Martin Thomas 1759 of Eaton Will

Thomas Martin of Eaton 1759 Will

Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland Archives, Leicestershire Wills and Probate Records 1759

In the Name of God Amen I Thomas Martin of Eaton in the County of Leicester Farmer considering the uncertainty of this Life being weak in Body but in perfect sense and memory, do make and ordain this, my last Will and Testament, in manner following viz

First I give my soul to the infinite mercies of God in Jesus Christ my Saviour and my Body I recommend it to the Earth to be buried in a Christian like and decent Manner at the discretion of my Executrix hereafter Named, and as to my Worldly Estate, I give, devise and bequeath the same in manner, as is hereafter expressed

Item I give and devise to my Daughter Mary Turner one shilling

Item I give and devise unto my Daughter Anne Martin the sum of Twenty pounds to be paied to her within six months next after my decease

Item I give and devise unto my Daughter Helen Martin the sum of Twenty pounds to be paied to her within six months next after my decease

Item I give and devise to my beloved Wife Helen Martin, who I likewise constitute, make, and ordain my only and sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament all my Messuage lying and being in Eaton in the County of Leicester, during the Term of her Natural Life, and after her decease, to my grandson Martin Turner and his Heirs, Executors, administrators and Assigns for ever

Item my Will and Mind is, that my Executrix be diligent to see my debts and Funeral expences duely paid and satisfied and after the same is discharged I give and devise unto my Brother Thomas Exon [sic] of Eastwell in the Country [sic] affordsaied Grazier and unto John Busby of Stathern Gentleman to their Heirs, Executors, and Assigns all my debts, Goods, Chattels, Leases, Stock of Cattel of all sorts, Husbandry Utensils of all sorts and all other my personal Estate of what Nature or Kind soever and wheresoever, upon this Trust and confidence, that they permitt and suffer my saied dear Wife Helen Martin to hold and Enjoy the same, during all such Time, as shall shall continue my Widdow and from and after her death or second Marriage, that they sell the same to the best Chapman, they can get

And my Will farther is, that out of the moneys by such sale raised, they pay unto my Daughter Dorothy Canner the sum of Twenty pounds the residue of the Moneys raised by such sale to be Equally devided between my two Daughters Anne and Helen Martin if then living or the representatives of such of them as shall be dead

And I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and disannul all and every other former Testaments, Wills and Legacies, bequests and Executors by me in any waies before this Time Named, Willed and bequeathed, ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last Will and Testament

And if it happen at any Time hereafter, that any Question, Ambiguity or dought do arise amongst my dear Wife and Children, Claiming any benifit by force of this my last Will and Testament My Will is, that the one Exposition, determination and Judgement thereof shall be determined and judged according to the Litteral sense and true meaning of this my last Will, in every behalf and not otherwise

In Witness thereof, I the saied Thomas Martin have to this my last Will and Testament hereunto sett my Hand and seale the third day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand seven Hundred fifty and seven

                                                                                                                Thomas Martin

Signed, sealed, published and declared by the saied Thomas Martin, for and as his last Will and Testament in presence of us

John Geldard

Joanna Busby

Mary Mapsen [?] mark

Helen Martin executrix sworn 26 April 1759