Spencer Joseph 1851 of Kinoulton will

Joseph Spencer of Kinoulton 1851 Will

Nottinghamshire Archives M/22899

This is the Last Will and Testament of me Joseph Spencer of Kinoulton in the County of Nottingham Farmer and Lime Burner

I give and devise all my messuages cottages closes lands and hereditaments situate at Colston Bassett Owthorpe Hickling and Cropwell Bishop all in the said County of Nottingham and at Nether Broughton in the County of Leicester and all other my Real Estate of which I shall die possessed unto my two sons Joseph Spencer and William Spencer their heirs and assigns for every To hold the same as Tenants in Common and not as joint Tenants

I give to my Friends Thomas Sharp and William Bonser the younger both of Kinoulton aforesaid Farmers the sum of Four hundred Pounds to be paid to them at my death Upon trust that they or the survivor of them do place the same out at Interest on Real or Government Security and do pay the Interest or Dividends thereof to my wife Elizabeth Spencer during such part of her life as she shall continue my Widow and after her decease or second marriage that they do pay and divide the principal equally between my two sons Joseph Spencer and William Spencer share and share alike and to their respective executors and administrators

I direct that my said Trustees or the survivor of them his executors or administrators shall not be answerable or accountable for any loss which may happen to the aforesaid Trust money or any part thereof without their or his wilful neglect or default

I give and bequeath to my said wife the bed and all belonging to it in the chamber over the house the screen and dining tables in the house also six chairs out of the house and pots kitchen utensils and the furniture in the house of her own choice to the value of twenty pounds

I give and bequeath all the remainder of my household furniture farming stock boats money securities for money and all other my personal Estate and effects unto my two sons Joseph Spencer and William Spencer to be equally divided between them they paying thereout my debts funeral and testamentary expenses and the above sum of four hundred pounds to my said Trustees for the purposes aforesaid but subject nevertheless as to the share of my son Joseph to the legacies to his children hereinafter mentioned that is to say

I give to all the children of my said son Joseph now or hereafter to be born a legacy of Fifty pounds each to be paid to and rest in each of them on his or her attaining the age of Twenty one years without interest in the meantime And I charge these legacies on the share of the personal Estate to which my son Joseph will be entitled

If my personal estate shall fall short of discharging my legacies I charge the deficiency on my real Estate but not otherwise

And I appoint my said two Sons Joseph Spencer and William Spencer Executors of this my last Will and Testament

In Witness whereof I the said Joseph Spencer the Testator have hereunto set my hand this twenty fifth day of February One thousand eight hundred and fifty one

                                                                                                         Joseph Spencer

Signed published and declared by the said Joseph Spencer the Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as Witnesses

Wm Latham Solr melton

Geo: Minkley his Clerk

Testator died 20th March 1856

Will proved in the Exchequer Ct of York 6 Aug 1856

This Copy will was made from a copy belonging to Mr Wm Latham & was examined therewith this 11th day of Feburary 1858 by us

HH Carter Slr Nottm

Edward Green his Clerke

Marginal pencil notes include:

Joseph born Mar 19 1810

William born May … 1818 widower

Children of Joseph

               John 23 in 1857

               Joseph 22 in 1857

               Rebecca 17 in July 1858

               John 20 in Ap 1858         

               Betsey Ann 14 in 1858

               Sarah Ann 7 in July 1858