His main heir was his son, Joseph. Another notable legacy was that if his family failed, ¹500 was to be used to set up a Foundling hospital. This was in fact founded in 1739.
He had manually altered his will so substantiually, that his son had to get a private Act of Parliament to obtain its approval.
PROB 11/614 Dept: Records of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury Series: Prerogative Court of Canterbury and related Probate Jurisdictions: Will Registers Piece: Name of Register: Farrant Quire Numbers: 46 - 92 Date: 13 December 1727 Description: Will of Joseph Banks of Revesby Abby, Lincolnshire Image contains: 1 will of many for the catalogue reference
PROB 11/617 Dept: Records of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury Series: Prerogative Court of Canterbury and related Probate Jurisdictions: Will Registers Piece: Name of Register: Farrant Quire Numbers: 197 - 250 Date: 13 December 1727 Description: Sentence of Joseph Banks of Reavesby Abby, Lincolnshire
COPY of the WILL of JOSEPH BANKS ESQ. Dated 27th July The Last Will and Testament of Mee Joseph Banks the Eldest of Reavesby als Reversby Abby in the County of Lincolne Esqr made and Executed this Twenty Seventh day of July One thousand seven hundred and twenty and six and in the Twelveth Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord King George and at my age of Sixty Years.
FIRST I the said Joseph Banks being in perfect Health both in Body and Mind praised be Almighty God for the same But considering the certainty of Death and the uncertainty when it shall please God to take me out of this Life to prevent Disputes betwixt my Children after my Decease Doe by this my Will confirm the Settlement made on my only Son Joseph Banks Juniors Marriage with my Dear Daughter in Law Ann his wife of the greatest part of my Mannours Lands and Tenements in Holbeach Whapload Fleet Moulton and Gedney in the Parts of Holland in the County of Lincolne ITEM my Mannors of Hume and Dame Amyas and my capital Messuage call'd Hurne Hall and the Chequer Inn in Holbeach and all other my Messuages and Farmes in the possession of John Drewry Thomas Cliffe John Brasse Charles Maxwell John Wharton John Betts Dm Stewkley late Good and all other my Farmes and Estate at and near Holbeach and Hurne in the said Parts of Holland unsettled and subject to a Rent Charge of Thirty eight pounds And to Mrs. Rebecca Burton Widdow for her life together with my Tythes of the Sea Lathes in Moulton with the Lands where the Tythe Barne stood lately purchased of Thomas White Esq and all other my Estate not settl'd on my sons marriage in the Parts of South Holland being about Three hundred pounds And I give to my said son Joseph Banks for ninety nine years if he so long live and after his Decease to his son Joseph Banks my grandson for ninety nine years if he so long live ITEM I give and Devise my several Mannors of Reavesby als Reaversby and the late Dissolv'd Abby or Monastery of Reavesby als Reaversby and the Church with the Bells and Church Yard there Also the Grange of Reavesby and my Mannor of St. Sythes and the capital Messe called St. Sythes Hall in Reavesby wherein I dwell and all my new Park in Reavesby and Minningsby and my inniLgsby Park caU'd BuUingbrooke Park als Kirkby Park and all at leased my Farm Houses Outhouses and Gardens and all my art of the