William Gurney 1711

In the Name of God Amen I William Gurney of Cosgrave in the County of Northampton Gent being ill in Body but of sound and perfect mind and memory doe make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner following first I commend my Soul into the hands of Almighty God my Creator hoping through the meritorious death and passion of Jesus Christ my Saviour and Redeemer to receive free pardon of all my Sins and as for my Body I commit the same to the Earth from whence it came to be decently buried att the discretion of my Executrix here after named And as for that worldly by Estate which it hath pleased God to bestow upon me I dispose of thereof as followeth Imprimis I give and devise unto my loving wife Elizabeth Gurney all such my Messuages and Lands and Tenements in Cosgrave aforesaid which I stand seized in Fee and have power to dispose of To hold for and during the term of her natural life and from and after her decease I give and devise the same unto my son William Gurney and the Heirs male of his Body and for want of such Issue I give and devise the same unto my son Edward Gurney and the Heirs Male of his body and for want of such issue I give and devise the same unto my son Reuben Gurney and the Heirs Male of his Body and for want of such issue I give and devise the same unto the right Heirs of me the said William Gurney for ever item I give and devise unto my said loving wife of Wife Elizabeth Gurney her Executors Administrators and Assigns all my Closes Lands and Tenements in Shenley in the county of Bucks and also all my Lands and Tenements lying and being in Dunington [may be Doddington] Isle of Ely in the county of Cambridge in Trust that she and they shall with the most convenient speed as may be either by Mortgage or Sale thereof or any part thereof and the Rents Issues and proffitts thereof raise and pay the several and respective Sums and portions hereafter mentioned (that is to say) unto my said son Edward Gurney Two hundred pounds and unto my said Son Reuben Gurney Two hundred pounds both which said Sums are to be paid at that times as each of them shall have served their Apprenticeship unto my daughter Elizabeth Two hundred pounds unto my daughter Emma Mackerness One hundred pounds and to my daughter Sarah One hundred pounds in case she shall marry with the consent of my said Wife otherwise I give unto her but Ten pounds and unto my said son John Gurney Two hundred pounds which said portion to my said daughters and son John Gurney shall be paid to them within twelve Months next after my decease saving my daughter Sarah portion which shall be paid to her at her Marriage and interest in the meantime at five pounds per Centium to commence within Twelve Months next after my decease Item as to what Overplus shall remain after the said Estates shall be sold and the portion paid I give and devise the same as also all the rest and residue of my personall Estate unto my said loving Wife Elizabeth Gurney whom I make my full and sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament Item my Will and Meaning is that my said son William Gurney or John Gurney shall when Lands and Tenements shall come to them all either of them by this devise a unto my said son Reuben Gurney the sum of One hundred pounds and that the said Lands in Cosgrave shall stand charged with the payment thereof In witness whereof I have here unto set my hand and Seal the second day of March in the ninth year of the reign of our Sovereign Lady Ann of Great Britain etc. Annoq Domini 1710 Willi Gurney signed sealed published and declared to be the last Will and Testament of the said William Gurney and attested by us in the presence of the Testator Mathew Brier the mark of Mary Scott Leo: Thomson

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