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Will of William Hodges Gentleman of Dymock 1790

 

 

This is the last Will and Testament of me

William Hodges of the Leadington Farm in the Parish of Dymock in the County of Gloucester

Gentleman in manner following (that is to say) First I Give Devise and bequeath unto

my Youngest Son Joseph Hodges and his Heirs All that my Cottage called Little Ease with

the Garden and Orchard thereunto belonging and adjoining And also two parcels of

Arable Land formerly lying in a Commonfield called Sneadsfield but now inclosed

with the Appurtenances Also one piece or parcel of Pasture ground formerly inclosed

out of a Commonfield called Oldfield containing by estimation one acre Also one other

parcel of Pasture ground called Old Leasow, containing about one acre and

an half lying near the said Oldfield with all and singular their Appurtenances

which said last mentioned Cottage Lands and Premises are customary Lands and

Hereditaments lying within the Manor of Dymock in the Parish of Dymock

aforesaid To Hold the said Customary Cottage Lands and Premises unto my said son Joseph

his Heirs and Assigns And I do hereby direct and appoint my Brother in law Thomas

Hill late of the Old Rock but now of the Heathhouse in the Parish pf Dymock aforesaid

and the Heirs of his Body to stand seized of the said Customary Premises In Trust

for my said son Joseph his Heirs and Assigns Also I Give and Devise unto my said Son

Joseph and his Heirs All that my Customary piece or parcel of Pasture ground called Suffield

containging by estimation Six Acres whether more or less lying within the Manor of

Dymock aforesaid with all and Singular its Appurtenances To hold to my said son Joseph

his Heirs and Assigns And I do hereby direct and appoint my said Brother in Law Thomas Hill

and the Heirs of his Body to stand seised of the said last mentioned piece or parcel of

Pasture ground and Premises In Trust for my said Son Joseph his Heirs and Assigns

Subject nevertheless to and Charged and Chargeable with the two several Annuities or

Yearly rent charges of Fifty Shillings and hereinafter mentioned and Given and Devised

 

to my Daughters Mary and Sarah and their respective Assigns for and during the Term of their respective

natural lives And I do hereby Give Devise and bequeath unto my said Daughter Mary and her Assigns for and

during the Term of her natural life One Annuity or yearly rent charge or Sum of Fifty Shillings of lawful money of

Great Britain and clear of and from all Taxes and deductions whatsoever Parliamentary or

others The said Annuity to be Chargeable and charged on and Issuing and payable out of

the said Cottage and Premises above devised to my said Son Joseph and to be paid and

payable by my said Son Joseph by two equal half yearly payments in the Year (that is to

say) Midsummer day and Christmas day the first payment to begin and be made on such of

the said days as shall first and next happen after my decease And shall not be subject to the Controul

debts engagements or intermeddling of her present ot any future Husband and the receipt or receipts

of the said Mary under her Hand alone notwithstanding her Coverture shall be a sufficient

discharge for so much money as shall therein be expressed to be paid And I do hereby

Give Devise and bequeath unto my Daughter Sarah and her Assigns for and during the

Term of her natural life One Annuity or yearly rent charge or Sum of Fifty Shillings of like

kawful money and clear of and from all Taxes and deductions whatsoever Parliamentary

or others The said Annuity to be Chargeable and charge on and Issuing and payable

by him my said Son Joseph at the times and in manner the Annuity above devised to my

said Daughter Mary is payable And shall not be Subject to the Controul debts engagements

or intermeddling of her present or any future Husband And the Receipt or Receipts

of the said Sarah under her Hand alone notwithstanding her coverture shall be a

sufficient discharge for so much money as shall therein be expressed to be paid And it

is my Will that when and as often as the said Annuities or rent charges or either of them

or any part thereof shall be behind and unpaid for the space of Twenty days next after

either of the said days on which the same ought to be paid as aforesaid (being lawfully

demanded) then and so often and at any time then after it shall and may be lawful

for my said Daughters the said Mary and Sarah or such of them whose Annuity shall be so

in Arrear and unpaid or their or either of their Assigns into and upon the said Cottage

and Premises chargeable therewith or any part thereof to enter and distrain and such

 

distress to detain keep and dispose of as she or they think fit until she or they shall be fully

satisfyed and paid all such Arrears with the Cost and Charges in and about the making keeping

and disposing thereof And I Give and Devise unto my said Son Joseph Hodges and his

Heirs All that my Messuage or Tenement and Farm called the Bush otherwise

Lady Grove situtate in the Parish of Dymock aforesaid and with all Houses Buildings Gardens

Orchards Lands Hereditaments and Appurtenances thereunto belonging or Appertaining

And all my Right Title and Interest therein or thereto To hold to my said Son Joseph

his Heirs and Assigns for ever And Whereas my son William Hodges stands

indebted and does owe to me the Sum of Three hundred pounds or thereabouts Now I do

hereby Give forgive and bequeath to him my said Son William all such money as he shall

owe to me at the time of my death and also the further Sum of Fifty Pounds, Provided and upon

