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I William Strudwick Captain in his Majesty’s Royal Navy and now residing at Richmond in the County of Surrey only considering the uncertainty of this life do make this my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say

Iit is my will and dearest desire that my executor hereafter named do discharge is soon as it may be done all my just debts and funeral expenses and the residue of my estate whether it be real or personal or both and where soever situate lying or being whether it be in the public funds or otherwise in the hands of my agent or agents in England the West Indies or elsewhere or whether it be wages or half pay due to me from the government or money in the hands of my late father’s executors or what may hereafter come unto their hand on my account I do hereby give bequeathe and device as followeth

Ffirst I give bequeathed and devise unto my good friend Mr Samuel Ward grocer in Richmond aforesaid in consideration of the great services done by him to my late mother and myself my copy hold Estate being an acre in the river Thames situated between Brentford and Kew and now the occupation of Thomas Fforrow Brentford and being within the Manor of Richmond which I do hereby devised to the said Mr Samuel Ward and his heirs forever subject only to an annuity of 10 pounds a year payable to Joseph Shepherd of Mortlake in the county Surrey during his natural life which 10 pounds I do hereby give bequeath and devise to the said Joseph Shepherd to be paid him yearly by the said Mr Samuel Ward during his natural life

Thirdly I give bequeath and devise unto Mr Thomas Strudwick brother to my deceased father now residing in New Pond near Reigate in Surrey the sum of 10 pounds

Ffourthly I give bequeathe and devise unto my uncle John Standing of New Pond near Reigate aforesaid and to his wife Mary Standing the sum of 5 pounds each and their daughter Mary Standing two guineas

Ffifthly I give bequeathe and devise unto William Salter the younger son of William Salter of Richmond aforesaid surgeon the sum of 20 pounds to be paid by my executor hereinafter named to his father the said Mr William Salter to be by him placed out to interest for the benefit of his said son until he comes to the age of 21 years and then the said principal sum of 20 pounds and the accumulated interest therein to be paid to the said William Salter the younger that if he should die before he attained to the said age of 21 years the said legacy by me bequeathed to him to become the property of his father his heirs

Sixthly I give bequeath and devise unto my uncle Thomas Ffuller of Winkelsea in the County of Sussex his heirs and assigns the ever the whole remaining residue of my estate both real and personal that it shall please almighty God to suffer me to possess at the time of my death together with my household furniture wearing apparel and what cash that may be in my possession at that period

And I do hereby appointed the said Mr Samuel Ward to be the sole executor of this my last will and testament in witness whereof I have set my hand and seal this 19th day of January in the year of our lord 1781 Wm. Strudwick

signed sealed published and the lead in our presence and which we have witnessed in the presence of each other William Alder, Thomas Paine Wm Taylor

Probatum 7th February 1781 to Samuel Ward

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