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SAMUEL CRICKMER'S WILL

This is the last will and testament of me Samuel Crickmer of Corton in the County of Suffolk, Farmer.

First I do give and demise unto my son John and his heirs All that my Messuage or Farm House with the barns, stables, edifices, buildings, yards, gardens, orchards, lands, meadows, pastures, feeding grounds and appurtenances thereunto belonging, situate lying and being in Corton aforesaid and in Blundeston in the same county of Suffolk, or in any other Town, Parish or Place, Towns, Parishes or Places to them or either of their contiguous or near adjoining now in the occupation of myself and my said son John.

And all other my new messuages. lands tenements hereditaments and Premises whatsoever and wheresoever, but subject nevertheless to Mary my wife having the entire use of the West Parlour and chamber over the same , part of the said messuage, to live in during the term of her natural life, and the use of the washouse, pumps, yards and gardens of the said messuage and premises in common with the other tenant thereof.

And also subject nevertheless to and charged and chargable with the payment of all sum and sums of money that may be due on the mortgage of the same hereditaments and premises or any part thereof at the time of my decease and all interest and arrears of interest that may be due thereon.

And also subject to and charged and chargeable with the payment of one annuity or clear yearly sum of Forty Pounds to the said Mary my wife and her assigns for and during the term of her life to whom I give the same accordingly the same to be paid and payable to her or them by four even and equal Quarterly Payments on the sixth day of January, the sixth day of April, the sixth day of July and the eleventh day of October in every year, the first payment to begin and be made on the first of those days which shall happen next after my decease.

And also subject to the payment of the sum of Two Hundred Pounds to my daughter Elizabeth the wife of Benjamin Waters to be paid to her within six calendar months next after my decease with interest at the rate of Four Pounds per centum per annum to whom I give the same accordingly.

And also subject to the payment of Annuity or clear yearly sum of Eight Pounds to my daughter Mary the wife of George Chapman for and during the term of her life to whom I give the same accordingly to be paid and payable to her or them by four even and equal Quarterly Payments on the sixth day of January, the sixth day of April, the sixth day of July and the eleventh day of October in every year, the first payment to begin and be made on the first of those days which shall happen next after my decease.

And also subject to the payment of Two Hundred Pounds to my three grandchildren, Mary Ann, Elizabeth and Charlotte, Children of my said daughter Mary to be paid and equally divided amongst them within three calendar months next after the decease of my daughter Mary and with interest at the rate of Four Pounds per centum per annum from the time of the last quarter's payment of the said annuity of eight pounds which shall become due to my said daughter Mary previous to her decease and I give the same to them, my said grandchildren accordingly.

And my will is and I do direct accordingly that the said annuity herein before given to my said daughter Mary shall be paid to her own proper hands and for her own proper use, and for which her receipt only shall be a sufficient discharge and which shall not be subject to the acts, debts or controul (sic) of her present or any after taken husband

And my mind and will is that in case default shall be made in the payment of the said several Annuities and Legacies or any of them or any part of any of them at the times hereinbefore appointed for the payment thereof, then it shall and may be lawful to and for the said Mary my wife or her assigns, my said daughter Mary or the said legatees or any of them or any person or persons duly authorised by them or any of them at any time and at all times from and after such default shall be made in the payments of the said Annuities or Legacies or any of them or any part of them to enter in and upon the said hereditaments and Premises herein before devised to my said son John and his heirs and the same to have hold and enjoy and the rents issues and profits thereof to receive and take until they shall by and out of the rents, issues and profits be fully paid and satisfied not only the said Annuities, Legacies and Interest and all arrears thereof, but also the charges of making such entry or entries and detaining and keeping posession.

Also I do give to the said Mary my wife during her life the use of all the furniture which shall be in the said Parlour and said chamber at the time of my decease and the bedstead and hangings, featherbed, bolster, pillows, coverlet, blankets and sheets now in the Kitchen Chamber of the said Farmhouse.

And from and immediately after the decease of my said wife I do give the said furniture bedstead and hangings, featherbed, bolster, pillows, coverlet, blankets and sheets herein before given to her unto and to be equally divided between my said daughters, Elizabeth Waters and Mary Chapman Also I do give unto the said Mary my wife Ten Pounds for mourning. Also I do hereby order and direct that as soon as can be after my decease a valuation and appraisement shall be made of all the Farming Stock Utensils and Implements of husbandry of every kind and the Crops of Corn, Grain, Hay and Turnips and stacked Hay, which shall at the time of my decease shall be in or upon or growing in or upon my said Farm in Corton and in Blundeston aforesaid now in the occupation of myself and my said son John and which we now carry on, on our joint account, and all my household furniture except what is herein before given to my wife by two indifferent persons, one to be chosen by my said son John, and the other by my son Samuel, and in case such two persons cannot agree, the same to be rferred to a third person to be chosen by such valuators

And my mind and will is that my said son John shall have and take my Moiety of such Farming Stock, Utensils and Implements of husbandry and of the said crop of corn, grain, Hay and Stacked Hay at such valuation. And my mind and will is that the stacked and unbarned crops of corn and grain on any said Farm carried on by me and my said son John shall be sold in due course by my said son John for the joint benefit of himself as to his Moiety thereof and my estate as to my moiety thereof.

And that he shall have and take my Moiety of the Straw, Chaff and Colder (?) arising from the said crop of Corn and Grain, he paying for the threshing and dressing of the said Corn and Grain and carrying the same to Market.

And my mind and will is that the monies arising from such valuation and from the sale of my share of the stacked and unbarned Corn and Grain and all my ready Money and all debts due and owing unto me at the time of my decease and all other my personal estate whatsoever and hereinbefore disposed of shall be paid and applied by my Executors hereinafter named first in payment of my Funeral expences, the charges of proving and executing this my will and all the Debts which I shall justly owe at the time of my decease, and a legacy of One Hundred Pounds which I do hereby give unto my said son Samuel and to be payable to him within Three Calendar Months next after my decease and then all residue of such monies to be placed out at interest on Government real or personal security during the life of the said Mary my wife and the dividends and interest therefrom arising from time to time to be added to the Principal Money.

And from and immediately after the decease of my said Wife, I do give the Principal and Interest as follows, that is to say one third part thereof to my said Daughter Elizabeth Waters, one other third part thereof unto my said son John, and the other third part thereof to be divided amongst my said three Grandchildren, Mary Ann, Elizabeth and Charlotte the said children of my Daughter Mary.

Also I do nominate, constitute and appoint my said sons Samuel and John Executors of this my Will, and my mind and will is that my said Executors shall not be answerable or accountable for any loss that may happen of any of the Monies hereinbefore directed to be placed out at interest so as such loss happen without their wilful default, and that they shall each of them be responsible for his own acts deed receipts and payments only and not the one for the other of them or for the acts deeds receipts or payments of each other, although for the sake of conformity they may join together in the giving of such receipts.

Lastly I do hereby revoke all wills and testaments by me at any time heretofore made and do declare this only to contain my last Will and Testament which is written on five sheets of Paper annexed together at the top and there sealed.

In Witness whereof I have to the first four sheets hereof set my Hand and to the fifth and last my Hand and Seal the seventh day of February One Thousand Eight Hundred and Twenty.

Signed by a cross "The Mark of Samuel Crickmer, the Testator"

Each page witnessed by
Ja Sayers
Geo Wells Holt
Thos Borrett

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