The Last Will and Testament of Stephen S. Stanley
This transcription is based on a probate that can be found within the records of Prerogative Court of Canterbury under the reference PROB 11/2195/250.
In the Name of God Amen I Stephen Samuel Stanley Assistant Surgeon in the Royal Navy being in bodily health and of sound and disposing mind and memory and considering the perils and dangers of the seas and other uncertainties of this transitory life do (for avoiding controversies after my decease) make publish and declare this my last Will and Testament in manner following that is to say First I recommend my soul to God that gave it and my body I commit to the earth or sea as it shall please God to order and as for and concerning All my Worldly Estate I give bequeath and dispose thereof as followeth that is to say All wages sum and sums of money lands tenements goods chattels and estate whatsoever as shall be in any ways due owing or belonging unto me at the time of my decease I do give devise and bequeath the same unto Mr Robert Barr of Leeds Solicitor And I do hereby nominate and appoint Charles William Hallett and Hartwell John Maude of Great George Street Executors of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all former and other Wills Testaments and Deeds of Gifts by me at any time heretofore made And I do ordain and ratify these present to stand and be for and as my only Will and Testament in Witness whereof to this my said Will I have set my hand and seal the nineteenth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty nine and in the third year of the reign of our Sovereign Lady Victoria by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Queen Defender of the Faith and so forth _ Stephen S. Stanley (LS)1 Signed sealed published and declared in the presence of Saml T. Withy _ Marme Robinson
Appeared personally, Marmaduke Robinson, of Great George Street, Westminster, in the County of Middlesex, Esquire, and made oath that he is one of the subscribed Witnesses to the last Will and Testament of Stephen Samuel Stanley formerly Assistant Surgeon and late Surgeon2 in the Royal Navy at Sea deceased the said Will being now hereunto annexed and bearing date the nineteenth day of October one thousand eight hundred and thirty nine And he further made oath that on the said nineteenth day of October one thousand eight hundred and thirty nine the said deceased duly executed his said will by signing his name thereto in the presence of this deponent and of Samuel Thomas Withy the other subscribed witness thereto both of whom were present at the same time and this deponent and the said Samuel Thomas Whitly thereupon attested and subscribed the said Will in the presence of the said deceased and of each other _ Marme Robinson _ On the eighteenth day of July 1854 the said Marmaduke Robinson was duly sworn to the truth of this Affidavit before me T. Spinks, Sure Pt H. S. Small NP.
On the 31st July 1854 Admon (with the Will annexed) of the goods chattels and credits of Stephen Samuel Stanley formerly Assistant Surgeon in the Royal Navy and late Surgeon onboard Her Majesty’s Ship Erebus at Sea deceased was granted to Robert Barr the Universal Legate named in the said Will having been first sworn by Comōn duly to administer Charles William Hallett and Hartwell John Mauve Esquires the Executors named in the said will having renounced the Probate and execution thereof.