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Will of Arthur Bastard Eastabrook Holdsworth
This is the last will and testament of me Arthur Bastard Eastabrook Holdsworth of Widdicombe House in the Parish of Stokenham in the County of Devon Esquire I bequeath to my dear wife Anne Holdsworth all the wines, liquors fuel and other consumable household stores and provisions of which I shall die possessed for her absolute use and benefit and I also bequeath to my said wife the sum of one hundred pounds to be paid within one calendar month after my decease I devise the dwelling house in which I now reside known by the name of “Widdicombe House” together with the gardens, lawn, stable, coach houses premises and appurtenances as belonging thereto and also the fields known as the Garden Field, Bowling Green, Hay and the two Chapel Parks, now in my occupation, unto my said wife so long as she shall occupy the said dwelling house as her usual residence, and shall keep the same in tenantable repair and insured in the sum of Five thousand pounds at least, against loss by fire, and on the determination of her estate, I devise the same to my eldest son Arthur Frederick Holdsworth in fee simple. I give to my said wife (in addition to the provisions made for her under our Marriage Settlement) an annuity of yearly sum of Five hundred pounds during her life to be paid to her by equal half yearly payments the first of such payments to be made at the expiration of six calendar months after my decease, and I charge all my estates lands and premises in the said parish of Stokenham with the payment of the same And I declare that my said wife shall have the same or the like remedy by distress for the recovery of the said annuity as landlords have for the recovery of rent upon Common demises I bequeath to my said wife the use and enjoyment of the household furniture and effects not hereinbefore bequeathed, and the plate, books, pictures and prints of which I shall die possessed during her life, and after her decease I bequeath the same to my said son Arthur Frederick Holdsworth absolutely.
I give to my son Henry Mervyn Holdsworth and to my daughter Alice Mary St. Aubyn annuities or yearly sums of fifty pounds each during the life of my said wife to be paid to them by equal half yearly payments, the first of such payments to be made at the expiration of six calendar months after my decease. I bequeath the following legacies to be paid within three calendar months after the decease of my said wife, To my daughters Anne Taylor and Augusta Ashley Swettenham the sum of one thousand pounds each to my daughters Alice Mary St. Aubyn and Georgina Prinsen and my son Henry Mervyn Holdsworth the sum of two thousand pounds each and to my son Frederick Thomas Holdsworth the sum of Four hundred pounds
As to the residue of the real and personal property whatsoever and wheresoever which may belong to me at my decease (except estates vested in me as a trustee or mortgages) subject to the payment of my funeral and testamentary expenses and debt and the legacies and annuities bequeathed by this my will or any codicil hereto I devise and bequeath the same to my said son Arthur Frederick Holdsworth his heirs executors administrators and assigns absolutely I give all estates vested in me as trustee or mortgagee unto my said son Arthur Frederick Holdsworth subject to the equities affecting the same respectively I appoint my said son Arthur Frederick Holdsworth executor of this my will and I revoke all former wills. In witness whereof I have hereunder set my hand this 28th day of March one thousand eight hundred and seventy four.
A. B. E. Holdsworth. Signed by the said Arthur Bastard Eastabrook Holdsworth as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us both being present at the same time who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses- W. Burrell Widdicombe Barton- Wm. Pethybridge Butler Widdicombe House.
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.
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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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