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JOHN CRICKMORE'S WILL 1812

with codicil and affidavit

Note: spelling, grammer and the use of abbreviations and capital letters are as in the original: punctuation and paragraphs have been inserted.

TRANSCRIPTION BY RICHARD JOHN CRICKMORE, TO WHOM MANY THANKS.

THIS IS THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF ME JOHN CRICKMORE of WEYBREAD in the County of Suffolk Farmer as follows (that is to say)

First I give and devise unto SARAH my Wife one Annuity or clear yearly Sum of Thirty Five Pounds of lawful British Money to be issuing out of my Messuage or Tenement, Farm, Lands, Hereditaments and Premises situate lying and being in WINGFIELD, in the County of Suffolk, now in the Occupation of JOSEPH LODGE his assigns or undertenants.

And also one other Annuity, or clear yearly sum, of Thirty Five Pounds of like lawful Money to be issuing out of my Barn, Bullockshed, Lands, Hereditaments and Premises situate lying and being in BROCKDISH in the County of Norfolk called NEW-DITCH now in the occupation of WILLIAM ALGAR and hereinafter devised to my son ROBERT

[ * and also one other annuity or clear yearly sum of Thirty Pounds of like lawful Money to be issuing out of my Messuage, Tenement, Farm Lands, Hereditaments and Premises situate lying and being in WEYBREAD aforesaid, and in SYLEHAM in the said County of Suffolk now in my own occupation and which I lately purchased of Mrs. SARAH FRENCH*]

To hold the said annuities, or clear yearly Sums, of Thirty Five Pounds and Thirty Five Pounds (making together the annual Sum of Seventy Pounds unto the said SARAH my Wife and her Assigns for and during the Term of her natural life, to be paid by equal portions on Old Lady day Midsummer day Michaelmas day and Christmas day in every year clear of all deductions the first payment thereof to be made on such of those days as shall happen next after my Decease

And it is my will that in case it shall happen that default be made in the payment of the said Annuities or clear yearly Sums or any of them or any part of them for the space of forty days next after any of the said days of payment whereon the same ought to be paid as aforesaid, Then it shall and may be lawful to and for the said SARAH my Wife and her Assigns to enter into the Messuages or Tenements, Farms, Lands, Hereditaments and Premises out of which the said Annuities respectively so being in arrear are to Issue as aforesaid, and the same Messuages or Tenements, Farms, Lands, Hereditaments and Premises to hold and enjoy and the rents, issues and profits, to receive and take to her and their own use untill she, and they, shall thereby or otherwise be fully paid the said Annuities respectively so in arrear, and what shall grow due in the mean time together with lawful interest and all Costs charges and Expences attending the entry or entries to be made.

Provided, nevertheless, and I do hereby declare my Mind and Will to be that the Annuities and Legacies hereby given to my said Wife are given to her in lieu bar and full satisfaction of all Power Thirds and Customary Estate which she may have or claim in or to my real or personal Estate or any part thereof and that she my said Wife shall Surrender and Release such Power Thirds or other Customary Estate therein.

Also I give and Bequeath unto the said SARAH my Wife the Sum of Fifty Pounds of lawful British Money to be paid to her six months next after my decease [*also I give and bequeath unto the said SARAH my Wife such part of my household furniture and Implements of Household bedding and Household [?obliterated.] my [2 words obliterated.] of to and for her own use*]

Also I give and devise unto my said Son JOHN my said Messuage or Tenement Farm Lands Hereditaments and Premises with the Appurtenances situate lying and being in aforesaid and now in the occupation of JOSEPH LODGE his assigns or undertenants To hold unto my said Son JOHN his heirs and Assigns for ever Subject nevertheless to and charges and chargeable with the payment of the said Annuity or yearly rent charge of Thirty Five Pounds to my said Wife or her Assigns during her life as aforesaid

Also I give and devise unto my said Son ROBERT my Messuage and Tenement, Lands, Hereditaments and Premises situate lying and being in BROCKDISH aforesaid, which I purchased of my Son JAMES To hold unto him my said son ROBERT his heirs and Assigns for ever

