PROB 11/941, Records of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury
Secker Quire Numbers: 281 - 335
Transcribed by Christine Stables
IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN James West of Sidbury in the County of Devon Clockmaker being in perfect health of body and of a sound and disposing mind and memory but [?] to [?] the uncertainty of this life do make and ordain This my last will and testament first and principally I recommend my soul to God who gave it and my body I commit to the Earth to be [?] buryed at the Discretion of my Executors hereinafter named and as [?] my Worldly Estate I dispose thereof as follows I give and devise unto my Wife Elizabeth West my house at Sidbury wherein I now live to hold for the Term of her natural life and I also give unto my said wife the sum of five shillings a week to be paid unto her during the Term of her natural life and which said legacies I do mean and intend shall be [?] and satisfaction of all [?] and [?] which [?] [?] or be intitled to out of my real and personal Estate and all the rest and residue of freehold and copyhold Lands and all other my real and personal Estate of what Nature or Kindsoever After payment of my debts legacys and funeral expenses I give devise and bequeath the same unto my four Daughters Ann Pynn Sarah Pearce, Dinah West and Rachal Crago to be equally divided between them share and share alike and I do appoint and nominate my Sons in Law Richard Pynn and William Pearce Executors of this my Last Will and Testament hereby revoking all former wills by me at any time herebefore made in Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the twenty seventh day of June in the Year of our Lord One thousand seven hundred and sixty five. James West. Signed sealed and published and declared by the said Testator as [?] For his last Will and Testament the presents of us who in his presents and at his Request have subscribed our names as Witnesses hereto. John Crofts. James Crofts. Francis Fisher.
Whereas I made my last Will and Testament bearing date the twenty seventh day of June One thousand seven hundred and sixty five which said Will and Testament I do hereby ratify and confirm except as is herein aftermentioned that is to say it is my will and desire and I do hereby give devise and bequeath unto my Grandson Richard Pynn son of Richard Pynn in the Parish of Sidmouth in the county of Devon clock and watchmaker all my lands tenements and premises situate lying and being in the said parish of Sidmouth and County of Devon to hold from and immediately after my decease to the said Richard Pynn my grandson his heirs and assigns forever I also give unto my said grandson Richard Pynn all my working tools I give to my daughter Dinah West my gold Watch Gold Chain and Calendar Watch Key I give unto my daughter Sarah Pearse wife of William Pearse my Burot Writing Desk I give and bequeath all my household goods and Impliments of household unto my daughter Dinah West and every part and parcel thereof except my Plate and I do hereby order this my Codcil to be annexed to my said will and to be deemed and taken as Part Parcel and Member thereof In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this fourteenth day of April one thousand seven hundred and sixty eight. James West. Signed sealed and published and declared by the said Testator as codicil to be annexed to his said Will at his Dwellinghouse in the Parish of Sidbury and County of Devon in the presents of us who subscribed our names as Witnesses thereunto in the presence of the Testator and in the presents of each other. John Stone. Joseph Welsman. Will Hayman.
THIS WILL was proved with a codicil the Twenty Ninth day of August in the Year of our Lord One thousand Seven hundred and sixty eight before the worshipful Andrew [?] [?] [?] of [?] surrogate of the High Worshipful George [?] [?] of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the oaths of Richard Pinn otherwise Pynn and William Pearse otherwise Pearce the executors named in the said will to whom administration was granted of all and singular the Goods Chattels and Credits of the Deceased having been first sworn duly to administer.