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Will of Charles MAY of Basing
Hampshire, yeoman, 16th July 1807

This is the Last Will and Testament of me Charles MAY of Basing in the County of Southampton, Yeoman, made in sound mind, memory and understanding as follows that is to say.  First I will and direct all my first debts, funeral and testamentary charges and expenses to be paid and discharged by my Executor herein after named as soon as conveniently may be after my decease.  I give and bequeath to my nephews William MATTHEWS, Joseph MATTHEWS, Daniel MATTHEWS and James MATTHEWS the respective legacies or sums of lawful money current in Great Britain following that is to say to William MATTHEWS the sum of six hundred pounds, to Joseph MATTHEWS the sum of five hundred and fifty pounds, to Daniel MATTHEWS the sum of four hundred pounds and to James MATTHEWS the sum of six hundred pounds the said respective legacies to be paid to them respectively at the end of one year next after my decease.  Also I give and bequeath to my sister Jane ELLIS the sum of one thousand and two hundred pounds of lawful money aforesaid after the    -   rate of first pounds per centum per annum for and during the term of her natural life payable by equal half yearly payments the first payment thereof to commence and be made at the end of the first six months next after my decease and immediately after her decease.  I give and bequeath the said principal sum of one thousand and two hundred pounds unto and between all and every the children of my said sister Jane ELLIS which shall be living at that time and the issue of such of her children as she that happen to be dead equally share and share alike such issue to be entitled only to the share his, her or their father or mother would have been entitled to if living.  Also I give and bequeath to Jane ELLIS the daughter of my said sister Jane ELLIS for and during the term of her natural life one annuity or clear yearly sum of ten pounds of lawful money aforesaid payable by equal half yearly payments the first payment thereof to begin and be made at the end of the first six months next after my decease.  Also I give and bequeath to my niece Mary MAY now living with me the sum of five hundred pounds of lawful money aforesaid to be paid to her at the end of one year next after my decease.  Also I give and devise unto my brother William of Bullsdown Farm in the Parish of Bramley in the said County of Southampton, yeoman, all that my freehold messuage or tenement, lands, grounds, hereditaments and premises with their and every of their appurtenances situate and being in the Parish of Basing aforesaid to hold to him my said brother William MAY and his assigns for and during the term of his natural life and immediately after his decease I give and devise the said messuage or tenement, lands, grounds, hereditaments and premises unto my nephew Daniel MAY son of my said brother his heirs and assigns forever.  And as to all and singular my leasehold messuages or tenements, lands, grounds, hereditaments and premises with their respective appurtenances and also all my farming stock, monies and securities for money, goods, chattels, rights, credits and personal estate whatsoever and wheresoever not hereinbefore otherwise disposed of I give and bequeath the same and every part thereof unto my said brother William MAY his executors, admons and assigns and I do hereby nominate, constitute and appoint my said brother William MAY sole executor of this my Last Will and Testament hereby revoking and making void all former and other wills and testaments by me heretofore made declaring this only to be and contain my Last Will and Testament in writing whereof I the said Charles MAY the testator have to this my Last Will and Testament written and contained in two leaves of paper set my hand at the bottom of the preceding sheet and my hand and seal to this second and last sheet this sixteenth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seven.

Chas. May

Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said testator Charles MAY as and for his Last Will and Testament in the presence of us who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other subscribed our names as witness thereto.

James Cooper
Robert Cooper
Jas. Warne

This will was proved at London on the seventh day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eight before the Right Honourable Sir William WYNNE, Knight, Doctor of Laws, Master Keeper a Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the oath of William MAY the sole executor named in the said will to whom administration was granted of all and singular the goods, chattels of the deceased having been first sworn by commission only to administer.
 

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