In the name of God Amen, I Stephen Calense of the Parish of St George in the County of Middlesex, mariner being weak in body but of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding praised be god for the same. Do for avoiding controversies after my decease make publish and declare this to be my last will and testament in writing in manner and form following that is to say First I commend by soul into the hands of the Almighty God who gave it hoping through the **** death and intervention of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to have full pardon for all my sins and my Body I commit to the Earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executors hereafter named and as to such Worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me I give and dispose thereof as followeth:
Imprimis I give and bequeath unto Calense Amis son of Edmund Amis of the Parish of St George aforesaid sailmaker the sum of forty pounds when he shall arrive at the age of twenty one years but in case he should not attain that age the same so bequeathed shall devolve to his parents Edmund and Ann Amis.
Item I give to the said Edmund and Ann his wife the sum of five pounds **** for mourning
Item I give unto sister Mary Amis of Limehouse aforesaid a ring of the value of one guinea.
Item I give unto my brother Thomas Calenso of Penzance in the county of Cornwall labourer the sum of twenty pounds of lawful money of Great Britain.
Item I give and bequeath unto my four nephews John Stephen Thomas and Robert Calenso sons of the above named Thomas Calenso the sum of 25 pounds each viz 25 to John, 25 to Stephen, 25 to Thomas and 25 to Robert to be paid to them at my demise and if one or more of the said brothers shall happen to depart this life before the time of my demise this aforesaid sum of oneh hundred pounds intended to be divided among the aforesaid four brothers shall in this case be equally shared among or between the survivors or surviving brother.
Item I give and bequeath to my niece Hannah Calenso one of the daughters of the said Thomas Calenso the sum of fifty pounds of lawful money to be paid unto her with interest for the same at the end of twelve months next after my demise.
Item I give and bequeath unto Sarah Calenso and Ann Calenso two of the daughters of the said Thomas Calenso the sum of twenty pounds a piece of lawful money to paid unto them respectively as soon as they shall severally and respectively attain their several respective ages of twenty one together with all such interest and dividends and profits thereof as shall in the mean time be made of this same and for that purpose. I do hereby order and direct my executors hereafter named to place out or keep this said sum of forty pounds placed out on government or other securities and my mind and will is that in case that either of my nieces Sarah Calenso and Ann Calenso shall happen to depart this life before her attainment of the age of twenty one years then the legacy of her so dying shall go and be paid to the survivor of them the said Sarah Calenso and Ann Calenso and in the case both of them shall happen to depart this life before the attainment of the said age of twenty one years the said sum of forty pounds so given to them shall devolve and be invested in my four nephews before named the sons of the said Thomas Calenso and I do in such case hereby give the same unto them John Stephen Thomas and Robert Calensos accordingly.
Item I give and bequeath unto my housekeeper Susannah Elmore if she shall be living at the time of my death the sum of fifty pounds to be paid unto her at the end of twelve months next after my demise with interest.
Item I give and bequeath to the said Susannah Elmore the sum of five pounds for mourning and likewise my stone ring tea chest and two china masons to be paid and delivered to her immediately after my demise.
Item I give unto Mr Thomas Dalbright the sum of five pounds for mourning to be paid to him immediately after my decease also I give unto Mr William Coswell of the ****** of St Catherine’s near the Tower of London five pounds for mourning to be paid immediately after decease.
Item I give and bequeath to the reverend Mr David Minor of Broadstreet of Gravol Lane in the parish of St George’s aforesaid the sum of five pounds of lawful money of Great Britain in trust for the poor of the dissenting congregation in Broad Street aforesaid whereof the said Mr Minor is now minister so by him distributed in such parts and proportions and amongst such objects he shall see fit also I give and bequeath to the said Mr David Minor the sum of fifty pounds.
Item I give and bequeath to Mrs Mary Dawson of ***** Down of Southwark the sum of five pounds.
Item I give and bequeath to Mr John Troyman of St Catherine’s aforesaid merchant the sum of ten pounds.
Item I give and bequeath unto Mr David Forbes of the parish of Christ Church in the county of Middlesex ***** the sum of forty pounds.
Item all the rest and residue and remainder of my estate whatsoever and wheresoever both real and personnel whersoever the same may be or whatsoever the same may consist I give devise and bequeath the same and every part thereof unto and amongst all and every child and children of my said brother Thomas Calenso who shall be living at the time of my decease equally between them share and share alike.
And lastly I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint the said Mr David Minor, John Troyman and david Forbes joint executors of this my last will and testament hereby revoking and making void all former and other wills by me at any time heretofore made and do ***** this only to be and stand as and for my last will and Testament .
In witness whereof I the said Stephen Calenso have to this my will contained in three sheets of paper. In the first two sheets thereof set my hand at the foot of each sheet and to this last sheet set my hand and seal this eighteenth day of October in the thirty third year of the reign of his majesty King George the second over Great Britain and in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and fifty nine……..Stephen Calense………signed sealed and published and ***** by the said testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in the Testator’s presence and had the request and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses hereto …..William James & Thomas Prichard.
This will was proven at London the fourth day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand and seven hundred and sixty before the worshipfull William ***** Doctor of Laws Surrogate of the right Worshipfull Edward Simpson Doctor of Laws Master ****** or Commisionery of the Perogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the oaths of reverend David Minor and David Forbes two of the executors named in the said will to who administration was granted of all and singular goods chattels and credits of the deceased having been first sworn duly to administer power reserved to make the like grant to John Troyman the other executor named in the said will when he shall apply for the same.