Francis King of Harwell - his Will - 31 August 1743

Thursday, 17 November 2016 04:08 PM GMT

Contributed by: Jerry Green

Francis was my 7xG Uncle. More details of his life can be found here.

In the Name of God Amen I Francis King of Harwell in the county of Berks yeoman being aged and infirm of body but of good understanding thanks be to god and Considering the uncertainty of this life do make this my last will and Testament in writeing in manner following First I Commend my Soul to god and my body to the Earth and as for such worldly estate which the lord of his mercy hath sent and I give and dispose that as hereinafter followeth Inprimis I give and devise unto my son John King and to his heirs and successors for ever all my Estate in Harwell aforesaid in which I now live with the lands and appurtanences thereunto belonging called popes with the malt mil? [] the long table in the hall and the two stone cisterns [] unto and charged and charged and chargeable with and lyable to the payment of one hundred pounds of Lawful money of Great Britain unto my son Francis King within two years time after my decease That is fifty pounds a year and also Subject to the payment of Twenty pounds aforesaidyear of like money to Grant my loving wife during the form? of her natural life The same to be paid tro her by four equal quarterly payments free from all taxes and abatements the first payment which is five pounds to be made and paid in three months time after my decease Item I also give and devise unto my said son John King and to his heirs and assigns for ever All that messuage and Tenement Barn and orchard in Harwel aforesaid called Jefferys ( but not thye arable land and other appurtanences thereto belonging ) Subject unto and charged and chargeable nevertheless with the payment of fifty pounds of like money to my son Francis King within one years time after my decease Item all the rest and residue of my Estate in land goods catle chattels and Implements of husbandry I give to my loving wife Grace for the space of four years from this time in case I should dye before the said four years is Expired Item all the debts that shall be due to me at the time of my decease I also give and bequeath unto my sd wife Item I also give and bequeath unto my said wife the use and wear? of all my household goods during her natural life and from and after her decease I do give the same unto my two sons William and Edward to be equally divided betweeen them as my said son John and my Brother Edward and my kinsman William Jennens?? or the survivor or survivors of them shall think just and equitable Item and after the end and expiration of the said four years or after the decease of my sd wife if she should dye sooner then I do hereby further give devise and bequeath all my other said Estates in Land goods cattle and chattles of husbandry then remaining ( except the value of Fifty pounds out of my stock which I allow and give my wife power to dispose of by her will or otherwise ) unto my two sons the said William King and Edward King their heirs Exors adms and assigns for ever or for such Term as I have power to dispose of the same The same to be parted between them as Equally as my son John King and my brother Edward King and my kinsman William Jennens or the survivor or survivors of them can part and divide the same Item and my P son I also [] sign to them such wishings? as shall be thought proper to confirm their titles Item and after all my just debts are paid I do make and appoint my said wife Grace and my son John King to be [] Executrix and Executor joyntly of this my last wil and Testament hereby revoking and making voyd all other and former wills and Testaments by me made or declared In Testimoney whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 31st day of August 1743 Signed sealed published and declared by the sd Francis King the Testator to be his last wil and Testament In the presence of us who subscribed our names as witnesses hereunto at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other Zach Keate [] Elizabeth Keate her mark. This will / with the codicil annexed / was proved at Abingdon the nineteenth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and forty three /English Style/ before the Revd Joseph [] Master of Arts Surrogate of the Revd and worshipfull Samuel Knight Doctor in Divinity Archdeacon of the Archdeaconry of Berks by the Oaths of Grace King the widow and relict and John King the son of the said deceased and Executors in the said will named to whom was committed? the Administration of all and singular the Goods and Chattells of the said deceased they being first sworn of the truth of the [] will and codicil and of well and truly performing the same and exhibiting a true and perfect Inventory of the Goods and Chattells of the said deceased and rendering an account thereof when required

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