The Will of Sarah Pearce of Little Bedwyn 1754

Saturday, 17 November 2012 11:37 AM GMT

Contributed by: Jerry Green

 Another Pearce will that mentions children and grandchildren, who are also mentioned in Stephen and John's wills below.

 In the Name of God Amen
I Sarah Pearce of the Parish of Little Bedwin in the
County of Wilts Widow Relict and Administratix of
Stephen Pearce late of the said Parish Yeoman deceased
being of sound and perfect mind and memory thanks be to
Almighty God for the same do make this my Last Will and
Testament in manner following that is to say First I will
that all such just debts that I shall owe at the time of
my decease and my Funeral Expenses shall be paid by the
Executor of this my Will Item I give unto my Son James
Pearce the sum of Eight hundred pounds of Lawful money of
Great Britain to be paid him at the end of one year next after
my decease Item I give unto my Grand- daughter Ann
Prior the sum of twenty pounds of Like Lawful money if
she shall be living at the end of One Year next after my
decease to be paid her at the Age of One and twenty years

0r Day of Marriage which shall first happen Item I
give unto my daughter Mary Snook Widow three pounds
of like lawful money to be paid to her if she shall be living
at the end of one year next after my decease Item I give
and bequeath unto my said daughter Mary Snook One
Annuity or yearly sume of Five pounds of like lawful money
to be paid into her hands yearly and every year for and
during the time she shall continue a widow by four equal
quarterly payments the first payment thereof to begin
and made at the end of the first three calender months
next after my decease And I do charge all my personal
Estate with the payment thereof Item I give to my
Sons and daughters Stephen Pearce John Pearce
Sarah Knight widow and Ann Prior the sum of ten
pounds apiece of Like Lawful money to be paid to them
respectively at the end of One year next after my decease
Item I give unto my Grand-sons John Pearce and John
Smith the sum of ten pounds apiece af like lawful money
to be paid to such of them as shall be Living at the end
of One year next after my decease Item I give unto
my Grandsons John Knight and James Snook the sum of
Five Pounds a piece of like Lawful money to be paid to
such of them as shall be Living at the end of One
year next after my decease Item I give unto my said
Grand-son James Snook the Bedstead Feather Bed
Bolster Pillows Rug Blankets One pair of Sheets Curtains
and Vallances with the Appurtenances thereunto
belonging which were my Late Brother James [] deceased
if he shall be Living at the end of one year next after my
decease Item all the Rest and Residue of my Goods Chattles
Plate Rings and Personal Estate whatsoever I give and
bequeath unto my Son Daniel Pearce whom I do make
and appoint full and sole Executor of this my Last
Will and Testament and I do revoke all former Wills
by me made In witness whereof I the said Sarah Pearce
have hereunto set my hand and seal the twenty fifth day
of February in the year of our Lord One thousand seven
hundred and fifty four /-/ Sarah Pearce/-/ Signed
Sealed published and declared by the said Testatrix Sarah
Pearce as and for her Last Will and Testament in the
presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names
as Witnesses in the presence and at the request of the said
Testatrix /-/ Edw Harris ~ James Eyles.

This Will was proved at London the thirteenth
day of January in the year of our Lord One thousand seven
hundred and seventy five before the Right Worshipful Sir
George Hay Knight Doctor of Laws Master Keeper of
Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury
Lawfully constituted by the Oath of Daniel Pearce the
Son of the deceased and sole Executor named in the said
Will to whom Administration was granted of all and
singular the Goods Chattles and Credits of the said
deceased he having been first sworn by commission duly
to administer.

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