Will of Edward Snell, Gentleman of Chawleigh, Devon (16 July 1799)
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PROB 11/1327, Records of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Howe Quire Numbers: 493 - 543
Transcribed by Joanne Dyer and Marlene Williamson
In the name of God Amen I Edward Snell of Chawleigh in the County of Devon Gentleman being sick and weak in body but of a sound and disposing mind memory and understanding praise to God for the same Do make publish and declare this to be my last Will and Testament in manner and form following ffirst I give and devise onto my son William Snell all those my messuages and tenements called Rensey and the Town Tenement situate and lying within the parish of Lapford in the said County subject and charged and chargeable to and with the payment of all such sum and sums of money as are now due on mortgage or otherwise on the same and also to the sum of three hundred pounds and interest herein after bequeathed unto my daughter Sally Snell To hold the same messuages and tenements (so subject as aforesaid) unto my said son William Snell his heirs and assigns for ever But if my said son William Snell should happen to die under the age of twenty one years and unmarried then I give and devise the said messuages and tenements called Rensey and the Town Tenement unto my son Robert Snell so subject his heirs and assigns for ever he and they paying the rent unto my said daughter Sally Snell and unto such child or children as my wife Mary Snell is now ensient with the sum of one hundred pounds equally between them when they shall respectively attain their ages of twenty one years Also I give and devise unto my said son William Snell one annuity or clear yearly rent charge of eighty pounds now issuing and payable by the Honourable Newton ffellowes to me out of all that messuage and tenement called Southcott in Chawleigh aforesaid during so many years of my term therein as my son William Snell shall happen to live and in case of his death before the expiration of such estates then I give and bequeath the said annuity of eighty pounds unto my said son Robert Snell during the residue of such my term Also I give and bequeath unto my said son Robert Snell all those my messuages and tenements called fford Down and Chantry Moor situate and lying within the parish of Atherington in the said county during all my estates and interest therein respectively Also I give and bequeath unto my said son Robert Snell the sum of three hundred pounds of lawful money of Great Britain to be paid him by my executor herein after named when he the said Robert Snell shall attain the age of twenty one years with lawful interest in the mean time for his maintenance But in case the said Robert Snell shall happen to die under the age of twenty one years and unmarried Then I give and bequeath the said messuages and tenements called fford Down and Chantry Moor and two hundred pounds part of the said sum of three hundred pounds legacy onto my said son William Snell and the sum of one hundred pounds the residue thereof unto my said daughter Sally Snell and to such child or children as my said wife is now ensient with share and share alike Also I give and bequeath unto my said daughter Sally Snell the sum of three hundred pounds of like lawful money to be paid unto her out of all those my said messuages and tenements called Rensey and the Town Tenement when she shall attain her full age of twenty one years with lawful interest for the same in the meantime for her maintenance and which I do hereby subject and charge to and with the payment of the same accordingly Also I give and bequeath unto such child as my wife is now ensient with if a son the sum of three hundred pounds but if a daughter the sum of two hundred pounds only to be paid him or her by my said executor at his or her age of twenty one years with lawful interest for the same during his or her minority for maintenance all the rest residue and remainder of my ffreehold and leasehold messuages lands tenements herediments goods chattels premises and testamentary estate whatsoever and wheresoever (subject and charged and chargable to and with the payment of all my just debts legacies and ffuneral expenses) save and except the said mortgaged debt due on the said messuages and tenements called Rensey and the Town Tenement and the said legacy of three hundred pounds and interest given unto my said daughter Sally Snell which I have herein before directed otherwise to be discharged I give devise and bequeath unto my said son John Snell his heirs executors administrators and assigns absolutely and entirely for ever and it is my Will and desire that my wife Mary Snell shall during the minority of my son John Snell hold and enjoy my messuage and tenement called Nutson in Chawleigh aforesaid on entering into a proper lease and paying therefore the clear annual rent of twenty pounds over and above the annuity of fforty pounds settled on her thereout and lastly I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint my said wife Mary Snell my brother William Snell of Lapford aforesaid serge maker and my brother in law Richard Chanter of Chulmleigh in the said county woollen draper Executors in trust of this my last Will and Testament and Guardians of my said children and hereby give them full power and authority to manage their ffortunes and lett their estates for any term or terms for their benefit during their respective minorities and I do hereby revoke and make void all former Will and Wills by me at any time heretofore made and do declare this to be my last Will and Testament In witness whereof the said Edward Snell the testator hath hereunto subscribed and set my hand and seal this twenty eighth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seven Edward Snell signed sealed published and declared by the above named Edward Snell the testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who at his request and in his presence have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto Richd Stucley, Joseph Edworthy the mark of Mary Combe
This Will was proved at London sixteenth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety nine before the Right Honourable Sir William Wynne Knight Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the oaths of Mary Snell widow the relict William Snell the brother of the deceased and Richard Chanter 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 (by commission) duly to administer.