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Will of Ann WILLIS formerly MAY
of Huish

Nately Scures, Hampshire, widow, 12th February 1827

This is the Last Will and Testament of me Ann WILLIS of Huish in the Parish of Nately Scures and County of Southampton, Widow.  First I will, ordain and direct that all my just debts, funeral and testamentary charges and expenses be full paid and satisfied by my Executors hereinafter named as soon as conveniently may be after my decease.  I give and bequeath unto my brother in law Thomas HUTTON of Nately in the said County of Southampton, Mealman, and my friend John GOODWIN of Datchet in the County of Bucks, Gentleman ......... hereinafter named the sum of forty pounds each of lawful money of Great Britain for the care and trouble they may have in executing this my will and performing the trusts hereby in.  I give and devise unto my nephew John WEBB of Murrel Green all that my messuage or tenement with the buildings, yard, garden and premises thereto belonging as now in the occupation of Miss PARSONS situate, lying and being at Hooke in the Parish of Odiham in the said County of Southampton and also all that my messuage or tenement, workshop, garden, yard and premises thereto belonging as now in the occupation of Andrew Woodgate GOWER situate, lying and being at Hooke aforesaid and which said last mentioned messuage or tenement has lately been erected and built on a piece or plot of ground formerly belonging to and purchased with the said first described messuage or tenement and premises and also the cottage or tenement adjoining with the garden and premises belonging being occupied by ..... GRIMWOOD to hold the same messuages or tenements, hereditaments and premises and every part thereof with their and every of their appurtenances unto the said John WEBB for and during the term of his natural life and from and immediately after his decease I give and devise the same messuages or tenements, hereditaments and premises and every part thereof unto Frances the wife of the said John WEBB for and during the term of her natural life and from and immediately after her decease or in the event of her dying in the lifetime of the said John WEBB then from and immediately after his decease I give and devise the same messuages and tenements, hereditaments and premises and every part thereof unto the said Thomas HUTTON and John GOODWIN their executors and administrators upon trust that they the said Thomas HUTTON and John GOODWIN or the survivor of them his executors or administrators do and shall as soon as conveniently maybe sell and dispose of the same messuages or tenements, hereditaments and premises either by public auction or private contract as in their discretion may seem most expedient and pay and apply the money arising therefrom equally between and amongst the children of the said John WEBB and Frances his wife and the issue of such as may be dead (such issue taking only his, her or their parents share) in manner hereinafter mentioned (that is to say) to pay the share or shares of such child or children as shall be then living and have attained the age of twenty one years to him her or them immediately and to invest the share or shares of such child or children as shall not have attained that age or that may be dead leaving issue on Government or real securities and pay over or transfer the same shares to them and their issue respectively in their several proportions on their severally attaining that age with interest in the meantime towards their support and maintenance and with benefit of survivorship generally to the children of the said John WEBB and Frances his wife if any or either of them shall die under that age and without lawful issue and in the event of there being only one child of the said John WEBB and Frances his wife who shall attain that age or leave lawful issue then upon trust to pay and apply the whole of such money arising from the sale of the said messuages or tenements, hereditaments and premises and the interest and dividends arising therefrom to such one child his or her lawful issue in like manner as therein before directed with regard to the shares of the other children (if more than one) and for conducting the sale of the said messuages, tenements, hereditamets and premises as therein before directed.  I do hereby will and direct that the receipt or receipts in writing for the money arising from the sale of the said messuages, tenements, hereditaments and premises or any part thereof signed by the said Thomas HUTTON and John GOODWIN or the survivor of them his executors or administrators shall be of sufficient discharge or sufficient discharges to such purchaser or purchasers for his or their purchase money or monies of for so much thereof as in such receipt or receipts respectively shall be acknowledged or expressed to have been secured and that after such receipt or receipts as aforesaid shall be so given such purchaser or purchasers shall not be obliged to see to the application or be answerable or accountable for the misapplication or non-application of his, her or their purchase money or part thereof.  