WILL OF WILLIAM FOWELL 1847
In the name of God, amen. I William FOWELL of the Borough of Thetford in the County of Norfolk, Carpenter, being in perfect health of body and mind, and of perfect mind and memory of my body (sic) and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last will and testament.
That is to say, principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of almighty God that gave it, and my body I commend to the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the direction of my executor trusting at the general ressurection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God.
And as touching such worldly estate it has pleased God to bless me in this world, I give devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form:
I give and bequeath unto Sarah FOWELL my dearly beloved wife whom I appoint as my executrix of this my last will and testament all and singular my lands messuages and tenements during her lifetime, and after her decease, the aforesaid lands messuages and tenements to be disposed of by public auction, and after all my just debts, the payment of which I earnestly desire to have settled, the surplus of any remains to be equally divided between Mary FOWELL, wife of the deceased John FOWELL, widow, likewise Mary PECK of Wisbeach, wife of James PECK, also Elizabeth KEMP, wife of Joseph KEMP of Ixworth, also Thomas ANGEL, husband of the late Hannah ANGEL, also to George FOWELL my son who I constitute my executor to investigate and ascertain the real amount of surplus as the aforesaid claimants as legatees in the will of Margaret MORTIMER deceased
I also give and bqueath to my son George FOWELL my executor, the residue of all remaining property I died posessed of.
I ratify and confirm this and no other to be my last will and testament, in witness whereof I have set my hand and seal this twenty third day of January one thousand eight hundred and forty seven in the year of our Lord.
X William Fowell his mark
Rose Ann STOKES
This will was proved 2nd October 1849:
Testator died 27 April 1849