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Will of Thomas Greenslade Escott, Blacksmith of Bampton, Devon

© Crown Copyright

Proved 4 December 1854

Source: The National Archives. PROB 11/2202 23

Records of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury: 19 Quire numbers: 901-950

(Transcribed by Russ Davies. Checked by Tom McManamon and Barbara Keene of Tiverton.)

This is the Last Will and Testament of me Thomas Greenslade Escott of Bampton in the County of Devon, Blacksmith. I give and devise One that my two dwelling houses with the shop, orchard and appurtenances thereunto adjoining and garden situate in Back Street in the Town and Parish of Bampton aforesaid unto my wife Mary Ann and her assigns for her life or until she shall marry again and from and after her death or marriage which shall first happen I give and devise the same unto my son John Escott and his assigns for his life but subject nevertheless to and charged with the payment of the annual sum of four pounds sterling to such of his brothers and sisters namely Mary Ann, Harriet, Jane, Thomas, Eliza, Samuel, Charlotte and Sarah Ann as shall be living at the death of my said wife such yearly rent or sum of four pounds to be equally divided in between them or such of them as shall be living at the time of payment during the life of my said son John the first payment of such annual sum respectively to be made at the expiration of six calendar months from the time of the decease of my said wife and from and after the decease of my son John. I give and devise the same dwelling houses and hereditaments unto and to the use of all and every or such one or more of my said sons and daughters and children of my son John as shall survive my son John such said children to be entitled to one share between them and if more than one of my said sons and daughters shall be living at the death of my said son John the same to be equally divided between them as tenants in common after paying out shares to the said children of my son John and their his or her assigns for ever But in case neither of them my said sons and daughters shall survive my said son John then I give and devise the same dwelling houses and hereditaments unto and to the use of the children of my son Thomas and their heirs and assigns for ever. I give and bequeath all these my four dwelling houses and premises with their appurtenances formerly part of a tenement called North Westerns situate in the Town and Parish of Dulverton in the County of Somerset unto my said wife Mary Ann and her assigns for her life or until she shall marry again and after her death or marriage which shall first happen I give and devise the same unto all and every or such one or more of my said sons and daughters Mary Ann, Harriet, Jane, Thomas, Eliza, Samuel, Charlotte, and Sarah Ann who shall be living at the time of the decease or marriage of my said wife and if more then one in equal shares as tenants in common but charged nevertheless with the principal money accrued thereon by mortgage And as to all the rest residue and remainder of my estate and effects of what nature or kind so ever and wheresoever situate I give and bequeath the same unto my said wife her executors administrators and assigns absolutely for her and their own absolute use and benefit And I appoint my said wife Executrix of this my Will and Testament and hereby revoke all former Wills by me made In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this twenty fourth day of August One thousand eight hundred and forty nine. Thomas G. Escott
Signed by the said Thomas Greenslade Escott the Testator in the joint presence of us who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses.

William Crudge             Edwin Crudge

Proved at London the 4th day of December 1854 before the Judge by the oath of Mary Ann Escott, Widow the Relict, the sole Executrix to whom Admon was granted having first been sworn by Comm. duly to administer.