Also I give and bequeath unto the said Thomas HUTTON and John GOODWIN or the survivor of them his executors or administrators do and shall immediately after my decease invest or place out the same in some ..... of the public funds or on good real security at interest and pay and apply the interest or dividends thereof by half yearly payments to and for the sole use and benefit of my half sister Elizabeth HUTTON for the term of her natural life exclusive of her present or any future husband and without being subject to his or their debts, control and management and I do direct that her receipt alone not withstanding her present or future coverture shall from time to time be a good and sufficient discharge to my said trustees for the same and from and immediately after her decease upon trust to call in and pay and divide the said principal sum of one thousand pounds or the stock purchased therewith being more or less unto and equally between Thomas, James, Elizabeth and Jane HUTTON the sons and daughters of my said half sister Elizabeth HUTTON their respective executors and administrators.  Also I give and bequeath unto my nephew the said John WEBB of Murrell Green the legacy or sum of six hundred pounds of lawful money of Great Britain and to my nephew James WEBB of Mapledurwell the legacy or sum of eighteen hundred pounds of like lawful money.  Also I give and bequeath unto my niece Elizabeth the widow of John BIRD late of West Green the legacy or sum of five hundred pounds of like lawful money and I do hereby expressly direct in case my said nephews John WEBB and James WEBB and my said niece Elizabeth BIRD any or either of them shall depart this life before my decease that the said several legacies herein before given to them respectively shall not thereby lapse.  But in such case I do hereby give and bequeath the said several legacies to the several and respective executors or administrators of the said John WEBB, James WEBB and Elizabeth BIRD to be held and applied by them respectively as part of the personal estate of the said John WEBB, James WEBB and Elizabeth BIRD.  Also I give and bequeath unto Ann the wife of James THUMWOOD of Hooke late the widow of my late brother William WEBB the sum of fifty pounds of lawful money of Great Britain and to my first husbands brother William MAY the legacy or sum of twenty pounds of like lawful money.  And also to such of the sons and daughters of the said William MAY as shall be living at the time of my decease (except his son Thomas and daughter Ann) I give and bequeath the legacy or sum of ten pounds each of like lawful money and to the said Ann the daughter of the said William MAY I give and bequeath the legacy or sum of fifty pounds.  Also I give and bequeath unto the sons of Ann MATHEWS the sister of my first husband the legacy or sum of fifty pounds each and in case any or either of them shall depart this life before my decease I give and bequeath the same several legacies to their respective executors or administrators to be applied as part of their personal estate respectively and to the widow of William MATHEWS deceased son of the said Ann MATHEWS I give and bequeath the sum of twenty pounds and in case she shall depart this life before my decease I give and bequeath the said legacy of twenty pounds equally between and amongst her children.  Also I give and bequeath unto Ann the widow of the late Daniel MATHEWS deceased the legacy or sum of twenty pounds or equally between her children if she shall die in my lifetime.  Also I give and bequeath to the widow of the late Thomas MATHEWS deceased the legacy or sum of one hundred pounds.  Also I give and bequeath unto Ann the wife of Richard FRY of Herriard, husbandman, the legacy or sum of twenty pounds equally between her children if she shall die in my lifetime.  Also I give and bequeath unto my said nieces Elizabeth and Jane HUTTON the legacy or sum of one hundred pounds, to my nephews Thomas and James HUTTON the legacy or sum of five hundred pounds of lawful money of Great Britain all which legacies by me herein before given I will and direct shall be paid to the respective legatees within six months next after my decease or as soon after that time as shall be convenient to my Executors.  Also I give and bequeath unto Mrs. GOODWIN the daughter of my late husband Michael WILLIS deceased the legacy or sum of thirty pounds of like lawful money to buy her mourning which I direct to be paid to her immediately after my decease.  Also I give unto the said Mrs. GOODWIN my best tea urn, my pieced liquor stand and glasses, the two urn rugs of the same pattern worked by my daughter just before her death and my gold headed cane.  I also give and bequeath unto my said niece Elizabeth BIRD my dozen of silver desert spoons marked M.  Also to my said niece Elizabeth HUTTON my gold watch, gold chain and seals, six silver table spoons marked AM and six others marked W.  To my said niece Jane HUTTON my best dozen of silver tea spoons, one pair of silver sugar tongs, one silver chrome cup marked M and two tureen ladles marked M.  To my said nephew James WEBB of Mapledurwell one dozen of silver tea spoons, one pair of sugar tongs, a pair of silver chased table spoons marked M, two tureen ladles marked M and two plated night candlesticks.  To my half sister the said Elizabeth HUTTON my silver teapot.  To my nephew the said Thomas HUTTON two large silver gravy spoons and a plated set of castors.  To my nephew the said James HUTTON one silver pepper castor, one silver pinch salt, one pair of plated candlesticks lately new and two tureen ladles marked M.  And to the said Frances the wife of my said nephew John WEBB my four plated candlesticks and plated coffee biggin and all the residue of my silver and plated articles not before bequeathed.  