Estate Duty Office Will of of Mary Nott, Merton, Devon (1831)
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Devon Record Office 1078/IRW/N/345
Transcribed by Nelly Reedhead
Will for Mary Nott née Pardon/Pearen 1831, born in Merton Parish about 1756
Cover document lists Matthew Pearen, carpenter, of Merton and Thomas Webber yeoman, of Meeth as co-executors
Proved in the Archdeaconal's court of Barnstaple, 08 April 1831
In the Archdeaconal's court of Barnstaple
Thomas Webber of Meeth in the County of Devon and Matthew Pearen of Merton in the said county, carpenter joint Executors named in the last Will and Testament of Mary Nott, late of Merton in the said County and Archdeaconry of Barnstaple, widow, who died on the 11 day of March, 1831, maketh Oath and saith that she hath made diligent search and due enquiry after and in respect of the Personal Estate and Effects of the said deceased, in order to ascertain the full amount and value thereof: and that to the best of their knowledge, information and belief, the whole of the Goods, Chattels and Credits, of which the said deceased died posssessed, (exclusive of what the deceased may have been possessed of, or entitled to as a Trustee for any other person of Persons and not beneficially, but including the Leasehold Estates for years of the Deceased, whether absolute of determinable on Lives, and without deducting any thing on account of the Debts due and owing from the Deceased), are under the value of Three Hundred Pounds.
Sworn on the eigth day of April 1831
Rd Bryan Surrogate
In the name of God Amen, I Mary Nott of the Parish of Merton in the County of Devon (widow) being in an imperfect state of health of the body but of sound mind memory and understanding praise be to Almighty God for the same do [........] and declare this to be my last will and testament in mon[ument ] form following, that is to say I give, devise and bequeath unto my daughter Mary Webber my hanging press and after her decease to be her daughter Mary's, to my grandson John Webber my silver Quart to my grandson Thomas Webber my bureau, to Rebecca Marshall my safe and corner cupboard and to her daughter Mary the Bed I now lie on with all its appertainances to my grandaughter Mary Marshall I give the bed she now sleeps on, the clock and case the half dresser and table that now stand in the parlor to my grandaughter Mary Webber my chest of drawers looking glass and that on which it stands and to Elizabeth Pearen my bureau Bed and its appertainances and the Beding not in use to be equally divided to these three beds - and the remainder and residue of my household furniture to be equally divided amongst the children of my son Thomas and daughter Elizabeth and also I will and ordain that my leasehold Estate called Chidleys, except that part now occupied by Matthew Pearen, to be let to rent and after paying the annuities given by my late husband's will and two pounds per year to my grandaughter Mary Webber which said annuities of five pounds each one to be paid yearly to Mary, relict of Thomas Nott, and my Daughter Mary Webber, and Matthew Pearen Senr to have the ground he now occupies/paying tithe for the same, in lieu of his five pounds per year during the life, and the overplus/ after paying the disbursements and the expense of erecting a tombstone to my grave and also to the grave of my son Thomas and Daughter Elizabeth and also eight pounds to each of them and also eight pounds to my grandaughter Mary Webber to be paid to each and every of them one month after my decease and Rebecca and Mary Marshal to live in the house as they now do rent one year of any right to long continue after my decease. And I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint my two sons in law Thomas Webber and Matthew Pearen my joint Executors of this my last Will and I do hereby revoke all former and other will or wills by me at any time heretofore made and declare this to be my last will and testament In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this sixteenth day of January in the year of our Lord One Thousand eight hundred and thirty.
Signed and published and declared by the above named Mary Nott to Testatrise as and for her last will andTestament in the presence of us who at her request in her presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto.
This and the preceeding sheet of paper contain a true copy of the last will and Testament of Mary Nott late of Merton in the county of Devon widow deceased the same having been carefully examined with the original this ...day of June 1831
James Pearse Regr