Description Will of Thomas Stepp, Mariner now belonging to His Majesty's Ship Hampton Court
Date 12 December 1720
Catalogue reference PROB 11/577
Dept Records of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury
Series Prerogative Court of Canterbury and related Probate Jurisdictions: Will Registers
Piece Name of Register: Shaller Quire Numbers: 246 - 269

In the name of God Amen. I, Thomas Stepp, Mariner now belonging to his Majestie's Ship Hampton Court being in perfect health of body and sound mind and understanding but being bound ou to see in his Majesties said Ship Hampton Court so make and declare this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following. And first i recommend my sould to God that gave it and my Body to the Earth or Sea as it shall please God to order to be interred at the discretion of my Executrix hereafter named. Item one full third part of all and every my personal Estate that I shall dye possessed of I give and bequeath unto my sister Elizabeth Johnson and Executors, Administrators, and Assignes.

Item, all and every the rest and residue of my Chest, Cloaths, Linnon, Woollon, Pay Wages, Lands, Tenements, goods, chattles, and personal Estate whatsoever and whosoever which at the time of my decease I shall be possessed of on which shall then belong or of right appertain unto me I give, devise, and bequeath unto my loving grandmother Elizabeth Stepp, her executors, Administrators, and Assignes forever forever. And of this my said Will I do nominate and appoint the siad Elizabeth stepp full and sole Executrix herey revoking all former Wills and Testaments whatsoever. In witness whereof I have hereto set my hand and seal this Seventeenth day of February Anno Dui 1717. Thomas Stepp / Signed, Sealed, & Published and declared by the said Thomas Stepp as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us. / Thomas West. Tho. Johnson. /

(Probatum is in Latin and mentions that the will was probated in London, so it can be assumed that Thomas Stepp was from London.)