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Will of Ann Brooks
This is the last will of me Ann Brooks of Number 32 Lime Street in the City of London but now of No. 9 Marobey Road Old Kent Road in the County of Surrey Widow First I direct all my just debts and my funeral and testamentary expenses to be fully paid and satisfied I give devise and bequeath unto Hannah Sandys formerly Hannah Webber daughter of my late brother Thomas Webber all my real estate whatsoever and wheresoever to hold the same real estate unto and to the use of the said Hannah Sandys for and during the term of her natural life and after her decease I give devise and bequeath the same real estate unto my brother in law Nathaniel Brooks of Salmon Lane Limehouse in the County of Middlesex Licensed Victualer his heirs and assigns for ever I give and bequeath unto Ann Sandys formerly Ann Webber daughter of the said Thomas Webber all the term and interest of which I may be possessed at the time of my decease in the lease of the house now in my occupation and called the Lamb Coffee House in Lime Street aforesaid to hold the same unto the said Ann Sandys her executors administrators and assigns to and for her and their own use benefit and disposal I also give and bequeath unto the said Ann sandys all the household furniture goods chattels fixtures utensils in trade linen china and other effects which may be in and about the said Coffee House at the time of my decease to and for her own use benefit and disposal I give and bequeath unto Hannah Sandys all the household furniture goods chattels and effects linen china and other articles in and about my present residence No. 9 Marobey Road aforesaid of which I may be possessed at the time of my decease to and for her own use and benefit except my plate and jewellery which it is my will and desire shall be equally shared and divided between them the said Hannah Sandys and Ann Sandys for their own respective use benefit and disposal
I also give and bequeath unto the said Ann Sandys the legacy of two hundred and fifty pounds sterling And I also give unto the said Hannah Sandys the legacy of five hundred pounds sterling I give and bequeath unto my sister Elizabeth Caul (the wife of William Caul) the legacy of fifty pounds sterling and my gold watch and chain And I give and bequeath all my wearing apparel unto and equally between the said Hannah Sandys and Ann Sandys And I give and bequeath unto the said Nathaniel Brooks the legacy of one hundred pounds sterling and also the portrait of my late husband Michael Franklin Brooks And I give and bequeath unto my executors hereinafter named and appointed the sum of two hundred pounds sterling Upon trust for the use and benefit of my brother Thomas Webber And it is my desire that the same be paid to him by weekly instalments of five shilling each in succession or by any weekly sum not exceeding ten shillings per week in the discretion of my said executors as they think proper And I give and bequeath unto Maria Baddle (the wife of John Baddle) the sum of twenty five pounds sterling And I give and bequeath unto each of my nieces Mrs. Pearce Mrs. Webber and Mrs. Colley the legacy of fifty pounds sterling a piece And I give and bequeath unto my niece Elizabeth Mondham the legacy of fifty pounds sterling And I give and bequeath unto my friend Jane Wheddon at present residing with me (the wife of John Wheddon) the legacy of nineteen pounds nineteen shillings sterling to and for her own sole use benefit and disposal free from the control of her said husband and declare that her receipt alone (notwithstanding her coverture) shall be a good and sufficient discharge for the same legacy
And I nominate and appoint my nephew-in-law William Sandys of Lime Street aforesaid Coffee House Keeper and my friends Matthew Pearce of Philpot Lane in the city of London Grocer and the said Nathaniel Brooks executors of this my will and give and bequeath unto each of them as a slight remuneration for the trouble they may have in the execution of this my will the sum of ten pounds sterling And I declare that the receipts of my said executors for such monies stocks funds and securities as shall be paid or transferred to them by virtue of this my will shall effectually discharge the persons paying or transferring the same from liability to see to the application thereof and that my said executors shall only be answerable for their own respective acts receipts and defaults and shall be at liberty to retain and allow to each other out of the monies coming to their hands by virtue of this my will all expenses incurred in executing the trusts thereof and I hereby revoke all wills and other testamentary dispositions by me at any time heretofore made and declare this only to be my last will and testament In witness whereof I the said Ann Brooks have to this my last will and testament contained in two sheets of paper set my hand to each of such two sheets this fourth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty. Ann Brooks. Signed published and declared by the above named Ann Brooks the testatrix as and for her last will and testament in the presence of us who in her presence at her request and in the presence of each other all being present at the same time have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses- Elizabeth Murick Beehive Passage Leadenhall Market. Saml Beswick, 5 Wynyard Terrace Upper Kennington Lane, Surrey.
Note: The wills in those will books are NOT actual wills. They are either hand-written copies or in later years typed copies of a, "last will and testament," written or typed by the court clerk, after the death of the testator, when the executor presented them to the court for probate. The court clerk didn't list the signatures at the bottom, he (or she) just put them in the book in whatever order they were in, on the original document, no spacing most of the time, no punctuation. The originals were kept by the executor.
We who have typed these wills, have made every effort to include all the errors that were on the microfilm, in order to avoid destroying the integrity of the originals, where ever they may be.
Page Contributed by Judy Benson & Ivy F. Benoit
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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