Assuredly believing that through the Gracious Death and Merits of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to have full free pardon and forgiveness of all my Sins and to Inherit Everlasting life,

and my Body I Commit to the Earth to be Decently Buried at the Discretion of my Executors hereafter named

And as touching such Temporal Estate wherewith it pleased God to bless me with I Give and Dispose here as followeth

Item I Will that my Just Debts that I Owe be first paid and Satisfied

Item I Give and bequeath unto my loving Wife Ann Sage for and During the Term of her Naturall Life All that Messuage or Tenement with the Appurts thereunto belonging wherein I Do now Inhabit and Dwell

Also I Give my Brother William One Shilling, and my Brother Samuel One Shilling, my Sister Martha One Shilling, my Sister Mary One Shilling ,and after the Decease of my loving Wife Ann Sage if no Child, I give the said house to my Brothers and Sisters to part betwixt them that are left or their Heirs,

the Rest and residue of all and Singular my Goods, Chattels, Money and Personal Estate whatsoever I give to my said loving Wife Ann Sage whom I make full and Sole Executrix of this my Will Allowing it to be my last Will and wrote with my own hand by me John Sage setting my hand and Seal this Twenty first of January And in the year 1758 John Sage Signed, Sealed, Declared and Published by the Testator John Sage to be his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who as Witnesses have Subscribed our Names in the presence of the said Testator  Thos Barker,  Abs[?] Barker,  Jonathan Curtis

This Will was proved at London the first Day of December in the year of our Lord One thousand seven hundred and Sixty Six before the Worshipful Arthur Collier, Doctor of Laws, Surrogate of the Right Worshipful George Hay also Doctor of Laws, Master Keeper[?] or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully Constituted, by the Oath of Ann Sage, Widow, the Relict of the deceased and Sole Executrix named in the said Will to whom Admicon was Granted of all and Singular the Goods, Chattels and Credits of the said Deceased, She having been first Sworn duly to Administer.


The original will has no punctuation or separate paragraphs. As this makes it hard to read, particularly online, I have inserted some punctuation and tried to break the text into separate clauses.

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