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The Last Will and Testament of Robert Rockett of Musbury (died 5 November 1835)

Proved 27 April 1836

© Crown Copyright

1078/IRW/R/522, Records of the Devon Heritage Centre Exeter

Transcribed by Chris Salter

Be it remembered that this is the last Will and Testament of me Robert Rockett of Musbury in the County of Devon Carpenter made this eleventh day of November one thousand eight hundred and thirty three as follows. First I give devise and bequeath unto my son Charles all those my two Messuages or Tenements with the Gardens thereunto belonging and adjoining situate near a place called or commonly known by the name of Southern Cross in the Parish of Musbury aforesaid and now in the respective occupations of James Hounsell and Robert Larcombe as my Tenants To hold the same unto and to the use of my said son Charles his Heirs and assigns for ever Also I give devise and bequeath unto my son Robert all those my two Messuages or Dwelling Houses with the Gardens and workshops thereunto adjoining and belonging situate in the village of Musbury aforesaid and now in the respective occupations of myself and Mrs Fanny Gage To hold the same unto and to the use of my said son Robert his Heirs and assigns for ever Also I give devise and bequeath unto my son William all that my other Messuage or Dwelling House with the Garden thereunto adjoining and belonging situate at Southern Cross aforesaid and now in the occupation of Mr Samuel Record as my Tenant To hold the same unto and to the use of my said son William his Heirs and assigns for ever I give and bequeath unto my Grandson John Rockett son of my said son William my watch and wearing apparel All the rest residue and remainder of my Goods Chattles Nets in Trade Money Securities for Money and all other my personal Estate and Effects whatsoever and wheresoever I give and bequeath unto my Friend John Row of Ash within the Parish of Musbury aforesaid his Executors Administrators and assigns Upon Trust and with all convenient speed after my decease as to him or them shall seem proper and most advantageous to sell dispose of collect recover receive get in and convert the whole thereof into ready money and out of the monies arising from such sale Receipt and Conversion to pay all my just Debts funeral Expenses and the Expenses of proving this my will and to stand possessed of and interested in the Residue or Surplus of the said monies arising from such sale Receipt or Conversion as hereinafter/before mentioned and what shall remain after and not be applied to any of the Purposes aforesaid Upon Trust to divide the same between and amongst my said three sons in such shares and proportions as in his my said Trustees Opinion and Judgment will render the Freehold Property hereinafter devised to them my said three sons respectively with such respective Shares and Proportions of the clear Residue of my personal Estate and Effects as nearly as possible of equal value my mind and will being that my said three sons should each of them have one third Portion in value of all my Property both real and personal which I shall die possessed of excepting my watch and wearing apparel hereinbefore bequeathed And my further will is that my said Trustee in making such division of my said Residuary Estate and Effects shall not take into calculation the value of the hereinbefore mentioned Heriditaments and Premises devised to my said son Charles which he my said son Charles did in my lifetime add to the said Heriditaments and Premises at his sole Expense And lastly I do hereby make constitute and appoint the said John Row Executor in Trust of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all former and other Wills by me herebefore made and ratifying and confirming this to be my last Will and Testament

Signed sealed Published and declared by the said Robert Rockett the Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witness thereto

Robert Rockett

Ra[..?] Mattock
Chas Bond
William Parsons

(The Will was "Proved in the Archdeacons Court of Exeter the 27th April 1836" and the Executor, John Row of Musbury, Yeoman, made Oath that the effects were ". . . under the Value of Three hundred pounds")