annotated: effects under 200

I nominate and appoint my dear wife Mary Susannah executrix and my son in law Mr Robert Dye of Northwold aforesaid, Farmer, and my son John Palmer Kettle of Castle Acre in the said County, Wheelwright, executors of this my will.

I give and bequeath unto my said dear wife during her life or widowhood the use of such parts of my household furniture, beds bedding bed and table linen, plate, china, earthenware and household effects as she shall make choice of.

And the residue if any I direct my said executrix and executors to sell and dispose of by public Auction or otherwise, and the money to arise therefrom and to be collected and gotten in as aforesaid, or that I may have in the house, or about my person at the time of my decease I direct my said executrix and esecutors to place out and invest the same at interest upon such good real security as she or they may think proper during the widowhood of my said dear wife and the interest to arise and be produced therefrom as the same shall from time to time become due I give and bequeath unto my said wife for her own use and benefit.

I give and devise unto my said dear wife all and every my messuages, cottages, lands, tenements and hereditaments whatsoever lying and being in Croxton and Methwold or elsewhere in the County of Norfolk, to hold the same with her appurtenances unto her my said wife during the term of her natural life or widowhood, she keeping the buildings in good and tenantable repair

And, immediately after her decease or marrying againI authorise, empower and direct my said executors or the survivor of them, his executors or administrators to bargain, sell and dispose of my aforesaid messuages, cottages lands tenements and hereditaments with their respective rights encumbrances and appurtenances by public auction or private contract and either together or in parcels to any person or persons who would be willing to purchase the same for the best price or prices that can reasonably be obtained

[The money to be divided equally between all his surviving children

The will was dated April 30th 1839]

Witnesses were Francis BEALES and Jonas (?) WALPOLE

The will was proved on 13 Jul 1840, James having died on 21st January 1840