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Will of Grace Full, Widow of Clyst Saint Lawrence

Proved 24 January 1843

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PROB 11/1973/203, Records of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury

Transcribed by Philip Steer

In the Name of God. Amen.

I Grace Full of Clist Saint Lawrence in the county of Devon widow of Langdon John ffull formerly of Downton within the parish of Dittisham in the County of Devon Esquire being of sound and disposing mind revoking all former wills do make this my last will and testament direct my interment to be in the parish church of Dittisham in the said county in the same grave with my dear husband and my funeral to be conducted in the same decent and respectable way as his was free from ostentation the clergyman of that parish to be given five pounds with hatband scarf and gloves and to such clergyman I give the sum of ten pounds to be distributed among such poor persons of the parish as he may deem worthy I give unto my dear sister Mary Elliott the sum of one thousand pounds to whom I also give and devise All that my estate situate in the parish of Blackawton in the county of Devon generally known by the name of Grimstone and now in the possession of William Steer as my tenant together with the legal rent payable to me as the owner of such estate from a certain other estate in such parish called Bowden to hold such land and hereditaments so devised as aforesaid as well as any others lands I may have in the parish of Blackawton unto the said Mary Elliott her heirs and assigns for ever I also give and bequeath unto my before named sister all money that may be in my house at the time of my decease and all rent that may be due in respect of my freehold property and all other dividends or interest that may be actually due on my funded property or other personal estate at the time of my decease as well as all my plate china glass linen wearing apparel jewels trinkets and household furniture for her own use and benefit to whom I also give the subsequent interest or dividends of all stock which may be standing in my name in the books of the Governor and company of the Bank of England and all interest that may become due on mortgage and also the rental or income of all my lands situate in the parish of Cornworthy for and during her life and after her decease I give and bequeath the same stock with any interest or dividends which may be due upon other my personal estate to the Reverend Charles Elliott Walkey of Clist Saint Lawrence and Philip Matthew ffrench of Doctors Commons in the City of London a proctor upon trust that they shall with such stock pay or transfer to the legatees thereinafter named sufficient sums as will pay and satisfy in sterling
the legacies hereinafter given that is to say to my cousin Arthur ffrench the elder now residing at or near Kennington the sum of two thousand pounds and to his wife the sum of three hundred pounds and to his three children the sum of three hundred pounds each the duty payable in respect of all such legacies to be paid out of my residuary estate I give to my cousin Mary Hannah French the sum of eight hundred pounds I give to the two children of my late cousin Grace ffull Johnson late the wife of Mr George Johnson of Bristol six hundred pounds each and in the case either of them shall be now dead or in case either of them shall die in my life then and in such case the survivor is to be paid the sum of twelve hundred pounds nevertheless it is my will and meaning that all the before mentioned legacies as well as the legacies hereinafter given shall be deemed vested from the time of my decease altho' none of such legacies are to become actually payable until the death of my sister I give to the wife of the Reverend John Arscott of Mevagissey in the county of Cornwall the sum of six hundred pounds I give to my relative Miss Charlotte Hardy of Honiton the sum of five hundred pounds I give to my valuable friend Mrs Walkey the wife of my before named trustee the sum of two hundred pounds and to her two sons the sum of five hundred pounds each I give to Mr Samuel Walkey the older of the city of Exeter and to his wife the sum of one hundred pounds each and to Mr William Lamb Hocking of Dartmouth as a token of friendship the sum of two hundred pounds and to Mrs Mathews of Exeter with whom my Brother resided the sum of fifty pounds and to the Governors of the Devon and Exeter Hospital for the benefit of that institution the sum of fifty pounds the duties payable in respect of such last four mentioned legacies are to be paid out of my residuary estate I give and bequeath and devise unto my beforenamed trustee Philip Mathew ffrench subject to the life interest of my sister all my messuages lands titles and and all premises situate in the before mentioned parish of Cornworthy to Hold the same to him his heirs and assigns for ever Provided always that it shall and may be lawful for my sister to grant and devise the messuages and lands situate in the before mentioned Parish of Cornworthy for any term not exceeding seven years at such rent as may be deemed fair and just I give and bequeath unto Miss Mary Ougier now residing at Croters Hill in Dartmouth the sum of forty pounds per annum during her life to be paid by quarterly payments by my sister during her life and after her decease out of my residuary estate with permission for
the said Mary Ougier to occupy my house and the premises at Croters Hill during her life she keeping the same in repair And as to such part of my personal estate as I have not after the decease of my before mentioned sister disposed of I do hereby give unto my before named trustees the Reverend Charles Elliott Walkey and Philip Mathew French to be equally divided between for their own respective use and benefit and to be considered as vested from the time of my decease but if either of them shall die in my lifetime then and in such case the survivor of them shall have the benefit and advantage of a vested interest in the whole of my residuary estate I also give unto my residuary legatees the reversion of my house and premises at Croters Hill To hold the same unto them their heirs and assigns for ever as tenants in common I nominate constitute and appoint my dear sister Mary Elliott sole acting Executrix of this my last will and testament during her lifetime with permission nevertheless for my before named trustees the Reverend Charles Elliott Walkey and Philip Mathew French to join in the probate of this my will in order that they may become acting executors thereof after the decease of my sister and for such purpose I do hereby appoint them Executors in trust for the purpose of carrying the full true intent and meaning thereof into effect with reference as often as occasion may require to one of my before named legatees William Lamb Hocking of Dartmouth In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand to each of the sheets of this my will the eighteenth day of August one thousand eight hundred and forty - Grace Full - Signed by the said Grace ffull the testatrix as her last will and testament in the presence of us being present at the same time we do at her request in her presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names at witnesses Wm Empson      Josias Eveleigh .//.

I Grace Full now residing at Clist Saint Lawrence in the county of Devon widow do make this as a codicil to my last will whereas since the date of such my will my friend Mr Arthur French to whom I have given the sum of two thousand pounds has departed this life now I do hereby give such sum of two thousand pounds unto his three children in addition to the legacies already given them and to be paid at such time as the said Arthur French would have been entitled to have received the same in case he had survived me dated this seventh day of July one thousand eight hundred and forty
one - Grace Full - Signed by the said Grace Full in the presence of us being present at the same time who at her request and in her presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses - Josias Eveleigh - John Henton .//.

Proved at London with a codicil 24th January 1843 before the Judge by the oaths of The Reverend Charles Elliott Walkey clerk and Philip Matthew (in the will written Philip Mathew ffrench Esquire the Executors substituted in the will without Administration was granted having been first sworn the said reverend Charles Elliott Walkey by commission and the said Philip Matthew ffrench before the worshipful John Haggard doctor of Laws and Surrogate duly to administer Mary Elliott Spinster the executrix for life named in the said will having first renounced the probate and execution thereof as by Acts of Court appears.