Also I give and devise unto my said Son ROBERT All that my said Barn and my said Bullockshed Lands and Hereditaments situate lying and being in BROCKDISH aforesaid called NEW DITCH containing about Thirty four acres and now in the Occupation of WILLIAM ALGAR To hold unto my said Son ROBERT his heirs and Assigns for ever Subject nevertheless to and charges and chargeable with the payment of the said annuity or yearly rent charge of Thirty Five Pounds to my said Wife or her Assigns during her life as aforesaid and subject to and upon this further Condition that he my said son ROBERT his heirs or assigns so and shall on the tenth day of October in every year during the natural life of the said SARAH my Wife deliver to her at her Dwelling house for the time being two Chaldron of good Coals without any payment or allowance therefore

Also I give and bequeath to my Daughter SARAH the Wife of WILLIAM ALGAR the sum of Fifty Pounds to be paid to her at the end of six Months next after my Decease

Also I give and bequeath to my said Daughter SARAH the further sum of Fifty Pounds to be paid to her at the end of six Months next after the Decease of SARAH my said Wife Also my will and desire is that from and after my decease that the said SARAH my Wife shall continue hold and occupy the Messuage or Tenement Farm Lands Hereditaments and Premises situate lying and being in WEYBREAD and SYLEHAM in the County of Suffolk now in my own Occupation and which I lately purchased of Mrs. SARAH FRENCH with the use of all my live and dead stock implements of husbandry etc. for her own profit maintenance and support for and during her natural life without any trouble or molestation from any Person

And after the Decease of the said SARAH my Wife my Will and desire further is that my Executors so dispose of all my Personal Effects whatsoever and that they so then forthwith let the said last mentioned Farm and Premises to the best advantage and the Rents and profits arising therefrom I give and bequeath to my Daughter SARAH the Wife of WILLIAM ALGAR for and during the term of her natural life to be paid her in two equal half yearly payments after deducting the Sum of Ten Pounds yearly (if wanting) for Repairs and Taxes to the same, and after the Decease of my said Daughter SARAH I will and so hereby order my Executors to sell and dispose of the said Farm and Premises for the most Money that can be obtained for the same and I give and bequeath the Money to arise by Sale of my said real Estate in manner following that is to say

I give and bequeath unto my Grandchildren THOMAS PITTS and SARAH PITTS the sum of One hundred and fifty pounds a piece to be paid them at their respective ages of twenty one years and after deducting the said Sum of One hundred and fifty pounds to be paid to each of my said Grandchildren as aforesaid I give and bequeath the residue of the Money to arise by sale of my s[ai]d real Estate hereinbefore directed to be sold and all the rest residue and remainder of All my Personal Estate and Effects whatsoever not herein otherwise disposed of (after payment out thereof my funeral expences the Probate of this my last Will and Testament and all my just Debts) unto and to be equally divided between my said Sons JOHN and ROBERT or their legal representatives share and share alike

and I do hereby Nominate Constitute and Appoint the said SARAH my Wife Executrix and my said Sons JOHN and ROBERT Executors of this my last Will Lastly I do hereby revoke all Wills and Testaments by me at any time heretofore made and do declare this only to be my last Will and Testament which is written on two sheets of Paper annexed together at the top and there sealed In Witness whereof I have to the first sheet hereof set my hand and to the last my Hand and Seal the sixteenth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twelve

JOHN CRICKMORE

Signed sealed Published and declared by the abovenamed JOHN CRICKMORE the Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in his Presence and at his request and in the presence of such other have subscribed our Names as Witnesses Witness JOHN BURGESS - SAMUEL PULHAM - JOSEPH CHILVER

