Will of Richard Winchester
of Bletchingly - 1792

In the Name of God Amen I Richard Winchester of Brownshill in the Parish of Bletchingly in the County of Surrey Yeoman being weak in Body but of Sound and Disposeing mind and memory praised be God calling unto mind the Mortality of my Body and knowing that it is Appointed for all men once to die therefore do make Publish and declare this as and for my last Will and Testament and as touching such worldly Estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life I give devise and dispose of the same in the following Manner and form that is to say First I give and Bequeath unto my Beloved Wife Mary after all my just Debts and Funeral Expences are paid and Discharged All and singularly my Personal Estate Consisting of Household Furniture, Stock in Trade, Money, Debts owing to me and Securities for Money and whatsoever the same consisteth, To have and to hold the same to my said Wife, Mary during her life, and my Will is that my said Wife shall not do or suffer any wilful waste of the same but what shall be needful for her support and Maintainance, and also at the decease of my said Wife I give and Bequeath to my Son Richard and Daughters Mary, Jane, Kezia, Elizabeth, Katherine, Susanna and Joanna to have equal Share or Shares alike in everything whatsoever the same consisteth after the decease of my said Wife. And I give to my Grandson Thomas Winchester half his mothers Part of whatsoever the same Consisteth and Lastly I give to my Three Grandchildren Richard, Sarah, And James Miles’s the Children of my Daughter Sarah now deceased to have there Mother’s part to be divided among them of whatsoever the same consisteth of and also John Hewett of the Parish of Buckland in the County of Surrey Yeoman and John Searles of the Parish of Horne in the said County Yeoman their Executors Administrators and Assigns for ever to be upon such trust to and for such Intents and Purposes as are herein before Mentioned I hereby nominate make and Appoint my said Wife Mary, the said John Hewett and John Searles Joint Executors in Trust of this my last Will and Testament Provided nevertheless and it is my Will that it shall and maybe lawful to and for the said John Hewett and John Searles and the Survivor of them his Executors Administrators and Assigns to defray deduct and reimburse themselves by and out of my Personal Estate or Real Estate herein before A.....tted to them aforesaid all such lawful and Reasonable costs Charges Expences and Disbursments whatsoever which they or any of them shall sustain expend or be put unto in the Execution of this my Will. In Witness whereof I The said Richard Winchester have to this my last Will and Testament contained in the Number of One Sheet of paper set my Hand and Seal this seventh day of January in the Year of our Lord one Thousand seven Hundred and ninety two

The mark of Rich.   X   Winchester

Signed Sealed Published and declared by the Said Richard Winchester as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us Who in his Presence and in the Presence of each other have hereto Subscribed our Names as Witnesses thereof

William Squires
John Martingell

February 25th 1802

Mary Winchester the Widow and Relict and John Hewett and John Searle in the Will wrote hearby the three executors within named was sworn to the Truth and faithful Performance of this Will and that the Goods Chattles and Credits of the deceased Do not amount in Value to the sum of Six hundred Pounds

Before me       Sharpe Surrogate

Adderley & Box

This Will of Richard Winchester late of Brownshill in the Parish of Bletchingly in the county of Surrey deceased was proved in the 12th day of March 1802 before the Revd Joseph Sharpe Clerke a Surrogate by the Oaths of Mary Winchester Widow the Relict of the sd Deceased John Hewett and John Searle in the Will wrote hearas the Executors to whom Admon was granted having been first sworn duly to admr

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