Will of William May of Bramley
Bullsdown Farm, Bramley, Hampshire, 16th May 1775
In the Name of God Amen I William May of Bullsdown Farm in the parish of Bramley in the County of Southampton yeoman being weak in body but of a sound perfect and disposing mind memory and understanding praised be God for the same do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner following that is to say First I order and direct all and singular my just debts legacies and annuity hereinafter mentioned to be fully satisfied and paid by my Executors hereinafter named And I do hereby subject and make liable all my Real and Personal Estate with and for the payment of the same accordingly Also I give devise and bequeath unto my son William May the legacy or sum of four hundred and fifty pounds of good and lawful money of Great Britain Also I give devise and bequeath unto my son Charles May the legacy or sum of six hundred pounds of like lawful money Also I give devise and bequeath unto my daughters Ann the wife of John Mathews and Jane the wife of John Ellis the legacy or sum of two hundred pounds apiece of like lawful money over and besides the sum of two hundred pounds apiece for which I have given bonds on their marriage all which said legacies above mentioned I order and direct to be paid within twelve months next after my decease by my Executor hereinafter named Also I give devise and bequeath to my dearly beloved wife Ann and her assigns for and during the term of her natural life all the Messuage Tenement and Garden Farm Lands and Premises with their and every of their apputenances situate lying and being in Basing in the said County of Southampton and now rented by my son John May and from and after her decease I give devise and bequeath the same to my said son Charles May his Heirs and Assigns forever subject nevertheless and liable to the payment of Te Pounds a year of lawful money to my said son William May and his Assigns for and during the term of his natural life to be paid half yearly and to commence immediately from and after the decease of my said wife Ann Also I give devise and bequeath unto my said wife Ann the bed bedstead and furniture late belonging to her mother as also all my Linen and Plate to her sole use Also I give devise and bequeath unto my said wife Ann and her assigns for and during the term of her natural life one annuity or clear yearly sum of Ten pounds of lawful money of Great Britain to be paid to her by two equal half yearly payments in the year that is to say on the Feast day of Saint Michael the Archangel and the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary by even and equal portions the first payment thereof to begin and be made on such of the said Feast days as shall first and next happen after my decease by my executor hereinafter named And Lastly All the rest and residue of my goods chattels securities for Money Real and Personal Estate of what use or kind soever that I shall be possessed of at the time of my decease (subject to the payments aforesaid) I give devise and bequeath unto my said son John May his Heirs Executors Administrators and Assigns and I make nominate constitute and appoint him my said son John May full and sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all former and other wills by me at any time heretofore made and declaring this only to be my last Will and Testament In Witness hereof I the said William May the Testator hereto this my last Will and Testament set my Hand and Seal this Sixteenth day of May in the Year of Our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Seventy Five.
Signed sealed published and declared by the said William May the Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the Presence of us who have subscribed our names as Witnesses in his Presence and in the Presence of each other at his request and desire:
5th June 1777
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