Condition that he my said Son William or his Heirs do and shall release and Convey to my

said Son Joseph and his Heirs all the right Title and Interest either in Law or equity

which he my said Son William now have or shall or may have or claim of in or to the

said Messuage or Tenement and Farm called The Bush otherwise Lady Grove

hereinbefore Given and devised to my said Son Joseph and his Heirs either as Heir at

Law to me or to his late Brother Thomas Hodges deceased or otherwise but in Case my

said Son William or his Heirs shall neglect or refuse to release and Convey all his and

their Right Title and Interest of in or to the said last mentioned Premises to my said

Son Joseph and his Heirs when he or they shall be requested so to do by my said Son

Joseph or his Heirs Then it is my Will and meaning and I do hereby revoke the said

Legacys above given to my said Son William and do Give and bequeath to my said Son

Joseph all such sum and sums of money as he my said Son William Hodges shall owe to me at

the time of my decease anything herein to the Contrary notwithstanding Also I give

and bequeath to my daughter Hannah the Sum of Five Guineas only, I having already given

her a Childs part, to be paid to her within one Month after my decease over and above the

money advanced and lent to her or her former or present husband Also I give and

bequeath to my Daughter Elizabeth the Sum of Fifty pounds of lawful money of Great

 

Britain over and above the Sum of money already settled upon her by my deed of

Settlement bearing date the Tenth day of February One thousand seven hundred and Sixty

Nine  or lent to her or her Husband to be paid to her, her Executors Administrators or

Assigns at the end of Twelve Calendar Months next after my decease and the decease

of my Wife which shall last happen. And Whereas my Son in Law Thomas Hooper

the Husband of my Daughter Nancy stands indebted and does owe to me on Note of Hand

and otherwise the Sum of Seventy Five pounds Now I do hereby Give forgive and bequeath

to him my said Son in Law Thomas Hooper Fifty pounds oart of the siad Sum of Seventy five

pounds so due and owing from him to me as aforesaid And the residue thereof being

Twenty five pounds I give and bequeath to my Son Joseph Hodges Also I Give and

bequeath unto my loving wife Hannah Hodges All my Household Goods and Furniture

in and belonging to my Dwelling house at Leadington aforesaid where I now reside

together with my Hogsheads Barrells Cyder Pipes and Casks of every denomination in

the Cellar, but notelsewhere, And also all my Linnen and Wearing Apparel Also I give

Devise and Confirm unto my said Wife for the Term of her natural life my Messuage

Farm Lands and Premises called Leadington Farm where I now reside and which is

already settled upon her as and for her jointure And from and after the decease of

my said Wife I Give and Devise the same Messuage and Premises with their

Appurtenances unto my said Son William his Heirs and Assigns in manner

as the same is already settled upon him in and by the said Indenture of

the Tenth day of February One Thousand Seven hundred and Sixty Nine charged and

chargeable as in the said Indenture is mentioned Also I Give Devise and bequeath

all the rest and residue of my money and Securitys for money and all other

my Goods, Chattels, and Estate whatsoever and wheresoever unto my said Son Joseph

Hodges To Hold to him his Heirs Executors Administrators and Assigns for ever

charge with my debts and Funeral Expences and with the Legacys hereinbefore

given and bequeathed And I do make nominatre constitute and appoint him my

said Son Joseph Sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking

 

all former Wills by me made In Witness whereof I the said William Hodges

the Testator have to this my last Will and Testament contained in Five

Sheets of Paper set my Hand at the bottom of each of the four preceeding Sheets

and my Hand and Seal to this Fifth and last Sheet the fourth day of

December in the Thirtieth Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the

third by the Grace of God of Great Britain France and Ireland King Defender

of the Faith and soforth And in the Year of Our Lord One thousand seven

hundred and Eighty Nine

                                                                        Wm Hodges

Signed Sealed Published and Declared                             }

by the said William Hodges the Testator as and for          }

his last Will and Testament in the Presence of us               }

who have at his request and in his presence and                }

in the presence of each other, Subscribed our names as    }

Witnesses hereunto                                                          }

 

Tho: Noll Attorney at Law Ledbury

Richard Hill Dymock

William Garrett of Dymock

This Will was proved on the 6th of March 1790 Before

the Revd Thos Rudge Surrogate to the Worshipful

Edward Cooke M:A: Vicar General in Spirituals of the

Righ Revd Father in God Richard by Divine Permission

Lord Bishop of the Diocese of Gloucester & of his Episcopal

Consistory Official Pricipal lawfully constituted

by Joseph Hodges the Son & sole Executor & to whom &c

he having first sworn well & faithfully to administer

the said Will also to Exhibit and Inventory Render an Account

 

6th March 1790

The before named Joseph Hodges the Son and

sole Executor was duly Sworn

 

Before me

 

Tho: Rudge Surr:

 

Sworn to less than 600L

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