Norris Thomas 1826 of Harby Will

Thomas Norris of Harby 1826 will

National Archives PROB 11/1711/348

This last Will and Testament of Thos Norris of Harby in the County of Leicester Clerk

I Thomas Norris being of good and disposing mind do declare this to be my last Will and Testament

I do bequeath to my two Sisters Charlotte Norris and Frances Norris both of Harby aforesaid Spinsters the Sum of Six hundred pounds which will be due to my executors at the time of my death from the Society for equitable assurances on lives & Survivorships the said Sum to be vested by my Executors in the public Funds and the interest of same to be paid as it become due in two equal portions between my said Sisters or the whole of the said interest to the Survivor of them and the said Sum of Six hundred pounds after the deaths of the said Charlotte and Frances Norris I do hereby bequeath to my Wife Sarah Elye Norris to her free use or in case of her decease to be equally divided amongst her children or their heirs

All interest upon the said Six hundred pounds due at my decease to my executors from the said Society for equitable Assurances on lives and Survivorships and all other property of which I die possessed of whatever kind or nature it may be I bequeath to my wife Sarah Elye for her free use and enjoyment ordering only that all my just debts be paid

And I hereby appoint my said Wife Sarah Elye and Revd Elye Towne Rector of Woolsthorpe in the County of Lincoln the Executors of this my last Will and Testament

In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 12th day of July in the year of Our Lord 1823

                                                                                                                Thos Norris

Appeared Personally John Dixon of Eastwell in the County of Leicester and John Carpendale of Harby in the said County and each speaking for himself only and not one of them for the other of them make oath and say that they knew and were well acquainted with Thomas Norris late of Harby in the County of Leicester Clerk deceased for some time before and to the time of this death which as these deponents have been informed and believe happened on the eleventh day of December last past and that during the time of such their acquaintance with the said Thomas Norris they have frequently seen him write and thereby became well acquainted with his manner and character of handwriting and subscription and having now carefully viewed and inspected the paper writing hereunto annexed marked with the letter /A/ beginning thus “The last Will and Testament of Thos Norris of Harby in the County of Leicester Clerk” ending thus “In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 12th day of July in the Year of Our Lord 1823” and thus subscribed “Thos Norris” they these deponents make Oath and say that the whole series and Contents of the said Paper writing so beginning ending and subscribed as aforesaid are of the proper handwriting of the said Thomas Norris deceased according to the best of the knowledge information and belief of these deponents

John Dixon

John Carpendale

On the twenty fifth day of March one thousand eight hundred and twenty six the said John Dixon and John Capendale were duly sworn at Eastwell in the County of Leicester to the truth of the aforegoing Affidavit in virtue of and pursuant to the Commission hereunto annexed before me

George David Faithfull Clerk Commissioner

Proved at London 21st April 1826 before the Judge by the Oath of Sarah Elye Norris Widow the Relict and the Reverend Leonard Elye Towne Clerk the Executors to whom Administration was granted having been first sworn by Commission duly to Administer

Extracted from the Registry of the Exchequer Court of York