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Will of Daniel MAY of Sonning
Sonning Eye, Oxfordshire, gentleman, 14th August 1851

This is the Last Will and Testament of me Daniel MAY of that part of the Parish of Sonning which is situate in the County of Oxford, Gentleman.  Whereas by indenture of appointment and grant bearing date on or about the fourteenth day of May one thousand eight hundred and forty five and made or expressed to be made between the Right Honourable Alexander Lord ASHBURTON of the one part and me the said Daniel MAY of the other part.  The said Alexander Lord ASHBURTON did thereby for himself his heirs, executors and administrators covenant, promise and agree with and to me the said Daniel MAY my executors, administrators and assigns that if my son Edmund MAY should depart this life before the Rectory and Parish Church of All Cannings in the County of Wilts should become vacant by the death, resignation, deprivation, cession or promotion of the Reverend METHUEN the then and now present incumbent thereof then and in such case he the said Alexander Lord ASHBURTON his heirs, executors or administrators should and would within three calendar months after the death of the said Edmund MAY well and truly pay or cause to be paid to me the said Daniel MAY my executors, administrators and assigns the sum of five thousand pounds being the amount of the purchase money for such next presentation as aforesaid with interest for the same after the rate of three pounds for every hundred pounds by the year to be computed from the day of the date of the now reciting presents.  Now I the said Daniel MAY do hereby direct that if my son the said Edmund MAY should depart this life before the Rectory and Parish of All Cannings in the County of Wilts shall become vacant by the death, resignation, deprivation, cession or promotion of the said Reverend METHUEN that then and in that case the executors of my said will (that is to say) my sons Thomas MAY, Walter MAY and Morgan MAY shall and do recover and receive of and from the representatives of the said Alexander Lord ASHBURTON (who has lately departed this life) the said sum of five thousand pounds and all interest that may become due thereon upon trust that they the said Thomas MAY, Walter MAY and Morgan MAY and the survivors or survivor of them and the executors, administrators and assigns of such survivor do and shall pay the said sum of five thousand pounds and all interest that may become due and be paid thereon unto the executors or administrators of the said Edmund MAY as part of his personal estate.  And I give, devise and bequeath all my freehold, copyhold and leasehold estates (my leasehold estates for all the term and terms for years to which I shall be entitled therein at the time of my decease) and all other my real estate now vested in me or which shall be vested in me at the time of my death and all my personal estate and property whatsoever and of what nature or kind soever and whether the same be in possession, reversion, remainder or expectancy (subject nevertheless as respects my personal estate to the payment of my just debts and my funeral and testamentary expenses) unto my three sons Thomas MAY, Walter MAY and Morgan MAY their respective heirs, executors, administrators and assigns according to the different natures and qualities of the same estates respectively as tenants in common and not as joint tenants.  And I give devise and bequeath unto my said sons Thomas MAY, Walter MAY and Morgan MAY their executors, administrators and assigns all such freehold, copyhold and leasehold messuages, lands, tenements and hereditaments whatsoever as are now vested in me at the time of my death either as a trustee or mortgagee in any way howsoever to hold the same unto and to the use of the said Thomas MAY, Walter MAY and Morgan MAY their heirs, executors, administrators and assigns and subject to the like trusts and equity of redemption upon and subject to which the same premises are now or shall be vested in me and with the same powers and authorities as far as I can devise and bequeath the same and as I have or may be entitled to in and over the same premises but I direct that the money received upon such mortgages shall be considered and taken as part of my personal estate.  And I do so hereby authorise and empower my said executors to pay any debts owing by me or claimed from me upon any evidence they shall think proper and to accept any security real or personal for any debt or debts owing to me and also to compromise or compound any debt or debts owing to me and to allow such time for the payment thereof as to them or him shall seem reasonable.  In witness whereof I the said Daniel MAY the testator have to this my will contained in three sheets of paper subscribed my name this fourteenth day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty one.

Dl. May

The signatures at the foot or end of the foregoing writing having been made by Daniel MAY of that part of the Parish of Sonning which is situate in the County of Oxford, gentleman, in the presence of us both together we immediately thereafter without quitting his presence and in the presence of each other have attested and do subscribe the same as his last will.

Joseph Whatley, of Reading Solicitor
Edward Earle, miller of Sonning

Proved by the executors in the Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury on or about the thirteenth day of October one thousand eight hundred and fifty one.


 

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