Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Will of George Blake, mariner, Bristol - The National Archives PROB 11/759/220, probated 19 Jan 1747/48

The Testator is George Blake, Mariner, of the City of Bristol. This will was written in 1720 possibly at the beginning of their marriage and not probated until 27 years later.

I could not find a marriage for George Blake that fitted particularly well. He doesn’t mention children but the probate is 27 years later.

Is this George descendant of the Calne Wiltshire Blake family or is his being in Bristol a result of his being a mariner? There are a number of Blake families in London in the mariner occupation. His will doesn't give anything away in that regard for sure.

Transcriber: Elizabeth Kipp
Recorded: 14 Apr 2014
Source: The National Archives, PROB 11/759/220
Testator:  George Blake, Mariner
Place: Bristol, England
Type of Record: Will
Date of document: 12 Oct 1720, probated 19 Jan 1747/48
Condition: 18th century English, legible copy

[Margin]: George Blake

1    In the Name of God Amen
2    I George Blake of the City of Bristol Mariner being in perfect
3    health mind memory and understanding (thanks to Almighty
4    God for the same) but knowing the certainty of death and the
5    uncertainty of the time thereof do make and ordain this my
6    last Will and Testament I give unto Mary my well beloved
7    Wife all my Real and personal Estate whatsoever and
8    wheresoever whom I make Sol Executrix of this my Will
9    In Witness whereof I have set my hand and Seal this Twelfth
10    day of October Annoq d[omi]ni 1720 Geo: Blake Sealed Signed
11    published and declared by the Testator to be his last Will and
12    Testament in the presence of us Al: Pittendreigh Jno Becher Jun[io]r
13    This Will was proved at London before the Right
14    Worshipfull John Bettesworth doctor of Laws Master Keeper
15    Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully
16    constituted the Nineteenth day of January in the Year of our Lord
17    one Thousand Seven hundred and Forty Seven by the Oath of Mary
18    Blake Widow the Sole Executrix named in the said Will To whom
19    Administration of all and singular the Goods Chattels and Credits
20    of the said deceased was granted being first Sworn by Commission
21    duly to administer

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