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Will of Matthew Hudson
In the name of God Amen. I Matthew Hudson being of sound mind and memory but very weak and poorly in body and feeling the importance of having my temporal concerns settled before I go hence and be no more do first of all give and bequeath my fishing room stage flake and outhouses thereunto pertaining to my sons Thomas, John, Peter, Hugh and Edward to be equally had and enjoyed by each of them so long as they continue to fish in Blackhead but should any of them or any one of them remove to another place they are not to let their or his part to any other person or persons but he or they may return again and enjoy it as before during the period of their or his natural lives but after the decease of my sons the fishing room stage and flake as aforesaid shall go to my youngest son Edward and his heirs and in case Edward should die without lawfull issue it shall go to Hugh and his heirs and should Hugh die without lawful issue it shall go to Thomas and his heirs and if Thomas die without lawfull issue to John and his heirs and in case John should die without lawfull issue it shall go to Peter and his heirs provided nevertheless whosoever has the fishing room to himself and his heirs provided nevertheless whosoever has the fishing room to himself and his heirs shall provide for my dear wife Susan during the period of her natural life and for my daughters so long as they shall continue unmarried. The dwelling house and gardens belonging to it I will and bequeath to my wife Susan and afterwards to my youngest son Edward in the same way and on the same condition as the fishing room only that his brothers are not have shares in it as they have in the fishing room the meadow ground near to my son John's house I leave to my wife Susan to do with as she shall please. The ground inclosed but not cultivated I give and bequeath to my sons Thomas, John, Peter, Hugh and Edward to be equally divided between them. The money which I have in Mr. Sack's hands I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Susan to have and to hold during the term of her natural life and then to be divided equally between all my children sons and daughters taking equally share and share alike.
|Note: The wills in those will books are NOT actual wills. They are hand-written copies of a, "last will and testament," written 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. |
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