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Will of Michael Rowell
I Michael Rowell of West Teignmouth in the County of Devon Mariner do by this writing which I publish and declare to be my last will and testament give and bequeath of all my estate and effects in manner following (that is to say) I give and bequeath all my goods chattels debts rights credits moneys and securities for money ship and ships and all of my personal estate of what kind soever and wheresoever (subject to my just debts and funeral expenses) unto William Yeo Ropemaker and George Daimond Schoolmaster both of Teignmouth aforesaid and to their executors administrators and assigns upon trust that they my said trustees do and shall with all convenient speed after my decease call in and convert into money by public sale or otherwise my said personal estate or such parts thereof as shall not consist of money and to stand possessed thereof and of all other of my personal estate as aforesaid and of the interest produce and profits thereof upon trust that they my said trustees do and shall permit and suffer my wife Betsy Rowell to receive and take the interest produce and profits thereof after deducting all necessary expenses for taxes and repairs for her own use during so long time as she shall live and continue a widow and from and after her death or marriage which shall first happen then upon trust to apply such interest produce and profits for the maintenance and education of my children until they all attain the age of twenty one years and from and after their all attaining that age then upon trust to assign and transfer the said goods chattels debts rights credit moneys and securities for money ship and ships and all of my personal estate of what kind soever unto all my said children then living and the executor administrators and assigns of such of them as may be dead but who had lived to attain the age of twenty one years and their executors administrators and assigns as tenants in common equally between them share and share alike and it is my will that in case my said trustees should find that the interest profits and produce of my said estate and effects should be insufficient for the maintenance and education and for furthering my children in this world that they my said trustees shall be at liberty whether my said wife should be living or dead to apply such sum or sums of money as they may think proper for the purposes before mentioned and to pay the interest produce and profits of the remainder to my said wife as hereinbefore particularly mentioned
|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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