Smith Richard 1745 of Nottingham will and probate

Smith Richard of Nottingham 1745 Will

Nottinghamshire Archives M/3299

In the Name of God Amen I Richard Smith of the Town and County of the Town of Nottingham Gentleman do make and ordain this my last will and Testament in manner following recomending my Soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave it and my Body to the Earth to be decently buried

And first I give and devise unto my loving Wife Ann Smith all that my messuage or tenement and the homestead and all outhouses and appurtenances thereto belonging now in the occupation of Steven Man and all those my five oxgangs of land with the appurtenances and the little Close at the bottom of the said homestead which I purchase of Edward Hecknall and Lydia his wife all lying and being in Hickling in the County of Nottingham and within the fields and liberties thereof and the piece of meadow in Nottingham Meadows which I purchased of my later Brother Haywood to hold to her my said wife for and during the term of her naturall life without impeachment of waste and from and after her decease I give and devise the said five Oxgangs of land in Hickling and the said piece of meadow in Nottingham Meadows unto my three daughters Elizabeth Smith Ellen Smith and Mary Smith and their heirs for ever to hold as Tenants in comon and not as joint tenants and from and after my said wifes decease I give and devise the said messuage homestead and little close with their appurtenances unto my son Richard Smith and his heirs for ever Provided always that if my wife shall obstruct my son in the enjoyment of this northside peice in Nottingham Meadows which I have put him in possession of and which she hath a life estate in That then and in such case my son and heirs shall have and enjoy for my wifes life the piece bought of Brother Haywood and above devised to her

Also I give and devise all those my two messuages or tenements with the appurtenances in Nottingham aforesaid adjoining to my dwelling house in the occupation of Mr James Huthwaites and Mr Hodges and the Malting Office stables gardens and two little tenements in the backyard there (purchased also of my late Brother Haywood) unto my said three daughters Elizabeth Smith Ellen Smith and Mary Smith and their heirs for ever To hold as tenants in comon and not as joint tenants

I also give to my said three daughters Elizabeth Smith Ellen Smith and Mary Smith three hundred and fifty pounds a piece to be severally paid to them by my Executrix out of the money due to me on Mortgages and Bonds within six months next after my decease

I give my son five pounds my Law Books and Presidents [sic] and the Lease of Mr Coles Close Subject to the rent

And I give all the rest of my personal estate (after my debts legacys and funeral expenses defrayed) unto my loving wife Ann Smith whom I make Sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament and I hereby revoke all former Wills

In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the Twenty ninth day of May in the year of our Lord One thousand Seven hundred and forty four

                                                                                                         Richard Smith

Signed sealed published and declared by the said Testator Richard Smith to be his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who Subscribed our Names as Witnesses thereto in the presence of the said Testator

Edw Chappell

John Burton

Eliz: Tuffin

Probate to widow Ann Smith Sole Executrix 13th February 1744/5