1779 Will of Elizabeth Wills of TopshamPRO reference PRO 11/1054
Will of Elizabeth Wills of Topsham, widow, I give to Sarah Wills of Topsham, spinster the sum of £50, and to George Francis of Topsham, mariner, the like sum of £50, to be paid at the end of the year next after my death.
And I give to the said George Francis his sitting in the foreseat?fourseat of the New Gallery of Topsham church for his life and to Christian the wife of the said George her sitting for her life in my pew in the same church, only if my pew should be sold in her lifetime then in lieu of such sitting the sum of £5 shall be paid her on the sale out of the money arising thereby
And I give to the said George Francis £5 on trust for his daughter Elizabeth and the sum of £10 on trust for his son George And the sum of £5 on trust for his daughter Dorothy, to be paid also at the end of the year next after my death.
And I give Edward Wills of Topsham, mariner, £10 on trust for his daughter Elizabeth And the sum of £10 on trust for his daughter Mary
And to Rebecca Wills of Topsham, widow, £5 to be paid at the end of the year.
And I discharge the said Edward Wills from all the money that he owed to my late husband at his death but not from any money that he may owe to me at the time of my death.
Also I give and devise my moiety and all other my share and Interest in the messuage and tenement called ye Globe Inn in Topsham and also in the Bowling Green field and gardens enjoyed therewith And of and in the garden in possession of Mr William Hobbs And all that my messuage or dwelling house and Malthouse in Monmouth St And all that my messuage or dwelling house in Topsham wherein Mr Framingham lived And all my messuages lands and tenements unto my sister Mary Furse Evans for the term of her life she keeping my said moiety and all other my said messuages ...
and after the death of my said sister I give and devise one fourth part unto John Bailey of Plymouth merchant and Benjamin Follett of Topsham, deal merchant, and their heirs,
but on trust as to one third part of the said one fourth part for the sole use and benefit of Mary Burgess one of the daughters of my late nephew Richard Burgess deced
And as to one other third part of the said fourth part of my said moiety on trust for the sole use of Richard Burgess the son of my said late nephew Richard Burgess
And to the other third part of the said fourth part on trust for the sole use and benefit of Frances Burgess the other daughter of my said nephew Richard Burgess
And I also give and devise one other fourth part of my said moiety and of all other my said messuages lands and tenements unto my niece Honor Sugar of Plymouth afsd, widow,
And I give and devise one other fourth part of my said moiety unto my niece Dorothy Follett the wife of the said Benjamin Follett to the use of my said niece Dorothy for ever
And I give and devise the remaining one fourth part of my said moiety and of all other my said messuages etc, unto my niece Mary Bailey wife of the said John Bailey to the use of my said niece Mary Bailey for ever.
Also I give and bequeath all my goods securities for money ready money and all other my personal estate unto the said John Bailey and Benjamin Follett and do make them sole executors of this my will to permit my said sister to have and to enjoy the sole use and benefit of all my household goods and plate during her life ....to make reasonable allowance unto my said sister for her use and benefit and after her death to divide the same after all reasonable allowances in manner following
one fourth part for the benefit of my niece Honour Suger,
one other fourth part for the benefit of my niece Dorothy Follett
And one other fourth part for the benefit to my niece Mary Bailey,
and to divide the other fourth part unto three equal parts or shares
one third for the benefit of the said Mary Burgess
one other part for the benefit of Richard Burgess
and the other third part of this fourth part to the benefit of Frances Burgess ......
And it is my desire that immediately on my death an inventory be taken of all my household goods and plate with the privitiy of my said sister And that my said sister do by writing under the said inventory declare the same to be true and perfect inventory. In witness whereof I the said Elizabeth Wills have to this my last will and testament contained in four sheets affixed and sealed together set my hand and seal, 1st July 1760. Elizth Wills. Witnesses Aaron Pitts, Sam Elliot, Will Williams.
I Elizabeth Wills do make this to be a codicil to my last will and testament dated 1st July 1760.
I give and bequeath unto Christian Francis widow of George Francis £25,
I give unto George Francis £10 more than mentioned above
I give unto Dorothy Frances £15 more than mentioned
I give unto Elizabeth Searle £10 to be paid in 6 months after my death
And as my nephews daughter Mary Burgess since called Watson is dead, I give and bequeath what I have given her both real and personal unto Mary Burgess the widow of my late nephew Richard Burgess.
Also I give and bequeath unto my above said niece Dorothy Follett £200 to be paid in the 6 months after my decease out of my residual estate and after her death to be divided into three parts to the three children of my late nephew Richard Burgess ........Signed and sealed 23rd November 1776, witnesses Lov`ll Pennell, Ambrose Caddy, Sarah Almond .
Will proved at London with a codicil 5th June 1779 by the oaths of John Bailey and Benjamin Follett executors .