Whereas I, JOHN CRICKMORE of Weybread in the County of Suffolk Farmer have by my last Will and Testament in writing duly executed bearing date the sixteenth day of April one thousand eight hundred and twelve given and devised to my Son ROBERT sundry parts of my real Estate situate lying and being in BROCKDISH in the County of Norfolk now I the said JOHN CRICKMORE being desirous of altering my said Will : in respect to the form and manner in which such part of my real Estate is given to him my said Son ROBERT so therefore make this present Writing which I will and direct to be annexed as a Codicil to my said Will and taken as part thereof and I do hereby revoke such part of my said Will as aforesaid and do hereby give and devise to my said Son ROBERT all the said real Estates as are given to him by my said Will for and during his natural life and after his decease I give bequeath and devise the said real estates to be sold and the Money arising therefrom to be equally divided between his children share and share alike, twelve Months after his Decease, or if he leaves only Child whether Son or Daughter, then I give and devise the said real Estate to him or her to his or her heirs or assigns for ever, but if he my said Son Robert dies without issue that is without leaving any Child or Children then I give and devise all the said real Estates with all the Appurtenances thereto belonging unto my Grandson WILLIAM who shall be of the Name of CRICKMORE and I do hereby ratify and confirm my said Will in every thing except where the same is hereby revoked and altered as aforesaid In Witness whereof I the said JOHN CRICKMORE have to this Codicil (after having heard the same was to me) set my hand and seal this twelfth day of September one thousand eight hundred and twelve.

JOHN CRICKMORE X his mark

Signed Sealed and Published by the within named Testator J[oha]n[n]o Crickmore after hearing the same was to him in our hearing as and for a Codicil to be annexed to and to be considered as part of his last Will and Testament in the Presence of us who have subscribed our Names as Witnesses thereto Witnesses , JOHN BURGESS - SAM[UE]L PULHAM - JOS[EP]H CHILVER

AFFIDAVIT

JOSEPH CHILVER of BROCKDISH in the County of Norfolk Schoolmaster one of the subscribing Witnesses to the last Will and Testament of JOHN CRICKMORE late of Weybread in the County of Suffolk Farmer deceased bearing date the sixteenth day of April last past and also to the Codicil thereto annexed bearing date the twelfth day of September last past now remaining in the Court kept for the Archdeaconry of Suffolk maketh oath and saith that the obliteration of part of the eighth and of the ninth and tenth lines and also of part of the twenty seventh and twenty eighth and part of the twenty ninth lines of the first sheet of the said last Will and Testament were madeby this Deponant in the presence of the said JOHN CRICKMORE the Testator and at his particular desire and request that the same were so made on the fifteenth day of April 1812 last past and that the said JOHN CRICKMORE was at the time of such his desire and request and of the making the said obliterations of sound and disposing Mind Memory and Understanding and well knew what he then said and did.

JOSEPH CHILVER

The said JOSEPH CHILVER signed this affidavit and was sworn to the truth thereof at MENDHAM the sixteenth day of November, 1812 Before me THOMAS WHITAKER Surrogate [Printed document attached. Seal of Archdeaconry Court of Suffolk affixed to all 3 sheets] By the Tenor of these presents We [JOHN STRACHEY Doctor of Laws Commissary in and throughout the Archdeaconry of Suffolk lawfully constituted] make known to all Men That on the [eleventh day of November] in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and [twelve Before the Reverend THOMAS WHITTAKER Clerk our Surrogate duly appointed] The last Will and Testament [and Codicil annexed to JOHN CRICKMORE late of Weybread in the County of Suffolk withour our Jurisdiction deceased (a true copy whereof is)] hereunto annexed was proved approved and registered and administration of all and Singular the goods, Chattels and Credits of the deceased and any way concerning [his said] Will was [then duly] granted [to JOHN CRICKMORE and ROBERT CRICKMORE lawful sons of the said deceased] Execut [ors] named in the said Will [they] being first Sworn upon the Holy Evangelist well and faithfully to administer the same and make a true and perfect Inventory of all and singular the said Goods, Chattels and Credits and to exhibite the same in the Registry of [the court kept for the said Archdeaconry] on or before the last day of [February] next ensuing and also to render a Just and true Account thereof [if thereunto lawfully called Given under our Seal of Office (Power being first reserved for SARAH CRICKMORE widow and relict of the said deceased Executrix named in the said Will to act, etc.) the day and year first above written

JOHN STEWARD Dep[ut]y Registrar

On the 14th November, 1997, the author ascertained particulars relating to death duty registers. Details appear hereunder for reference purposes, if deemed necessary at a future time. The Registers do supply a full break down of money and relationships which quite often are not fully detailed in the Wills.

Death Duty Registers IR 27/140 - 1812 Register S.L. John Crickmore - Jno Crickmore of Weybread, Suff. exor. <

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