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Will of William Hawkins, Yeoman of Bampton, Devon

Proved 10 August 1843

© Crown Copyright

National Archives Catalogue Reference: PROB 11/1984

Records of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, 12 Quire numbers: 551-600

Transcribed by Russ Davies, checked by Tom McManamon and Barbara Keene.


This is the Last Will and Testament of me William Hawkins of the Parish of Bampton in the County of Devon, Yeoman, made the 13th day of February one thousand eight hundred and thirty seven. First I give unto my sons Edward Hawkins, William Hawkins and Benjamin Hawkins the sum of one hundred pounds of lawful money of Great Britain to each of them to be paid as they or either of them get married or attain the age of twenty one years should they so survive, but should any or either of them of my said sons happen to die before such legacy becomes due then such legacy to be equally divided between the survivors or their issues lawfully begotten for payment of such legacy or legacies if required shall be at the discretion of my trusts hereinafter named. I give unto my daughter Mary Palmer the sum of sixty pounds with a deduction out of it what she has already received. I give unto my daughters Anna Hawkins, Sarah Hawkins and Elizabeth Hawkins the sum of sixty pounds each to be paid as in the former manner of my sons and if any or either of my said daughters should happen to die before the legacy or legacies becomes payable then such legacy or legacies to be equally divided between the survivors or their issues lawfully begotten for payment of such legacies if required shall be at the discretion of my trusts hereinafter named. All the rest, residue and remainder of my Goods, Chattels, ready monies, rights and credits which I may be interested in or entitled unto at the time of my decease after payment of my just debts, legacies, funeral expenses and proving this my will I give the whole and every part thereof unto Elizabeth Hawkins, my beloved wife, provided she remains a widow and not otherwise and in case she gets married then such property to be at the disposal of my trusts hereinafter named or one of them to be equally divided between them my then surviving children or their issues lawfully begotten, and further my Will is that my said children except such as are married or gets married do reside together during the term which I hold in the estate I now rent and if any dispute or disputes should arise or happen in my family such dispute or dispute to be finally settled by my said trusts or one of them hereinafter named. Also my Will is that my said trusts to be consulted in all affairs relating to the management of the business without any lawsuit or trouble, and I do hereby appoint Elizabeth Hawkins my wife Exor in trust of this my Will hereby desiring and appointing my brother James Hawkins and my nephew Edward Rogers Stone Yeoman both of the Parish of Bampton trusts of this my Will, and I will that my said trusts shall not be answerable for more monies than shall actually have come to his or their hands, nor one for the other, except through his or their willful neglect and to reimburse themselves all reasonable expenses they may incur in the execution of this my Will. In witness hereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year first above written.      Wm. Hawkins.
Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said William Hawkins, the Testator, as and for to be his Last Will and Testament in the presence of us who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses.
         John Capron             Thomas White.
Proved at London 10th August 1843 before the Judge by the oath of Elizabeth Hawkins, widow, the relict, the sole Executrix to whom Admon was granted having been first sworn by Commission duly to administer.