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Estate Duty Office Will of William Weeks of Iddesleigh (1821)

© Crown Copyright

Devon Record Office 1078/IRW/W/463

Transcribed by Roy E. Drew

This is the last Will and Testament of William Weeks, of Smythsson in the Parish of Iddesleigh in the County of Devon, Yeoman (as follows). I give devise and bequeath unto my wife Wilmot Weeks all that my Messuage and Tenement with the appurtenance called or commonly known by the name of Smythsson situate lying and being within the said Parish of Iddesleigh and now in my possession to hold the same unto my said wife Wilmot Weeks and her assigns for and during the term of her natural life immediately after my death and from and immediately after the death and decease of my said wife Wilmot Weeks.
I give devise and bequeath all that my said messuage and tenement called Smythsson with the appurtenances unto my son Henry Weeks to hold the same unto my said son Henry Weeks and his assigns for and during the term of his natural life immediately after the death and decease of my said wife Wilmot Weeks and from and immediately after the death and decease of my said son Henry Weeks.
I give devise and bequeath all that my said messuage and tenement called Smythsson with the appurtenances unto William Weeks his son to hold the same unto the said William Weeks his son and his heirs lawfully begotten forever immediately after the death of his said father Henry Weeks but subject nevertheless to a perpetual annuity or yearly rent charge of Seven Pounds as hereinafter mentioned and expressed and for want of such issue in the said William Weeks my Grandson lawfully begotten.
I give devise and bequeath all that my said messuage and tenement called Smythsson with the appurtenances unto my Grandson William Weeks, son of William Weeks, my second son, to hold the same unto my said Grandson William Weeks (son of the last named William Weeks my son) and his heirs lawfully begotten of his body and their heirs forever immediately after and for want of heirs lawfully issuing of the body of William Weeks son of the said Henry Weeks but subject as aforesaid.
I give devise and bequeath unto my son William Weeks one perpetual éclair yearly annuity rent charge or sum of Seven Pounds of lawful money of the United Kingdom of England to be issuing and payable out of all that my said mesuage and tentament called Smythsson with the appurtenances to hold the said perpetual annuity or rent charge unto my son William Weeks and the heirs of his body lawfully begotten forever and be paid by quarterly payments out of the rents and profits of my said messuage and tentaments called Smythsson forever the first quarterly payment to be made on the first and next quarter day that shall happen after the death and decease of my said wife Wilmot Weeks and if it shall happen that the said perpetual annuity or rent charge of Seven pounds or any part thereof shall be behind or unpaid by the space of twenty eight days next after any or either of the said days whereon the same is made payable and right to be paid as aforesaid (being lawfully demanded) that then and from thence and from time to time as often as the same or any part thereof shall be so arrears and unpaid it shall and may be lawful to and for my said son William Weeks and his heirs forever into and upon my said messuage and tentament with the appurtenances and every or any part or parts thereof to enter and distrain and the distress and distresses there found to take lead drive and carry away and to impound detain or otherwise to sell and dispose of the same until thereby or otherwise he or they shall be lawfully satisfied and paid such perpetual annuity or yearly rent charge or so much thereof as shall be in arrear together with all the costs charges and expenses whatsoever as shall be occasioned by such entry distress and sale.
I give and bequeath unto my Grandson William Weeks the son of William Weeks one clock and case to be delivered unto him immediately after the death of my said wife Wilmot Weeks. I give and bequeath unto Henry Weeks and William weeks my sons all and singular my household books and furniture to be delivered unto them immediately after the death of my said wife Wilmot Weeks and to be equally divided between them share and share alike. I give and bequeath unto William, Mary and Jane son and daughters of Henry Weeks and William, Mary and Wilmot, son and daughters of William Weeks my son the sum of One Guinea each to be paid to each of them respectively by my Executrix hereinafter named immediately after my death all the rest residue and remainder of my Goods, Chattels, Rights and Credits ready money and securities for money personal Estate and Effects whatsoever which I have not herein before disposed of. I give devise and bequeath unto my said wife Wilmot Weeks to hold the same unto my said wife Wilmot Weeks immediately after my death and I hereby nominate constitute and appoint my said wife Wilmot Weeks sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking and making void all and every other will or wills at any time heretofore by me made and declare this to be my last Will and Testament in Witness whereof I the said William Weeks the testator have at the bottom of three first sheets of this my will (the whole whereof is contained in four sheets of paper) subscribe my name and at this fourth and last sheet my hand and seal the Twenty First day of October in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Nine.

Signed, Sealed, Published and Declared by the said William Weeks the Testator by setting his hand to the first three sheets and his hand and seal to this fourth and last sheet as and for his last Will and Testament in presence of us who at his request and in his presence have subscribed our names as witnessed thereto and in presence of each other.
Henry Goodenough
Richard Ball
U. Brock

Written down the side:
This and preceding sheet of paper contains a true copy of the last Will and Testament of William Weeks.