The Will of Thomas Collett (Ref. 21L1) of Philleigh

 was made on 5th March 1759

and proved on 28th April 1761




In the name of God Amen, I Thomas Collett of the Parish of Filley in the County of Cornwall, yeoman, being in health of body and of a sound and disposed mind and memory but mindful of my mortal state, do lay hold of the present favourable opportunity for making my Last Will and Testament


I do in manner and form following hereby revoking all former and other Wills or testaments by men at my time made, in the first place I commend my soul to God the Giver thereof hoping and trusting in his mercy through the merit and mediation of my saviour Jesus Christ for a free pardon of all my sins and offences and everlasting happiness in the life to come and my body I commit to the earth to be decently interred at the discretion of my executrix herein named and as for my worldly estate and effects I give and dispose of the same as follows


I give and bequeath unto each of my sons Richard, Thomas, John, Zacharias, Hugh, Benjamin, and Henry the sum of Five Pounds sterling to be paid them respectively within twelve months after my decease


I give and bequeath unto each of my daughters Anne, Frances, and Joan the sum of Ten Pounds sterling to be paid respectively within twelve months after my wife’s decease


All the rest and residue of my goods and chattels and personal estate whatsoever I give and bequeath unto my dear wife Susanna Collett during her natural life


I also make constitute and appoint whole and sole executrix of this my Last Will and Testament she paying all my just debts and legacies and from and after the death of my said wife it is my will and meaning and I do hereby order that such my said goods, chattels, real and personal estate or the value thereof in money, my just debts and legacies being first paid, shall be equally divided between and amongst my sons.


In witness whereof I have here unto set my hand and seal the Sixth day of March in the year of Our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Fifty Nine


Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said Thomas Collett as and for his Last Will and Testament in the presence of us who are desired to witness the same by the said Thomas Collett


Elizabeth Luke, Elizabeth Like junior, John Luke



The before written Will of the above named Thomas Collett deceased was proved in common form on 28th April 1761 before the Reverend Samuel Cholwick, clerk, Master of Arts Official and Admin of the Goods etc of the said deceased and of all things howsoever concerning the said Will was granted to the Executrix therein named being first sworn



The named sons of Thomas Collett: Richard Collett (Ref. 21M2), Thomas Collett (Ref. 21M5),

John Collett (Ref. 21M7), Zacharias Collett (Ref. 21M9), Hugh Collett (Ref. 21M11),

Benjamin Collett (Ref. 21M13) and Henry Collett (Ref. 21M14)


The daughters: Anne Collett (Ref. 21M3), Frances Collett (Ref. 21M8), Joan Collett (Ref. 21M12)