Estate Duty Office Will of William Cranch

William Cranch died 1st Oct 1820; the will was proved in the Archdeacon's Court of Totnes 27 March 1821.

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Devon Record Office 1078/IRW/C/1346

Transcribed by Kathryn Barnett

[Note by K. Barnett - there is no punctuation in the original document. Where a word is difficult to read, I have placed my best guess in square brackets, thus [ ]. Where a letter or letters within a word cannot be deciphered, I have placed a dash, thus - . There is also extensive and consistent use of the ampersand [&] in the original which is duly copied here.]

The last Will & Testament of me William Cranch of Kingsbridge in the County of Devon Sadler made this twenty first day of September One thousand eight hundred and twenty First I will and direct that all my just debts be paid & discharged I give and devise unto my dear wife Mary Cranch All my Messuages and Tenements with their Appurtenances situate lying & being in the Parish of Kingsbridge for and during the term of her natural life subject to the payment of all interest that may be due & to grow due for all money that I may owe at my death & keeping the said Premises in repair And from and immediately after the death of my said wife I do give unto my daughter Mary Roope Cranch the yearly sum of five pounds during her life and immediately on her death I do give unto my daughter Elizabeth Lidstone Cranch and Hannah Cranch the yearly sum of two pounds ten shillings each during their lives I give unto my son John Roope Cranch my large silver striking watch Also I give unto him my Cabinet of Curiosities but subject for my said daughter Mary Roope Cranch to make choice & take out any Article therefrom she may think proper & such Article as she may take out I give unto her I give my daughter Ebbet Curtis my silver Milk Cup marked W.M.C. Also I give to my daughter Selina Bond one silver table spoon marked M.R. Also I give unto my Son Joseph Cranch All my Stock in Trade of Sadles & Sadlery Goods & Tools And from & immediately after the death of my said wife and subject to my debts and to the yearly payments of five pounds & two pounds and ten shillings to my said daughters in the manner as aforesaid I do hereby give and devise unto & to the use of my said Son Joseph Cranch his heirs and assigns forever All my said Messuages and Tenements with their Appurtenances situate in Kingsbridge aforesaid And all the rest & residue of my said Goods Chattels and personal & Testamentary Estate whatsoever and wheresoever I do hereby give & bequeath unto my said wife Mary Cranch & do hereby nominate & appoint my said wife whole and sole Executrix of this my last Will & Testament hereby revoking & making void all former Wills and Testaments by me made In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal the day and year first before written

Published and declared by the said
the Testator as & for his last Will &
presence of us who have hereunto
[--] asWitnesses thereto in his
[----] of each other
Wm. Cranch (plus seal)

Rog~ Ilbert Prideaux
J Sharland
Philip [Frost]