The Will of Thomas Stapp, 1747
[Riby/Killingholme, Lincolnshire, England]
This is the Will and Testament of me Thomas Stapp of ('Killingholme'
deleted) Riby in the County of Lincolnshire Grazier as Followeth:-
First I give and bequeath unto my dear wife the sum of Three
hundred pounds to be paid her within six months after my
decease. I likewise give her the use of my Plate Linen and all
other my household furniture during her natual life and after
her decease I give unto my three children hereafter mentioned
equally to be divided amongst them share and share alike and and
what I have given and disposed of to my wife as above, I intend
shall be in full of what she can in anywise claim out of my Real
and personal estate.
Item. All my lands tenements and hereditaments lying in
Killingholme Habor Immingham or elsewhere, either in possession
reversion or expectancy. I give to my two sons John and Thomas
and their heirs to be equally divided between them, but in case
either of my said two sons shall die before he attain the age of
twenty one years, my will is that the share of him so dying
shall go to the survivor of my said two sons and his heirs and
whereas my dear wife is now in a bad state of health, my will is
that in case she recovers her health, all my children while
young shall live with her-shall live with her if she thinks fit,
and whereas I have made but little provision herein for my
eldest son Benjamin, I do therefore recommend him to the care of
my wife. I give to my son Benjamin my watch and silver spurrs.
Item I give to my sister Chappel and sister Waite, each of them
one Guinea to be paid also within six months of my decease.
Item. I give to my sister Waites daughter Five Pounds to be paid
her when she attains the age of twenty one years.
Item. I give to my sister Chappels children One Guinea apiece to
be paid them respectively as they severally attain the age of
All the rest of my Goods, Chattels and personal estate not
before disposed of, I give to my three children Benjamin, John
and Thomas equally to be divided amongst them share and share
And lastly I do give the tuition and guardianship of all my
children unto Mr John Crawford of Thettlethorpe,
Mr David Dont? of Maltby, Mr. Thomas Bradey of Killingholme and
Mr Thomas Wyer of Habor, all in the County of Lincolnshire and
do make them joint Executors of this my last Will and Testament,
entreating them to be so kind as to take on the burden thereof.
In witness whereof I have now set my hand and seal and declared
this to be my last Will and Testament, this twentyeth day of
March in the year of our Lord One Thousand seven Hundred and
Ray & Beryl Bailey's comments:- I think Benjamin then aged 6yrs was the only surviving
child of Thomas's marriage to Elizabeth Bennett, and that by
this time his second wife Sarah had borne him two children John
and Thomas(1746) There is a record of a Sarah Stapp marrying a
John Beckwith later in 1747 . If that is her, she may have
recovered her health! I think we can now understand why Benjamin
was an Ag. Lab. At least he survived to become our ancestor.
*This will was transcribed by
Bailey. She found this will in the
Lincolnshire Archives in Lincoln, England, but unfortunately the
Archive's policy does not allow for the actual will image to be