24 September 1762
These documents are held at Shropshire Archives
Copy will of John Meysey clerk, Rector of Rock. He gives his wife Katharine Meysey for widowhood an annuity of £120 clear out of property in co Salop, with power of distress; if she marry again, the annuity is to sink into the Shropshire estate for the benefit of the heirat law
He devises all his property in Salop and other property to which he was entitled before the death of his brother Francis Meysey esq and the reversion of the estates descended to him at the death of his late Uncle Edward Boylston deceased and those in co Worcs which came to him on the death of Francis, to James Compson of Cleobury Mortimer and his brother in law Samuel Hill of Worcester esq on trust after the death of the testator's wife to raise £2000 to answer a legacy of £1000 which he gave his wife power to dispose of at her decease upon the express condition that she do not marry again, and to answer legacies of £200 apiece which he gives after the death of his wife to his nephew and niece John and Ann Watkins, his niece Mary daughter of his late brother Thomas Meysey decd and his niece Ann daughter of his sister Malpas, payable without interest at age 21; and to answer legacies of £100 after the death of his wife given to his sister Malpas and cousin the Rev. Ralph Lingen. He charges these legacies on the Shropshire estates.
The property to which he was entitled on the death of Francis and those he has purchased since, to use of his wife Katherine for life, after to use of his nephew Charles Watkins and his heirs and assigns
The property which came to him from his uncle Boylston, subject to the estate for life of his widow Ann and after the death or remarriage of the testator's wife, to use of his nephew Richard Watkins his heirs and assigns for ever
Any other property to use of Charles Watkins his heirs and assigns, to whom he devises the plate, linnen, Household goods and furniture belonging to his deceased brother Francis at the time of his death or appertaining to his late dwellinghouse at Shakenhurst, subject to the testator's wife's option of taking part of the plate for her own use for life to remain and go along with the Shakenhurst estate as heir-looms. He gives his wife £100 in money to be paid as soon as possible after his death and all household goods, furniture, plate and linen, stock, cattle and chattels belonging at his death to the parsonage house and glebe farm of the Rock and also such of the household goods and furniture at his house at Shakenhurst as are his own, in contra distinction to what were his late brother's, which he has purchased since he came to dwell there. He gives her all arrears of tithes of the Rectory of the Rock and of rent of his own estate called Willetts' and his other copyhold estates and the little freehold estate lying in Bayton purchased of William Houghton, which shall be due. He gives his wife her watches, rings and her own and his jewels and wearing apparel, with his manuscripts and such of his printed books as she shall chuse for her own reading and the use for her life of such of his plate as she shall make her option of and give her note for the forth-coming of at her decease. These bequests are in lieu of the provision made in their marriage articles
He gives the poor of Rock £20, the poor of Bayton £10 and the poor of Mamble £10, to be disposed at discretion of the executors
Residue to his nephew Charles Watkins his heirs executors administrators and assigns.
Nephew Charles Watkins and wife to be joint executors
Witnesses:- Thomas Hill, William Skillicorne, W. Romney
Proved PCC 5 June 1764 by the two executors named
Copy checked with an attested copy 4 February 1780 by Thomas Webb junior, Thomas Hayley