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(35) Will of Richard Heath – 11th May 1819

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This is the last Will and Testament of me Richard Heath of Tewkesbury cordwainer

First: I direct and order all my just debts, funeral and testamentary expenses to be paid by my deceased’s wife’s nephew, John Pritchard, son of John Pritchard late of the parish of Bridstow near Ross Hereford, farmer, by Betty Pritchard his wife (now the wife of John Griffiths of Guinea Street in the City of Bristol accountant) out of the property hereinafter bequeathed to him

I give and bequeath unto my deceased wife’s nephew John Pritchard, son of John & Betty Pritchard – All my household goods and furniture, plate. Linen, china, book debts and stock in trade to and for his own use and disposal

Also I give and bequeath unto my nephew George White son of Andrew White and my sister Ann White – All and singular my wearing apparel to and for his own use and disposal

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Also I give and bequeath unto the said John Griffiths of Guinea Street in the City of Bristol accountant and William Pritchard of the parish of Bridstow near Ross Hereford farmer, their executors, administrators and assigns – All the money which I may have at the time of my decease in the 3% consolidated bank annuities UPON TRUST to pay the interest thereof as the same shall become due and payable into the proper hands of my deceased wife’s sister, the said Betty Griffiths, wife of the said John Griffiths – to and for her own separate use and benefit for and during the term of her natural life, whose receipts under her hand shall from time to time notwithstanding her coverture to be good and effective discharge to my executors for the same – it being my desire and intention that such interest shall not be subject to the control, debts or engagements of her present or any future husband

And from and after the decease of my said deceased wife’s sister the said Betty Griffiths UPON TRUST to pay and divide the whole of the 3% consols amongst my said deceased wife’s nephew John Pritchard, son of William Pritchard, my said deceased wife’s nephew the said John Pritchard son of John and Betty Pritchard and Samuel Griffiths son of said John Griffiths in equal shares and proportions, share and share alike

Also I give and devise unto my said deceased wife’s nephew, John Pritchard son of John and Betty Pritchard his wife –

ALL THAT MY FREEHOLD MESSUAGE or Dwelling House with the outhouses, garden and appurtenances to the same belonging or appertaining situate and being no. 27 in the High Street Tewkesbury wherein I now dwell

To hold the said premises and every part thereof unto the said John Pritchard son of John and Betty Pritchard his heirs and assigns forever

Subject nevertheless to and I do hereby charge and make chargeable the said premises with the payment of the sum of £120 which I will and direct shall be paid thereout by the said John Pritchard son of John and Betty Pritchard or his heirs unto my said nephews and nieces – George White; Peter White; Sarah the wife of [blank] Evans of the City of London and Maria Ashton the wife of [blank] Ashton of the City of London – sons and daughters of Andrew White and my sister Ann White in equal shares and proportions share and share alike within 6 months next after my decease – the shares of my said nieces Sarah Evans and Maria Ashton I order and direct shall be for their own respective separate use and benefit for and during the term of their natural lives, whose receipts under their hand shall from time to time notwithstanding their coverture to be good and effective discharge to my executors for the same – it being my desire and intention that such interest shall not be subject to the control, debts or engagements of their present or any future husbands

Provided always and I do hereby will and direct and declare that it shall be lawful to and for my said Trustees and Executors or the survivor of them to deduct and retain out of my money which by virtue of this will shall come into their hands – all such costs and charges and expenses they shall sustain or be put to in the execution of such Trusts hereby in them reposed and each shall not be answerable for the other of them

And as for and concerning the residue of my ready monies out at interest, stock funds and securities and all other my personal estate I give and bequeath unto my said deceased wife’s nephew said John Pritchard son of John and Betty Pritchard – to hold to him for his own use and benefit

And lastly I nominate and appoint said John Griffiths and William Pritchard joint executors hereby revoking all former Wills made by me

In witness whereof I Richard Heath have set my hand and seal this 11th May 1819

Witnesses

Joseph Boughton solicitor Tewkesbury

Richard Day Tewkesbury

Carew Noxon Tewkesbury

Proved London – 10th August 1819 by William Pritchard with power reserved to John Griffiths

3rd February 1820

We attest this to be a true copy of the probate of the Will of Richard Heath of Tewkesbury cordwainer Signed: Benjamin Day; Edward Bartholomew Thomas – Clerks to Mr Boughton solicitor Tewkesbury  

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