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JAMES MINGAY, K.C., of Ashfield Lodge, Suffolk and formerly of the Inner Temple.

 This I do declare to be the last Will and Testament of me JAMES MINGAY of Thetford in the County of Norfolk and of Ashfield Lodge in the County of Suffolk, Esquire, and of the Kings Counsel in the Law (revoking all other Wills by me at any time made). First I nominate and appoint my wifes' brother PHILLIP CORRALL of Maidstone, Kent, Esquire; JAMES DENTON of Brandon in Norfolk, Esquire, and BARTHOLOMEW LONG of Ipswich in Suffolk, Esquire, executors of this my Will and I give and bequeath to each of them the sum of Fifty pounds over and above all costs and expenses they may be put to in execution thereof for there trouble therein and my Will is that each of them shall be answerable for his own acts only and not any of them for the acts of the others or either of them also I do order my said Executors to pay all my just debts and funeral expenses with all convenient speed after my decease. Also I desire to be buried (after some operation has been performed on my body by which it is clearly ascertained that I am dead) in my vault in Saint Mary's' Church in Thetford in Suffolk as near as possible to my dear and ever severely lamented mother without pomp but with becoming decorum and I order my Executors to cause to be erected to my memory a marble monument over the South Door near to my Vault with an Inscription thereon that I was one of the Kings' Counsel in Law a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries many years an acting Magistrate for Norfolk and Suffolk and by special Commission for the Borough (my native place) in Parliament and I desire that my Coat of Arms that is to say of the Families of MINGAY, FULLER and PARKER of Derbyshire may be painted on the said Monument also I desire my said executors (if not done in my lifetime) to cause a neat marble monument with the Arms of MINGAY thereon only to be placed in the Chancel of All Saints Church at Shotesham in Norfolk (the ancient burying place of the Family) to the memories of my grandfather WILLIAM MINGAY and ELIZABETH his wife and of all such of their children and grandchildren as are buried there. And I desire that it be mentioned in the Inscription on such Monument that their youngest son my father JAMES MINGAY and DOROTHY his second wife and their children and their children are buried in my said Vault at Thetford and that the monument at Shotesham was erected pursuant to my Will out of respect to my family. Also I ratify my marriage Settlement and in pursuance thereof I order my executors to transfer unto my wife four thousand and seven hundred and fifty eight pounds six shillings and eight pence (4758-6s-8d)

Navy five per cents in the public funds which have bee purchased by me with monies received on her account since our marriage. Also I order them to pay her immediately after my death the sum of one hundred and ten pounds and four pence (110-0s-4d) being the balance of such monies in my hands as will be found by an account in my own handwriting also I order my executors to pay to her during her life the dividends arising from time to time on the four thousand pounds (4000) four per cents in the public funds which I settled upon her on our marriage and at her death I give and bequeath the said four thousand pounds four per cent stock to be equally divided amongst such of my sisters DOROTHY, MARY, FRANCES, MARGARET and MARY ANN FULLER and my great nephew PARKER FULLER son of nephew WILLIAM JAMES MINGAY as shall then be living and if only one of them be living my Will is that at the death of my wife such one shall have and take the whole of such (4000) Stock also I give and bequeath to my wife an annuity of two hundred pounds (200) a year during the life of her mother HANNAH CORRALL, widow, if my said wife shall herself so long live. Also I give to her the picture of herself by Romney and the Drawing of myself in Crayons by Russell. Also I give to her to prevent dispute all the diamonds and pearls worn by her in ornaments and called hers' confiding that at her death she will give them to some one or more of my female relatives also I give to her from similar motives and with similar confidence all the books and pamphlets and the cases in which they are kept and are called her Library also I give and bequeath to my said wife the use for her life of as much of my furniture, plate, china, glass, linen and prints in frames as shall be valued at four hundred pounds (400) the articles exclusive of those that are otherwise disposed of by me to be chosen by her and an inventory of them to be signed by her and delivered to my executors and at her death I give the said articles to be equally divided between such of my nephews WILLIAM JAMES MINGAY, GEORGE MINGAY and JOHN JAMES GARNHAM and my great nephew PARKER FULLER MINGAY as shall be living and if only one of them should be living at the death of my said wife then such one to take the whole. Also I give and bequeath to my sister DOROTHY an annuity of seventy five pounds  a year for and during her life and above the yearly sum of seventy five pounds which I now pay her and have engaged to pay her during her life and I my executors to pay her what shall be due to her on my Promissory Note for six hundred pounds (600) but my Will is that such first mentioned annuity of Seventy five pounds shall be paid and payable only on condition that she makes no claim on account of the legacy of one hundred pounds given to her by the Will of our late uncle ROBERT MINGAY of Shotesham aforesaid and charged on his (now my) estate there. Also I give and bequeath to my sister MARY an annuity of Sixty pounds (60) a year for and during her life to and for her sole and separate use and not subject to the debts or control of her husband and her receipt alone shall be from time to time a discharge for the same Provided always and my Will is that if my said sister shall at any time sell or dispose or Mortgage or in any manner part with or encumber the said annuity shall wholly cease and be no longer paid or payable.

