Will of Stephen Hewett, Yeoman of Burlescombe, Devon, 22 June 1819
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National Archives Catalogue Reference: PROB 11/1617
Records of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury
Ellenbro' Quire Numbers: 256 - 303
This is the last will and testament of me Stephen Hewett, late of Holcombe Rogus and now of Burlescombe in the county of Devon, Yeoman. Made the third day of March in the year of our lord one thousand eight hundred and fifteen. I give, devise and bequeath all my freehold and leasehold messuages and lands situate in the several parishes of Burlescombe, Holcombe Rogus and Culmstock or elsewhere unto my two sons John Hewett and James Hewett their heirs, executors, admons [sic] and assigns during the natural life of my wife Sarah Hewett, upon trust only for her, and to apply the rents, issues and profits thereof to and for her use and benefit, keeping the several premises in good repair and taking timber for such repairs only. Also I give and devise all that my leasehold messuages and farm called Town Tenement situate in Burlescombe aforesaid with the lands and appurts [sic] thereto belonging, after my wife's decease, unto my son John Hewett, his executors, admons [sic] and assigns for ever, during all my estate and interest therein. Also, after my wife's decease, I give and devise all that my leasehold overland and close of ground situate within, and parcel of, the Manor of Culmstock in the said county with the appurts [sic] unto and equally to be divided between my two daughters Elizabeth Coram and Mary Loye, share and share alike as tenants in common and to their respective executors, admons and assigns, during all my estate and interest therein. Also I give and devise all that my freehold messuage and farm commonly known by the name of Wippalls situate in Holcombe Rogus aforesaid with the lands and appurtenances thereto belonging, unto and to the use of my son James Hewett, his heirs and assigns for ever, subject to the aforesaid estate therein for the term of the natural life of my said wife and also subject to the payment of the five several legacies next hereinafter mentioned at the end of six months next after the death of my said wife, that is to say, to my son John Hewett one hundred pounds, to my daughter Sarah Merson two hundred pounds, to my daughter Grace Torr two hundred pounds, to my daughter Elizabeth Coram one hundred pounds and to my daughter Mary Loye one hundred pounds and also subject to the payment of twenty pounds apiece to my two grandsons Stephen Hewett Coram and Stephen How Loye at their several ages of twenty one years. All which seven several legacies or sums of money I charge upon my said freehold messuage, farm and lands in Holcombe Rogus aforesaid and expressly declare that my personal estate shall not be liable to the payment of any part thereof. Also I give and bequeath to my son John Hewett the sum of two hundred pounds, to my daughter Sarah Merson the sum of two hundred pounds, to my daughter Elizabeth Coram the sum of two hundred pounds, to my son James Hewett the sum of two hundred pounds, to my daughter Grace Torr the sum of two hundred pounds and to my daughter Mary Loye the sum of two hundred pounds to be paid out of my personal estate in one year after my decease, all the residue and remainder of my money, securities for money, goods, chattels and personal estate whatsoever subject to my debts, if any, and funeral and testamentary expenses, I give and bequeath to my said two sons John Hewett and James Hewett upon trust for the further support, maintenance and benefit of my said wife during her life, and after her decease as to all my said residuary personal estate and all interest, rents, profits and accumulations thereof and of my aforesaid freehold and leasehold estates or so much thereof as shall not have been paid or applied to or for the benefit of my said wife in her life time, upon trust to pay thereout in one year next after her decease the several legacies following, that is to say to my four daughters Sarah Merson, Elizabeth Coram, Grace Torr and Mary Loye the sum of one hundred pounds apiece and to my Grand daughter Grace Wilcocks the sum of twenty pounds, retaining the residue and surplus thereof to themselves my said two sons to whom I give the same equally to be divided between them, subject nevertheless to the funeral expenses of my said wife, and I make and appoint my said two sons John Hewett and James Hewett joint executors of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills and testamentary dispositions by me made in writing, whereof I have to this my last will and testament written upon and contained in two sheets of paper to the first sheet thereof set my hand and to the last my hand and seal the day and year first above written. [Signature] Stephen Hewett (H).
Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said Stephen Hewett, the testator, as and for, and to be his last will and testament in the presence of us who have subscribed our names as witnesses hereto at his request, in his presence and in the presence of each other.
[Signatures] Richard Marker, James Hill, Mary Cotterill.
Proved at London 22nd June 1819 before the Judge, by the oaths of John Hewett and James Hewett the sons and executors to whom administration was granted having been first sworn by commission duly to administer..