Laslett family history
Stephen Laslett of Rotherhith - 31 March 1762
In the Name of God Amen I Stephen Laslett Outward bound in the Good Ship Earl of Ashburnham Capt Thomas Pearce Comander being of Sound and Disposing Mind and Memory do hereby make this my last Will and Testament First and Principally I comend my Soul into the hands of Almighty God hoping for Remission of all my Sins through the mercy of Jesus Christ my blessed Saviour and Redeemer and my Body to the Earth or Sea as it shall please God And as for such Worldly Estate and Effects which I shall be possessed of or Intitled unto at the time of my Decease I Give abd bequeath the same as followeth, that is to say, I Give and bequeath unto my my well beloved Wife Mary Laslett of St Marys Rotherhith all such Wages Sum and Sums of Money as now is or hereafter Shall be due to me for my Service or otherwise on board the said ship or any other Ship or Vessel And I do hereby Nominate Constitute and Appoint the said Mary Laslett to be whole and Sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament And I do Give and bequeath unto my said Executrix All the Rest and Residue of my Estate whatsoever both Real and personal hereby revoking and making void all other and former Wills by me heretofore made And do Declare this to be my last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this thirty first day of March in the year of our Lord One thousand Seven hundred and Sixty two And in the Second Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Third by the Grace of God of Great Britain France and Ireland King Defender of the Faith. Stephen Laslett Signed Sealed published and Declared by the Said Stephen Laslett as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who have hereunto Subscribed our Names as Winesses in the Presence of the Said Testat David Smakes – Thos Cross
This Will was proved at Law on the Eighteenth Day of May in the year of our Lord One thousand Seven hundred and Sixty Four before the Worshipful William Masham Doctor of Laws Surrogate of the Right Worshipful Sir Edward Simpson Knight also Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully Constituted by the Oath of Mary Laslett Widow The Relict of the deceased and Sole Executrix named in the said Will to whom Administration was Granted of all and Singular the Goods Chattels and Credits of the said deceased She having been first Sworn only to Administor.