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John King of Harwell - his Will - 22 March 1774

 John is in my family tree but I know little about him. Further details can be found here.

 In the name of God Amen I John King the Elder of Harwell in the County of Berks Yeoman

being by Divine Providence in perfect health of Body and of a Sound Disposing mind Memory and Understanding Do make and ordain this my last
Will and Testament in manner and form following /that is to say/ First and principally I recommend my Soul to God who gave it to me and my Body to the
Earth to be decntly Interred at the discretion of my Executors hereinafter named And as for such Temporal Estate wherewith it hath pleased Almighty God
to bestow upon me I give and dispose thereof as followeth Viz my Will is that all my Just Debts which I shall own at the time of my decease together with my
Funeral expences be duly paid and discharged as soon after my decease as the same may or can conveniently be done. I give and bequeath uno my Loving
Wife Martha King one annuity or yearly sum of Twenty Pounds of lawfull Money of great Britain to be paid to her my said Wife Martha King or her
Assigns half yearly by equal portions clear of all Taxes or any deductions or outgoings whatsoever for and during the term of her natural life the First payment
thereof to begin and be made at the End of Six Months next after my decease And my further Will is and I do hereby declare that the aforesaid Annuity so given
to my said Wife shall be in parr and full satisfaction of all dowers and thirds and any Widows Estate which she my said Wife Martha shall or may Claim after
my decease or be Intitled to in any manner whatsoever out of my Estate whether Freehold Lease hold or Copy hold And I do hereby Order and Direct that she my said
Wife Martha King shall acquit and discharge the same thereof Accordingly But if my said Wife shall refuse so to do and shall Claim her Dower and thirds out of
my Freehold and Leasehold Estates and her Widowhood out of my Copyhold Estate according to the Custom of the manor of which the same is held Then the aforesaid
Annuity shall become utterly void and of no Effect Also I Give and bequeath unto my said Wife Martha King such of my Household Goods and Implements of
Household and Linen as she shall approve of to Furnish the best End of the House hereinafter mentioned and bequeathed to her to live in after my decease for and
during the full term of her natural Life (saving and except a few fixtures which I hereby order shall remain as they now are and not to be taken down) Also
I Give and bequeath unto Martha my said Wife for and during the term of her natural life All the best End of that Tenement or Dwelling House situate and being
in Harwell aforesaid commonly called or known by the Name of Jefferies wherein my son John King now Dwelleth together with the garden and all that my said son
now Occupieth or liveth of the said House and premises and my further Will and desire is that my said son John King shall leave all the fixtures belonging to the
last mentioned premisses for the life of my said Wife Martha King During the term of her natural Life And also my further Will is and I do hereby give order and direct
that my Executors hereinafter mentioned shall yearly and every during the Life of my said Wife Fetch one Load of fuel either Wood or Coal such as my said Wife
shall think fit to burn and make use of and deliver the same at the aforesaid Dwelling House where she shall dwell in Harwell aforesaid Also I give and
bequeath to the poor of Harwell aforesaid Twenty pounds of lawfull money of Great Britain and interest thereof (after the rate of Five per Cent per Annum) to be laid out
in Bread and Distributed amongst them at at the discretion of my Executors their Heirs and Assigns at Christmas yearly for ever, and I charge all that my Freehold
Estate called or known by the Name of Jefferies situate in Harwell aforesaid with the payment of the same Also I give devise and bequeath all those my
Messuages Lands Tenements Hereditaments and Estates whatsoever whether Freehold Leasehold or Copyhold Situate lying and being in Harwell aforesaid or
elsewhere with the appurtenances thereunto belonging together with all my Goods Chattles and Credits of what nature or kind soever and wheresoever not
herein before by me bequeathed unto my Three friends William Bennett Francis Tirrell of Harwell aforesaid Yeomen John Mallam of Chilton in the said County of Berks Yeoman and 
William Loder of the city of Oxford Sadler their Heirs Executors and Administrators and the survivors of them to the intent to suport the Devises []
Trusts Limitations and bequests mentioned in this my last Will and Testament so that they may not be Destroyed But in Trust nevertheless to permitt
and suffer my said son John King to receive the Rents [] and profits thereof for and during his natural Life and from and after his Decease I give
Devise and bequeath all those my Messuages Lands Tenements Hereditaments and Estates whatsoever whether Freehold Leasehold or Copyhold situate lying
and being in Harwell aforesaid or elsewhere with the appurtenances thereunto belonging to such Child or Children of the Boddy of my said son John King
lawfully Issuing to be Equally divided amongst them share and share alike and in Default of such Issue I Give Devise and bequeath the same to the
next Male Heir lawfully descending from my said son John King Also my further Will and desire is that my said Trustees shall immediately
after my decease take an inventory of all my stock ready money and all other my goods Chattles and Credits not hereinbefore bequeathed and make
an [] of the same and dispose thereof to the best Advantage and the Money arrising therefrom I desire may be put out at Interest
upon such Security or Securities as they shall think proper and most beneficial and the Interest Arising therefrom I give and bequeath to my said Son
John King and after the decease of my said Son I Give and bequeath the principal and Interest thereof unto such Child or Children of the Body of my
said Son John King lawfully Issuing to be equally divided amongst them Share and Share alike and in Default of such Issue I Give and bequeath
the same to the next Male Heir lawfully descending from my said Son John King And I do hereby charge all my Real and Personal Estate 
with the payment of the said Annuity bequeathed to my said Wife Martha King And also my further Will and desire is that my said Trustees
do from time to time reimburse themselves out of my Effects for their trouble and expenses that they may be put unto in the management of this
my Will and as a token of my Friendship I Give to each of them the sum of One Guinea to buy a Gold mourning Ring And Lastly I do hereby
nominate Constitute and Appoint them the said William Bennett Francis Tirrell John Mallam and William Loder Joint Executors in Trust to this 
my last Will and Testament hereby revoking and making void all former and other Will and Wills by me at any Time heretofore made In
Witness whereof I the said John King the Elder the Testator have to this my last Will and Testament contained in One sheet of paper set my hand
and seal this Twenty Second day of March in the Year of our Lord One thousand Seven hundred and Seventy four.
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