Dixon Richard 1761 of Harby will

Richard Dixon of Harby 1761 Will

Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland Archives, Leicestershire Wills and Probate Records 1761

In the name of God Amen I Richard Dixon of Harby in the County of Leicester Yeoman being weak in Body but of sound and perfect Mind Memory and Understanding (praised be God for it) and considering that it is Appointed for all men once to dye and the uncertainty of the time thereof do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in the following Manner and Form That is to Say

First I give and bequeath unto my Son Richard Dixon of Long Claxton in the said County of Leicester the Sum of five shillings to be paid at my decease

Item I give and devise unto my Three Daughters Elizabeth Dixon Deborah James and Mary Dixon equally amongst them all my Oxgang of Land lying and being in the Fields Liberties and precincts of Harby aforesaid with Appurtenances thereto belonging or in anywise appertaining to have and to hold the same share and share alike to them and each of them and each of their Heirs for ever they and each of them paying their respective part of the Interest upon the mortgage thereof as it shall become due and my will and desire is that the said Land may not be Sold unless they can agree amongst themselves for any one of them to buy the respective parts of the other and if any of them dye unmarried my will is that they shall have it in their power to dispose of their respective part as they think fit

Item I give and devise to my daughter Ann Dixon all that my freehold Estate consisting of a dwelling House Orchard and Homestead Barn Stable and other Houses with all Appurtenances whatsoever thereto belonging or in any wise Appertaining Situate Standing Lying and being in Harby aforesaid To Hold to her and her Heirs for Ever And if she happen to dye unmarried then the said House and Homestead and Appurtenances belonging shall goe to my grandson Richard Dixon the Son of Richard Dixon of Claxton aforesaid and to his Heirs for ever

Item all my Goods Cattle Chattels and Household Goods and personal Estate of what kind or nature soever except what is heretofore Specifyed I give to my said daughter Ann Dixon to have and possess them after my decease freely and Clearly as her own proper Goods and Chattels without any let hindrance or disturbance of any person or persons whatsoever

And I do also hereby nominate appoint make and Ordain my said Daughter Ann Dixon to be my Executrix of this my last Will and Testament and I do hereby Utterly revoke make void and disannul all and every other former Wills by me in any wise before made Ratifying and Confirming this and no other to be my Last Will and Testament

In Witness whereof I have hereunto Set my Hand and Seal this First day of March in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Fifty Nine

                                                                                                         The mark of Richard Dixon the Testator

Signed Sealed published and declared By the Testator as his last Will and Testament in the presence of us the Subscribing Witnesses

John Barlow

Joseph Moore

Richard Gee

On the day the 3d day of February 1761 Ann Dixon the within mentioned sole Executrix was sworn before Me

                                                                                                         Thomas Myddelton Surrogt