(Mentioned in note concerning Edmund Alefounder d1713)
Office copy, National Archives (Family Records Centre) London, reference PROB11/605 folios 41RH-42LH.
In the Name of God Amen the 28th of August 1725 I Edmund Alefounder of Colchester in the County of Essex Marriner being very sick and weak of Body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto God therefore calling unto mind the mortality of my Body and knowing it is appointed for all men once to dye Do make and ordaine this my last Will and Testament, that is to Say Principally and First of all I give and Recomend my Soul into the hands of God that gave it and as for my Body I commend it to the Earth or Sea to be buri^ed in a christian like manner according to the discretion of the Commander to whom I now belong nothing doubting but at the generall Resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God and as touching what it hath pleased God to bless me with in this life I Give Bequeath devise and dispose of the Same in the manner and form following I do give and Bequeath to my loveing friend William Blunt my Wages and all my Cloths on board the Ship and all Debts owing to me in England And confirming this to be my last Will and Testament In Witness where of I have hereunto Sett my hand and Seal the Day and Year above Written ./. Edmund Alefounder his mark ./. Signed Sealed and Declared by the Said Edmund Alefounder in the presence of William Powell Thomas Coffin Jeremiah Taylor
Nono Die mensis Septembris Anno Domini millesimo septingentesimo vicecimo quinto Emanavit Commissio Phillipo Penn Attornato legitimo Gulielmi Blunt (modo Super alto Mari) legatar~ universat nominat in Testamento Edmondi Alefounder nuper parochia Sancti Olavi Southwark in Comitatu Surria Sed in Nave Mercat~ Le Lady Rachell calibis defuncti habentis &c ad administrandum bona jura et c redita Dicti Defuncti juxta tenorem et effectimi Testamenti ipsius defuncti in usum et beneficium dicti Gulielmi Blunt (super alto Mari) Eo quod nullum in eodem omnino nominaverit Executorem / De bene et fideliter Administrando eadem Sancta Dei Evangelia Jurat ./. Examr
[On the ninth day of the month of September in the Year of Our Lord one thousand seven hundred and twenty five a commission was issued to Philip Penn lawful attorney of William Blunt (presently Upon the high Seas) sole legatee named in the Will of Edmund Alefounder late of the parish of St. Olave Southwark in the County of Surrey but died unmarried in the merchant ship The Lady Rachell having etc towards administration of the rightful goods and credits of the Said Deceased according to the tenor and effect of the Will of the said deceased to the use and benefit of the said William Blunt (upon the high Seas) Because no-one in the same was named executor of everything / Sworn by Oath on the Gospels of God Well and faithfully to Administer the same ./. Examr]
Transcribed and translated by Peter Alefounder