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Will of Matthew Gear, Yeoman of Tiverton (1841)

Proved 17 March 1841

© Crown Copyright

PROB 11/1942/294, Records of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury

Transcribed by Ros Dunning

In the Name of God Amen I Matthew Gear Yeoman of the Parish of Tiverton in the County of Devon being weak of body but of sound mind memory and understanding thanks be to God for the same and in consideration of the frailty of Human nature and in hopes of a joyful resurrection through our blessed Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ do make and appoint this writing my last Will and Testament ffirst it is my request that my body after my decease may be decently interred at the discretion of my hereinafter named Executors and all my Worldly Goods and Effects which it hath pleased God to bless me with I give and bequeath as follows I give and bequeath to my well beloved Wife Susan Gear the sum of Twenty Pounds a Year during her natural life & no longer to be paid quarterly out of the Kings Arms Inn in Chard in the County of Somerset Also I give and bequeath to my daughter Martha Brice the sum of one hundred pounds to be paid within one year next after my decease and the remainder of the rents and profits of the said Kings Arms Inn during the life of the said Susan Gear and after her decease to have the whole for the benefit of her natural life and then be the property of her two Children Susan Brice and Matthew Brice as long as there may be holding thereon She not to be able to dispose of the same or any part thereof I give and bequeath to my daughter Susan Poole the sum of One hundred and fifty pounds to be paid at Lady day 1845 I give and bequeath to my son Peter Gear the sum of one hundred pounds the first fifty to be paid within six months next after my decease and the remainder within one year And also I give and bequeath to the said Peter Gear the Landed Property with the incumbrances thereon situate at Shipton Beauchamp in the County of Somerset to be enjoyed by him according to his will and pleasure Also I give and bequeath to my son William Gear the sum of ffour hundred pounds to be paid at Lady day 1845 Also for my Executors to pay the remaining ffifteen pounds as premium for his Apprenticeship finding him sufficient Clothes and other Necessaries during the time Also I give my son Matthew Gear the Stallion Horse for his whole and sole use or benefit And all the rest residue and remainder of my Goods Chattels monies Effects and securities for money after paying all legacies ffuneral expences just debts dues and demands I give and bequeath to my sons Matthew Gear and Robert Gear whom I make and appoint joint Executors of this my last Will and Testament with this restriction on my son Robert that my son Matthew have the direction and management and to buy and sell the produce arising on the said ffarm during my said term but if they should disagree during the time the whole of the property to be valued by Mr William Chapple and Mr Nathaniel Cook and Robert to have his share after all the legacies debts and other demands being paid and give up his entire joint Executorship in this Will Signed and declared to be my last Will & Testament in the presence of those whom I have desired to witness the same and in the presence of each other this Eleventh day of December one thousand eight hundred and forty Matthew Gear _ Witness Philip Chave _ Sarah Partridge _ Samuel Salway

(Affidavit of due execution by Philip Chave of Tiverton Yeoman sworn 9 February 1841)

Proved at London 17 March 1841