And as to my clothes and wearing apparel, rings and other jewels not herein before by me disposed I give and bequeath the same and every part thereof unto my said half sister Elizabeth HUTTON and her two daughters.  Also I give and bequeath unto Isabella WATSON who is now residing with me the legacy or sum of twenty pounds if she shall be living with me at the time of my decease which I direct shall be paid to her immediately after my decease.  Also I give and bequeath all and singular my household goods and furniture, bed, bedding and other effects within my dwelling house of which I may die possessed and all my table and other linen, china, glass, wines, spirits and other liquors unto and equally between and amongst my said nephews John WEBB and James WEBB, my nephews the said Thomas HUTTON and James HUTTON and my nieces the said Elizabeth and Jane HUTTON share and share alike and as for and concerning all and singular my live and dead stock in husbandry, corn, hay, cattle, the residue of my monies (after payment or otherwise placing out of the legacies and sums herein before mentioned), securities for money and in general all the residue and remainder of my personal estate and effects whatsoever and wheresoever not herein before by me disposed of and of which I may die possessed or entitled unto I give and bequeath the same and every part thereof unto my said trustees, their executors and administrators upon the trust and for the ends, intents and purposes following that is to say upon trust that they my said trustees or the survivor of them, his executors or administrators and shall sell and dispose of (either by public auction or private contract to them shall seem best and as soon as conveniently may be after my decease) all and every part of my said live and dead stock in husbandry, corn, hay and cattle and all other my chattels and effects (not herein before disposed of) which may not then consist of money.  And also to call in such monies as may be owing to me on security or otherwise at the time of my decease and out of the monies arising therefrom together with all such other monies as may remain unapplied and undisposed of under the trusts of this my will to pay and make good the balance of account which may appear to be justly due from unto my said brother-in-law William MAY on account of the live and dead stock in husbandry on Huish Farm taken to by me on the death of my first husband John MAY deceased and my .....  therein (if any) shall be due between the time of my decease and the time of payment.  And after payment and satisfaction thereof upon trust to pay the residue and remainder of such monies and every part thereof unto and equally between and amongst my nephews the said John WEBB and James WEBB and my nephews and nieces the said Thomas, James, Elizabeth and Jane HUTTON their respective executors and administrators share and share alike to and for their own sole use and benefit respectively.  And I do hereby will, order and direct that my said executors and trustees or either of them shall not be liable to answer or make good any less or lessee that shall or may happen in the placing out all or any part of the trust monies according to the directions of this my will or in transacting any money affairs or otherwise relating to or concerning the execution of the trusts contained in this my will unless the same shall happen by or through their or either of their wilful neglect or default nor shall either of them be answerable or accountable for the acts, deeds, receipts or disbursements of the other of them but each of them shall be answerable only for his own separate acts, deeds, receipts or disbursements.  And I do hereby direct that my said executors and trustees shall and may pay and reimburse himself and themselves all necessary and reasonable costs, charges and expenses whatsoever which they or either of them shall or may bear, pay, sustain or be put unto in or about the execution of this my will or the trusts hereby in them reposed.  And lastly I do hereby nominate, constitute and appoint the said Thomas HUTTON and John GOODWIN joint executors and trustees of this my will.  And I do hereby revoke and make void all former and other wills by me at any time heretofore made and do declare this only to be and contain my Last Will and Testament.  In witness whereof I the said Ann WILLIS the testatrix have to this my Last Will and Testament contained in six sheets of paper set my hand and seal (to wit) my hand only to the five first sheets thereof and my hand and seal to this sixth and last sheet the twelfth day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty seven.

Ann Willis

Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said Ann WILLIS the testatrix as and for her Last Will and Testament in the presence of me who in her presence at her request and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witness to the interlination between the seventeenth and eighteenth lines from the top of the first sheet being first made.

W Gower, Hook
William Benham, servant to Mrs WILLIS
J.C. Shivell, solicitor, Basingstoke

Proved at London 17th August 1827 before the judge by the oaths of Thomas HUTTON and John GOODWIN the executors to whom administration was granted being first sworn by commission only to administer.
 

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