Copy of the Will of John George Ward late of the Parish of Bradford Devon yeoman

Executrix Mary Ward of the said Parish widow

Proved in the Archdeacon's Court of Totnes the 17th May 1820

© Crown Copyright

Devon Record Office - ref. 1078/IRW/W/140

Transcribed by Sheila Howard

Effects sworn under £200

Nathan Prideaux Deputy Registrar

In the Name of God Amen the 1st July 1813 I John George Ward yeoman of the parish of Bradford being very weak in body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be to God for it, therefore calling into mind the mortality of my Body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die therefore do make and ordain this my last will and Testament, that is to say, Principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul unto the hands of Almighty God that gave it and my body I recommend to the Earth be buried in a decent Christian Burial at the discretion of my Executor. Nothing doubting but at the Resurrection I shall secure the same again by the mighty power of God and as touching such Wordly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me with in this life I Give Devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form [.......] I Give and bequeath to my Son John Ward Thirty Pounds to be paid one year after my Decease Item I Give to my well beloved daughter Grace Allen one pound to be paid one [.....] after my decease Also I Give and bequeath to Mary my dearly beloved wife whome I ordain to be my Sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament All my Estate or Estates And all my Goods and Chattles Notes and Bonds and every thing I stand possessed of in this World if my wife Mary Ward should marry a second husband she shall loose all and after the Decease of my dearly beloved wife All my Estate or Estates goods and Chattells Notes and Bonds and every thing [.......] stands possessed off shall go to my Son John Ward confirming this and no other to be my last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal the day and year above written [...]

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