  Also I give and bequeath to her daughter ISABELLA the sum of four hundred pounds (400). Also I give and bequeath to her son CHARLES the sum of three hundred pounds (300). Also I give and bequeath to her son GEORGE the sum of three hundred pounds (300) to be paid advanced and expended in any manner at the discretion of my executors to support educate and place them respectively out in the world. Also I give and bequeath to my sister FRANCES an annuity of thirty pounds a year for and during her life, also I give and bequeath to my sister MARGARET an annuity of sixty pounds a year for and during her life to and for her sole and separate use and not subject to the debts or control of her husband and her receipt alone shall be from time to time a discharge for the same. Also I give and bequeath to my sister MARY ANN FULLER an annuity of sixty pounds a year for and during her life to and for her sole and separate use and not subject to the debts or control of her husband and her receipt alone shall be from time to time a discharge for the same. Also I{ give and bequeath to her daughter EMILY the sum of four hundred pounds (400) to be paid and payable to her when she attains the age of twenty-one years. Also I give and bequeath to her son WILLIAM LLOYD the sum of three hundred pounds (300) to be paid to and payable to him when he attains the age of twenty-one years. Also I give and bequeath to her son FREDRICK MIDDLETON the sum of three hundred pounds (300) to be paid to him when he attains the age of twenty-one years. Also I give to each of my sisters DOROTHY, MARY, FRANCES, MARGARET and MARY ANN FULLER the sum of twenty pounds (20) to purchase mourning. Also I give devise and bequeath unto my nephew WILLIAM JAMES MINGAY an officer in His Majesty's' Royal Navy all my estate situated in the several parishes at Shotesham in the County of Norfolk or any other parish or place adjoining to hold to him and his heirs for ever Provided always and my Will is that if my said nephew WILLIAM JAMES MINGAY shall die without leaving a son or grandson of the name of MINGAY living at the time of his death then I give devise and bequeath the said estate to his brother GEORGE MINGAY a student of Caisus College, Cambridge to hold to him and his heirs for ever Provided always and my Will is that if said nephew GEORGE MINGAY shall die without leaving a son or grandson of the name of MINGAY living at the time of his death then I give devise and bequeath the estate to the right heir of the name and family of MINGAY of said late uncle ROBERT MINGAY of Shotesham aforesaid his heirs and assigns for ever pursuant to the wish expressed in the Will of my late said uncle.

 (Memo:- The remaining two thirds of the Will, not extracted, do not appear to throw any further light on family relationships)

 

Dated 20 March 1812.

Proved in P.C.C. (with two codicils) 21 Aug.1812. 388. Oxford.

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